If deployments had phases, I think I'm on to Phase 2. It took about 2 months to get over the whole grieving period I think, for me. I'm not saying that I was crying for a whole 2 months and that I didn't have some good days in there, but at some point recently I realized I'm in a routine now, and I'm doing a lot better. There are still some bad days. They tend to sneak up on me. I wish I could predict them ahead of time. But they don't seems to happen as often now.
First of all, I finally scored a job. I had a job on Fridays helping to TA a class that's actually using my degree. But now I'm working at a running shoe store too! So I have something to do during the week now and a little extra spending money.
Second of all, I'm doing really well with my half-marathon training. Which just feels good. I've also been doing yoga on a fairly regular basis and I'm beginning to see an improvement in my flexibility (heck yeah!).
And lastly, James's R&R is definitely happening and it's happening soon. Less than 2 months away, actually! It was originally supposed to be in July, and I had mixed feelings about the change. We were going to be more than half-way when we got to R&R before.. now we will be about 1/3 of the way through I think. So it will be a little harder saying bye. On the other hand, I'm really excited to see him.
I had mentioned before that we were hearing some rumors about a shorter deployment, which would mean no R&R. I was really hoping that would happen at first. However, I'm really glad for those 2 weeks that he'll get off and that we'll get to see each other. I think it might be better for morale than it would have been to go a full 9 months without.. even if it means a full year deployment.
Omygoodness.. less than 2 months.. I can't wait!
PS: Ranger School must be starting up again. I am getting a lot more hits to my blog from Ranger School searches. Hang in there Ranger ladies!