May 15, 2015

A fun deployment craft

"Fun" shouldn't be in the same sentence with "deployment".  But "craft" shouldn't be in any post title on this blog anyway, so it's just a sentence (err...fragment) of things that don't belong together.


Best candle ever

I like to mark time.  I like to make progress.  It's something I require myself to do.  You saw how I highlight my Pilates calendar.  I've done that with many other gym calendars too.  Currently, in my planner, I'm counting down the days left of school and the days of the deployment, simultaneously.  In fact, I have so many numbers on the pages of my Simplified Planner that I have to color-code them.  This might be my only OCD-like tendency.  If you look in my closet, you'll know I am not plagued by OCD.

When I countdown the time of deployments, I count up.  To me, this makes a huge difference.  Sure, I could count down.  But then I'm left with nothing.  If I count up, I can see this giant reminder of just how far I've come.

For deployment #1, I just crossed days off a calendar.  Meh.

For deployment #2, I did a giant construction paper chain and I numbered the days.  

This time, I bought a bunch of ribbon.

The downside is that I can't write on it as easily, so I didn't bother.  But the upside is that I can save it and stuff it into a mason jar or something and display it as a reminder of how far we've come (and our pain and suffering and all).

TGIF.  (That's becoming my new motto.)


  1. The year J was living away from me, I copied your construction paper chain and hung it around my kitchen light (because fire? who cares. I was depressed anyway. Joking. Kind of). I like this idea--especially since you'll get to save it.

  2. Not a bad idea. How long is he gone this time?

    I tried my hardest to color code my planner but because I don't always carry the pens with me 24/7 that faded away a long time ago, ha!

  3. this is such a cute craft thingy :) i love that you get to keep it as well.

  4. I like the ribbon idea! I have done construction paper, but the ribbon may be fun to do this next deployment.


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