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.)