Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Distance sucks and I'm a wimp

Hey friends.

I had planned to write a cute, cheeky, I-don't-take-myself-too-seriously post about all the great things I get to do since Pat's away for an internship for the next twelve weeks.

(So far, I've watched the Golden Globes and watched the same movies over and over again. I was trying to think of more ideas.)

I was going to try to show that I know it's not the end of the world: twelve weeks isn't that long, and at least I can assume he's reasonably safe where he is -- he's in an accounting internship, not deployed or anything.

And then I had to inflate my tire, and spent two dollars in quarters at the gas station trying to get the air pump to sound like it was actually putting air into my tire instead of just letting it all leak out, and then I ended up going to Jiffy Lube and playing right into the stereotype of girls who can't do anything and don't know anything about their cars when I asked them to please, please just look at my tires, and no I don't want my oil changed when I still have almost 300 miles till the next date. And then they told me that I'd managed to overinflate my tire and kind of laughed at me.

And then I ended up crying in the grocery store parking lot. Not a lot of crying. Just a little.

Distance sucks. And the next twelve weeks won't be fun in some ways. But I'm really, truly going to try to find the good parts of being away from my favorite human for a while. Like sending him a valentine's card I already picked out, sending him weird pictures, and spending time we'd usually spend together making memories I can tell him about when he gets back.

Kudos to those of you who spend most of your time away from your significant other, and extra love to you if it's because he or she is deployed.

What's your favorite way to spend a day you have all to yourself? I've got a few coming up and I could use some inspiration!


Jordan said...

Dereck got a promotion last year that has requires him to travel from time to time. Never 12 weeks so I can't attest to that whatsoever, but the longest we've dealt with was 2 weeks and I didn't think it was nearly as bad as I anticipated it to be! I run, go to yoga, read, binge on Netflix, binge on DVR, cook new recipes, go shopping on the days that I have to myself. I will say that being apart like that, especially 12 weeks (!!!), will make him coming home so exciting for both of you. I know it's incredibly cliche but distance really, really does make the heart grow fonder.

Kate said...

I wish I was close enough to keep you entertained for 12 weeks! But alas, I am not.
I didn't want to laugh about the tire thing, but I couldn't help it. I had a car that had a leaky tire that could never be fixed (something about a bent wheel, but they were a special order deal from the factory because they were chrome, so I would have had to replace ALL of my wheels. ugh) So I had to put air in my tire at least once a week. I even kept a air pump that could plug into my cigarette lighter for emergencies. To say I'm the master at putting air in my tires would be an understatement. :P

Why did you need to know that? I'm not sure. Just taking up a small portion of the 12 weeks. By now, you probably have one less minute until he gets home! So.. that's an accomplishment.

Regardless, I hate that he's gone for so long. It sucks, but at least its only 12 weeks. Soon? It'll be 11 weeks. And then 10.. and before you know it? He'll be home.

Tamara said...

Yuck on him being gone so long, but yay for the great opportunity!
I've never had to deal with a long distance relationship (only being apart for like 4 days my first semester of school before coming home on the weekends doesn't exactly count!) So I have no words of wisdom other than you got this!

Also, I know I'm forever away but you can always text/message me whenever things get overwhelming - I play into the girl stereotype a lot so if anything, at least an empathetic hear to your woes!

Katie said...

distance really is the worst. Kyle and I started our relationship long distance and it was pretty miserable. since then we haven't been apart for more than a few days. which is good since when he's gone I go crazy. Find something to occupy your time. a new project, some good books, or get pampered. all of those things helped me. in fact, I learned to knit when Kyle and I were apart. Hopefully it will just fly by!

Anonymous said...

Right with you! Distance SUCKS no matter what the situation might be. I like your attitude though. It's good to let yourself be sad about it, but optimistic at the same time.

As for the you part...I throw myself into a hobby, watch girlie shows/movies, and I read until my eyes fall out. (He gets cranky/needy when I zone out and ignore him.)

Shauna said...

Awww I'm sorry! I've definitely been there before, as I'm sure we all have! I hate when Tim's away!


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