Wednesday, July 7, 2010


I finally got my computer back from Geek Squad and can blog again (my husbands computer has something blocked or is missing something that prevents me from using blogger)!

I have been a little nervous to post because recently I've been feeling like an impostor. A fake. A poser.  I check my Google Reader and see all about deployed husbands and spouses away at JRTC or TDY for weeks/months at a time, while I can count on 2 hands the number of times my husband has worn a uniform since Christmas (he's been completing his masters).  I see spouses at the PX toting around 4 or 5 children screaming that they wish daddy would just come home while I chat easily with my husband on our cell phones from 3 aisles away.  I know we've done our time and we will do our time again in the hopefully distant future, but right now, I just don't feel like I belong in this military world.  I hope it doesn't sound like I'm complaining, I'm not trying to.  I know a lot of my readers are military spouses and I don't want to feel like I'm rubbing it in when I talk about all the traveling and fun things I've gotten to do with the hubs the last 6 months.  I know how blessed I am to have all this "civilian" time with my husband.  I also know this is all about to come to a screeching halt when I drop the hubs off at Ranger school in a couple weeks and I just hope I'm ready to go from spending 95% of my time with Jason to 0%!

Now that I've gotten that off my chest, I do have some friends/family that read this,so I'm going to talk about all the fun stuff we've been doing.

We were lucky enough to spend a night in St Louis with some friends before they made the move to Germany.  

Before our friends arrived, we had AMAZING Thai food at Sen Thai Bistro.  I had the Pad Thai (boring, I know, but I'd never actually had it before)
and the hubs had the shrimp curry
BOTH were EXCELLENT!  We also had the Siam Platter as an appetizer which was delicious as well.  If you're ever in the STL area, I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

After our friends arrived, we had drinks at a local bar then went to the casino for a bit.  On our way back to the hotel we decided we were hungry again, so we pulled out the crackberry, found a 24 hour diner and hopped in a cab and ended up at the Eat Rite dinner.  

Phew...that was an experience we will NEVER forget!  1st of all, we walk up to the door and it's locked, then we heard "click" as the door is unlocked for us.  Yes, we had to be buzzed in by the lady cooking after she deemed us acceptable for entry.  I'm pretty sure we enjoyed our $4 meal next to a pimp and 2 of his hookers.  If you're ever in the STL area, I would NOT recommend this restaurant!

Then we said good bye to our friends (who we WILL visit soon in Germany!)

and headed off to tour the Anheuser Busch factory

then stopped to snack on some pretzels from Gus'

and headed off to Grant's Farm to see some of the famous A-B Clydesdale's

The farm was actually a lot of fun and they had tons of animals roaming around the park but my camera battery died after we left the Clydesdales, so you'll just have to trust me on that! 

We stopped to eat one more time while we were in STL at Pappy's where I would have enjoyed a huge plate of food had I not confused "Holly's hot sauce" with "Sweet baby Jane".  It was too spicy for my weak taste buds, but Jason enjoyed it!


lola said...

Ehh... I don't think you're an impostor. Anyone who is bitter/upset about you having time with your hubby is.. well.. not worthy of worry. It all goes in cycles, and sometimes it sucks, sometimes it is great. It's just how the Army is!

Enjoy all of your wonderful time together. :)I'm loving the pictures, especially of the clydesdales!

Sara said...

I sincerely hope no one on here or at your own post would fault you for actually having your husband home. Dwell time is also a part of our life. I guess we're all so used to our husbands being gone for long wars that we feel like its weird to have them home. Try not to be too hard on yourself.

The Mrs. in Stilettos said...

I think it's WONDERFUL that you have had time with your husband! Of course any of us would love to have that time too so it would be insane for us to fault you for having a great opportunity to have fun together! We all get dwell time and we soak it up like crazy and I am thrilled to read about the fun you two are having! I think some people need to lighten up and enjoy each other's happiness! We all go through the good and bad together and jealousy should not be a part of that! We need to celebrate for each other and be there when we need a lift from a fellow spouse! The food looks great by the way and I love the pictures you took! Keep posting and you ARE NOT an imposter!!!

Lisa said...

I think it's great you've had so much time with your husband! And you totally just made me consider getting dressed again (I'm in pjs already) to go get Thai food for dinner. Mmmm....

Looks like an awesome time there. Things to keep in mind when I go visit P there next year! :)

Megan said...

I understand how you feel! Because of timing, my husband has had almost two years of dwell seems like you loose touch with the rest of the military world that is constantly deploying/going out in the field. Even now when we have a deployment coming up, it's so short that I almost feel guilty calling it a deployment. Of course, over time we will have field exercises and longer deployments to deal with, so enjoy the time while you can!

HaithBears said...

We also did the brewery & Grant's Farm,and at the end of Grant's Farm we wanted some water to replenish us for the 2 hour drive back to FLW, but they were charging $2 for a water, and $0 for a beer... so...

Jessica Lynn said...

I definitely wouldn't worry about not feeling like you belong - you do belong and you'll be kicking yourself for saying that later! My husband didn't deploy for two years and I sometimes felt the same way you did.