Dec 11, 2011


To begin with, that blah feeling I had last week has vanished. Ok, maybe not vanish, but it has for sure gone and hide for a while. I am not sure if it's the fact I get to go back to home for Christmas, finished our holiday note, started my marathon training so my endorphins are up, the fact I got to talk to my husband for 15 minutes this week, or a combination of all of these things, I am happy.

As many of you know when deployment hits it is your job to do everything on your own. I am a smart and independent woman, and have been able to handle everything that has come my way except one thing...jars. Yep, no matter what I do and at least once a week I can't open a jar. Tonight, it was salsa while I was trying to make dinner.

I used all the tricks. That round rubber thing that helps your grip, fail. Tapping on the side of it with a knife, fail {my mom taught me that one}. As well as a few other things things that were all fails.

It has happened to me a few times before and as lame as this sounds it's been my best option. I go next door to the sweet older {late 50's/early 60's} and ask him to help me out. If that fails, and trust me I wish this was a joke, I take it to work with me and have one of the guys I work with to open for me.

Lucky for me tonight, my neighbors were home and he was able to get it open so I had a great dinner.

My goal by the end of the deployment, open any jar without help.


  1. Depending on the day, that would be the straw that broke the camel's back for me. I would likely end up screaming and crying in frustration before giving up and forgoing dinner. It's great that you have kind neighbors. Maybe my goal between now and the start of deployment should be to meet more of my neighbors.

  2. It was hard for me to meet mine, I can be a little shy. However, I knew being on my own and my family not in the same state I would need some quick help with "home" things. I just kind of watched to see who was coming in and out of my building, waited to see who would say hi back to me and went from there. The baby steps helped and now I know someone is there if I really need them. Just another kind of support throughout deployment time.