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20 MORE Long Distance Relationship Conversation Starters

20 {MORE} Long Distance Relationship Conversation Starters

One of my most popular posts here at 1200 Miles Away is my 20 Long Distance Relationship Conversation Starters post.  What I have found is that so many people are in long distance relationships, and keeping the conversation going after so many weeks can be daunting.  Beyond simply checking in on someone’s day, or saying, “I love you,” things can get rather stale, rather quickly.

So here are 20 {MORE} Long Distance Relationship Starters for you and your significant other to share – over the phone, over Skype, or even together over a candlelight dinner before watching Netflix. (more…)

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Spinning Plates

Spinning Plates

When I was a little girl, I watched a spinning plates routine on TV.  I don’t know if it was on Bozo the Clown or Ed Sullivan Show, but I remember watching this man run around the stage keeping plates spinning on the top of very thin wood rods, and making sure not one would drop.  This feat was amazing to me, and still is.  How can one person keep 20 or more plates going for several minutes without dropping one?

That is the question I answer myself every single day as a mom.

How can I keep all the spinning plates in my life going without dropping one of them?

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Official Housing Allowance Rules for Military Geo-Bachelors

Official Housing Allowance Rules for Geo-Bachelors

I am surprised how many in the military community are unfamiliar with the terminology of “Geo-Bachelor” or “Geographic Bachelor” relationships, although, once I explain to them just what it really means, I find out just how common it really is.  “So and so’s” wife stayed behind so their son could finish high school, or so their daughter could have better health care.  That’s usually how these conversations start out.  Typically, as service members near retirement, it becomes more common for the family to stop moving, and start staying put.

But somewhere along the lines of the conversation, it takes a sharp turn to the left, and I get asked this question:

“How does BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) actually work for your family?”

Well here is a quick guide to help explain one of my top questions asked, and take some of the mystery out, if you are considering it yourself. (more…)

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7 Deployment Confessions from the Spouse Left Behind

7 Deployment Confessions from the Spouse Left Behind

I admit, I put up a great front of a spouse who’s got it together. In fact, I’m holding down a 50+ hour a week job, I drive carpool three times a week, and I never miss a school activity. But seriously, I cut corners like you will not believe.

Today, I give you some of my craziest deployment confessions of things I have done to survive my husband’s absence. In fact, I don’t even know if he’s aware of all of these himself. Oh well. Survival of the fittest?

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