this is the one where i explain where i’ve been

Or so it’s supposed to be. As it usually does, life got in the way of blogging. Work/life balance and then a PCS? It happens. In lieu of an apology how about an update? 

Since March, we’ve been told we’re never leaving Fort Campbell, given three weeks to pack to leave Fort Campbell, PCSed to Florida and then my husband was put on hold for two months while the Army figures out where their paperwork went. Despite being back “home” in the Sunshine State, we’re still 10 hours away from South Florida so life is CrossFit, marathon training and make-at-home coffee (because budgeting for the future nursing home and no longer DINKs). 

It’s not a bad place to be but I’m bored. I keep telling myself it could be worse but I miss my friends, coworkers, running buddies and CrossFit Dunbar Cave Lab. No longer living on post makes it harder to meet people.

  I’ve found a new box, but it’s not the same. I’ve made a few acquaintances but it’s not the same. Now I’m crying in Starbucks (see: why I’ve been avoiding my blog).


On the horizon is the Army Ten Miler, NYC Marathon and a Fort Campbell family reunion (minus one important piece) at RNR Vegas so fall should be lots of fun. At least that’s what I keep telling myself after runs so humid I can wring the sweat out of my shirt and it looks like I went swimming.

What are you looking forward to this fall? Any tips for making friends when you don’t live on post?

7 thoughts on “this is the one where i explain where i’ve been

  1. Melissa

    Oh, sister hang in there! I’ve written about this before, but I feel like there’s a ten-month mark for me where life starts to finally click in a new home. I noticed it for the first time in Colorado while my husband was deployed, and then thought back to other places I’d lived. Indeed, with the exception of my early twenties (when I was surrounded by peers), it’s usually taken about ten months to feel at home, know who my friends are, etc. I’ll send some good thoughts and a bedtime prayer your way tonight. I hope the boredom passes and you make new friends soon!

  2. Aubrey

    Just get out and see who you meet! I’ve met people at coffee shops, farmer’s markets, running in parks… I’ve also joined local volunteer organizations (make sure it’s something you’re passionate about) to make new friends!

    It wasn’t easy to make friends when I got out of the Army… the base really does give you a school-like environment where everyone sees each other a lot and has stuff in common. It’s harder outside the bubble!

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