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Friday, September 24, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In: 24 September, 2010

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1. What characteristic about yourself has either been strengthened or weakened due to your experience as a Military Spouse? (from The Albrecht Squad)
Haven't been one very long (two weeks today, actually), so at this very early date I'll go with self-discipline. I've been transitioning into working from home (wherever home happens to be) since May. Over the summer I visited Spike once a month here in Oklahoma, still working full-time, and now I'm here permanently. I think I'm actually more productive as a telecommuter, but it does take a lot of mental discipline I didn't have to exercise while in an actual office. The buck really stops here when it comes to productivity and completing things satisfactorily and on time. 

2. What is your favorite vacation spot and why? (from ‘Tis the Life of the Army Wife)
London. I love the climate (weird, I know), the culture, the museums, the history, the architecture, the Tube, the West End shows...I'll stop now.

3. If you could have any fast-food restaurant in the food court on base/post what would you pick? (from The Only Pink in a House of Blue)
Wendy's. It's fairly cheap and, in my opinion, tastier than its counterparts. Plus, I love the chili. 

4. Where did you go on your honeymoon?  (from Pennies from Heaven)
Haven't had one yet! We stayed home the weekend after we got married (although we did go out for a fancy dinner). Might take a trip over the holidays, schedules permitting.
5. If you could have any job in the world regardless of money, degree or experience, which job would you have and why? (from Proud to Be a Navy Family and The Calm Before The Storm)
I'm torn between novelist and museum curator. The first is pretty self-explanatory, and my novels would deal in some way, shape, or form with history. With the latter, I'd want to be somewhere like the Museum of London, working in the medieval gallery. 

In other news, the Captain's class has gone to a college (Oklahoma State, I think) today to be mock-interviewed by journalism students. The idea, as I understand it, is for them not to spill any secret information, while still spinning their answers to either be vague or make the Army look good. 

I can't speak for the other officers in Spike's class, but I feel really sorry for whichever poor undergrad gets matched with Spike--because I'm pretty sure he'll be using his "work voice." You know, clipped, deep, and stern. Whenever I hear it, I always feel like I've done something wrong, irrational as that is. I can only imagine how effective "work voice" is in its indented context! 

Anyone else notice a big difference between your better half's "life voice" and "work voice"?


  1. You can be a curator who writes novels! I also hope to publish a book someday...

    And yes, there is a big difference in the life and work voices. And it always takes Mr. F some time to transition into "civilian" Mr. F when he gets home, especially after being out in the field. I can't imagine reintergration after a deployment...

  2. Oh yes. His "work voice" scares the crap out of me. Seriously. But he's never, ever been gruff with me. In fact, he's usually goofy to a fault.

    Wendy's. Mmm...Frostys... I used to love those!

  3. Wendy's is pretty great! I like their itty bitty salads from the dollar menu :)

  4. Christopher definitely has a work I love love love London too! Its one of my favorite cities in the world!

  5. Hi, Meghan! Congratulations! I told Melanie to pass it on but wanted to tell you "in person" myself:) I am so happy for you both. Married life just keeps getting better! To answer the question in this post, Aaron, while not in the military, has a "teaching" voice that he uses when reading aloud at home. I have to remind him to just talk normally... Keep up the great posts!

  6. life voice v. work voice: I gave a speech (just typed "talk" -- ha!) at a friend's wedding this past weekend, and as I practiced it with N, he waited politely until the end and then said -- "you know, it's kind of weird when you practice these things" "Why?" "Because you use your lecture voice."

    If you'll be at WFU on the 18th Nov -- you'll see what he meant! :)