Ordinary Things

It is quiet here early in the morning. Just the occasional bird as I sit looking out the living room window vs hundreds of shrieking starlings deafening me in a walk down Disney. I can’t even hear traffic, much less fighter jets screaming off the runway at Bagram or Kandahar.

I can sit in the living room by myself looking out the large window to the patio. Imagine, windows instead of covered with plywood and sealed against the dust. The ability to see out – and see the sun.

Instead of going to the DFAC I got to follow my nose. One cupboard near the sink is one of those corner carousel units. Never knew so many bags of potatoes grow sprouts could be fit on the shelves, tucked between rice cookers, woks, waffle irons and other kitchen appliances. If I am really brave – tomorrow I will take on the fridge.

No need to leave the house to eat or use a telephone. Shower just down the hall that it is not shut down for cleaning from 1500-1730 every day. Wait – that might not be a good thing – means that I am the one who is going to have to accomplish the cleaning.

And, in the morning I am going to have to tackle the military world. Drive a car for the first time since Sept. Collect up mail, attempt to get my orders straightened out, figure out what comes next in my life.

Such a small list. What will I do on Tuesday?

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16 Responses to Ordinary Things

  1. ruth says:

    You can put your feet up and read and knit and relax! Think of this time as a vacation, not retirement yet. So go play.

  2. Karen says:

    Welcome Home, Holly!

  3. Mary says:

    Hope you are sleeping and relaxing. Pls don’t rush to do all the chores of cleaning, etc. Potatoes and their growths can sit harmelssly for a little longer without harm.

    As for world events, thankfully you won’t be facing another battle zone as the latest got underway yesterday.

  4. Berg says:

    …and no sand in the shower, no waiting in line for chow with a tray in hand and not having to worry about keeping your rifle from falling and LBE gear from tipping the chair over when you get up for refills

  5. Bob says:

    Make plans for Wednesday?

  6. Janet says:

    Live, breathe, laugh…

  7. Ruth says:

    There was no maid service while you were away? I’m so shocked….NOT! As for tomorrow, I think perhaps you could knit or become re-acquainted with your spinning wheel?

  8. Cat says:

    I trust you have socks on the needles – or maybe the lace you did not take to Afghanistan? Now you can catch up on some more books – and (the most important) you can spend time with George!

  9. Isobel says:

    Glad you’re home. Enjoy the peace and solitude.

  10. Barbara says:

    Buy new underwear?
    Go to a fruit and vegetable store?

  11. Ron says:

    It always was a bit of culture shock to “redepoly” back to the world. The incoviences that you have learned to take for granted in the field now will seem like huge luxuries.

  12. Helen says:

    Enjoy the new freedom!

  13. Brad says:

    Welcome back my friend.

    I am glad you are safe.

  14. Steve says:

    Holly, glad you’re home, at least I can now send you a few funnies…

  15. Ann says:

    Congrats Holly!!! Nearly retired. What a way to finish up.

  16. Carmen says:

    The Tuesday question. Yes.

    It is what I have been wondering.

    Yay, you are out, you are home, and good luck with the fridge. I know you can do it, and I know it will feel great.

    And Tuesday you can start on your craft room.

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