Friday, November 9, 2007

To do, don't do lists

Everybody has to-do lists. But with the arrival of our airborne trooper back to the U.S., our daily to-do list has changed dramatically:

  • Don't have to keep a countdown calendar (On Oct. 31, the calendar showed he had 71, 63, 57 and 12 days to go based on what we had been hearing. In fact he had three days left);
  • Don't have to keep a clock set to Baghdad time;
  • Don't have to watch CNN;
  • Don't have to check about a dozen different Iraq websites;
  • Don't have to read Stars & Stripes or the Fayetteville Observor on a daily basis;
  • Don't have to write a daily letter or make a weekly video newsletter;
  • No more shopping for care packages;
  • No more manning the telephone seven days a week;
  • Don't have to check Baghdad weather (It was always hot);
  • No more cruising around Baghdad via Google Earth;
  • Don't have to compare Baghdad news stories with a Baghdad street map.

In short, we have a 12-month vacation ahead of us and we are much relieved.

4 comments:

MightyMom said...

woo hoo, catching up. sorry to have been away. Hey a 12 month vacation sounds great! Especially considering what it's a vacation FROM. for you and Mark!

I laughed and raised my glass of tea to you at your lots of smiles (and hangovers) comment!

MightyMom said...

wishing father and son a Happy Veteran's Day

Airbornedad said...

Thanks, Mightymom. We will have a good day tempered by the fact that a good friend of ours has written and said his son, a Marine, will be heading over shortly.

MightyMom said...

wanna put his name on my list?