Sunday, 1 December 2013

Deployment: Saying Goodbye

I'm back! Sorry for going so quiet over the last few weeks, life went a bit mental with arranging everything for Rich going, heading all over the country to say bye to people and spending as much quality time together as physically possible.

He left on Friday, and I've heard from him this morning that he arrived safe and sound, and had eaten coco pops for breakfast. The last couple of weeks before he left were quite hard really, the anticipation and the waiting were the worst part of it all. He wanted to get out there and get stuck in, and I was hating the counting down feeling, and the mounting dread. The ability to have a very naughty last week of meals was good though, and included a massive KFC, a Dominos and some huge burgers.

We went down to his parents to have a (very) early Christmas at the beginning of November, including the Christmas tree being up and Christmas jumpers! Afterwards we went on holiday for a week to a lovely lodge on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, and I'll be doing a blog post or two on that in the coming days. It was great to spend that time together away from the stresses of work and packing etc. It also gave us some good memories and was actually the first time we'd been on holiday for longer than a weekend together.

I did well on the crying front, only having one big cry the weekend before he went, totally unexpectedly, and then only after I'd said goodbye. Rich appreciated the lack of tears I think, as it didn't make him feel quite as bad for leaving me, as it isn't his fault, it's the jobs fault!

Work have been so supportive, as have everyone I know, and I headed straight to my parents after saying goodbye on Friday, to give me company and help to keep me distracted. I've spent the weekend shopping, seeing friends and sleeping a lot! 

I have a huge bucket list to do before he gets back, and lots of things to keep me occupied, including this blog, so expect to see a lot more of me around for a change! I'll do posts about the care packages I send out to him as well, if anyone's interested, and regular updates on how it's going being very long distance for a while.

Rachel xx


1 comment

  1. I know exactly what you mean about the build up to leaving, it is the absolute worst. It's like you don't want them to leave, but at the same time you kind of want them to go so you can get this whole separation thing started. The sooner it starts the sooner it's over kind of feeling.

    I love that you had an early Christmas :)

    I hope you're doing well. Stay strong girl!


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