If only I had common sense! No, I mean USMC Sense!

I’m linking to the wonderful post by ABW.  If you are not reading her awesome blog, I highly recommend you start.I will start this by saying, I’m in a much better mood today… For a few reasons.
1. I’ve learned my lesson.  No more waiting to take my pain meds until 1pm.  It’s first thing in the morning for me now!
2.  My husband was home yesterday.  We fought of course, because I’m a grumpy ass right now, but he heard me and was very understanding.  He helped with the dogs and I finally got some real rest!  As in, fell asleep on the couch at 9pm and slept until after 7am this morning!  It felt so nice to know that I could sleep and not worry about the puppy.
3. I have not strayed from my diet… The online community at Weight Watchers has been amazing to me and they are all being so supportive.  It has really helped me stick with it and feel better about myself.

So, on to the linked post!  ABW, who I adore in every way, shape and form, posted a wonderful blog about a lack of Army Sense VS. her tons of common sense.  I was smiling and laughing through the whole thing because I know the feeling!

So, I will share with you some of the times I lacked USMC sense and encourage you all to share with me times you did too!

1.  Remember when I let my ID expire?  That was a doozy!  If I had any USMC sense at all, I would have remembered to 1. check the date on it and get it renewed before it expired, not let the woman at NEX take it away in front of everyone!  And I would have verified before I got to base, how I was going to get on base without my military ID… Instead, I got to do the dance of, “Please let me on base!  I need to get a new ID.  No, I don’t have one, they took it away at NEX. No, I’m not lying, they really took it away from me!  I didn’t know they did that either, but I swear it’s the truth!  No, my husband is not here to vouch for me.  PLEASE!!!!! LET ME ON BASE!!!”  LOL!  It was a slightly stressful day to say the least.

2.  I would have remembered where I had put my husbands orders, and I would have put them somewhere logical, and I would have left myself a list of clues strategically placed all over the house to help lead me to them.  Instead, I had to do the mad scramble for hours, sifting through the stack of crap my husband left, aptly called “The Important Documents Stack” each time I needed them.  It consisted of every piece of documentation from my husbands entire military career, from boot camp on.  Not kidding.  Try finding his most recent orders in a stack of orders and documents spanning eight years!  And because I had let him deal with all of that, it was in no logical order at all.  In fact, prior to it being in “The Stack” it was all just a jumbled mess in a foot locker he kept in the closet.  I guess the one thing the Marine Corps doesn’t teach the Marines is how to file.  Lesson learned.  Next time, I will keep them safe and out of sight, as my husband insists, while still being able to find them when I need them…  Well, I’m going to try.

3. Like ABW, I really should be in the habit of having doubles and triples of our stuff notarized and in hand in the event that things get ruined… I, too, spent a good deal of time spanning the 10 hour time difference across the world trying to get documents faxed or mailed to me from Iraq because I failed to do this and couldn’t find, didn’t have, or had some how ruined the only copy I did have.  This included my husbands standing will, which I needed for some investment stuff and his POA which I also needed often… and by often, I mean every stinking time I turned around… Because we were newly weds and were still in the process of changing everything over.  UGH!  Lesson learned.  :)  Oh, and try to convince your husband to make all amendments to his will while he is still in the states!  My husband managed to finagle an option to add things at will while he was gone… Which meant I never had the up to date will in hand.  Next time, if he can’t think of who he wants to leave what to, then it will all go to me and he will just have to accept that one of his friends may have to live without the video game he forgot he had.  :)

And, even with him home now, I am not exempt from lacking military sense.  I’ve been married to the Marine Corps for three years now, and I dated it for two years before that.  You would think that I would have figure some of this stuff out by now!  But, I guess there is just no accounting for the stuff you have to learn the hard way when you are a Milspouse.  :)

I would love to hear the funny stories y’all have about times you too were lacking military sense.  :)

About A Girl

A Girl is a 20 something blogger who began blogging in 2008 as a means of coping with a deployment. She is a Veterinary Technician by trade and loves her work in Emergency and Critical Care. She is married to a 11 year veteran of the USMC reserves, whom she meet shortly after he returned from a deployment. They have been married for four years, have three, very bratty dogs, and are currently trying to muddle through the aftermath of a difficult deployment for both.

One thought on “If only I had common sense! No, I mean USMC Sense!

  1. Ahaha I loved this it made my evening! I too am missing the USMC Sense.

    Here's my story; If I had any USMC sense at all, I would have been prepared to remember that their yellow lights last two seconds and that crying will not get you out of a ticket (I think it's because I'm a redhead and when I cry it's just not as attractive lmao). I also then would've made sure to remember my husband's work number so when they asked how to contact him they would not assume I was lying and trying to get out of having him know. The MPs hate me at our station…I think they search for my car.

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