I thought I posted this on Wednesday, but apparently Blogger had a hiccup.
Deployment Gremlins struck again. My washing machine stopped draining. It took about an hour of sweating and grunting and unscrewing and draining and wet-vac-ing the water up, but I had one load go through and drain fine, so my fingers are crossed. I’m also about $5 richer (plus some weird hinge thing, a Mr. Potatohead mustache, and a bucket of lint) after unclogging the damn thing.
Tried my hand at seitanic pot roast in the crock pot today. Note to self: do NOT be bashful with the seasoning. Otherwise, yum. Not bad for a bunch of guesswork and no recipe to guide me. :)
But now for the Grand Navy WTF. Remember how much I gushed about the family service center for the IA folks, and specifically Shannon? She’s still awesome. I was really disappointed with the IA get-together last week, though. It was a HUGE waste of time, and I came away frustrated and annoyed. I can tell you how the whole night went when I share this little tale...
One of the women was there with her husband. This wasn’t noteworthy since some folks there were looking down the barrel of an IA, and husbands came with to see what was what. This woman’s husband had just come home two days before the meeting, and apparently this woman had been pretty active with the group for the year-plus he was gone. So she talked to the group for about two or three minutes about how awesome the group was for her and how much she appreciated a few of the people who were there for everyone. Meanwhile, three women sitting in front of her (not facing her) were busy rolling their eyes as she talked. Slouched in chairs, rolling eyes.
Seriously? For real? That’s how you act at a support meeting?
Yeah, that about sums up the evening. I didn’t speak to a single person after I checked in, and we were there for a good hour and a half. Tried to infiltrate a few groups but got the cold shoulder each time. Feh.
Today I got an e-mail from the IA family services advertising a women’s retreat. I had two issues with this:
1. How the hell are the moms/dads with IA spouses supposed to go to this awesome weekend retreat away from everything to journal and relax? They need four more people for this thing, so clearly... send it to the IA women!!! Yeah, that makes sense.
2. Why do the only retreats (women, couples, family) available seem to have a religious undertone to the descriptions? It wouldn’t be an issue if I ever saw it was a Buddhist or Jewish or Hindu or... whatever chaplain. But they’re always Christian. So it leads me to believe either I’m not welcome or I’ll at least have to filter everything said through my particular religious filter if not ditch suggestions altogether. Which doesn’t sound very retreat-like, y’know?
I think it would be really cool to have non-religious retreats available. Or if religion is going to play a part in them (and I get it that it can and even should for lots of folks), can we at least make it not just non-denominational but non-dogmatic? Let’s discuss in a group if need be, and bounce ideas. Would that really be so difficult for the chaplains to facilitate? And if it is, then why the hell are they chaplains?
Feh. Off to check the laundry. Please be drained. PLEASE.
The long one about failure.
1 week ago