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Keeping Busy for Three Weeks

At the end of February through the first part of March, my husband was away for three weeks of training. While he’d left the car here, I didn’t have a license to drive in this country. The shuttle only ran a few times a day, which meant if I went out I would be stuck waiting or without a way back. So I was effectively confined to home and what I could walk to for three weeks. That probably sounds miserable, and it could have been, but I believe in making the best out of every situation and decided to find ways to use the time as well as possible.  Here are some of the things I did besides writing blog posts:

I went to school with the author of this book, but that’s not the only reason I chose to feature it of all the books I listed. I enjoyed several of the stories and think you might as well.


Reading was the thing I did the most of besides cleaning and organizing. While I read some blog posts and articles, I spent most of my reading time with books. I finished Dog Talk: Lessons Learned from a Life with Dogs, My Point…And I Do Have One, The Funny Thing Is…, The Great Frustration, Personal Finance for Military Families, and Secrets of Superstar Sales Pros. I was already in progress with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and read a bit from that as well. I also started Fast Food Nation but did not end up finishing it. I wrote before about German Demystified. During this period, I finished Chapter 10 and did the Part 2 test. I later tried some of them. Eventually I do plan to post about them in my recipe category.

My favorite of the shows I watched.

Watched Television Shows

We don’t have cable hooked up, but we do have a lot of television shows on DVD. I watched all of Sons of Anarchy Season 3 and Boondocks Season 3. I also started The Shield and got through Seasons 1 and 2 and part of the way through Season 3.

Played Video Games

In keeping with one of my goals for this year, I played some Red Dead Redemption. However, I still need to finish it. I also played Space Marine, which I did manage to finish although it wasn’t until after Tim came home.

Dining area table when sorting coupons.

Household Chores and Such

I did a lot of laundry and cleaning. I won’t bore you with the details of that. I also took care of things like paying bills and sorting coupons. I did some organization include organizing my internet bookmarks (which was kind of a feat as I bookmark A LOT), going through old notebooks to recycle what I didn’t need anymore, organizing our wardrobes, and sorting out things from our household goods into what could stay and what could be stored. Since things had been broken in the move, I fixed (as best I could) some of those things, like my DVD cabinet. I also applied to at least half a dozen jobs.

Worked Out

I had already been doing Insanity before Tim left and continued doing the workouts daily (except Sundays) while he was gone. I finished the program toward the end of my third week. If you’re interested in reading about all that, I wrote blog posts about Insanity on my other blog. I also copied down workouts from the book Bring It and tried a couple of the workouts after Insanity which I also wrote about. After reading a blog post on The Fitnessista that included tips on putting together a zumba workout from youtube videos, I put together one and did a little Zumba a few times as additional workouts.


I walked a lot. I took the dogs on walks. A few times I walked to the library. I walked to the commissary and back with a bookbag when I needed food. At one point, I needed to add minutes to our cell phones and walked to the shopette and back only to have to make the trip again when I got home to realize I’d gotten overcharged.

With the distance between here and much of my family, having a computer with internet is definitely a benefit.

Talked to Family

I talked to my mom a few times via Facebook chat and also got to talk to my grandmother. I didn’t talk to Tim much while he was gone, but he did call a few times as well as email.

While I would have preferred to have been able to get out more, the time went by faster than I expected for the most part. I have more to write about this time period, but I think it’s best to write a separate post.

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4 Thoughts on “Keeping Busy for Three Weeks

  1. Oh wow, you look fantastic! I really need to do some more workout. I go hiking and biking but I am thinking about doing something like Zumba too. It looks pretty cool.
    And I think you know that I love watching shows and reading books so this was a great post to read. 🙂
    Great you got so many things done but I am sure you were more than happy when Tim finally came back home!
    Have a lovely week!

    • Thanks. That was about five months ago though, and unfortunately I don’t look as much like that now. I ended up only sporadically working out most of spring and early summer because I kept getting sick, and then in the middle of summer it was so hot without AC I didn’t want to do anything most of the time. Lame excuses, but there ya go. It’s cooling off though, so I will probably get back to working out soon. Unfortunately, my husband took over the second bedroom I used to work out in with a huge game table, so that’s out. I don’t want to always rearrange the living room furniture so I am considering bringing a TV in the bedroom and working out there although there isn’t much room. We have a Zumba class on post, but I haven’t ventured out to it. Perhaps I should. I hear it’s pretty fun with others, but I generally prefer to work out at home. I have a book another blogger gave me I think will come in handy soon and also have a couple programs to do.

      I know 😉 Of the shows I watched, I think you might enjoy Sons of Anarchy most.

      Yeah I was.

      Thanks. You too. 🙂

  2. Wow, it sounds like you were definitely able to keep yourself busy over the three weeks! And good for you for finishing Insanity!

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