Ok, I can finally say it here: Theseus is back in the U.S.! This time next week, I'll be kissing his face in Massachusetts.

I know I haven't written much lately; been feeling kind of blue. I'll write up an update tomorrow.

In the meantime, enjoy this photo of Theseus:

- Antiope

Recently I found a small stack of letters Theseus wrote to me when he was in basic training. Reading through them made me happy - Theseus can be very sweet and sensitive when he wants to be. ;)

But we haven't sent each other any letters since he's been deployed; traditional paper letters can take over a week to make it across the Atlantic. We are able to talk on the phone every day, and most days we also exchange messages on Facebook. As our time on the phone is limited, we use these messages to hold longer discussions, exchange passwords and other important information, communicate sudden ideas or thoughts that normally could be sent via text message or quick phone call. The messages have become an essential means of interaction; each morning, the very first thing I do is check for anything he sent while I was sleeping.

Happy Sunday, happy August 1st and happy first-day-as-a-civilian-in-4-years!

Oh and happy 1 month, baby! :D

Today I want to talk about a few companies that support deployed Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just some companies I have come across in my travels. Please take a look and if something catches your eye, please share the link!

There's a lot of information ahead - consider yourself warned! :)

Don't worry, faithful readers, I have not abandoned this blog. It's the same old excuses we all use, but I've been very busy, and very tired. I never sleep anymore (but that's a whole 'nother post).

So let's get to it.

Things I never want to hear again:

- Yes, but, how are you doing?

- Well, you both knew this was going to happen eventually.

- He'll be back before you know it.

And possibly the most infuriating,

- He did it when you were deployed.