It’s now been 3 1/2 weeks since I last saw my husband. We’re at about the mid-point of our home leave.
Since I have a whole big bed to myself, I make it a point to only use half of the bed each night. That way, in the morning, I only have to make one side. It’s a laziness issue more than anything. So, on what would be my husband’s side of the bed, I have replaced him with the following items:
1. My laptop: My husband is a Mac snob, so it is a MacBook something-or-other (I honestly haven’t paid that much attention). But it keeps me connected, so I’m not complaining. It’s the only computer we brought back to the States with us, so I have to fight my kids for it. But at night, it’s usually here on the bed with me.
2. An external hard-drive: It’s loaded with movies and TV shows. Really the only thing that I ever watch from it is the series Everybody Loves Raymond which I honestly could watch a hundred times. That Ray Romano is hysterical!
3. A cell phone: It’s an antique iPhone 2. When we moved to Taiwan it lost its phone status and was demoted to a simple iPod. But we found that we could put a GoPhone card in it and resurrect it to its former state as a phone, albeit temporarily. When we go back to Taiwan at the end of the month, it will be demoted back to iPod.
4. My iPad: If you have to replace your husband with something, this is it ladies! The iPad is the greatest invention since fire.
5. A book: Right now it’s a book by Robert M. Edsel entitled The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. It’s a historical book about the soldiers who were responsible for protecting and retrieving the great works of European art from the Nazis during WWII. I would highly recommend it to any art history buffs out there.
6. My scriptures: I find that reading from them each day inspires me and keeps me grounded. It helps me remember that there is more to this life than the everyday mundane. Reading from them reminds me of what is really important. I would highly recommend putting in those few minutes everyday.
So, that’s what has replaced my husband. My other option was a big slobbery dog. Although more comparable to my husband in hairiness, a dog would have been harder to get into a suitcase when we go back to Taipei in 3 1/2 weeks.