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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Her Husband is Gone

Y'all. Spring Break might just be the death of me. 

Today, I have an incredibly funny blogger sharing a guest post with you: Amber of Airing My Dirty Laundry One Sock at a Time was one of the very first BFFs on my blog, back when she was preparing for her husband to leave for a year. Now that he's been gone for quite a while, she shares the crazy things people have said to her since he's been gone.

My husband is gone.

No, he didn’t walk out on us.

He’s just in Korea for a year doing a job for the Air Force.

Is it hard? You bet. I’m stuck here with two (loud) children.

Do I have to deal with annoying comments from people? Yup. I’ve decided to post some of those statements with my response.

Annoying Statement: You’re lucky you don’t have to worry since he’s just in Korea. At least it’s not Iraq or Afghanistan.

My Response: Last I checked, Korea isn’t exactly peaceful. True, he might not be in a war zone, but still, am I not allowed to miss him since he’s “just” in Korea?

Annoying Statement: Why did you let him go? I’d NEVER let my husband go and abandon his family like that.

My Response: First of all, my husband is a grown man. I don’t “let” him do anything. Second of all, I knew Korea would help his career. I wasn’t about to keep him with me and have him be miserable. He didn’t abandon us. Thanks to Skype, we’re able to talk a few times a week.

Annoying Statement: I’d DIE if I had to sleep alone. Isn’t it AWFUL to sleep alone?

My Response: Not at all. I love to stretch out. Having the bed to myself is a plus.

Annoying Statement: Do you cry every night missing your husband?

My Response: No. I’ll probably cry harder when Steve Carell leaves The Office.

Annoying Statement: So who mows your lawn and does all the guy stuff now? I could NEVER mow my lawn…

My Response: Um, me. It makes for amusing blog fodder.

Annoying Statement: Do you worry he’ll cheat on your over there?

My Response: He should be more worried about me running off with John Krasinski. Ha. (Usually met with blank expression.) No, not really. We trust each other. He knows if he cheated that I’d attack the chick with my oversized purse. I have lots of change in there so it would hurt.

Don't you just love her humor? Be sure to follow her blog!



Blogger Jessica said...

SO funny, I haven't met Amber before and this is hilarious. I have to admit that there are times that I'm thrilled that my husband is going somewhere for a bit, but years would be tough.

April 28, 2011 at 7:03 AM  
Blogger Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

This is great...people say the dumbest things!

April 28, 2011 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger singedwingangel said...

I have never seen her before where has she been hiding?? I love her quick wit cause that is exactly how I would act. Too funny.. who mows the lawn?? Seriously do they think she just lets it grow till he gets home??

April 28, 2011 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

This was too funny! I secretly enjoy some of alone time that I get when the hubs is out of town!

April 28, 2011 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Heather (One Take On Life) said...

Hilarious, man people should just keep their mouths shut. Makes you wonder if after they say a dumb statement like "at least its Korea" if they realize how silly that sounds.

April 28, 2011 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Dolli-Mama said...

Oh man! That's funny. I'm completely amazed at the idiotic things people say. Where do these people come from?
You had me laughing!

April 28, 2011 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Ally said...

that's too funny, but it makes me hate judgmental, annoying and nosey people even more :(

April 28, 2011 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

I so admire military wives and others who have to make it work as a single parent while their spouses are away. I don't know if I'm strong enough to do it on my own.

April 28, 2011 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

I love Amber! She's awesome and so totally my hero for how she has dealt with her hubby having to be gone...she's a strong lady! Mwah!!

April 28, 2011 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

this is hilarious!!! going to stalk..I mean check her out now.

April 28, 2011 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

What amazing answers! I am off to check out her blog.

April 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

People amaze me - both the idiotic and the wives whose husbands are far away. Questions like this further prove my FIL's theory - the human race is highly intelligent. It's the individuals who are dumb!

Hang in there, Shell - it can only get better. Right?

April 28, 2011 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger MommyLovesStilettos said...

HAHA!! Love it!

April 28, 2011 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

Thanks for asking me to guest post again :)

April 28, 2011 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger LisaDay said...

Too funny. Great responses. Sorry anyone has to respond at all to those comments.


April 28, 2011 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

I am heading over to her blog. People say the darn-est things sometimes. Is there any connection between brain and mouth? I enjoy when my husband goes on his little hunting trips - bed all to myself, ridiculous hours, etc. but it would be lonesome for him to be gone a year.

April 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Cindi said...

Too funny!

Behind every Military man is a very strong woman! :)

April 28, 2011 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger S Club Mama said...

there are so many idiots in this world...

April 28, 2011 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger MrsJenB said...

Aren't you worried that he'll cheat on you? SERIOUSLY? That is the dumbest, most insensitive thing I've heard in a while.

I need a moment to get over this.

April 28, 2011 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Lady Mama said...

Awesome. I love Amber's blog, she always makes me laugh.

April 28, 2011 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger SharleneT said...

Yeah, it's like there's nothing better than university grounds, if they just didn't have students around! I used to be able to tolerate stupid intrusive absolutely out-of-left-field statements -- unfortunately, those days are long past. Just look them in the eye and say, "How on earth do you expect me to have an affair with him under foot, all the time!"

Come visit when you can.

April 28, 2011 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

This is seriously good. I'm going to check her blog out now!

April 28, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger chambanachik said...

The Steve Carrell answer is not only hilarious, but I completely agree with you on it! :)

April 28, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger SLM said...

Oh man, the Steve Carrell thing...awesome. Love them all!!

April 28, 2011 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger mama marchand said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE The Office references ... I'm right there about Steve and John. ;)

Aren't people amazing? *shaking my head*

April 28, 2011 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Foursons said...

Amber is one of my favorite bloggers! I've probably been following her as long as I've been following you. That's a long time. We're old timers around these parts.

April 28, 2011 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger cfoxes33 said...

Great post, Amber! I, too, love having the bed all to myself!

April 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Lady Jennie said...

Is Steve Carrell leaving the office?

First of all, BRAVO. Brave woman of a soldier!

Second of all, where do these people come up with these things? It's like they're trying to find the most insensitive things to say possible.

April 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

People are so oblivious to their rudeness.

April 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

I haven't seen her around either! Off to check her out because I love sarcasm, The Office and hilarity!

April 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I need to go and say hi to Amber...I haven't been by her blog in months! :) She is great...very humerous!

April 28, 2011 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Emmy said...

Some people really do say stupid things. I can't believe someone said he abandoned them! That is just rude and wrong.

April 28, 2011 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger PBJdreamer said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your answers to the idiotic people!!

Off to visit your blog

that is all

April 28, 2011 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger TheKirCorner said...

the things that come out of peoples mouths (and not even full of booze) just amazes me....seriously?

I think that your answers were a lot "kinder" than they should have been. GO YOU! and I'm sorry he's gone for now. Wishing this time to go quickly for you!!!

April 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger John said...

I love how unsolicited advice is so often ignorant (at best) or, more-often, hurtful.

Glad to see someone who is in a strong relationship making the best of it, with a good side of snark.

April 28, 2011 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Oh my gosh, that purse one was hilarious! It made me laugh out loud!

Shell-hope you're surviving Spring break!

April 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Formerly known as Frau said...

Not everyone could do what you and Tom are doing but after following you for so long you learn that you guys have an incredible relationship. Your a strong women and great slacker mom. Marriages like yours is what we all want, one based on trust understanding support and his understanding your need to shop Gymboree and Walmart/Target.

April 28, 2011 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Lourie said...

OMG! People can not only be rude, they also can be insensitive. I can only hope that none of these statements were made by military folks. If so, double shame on them.

April 28, 2011 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Kelley said...

I love her blog! I'm always entertained when I stop by it. This was a great list. I have never thought about this perspective before. Thanks for making me think...and laugh!

April 28, 2011 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

Oh, I do! She's awesome. I can't imagine having to deal with all these annoying comments. People are just so darn invasive. Maybe they mean well, but why in the hell would anyone say "don't you worry he'll cheat on you over there," ?? Ugh. At least she has a great sense of humor about it :) Off to check her out now!

April 28, 2011 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger crazedmama said...

A lot of people open their big mouth without thinking about what's coming out of it!! You actually inspired me to write a post about the rude things people said to me when I had newborn twins! So, thanks for the inspiration! When you get rude comments, all you can do is laugh at their dumbassery!

April 28, 2011 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I must follow her!!! How funny was her responses!

April 28, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

You are so so funny! People say really silly things. Also, I love having the bed to myself.

April 28, 2011 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Beth Zimmerman said...

Amber, Amber, Amber! Crying over The Office and your big purse got me! You are a hoot and I love you! Thank you for all YOU tolerate on our behalf ... including ridiculous comments!

p.s. I sleep better alone too!

April 28, 2011 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Zoo said...

I just adore Amber, she is one of my most fave bloggers EVER.

And I love her answers! lol

April 28, 2011 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Love Amber! Think I may have found her through that original BFF post. She's got such a great take on so many things!

April 28, 2011 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Ameena said...

People (like myself) stick their foot in their mouth more often than not.

I love this post! Thanks for sharing Amber!

April 28, 2011 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Personally, I think A LOT of relationships would be better if there was a little "time in Korea" now and then ;) Glad you have a sense of humor about the comments and are making things work for YOU and your family. Best wishes.

April 28, 2011 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Helene said...

I just adore Amber and her quick wit!!! I totally get her sarcasm!!!

It's idiotic the things people say!

April 28, 2011 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

That is too funny! I can't believe what some people have the nerve to say.

April 28, 2011 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Mrs4444 said...

Thanks, Amber, so much, for your (and your husband's) sacrifice; it means a lot to me. I hope I've never been one of those stupid people making stupid comments.

My husband travels about 20% of the time, and it's fantastic; no worries about what to make for supper, no fighting over the remote, etc. Still, I realize I have it better than Amber--20% is a cakewalk compared to 100%.

April 28, 2011 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger A Mommy in the City said...

These are too funny! My husband moved away for a job when my daughter was six weeks. I was amazed at the things people would say to me. Some people are just dumb. Glad you can find the humor in it! Going over to follow your blog now!

April 28, 2011 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Love Amber, she is hilarious! I agree that sometimes people can be so insensitive that you just have to make a joke out of it and move on.

April 28, 2011 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger From Tracie said...

It must be said that I love me some John Krasinski.

People are so rude. ugh. Those are all great comebacks though.

*hope you are hanging in there Shell...we all want to see you alive when Spring Break is over! <3

April 29, 2011 at 1:13 AM  
Blogger Keshyra said...

People say the weirdest things, like during my first pregnancy someone said "wow, you're huge, are you having twins?" And I was only 6 months along with only one baby. I think there are a lot of people out there that don't have an internal editor. Like my mother-in-law, who said to me (during my second pregnancy) you're getting so big we're gonna have to roll you around town. Thanks, thanks a freakin' lot! That really makes a girl feel great!

April 29, 2011 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

Love the one with balls enough to ask about him cheating on you. Because, um, like someone can't cheat on you while living in your damn home?  Sheesh.  I love sleeping alone, too. Some nights I go to the guest room just so I can have some snore free space.  THANK YOU to your husband for serving for our freedom. 

April 29, 2011 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger Krystyn said...

I puffy heart Amber, too. And, I love that I know she would totally say those things to people in response, instead of in her head!

May 4, 2011 at 11:35 AM  

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