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Bumper Christmas at Shannon as emigrants return home in their droves

first_imgWhatsApp Email Twitter Advertisement NewsBreaking newsBumper Christmas at Shannon as emigrants return home in their drovesBy admin – December 20, 2013 546 Facebookcenter_img Previous articleThe Class of 2013Next articleSuper Blues begin with Bray admin Print Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up PASSENGER figures at Shannon Airport are showing that it is proving to be a bumper Christmas for returning emigrants as it is set to record a 21 per cent increase in passenger numbers over the festive season.Some 43,000 passengers will fly in and out of Shannon over the Christmas period – December 21 to January 2 – up almost 8,000 on the same period last year when over 35,000 travelled. This will make it the first Christmas in five years that passenger numbers at the airport have shown an increase.Niall Maloney, Airport Operations Director at Shannon Airport said, “We are having a very busy Christmas here and particularly so this weekend. This is the busiest period of the winter season and we also have our free Santa Flights with Ryanair resuming on Saturday and Sunday so it it’s all hands on deck.“An airport is an emotional place anyway as families and friends reunite or say goodbye but it is particularly so at Christmas. This weekend is probably the happiest of the year, though, and the buzz is fantastic as there are so many flying in to be home for Christmas.“The arrivals area is where it all happens, particularly for US and London flights as they are full of people flying back from the States or, via London, from the likes of Australia, the Middle East, Far East and elsewhere.” Linkedinlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 1, 2021

Comcast now third largest residential phone company

first_imgComcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), the nation s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services, today announced that consumers switching to Comcast s Digital Voice service have made Comcast the third-largest residential phone service provider in the country.  Consumers are continuing to select Comcast s low cost and rich features for phone service throughout its 39-state service area.The news marks a major milestone for the company and reinforces its commitment to reinvent home phone service and offer consumers a way to cut household expenses during a difficult economic climate.Comcast Digital Voice® now serves 6.47 million customers, which exceeds Qwest s reported residential subscriber base.  The popularity of Comcast s innovative offerings with consumers has enabled Comcast to add residential subscribers in each of the last twelve quarters. Consumers are switching to Comcast s Digital Voice Service because of our low prices, reliable service and innovative features, said Pam Mackenzie, Area Vice President for Comcast in Vermont.  Comcast Digital Voice is reinventing home phone service for the 21st Century and we are thrilled that millions of consumers today are choosing Comcast for home phone service. We now offer features that integrate with our video and high speed internet products and we re deploying a next generation cordless phone that lets customers do more than just make phone calls.  Best of all, we can do all this with a service that is rated number one in call clarity and that helps consumers cut their home phone expenses by 20 to 30 percent or more.In addition to offering a high-quality, reliable and value-added home phone service, Comcast Digital Voice customers benefit from a number of new, innovative home phone products and features, including SmartZone ¢ Communications Center, a feature-rich online portal that enables customers to manage their emails and voice mails in one easy place, and to sync contact information from multiple sources into one universal address book.  Additional products and features that are expected to launch this year in Vermont include Universal Caller ID, a free service for Comcast Digital Voice customers that allows them to view incoming caller information on their TV or PC while watching a movie or surfing the Web; and Enhanced Cordless Telephone, an innovative home phone that offers all of the popular features that come with Comcast Digital Voice® plus integrated services and advanced functionality such as the ability to view email, view/forward/manage voice mail from the phone or PC, read news, sports and horoscopes, access a universal address book and search the Yellow Pages all on the enhanced cordless phone. The competitive entrants in the residential phone market are saving consumers billions of dollars every year.  A study by economic consulting firm MiCRA found that consumers saved $13 billion alone in 2007 because of phone competition from companies like Comcast. The savings for consumers is proof of the success of pro-competitive policies that ensure choice for consumers.  While Comcast s Digital Voice service continues to grow and redefines home phone service, it continues to compete for customers and remains a new entrant into a market that is dominated by legacy providers AT&T, Verizon and Qwest. Since entering Vermont in November 2006, Comcast has aggressively expanded its services across the Green Mountain State, investing in its advanced fiber-optic network to bring broadband services to previously unserved homes and businesses and partnering with local communities.  The company has launched a number of its advanced services in just over two years, including Digital Cable with On Demand, High-Definition Television Service, Digital Video Recorders, Comcast High-Speed Internet service and Comcast Digital Voice.  In addition, Comcast has offered programming of special interest to Vermonters.  Comcast also assists local non-profit organizations in Vermont with financial, in-kind and employee volunteer support.  Comcast serves more than 100,000 customers in Vermont and employs approximately 300 individuals.For more information about Comcast Digital Voice visit www.comcast.com/comcastdigitalvoice/(link is external)About Comcast CorporationComcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com(link is external)) is the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 24.2 million cable customers, 14.9 million high-speed Internet customers, and 6.5 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.Comcast’s content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten Comcast SportsNet networks and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast’s Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net(link is external)). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.*Number one in call clarity based upon an independent study preformed by Keynote dated November 2008, Wave 6 Study.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 24, 2019


first_imgDonegal’s senior hurlers must do it all again after an amazing draw with Tyrone in the promotion/relegation game at Owenbeg in Derry this evening.Donegal manager Ray DurackRay Durack’s side showed some tremendous spirit to come from behind on a number of occasions.Ronan McDermott certainly played his part in Donegal’s tally of 4-13 as he netted all four goals for his side. The sides must do it all again after extra-time could still not separate these two gallant sides.Donegal must have thought they had down enough as they led by a point with just sends left only for Tyrone’s Casey to pop up with a late, late point.The final score was Tyrone 4-13 Donegal 4-13.DONEGAL HURLERS MUST DO IT ALL AGAIN AFTER AMAZING DRAW WITH TYRONE was last modified: April 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHURLINGOwenbegTyronelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 18, 2019

Swallows edge SuperSport for MTN8 title

first_img25 September 2012Experience was the key, said coach Zeca Marques, as Moroka Swallows edged SuperSport United 2-1 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday to lift the MTN8 title for the first time since 1979.“You can’t change a winning formula and you can’t buy experience and this is what we got today,” he said at a post-match press conference.“We won it because of experience. Youth is great, but it’s got to be balanced.“Today we proved that with experience we can achieve things.”‘It’s a great feeling’Marques, who was an assistant coach to Gordon Igesund before Igesund was signed to coach Bafana Bafana, added: “This will go down in my memory forever. It’s a great feeling, a great moment for the team, for the club, for our supporters, for our sponsors.“I’m so happy for the supporters. They have suffered the last few years. I’m so happy for the players, they played like real fighters. They showed what they are made of.”Man of the match Georgi Nergadze produced an industrious performance for the Birds in the midfield and also struck their first goal with a real pearler of a shot from distance.On SuperSport’s side, their best attacking moments came through Sameehg Doutie, who showed off some insightful touches, but was quiet in the second half of the contest.Early chanceMidfielder Felix Obada had a good chance to fire Swallows into the lead in only the second minute when he latched onto a well-weighted through ball on the right hand side. He had plenty of time to shoot, but composure was missing from his effort, which flew wide of the right hand upright.The Soweto club looked to have settled the faster of the two teams as they made the better early impression, but after only five minutes they found themselves behind.Doutie set up Franklin Cale for the score with a superb defence-splitting ball across the top of the goal box, which took advantage of Swallows’ defence line being only slightly out of alignment. It was enough to put Cale five metres clear of the nearest defender, mere metres from the goal.GoalHe met the ball in stride with his left foot and steered it to the right of Swallows’ goalkeeper Greg Etafia, who tried to close down the angle, but was done in by the perfection of the pass.When SuperSport broke up a promising Swallows’ attack on the quarter-hour-mark, Sibusiso Zuma found Doutie in space on the right flank. He then picked out his Cale on the right with a floated pass across the top of the goal box. Cale met the ball on the volley, but his effort was disappointing and was sliced well wide of the goal.The Pretoria club looked good on the counter-attack, but they were caught out with a sucker-punch shortly after that.Swallows’ replySwallows attacked down the right and then brought the ball back inside to Lefa Tsutsulupa. As he made to shoot, the ball was knicked away from him, but it fell to Nergadze, right out in front on the top of the goal box.He pounced on the ball, striking a powerful shot high into the side of the netting to goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez’s right to level the scores at 1-1.Masatsantsa came close to retaking the lead when a free kick from Cale found Fransman in the Swallows’ box, but his header passed narrowly wide of the mark.With just over half-an-hour gone, SuperSport had an excellent opportunity to edge ahead, but it came to nought.One-twoA quick one-two between Doutie and Zuma put Doutie through with only Etafia to beat, but the Swallows’ netminder saved well to his left after he had cut down the angle.A short while later, Etafia dropped the ball from a corner kick, but SuperSport were unable to make him pay for his error.The teams turned with the scores level at 1-1.Cale tested Etafia with a free kick early in the second stanza, but the goalkeeper passed the test.Lerato Chabangu then had a chance to beat Fernandez with a free kick, but his shot passed over the top of the goal.Oh so closeJust before the hour-mark, Swallows came as close to scoring as one can get without actually scoring.They began with an attack down the right before a ball inside found Katlego Mashego in the middle. He attempted a shot, but it was blocked.The ball, however, fell to Nergadze, who found Tsutsulupa with a header on the left. The midfielder crossed, but Fernandez steered the ball away from the goal with a dive and a swat with his outstretched right hand.It fell to Chabangu, who met the ball on the volley and cracked a shot towards goal. Fernandez was unsighted, but somehow it didn’t cross the line as he and Mor Diouf combined to scramble it away.Shape and flowBoth teams created openings without being able to follow through with a finish as the game lost some of its shape and flow.Cale tried out Etafia again with a long-range effort, but the goalkeeper punched his speculative shot from distance away.Chenene was off-target for Swallows from a tight angle and Siyabonga Nomvethe, on as a substitute, then headed wide for the Birds.WinnerOnly three minutes remained when Bennett Chenene beat the offside trap to race onto a lobbed pass. Fernandez came out to challenge him, but Chenene made good use of the bounce of the high pass to direct the ball over the goalkeeper’s head and into the empty net.The Swallows’ players, bench and supporters erupted with joy, while SuperSport’s players’ shoulders slumped. Time was almost up and they knew it.Five minutes of additional time was played, but the score went unchanged and Swallows claimed their first MTN8 title in 33 years.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 17, 2019

What is a veterinarian-client-patient-relationship?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Exactly what is required in maintaining a valid Veterinary-Client-Patient-Relationship as described in the Veterinary Feed Directive?A veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) is defined by the American Veterinary Medical Association as the basis for interaction among veterinarians, their clients, and their patients and is critical to the health of your animal. A VCPR means that all of the following are required.1. The veterinarian has assumed the responsibility for making clinical judgments regarding the health of the patient and the client has agreed to follow the veterinarians’ instructions.2. The veterinarian has sufficient knowledge of the patient to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the patient. This means that the veterinarian is personally acquainted with the keeping and care of the patient by virtue of a timely examination of the patient by the veterinarian, or medically appropriate and timely visits by the veterinarian to the operation where the patient is managed.3. The veterinarian is readily available for follow-up evaluation or has arranged for the following: veterinary emergency coverage, and continuing care and treatment.4. The veterinarian provides oversight of treatment, compliance, and outcome.5. Patient records are maintained.The practical explanation is that it is a formal relationship that you have with a veterinarian who serves as your primary contact for all veterinary services and is familiar with you, your livestock/animals, and your farm operation. This veterinarian is referred to as your Veterinarian of Record (VoR), and both the VoR and the client should sign a form to document this relationship. You can download a VCPR template developed by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Drug Use Task Force at: https://vet.osu.edu/extension/general-food-fiber-animal-resources.This can be thought of as similar to having a primary “family doctor” where that individual is the one whom you consult with regarding prescription needs, changes in health status, or specialized services. Because the VoR somewhat regularly provides veterinary services to you, they may be able to approve prescriptions and provide consultation over the telephone. Having an established VCPR is important to help protect consumers and avoid residues in meat and milk. This becomes even more crucial to a farm operation with the changes regarding the purchase of antibiotics and the Veterinary Feed Directive.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 17, 2019

It’s just $5 an acre…

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University ExtensionIt seems everyone has a “package” that gives an extra yield bump. Many of these packages contain micronutrients. In Ohio, because we generally have clay in our soil and reasonable levels of organic matter, we don’t usually see a yield impact from applying micronutrients. But should we be concerned about micronutrients?Our soil tests are most reliable for pH, phosphorus and potassium and can work reasonably well for zinc, too. We usually use a combination of soil and tissue tests to determine micronutrient deficiencies. Soil pH can also help us know where to look for deficiencies. See your copy of the Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide for descriptions and pictures of nutrient deficiencies by crop.Typically we will see deficiencies occur in small isolated areas of a field first. When these are noted, pull both a soil and a tissue sample out of the “good” area and out of the “poor” area and compare the results. Also check a recent yield map for losses in that area. Nutrient deficiencies I have seen of late are potassium from early dry conditions and occasionally sulfur — neither of these are micronutrients however.It is interesting to note that we have two different philosophies in Ohio on nutrients. We build and maintain for the macros, but wait until we see deficiencies and apply as needed for the micros. This difference in philosophy results from the fact that we have so few micronutrient deficiencies in Ohio.Are we short on sulfur yet? Maybe, in some very low organic matter soils, but generally probably not. In nine trials I have conducted over the past six years I have yet to see an increase in yield from the addition of sulfur, but I am doing the work again this year. I do expect as we continue to clean up our power plant emissions that we will eventually see a need for added sulfur. In the meantime, save your money, or do a little trial work of your own.What about that other “stuff” that costs just $5 an acre. I regularly check out those advertisements, and listen to the sales pitch at farm shows but usually walk away without making a purchase. I recently had a farmer tell me about a product that was absolutely the “best ever, and guaranteed to boost yield.” I asked him why I never heard of it? Because if it’s that good, there would be 25 university tests showing how great it is… and we (the OSU Agronomic Crops Team members) would be telling everyone about it.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 12, 2019

The First 30 Days of Reintegration – Part 2 of 4: Establishing New Routines

first_imgWe hope you had the opportunity to read and reflect on the first installment of this four-part blog series on reintegration.  This second blog, Establishing New Routines, features the reflections of our “30-Day Couple” during days 6-14.  The family experiences multiple ups and downs as the Service member navigates reintegration into the family routine.  He is trying to identify “What is the new norm in the family?” She attempts to maintain balance within the family while dealing with her own emotions.  The kids seek quality time with their father.  Communication is identified as a key component of negotiating the reintegration process. Think about the resources and strategies that might benefit families during this reintegration phase.—————Day 6 – HerToday I didn’t do much. It’s nice coming downstairs to see the dishwasher unloaded and coffee made. Another day where hubby had to go to work. Just a little longer until he is off on leave. Kids are adjusting very well. But we have had a lot of practice with daddy coming in and out.Day 6 – HimI’m almost done earning my two weeks off! I had a busy day at work, falling into the pitfall of performing day-to-day duties that aren’t really what I should be focusing on. Despite these distractions, I still decided to pitch in because I really believe the importance of helping others, which I consider one of my strong suits. Well, it could also be considered a positive to a fault when it also leads me to come home later than I probably should have. I had enough time to change out of uniform and get dressed to take the older two to their school’s book fair. I enjoyed watching them get excited about their education and treated them to ice cream afterwards. The night was perfectly ended when my wife and I was able to watch one of our favorite shows together to fall asleep to. Only one more work day until my time off!Day 7 – HerLast night I slept in my youngest’s bed. Because she had come in to sleep with daddy in the middle of the night and suddenly there was no room for me. She has been all about her daddy lately. He seems to be enjoying it a lot. I am more than ok with that. I still feel like my arms are recovering from holding her for several months straight. Day 7 – HimToday was the last day I will have to go into work for the next two weeks. Before leaving work, I was asked to sit in on a very high visibility teleconference as the experience on the topic of discussion which made me feel important. It felt great having an influence at the Command level and clearly articulating the intent of my Group on their behalf. Due to this late afternoon teleconference, I had to turn right around and hop into civvies and take the older two to Taekwondo. They had fun and I enjoyed watching them. Didn’t really do anything afterward.Day 8 – HerYesterday I got a special treat. It was mom’s day at my kids’ school. Because my husband was home and didn’t have to go to work I was able to come. He kept our two year old while I got to hang out with my 6 and 8 year all day at school. This is something I don’t get to do. I have never been on any field trip or school day before. I got to go because I had my husband home and I could fully rely on him. We also got to go to a Wing function in the evening. The Wing commander welcomed hubby home and we got to meet other couples. It was a busy day but very rewarding.Day 8 – HimToday I got the chance to be at the house alone with our youngest. The older two had Mom’s day at school, so my wife was invited to the school for the day while they celebrated Mothers and everything that they do for their children. The youngest and I had a great time running around the house, playing hide and go seek, as well as wrestling with each other. She even had me marching around the house like we were in a marching band. These activities concluded with a much needed nap. I’m pretty sure she got one too. My wife and I participated in a Group function tonight that was geared toward recognizing spouses. She brought me along since she just got me back from my deployment and didn’t want to spend any time apart if she could help it. I was totally fine with this mindset too. We ended up having a great time and hope there’s another opportunity soon for a similar outing experience.Day 9 – HerI had to ask hubby to be a little nicer to me. Not sure if he forgot he was talking to his spouse and not his subordinate, but he was having a hard time talking to me in a way that I could stand. But thinking about it more I might be talking down to him too. Having only kids to talk to for a while made me have the habit of telling them exactly what I want and when I want it. My older two have noticed that hubby plays more with our youngest and have gotten jealous. I’m sure that it’s hard to get use to dividing out equal time to each child if you’re out of practice.Day 9 – HimAs my wife and I have started to get back into a routine together, there seems to have been a change in how each of us communicates with respect to the new environments we’ve found ourselves in over the past few months. We had a disagreement about sleeping arrangements that led to us going to bed irritated at one another. We both wanted to hold our ground on the subject, but of course for relationships to work there needs to be compromise and understanding. At that particular moment, I possessed neither. A “Golden Rule”, if you will, for us is to not go to bed angry at each other, but once again, we each felt the other should have changed their mind and apologize. The whole thing ended up being a very small thing that was allowed to spill over into the next morning, which is never good. I should have given my wife’s opinion about our spat more thought and consideration from her perspective since, at the core of the dispute, was her getting uninterrupted rest from the kids. We’ve talked it out and will approach future disagreements head on so that nothing more manifests from an otherwise minor difference of opinion.Day 10 – Her Mother’s Day was such an amazing day. I was showered with flowers and hand written cards! We went on a small trip to a water park for the night. Hubby made special time for our older kids. While I got plenty of cuddles with each kid.Day 10 – HimYesterday was Mother’s Day, so I wanted to make sure my wife knew just how appreciative I was of her and everything she’s done while I was gone. I got her nice flowers, the kids and I gave her each a card, and I made her breakfast in bed. I had a good bit of direction from her, so I was able to make a very nice one! We decided together that we’d also start one of our family vacations that night by visiting an in-door swim park. It was fun for the whole family. My wife and I took turns taking the older children on the bigger rides while the other stayed with the youngest. We knew how important it was to trade off so that we both are able to more enjoy ourselves. We spent the night and will be doing this again every year from now on.Day 11 – HerWe took our time driving home from our little getaway. I like to do this funny thing where I force my family to talk instead of zoning out on an electronic device. They played along this time. Mainly consisted of me jabbering on for two and a half hours. Which of course I felt it was a very productive ride. Organized schedules, made to do lists, and figured out what’s for dinner. We decided to do couple’s therapy. Not because we feel like we are struggling, but more like a checkup. It was offered to us as a part of hubby’s reintegration so we wanted to take advantage of it. I’m so grateful to have hubby home.Day 11 – HimIt was nice waking up at the swim park since the younger two couldn’t wait to swim some more. Mommy and our oldest had some one-on-one girl time that they couldn’t quite get while I was gone. I took this opportunity to try and strengthen the younger two’s bond with one another. While he pretended to be a puppy, our youngest decided to give commands and they played great with each other. I was also able to get our little two year old to swim all by herself! That was such a huge parent moment for me that will stay with me forever. The girls, on the other hand, indulged in pedicures in the spa. These have been a great two days, having spent them together as a family. Outings like these are at the core of what these two weeks off represent. Being able to reconnect with your loved ones and creating a new family dynamic that best fits the changes that have occurred over the past few months is definitely a great goal that every family should strive toward who experience a deployment. My wife had done an amazing job at reminding me the importance of family and quality time since I used to make excuses and would worry about work while at home. Here lately, we’ve talked more than we have in recent memory and we’ve even agreed to start marriage counseling. Many people only attach a negative connotation to counseling, but in our case we merely want to make sure that a mediator is available to help us navigate that new dynamic that we’re going through right now.Day 12 – HerThe to-do list and menu that we were able to nail down yesterday came into play. I raced my husband on who could unpack first, me unpack the whole family from our trip or him finally from his deployment. I won. But his big camo bag needs to GO! Tomorrow I have to go back to reality and attend meetings. Excited and nervous about an upcoming luncheon with someone I feel is important and several other Key Spouses from our base later this week. I also need to get back in to the swing of making baby baskets and welcoming baskets for our Group. I was able to keep up with newsletters, baskets, and our fun spouse get-togethers while hubby was deployed but I haven’t done anything this month yet. Even though it’s strictly volunteer I feel like I should be keeping up with it better. All of it feels a little daunting at times but it is very rewarding. The Commander and I recently sent out thank you cards to all the spouses of my husband’s Group for Military Spouse Appreciation Day and I handmade some bracelets. All the thank you’s I got back were beyond rewarding. Very worth it. My hubby has been a part of a lot of squadrons but this Group is by far the best.Day 12 – HimI had a very enjoyable day today. Wife and I put together a to-do list that actually got done on the same day it was written! I always enjoy productive days since they give me a sense of accomplishment. I was also in full on daddy mode when I made sure the older two kids were fed, dressed, teeth brushed, hair fixed and book bags ready. I was even fortunate enough to drop them off at school this morning. I more than had this….today, but I can certainly see how much my wife had to deal with while I was gone. After I got back home, the three of us went to run a few errands on that to-do list I mentioned. It was relatively uneventful and not really particularly special, but it was important to me that I was spending time with my wife. I’ve also been trying to spend quality time separately with each child to make sure they each know how important they are to me. Admittedly, it’s been a little harder this go around to give the same attention to the older two as it seems I’m giving to the youngest since she’s been impacted by this latest deployment the hardest. She’s constantly stayed by my side since being back home. It’s a natural habit, but once again, I’ve got to try that much harder to convince the older two that daddy loves them just as much. I’m prepared to take as long as it needs because these kiddos are the loves of my life.Day 13 – HerI went to my meeting today and learned how to do a hop, sort of. I mostly texted my hubby wishing he would of come with me even if he wasn’t invited. I could of used a translator…N-CS, EML, CAT…I didn’t find out all of those meanings. This class was set up because while hubby was deployed my Grandmother was put in hospice. I was told this was my last chance to see her. The Commander and First Shirt did everything possible to get me on a hop. It was a gray area because my hubby was not deployed for 180 days. I cannot say I learned a lot from this. There was a lot I didn’t understand. But I did find a new volunteer opportunity with the USO at the Pax Terminal. A funny thing that finally happened at home was the light bulbs got changed. I can be stubborn at times and it showed this deployment. Before my husband left I asked him to replace all the lights. I didn’t want to think about those. But he didn’t. So when 10 lights went out I refused to change them. I feel like I was living in the dark this whole time. I think I was the loser in this situation.Day 13 – HimI’m extremely proud of my wife. She has taken on several functions and raised a great amount of money for my work and has recently been getting asked to lunches with prominent figures in the military community. This is certainly no coincidence. She’s earned the recognition and then some. I have slowly become my spouses spouse and I’m perfectly okay with it. I’ve come back home to see her social calendar filled with Wing get-togethers, events, fundraisers, or meetings. She went to one of these meetings today while I straightened up around the house. Once again, I didn’t mind this since I know how much she has worked to get to this point. Today went pretty smoothly until we found out later that night that our kitchen ceiling started to leak with the water from our upstairs bathroom. This, of course, was one of the last things we wanted to deal with tonight. After a little while, the slow drip stopped and we cleaned up the water in both rooms. We’ll just have to see what the outcome is once we discuss this issue with our landlord tomorrow. My wife and I are hopeful that we can resolve this quickly and somewhat painlessly.Day 14 – HerLast night out ceiling started to leak, because our son got a little too rambunctious in the tub. Hubby instantly got mad. Stomping upstairs and pulling my son out of the tub, cussing and throwing towels. I quickly got in his face to tell him to go take a walk. I didn’t like how hot headed he got so fast. I do feel like he was disciplining our son in a way I do not like but I do feel like I was in the wrong in the way I pointed it out. Things got cleaned up and fixed and we went bed it was over and done with. In the morning the crank attitude came out. I felt like every time we spoke I had to asking him to stop talking to me so condescendingly. He even got to a point today where he started making fun of me knowing I was not enjoying it he continued to do it. To the point I turned off my phone Then was shocked when I refused to answer his phone calls. Eventually I did get a “yeah I’m sorry” from him and I expected it because I figured that was probably the best I was going to get from him. Needless to say we are still learning how to be around each other 24/7 again. And not just taking on the role of super fun dad but also disciplinarian. Today might’ve been a little bit of a wonky day but we always have tomorrow and we learn from each other every day. We always do our best and till we know better.Day 14 – HimAnother productive day! I want to keep this momentum going and would love nothing more than to keep impressing my wife with all that I do around the house and for the family. I almost feel as though I’m playing catch up with how much she has done for this family while I was away. The thing I love about my wife though is that she didn’t just handle business during this deployment, but consistently amazes me every single day. We did, however, have a bit of a miscommunication issue today when I decided to immediately respond to text saying she was nervous about her meeting with a laugh. Of course, since you lose context with text (ironic) you also lose the emotional side of how one feels at the other end of the phone. I should have known better than to make light of the situation, but fell into my usual habit of playing things down. She was rightfully reserved from talking to me while she was out, so I focused more on what else I could do to make up for my insensitivity. We were back on speaking terms as soon as she got home, but I’m sure she still felt hurt by my reaction. I acknowledged to her that it was wrong what I did and would work on that aspect of myself. I need to grow with her and understand her better and perhaps slow down and think of each response I give her. It’s easy to lose someone’s trust or respect. It’s an entirely different story when it comes to earning them back. I believe we’re still in a good place in our marriage and feel that we have gone through a lot together, but perhaps that counseling we were considering could help set us on the right direction to truly recognizing each other’s self-worth.********************What were your thoughts as you read about this family’s efforts to establish new routines following the deployment?  What implications are there for you as a Military Family Service Professional? What resources and strategies might be helpful for families? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.Watch for Part 3 of 4 of this reintegration blog series, Working on Relationships, which will be posted one week from now.If you didn’t get a chance, check out this archived webinar, “The Experience of Reintegration for Military Families and Implications for DoD” held mid-May.  It highlights current research related to reintegration, identifies issues military families face during reintegration, and discusses how these findings may impact programs and policies.MFLN Family Transitions Development provides education, resources and networking opportunities for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more