MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #31

Aside from no deployments, what is one thing you would want to make the MilSpouse life “perfect”? –submitted by Oh How Delightful

Oh, I think we are all too aware that it would take a lot more than any single thing to make this life “perfect.” As long as I’m dreaming, though, I’d like to be able to choose where we’re stationed. Sometimes the whole “Where to next?” process brings to mind images of monkeys and dartboards.

Just how many peppers did Peter Piper pick? –submitted by Married into Army

None. The technical term is “chiles.”

If you could have any career in the world with nothing holding you back, what would you do? –submitted by It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To

It would involve preventing even Earth’s gravity from holding me back.


Gemini Spacewalk

Let's go for a walk, shall we? (NASA photo of Gemini EVA)

Do you have a service oriented tattoo and if so what is it. If you don’t what would you get? –submitted by The Squid’s Accomplice

I’m just not a tattoo kind of gal. For one thing, Judaism has traditionally frowned upon getting inked, though the issue more complicated than it might seem at the outset. Conveniently, the religious prohibition meshes nicely with my own squicked-outedness over needles of all varieties. I don’t even have my ears pierced, folks, and that has nothing to do with a religious rule and everything to do with the fact that I turn pale (okay, paler) at the thought of a needle going through my poor defenseless earlobe.

I do admire some of the lovely ink others have had done; I can appreciate the aesthetics without ever considering a trip to the local tattoo parlor myself.

Imagine a block of time has opened up in your busy day for you to take a class in anything you like. What subject would you choose?  –submitted by To The Nth

Why, what a thought-provoking question, Self! I’m so glad I asked it. 😉

…actually, why did I pick suck a tough question? I’m having a difficult time narrowing it down. I loved my college courses in topics such as Suffering and Evil (yes, really) and Religious Conservatives in America, which is probably why I wound up adding Religion as a second major in undergrad. Delving deeper into either of those topics would be welcome.

On the other hand, what about the courses for which I would have registered if there had been room between all the Comp Sci and Religion requirements? I missed my chance to indulge my not-so-inner nerd with a seminar entitled, “The Anthropology of Star Trek.” I would have eaten it up!

If I were to sign up for a class today, though, I think I would choose Arabic. I missed getting to take it as my foreign language in college by just one year, and someday I would like to correct the lack. As an added bonus, Arabic would open doors for me in religious studies — best of both worlds, eh?

Are you a military spouse/fiancée/fiancé/girlfriend/boyfriend? Hie thee to ENS Wifey’s blog, snag the questions, and add yourself to the Mr. Linky for this week’s MilSpouse Friday Fill-In!


15 thoughts on “MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #31

  1. I minored in Religion and one of my favorite classes by far was Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism in America (stretching from Puritans to today). It was quite interesting. And oh my goodness, The Anthropology of Star Trek?! Please tell me at what school that was offered.

    • The school was Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia — yay, Virginia schools! We spent a significant amount of time in my Religious Conservatives course on Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism. Did you happen to use Marsden’s book Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism? I was fascinated by the Pentecostals, myself.

      • Oh yes, I remember that book, but I think we only read certain chapters from it. Our professor had us do an “outsider observation” project, and I ended up attending a Pentecostal service with two friends from the class. That was QUITE an experience, to say the least.

  2. Get the book “Understanding Exposure” and break out your owners manual of your camera. With those two books, you’ll learn how to use manual =) I still have a hard time using my manual setting, but it’s still fun to practice. If you want to get the book, we could work through it together.

  3. Juicy In Italy says:

    I don’t really know your age but I was in my mid 20’s before getting my ears pierced for that same reason. How do you do when they draw blood?

    I always tell my husband I am going to end up with a full sleeve of tattoos…. Doubt that though one on my wrist is enough it says “faith” even though there are those days where I chuckle when I see it.

    • I’m in my mid-twenties myself, but I tell myself I’ve still got time — my mom was thirty-five when she got her ears pierced. 🙂 I still get pretty panicky when it comes to having blood drawn, but having to get it done more frequently due to a thyroid problem has gotten me more used to it.

  4. I’ve never had my ears pierced, either. I remember asking as a kid if I could, mom said I had to wait until I was older, then I didn’t want to. I could definitely take a Star Trek class, I would love that. Thanks for visiting my MFF!

  5. I’ve wanted to learn so many different languages! I took French for 6 years but I’ve never had a chance to actually USE it ha. Arabic would be really fun to learn. That picture is amazing! It ALMOST got me thinking about how fun a moonwalk would be, almost. 🙂

    • I love pictures from space — what gets me is how clear and sharp everything looks without the softening effect of the atmosphere.

      I took Russian in high school and German in college, and I haven’t had any opportunity to use either outside of an academic setting. I think some travel is in order!

  6. The Star Trek class sounds awesome! Nerds FTW.

    Arabic would be a really cool language to learn, my husband knows a little bit but just the ‘Army’ stuff you’d expect…

    • Yay, Star Trek nerdery! 😀

      I was poking around the language resources available through Navy Knowledge Online, and I was getting a kick out of the little briefing about air traffic control terminology in Arabic. I imagine it would be quite a practical thing for my husband to know, but I want to learn more than just the militarily relevant stuff, y’know?

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