Saturday, November 19, 2011

Insomnia In Full Gear

It seems that each time Matt has to go away whether it's just for training, work-up, or a deployment, I become an extreme night owl and a long sleeper. I normally do prefer night time over morning, but deployments take it to a whole new level. And I tend to sleep for hours upon hours, like 11 hours of sleep. Insane right?

Anywho, I had a point to this post and it was that with all my insomnia, I was able to make a deployment paper chain to help celebrate each day going by. It's a way of me counting down and it's something I can look forward to each day!  It did take awhile to make because there are A LOT of days. and the fact I felt I had to take it one extra step by writing a little note inside because I plan on mailing these to him in the letters I write to him each day. 
 Cut a piece of construction paper or scrapbook paper (I used scrapbook)

 Write a message inside. This is an example since I used brown for the beginning of my chain

 Make a loop and staple or glue the ends together. Then each one after that loop it through the first.

 The entire chain. I can't wait until it's so short to where it doesn't even hang over the mirror!!

The best one by far --- homecoming (although I'm sure it's not the right date since I guesstimated)

 Taking the first chain off, it can only get smaller from here.

 5 down already just waiting to be mailed.

And for those who keep seeing this frame in the background of the other pictures, my best friend growing up, Monica, made this for me a few Christmas's ago in 2007. It's very thoughtful and showed how good of a friend she is, so it always has a place on my dresser.


  1. This is such a sweet idea! How many links {days} are on the chain? I hope they dwindle very quickly and you are reunited with your sweet hubby very soon!

  2. In the 200's. I cannot say the exact amount due to OPSEC but it's in that range, could be higher since I gave the minimal amount for what I'm hoping the deployment will be! Thank you, I hope so too!