Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Favorite Things

Big thanks to my family for sending most of this. It has made my time out here so, so much better!

Pictures and letters from home.
I have a bunch of pictures hanging on my closet that make me happy as I'm getting ready to head out. Kelly sends me videos of her boys, and Pat sent me an awesome collage on WhatsApp of Jordyn, Hans, and CosCos that never fails to put a big smile on my face.

Ear Plugs
Before deploying I hadn't used earplugs. I would usually fall asleep to the sound of a fan. Since being out here, and on night-shift, the quiet sound of a fan does nothing to cover all the ambient noise. I had to learn how to use these, but now they are invaluable in getting at least a few hours of solid sleep. My parents sent this, and other brands, and these worked out the best for me.

Magnesium Lotion
It is hot and dry out here, so I've been going through all sorts of lotion. I ordered this on a whim after reading the magnesium deficiency can lead to insomnia. I really like it. The reviews have it doing everything from relieving migraines to curing ADHD. I'm not sure if it does much to help me sleep, but I think it does help relieve muscle tension (I haven't been sore from workouts since being out here) and I like the smell. It's suppppper sweet, like a vanilla cupcake, so definitely not for everyone!

Market Pantry Strawberry Lemonade
I drink a lot of water out here, and sometimes when I'm staring down another bottle of Aqua Gulf I find myself reaching for anything to add some flavor. My mom sent this brand/flavor in the last package she sent, and it's the best one yet!

Peppermint Luna Bars
Luna bars are a great snack. The fiber, vitamins, and protein make it feel like not a complete waste and they have a lot of great flavors. Peppermint has been, and I think always will be, my favorite.

Rich and Sandra sent me a bunch of bags of these delicious little guys. Not only are they my current favorite nut, having to shell them means I don't mindlessly eat a lb. 😉

ThinkThin Bars
My parents sent me these after there was a salmonella scare in both the chicken and the eggs out here. Needed a way to get protein, and these are really good for high protein bars. They sent four flavors: lemon delight, chocolate fudge, chunky peanut butter, and brownie crunch. And that is the order I'd rank them! In a surprise twist (for me) the chocolates were beat out by the lemon, which is light, sweet, and refreshing. Totally weird for a protein bar.

PB2 and Rice Krispy Treats
My mom sent Rice Krispy treats at the same time that Steve sent me some PB2... and they are a match made in heaven. The soft krispy treats can be dunked or smothered in the PB2. It's become a bit of an addiction.

Yoga with Adriene
I had started doing 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene before, and stalled out before getting very far. I think I got to day 7. This time around, I feel like I am connecting with the videos more, able to focus on my breathing, and really benefiting physically and mentally. I linked to the day I just completed, Day 20, and I think it's a good day to start with if you want to try out some yoga.

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