A personal insight into modern military history

Coley Tyler grew up in Western North Carolina and decided at a very young age to pursue a career in the military. He writes about that in his new book “Ghosts of Fallujah” — but I already knew that part.

I grew up with Coley, and while I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to be when I grew up, we all know what Coley would be doing: He was going to go to West Point, and he was going to serve his country. We knew it just like we knew that picking the stop-sign pizza in the cafeteria was a pretty good idea, that getting on Mr. Shields’ bad side was a very bad idea and that the cross country team was probably going to win state every year. It was just part of our collective local knowledge. It was known.

The part of the book that was news to me was just what he was doing after West Point. And let me tell you: He’s done a lot.

Coley served with the Second Battalion, Seventh Cavalry, in the Second Battle of Fallujah, which was the largest engagement of the Iraq War. His recounting of the battle itself and the days leading up to it give the reader a clear understanding of what a complex undertaking a U.S. military operation is and what the personal cost of it can be.

Coley’s respect for the military at large and for his battalion, commanders and fellow soldiers specifically is obvious throughout the book. I would recommend “Ghosts of Fallujah” to anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of modern military history.

In which we have an excess of subscription meal boxes

Well I missed days 9, 10 and 11 of National Blog Posting Month, so I think it’s safe to say I won’t be completing it this year. I was a little disappointed with myself on Saturday morning when I realized I hadn’t written anything on Friday, because this will be this first November in a lot of years that I haven’t posted something every day. But the good news is that I am write on track on my National Novel Writing Month project. In the word-count sense, that is. The story itself is off-the-rails nonsensical. But I’m still doing that, and it’s taking up most of my words every day.

A friend gave me a try-it-out code for Hello Fresh recently, and we’re trying that out this week. It’s overlapping with my Blue Apron experiment, so pretty much all of our groceries were delivered to the door this week. It’s felt extremely indulgent. I have a code for $40 off at Hello Fresh if any of you would like to try it out. Disclaimer: I’ll get a $20 credit it you use that link.

Monday: Lemon pepper chicken linguine

This is from Hello Fresh, and I think there’s a 50-50 chance the kids will like it.

Tuesday: Out probably
It’s a pretty scattered day. Maybe I’ll come through the door with bags of freshly prepared salads, but it’s more likely to be cheeseburgers.

Wednesday: Honey-glazed Pork Tenderloin
This one’s also from Hello Fresh. I’m a sucker for anything honey-glazed, so I’m expecting to like this.

Thursday: Seared Chicken with Honey Mustard
This one is from Blue Apron, and the kids will be off rehearsing for “A Christmas Carol” so it’ll just be me and Rockford trying it out. It looks a little plain.

Friday: Steak fajitas
The kids have had play practice so often lately that they haven’t been helping with dinner, but they’ll be home Friday night so Pete is going to make us some fajitas. With a lot of assistance, sure, but it’s his show.

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.

Documenting the everyday

Today is #OneDayHH day on instagram. It’s a thing Laura Tremaine, formerly of the Hollywood Housewife blog, came up with a few years ago in which you take pictures of what you’re doing all day long and post them to instagram, kind of like what we all do normally but on a more regular schedule and with a cohesive hashtag.

I love the project, and this is the fifth year I’d done it! In 2014 my day was mostly laundry and schoolwork with the kids, in 2015 we were fighting colds, in 2016 we watched my favorite baseball game of all time, and last year found us homeschooling, going to the library and introducing Poppy to “Stranger Things.”

What will #OneDayHH have in store for us in 2018? Let’s find out!

7am | Everything Old is New Again

9am | Jumping Through Hoops (Someday)

10am | Proud Mama Moment

11am | Pre-algebra

11am bonus | Dad vs. Autumn

noon | on the road

1pm | NaNoWriMo in the Parking Lot

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#amwriting #nanowrimo #inaparkinglot #onedayhh

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4pm | Meow mix

5pm | Dissent is patriotic

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Dissent is patriotic. #OneDayHH #protest #Asheville #protectmueller

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6:30pm | sustenance

7:45pm | Test prep

8:15pm | Blue steel

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A restful moment with #zobristHCat #onedayhh

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9pm | Cake o’clock

10:30pm | Good night, and good luck

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