Wednesday, November 7, 2012


This past weekend, our squadron celebrated our halfway point! That is a very exciting milestone in my life and now we are on the downhill side of this cruise, which makes me very happy. 

There are all kinds of traditions with halfway celebrations. They vary from squadron to squadron, but usually they involve getting dressed up and they guys doing something to treat us. I mean, we've made it through four and half months of sleeping alone and communicating almost entirely with email. We've earned a little recognition. And boy, did we get it. 

We chose to celebrate halfway with a spa day and a fancy dinner at the Founder's Inn, a hotel and spa in Virginia Beach. (Consequently, it's also on my school's campus. It felt wonderful to drive to school for a massage rather than class.) I got a fabulous massage and relaxed with champagne and a dip in the hot tub with some of the other spouses. We all got ready at the spa then headed over to the restaurant for dinner. 

When we walked in, the table was set up with a red rose and a bottle of wine at each of our place settings. The wine is a late harvest Zinfandel called Liquid Love. I suppose since our sailors can't be here in person, Liquid Love is the next best thing. (And isn't wine always the next best thing?) Our first round of drinks was on the guys. Someone sent them the wine and beer list from the resturant and they chose our individual drinks. R ordered me a pinot grigio, which I love. It was fun to see how well the guys knew their spouses drink orders. We also each got a handwritten letter from our spouse, which, needless to say, got me all teared up. 

After we all got settled, one of the girls announced that the guys had prepared a little dinner game for us to play. Now, here's what you need to know about cruise to understand the premise of this game. While the guys are gone, it's some kind of cruise tradition to grow a mustache. I'm not sure why, maybe its their way of sticking it to the man or something, but it's what they do. The problem is that there are, in my humble opinion, only a few men who can pull off a mustache and still look sexy. Rhett Butler, Tom Sellak, once in a while Johnny Depp... Mostly everyone else tends to look like the kinds of people you see in police sketches on the news. (No offense, Mom! Dad looks super handsome!) Well, some of our guys grew themselves some mustaches and our little halfway game was Guess That 'Stache. We were given a very close up of a mustache and a list of all the officers in the squadron and we had to match them up. Some of the guys (and girls) wore fake mustaches, which made things tougher. 

Well, I was pretty convinced that my hubby was a fake 'stacher and I bragged confidently about how I was SO SURE I knew which one was R. 

This is the 'stache I was convinced belonged to the man whose face I have been staring at for the last nine years. 

This is the 'stache I looked and and thought, "Ew, gross. I feel sorry for the poor girl who has to kiss that guy. Blech." 

I think you can see where this is headed. 

After dinner, the results were revealed and sure enough, I was quite wrong. The good news is that so was almost everyone else. (Except our one husband in the Spouse's Club. Sure enough, he was able to sift through the facial hair and pick out his wife from the bunch. I think he had an unfair advantage...) 

This is the face of a man who left in June looking handsome and clean shaven and now appears to be the other half of the Super Mario Brothers. I mean, I'm not saying it looks terrible, but let's be real, I'm not exactly saying it looks good either. (I teased him plenty about this mustache, which I had no idea he was even growing. I may have used the words Amber Alert more than once...) 

Suffice to say, those pre-ordered drinks came in handy once the full face shots of our husbands (and wives!) with four and a half months of glorious facial hair got revealed. 

After our game of Ew Gross! Is That My Husband? Why Does He Look Like An '80's Cop!? Guess That 'Stache, we enjoyed an evening of catching up and yummy food. 

Here's our fabulous group, minus a few who couldn't be there. It was a great day, from the massage to dinner. It's a lot of fun to be able to celebrate being halfway done with cruise with people who are just as excited as I am. There are more posts to be written about how awesome these folks are and how lucky I am to be in a squadron like this.  

Those mustachioed men (and women) also had a little surprise from us. A couple months ago, we took a group picture to send out to the boat for them to unveil at halfway. Now, I may be biased, but I believe our halfway picture is pretty much the best. 

 Amanda Hedgepeth Photography

Thanks to a group with a good sense of humor and little creativity, we sent this picture out to our sailors. I think it's pretty clear why we're so awesome... (We're all fully clothed behind those signs. Just don't tell that to the people slowing down in their cars to stare.) 

I haven't talked much about deployment, and believe me, there's a lot to say. Halfway is a great time to regroup and evaluate. Stay tuned for my thoughts on cruise so far. 


  1. Love. Love. Love this post. Thanks for sharing.

    And gross to the 'stache. You "mustache" him to shave it off.

  2. There's nothing punny about mustaches, Megan. : )