Ah! I get it now! ;)
Dustin has a 'Cruise Wife'
This article is basic psychology, and something I really didn't take time to understand while Aaryk has been gone. But I'm sure Aaryk had his 'deployment wife' just like I have my DVD collection (okay, and a few pairs of shoes, but they're all high heels and Aaryk TOLD me to buy them!).
I guess it's good to remember that my spending sprees weren't JUST a weakness in character (I was supposed to be being frugal after all), but a coping mechanism for being alone.
Oh, and this is a cool little video, has NOTHING to do with anything, but I just wanted to share!