Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Battlestar Galactica RPG

This will probably only be funny if you've watched Battlestar Gallactica.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: World War II

During World War II, what was Operation Sauerkraut?

It was the code name of a successful Office of Strategic Services project in which disaffected Germans (aka sour krauts) were recruited in prisoner-of-war camps to slip behind enemy lines to spread rumors and distribute Allied propaganda.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: World War II

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!


During World War II, what was Operation Sauerkraut?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Travel Luck

I took last week off from blogging. I even skipped my Tuesday Trivia and Hump Day Humor posts. It started off being because we were at the funeral for John's grandmother and transitioned into a week bloggy vacation because I just didn't want to put more pressure on myself in an already pressure-filled week with having been out for several days.

There was the frantic rush to make travel arrangements, traveling, the  rites and rituals of a funeral for a very special lady, catching up with extended family, getting back into the daily routine and then trying to get the closet painted before it was installed (didn't quite make it).

Before I get too far, we flew Spirit Airlines because the ticket prices were incredibly reasonable given we were buying our tickets three days before the flight. We learned why the prices were so cheap when we got to the airport. They want a fee for just about everything, including to carry on luggage. It was so bad that John and I would joke about the different fees they would charge... one to use the restroom, one to get out of the restroom, one to get your bag back at your destination, one to get off the plane. While the flight itself wasn't bad (other than the less than usual leg space).

Funny story... when John was booking our flight, he made the reservation using my maiden name. I had to laugh, but the poor thing was stressed out. Luckily, I took our marriage license to the airport with me, and we had no trouble getting the agent to change my name on the reservation. And then he wanted $10 to print out our boarding passes. $5 each. (See above regarding fees.)

And when we were picking up our rental car, we learned John's driver's license was expired. Which made us nervous that he would have trouble going through security coming home. Lucky for us, the TSA agent who scrutinized his license either didn't notice or didn't say anything. I am sure if I think about it, makes me feel a little less confident in airport security, but really I'm just damn grateful we didn't have any trouble.

It was definitely not the smoothest trip we've ever taken. But hey. We made it there and back.

Friday, February 17, 2012


John's grandmother passed away this past Wednesday. I've thought about the amazing woman she was as we made travel plans and arranged for time off work.

The best description I can come up with is that she was a firecracker.

I've since added to my bucket list that I want to be called a firecracker when I'm old and gray. I want people to say, "That Becky Mochaface. She was a firecracker."

But how do you become a firecracker?

I'm not entirely sure.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Valentine's Day Writer's Room

I know Valentine's Day was yesterday, but I couldn't pass up posting this.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Literature

What was Frankenstein's first name in the famous Mary Shelley horror story?


Congratulations to Steve Lovelace for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Literature

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!


What was Frankenstein's first name in the famous Mary Shelley horror story?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Overachieverness. I has it.

I am a bit of an overachiever. See: my list of goals for this month.

If you're not going to dream big, why bother dreaming at all. That's the overachiever motto.

After my freshman year in high school, I took geometry in summer school. Not because I failed the course during the school year. But because I wanted to get in the advanced math class with the smarties.

I read Shakespeare ahead of schedule so I could be better prepared for class discussion. I always understand Shakespeare better on the second read through.

(Side story - My parents for some reason were concerned with how I'd handle the workload of college. Until the day my dad found me in my room reading Shakespeare. Ahead of schedule. After that they weren't worried.)

In college I read the chapters to be discussed before class and always sat in the front row.

I volunteer for any sort of organizing or planning committee in the organizations I've joined and the companies I've worked for.

I like the bed made. Every day.

I pack my lunch and set aside both my running clothes and the clothes I wear to work the night before.

For the past two Christmases, I've made our Christmas cards. By hand.

I could go on. But there you go. Overachieverness. I has it. And I kinda like it.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hump Day Humor: The Problem with Jeggings

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Animals

What is a cross between a camel and a llama called?

A cama. Because of the great size difference between the camel and the llama, artificial insemination was used to produce the first cama, a male named Rama, in 1998.

Congratulations to Laura for being the first - and only - to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Animals

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!


What is a cross between a camel and a llama called?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Book Review: The Women

The Women by T.C. Boyle

The Women is the story of Frank Lloyd Wright told from the perspective of the four women who loved him.

This was, well, an interesting book. Rather than start with his first wife and end with his last. The author went backwards starting with the last wife. It made starting the second section difficult as when the first section ended it felt so much like the end of the story that I had to re-get into the book.

I wanted to really like this book. But I didn't. There were parts that were great. The storytelling fantastic and descriptive. And then there were parts that were repetitive and parts that Boyle just failed at portraying the women without making it obvious it was a man writing a woman's perspective.

And then there was the narrator and foot notes. For the most part, the foot notes didn't bother me though they were slightly annoying. The narrator on the other hand highly annoyed me. The summary on the back of the book did not allude to any narrator. I had assumed the book would be told completely from the women's perspectives. But the book opens with a fictional Japanese apprentice to Wright describing his journey to Taliesin for the first time. And because the "introduction" is written in first person, it took me at least 10 pages before I realized the narrator was a man and not a woman. So I was a bit confused. The introductions of 30-40 pages each before the three different sections I found to be superfluous and boring.

I do know several people who have enjoyed this book. I am just not one of them.

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.

Next month - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Thursday, February 2, 2012

66% success rate is pretty damn good in my opinion

So January has passed. And I only accomplished two of my three goals for the month.

I made a prime rib. And it was good.

I finished my knitting project. A beautiful blue scarf.

Which means I didn't paint the trim or the cabinets in our bathroom.

I wish I had a good reason. But really it's not a project I've been looking forward to as trim is not easy or fun to paint and the cabinets will require sanding before they can be painted. 

But I think I've finally mentally prepped myself enough for the task at hand. So I will be extending the deadline for this particular goal and adding it to my list for February.

February goals
  • Paint the trim and cabinets in the master bathroom
  • Install a new water heater
  • Paint the master closet
  • Install elfa in the master closet

It's a pretty long list for what is the shortest month of the year. But we won't be doing it all ourselves. Which probably means I should probably take those things off the list, but I still wish to get them done so there they stay.