Wednesday, July 31, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Presidents


Where in the U.S. is the only statue of George Washington for which America's first president actually posed?

In Richmond, Virginia, in the state capitol. The life-size marble statue was carved by noted French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon after he took detailed measurements of Washington's body, and made a life mask of his face and a plaster bust of his head. The statue was installed in the capitol rotunda in 1796.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Presidents

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Where in the U.S. is the only statue of George Washington for which America's first president actually posed?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Nugget (Month 4)

Dear Willa,

We've settled into our routine of daycare drop off/pick up, and a month and a half later things are going well. You haven't gotten sick yet (knocking on wood), and you seem to enjoy the people who take care of you. Plus, you have all those older babies to watch, which you love to do.





This month you figured out how to roll over. First you could only go from on your stomach to on your back. But just a few days ago, I laid you down on your back and went into the kitchen for something. When I came back a few seconds later, you were on your stomach. And every morning I get you out of your crib, you're on your stomach (and I know you did not start out that way). The other night I watched you roll across the living room, and I realized your dad and I are in for it. Now that you're able to move around the room at your own leisure (and you start pretty much as soon as we set you down), we're going to have to be more careful about what you can get to.




We drove up to Kansas City for your cousin's birthday party. I wish I could say the drive went as well as your last road trip, but that was not the case. We had only been on the road for an hour when you woke up and started to cry. So we pulled over to give you a break. We did this two more times, and I began to wonder if we would ever make it to Kansas City. Finally, I just crawled into the back so I could play with you and keep you entertained. That seemed to work as we were able to drive for longer stretches, and from then on one of us sat in the back with you for the rest of the drive both to Kansas City and on the way home.




You've found your feet, and you are always trying to stick one or both in your mouth (everything's going into the mouth these days). Once you even fell asleep holding onto one of your feet. There's a stretch at the end of Bar Method class called Happy Baby. If I didn't fully get why it is named that before, I get it now thanks to you.




You're starting to sleep through the night more often, just recently going a whole week of every night sleeping 10 hours. There are still nights when you don't (like last night when you woke up at 2 a.m.), but I'm keeping my fingers crossed we're over that hill, and there will be more nights of sleeping 10 hours straight than not. 





I love to make you laugh. When I change your diaper, I like to tickle your tummy and listen to you giggle like it's the best game you've ever played. And let's face it. Your only four months old so that is probably the best game you've ever played. Peek-a-boo and the Hokey Pokey are a close second and third. 


  

Whatever I can do to make you smile or laugh, I'm going to do. No matter how ridiculous I sound or look. Your smile is worth making a total fool out of myself. Though truthfully I never really had a problem with making a fool out of myself before. I'm sure your Aunt Lola, Uncle Buddy or Omy and Opie would be glad to show you pictures and tell you the stories one day.

Love,
Momma


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Football

What 1924 change in the design of the football made it possible for players to throw spiral passes?

An internal inflation valve was developed to replace the external inflation stem that was tucked under the laces of the football. The change made it possible to throw a wobble-free pass, setting the stage for the modern passing game.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Football

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(In honor of the daily countdown to college football I get from John)

What 1924 change in the design of the football made it possible for players to throw spiral passes?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

20 Random Mochaface Facts

Months ago I found an idea on Pinterest, a series of posts one blogger wrote... 30 things my kids should know about me. It sounded like fun to me so I pinned it with the intention of doing it. Months later and I haven't done it yet. But now seems like a good time.

First post... 20 random facts about me.

1. I like to keep a tally of how many times I've worn a pair of shoes so I know if I got my money's worth out of each pair. This should tell you two things: a) I love shoes. b) I don't like to spend money frivolously.

2. I've read the entire Harry Potter series a minimum of 12 times. And I cry at the end. Always.

3. I got my Becky Mochaface nickname while working at Starbucks when I lived in Boston because I literally (and that's the correct use of the word literally) got mocha syrup on my face and didn't have time to clean it off until the end of my shift.

4. As you can probably tell by #3, I'm a grammar nerd.

5. I love to exercise and be active. Running, windsurfing, swimming, yoga, Bar Method. Just about any kind of activity.

6. One of my favorite ways of spending a weekend night is playing board games.

7. I can change a flat tire, a skill I think every driver should have. 

8. I get a bit road rage-y while driving. Especially during rush hour.

9. Things I can't stand: the sound and sight of people chewing/popping/smacking/otherwise masticating gum; people twitching/shaking their feet and/or legs.

10. I love doing sudoku and crosswords and also watch Wheel of Fortune for the word puzzles.

11. I like to be in control.

12. While I have nothing against cats, I am definitely a dog person.

13. I am not the world's best housekeeper. As long as the house is relatively picked up, I don't worry too much about how clean it is.

14. Whiskey. Craft beer. Nuff said.

15. Opie sometimes calls me Beck-I-E because I went through a phase as a teenager when I decided spelling my name with a -y was too common so I changed it to an -ie.

16. I like to make my own cards for any occasion. I don't get to actually do it as often as I like anymore but I still try to whenever I can.

17. I write to work through whatever problems I'm having. I even had a poem published in a magazine. Swimmer's World but still.

18. My high school did not have a swim team until I [and my sister] convinced the school board to let us start one.

19. It was my dream to move to Boston but wasn't sure I had it in me. It was thanks to the encouragement of Omy and Opie that I found the courage to do it.

20. I try to look at every day with optimism and remember what my happiness is.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Movies


What cuddly prop did director John McTiernan work into his movies Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October?

A teddy bear. John McClane (Bruce Willis) has one at the start of Die Hard (1988); and Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) has the same bear at the end of Red October (1990).

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

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Movies

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What cuddly prop did director John McTiernan work into his movies Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October?

Friday, July 5, 2013

Book Review: One Good Dog

One Good Dog by Susan Wilson

Adam March, a powerful executive, has a meltdown and loses everything. His job, his wife and kid, his place in society. When a judge orders him to serve his community service at a soup kitchen, he crosses paths with a former champion of the dogfighting scene who had been living on the streets. The two hold each other up and help each other find their redemption and a new life.

March as the hero is supposed to be sympathetic. You're supposed to root for him to be redeemed, to learn his lesson and make things right. I never could bring myself to care about what happened to him. I found him to be arrogant and hard to relate to. It felt like his path to redemption was short, and what bugged me the most was how what triggered his meltdown at the beginning of the book was largely ignored in the story until the very end. 

It is not a deep book. The characters are largely one dimensional with the exception of the dog.

The most enjoyable part of this book for me were the chapters that the dog narrated. His story and the way he told it felt like how dogs view the world. It felt true. The dog's transformation from fight dog to beloved pet kept me reading. And the end left me in tears and hugging Cooper for 10 minutes. The dog lover part of me is glad I read it.

Next month - And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Numbers

What is the maximum number of digits allowed on a credit card?

19, under guidelines set by the International Standards Organization and the American Standards Institute. Cards issued by American Express have 15 digits; by MasterCard and Discover, 16; and by Visa, either 13 or 16.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Numbers

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What is the maximum number of digits allowed on a credit card?