Shocked

Question 1115Have you ever been electrocuted?

It’s probably my earliest memory, zapped and fried into my brain with precise detail. I was three years old, and decided to stick a corn-on-the-cob holder into our living room socket.

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The Longest Book

Book shopping with Miss C in October 2018

Question #758What is the longest book you’ve ever read?

In 2011, I checked out the book Les Miserables from our local library in Northern Virginia, not realizing it’s one of the longest novels in history. I mean, clearly, it’s a big book with 513,000 words on 2,783 pages. But since I enjoyed the musical so much, and knew the plot, I figured it was something I could easily follow and read during my bath time soaks.

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Putting Positivity Out There

What the world needs now … (Photo of the girls from February 2010)

Question 1205: What’s the kindest thing you’ve done for a stranger?

Random acts of kindness are an important part of my life. I think this comes from the idea that the world needs more positive and loving energy, so why not put that out there whenever possible? If it’s true that everyone has a particular love language, giving is absolutely mine.

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Making Their Space

Miss C’s room in Northern Virginia in 2011

Question #1121: What’s one chore or task you love doing?

Of all the chores or tasks I do, I love making up my children’s bedrooms. Note that I didn’t say I like cleaning their rooms: that’s an important distinction. There is no pleasure in going into their spaces when it looks like the laundry hamper, their libraries, AND their school bags have exploded all over the place. If I have to get involved in cleaning their rooms, it’s rarely a pleasant experience.

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Sweet Stuff

Question #1197: What do you like on your toast or biscuit?

I usually eat my toast with butter and fruit jam, although if it’s German pretzel bread, I prefer cream cheese with it.

But if I could, I would put Nutella, bacon, and sliced bananas on my toast every single day. I don’t just like that stuff … I LOVE it. I love it so much that I only eat it about once or twice a year.

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That’s What I Did

Photo taken June 2000, a week before I headed to Ramstein Air Base

Question 1455: What is the best thing you have done just because you were told you can’t?

The day I arrived to my first duty station at Ramstein Air Base in June 2000, my sponsor called my new office to confirm I made it there. The first thing the senior NCO asked was, “How does she rate on a scale of 1 to 10?”

He didn’t realize he was on speaker phone.

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No Good Shepherd

Afghanistan. August 2007.

Question 1208: What movie or book ending really left you hanging to the point of anger?

Spoiler alert: if you haven’t seen that Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie movie, and you still want to, then don’t read …

We were in Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan, our fifth location in less than four weeks. It was August, and everything was hot and dusty as we schlepped all our gear, weapons, and armour from place to place, documenting Airmen as they went on convoys, destroyed weapons caches, and trained the Afghan police force.

I was sleeping in a room designated for distinguished visitors, since I obviously couldn’t sleep with my two male teammates in their room. The room had a bunkbed, a wardrobe without a door, and bars over the tiny window in the corner near the ceiling. Compared to a tent, it was nice.

But it sucked.

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Say My Name

Say my name. Photo from January 2015.

Question 350What nickname have you been called you hate?

I’ve been called a lot of nicknames over the course of my life. No surprise: my most favorite is Mom. Most others were given in reference to my appearance, background, or a play-off of my name. There were a few unfriendly ones given to me during those middle school years, but even then, I didn’t really give a shit about what others called me, so nothing stuck for very long. My favorites came from my time in the military: Shorty, PA, Cincinnati, Vee-Dub, W-9, Four-Eyes. 

Hate is a strong word, but there is one nickname that I still get called every now and then, and it annoys me every time.

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