Monday, August 22, 2011

Nancy Wake, the "White Mouse" of WWII

You have to read this obituary of a woman who was a British spy during WWII.  She was badass.

Some quotes from the article:

As her involvement in the war deepened, Ms. Wake was trained by the British to kill with her bare hands (she delivered a fatal karate chop to a sentry at an arms factory), parachute into enemy-held territory and work a machine gun.
She chomped on cigars and bested guerrilla fighters in drinking bouts. She traveled nowhere without her Chanel lipstick, face cream and a favorite red satin cushion.
In 1939, she married Henri Fiocca, heir to a Marseille shipping concern. She later told the Daily Telegraph: “He was tall. He could dance the tango. And if you dance the tango with a nice, tall man, you know what eventually will happen, don’t you?”


In recent years, she lived in a nursing home for retired veterans. She passed much of the day clutching a gin and tonic at the nearby hotel bar, the same watering hole where she had her first “bloody good drink” after the war.

Ms. Wake was the subject of two biographies in addition to her 1985 memoir. A TV miniseries aired in the late 1980s; she was typically scornful of its factual liberties.
“For goodness sake, did the allies parachute me into France to fry eggs and bacon for the men?” she asked. “There wasn’t an egg to be had for love nor money, and even if there had been, why would I be frying it when I had men to do that sort of thing?”

Monday, July 18, 2011

We took a trip to Lowe's yesterday to buy some lumber.

I am going to attempt to build a dining room table.  Specifically this one:

That table is from Resoration Hardware.  It costs $2595.  I'll be spending under $200 (assuming everything goes well).  I got the plans here:

Hopefully I can do this without losing any fingers!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Dinner with Andrea and Patrick

My lovely friend Andrea and her sweet boyfriend Patrick came over for dinner this weekend.  We had hamburgers (meat for the boys, veggie/vegan for the girls).  Andrea brought some vegan red velvet cupcakes and vegan slaw, both of which were delicious.

After dinner we played a hilarious game of Life.  I grew up playing the old version and this new version is just as fun!

July 4th 2011

This year for the 4th, we went to Lucedale, MS to visit with Eric's family.  It was like a mini family-reunion.  I think there were almost 50 people there!

The weather was hot, but the kids insisted on playing baseball outside.  William only wanted me to pitch to him.  I have no idea why since I have no sports ability at all.

We got to visit with cousins who we haven't seen in a while.

Hung out with Bennett in the truck

Celebrated Bennett's birthday

And Andrew's birthday

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Birthday take two!

After my surprise party I had another get-together for those who weren't able to come.  We met at Surin, my absolute favorite place to eat. 

My brother Jesse.

Kathy und ich.

Jessica, Chris and their cutie Max.

He was eating sushi and loving it!

Carmen my running buddy.

Jesse again.

Kathy and Connie.

Nick and Laura.


My wonderful husband threw me a surprise party for my birthday this year.  I turned 30, so I'm officially an adult now if I wasn't before.  My mother-in-law helped a lot with the food and decorations.  I had a great time! 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Painting, Part One

You might remember from our last post, we were deciding on paint colors.  I had decided on the middle color (Liveable Green).  After living with the colors on the wall for about a week, both of us changed our minds and we decided to go with the medium color (Softened green).  We spent most of the day yesterday painting our foyer and hallway bathroom.  The den and kitchen will hopefully be painted next weekend.  We're both very happy with the color.  Normally I'm the painter, but since this is a big job, Eric helped.  I did the detail work, while he used the roller.  So much faster with two people!

Here are some before and after pics:

Our front hallway:

From the front door, looking into the den:

Front door, looking into dining room:

I think the green color really makes the trim stand out (which by the way, also needs to be painted).

You can see here where we stopped painting.  

The green color seems so much warmer than the yellow.  We're both  very happy with it!