Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Day #21 - UPDATED

If I was cool and famous like Jenny, The Bloggess I'd have awesome software where I could easily point out to you the deep scrape on my hand. But since I'm not, you'll have to squint your eyes and look in the lower left of my hand just above the wrist and imagine two scrapes that are practically gashes (at least they look that way to me).

I swear I'm not a klutz. I made a quick stop at home to pick up my gift certificate to Nine West to buy those awesome shoes I dropped a little hint (okay so it was more than a little hint) couple weeks ago before going to the mall. As I was going up the stairs giddy with glee at going shoe shopping, my Anne Klein pump got caught in the cuff of my pants and before I knew it the stairs came up to meet and greet me home. And not just any stairs. But the gravel-y kind that really scrapes up your hand.

Making matters worse, the Nine West closest to my apartment didn't have my size in black. So I have to stop at the Galleria tomorrow to pick up the pair they have on hold for me. And now I'm drowning my sorrows in the rest of the chocolate peanut butter cookie dough cheesecake I got today for $1.50 for National Cheesecake Day (It was The Cheesecake Factory's 30th anniversary and to celebrate, every slice of cheesecake was priced what it was in 1978... $1.50). Everything is better with chocolate and peanut butter.

UPDATED: So have I mentioned how awesome Jenny, The Bloggess is? She is. And if you're not reading her blog, you need to. She's funny, honest, random and not afraid to say vagina. Seriously. Check out her blog now! The point of all this gushing is that Jenny doctored my photo in her Bloggess way to help point out my gashes. Thanks Jenny. You're the best, really and truly.

I can talk to snakes, they find me

Ok, first, I know I missed my Hump Day Humor post today. I'm really sorry. It's been a bit of crazy day and what I had lined up to post today wasn't working with me (Damn video player, why can't everyone just use YouTube? It was a good one too). Then I tried to find something else early this morning while running around with eye shadow and mascara only on one eye and stuffing a bagel in my mouth. So needless to say that didn't work out. I promise I'll make it up to you next week with something extra funny or two funny things or something. Or maybe I'll make cookies and send it to you since I'm pretty sure only 5 people read this blog.

Anyway, more important things...

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince trailer is out!!! And it's good! Really good!! (Can you tell by the amount of exclamation points that I'm excited?)

Sometimes Michael Gambon really hits the role of Dumbledore on the nail and sometimes he misses. Looks like from the trailer that he's done a pretty good job with HBP. And the kid that got to play small Voldy is absolutely freaky.

Now enough talking and watch the video already! (On YouTube, naturally and thankfully)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Presidents

Who was the first Boy Scout to become president of the United States?

John F. Kennedy

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Day #20 - It's my party

Happy birthday to me! Yes, I'm wearing a tiara. No, no one made me. I wanted to wear a tiara on my birthday. And it definitely paid off because at lunch I got a free piece of cheesecake. Without the corny song. w00t!! My friend Mike didn't believe me so I sent a picture. He was laughing his ass off. Then I forwarded the picture to DBF.

DBF: They gave you a birthday tiara
ME: No I gave me a birthday tiara

And before everyone asks, DBF is taking me shoe shopping for my birthday! Though I have no idea where he got the notion that it only takes 1-3 hours. I haven't told him yet that I could spend that time in one store. He may regret that choice when it's all over. Now the dilemma is do I get several pairs or one really nice pair?

P.S. I didn't take this picture but I am in it so it's counts toward the daily photo.

Tuesday Trivia: Presidents

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post offering interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment if you know the answer or if you'd like to take a guess. The answer will be posted tomorrow.


Who was the first Boy Scout to become president of the United States?

Monday, July 28, 2008

Lost Spoilers from Comic Con

Team Darlton spoke at Comic Con this past Saturday. They didn't reveal much about Season 5, par for the course for them. Here are some few tidbits (thanks to IO9, TV Guide and EW):
  • We will see Rousseau's story this year, but it won't exactly be a flashback. We're done with flashbacks and flashforwards, but there will be some time-jumping excitement anyway. There will be storytelling on and off the island, and in different periods of time.
  • Vincent the Dog is fine and will be in season five — and will survive until the end of the show.
  • The Jack/Kate/Sawyer triangle is central to the show, and we'll see more interesting permutations of it over the next two seasons. And Kate will see Sawyer again.
  • The nameless extras in the Zodiac boat with Farraday, stranded with the island gone, may be toast, but "things are looking up" for Farraday himself.
  • Speaking of Daniel, he has a little notebook that tells him stuff that's happened, and stuff that will happen soon, and it's going to figure prominently in season five.
  • Richard Alpert is "quite old," thanks to the island's mystical properties, and we'll see more of his history this year. We'll also see him barefoot in "the near future, pun intended," so we'll find out how many toes he has.
  • Matthew Fox made an appearance at the panel with Damon and Carlton.
  • The panel then took an odd turn when a pudgy, red-faced "recruit" from the Dharma Initiative bounded on stage to report that he just captured secret video from Dharma's Comic-Con booth. It featured Lost character Dr. Marvin Candle admitting to the camera that his real name was Chang, he was a professor from Ann Arbor, Mich., and that he was about to fall victim to a "violent purge" that he's "powerless to escape" (translation: he's dead now, folks). Candle's purpose for the video? He wanted to say his research on the Island was valid so the "Dharma Initiative should be reconstituted."
The entire panel was taped and uploaded on You can watch it here.

Season 5 begins filming in a few weeks.

Day #19

I got two early birthday presents in the mail today (my birthday is tomorrow - w00t!!), and I'm having a hard time exercising self-control to not open them tonight.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Day #18

DBF made me dinner tonight. Hamburger Helper. Bless him for cooking something.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Day #17

I finally (FINALLY!) got my hair cut. And I couldn't decide what I wanted so I told my hair dresser (stylist?) to do whatever as long as it could be easily maintained. This is what she did. And I'm sorta in love with it.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Day #16

Anyone up for a game of volleyball?

A birthday present that I won't be able to watch

Warner Bros. has officially announced that the trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will debut via satellite feed on Tuesday, July 29 from 9-9:15 p.m. and re-air on Wednesday, July 30 from 6-6:15 a.m. (both EST).

Here's the information if you have the equipment to pick up the feed:
Galaxy 28, Transponder 19, C-Band Analog
Downlink Frequency: 4080V
Audio Configuration: 6.2/6.8

For those of us without the equipment, it's likely to appear before The Mummy 3 or whatever movie that is which'll be in theaters the next day.

I'm sure it will make an appearance online at some point shortly after that.

HBP will be in theaters November 21, 2008.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Day #15

I was a Fish Camp counselor for three years while I was at A&M. For you non-Aggies, Fish Camp is a sort of orientation for incoming freshmen that teaches them not just about A&M but the opportunities college presents overall. And helps introduce them to people so even if they know no one, they know someone. I absolutely loved doing it. Quite possibly Fish Camp was my favorite part of my entire college career. Anyway, this t-shirt is from my first camp as counselor. Our theme was Superheroes Gone Fishin' - cause it was Fish Camp, get it? Hee. We had fun with it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Day #14

I lead such a thrilling life. And I just now noticed that you can see my bra in this picture.

Hump Day Humor: The World's Funniest Joke

According to some scientists, this joke ranked the highest globally with universal appeal.

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps: "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says: "Calm down, I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says: "OK, now what?"

The article included information on what jokes people from different countries found funny. For example, Americans and Canadians prefer jokes "where there was a strong sense of superiority - either because a character looks stupid or is made to look stupid by someone else."

Texan: "Where are you from?"

Harvard graduate: "I come from a place where we do not end our sentences with prepositions."

Texan: "OK, where are you from, Jackass?"

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Cartoons

What was the name of the genius talking dog on TV's animated series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show? How about his pet boy?

The dog was Mr. Peabody; his pet boy was Sherman.

Partial congratulations to Mochaface friend Catizhere who got Sherman correct.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Day #13

I'm upset this picture didn't turn out better. From my fortune cookie today. It says "You will receive a surprising gift very soon." And one of the lucky numbers is 27. My birthday is next week, and I'm actually turning 27. DBF informed me last night that my birthday gift will take 1-2 hours. I have absolutely no idea what it could possibly be. My sister said maybe a massage and other suggestions have included a helicopter ride. Based on what he said, I'm not sure it's either of these but I certainly won't stop speculating over the next week. Either way, this fortune today was a little creepy.

Tuesday Trivia: Cartoons

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post offering interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment if you know the answer or if you'd like to take a guess. The answer will be posted tomorrow.


What was the name of the genius talking dog on TV's animated series
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show? How about his pet boy?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Day #12

Apparently, I got eaten alive this weekend by the mossies (to us non-Australians, that's mosquitoes) and just didn't notice until today. You can kinda see a couple bites on my leg here. But trust me, there's more. And they itch like a bitch.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Day #11

When I was a student at A&M, we went to a place called Double Dave's every Tuesday for their two-for-one pizza roll special. Then someone had the pizza rolls from Gumby's and converted the rest of us. So the rest of my time in College Station, every Tuesday we were at Gumby's for their 50 cent pizza roll special. And every time I'm in town, I refuse to go home without those heavenly rolls. And this trip was no exception.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Day #10

This is my cousin's 7-year-old daughter Taylor. She decided to play teacher, and we were all her students. What's she holding up is my homework, which she gave a zero. I appealed to her logic and showed her how the answers were correct but was unable to convince her to change my grade. So at almost 27 and with a master's degree, I got my first zero. From a 7 year old. Awesome.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Day #9

I'm in a wedding in October (Hi Jenn!) and still needed shoes so I could get the dress altered. Since I got off work today at lunch, I decided to go shoe shopping. After walking around the entire mall and going into every shoe store (sans the athletic shoe stores), I went back and bought the first shoes I saw. Go figure. But what the real miracle is, is that I made it out of the mall without buying about 5 other pairs as there were at least that many that I wanted. Trust me when I say this was about the hardest thing I've had to do in a while. But if anyone is feeling generous, this pair are the ones that were the hardest to say goodbye to. Hey, I have a birthday coming up in 11 days. Size 8 in black please. Call it a birthday present ;-)

P.S. I'll be in College Station for a family reunion this weekend so I'm not sure I'll get to posting my daily photo tomorrow. Though I will post it on Sunday at the latest, along with Sunday's pic of course.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Day #8

I have a family reunion this weekend. So I'm making the yummiest cookies in the world ... chocolate peanut butter cup cookies.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Day #7 - Crotch Shot

This is a new height on my blog I'm reaching today... I'm posting a picture of my crotch. Who knew that a week ago when I decided to embark on this little adventure of posting a picture a day that would include said picture of my crotch? But here we are. And there's my crotch.

Well as you may be aware, Starbucks has launched a new drink. It's a smoothie (read non-coffee) made with bananas. When I stopped in to pick up some much needed coffee this morning, the register barista handed me a sample and free coupon. I'm not a big fan of bananas in smoothies, but I don't turn down free samples (that's what she said!). But I decided to take it into the car with me rather than finish it and throw away the tiny non-lidded cup in the trash before I walked out the door. Well minutes later when I had to hit my brakes a little harder than originally anticipated, the smoothie ended up more in the seat and my pants than it did in my stomach.

No biggie, I thought. I have the best thing ever invented in my purse ... the Tide pen! Since I was driving, I didn't whip it out right there (lots of innuendo today) but waited until I got to work. Only when I did, I discovered my pen was broken! And water and paper towels did not work nearly as well. This was a tragedy! And a long explanation for why I'm posting a picture of my crotch. I'm almost nervous to think of where this could go next. And must remember to add Tide pen to my grocery list.

Hump Day Humor: Phone Message

The supposed backstory on this is that a girl named Olga was out with her friends in the Marina district of San Francisco (known for being a popular hang out for douches), and she talked to this guy named Dmitri for all of two minutes. Then she gave him her card and said “give me a call.” This is the message he left. Listen to the whole thing, because it just keeps getting better and better. - Watch more free videos

Thanks to Cary for the video.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Science

What chemical element is represented by the symbol "W"?

Tungsten, which is also known as wolfram.

Congrats to Mochaface friend Catizhere, who was the only one to get the correct answer!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Day #6

DBF's back from Mexico! And he brought me tequila! w00t!! Should I be worried that he's holding up the knife with the tequila?

Tuesday Trivia: Science

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post offering interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment if you know the answer or if you'd like to take a guess. The answer will be posted tomorrow.


What chemical element is represented by the symbol "W"?

Monday, July 14, 2008

Day #5

It's been so long since I've had a hair cut, I'm having to clip my bangs back, as you can see here, so they're not in my eyes 24/7. I know what you're thinking: Why don't I just trim them myself since I can't seem to find the time (or money) to go get a cut? Truthfully, I'm scared of incurring the wrath of my hair dresser (hair stylist?). She may be tiny, but she's scary.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Day #3

It's hard to tell, but that's the moon. It's been a rough day, and it was mesmerizing.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Day #2

This is one of my favorite t-shirts. I found it up in our attic when I was in high school. Pretty sure it was my dad's when he was in college. Obviously it's perfect for St. Patrick's day since it says "This McBud's for you." But I love to wear it year round.

Yummy, yes please!

Josh Holloway, everyone's favorite hottie from LOST (or mine anyway), was named the face of Cool Water last year. They've release the images for their fall campaign. I'm speechless and drooling. The man is gorgeous. Could someone pass me a towel please?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Day #1

Trying out something new. Every day for a month, I'm going to post a photo I've taken that day. That's pretty much it. Comment if you like it, love it, hate it or just don't care.

Zoe, my parents' beagle whom I'm dogsitting while they sail around the British Virgin Islands (I think I got the short stick on that one. Dammit.), poking her head through my balcony bars trying to pick up the scent of a dog walking below.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Hump Day Humor: SNL Activia Commercial

This week's Hump Day Humor is a skit from SNL spoofing Jamie Lee Curtis and the Activia commercial. Enjoy!" />

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Telephone

Why was all telephone service in the U.S. and Canada suspended for one minute on August 4, 1922?

In tribute to Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, whose funeral was held that day. All phone lines were silent from 6:25 to 6:26 p.m.

Congratulations to Mochaface friend Linds for being the first (and only one) to get the answer!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Telephone

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post offering interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment if you know the answer or if you'd like to take a guess. The answer will be posted tomorrow.


Why was all telephone service in the U.S. and Canada suspended for one minute on August 4, 1922?

Monday, July 7, 2008

Is it 2011 already?

Apparently, VH1 couldn't wait until this decade was over before doing a retrospective special ala I Love the 70s/80s/90s. Of course, this special is called I Love the New Millennium.

So, naturally the 2004 episode includes commentary on the incredible ALCS comeback and World Series of that team of idiots, the Red Sox. Texas Gal has video from the episode, if you want to see what snarky comments, good and bad, are said about the team that made sports history.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Independence Day! - UPDATED

In the spirit of the holiday, and the day off, here's a bonus trivia question this week.

How many times does the word America appear in "The Star-Spangled Banner"?

Hope you enjoy the bbq, firework show or whatever you're doing to celebrate today.

ANSWER - None. (But the phrase "O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave" appears four times.)

Congrats to Mochaface friend Moto62 for getting the correct answer (and being the only one to comment)!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

My list - 42 out of 100

I have no idea who created this list of "classic" books, but this is a fun exercise regardless. Here's what you do.

1) Bold the books on the list that you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (my #1 favorite book!)
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery (my absolutely favorite book from when I was growing up!)
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

The Big Read, an initiative by the National Endowment for the Arts, has estimated that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. How did you do?

(Thanks to Michelle for the idea!)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Hump Day Humor: The Wedding Test

I was a very happy man. My wonderful girlfriend and I had been dating for over a year, and so we decided to get married. There was only one little thing bothering me - it was her beautiful younger sister.

My prospective sister-in-law was twenty-two, wore very tight miniskirts, and generally was bra-less. She would regularly bend down when she was near me, and I always got more than a nice view. It had to be deliberate. Because she never did it when she was near anyone else.

One day her "little" sister called and asked me to come over to check the wedding invitations. She was alone when I arrived, and she whispered to me that she had feelings and desires for me that she couldn't overcome. She told me that she wanted me just once before I got married and committed my life to her sister. Well, I was in total shock, and couldn't say a word.

She said, "I'm going upstairs to my bedroom, and if you want one last wild fling, just come up and get me."

I was stunned and frozen in shock as I watched her go up the stairs. I stood there for a moment, then turned and made a beeline straight to the front door.

I opened the door, and headed straight towards my car. Lo and behold, my entire future family was standing outside, all clapping!

With tears in his eyes, my father-in-law hugged me and said, "We are very happy that you have passed our little test. We couldn't ask for a better man for our daughter. Welcome to the family."

And the moral of this story is:

Always keep your condoms in your car.

(Thanks to TopDerek for the joke via Twine)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Television

On how many TV sitcoms has Tony Danza appeared regularly as a character named Tony?

Four. He portrayed boxer/cabbie Tony Banta on
Taxi (1978-82); ex-ballplayer turned domestic Tony Micelli on Who's the Boss? (1984-92); Det. Tony Canetti on Hudson Street (1995-96); and freelance sportswriter Tony DeMeo on The Tony Danza Show (1997).

Congratulations to Mochaface friend catnip who is the only one to get the answer (and leave one).

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Television

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post offering interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment if you know the answer or if you'd like to take a guess. The answer will be posted tomorrow.


On how many TV sitcoms had Tony Danza appeared regularly as a character named Tony?