Thursday, December 31, 2009

*UPDATED* 2009, I may be the only one that misses you

Holy crap it's the last day of 2009. And that means it's less than 4 months until DF and I are married.

Holy crap.

I remember feeling so busy at the beginning of the year. But that's nothing compared to the last couple months.

For a lot of people, 2009 has been a rough year. One worth writing off as quickly as they can. For us at the Mochaface household, it's been a fantastic year compared to 2008. Main reason being both DF and I spent the entire 12 months of 2009 employed. W00t!

There were some other things too (This is the requisite end-of-the-year list recapping key posts. Feel free to skip down to the bottom, there's video!)...

1. I picked up cross stitching again to make Christmas stocking I never finished. Instead I made a sampler for my sister and her new husband.

2. I fell in love with a web site.

3. My sister got married.

4. We bought a house and DF and I moved in together.

5. I read some great books. Also read some horrible, bad, not-so-good books.

6. We went to Boston.

7. I met 75% of my high school 10 Years From Now goals.

8. We adopted Cooper.

9. We got engaged.

10. We started home improvements. For now just in terms of painting but hopefully there's more to come.

11. All of the planning and fun - and yes even the stress which manifested in some crazy dreams - that goes along with #9.

12. Had a high blood pressure scare - also related to #9.

13. Survived my 10 year high school reunion.

14. Had some revelations.

15. Bought my dream shoes.

16. I had some iPod trouble, the most recent chapter I haven't had a chance to tell you about yet.

Thank you for being here. I don't know if I would have kept this up for as long as I have if you didn't come.

And now, a video I spent all last night putting together. Watch it. Cause I didn't stay up late for you to skip it.

There was sound at some point. I swear. But it's too late and I'm too exhausted to try and fix it. So play your favorite song as you watch.
UPDATED: I think I've fixed the music. Not my first choice of songs but it was the only one I got to work. Soundtrack: "Your Winter" by Sister Hazel. This is my first video compilation of pictures so some pictures may be fuzzy. Be kind, I'm still learning. Enjoy and Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hump Day Humor: Never a Year Like '09

This week's Hump Day Humor is another great year-end round-up video from the folks at JibJab. Forgot Tiger though. And Bernie.

I was having trouble embedding it, so you'll have to click here.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Animals

What dog breed is named for a tax collector?

The Doberman pinscher. German tax collector Louis Dobermann bred the strong, sleek, smart, and fiercely loyal dog in the late 19th century to protect him when he went on his rounds.

Congratulations to pfdfyrfytr for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Animals

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


What dog breed is named for a tax collector?

Monday, December 28, 2009

Hindsight is Definitely 20/20

Our plans for Christmas Eve was dinner at my parents' house with uncles, cousins, DF and DF's parents. We left our house that afternoon to drop our stuff off at DF's parents' house as we would be spending the night there and having Christmas morning with them. After a few hours spent with them, we drove out to my parents.

Only we never actually got there. The weather had other plans for us. There was snow. In North Texas. For Christmas. This was rare. While I enjoyed the first white Christmas I ever had, the havoc the weather created on the roads was, well to put it lightly, frustrating.

We left for dinner knowing it would be slow going, the roads would be slick and it would take a lot longer than it normally would. What we didn't know was that less than 15 miles from my parents' house the highway would be shut down. It took more than 2 hours to go half a mile. I wish I were kidding.

Where the police closed the highway, people were forced to exit down into a valley. Meaning the only way out was up a hill. Did I mention the ice and slick roads? Yeah, there was much difficulty in getting up those hills and more than one car we could see in the ditches on the side of the roads.
We actually say a BMW start to go one way, change his mind and when he tried to turn around, he drove up on the curb. Only his undercarriage was caught on the ground, and he couldn't back up or pull forward. I found this highly entertaining. Of course by this point we had been in the car for more than four hours.

After some deliberation on what would be the best way to get out, we held out breath, crossed our fingers and made it up the hill to head back. Only to be stopped once again a bit later for sand trucks to spread their loads on a bridge. That luckily didn't last nearly as long, and six hours after we left, we returned to the house.

Thankfully, the rest of Christmas was not nearly as exciting and eventful. And now we have a story to remind our kids on long car trips that it's better than being at a complete stop and only moving half a mile in two hours.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hump Day Humor: Happy Holidays

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Trademarks

What was the first sound to be officially trademarked in the United States?

NBC's distinctive three-note chime. The notes, trademarked - or "soundmarked" - in 1950, are G-E-C in the key of C, to represent the General Electric Company, one of the founders of NBC.

Congratulations to tracey for being the first, and only, to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Trademarks

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


What was the first sound to be officially trademarked in the United States?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Marking Off the List

With holiday parties and seeing people I don't see on a daily or weekly basis, the question "How's the wedding planning coming?" pops up often. Uh, what wedding?

I've been in a lull for the most part as far as wedding planning goes for the past couple weeks. It's a natural part of the process, but also the holidays (and possibly some of the insanity at my j-o-b) has played a role.

Normally it would have stressed me out that nothing wasn't getting done. But I realized that there was no way I could do everything and since I was waiting on a few things wedding-wise, I was okay to put that off for a little bit. That's called growth, people.

Well, the lull ended last night. I took one more big step towards completing my invitations. The envelopes are addressed. Big. Load. Off. My. Mind.

Next step, line the envelopes! Which when that's done, will be an even bigger load off my mind.

Oh, and tonight dear Internet. Tonight, a dream comes true. My wedding dress is in (SQUEE!!!), and we're picking it up tonight. Just an evening with me and my parents. I have zero idea how I'm going to sit still all day and concentrate.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hump Day Humor: The Assumption Song

From Cary.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Geography

What is the only city in the world that is located on two continents?

Istanbul, Turkey. Its western half is in Europe; its eastern half in Asia.

Congratulations to rebecca for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Geography

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


What is the only city in the world that is located on two continents?

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Velvet Snout

A couple months ago, I posted about a certain pet daycare/boarding place we drive by often that often induces a giggle out of me, The Velvet Snout. I've been wanting to take Cooper there for a while because the name is so unique. And it doesn't hurt that it's less than 5 minutes from our house.

Last Friday due to some logistical problems with work, PTO time and my sister's graduation and subsequent party (Yay sis!), the best option we had for Cooper was to board him. So we decided to give The Velvet Snout a try.

I was fairly impressed. The people were helpful. Cooper's "suite" was a good size. He had enough room to stretch his legs when he wanted. The hardest part was looking at his face when I left.

And of course the best was when I picked him up the next day. He was quite energetic for the next several hours. I don't think he's mad at me anymore. Treats have definitely helped.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Book Review: Lolita

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

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

Some consider Lolita to be a love story. And it's true. The narrator does love Lolita. He adores her. It just happens that Lolita is 12 when he meets her. He's obsessed with her. A pedophile and the love of his life, his nymphet (as he terms the young girls he's attracted to).

On the surface, this book is a disturbing read. It's plot is a subject most of us would rather not know the details and motivation behind. We'd rather not even think about it.

Deeper, I've heard that this book is a metaphor for Old Europe v. post-WWII America, which many Europeans of the time considered barbaric and crass. A metaphor that looking back totally makes sense to me. I guess Nabokov chose such a controversial subject for his metaphor because it got people to notice, to talk.

The writing is beautiful (if you can look past the dark and twisty elements of the story) and quite witty. Keep a dictionary on hand because you'll need it. Words that I don't think I saw even on the SAT were in this book. It's a good thing I've got unlimited texts because I kept asking Google for definitions since I don't carry a dictionary in my bag.

I'm not sure I can say I enjoyed this book. But the writing had me hooked in a way that's difficult to describe. I guess I kept hoping that something would happen to redeem the main character, and I was mesmerized by the lyrical nature, the intelligence of the writing.

If you're looking for a light, easy read, this is not it. But if you want something with a lot of depth and layers, something that makes for an emotional discussion, Lolita would be a good choice.

Next month: Heaping Spoonful by Shauna Glenn

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Movies

What cult horror movie featured a mad scientist named Dr. Frank-N-Furter?

The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tim Curry, who portrayed the crazed doctor in the 1975 film, had earlier appeared in the role onstage in London and the U.S.

Congratulations to VVz Mom for being the first to get the correct answer!

Hump Day Humor: Vampax

It's no secret that I'm not a fan of Twilight.

But this video is hilarious. Favorite line "He'll never know it's my bleeding vagina."

Side note: Is that what the movie's like? The two of them staring at each other saying nothing while the camera circles them with cheesy music playing? Definitely a good thing I never saw it because ew.

From Cary.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Movies

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


What cult horror movie featured a mad scientist named Dr. Frank-N-Furter?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Macho macho man

This weekend was DF's office holiday party. They had hired a party master, who's job it was to encourage people to get up and dance.

This guy and his two assistants were worth every bit of their fee because they got DF to dance. Which, trust me, is no easy feat. Of course they were aided by our good friend alcohol. Either way, it was hilarious to behold.

But don't take my word for it. I've got photographic evidence...

(DF's in the dark pants and Santa hat)

And there's video!

Fred Astaire he isn't. But it's not his twinkle toes that I love. I definitely think we'll be taking some lessons before the wedding.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Nirvana for My Feet

Internet, do you know what arrived this week? Do you have any idea? You probably don't, and you can blame me for that because I've been mum on this subject here for a while.

So I'll give you a hint...

A little something special to wear on a special day.

My shoes. For my wedding day. And not just any shoes...

Yes, I finally own a pair of shoes by the Manolo himself. Would you like a peak?

They're HAWT!

Ok and ridiculously extravagant. However, it is important to me to have a special pair of shoes for my wedding. Why shoes? Well for those of you that might be new, shoes, well they're kinda my thing. (Books too, which I'm also using in the wedding.)

I've been saving for these shoes for months and months. And since I was spending so much, I really wanted a pair that I could wear again. White's harder to wear again. (Also, I didn't want white shoes. Why? Not exciting enough for me I guess.) So I went with black.

SQUEE!!! I really really love them. These are by far my favorite pair of shoes (and that's saying something folks).

Anytime I pull these out I make sure I have the spray bottle near at hand to discourage Cooper from getting anywhere close to them, especially because he's in a bit of a destructive phase right now.

I can NOT wait for my dress to come in so I can put them both on. Together. Sigh. Soon. Hopefully.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hump Day Humor: Shiny Suds

The bubbles are a bit creepy but hilarious. From Cary.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Music

Who are the only two entertainers to be inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame?

Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Music

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


Who are the only two entertainers to be inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving without dressing is still Thanksgiving

I realized something this Thanksgiving.

My life is changing, including the traditions I associate with the holidays. Even some of the usual holiday food will not always be the same.

Because it's not longer just me. In less than five months, I'll be part of a pair. A package deal. You would think that new or different traditions would have been an obvious change to me by now. And it was in a way.

Only this year it was a bit clearer. Perhaps it was the lack of rolls and cornbread stuffing at Thanksgiving dinner that lit this particular light bulb.

Whatever it was, my life is changing in so many ways. In ways that I'm prepared for. And ways I've yet to realize. And even though I was a bit disappointed to miss out on dressing this year, I'm okay with the changes. Because what I'm gaining is worth everything.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hump Day Humor: Happy Thanksgiving

A clip from Friends', one of my favorite Thanksgiving episodes.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Presidents

Who was the U.S. president during all six of the manned moon landings?

Richard Nixon.

Congratulations to Rockman for being the first, and only, to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Presidents

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


Who was the U.S. president during all six of the manned moon landings?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Avoiding the Dreaded Title of Bridezilla by Following the Recipes for the Life of My Dreams (a book review)

Wedding planning can be stressful and overwhelming. It's like many things in life that way. The key to dealing with stress is to find the joy in life. To find ways to insert smiles, laughter and fun not just occasionally but daily. One of my secret weapons in the fight against stress is Kim and Jason. (Much less calories and easier on my ass than a pint of ice cream.)

Kim and Jason are a couple from Madison, Wisconsin, whose mission is to fight Adultitis by uncovering the secrets of childhood. I've been reading Kim and Jason's blog, well, I'm not sure for exactly how long. At least two years. Maybe more. I can't even remember how I came across their blog in the first place. I do remember being instantly attracted to what they had to say about living with a more childlike attitude.

According to, Adultitis is a common condition occurring in people between the ages of 21–121, marked by chronic dullness, mild depression, moderate to extremely high stress levels, a general fear of change, and, in some extreme cases, the inability to smile. Patients can appear aimless, discontent, and anxious about many things. Onset can be accelerated by an excess burden of bills, overwhelming responsibilities, or a boring work life. Generally, individuals in this condition are not fun to be around.

Just because we're adults - with all the responsibilities and duties that go with that noun - does not mean we have to sacrifice joy. Yes, some daily tasks can be menial, unpleasant or boring, or all three. Why don't we find ways to make them a little bit less so? Let's not give in to the stress, anger, and frustration!

That is the essence of Kim and Jason's new book There's an Adult in My Soup. Observations on where and in what shapes Adultitis can be found in our lives:

"You might have Adultitis if you consider your cell phone to be a body part. You might have Adultitis if it's dark when you leave home in the morning and it's dark when you get home, and you don't live in Alaska."

Not only that, Kim and Jason give you tips and ideas on how to release that stress and find the joy. Treatments and prescriptions for Adultitis. They range from the most simple of things to some more outrageous ideas that may seem uncomfortable at first but are so much fun.

"Laugh. The average preschooler laughs 450 times per day. The average adult laughs just 15 times per day. Quit taking yourself so seriously."

"Delight in the joys of today for we don't know how many tomorrows we will have."

Possibly one of my favorite things in this book is their take on a condition they see as potentially harmful.

"I'm officially making 'busy' a bad word, in order to avoid the trap of not only the aforementioned conversation, but mostly the mentality. It's poisonous. The funny thing is that everyone has the same amount of time, so if you are 'busy,' it's your own fault. The flaw is in you... It's all about the little choices you make every day, your time management, and your priorities. It all comes back to you."

Since reading this book, I've notice how many times I want to answer "How are you?" with that answer. It's not really an answer. We're all busy. And it doesn't even describe how I'm feeling at that particular moment. Now, I take a deep breath and answer with an enthusiastic, "I'm fantastic!" Because I am. There's so much in my life to be thankful for. And all of them make my life fantastic.

There's An Adult in My Soup is a great book for reminding you to stop and be in the moment. To enjoy life. And find what will bring you joy.

Plus it'd make a great present for just about anyone for this holiday season.

"Everyone talks about the comfort zone, about stepping out, but I don't see very many people actually doing it. I don't think it's a 'zone' that you step beyond. I think it's a wild and crazy horse ride. You have to jump on, embrace the adventure, accept the fear, and keep riding."

Grab a horse and join us for a ride.

Disclosure: Kim and Jason did not ask me specifically to do this review. They wrote a post on their blog asking for people to volunteer to review it. I raised my hand as quickly as I could and with much enthusiasm. In exchange for reading the book and posting a review, I received two free copies of There's an Adult in My Soup and a can of soup.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Grey's Anatomy S6ep10

Chief is kind of a jerk at the moment. Actually he's been kind of a jerk all season. But now especially. He asks Meredith if she told anyone about his drinking. And when he's satisified that she hasn't he makes up excuses for why he was drinking and bribes her with private lessons to keep is secret. Jerk. And that doesn't say good things about Meredith that she's so quick to accept his excuses and offer of private lessons. Of course she's always had daddy issues. And she sees the Chief more as a father figure than she does her real father. So I get that she wants to believe him. But hopefully after he told he's quitting and then she saw him drinking again on New Year's she won't be keeping that secret for much longer.

Mark has a daughter. Really not that surprising considering how much of a man whore he is. Understandably freaks Lexie out. And then she cuts her finger off. Gross. I wouldn't be surprised if Sloan turned out to not be pregnant, and she lied to take advantage of Mark. But maybe she is. It'll be interesting to see regardless.

Teddy's awesome. She gets it. A patient teetering on that last cliff needs her favorite thing to find the courage to hold on until she can get a heart. A concept that Cristina has yet to really learn.

Miranda's outburst at her father over Christmas dinner had to have been mortifying for her. The doctor who does everything she can to keep her private life out of the hospital. I'm glad she was able to stand up for herself and tell her father that it's not ideal but it really is better for her and her son that she not remain in a marriage that's unhappy.

This is why I love Owen. So many others would have kissed Teddy. But not Owen. He loves Cristina. And he stays true to her. A bit harsh to say it in Teddy's mouth like that. But Owen didn't do it to be harsh. He cares for Teddy. But he loves Cristina.

Cristina Yang when a man kissed you like that and says he loves you, he wants you. You do not ask him if he's sure! You kiss him back!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Yes I Like Picking Up Small Pieces of Foam All Over the House

I came home one day to this sight.

And the next few days it got steadily worse. Until all that's left is the material.

And now I catch him multiple times a day sneaking naps on the couch. He thinks he's being sneaky anyway.

This is why we can't have nice things. Or things.

No new bed for Cooper until he's past the destroy everything stage.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

For We are the Aggies - The Aggies are We

It was the wee hours. I came home after a night spent watching a meteor shower and fell into bed.

The phone rang four hours later. I groggily opened an eye just enough to read the caller ID. It was my mother.

"Becky, are you okay?" "Yeah mom." "Bonfire fell." "Okay."

And then it was back to sleep. Until a loud knock, no pounding was more like it, on our door. It was our RA.

"Bonfire fell. We're doing a head check." "We're both here."

And that's when I realized. Bonfire had really fallen.
12 died. 27 were injured. A school and her students would never be the same.

That was ten years ago today. And ten years later, I can vividly remember walking across campus to my 8 o'clock class. A campus that was broken by a tragedy it never saw coming. Never thought possible.

I remember the sound of the helicopter over the polo fields, where stack used to stand tall and proud. I remember the dazed look I saw on other students' faces that was a mirror image of my own.

I remember all the events and emotions of that day with a clarity that before November 18, 1999 I never would have thought possible. Everything from sitting in my dorm room watching the news to deciding to go to the memorial service at the last minute and being one of the last people allowed in Reed Arena because it was so packed.

How at the end of the service we started singing Amazing Grace and arms were thrown across the shoulders of strangers as we swayed and leaned on each other in our mutual grief. To this day, I cannot hear that song without tears threatening to appear.

The emotions and memories of that day flood me every time I visit the Bonfire Memorial.

There's a saying at A&M. "From the inside looking out, you can't explain it. From the outside looking in, you can't understand it." (Or vica versa. I can never remember if it starts with inside or outside.)

To some of you, Texas A&M is a big rival, one to be beaten and crushed on the field of sports. To others, all you may know of the school is it is that place that one time had a bunch of logs fall (When I lived in Boston and told people I went to A&M for undergrad, I did get a few responses that were along the lines of, 'Oh, that place where the bunch of logs fell." True story.)

Just know, that for us Aggies today, though 10 years has passed, we still feel the loss. And for this Aggie, who has never seen Bonfire burn and never will until it returns to campus (if it ever returns to campus), this favorite Aggie song brings chills because to me it's what an Aggie is.

Some may boast of prowess bold
Of the school they think so grand
But there's a spirit can ne'er be told
It's the Spirit of Aggieland.

We are the Aggies - the Aggies are we
True to each other as Aggies can be
We've got to FIGHT boys
We've got to fight!
We've got to fight for Maroon and White
After they've boosted all the rest
They will come and join the best
For we are the Aggies - the Aggies are we
We're from Texas A.M.C.


Hump Day Humor: Sims Horror Movie

Really funny, especially if you've ever played The Sims.

From Cary.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Geography

Which are South America's only two landlocked countries?

Bolivia and Paraguay.

Congratulations to Cottage Travel for being the first, and only, to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

One Last Time

Two years ago I met a man. He was cute, sweet, incredibly smart, and had a sense of humor that was similar to mine and a glint in his eye that I felt a connection with.

Now that man is my fiance. And today is the last day we will officially celebrate our dating anniversary. (I think DF is a little too happy about that.)

But I'm excited. Though it may be a bit sad to say goodbye to this particular anniversary, I cannot wait until 2011, and we celebrate our first anniversary as husband and wife.

(I told DF he won't be expected to remember the exact date, but if I look at him a day in November sometime in the future and ask him if he remembers what we did X number of years ago, he better have the right answer.)

Tuesday Trivia: Geography

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


Which are South America's only two landlocked countries?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Grey's Anatomy S6ep9

Dr. Singer was so cute! What a sweet man.

Love that Owen got Cristina a cardio god(dess) as a gift. Cristina being a hard-core surgeon should appreciate that. But of course she's ungrateful until Teddy proves she's worth her respect. It's a process with Cristina. If she knows nothing about you before she meets you, you have to prove that you're worthy.

Remember when way back in the beginning Alex was this ass their group got stuck with? So they just put up with him. At some point, and it's hard to finger exactly when, Alex became a part of their group. Still an ass but now a core member of the inner circle. So much so that Meredith makes it a point to get him to talk to Izzie. And then to get him drunk when that didn't turn out well. I kinda love it.

And Richard's a drunk. Well, we knew that. But he's still drinking. The clip montage made it look like he's been drinking for a while and possibly never stopped (with Joe the bartender playing along). Though it could be that he's just started it up again recently. Maybe because of the merger. Or when their ranking dropped. Interesting to find out exactly how long he's been drinking.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fictional Five

There's The List. That list of 5 celebrities you're allowed to sleep with if the opportunity, ahem, arose without any repercussions or guilt. A fun game to play ala Friends.

This week's Girl Talk Thursday is The List, with a twist. Instead of celebrities, it's fictional characters.

Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice
Really I could stop here and the list would be complete. Mr. Darcy. His intensity, his passion, though a bit repressed, boils underneath the surface. The stares of desire and longing. Makes me go weak at the knees, and I want to swoon. In fact. I'm long overdue for some quality Darcy time.

Pacey Witter from Dawson's Creek
I love Pacey for his sarcasm, his wit and his stubbornness to be nothing less than who he is. I wanted to be Joey Potter if only to kiss Pacey.

Dark, brooding and the type of guy you definitely don't want to bring home because of the whole vampire factor. So yummy and delicious.

Sawyer from Lost
Smoldering. This guys smolders. And I would gladly give up all the perks of civilized life - running water, electricity, my iPod, deodorant, etc - if I can be deserted on the Island with Sawyer.

Gerry from P.S. I Love You
I know technically even in the story he's dead. Doesn't matter. He sends his wife letters to help her deal with losing him. So incredibly sweet that I lose focus.

BONUS: More pictures of Darcy. Because there can never be enough pictures of Darcy. And I can't end this list on anyone but Darcy.

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shafer

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way to give this review.

Taking place in England just after WWII has ended, Guernsey is written in an epistolary style, meaning the book is written as letters. The letters, though involving multiple characters, centers on one character an author by the name of Juliet as she finds herself and the inspiration for her next book.

Some may find the epistolary style disjointed and hard to follow. I admit I was skeptical when I first picked up this book. Though I was soon charmed by the authentic, sweet characters who despite living and suffering through the German Occupation have a bright outlook on life.

I worried that there wouldn't be a plot, and the book would be hard to follow because of the letters. For me that wasn't the case. I found the multiple perspectives, while some were more articulate than others, to bring a fresh perspective from many angles to a piece of history you think you know well.

A quick, enjoyable read that I was surprised to find I liked as much as I did.

Next month - Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hump Day Humor: Sexual Harrassment PSA

From Cary.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Television

Which of the four female stars of TV's Sex and the City had a no-nudity clause in her contract?

Sarah Jessica Parker, who played sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw.

Congratulations to Mochaface friend The Introvert for being the first, and only, to get the answer right!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Television

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


Which of the four female stars of TV's Sex and the City had a no-nudity clause in her contract?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Santa Claus, the Pimp

Scene: On our way home last night, I was explaining to DF what the Parade of Lights is.

Me: And Santa's at the end.

DF: Santa's a pimp?

Me: Sure. He does get into a lot of houses.

DF: But that doesn't mean he's a pimp.

Me: Sure it does. Why else would all those people let him in?

DF: No way.

Me: You don't know. You're not there.

DF: But there's no way with all those people that someone wouldn't talk.

Me: Why would they talk? They wouldn't get presents.

DF: Yeah but they'd get to keep the money.

Me: What money? He's Santa, not the Tooth Fairy.

DF: If he's pimping people out, he keeps most of the money.

Me: True. But if someone talks and Santa gets arrested, no one gets presents. And no one likes anyone who gets Santa arrested so he can't give out the presents.

DF: He's Santa. He can't get arrested. And... well... actually he does kinda dress like a pimp.

Me: Exactly.

DF: And you know what Santa says... Ho ho ho

Internet, I win.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Grey's Anatomy S6ep8

Peds is not general surgery in miniature. It's miracles and magic. Love it.

Kinda liked the scene with the three couples and Callie cooking everyone breakfast. Probably not totally realistic. But it felt almost Friends-like. And then it's opposite when Owen and Cristina and Callie and Arizona were fighting. That one felt realistic.

I understand that the hospital needs to be paid for services rendered. But it still sucks that Alex got stuck with the bill. Although I don't think he would mind so much if Izzie were still around.

Alex in peds. I almost forgot how Addison used to tell him he should consider that as his specialty. Although Addison's specialty is different from peds. But Alex would be fantastic working with children either way.

Against her better judgment and at the Chief's pressuring, Arizona agrees to do the surgery. And when she finally grows a pair in the OR telling him to get the hell out, I think she may have dealt with some of her authority issues. Because the old Arizona would have talked to the parents rather than telling the Chief and Jennings to do it. I think she did a fantastic job shouldering the brunt of this episode.

Owen's right. Cristina does have a history of thinking she can get away with just about anything. Helping Burke hide the fact that he shouldn't be operating for one. And now the arrogance to perform a procedure she didn't have the authorization for. Granted if I had the choice, I would prefer a very confident surgeon to one that has to be told she's great. Because the belief, the faith that the impossible is possible is already part of the way to the desired result.

I can imagine the emotional toll of losing patients is tough for surgeons. And I imagine that for peds surgeons it can be at times worse. The emotional investment. The polarizing emotions. The incredible highs of performing miracles. And the depressing lows of losing a patient who should by all reasonable expectations have a whole future rather than such a limited one. They have tough job.

I was starting to wonder about the direction of this season as they try to move it to more single character-centric episodes rather than their typical all ensemble all the time. I wasn't too sure I was liking it. But if more episodes are like this one, I would be totally okay with it.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Kick It

Our kickball season has finally started. After what seems like an eternity of rain.

This, of course, means that Grey's posts will be delayed during the season since our games are on Thursday nights. But I will get them up as soon as I can.

By the way, with 1 hit and 1 RBI, my batting average is .500. Pretty damn good. Now if I can only maintain that for the season.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

And the list slowly shortens

There's a reason why they say planning a wedding is a full-time job. It consumes so much time because of all the tiny decisions - as well as the big ones - that need to be made.

So when I complete something, I take great pleasure in marking it off my to do list. There is one thing that I am incredibly glad to have off my list. And proud of how they came out. The save-the-dates.

Or rather book-the-dates. Because we're both big readers, our theme is "a love story". As an extension of the theme, I decided to make bookmarks. Love them. And I'm not just saying that because I designed them. (Though that doesn't hurt.) They're awesome.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hump Day Humor: The Drunkiest Drunky McDrunkerson

Part of me feels bad laughing so hard at a guy this drunk. Then I remind myself that he did it to himself. And continue with the laughing.

I love when he falls down and just can't quite get up again. Also love how he's in there so long before anyone notices him.

Found thanks to The Bloggess.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Presidents

Who was the only president to pay off the national debt and leave office with a surplus in the U.S. Treasury?

Andrew Jackson

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Presidents

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


Who was the only president to pay off the national debt and leave office with a surplus in the U.S. Treasury?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Trick or Treat

DF and I were invited to a party for Halloween this past weekend. Naturally, we wanted costumes.

After a trip to one of those temporary Halloween stores, we came home and tried on our costumes. DF was so pleased with himself (and his costume choice) that he giggled at his image in the mirror for at least 10 minutes.

What was his costume? Well... See for yourself:

Even better... I got some video of him having a grand ole time pretending he's actually riding a real ostrich.

Sadly no good pictures of my rockin pirate costume. But I was Rrrrrr-ockin!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Grey's Anatomy S6ep7

Wasn't it just last season that the Chief demanded Miranda and Erica to operate on an inoperable tumor inside a little girl? The Chief has lost something and has now forgotten compassion and the desire to make history. He's definitely taking a stroll down a dark and twisty path.

Surgery NASA style. Love that line.

Derek puking. That is something I never thought I'd see.

You don't want to mess with Lexie when she's in charge. She means business.

Have I mentioned how much I love Arizona. The woman has authority issues, but she stood up to the Chief. Awesome.

Damn. He fired Derek. The neuro god. But I loved that he refused to accept it. And instead told the Chief to go home. Yup. Chief's gone all dark and twisty. Someone had to pick up the slack when Meredith got all healed and healthy. As much as he's driving me, and Derek, crazy, the Dark and Twisty Chief makes for interesting drama.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hump Day Humor: Giant Bat

Since this Saturday is Halloween and this video is kinda Halloween-related with a bat and the Ghostbusters song. Awesome Halloween-related or no.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Alcohol

What alcoholic beverage is being marketed under actor-director Danny DeVito's name?

Limoncello. DeVito, who appeared drunk on TV's The View after a night spent drinking the lemon-flavored liqueur with actor George Clooney, decided to cash in on the press he received by launching Danny DeVito's Premium Limoncello in May 2007.

Congratulations to Mochaface friend Jennifer for being the first one to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Alcohol

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


What alcoholic beverage is being marketed under actor-director Danny DeVito's name?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Just call me Michelangelo

At the start of a new season, I get so excited. It's all the possibilities and fun the new season promises.

Winter it's the holidays, bundling up in jackets, scarves and gloves with my nose and cheeks getting cold, comfort food, hot chocolate.

Spring it's bluebonnets, strappy sandals, skirts with bare legs.

Summer it's barbeques, pool parties, baseball, days at the lake.

Fall it's apple pie, cider, football, baseball playoffs, fairs.

Also, Halloween. Which means pumpkin carving. And I couldn't wait until later this week.

Much better than how I'd thought they turned out.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Six Months

Six months from today, I'll be waking up breathless with anticipation.

Six months from today, I'll be grinning like an idiot.

Six months from today, I'll be anxious for 6 o'clock.

Six months from today, I'll be getting my hair and makeup done.

Six months from today, I'll put on a beautiful white dress (and some awesome shoes yet to be determined).

Six months from today, I'll smile at my reflection with the knowledge that I am a blessed and lucky woman.

Six months from today, I'll hug and kiss my father before I take that fateful trip down the aisle.

Six months from today, I'll look at my beloved as I approach and know without a doubt that all the waiting (and despair that sometimes went with that waiting) was absolutely worth it.

Six months from today, I'll hold his hands and look into his eyes as I bind my life to his. Forever.

Six months from today, I'll seal my vow with a kiss in front of my family and friends.

Six months from today, I'll have my first dance.

Six months from today, I'll be a wife.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Grey's Anatomy S6ep6

I didn't care too much for this episode.

It may be because I was a bit distracted putting together save-the-dates so they can be mailed next week. But the episode felt chaotic, disjointed and hard to follow.

Or it may be they intended for the episode to feel chaotic. In fact that's probably the case. Either way I'm not a fan. But that's alright. I don't expect to love every episode.

The only thing that jumps out for me in this episode is the very end when April is walking out past all the other doctors, her former colleagues, barely able to keep her head on her neck because of all the weight pressing down from her shame of being fired.

Everything else... meh, it was alright.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Every good dog deserves a lap dance every now and then

Whenever DF and I come a certain way home, we pass a suspicious establishment.

At first we didn't notice it because it's not the sort of place that sticks out.

Set back from the road, small, a little shady, a few cars in the parking lot.

But once we did, we never pass by it without some sort of comment.

The Velvet Snout.

The signs in the window talk about dog boarding and pet day care, but we know that those signs are just a facade so the cops don't shut them down.

I've seen the kinds of dogs that go in there. They don't look like they're looking forward to a walk and nice game of fetch. But like they're about to see some boobies.

We're thinking about taking Cooper there when he's old enough.

P.S. The Velvet Snout? Seriously. Who names a pet boarding/day care place The Velvet Snout? If nothing else, I get a giggle every time I drive by it.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hump Day Humor: Your Husband's Fired

Radio show prank with a twist. Payout is at the end so be sure to listen to the whole thing. From Emails from Crazy People.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Advertising

Ads for what product popularized the phrase "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride"?

Listerine mouthwash, in a highly successful, long-running ad campaign in the 1920s and 1930s.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Advertising

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


Ads for what product popularized the phrase "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride"?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Natural Change

In the midst of the minutiae of wedding planning, I sometimes forget what's actually going to be happening at the end of this.

I'll read something or be thinking too deeply. And it'll hit me all of sudden.

DF and I will be married.

Lives joined together. Officially and inextricably.

A few years ago, this would have terrified me. But with DF I'm not feeling anxious about such a change.

Closer we get to the day, the more anxious I may feel though I suspect that will be more because of the details of the day rather than the getting married part.

It's a big change. The biggest change in my life since I moved to Boston. Considering how nervous I was about that, it's a little surprising not to be feeling any nerves.

Except this change feels the most natural thing to me.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Grey's Anatomy S6ep5

"You can't pray away the gay." Awesome. Love seeing Callie get passionate.

Former surgical enemies are now allies since Mercy West has invaded Seattle Grace. The hospital is a playground. The sniping and underhanded comments going on just show that even intelligent doctors with advanced degrees are prone to jealousy and territorialism. I agree, their behavior is disgusting. Though I guess it makes drama. I don't know if I'd call it good drama. Interesting maybe. But hard to watch them be so cruel to others. Especially Lexie since she is normally so sweet.

Of course Izzie is going to give away advantage at the first sign of humanity. It's Izzie Stephens. She empathizes. It's what she does. And she saw a little bit of George in Charles with his crush on a girl he insists doesn't know he lives. She hoped that maybe that giant, gaping hole left when George died might get filled again.

It is so clear that Ellen Pompeo is pregnant. Though I can only tell by her face. So far they've done a good job of hiding her belly. That is until the end and then the belly was obvious.

Cristina falling apart is a bit unnerving. And I never thought I'd hear her say she misses Burke. Though she hasn't had a good teacher in cardio-thoracic since he left.

If Cristina falling apart was unnerving, then Alex crying because Izzie left him was heart breaking. No wonder Alex acts like such a jerk to keep people out. Whenever he opens himself up, he gets stomped all over. I get why Izzie left She blames Alex for talking to the Chief. She doesn't realize that he was trying to stick up for her. She feels betrayed by the person who is always supposed to support her. And she probably wants to wallow in the shame of being fired. I get it.

That was a very touching story from Arizona. I like that she is named for the battleship and not the state. But what I like even more is that her father didn't flinch when he found out she's a lesbian, only being concerned that she still retains the values and core belief systems he taught her.

Having Seattle Grace merge with Mercy West is a great way to shake up the series so it doesn't get stale. I just can't decide if I like it or not.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Apple Chronicles, Chapter 375

My friends, it is time for the next chapter of the book known as The Death and Tragedy of Becky's iPods: A drama. (Catch up here, here, and here)

After almost 7 months since the last refurbished iPod I obtained, I got a nice little message when I tried to listen to it urging me to connect Orson (that's the iPod) to my computer to restore it.

So I did.

Only it wouldn't restore.

I tried several more times. Still nothing.


I weighed my options: 1. buy a brand new iPod. But with a honeymoon and the all important wedding shoes to save up for, I wasn't too keen on this one. 2. Take advantage one more time of the replacement plan I purchased with the original plan (best purchase I ever made that replacement plan).

I went with option 2. And it's a good thing I did as the replacement plan expires in a couple weeks.

So, now I'm on iPod #5 in not quite as many years. I'm averaging about an iPod a year. Does that seem normal to anyone? Cause it doesn't to me.

Yes granted the last three have all been refurbished so they're not going to last as long as a brand new one. But iPod #2 lasted 13 months. Not long enough for something that's supposedly top of its product class.

It's the Curse of the iPod, and I don't know what I did to bring the full extent of its wrath down upon me.

Any bets on when I'll have to buy a new one?

btw - If Best Buy ever decides to severely limit the replacement plans on the iPods, you can blame me.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hump Day Humor: The Booby Scare

In honor of it being breast cancer awareness month...

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Capitals

The names of how many state capitals in the United States consist of two separate words? How about three words?

Eight state capitals have two-word names; one has a three-word name. The eight are Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Carson City, Nevada; Des Moines, Iowa; Jefferson City, Missouri; Little Rock, Arkansas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The capital with a three-word name is Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Capitals

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


The names of how many state capitals in the United States consist of two separate words? How about three words?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way to give this review.

The Art of Racing in the Rain is narrated by a dog Enzo. Only the story Enzo tell is not his own story. Well not his alone. The story he tells is that of his owner and the tragedy that strikes his family. Enzo describes the tale very believably, almost as if he were human. Actually that is Enzo's goal... to be human in his next life. And he strives to act with the human dignity that he needs to show he's worthy of being human, such as not being under the table when the family is eating.

But it's his awareness of life on a higher level that makes him a great storyteller. He knows by the way a scent changes that something is happening to his family, which helps to prepare the reader for what's to come. His loyalty and his love run deep, the way you imagine a dog to be. It's evident in how he talks about is family and how he interacts with them.

I've read many books that have elicited a strong emotional reaction from me. All tears. This was the first book to bring out a different, though still very strong emotion... anger. There were parts of this book that made me so incredibly angry I almost put the book down. Which is what I believe Stein was going for. Because it created greater sympathy for his main character and his situation and gave Enzo more credibility.

A great story and an easy read. If you are at all a dog person, or even if you don't particularly care for dogs, this book is very enjoyable.