Friday, January 30, 2009

A Medley

A few thoughts from this week...

"Color for the hair down there"... WTH?! I couldn't ever imagine wanting to dye that particular area. I wouldn't want chemicals near such an important area.

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"The dead envy your pain. Keep moving." Very acute. I had never thought of it like that before.

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DBF and I were having dinner a couple nights ago. Chicken sausage with haberno and monterey jack cheese.

When DBF cut into his, the cheese burst out all over his shirt.

DBF: "I've never seen a weiner do that before."

Thursday, January 29, 2009

LOST S5ep3

Desmond and Penny have a son. And they named him Charlie. So sweet.

They didn't say how Theresa Spencer is connected to Faraday. But I'm betting it has something to do with his research. Lab assistant? Lab partner? Test subject? The reveal that Widmore was funding Daniel's research is not surprising.

So, the Others speak Latin. Interesting. They clearly needed a way to communicate with each other in front of enemies without revealing anything. Which must mean that they haven't been alone on the Island for some time. Otherwise, why teach everyone Latin?

Richard must have something to do with the leader selection process. We've seen him appear to Ben and Locke when they were young. And Richard mentions how the leadership selection process starts at a young age. I would have still guessed that he was time traveling to all these leaders except that we have confirmation from Juliet that he's very old. So ageless it is. At least now we know why he was at the hospital the day Locke was born.

How did the U.S. Army find and get on the Island to test its hydrogen bomb?

But the biggest reveal from tonight... we have Widmore's connection to the Island. He used to live on it. How he came to be on it, why and how he left are just the immediate questions that come to mind. But lived there he did. He was certainly a belligerent, angry and arrogant youth determined to show he knows what's best. "How's an old man going to follow and track me?" So arrogant. And no hesitation to kill anyone as he snapped the neck of his Other-friend. Come to think of it, that whole group of Others seemed very young. Was it some sort of training/test camp to see if the next leader was amongst them? Was Widmore at one point the leader of the Others? Did he have more trouble with the idea of passing on the leadership mantle to Ben than Ben had in passing it on to Locke? I have no idea. And my mind is reeling. Man, I love this show.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Literature

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!

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Who lived on the island of Glubbdubdrib in Jonathan Swift's classic novel
Gulliver's Travels?

Monday, January 26, 2009

Draw 1, Play 1

I tried to deny it for a long time. I always told myself that it was just fun.

Only now I know the real truth. You see, I'm a gamer.

I prefer board and card games to video games. Though I have been known to challenge some people to Guitar Hero or a game of Wii Tennis. But a gamer am I.

It's just something about the thrill of the competition. And doing something fun with friends other than watch TV. My game closet includes Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Balderdash, Quelf, Apples to Apples, Catch Phrase, Clue (one of my personal favorites), Monopoly, Twister, dominoes (both a regular set and a Mexican Train set), Tip of the Tongue, The Da Vinci Code board game (which I have never gotten a chance to play), regular playing cards, Sex and the City trivia game and M*A*S*H trivia game. Those last two I can't ever get anyone to agree to play with me.

If that doesn't show how much I love games, allow me to tell you where DBF and I went on Saturday. We went to a game store. Not a video game store. A store with every kind of board, card, dice game imaginable. Way more than the popular games you find at Walmart or Target. Though it had those too.

This store was not for the casual player. But for people serious about game playing. Every kind of Monopoly imaginable. Old Trivial Pursuit versions. Super Scrabble boards. Plus some games the average person has probably never heard of... like Tsuro or Settlers of Catan. This store was something serious.

Naturally... DBF and I walked out of there with two new games each. For him: Quiddler and Fluxx. For me: Guillotine and Clue, the card game.

Before I was a bit uncomfortable with the term gamer as I always felt that gamers were the serious video game type nerds. Those that play World of Warcraft or similar games all the time - DBF is a major WOW player but I love him anyway ;-) Only I realized some time ago there are different types of gamers, and I am but one. So I can say with confidence...

My name is Becky Mochaface, and I'm a gamer.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Grey's Anatomy S5ep12

Lexie broke Mark. Mark seems almost like Superman, invincible. A legend. And Lexie broke him. So what does that say about Lexie? She's Superwoman? I don't know. But I do love how she got in bed and stroked his hair "because that's what I like when I'm hurt." And I love how he let her.

Sadie may be crazy, impulsive and dangerously self-destructive, but she is willing to help out a friend. Even a friend that insists they're not really friends even though she took out her appendix which nearly cost her her career. Sadie is the kind of girl you want to have your back. Because you know she always will.

So, Izzie's sick. What it is, has yet to be revealed, but Izzie being sick and that's the reason she sees Denny is not a shock. Of course it was going to be medical-related. This isn't Ghost Whisperer. It's Grey's Anatomy. And everything has a logical, medical reason. Okay, most everything. It was painful to watch her yell at Denny and scream that she hated him. Don't hate on Denny. He was making the most out of a situation that was not ideal. I think we all would do the same. Especially if it involved the love of a lifetime.

I don't know if I could have shown the compassion that Meredith did to William. As much as she annoys me, I have to admire her character for that. Because that has got to be one of the hardest things ever. I wish I could read lips so I'd know what Meredith says to Cristina at the end. Anyone have any ideas?

Again, George only had like three lines in the whole episode. I wonder if they're paying him a full salary.

Bailey was so emotional over Jackson. One of the only (or at most the very few) times she's ever gotten so emotional over a patient. Isn't this the doctor that chided Izzie for getting so emotionally involved with her patients? It will be interesting to see if there are any ramifications for the lines that she and the Chief crossed.

Owen. Wow. Here's a man that has seen things no person should ever see. Understandably, he's messed up because of it. But he admits it. And says go out with me anyway. And Cristina who feels needed in a way she never has before naturally agrees. Sure she took care of Burke when he couldn't operate because of his hand. But that's different. She had to take care of Burke because he was too much of a coward to admit to anyone else that he couldn't do it. Owen needs her in a way that Burke never did. He knows that. And I think she does too.

Love that Denny narrated this episode instead of Meredith. I always like when they have someone else narrate. And this episode was perfect for Denny. Because of all the death and possibility of heaven and hell. William was facing certain death. Jackson was looking like he was too. And then Izzie finds out she's sick. And not just sick, but so sick they sent a dead guy to get her. That's not good. So Denny narrated, was quite the perfect voice to oversee all the drama of this episode.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

LOST S5ep1 (and 2)

Wow. So much information, I feel like I need more time to process everything. And par for the course for LOST, I have more questions. So did the Island move at all? Or just the Losties? Why did The Others not move? Will the jumping in time only stop when the Oceanic 6 come back? And is Walt and Desmond included in the group that "must go back" considering how they left the Island too? Was Farraday working at The Orchid during one of these jumps?

An entire episode with Sawyer shirtless. I was having trouble keeping up with the plot because I was so mesmerized.

I'm wondering if Locke is really not dead because of the way Ben avoided answering Jack's question.

Why did Hurley not listen to Ana-Lucia? I know he doesn't trust Ben, but I would think he would trust the dead people he's been conversing with over the last 2 years. Loved that last bit from Ana-Lucia. "Oh yeah, Libby says hi." Hilarious!

Farraday knows what's going on with Charlotte. But he's not telling her. Why? Perhaps because he doesn't want to scare her yet because he believes he can change the outcome. So what is happening to her? Is she ceasing to exist? Is she about to lose her mind?

Love Miles coming back with a boar. "Oh yeah, I just found it dead in the jungle. But don't worry. It's only been dead a few hours." Awesome.

Kate is really spooked. I think the lawyers appearing probably just after her dream of Claire has got her really freaked.

I'm a bit disappointed in myself because I don't have more to say. I'm very overwhelmed at everything that was presented in these episodes. I'm sure as soon as I hit publish I'll think of about 5 more things I wanted to say. Damn, I should start writing this stuff down.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Beer

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What was the first beer sold in a snap-top can?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Grey's Anatomy S5ep11

I thought Izzie met Denny's mother. Or was that just his father? Can't remember.

Yay and drool for a shirtless Mark Sloane scene!!!

You know how when you've done (or are doing) something you know your mom wouldn't approve of, you avoid her at all costs because you know that as soon as you see her and she gives you that patented mother look you'll be spilling your guts about everything? That was so Mark this episode with Derek's mom, who was essentially his mom. Loved how Lexie got all flustered under her interrogation.

Derek's mom was right. It is harder to have compassion for a person who is a murderer. I guess that's one thing I have to like about Meredith. She cares about all of her patients equally. The Dennys. And the serial killers.

So so so creepy when William asked the little boy if he wanted his liver.

Loved how Alex so easily slipped back into his old habits of being surly and mean only to realize that there is a much better way to deal with all that they see, including seeing little kids die... face forward and make plans for the future. And LOVED that he wants Izzie to meet his mom. Alex really is a big old softy.

How many lines did George have in this episode? Three, maybe. I think it is quite possible he may be leaving the show soon.

The story Owen was telling in the shower was heartbreaking, but I couldn't help giggling because he was in the shower fully clothed. Man, Cristina always has the hottest make out scenes. First, Burke and that time in the on call room for the first time. Then at least three scenes with Owen. She is a lucky lucky woman.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sexy search terms that end in disappointment

I have a confession. I'm addicted to Google Analytics, which allows me to track how many visitors this blog gets and what brings them here. (Hi any new readers!)

Back in July, I did a post for my first daily photo month that included a story about a couple I saw in the wee morning hours having sex in a chair by a pool. It is no surprise that that post has brought a number of people here that, well, probably wouldn't have found it otherwise.

But it is fun to see the search terms they use...

  • sex chair
  • sexchair
  • sex chair picture
  • sex chairs
  • "saw a couple having sex"
  • "sex chair" photos
  • 2 person sex chair
  • all sex chairs
  • building a sex chair
  • couple sex chair
  • couple sex on a chair
  • having chair sex
  • having sex in a chair
  • having sex in a chair photo
  • having sex on the chair
  • having sex with love chair
  • hump myself on a chair
  • saw them having sex in pool
  • sex "deck chair"
  • sex chair building
  • sex chair for all positions
  • sex chair hump
  • sex chair story
  • sex couple on chair
  • sexchair chair
  • sexchair story
  • sexsual chair
  • the sex chair

And all those just from the last 3 months! My favorites have to be "building a sex chair" because it's a special chair, and you can't just have sex in any chair. It naturally has to be a chair made especially for the sex.

Also, "hump myself on a chair"... I don't even want to know about this one. But I think the best one is "sexsual chair" just because of the way "sexsual" is spelled.

Complete awesomeness. (Yes awesomeness is a word.) I love that I have such a high quality blog. I am a bit sad, however, to disappoint all these people who are clearly looking for porn or sex toys or a how-to.

But I am infinitely entertained to see these terms pop up a few times a week. Of course, this post might just extend all these searches. And I might have a bit of a mischievous streak.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hump Day Humor: Get in Shape

From Cary

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Animals

What color is the black mamba, the dangerous African snake?

Anywhere from light gray to dark brown - but not black. The black in its name describes the color inside its mouth, which is inky black.

Tuesday, January 13, 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!

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What color is the black mamba, the dangerous African snake?

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Nile is a river in Egypt... well that's my story at least and I'm sticking to it

About 2 yesterday afternoon, DBF got up and went into the kitchen. He opened the cabinet and peered in for a few seconds. After a bit, he grabbed a new bag of chips, the Baked Ruffles sour cream and cheddar, my favorite.

I immediately felt an urge to start yelling at him to put my frakkin' chips down. But I tried to suppress it and instead asked him to take what he wanted and leave the bag in the kitchen (so I wouldn't end up eating them too when I wasn't even hungry).

I may have gotten a bit passive aggressive when he grabbed yet another bowl out of the cabinet to put the chips in. (Seriously, I've never known a man to dirty as many dishes as he does in one day. He goes through at least 3-4 cups every day!) But I did try to keep reminding myself that they're just chips, and he can have some if he wants them. I can always get more in the store.

But then his chomping started to drive me crazy. So I had to leave the room until he was done, otherwise I would've blown my stack. And I luckily avoided an argument.

It may be about to be that time of the month. But this is not because of PMS. It's not.

Dammit, I can be in denial if I want to be.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Two for the Price of One Book Review

Somehow, I forgot to do December's book review. Dang it. So I'm going to do two this month to make up for it.

First...

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

A story set in a small town about a boyhood friendship told over 50 years.

Lucy, an unfortunate nickname for one of the boys, has lived in the town all his life. It is his whole world and he sees no need to ever leave. He was devoted to Bobby, who grows up and leaves the town as soon as he can and eventually moves to Europe and becomes an artist.

A decent story, the characters are vivid, and the events are real. But the book is a little drawn out, and the story becomes a bit stagnant at times. The end did not seem to fit with the rest of the book.

All of that aside, there are several themes worth exploring in the book... father/son relationships, love (romantic, friendship), the secrets we keep to protect those we care about and the secrets we keep from ourselves.

Second...

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

A shepherd takes a journey from Spain to Egypt to find treasure in the pyramids and fulfill his personal legend. Along the way he meets several people who help him in his journey in different ways.

This book is not so much a story as it is a long parable meant for personal reflection. It serves as a good reminder that life is not about the treasure at the end, it's about enjoying the journey. Very few characters in the book are given names. Most of them are referred to by their titles (gypsy, king, alchemist). Even the main character's name is only mentioned once. This helps you to more easily reflect on your life as you ready.

We all have our own personal legend. It's a matter of listening to our hearts and following the signs along the way. We will endure suffering; it's a part of the journey. But we can't be afraid of the suffering, or allow it to prevent us from fulfilling our personal legend. One of the best quotes from the book...

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity
Coelho, Paulo. The Alchemist. page 130
This is a great book to read at the start of a new year, or if you're just looking for a fresh start.

Next month... The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Grey's Anatomy S5ep10

Loved that Mark and Callie were trying so hard to be good. And loved how they decided to follow their, er, hearts.

Richard is taking the trouble Seattle Grace is having personally. I think that's a sign of a good leader. Now if he can only find a way out of it for them.

Meredith was harsh with Cristina during surgery. My mouth was gaping open at what she said. I kinda hope Meredith gets taken down a peg for that. Of course Cristina is not exactly winning any Miss Humility contests either.

It's a good thing Derek has gorgeous hair. Because his dance moves are definitely not. But I admire that he was trying to be there for her.

Loved that Alex and the boy exchanged no words as he handed Alex the Make a Wish form to sign. And Alex took it and signed it without hesitation. Really very sad. This episode just showed how much Alex has grown since the beginning. He accepted what Izzie told him about Denny without question. Without judgment. A season ago he would have reacted completely differently.

Bailey, who chided Izzie about getting emotionally involved with her patients, is emotionally involved with the little boy. But that's what makes her Bailey.

I often think of serial killers as being psychotic and easy to distinguish from "normal" people. William may be psychotic and very possibly a sociopath, but he seems as normal as anybody. Polite. Grateful. And that is the incredibly scary part. Of course it would be very wise not to trust a single thing he says.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Hump Day Humor: DNA Test

Drugs N Alcohol, didn't ya know?
(Thanks to Cary for the video.)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Food

What is the most commonly purchased food in the U.S. - after sugar and coffee - based on sales per foot of grocery store shelf space?

Canned tuna.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Food

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What is the most commonly purchased food in the U.S. - after sugar and coffee - based on sales per foot of grocery store shelf space?

Monday, January 5, 2009

Crafty

Making Christmas gifts this past season - rather than buying them - got me contemplating. Then a woman at work who often knits over lunch inspired me.

I've picked up cross stitching again. I dabbled a little in it several years ago. I've been feeling idle recently, even though life has never been busier - and it will not slow down this spring at all. So, I decided to restart cross stitching.


I know. This officially makes me old. So what?


I've decided on only two projects this year. Christmas stockings.


Christmas just finished, you say? Well if I have any hope of getting both of them finished in time to hang up for Christmas 2009, I have to start now.


I've got a nice little start, as you can see. Trust me though. There's a lot more to go.
Why did I decide to do this again?