Friday, May 29, 2009

One last night

Tonight is it. The final night before the big move. The last night I'll spend living alone.

Normally, a Friday night would find me at DBF's place or him at mine. But for this Friday night, we decided to spend it separately to finish packing. And of course relish that last night alone.

While I'm looking forward to sharing a house with DBF, part of me is really kinda sad to leave my apartment. I've been here for almost 3 years. I've been through a lot here. And it is the one and only place I've lived completely by myself. No family. No roommates.

So tonight, I'll order Chinese. Maybe open a bottle of wine. Pop in a chick flick. And finish packing.

And tomorrow, I'll take that next step in my life. And move in with a boy.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Winning

Anxiety had slowly been building for a couple weeks. Pretty much since I had started to write it down. The anxiety quickly built throughout last week until Saturday when I wasn't sure if I could eat anything because I had so many butterflies fluttering against the walls of my stomach that nothing sounded appealing.

As the time drew nearer, the pounding in my head started. And I could barely stand.


I had a speech to give. A toast. The maid of honor toast at my little sister's wedding.


The anxiety wasn't because I would be speaking in front of close to 200 people. The nerves were due to the fact that I didn't want to CRY in front of 200 people. And it's a fact that I cry. Easily. Especially when I share things that are personal and close to my heart. (And my toast was about as personal and close to the heart that you could get without it actually being my heart.)

Because this fact is well-known in my family, my brother-in-law, DBF and my brother started a bet on how far into my speech I would get before I had to stop and compose myself because I was so emotional. And we decided that if I made it through the whole speech without stopping to compose myself, I'd win the pot.


You can bet your ass I won that pot. It wasn't a lot of money, but it doesn't matter. I wanted to show them that I could do it. I think it was that bet that really helped keep me from crying. That and the fact that I had practiced that toast multiple times a day for at least a week and a half. And of course, I wanted to WIN.


And like I snapped my fingers, my headache was gone as soon as my toast was over.


The wedding was absolutely gorgeous. And perfect. And so so so much fun.


Oh, did I tell you about my super secret project that I had been working on since February? (Can't remember where I've talked about it.) Well it was super secret because it was my wedding present to my sister and her husband. Here's a picture before I got it framed.
The top says "From this day forward" and at the bottom it says "Laura & Jeremy May 23, 2009".

Congratulations once again Laura & Jeremy!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Literature

Which of Shakespeare's plays features the appearance of 11 ghosts?

King Richard III. Each is the spirit of someone Richard has killed.

Congratulations to Mochaface friend Catizhere for being the only one to get the answer (and leave one)!

Hump Day Humor: Sprite Commercial

Hilarious. From Cary.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Literature

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Which of Shakespeare's plays features the appearance of 11 ghosts?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Our house is a very very very fine house

WE'RE HOMEOWNERS!

I swear this is going to be my last post about the house. Well, at least, the buying part of it. But I had to share what I learned today.

Don't believe people when they say closing on a house takes hours. Or that you sign a stack of papers a foot tall. They're lying.

Closing only took an hour. And our stack was only two inches. Of course, we read through the paperwork before we showed up at the title company, which helped as she was going through the paperwork we already had an idea of what it all said and picked up on what we were unsure of quicker.

And DBF is a genius (he told me to write that).

I almost couldn't believe that we own a house. Even when we were sitting in it after we closed and it was officially funded. Now I have to make it through next week before we can move. At least there's a lot to do between now and then. Rehearsal, wedding, packing, cleaning. It's still not going to come fast enough though.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

And Now I Can't Get That Song Out of My Head

It's here - Closing Day!

This afternoon DBF and I will be homeowners. Oh. Holy. Shit. Who in their right mind is going to give us a house?

After all that paperwork gets signed, our responsibilities in life will have tripled. Tripled. That's a frakkin lot of responsibility.

I'm so excited. Almost bursting. I mean, there would be little pieces of Becky everywhere because I exploded from happiness and excitement.

Of course before we can close we have to drive across the Metroplex to get a cashiers check because DBF's bank only has one location. And it's in Fort Worth. Then there's the final walk through on the house. Then, finally, it's closing time (that Green Day song just popped in my head - Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.)

WOOT!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Definitions

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 does a petrologist study?

Monday, May 18, 2009

At a loss for words... I know, it's a shocker

I may have mentioned once or twice that my sister is getting married this weekend. As maid of honor, I have the opportunity to give a speech.

And I've had the first part of that speech pretty much composed mentally since they got engaged.

But it's the last bit that I'm struggling with. What do I close with? I think customarily the close of these speeches focuses on words of advice or inspiration for the newly-wedded couple.

One problem with that. I'm not married. Who am I to give out marital advice?

So if you've got any suggestions or ideas, I'm wide open.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Grey's Anatomy S5ep21&22

Oh. My. God.

Okay, just in case, you're new here. SPOILER ALERT! DON'T CONTINUE READING IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED LAST NIGHT'S GREY'S ANATOMY.

George enlisted in the Army. That's a shocker (sarcasm in case you can't smell it). What was the shocker was that he was the Prince Charming. The nothing-special guy that saved a girl's life. And that pretty much sums up George O'Malley in one sentence. Except that he's not special. He's exceptional. George gets (got?!) a rough time of it from just about everyone. From his ill-fated crush on Meredith, to his ill-fated marriage to Callie, to his ill-fated relationship (or whatever that was) with Izzie, to repeating his intern year, George has had a rough time. But he's always been there for everyone. Even for Alex who has treated him like shit from the beginning. And he was there for a complete stranger. That final part where he was in uniform (which seemed a bit odd since he hadn't even been issued a uniform yet) looking at Izzie in her prom dress was heartbreaking. And not at all what I expected.

If Izzie wasn't sick, she and Alex wouldn't have gotten married. That much is plain when he tells her to make the decision about the scary surgery on her own. And then when she does make the decision, and it's a different one than what he thinks she should do, he gets mad at her. Those are issues that are most of the time worked out before marriage. But he loves her. Deeply. So much so that he drills her like a sargeant on different facts in attempts to work her memory. He doesn't want to have her body and not her. He doesn't want her to live like that. Never mind that that is what she asked him to do. He doesn't want it either. Alex loves Izzie. I love seeing the two of them together. Even the awkward sad parts when he's yelling at her because he's frustrated. And scared. It just shows that much more how he truly loves her. When she starts coding at the end, and Alex refuses to show the DNR any respect, demanding that Izzie not leave him, I couldn't stop the tears from rolling down my face. George or Izzie is going to die. I really think so. Possibly even both. Izzie we've been expecting. But not George. That's the hard part.

Poor Bailey. She's fought for her marriage. Really fought for it. And she's now realized that it's over. Even if she gave in to Tucker's ultimatum, it wouldn't last. And she knows that. Really knows that. I hate to see her give up the peds fellowship. Especially because she would have been phenomenal. But I can understand why she feels the need to stay in general surgery because of her son. It just shows more of Bailey's character.

Chief plays dirty, bringing out shiny, new robots to bribe Bailey back to general surgery. Arizona was hilarious trying to stand up to him and crying at the same time because of her "authority issues." Then when she gets so excited for Bailey and insists that they're going to get her some Wheely sneaks. All I gots to say is thank goodness for Arizona in this episode. She brought some much needed lightness to an episode that was fraught with drama and emotion.

Mark was SO cute asking Lexie to move in with him. And she clearly not picking up what he was laying down at first. Then they had that whole awkward marriage conversation that they're clearly not ready for. I must say again how much I love the two of them together. And not just because I love Mark.

Meredith and Derek get married by Post-It. That's definitely more appropriate - and I hate to say it, but romantic too - for the two of them than a church-y church wedding. Loved that moment with Cristina and Meredith where she hands her sticky notes and a pen for her Something Old, Something New, etc. That's so them.

And Cristina and Owen get back together. They finally have the courage to be together. To say things are not 100% but I love you too much to let another day go by without being with you. Again, the best romance on this show. By far.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

LOST S5ep16

What the fuck.

If Season 6 starts off with everyone landing at LAX safely, I'm going to be pissed off.

I'm really hoping that Miles was right and not Daniel. That the hydrogen bomb is actually what caused the Incident and not the electromagnetic stuff.

So we've waited 3 seasons for Jacob. And the first episode he's in he dies. Awesome.

I did find it interesting how he visited all the Losties. But the most interesting thing was how he actually had a conversation with Hurley. The others it was just brief encounters. As if he was checking on something. But it was different with Hurley. Why?

I knew there was something more to Locke. Turns out he's not exactly angel like Starbuck but he still had a specific purpose. More devil like actually. More evil. So I guess Locke is now a bad guy? Which is too bad as he's been one of my favorite characters from the beginning. So he's now inhabited - or something - by the guy from the beginning of the episode. But who is that guy? Does Jacob have a younger brother who is incredibly jealous of Jacob's position as supreme being/ruler of the Island?

What is up with Ilana and her group? Looks like she was trying to save Jacob but was too late. Ben showing that he's never worked out his daddy issues from his childhood had transferred all those feelings from his dad to Jacob. And just like he killed his dad, he killed Jacob. Okay, well the final blow came from Locke/whoever-that-is but still. Those stabs were raw emotion.

Still have no idea who or what Richard is.

Sad to see Juliet die (I'm presuming that's the major death that has been touted recently) but am so, SO glad it's not Sawyer that's dead. His grief over her death was quite touching. I'm a Skater fan all the way. Have been from the beginning. But with Juliet Sawyer had grown up and shown maturity in a way that he never had before. He was genuine. For once. And that was the really touching part for me.

OMG, how the hell am I going to make it to January of next year?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hump Day Humor: Condom Commercial

The best condom commercial ever. From Cary.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Transportation

What U.S. city was the first to have a subway?

Boston. Its subway opened on September 1, 1897. London was the first city in the world to have a subway. It opened in 1863.

Congratulations to my good friend Jennifer, who was the only one to get it right (and leave a comment)!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Transportation

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What U.S. city was the first to have a subway?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Book Review: The Whiskey Rebels

The Whiskey Rebels - by David Liss

The Whiskey Rebels
centers around the Bank of the United States in its first year. Many historical figures make an appearance... Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, even George Washington. However, the plot itself is fiction. There's a consiperacy on the Bank with twists and turns that will have just about anyone lost.

The most interesting part of this book is the dual narrators. It alternates between the male voice of the supposed traitor, drunkard and womanizer Ethan Saunders and the mysterious, modern, intelligent widow Joan Maycott.

I found this book to be an interesting history lesson in the beginnings of our economic system and stock market. But it dragged a little and could have been a little shorter. In the description of every character, the author mentions the state of their teeth, which I found to be unnecessary. I found Ethan Saunders to be the most intriguing character as he starts off the book facing certain death and prepared to die and by the end has found so much to live for.

If you at all find American history to be fascinating, you'll want to read this book.

Next month - The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

Friday, May 8, 2009

Grey's Anatomy S5ep20

I liked Izzie narrating. Though I wish they would just get rid of the narration at the beginning and end of episodes all together. I don't ever listen to what Meredith says as the narrator.

Who works on their wedding day? I know Derek and Meredith are not wedding people. But still. Take the day off.

A lot of weird things that didn't really feel right in this episode. Mark trying to intimidate Meredith and running around pondering if Mer-Der are going to last 50 years. Callie giving Arizona the cold shoulder. Even George trying to come to grips with losing six patients in one shift didn't feel quite right. Though I did like the lesson Owen taught him about trauma being more about team effort than individual doctor heroes. And what was the deal with Lexie?

That poor college student. Waiting to start living until she was done with school. Don't wait! Live for now! Because tomorrow is not a guarantee. And that's what Izzie and Alex did. They know their future is not certain. So they didn't wait. And I can't blame them. Speaking of the valedictorian, are there colleges that have valedictorians? I ask because there was no valedictorian at Texas A&M. DBF thinks maybe it's something small colleges do. Which would kinda make sense because A&M's huge so there's no way there could be a valedictorian.

On the whole I didn't like this episode. It felt too cobbled together. Too loose. Like it doesn't really fit into the fabric that is Season 5 in the greater quilt of Grey's Anatomy. The seams didn't seem to line up with the episode from last week. I guess we'll see if it makes more sense with next week's finale.

UPDATE: Wait, I totally forgot that it was the 100th episode. Totally sucked for how much they hyped it being the 100th episode.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

LOST S5ep15

What a great pre-finale episode. Lots of story movement with characters lining up on different sides in preparation for what is promising to be one helluva a cliffhanger.

This is the first episode in a long time where we had all of our characters. And I loved it.

The look on Juliet's face when Kate walked down into that sub was so telling. She loves Sawyer, but she doesn't believe he loves her as much as she loves him. Or as much as he loves Kate. And it was clear on Sawyer's face that he is torn between the two of them. He has deep feelings for Kate. But he also loves Juliet and maybe feels a little bit of an obligation or responsibility to her because of the past three years. Now how are they going to get back to the Island (with little Charlotte and baby Miles staying off of it) as they're clearly back on the Island in the previews for next week's episode.

Jack just gets caught on a single idea, and he can't let go of it, can he. He can't try to look around it to the possible consequences. Bless his heart. He believes that he's doing the right thing. I guess we'll see if first of all he can pull it off. Secondly, if it's the right move. Personally, I'll be very VERY VERY disappointed and highly pissed off if this show ends with them landing safely in LA because Daniel's plan worked. I think it's too easy of an ending. And a HUGE let down for everything that's happened. Because we experienced it along with the characters. We too suffered the deaths and misery as well as the hope and joy they experienced. Might as well have Jack wake up in Australia with it all being a dream, ala Dallas.

Sometimes the tertiary characters on this show are more interesting than the main characters. Phil was clearly enjoying the violence and investigative techniques Stewart was using on Sawyer. So he took it a step further. And the looks of shock on Horace's and Stewart's faces were hilarious. It was clearly not a step they expected from Phil.

Interesting how Richard is now worried about Locke. Wonder if he and Ben will try to team up against him. Richard definitely seemed reluctant to go to Jacob. What is the deal with Jacob anyway?? And why does Locke want to kill him? What will that accomplish?

I am becoming more and more convinced that Locke is another Starbuck. Especially with that comment from Richard about him looking different. Those of you who have seen Battlestar Gallactica may remember how Starbuck's Viper looked different after she returned from Earth. I don't think Locke's resurrection returned him to a human, living body. But he's returned as a heavenly one. Perhaps angelic, such as Starbuck, with a specific purpose. Locke's statements about not being afraid of what Ben could do, his almost omniscience, and how the Island is talking to him, further the argument that Locke is more angel than human. And I cannot wait to see how it plays out.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hump Day Humor: Tequila

Does not include hangover. From Cary.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Food

What do the different colored twist ties and tags on packaged loaves of bread indicate?

The day the bread is delivered to local stores. Fresh bread is usually delivered five days a week. Although colors may vary according to region or manufacturer, most bakeries start with blue on Monday, and continue through the week alphabetically with green on Tuesday, red on Thursday, white on Friday and yellow on Saturday.

No one got the exact answer. But congratulations to Amelia who was definitely very very close.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Food

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What do the different colored twist ties and tags on packaged loaves of bread indicate?

Monday, May 4, 2009

I'm not going to know what to do with myself on June 1

May. It's finally here.

I feel like I've lived all of 2009 so far just for this one little month. Seriously. I have zero expectations or thoughts on how the rest of the year is going to go past May. Sure some things will happen. They always do. And I'll even look forward to some of them.

But May is what I've thought about almost constantly since this blasted year started. Or, really, since August. For many reasons. But for two in particular.

One. My sister's getting married. I know she and my mom are looking forward to the culmination of all their planning over these last many months. I'm not so much looking forward to it being over as I am to see my sister have her day. She's going to be positively radiant, and I cannot wait to see her as she joins her life to my future brother-in-law.

Two. Moving in with DBF. All we do is talk about it. Our plans for the house. What we have left to do before we close. What bills we need to turn off or transfer before we move. What needs to get packed and what needs to get donated or thrown out. But it's not just the house itself. We constantly talk about how much longer until we're living together. How things will change. How we won't have to pack a bag for the weekend. Or how on the way home from Fort Worth, we'll take a different route and won't have to drop the other off at their respective place.

This month is going to be both very long. And very short.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Grey's Anatomy S5ep19

It's understandable why Lexie forgave Thatcher and Meredith didn't. Thatcher was actually a dad to Lexie. To Meredith he was just this phantom figure, who she knew was her father but who played no role in her life until recently.

What I don't quite understand is why she sees the Chief as more of a father figure. I understand why he thinks of her as a daughter. But not her side of it.

As much as I may question Callie jumping from relationship to relationship, I think I like Arizona the best. I liked George and Erica during their times too, but Arizona's way better. First off she's hotter. Second, she's more compassionate (compared to Erica) and has more guts (compared to George).


I love that Meredith is doing the whole wedding thing for Izzie. So she has something to take her mind off the cancer. What I really love though is Bailey and the way she is approaching Izzie being sick by calling her mom, then giving her the excuse to tell her mom to go home, then the aggressive surgery. Bailey, as much as she tries to distance herself, or as much as she convinces herself that she's kept all these people at a distance, cares very deeply for Izzie.

Izzie's
mom was perfect. Exactly what I expected Izzie's mom to be like. Bubbly, rambling and a believer in her own type of medicine - the power of psychics. I thought they were hilarious and worked well together.

That little girl that shot her father was about the cutest thing. What a powerful story. I've seen a lot of domestic violence stories where the kid eventually stands up to the father (usually it's the father) in defense of the mom. But the kid's always way older. Not 6. I can't even begin to imagine what kind of therapy bills that girl will have when she gets older.


Poor Mark. Things are different with Lexie. He knows that. She's not just another conquest. Another notch on his belt. But he's still struggling with his past reputation as a womanizer. Because a womanizer does not do well with the parents. But I loved loved LOVED how he came through for her at the end.
Did notice how Lexie struggled with whether or not to call Mark her boyfriend. Clearly, they haven't had the talk yet, and she's afraid it'll freak him out.

Cristina and Owen. They are enough to make a girl cry. In fact, I almost did. He loves her. He LOVES her. There is no doubt. For either of them. The incredibly torturous part is that he knows he can't be with her. (At least not right now, as I'm sure they'll come back together. And this one I hope and pray lasts because they're AMAZING.) And as they're both crying, Cristina gives him what he needs. The emotional space to heal. Damn. Cristina is a strong woman.