Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Food

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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How many calories will the average slice of bread lose after toasting?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Back to Boston

Today DBF and I take a little trip. One of my favorite trips actually. Boston.

Have I mentioned that I lived in Boston for a couple years during graduate school? Well, I fell in love with the city. And still have a few friends that live in the area. So I try to get up there once a year (though I'm not always successful).

DBF's never been. So I'm way, uber excited to show him some of my favorite parts of the city.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: American Symbols

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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How big is the Liberty Bell's famous crack?

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Decade Later

Ten years ago, I graduated from high school. (I actually meant to write this post a month ago when it was officially ten years, but I got a bit distracted.)

While I was packing up for our big move, I came across my scrapbook from my senior year in high school. I flipped through it for some laughs and a stroll down the lane of memory. At the back of the book was a page that was meant for predictions for my future. It was titled 10 Years From Now...

I had made four predictions:

  1. Education: master's degree in communications (Integrated marketing communication actually, but pretty damn close. So check.)
  2. Career: public relations practitioner (My first job after I received my master's degree. Check.)
  3. Living: bought a house (Check!)
  4. Relationship: married with at least one kid (Okay, I missed this one. But I think DBF goes in the win column.)

I had completely forgotten about these predictions. But three out of four is a damn good batting average. If I do say so myself. And I'll be able to walk into that reunion proud that I've met so many of my goals. Now if I just knew when and where the reunion will be.

Friday, June 19, 2009

What I Know

I know that when you move into a house for the first time you make more trips to Lowe's than you can even imagine in the first few weeks.

I know that packing can be done in a matter of days, but unpacking is a process without a specific timeline or end date.

I know that I would rather be a wolf than a sheep.

I know that an occasional manicure/pedicure is the best way to pamper yourself after a long day at work.

I know that time spent with family is never time wasted.

I know that I have friends that may be spread out around the country, but they're only a phone call away.

I know that DBF is actually quite handy to have around.

I know that I'm overwhelmed with all I can do with this house but have decided on an action plan of one room at a time.

I know it's more fun cooking for two than it is cooking for one.

I know that life is good. Great actually.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I Should Have Had More Faith But I Watch Too Much TV to Really Trust His Handy Abilities

We've been in the house now for almost three weeks. It feels natural. To be living in a house. With a boy.

There's still things that need to get organized and put away. Walls that need to be painted. Plus updates that we want to make to the kitchen. But we're in. And living together.

And so far, things have been great. He's handy to have around. Like when I was having trouble getting a jar open the other day. Normally, I would try and try and eventually bang it on the counter trying to get it opened. But I didn't exert myself. I just let him use his man muscles to open the jar for me.

And yesterday morning we had the first thing in the house break. Our shower head. While I was in the shower. With shampoo in my hair. I heard a snap like the switch that turns on the shower had gotten loose because the water pressure on my head went way down. So I had assumed water was coming out the faucet. Then I turned around. Nope. It was coming out the back of the shower head. Spraying over the doors onto the floor. Definitely made the rest of my shower interesting. And shorter.

So we took a trip to Lowe's. (Another one. I lost count how many trips to Lowe's we've taken after the fourth time.) And got a new shower head. DBF was certain he could install it.

Friends, I must confess. I felt a little like Claire Huxtable. Remember The Cosby Show when something would break in the house and Cliff would get his toolbelt out? The whole family would groan and beg him to just bring in a plumber/electrician/handyman to fix the problem. But he would insist on doing it himself. Only he would make the problem much worse. And more expensive to fix.

So I had a little trepidation while DBF set out to replace our shower head with a much more awesome one. As it turns out, he's much handier than I thought. Shower head is installed and is working. I'll gladly give him the win on this one.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hump Day Humor: Real Life Twitter

Twitter in real life. "Standing next to the hottest girl ever but I'm too terrified to say anything." Awesome. (Follow me @beckymochaface if you'd like.)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Capitals

Which U.S. state and its capital city do not share any of the same letters?

South Dakota and its capital, Pierre.

Congratulations to Mochaface friend Nick for being the first to get it right, and only one to leave an answer.

Tuesday, June 16, 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!

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Which U.S. state and its capital city do not share any of the same letters?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I Feel the Need

I read a lot of blogs. A lot. I don't say that to brag. Okay maybe just a little. But I've always read a lot. Books, magazines, I even would read the cereal box while I ate breakfast just because I felt like I needed to read something. So blogs is are a natural, online extension of my need. My need to read.

And there's a wide variety of blogs in my reader. Everything from marketing/public relations blogs. To Red Sox blogs. To shoe blogs. To LOST/Grey's Anatomy. Local blogs. Food blogs. Like I said. A broad range.

But there are only a handful that I really look forward to reading every day. That when I see a new post for these particular blogs in my reader I skip ahead to read them first. And since I have shared books I read with you, I thought I'd give you a list of the blogs I read. You can find them also over to the right in my blog roll, but I wanted to give these a special shout out.

a home in the making - a blog about renovating and decorating written by relatively new homeowner and my friend IRL Jennifer. We went to graduate school together and are still close even though I'm back in Texas and she's back in Oregon. She's got exquisite taste.
Dooce - You would think everyone's heard of Dooce aka Heather Armstrong. I only discovered her last summer. Her photography is beautiful. But it's the posts about the everyday parts of life that I look forward to the most.
little.red.boat - A British writer that recently moved to San Francisco, Anna doesn't really write about anything in particular. Her posts are often random and winding. But I find them humorous and entertaining.
PR Moonlighting - another blog written by a RL friend, this one is Michele. She lives in Boston. And her blog is kinda like mine. It's whatever she wants to write about.
Seth's Blog - Seth Godin is well-known in marketing circles as a marketing guru. The high praise may make him uncomfortable, but it's well deserved. He knows what the hell he's talking about. His posts are often short, blunt and right on the mark. Just like I like them.
The Bloggess - The Bloggess' posts are also really very random. And often punctuated with her use of vagina and swear words. I often have to clamp my hand over my mouth to keep from laughing aloud and having everyone around me think I'm insane.
is it 5 o'clock yet? - I only recently discoved Shauna thanks to Frontburner. She's not afraid to talk about midget porn, her safe for her sex toys and what life would have been like if she had driven home after too much wine. Blunt, hilarious and fearless.

Looking back on this list, it's clear to me that I really like writing that is random, blunt and often filled with swear words and mentions of vagina. Since I heard that people judge you based on the company you keep continually growing up, this is probably pretty telling of me.

Oh well. Please pass my vagina another beer. She's thirsty.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hump Day Humor: Bippity Boppity Bacon

For all you bacon lovers. It starts getting really funny a little after 2 minutes in.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Fruit

What fruit is used for washing rather than eating?

The loofah, which is a tropical gourd valued for its fibrous, spongelike interior.

Congratulations Mochaface friend Nick (or I guess rather Nick's wife) for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Fruit

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 fruit is used for washing rather than eating?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Psuedo-Relaxation

Time to relax. Except it's not.

May's through. Done. My sister's wedding is behind us. We're all moved in. (Okay. So everything's in the house. We still have unpacking and organizing to do.) I'm back from my conference.

All those events I've been continually thinking about the past few months and planning for have happened.

I should be relaxed having all this big stuff behind us. Except that there's now organizing and finding new places for all our stuff. And figuring out what we don't need anymore. And the painting and updates we want to make.

I do have a weight lifted since I don't have to worry about the main things anymore. But I wouldn't be me if I didn't worry about something. Focusing on the things in small projects. Because otherwise my brain would explode.

And I haven't wanted to strangle DBF. Yet. But then again I spent the majority of last week out of town for a conference. So it's only a matter of time.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Book Review: The Hour I First Believed

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

The book starts out just a few days before April 20, 1999. The day of the Columbine shootings. The narrator and his wife both work at the high school. A family emergency takes Caelum (the narrator) back to Connecticut just a couple days before that fateful day. But his wife stays behind and is in the library when the shooters come in. She's traumatized by the experience and the balance of the book centers on how she and Caelum try to cope (and sometimes fail and experience more tragedy) with the aftereffects of that horrific event. Caelum and Maureen have their separate journeys and the one they take together as husband and wife.

Wally Lamb did a beautiful job blending the fictional elements of this story with the factual events of Columbine. And as he did in She's Come Undone, I became completely absorbed by the characters and their quests for life's meaning.

His writing is mesmerizing. Lamb describes scenes without making them seem mundane. His topics and themes are difficult to touch, but he does it so elegantly that no disservice is done.

Excellent excellent book that I recommend to anyone that is looking for a read with a deeper message to it.

Next month - Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Hump Day Humor: Whack-a-Kitty

Not side-splitting funny. But really really cute funny.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Water

How much of the water on the earth's surface is salt water? How much is freshwater?

Salt water, 97 percent; freshwater, 3 percent (of which 1 percent is drinkable and 2 percent is frozen).

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Water

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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How much of the water on the earth's surface is salt water? How much is freshwater?

Monday, June 1, 2009

Moved

My brain is numb. My body aches.

But I have a perma-grin on my face.

Life is good. I feel so lucky and blessed.