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!

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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

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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.

Shit.

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

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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.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Grey's Anatomy S6ep4

Back to the beginning. Our favorite doctors, now residents, are back to fighting over and sniping surgeries. Just like in season 1.

I get Meredith's hesitancy to be a donor for her father. He's not her father. Not in the way that matters. He abandoned her. Meredith may be all healed and happily married to Derek, but your father abandoning you is not something you forget right away and then have a happy, healthy relationship with him.

Of course Lexie is devastated. Thatcher was a dad to her. In every way that he wasn't one to Meredith. She lost her mom suddenly. And now it looks like she might lose her dad. If there's anything she can do to save him, she's going to do all of it that she can.

An 80-year-old man wants surgery for an erection. He's living in the now. Yet his son doesn't understand his desire to have a dangerous surgery for pleasure, for happiness. Why do we never truly learn the importance of living in the now until we've lived most of our lives? Or we get the worst possible news no matter what our age is.

Mark, heehee, "And there's nothing wrong with dating a younger woman. It keeps you young, and that's my professional opinion." Love it.

It's amazing how Thatcher and Richard can sit and have a conversation civilly. I'm not sure many men would be able to no matter how long ago the affair was.

Cristina had to shave 80-year-old balls. That was the best prank.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Girl Talk Thursday: Roommates


Girl Talk Thursday is a weekly discussion of things our guys don’t want to talk about so we talk to our girls.

This week’s topic: roommates. I think it’s supposed to be roommate horror stories, but I’d rather talk about the good times I had.

I’ve had many roommates in my life. There was my sister and my brother when we shared a room for a few years when we were little. Then we moved and my brother got his own room leaving just me and my sister until we moved again and we had the wonderful privilege of spending our teen years in separate rooms (wise choice Mom & Dad!).

Then college. With the exception of my freshman year, all wonderful girls who I had a fabulous time with. But there’s one group of girls that stands out in mind. Maybe because we took a leap of faith when we decided to live together in a city where none of us knew anyone. Regardless, we had a ton of fun.

The girls I lived with in Boston were an entertaining group. Two came from the Midwest and the other girl and myself from Texas . Prior to moving to Boston , we had only met each other for a weekend of apartment hunting.

In the name of getting to know each other and our new neighborhood, we decided to visit some of the local bars. Much later, after a few bars and many drinks, we stumbled home giggling.

As we walked up the stairs, we wondered about the guys that lived in the apartment below us. My fellow Texan decided we should meet them. So she knocked on the door and walked right into the apartment when the door was opened. So it was that we met the guys that lived below us. And five years later, one of my roommates married one of those guys.

Then there was Computer Guy. My roommate’s window had a perfect view of the apartment across the alley from us. Computer Guy sat at his computer. That’s pretty much what he was doing every time we saw him in his apartment. Until…

One night while enjoying midnight margaritas and a movie, she was walking into her room when she noticed Computer Guy having sex. We quickly made another pitcher of margaritas and took the popcorn into her room to watch the other show. What? Sex with windows open is begging for an audience.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hump Day Humor: Carrie Fisher Roasts George Lucas

Even if you have only the basics of knowledge regarding Star Wars, you will be able to enjoy at minimum, parts of this roast of George Lucas by Carrie Fisher. Hilarious. From Cary.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Famous Couples

What Hollywood husband and wife - born 25 years apart - share the same birthday?

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Both were born on September 25th - he in 1944 and she in 1969.

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

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Famous Couples

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 Hollywood husband and wife - born 25 years apart - share the same birthday?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Epiphany

Last week as I mourned the loss of my normal, quiet life, I had an epiphany.

That life, that normalcy I was so used to, is gone forever.

This is what normal life is. For now. I expect it to get even crazier as I age. Which is insane to me.

I'm reminded of my senior year at A&M. When I looked back over my collegiate career, I was amazed at how I remembered my freshman year as stressful and very busy. But compared to my senior year, it was idle and zero stress.

That's how I feel now.

This funny thing happens when you think you've got everything figured out. Something changes. Sometimes it's wrought by you. Sometimes it's forced on you. It can be a large change. Or a subtle shift in perspective. Either way, what you thought you knew is no longer.

I only thought I knew a busy life. Turns out. Not so much.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Grey's Anatomy S6ep3

Izzie's wig was awesome only because it made her look like Jenny the Bloggess when she wears a wig.

Cristina trying for peds. She knows she's not made for peds. But she doesn't care because she hopes it will save her during the merger. I'm just glad once Arizona realized that Cristina was using her she refused to be used that way. Though I am a little disappointed that it took Callie pointing it out to her. How could she not tell during their rounds that peds and Cristina do not a good fit make?

If it wasn't clear to me before how great Owen is for Cristina, it became so in this episode. She's even more intense, if that were possible, thanks to the merger. And when she asks him to declare her his "guy," he refuses. Because he knows it wouldn't be a good thing. For either of them. And when she walks off in a little huff, he smiles. That's love.

It's understandable that everyone's freaked about the merger. I would be. When what you depend on to survive gets yanked out from under you, you're bound to panic. But the only ones who seem to get the point of a hospital merger are Arizona and Derek. They're the only ones focusing on what's right in front of them: their patients and helping them get better. Owen gets it too, forcing Cristina to look at the ball in front of her instead of what hasn't happened yet.

It's hard to blame Izzie for diving into her work. Isn't that what we all do when we're hurting badly? Throw ourselves into busy work so we don't have to think about what's going on. I love Alex for making sure she's taking her meds. He's right when he insists that she has to start taking care of herself. It's rather cute to watch these two figure out what being married means for them. Especially since they didn't really plan to get married but rather took that leap because of Izzie's cancer.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Grey's Anatomy - Delayed Again

Once again, I'm behind on my TiVo. Your regularly scheduled Grey's Anatomy post will be up as soon as I can get to it.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Overwhelmed

I've decided that 24 hours in a day is enough to get everything done. If I didn't sleep.

I go through periods where I feel like I've got a good handle on everything. And then periods where I'm stressed because of everything going on. Right now, I'm in the latter. It's a little bit overwhelming.