Thursday, September 30, 2010

Heroes for Children

Remember my letter to Katie N. Holmes, my former bestie? Remember when the Internet collectively pulled a John C. Mayer and we all had tons of fun?

Well it turns out that the Internets is not just for pranking but also for helping others. Only this time instead of poking mild fun at celebrities, we're pulling The David Cook and helping out charities.

Thanks to the power and awesomeness that is Twitter I have met some incredible people with awe-inspiring stories. One such amazing woman is Jenny Scott. Her daughter Allie died of acute myeloid leukemia at 8 months 27 days of age six years ago. In her memory and in the memory of Taylor Brewton, a 4-year-old girl who also passed away from the same disease, Jenny and Taylor's mom Larissa Linton founded Heroes for Children.

They know first hand the stress of helping their children battle cancer while maintaining the day-to-day activities life demands like mortgage payments and meals. In that spirit is why they founded Heroes for Children (check out the Heroes for Children blog Heroes Heartbeat).

Their mission according to the Heroes for Children website is "providing financial and social assistance to families, within the state of Texas, with children (0-22 years of age) battling cancer."

Whatever a family needs they take care of, including funeral costs. Some of the social assistance Heroes for Children (follow Heroes for Children on Twitter) provides is Laptops of Love, which is a program to get new laptops to teenagers with cancer; Heroes Milestones, which helps cancer patients celebrate the milestones, such as proms, graduations, birthdays, of their lives if they are unable to celebrate because they're in the hospital or because of medical bills; and Holiday Heroes provides holiday joy to cancer families.

According to the Heroes for Children website, "Currently, an estimated 12,400 children, ages 0-20 years, are diagnosed with a form of cancer in the United States."

There are several ways you can help Heroes for Children.

#1 - Find Heroes for Children on Facebook.

#2 - Participate in one of Heroes for Children's several fundraising events, including Heroes and Handbags, Heroes for Children Golf Classic, Hold 'Em for Heroes, and their 5K run/walk.

#3 - Donate. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

#4 - Give items for the care packages Heroes for Children take to the hospitals. Check out their wish list.

#5 - Volunteer for Heroes for Children.

The work Heroes for Children does started in the hearts of two mothers who experienced a pain no mother should ever experience. Their work is the work of angels. I am in awe of them, their heart for what they do and how they turned their pain into helping others in a horrible situation.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hump Day Humor: Dog on an Escalator

This video is not big belly laugh funny. But it is so effin cute that I can't help but giggle. Sometimes a girl needs a giggle.





(hat tip Dooce)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Animals

What is unusual about the eggs of the seabird known as the guillemot?

They are pear-shaped, which is fortunate because the guillemot nests on steep cliffs and lays its eggs on bare rock. Because of its shape, a guillemot egg will roll in a circle if disturbed, and will not fall off the cliff.


No winner this week. Come back next week for a new trivia question!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Animals

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

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What is unusual about the eggs of the seabird known as the guillemot?

Friday, September 24, 2010

And the Fat Lady Sings

It's official.

The wedding is over.

I just got our wedding album from our amazing photographer Dorothy Gautreaux, which was the final post-wedding item on the list. And it looks AMAZING by the way.

It's kinda sads. But at the same time not.

I've got a lot going on right now and a lot to look forward to. I'm in the final stages of a major project at the good ole Jay-Oh-Bee.

We are finally (FINALLY) making some good progress on refinishing the cabinets in our kitchen. I've started a month at a pilates studio.

Plus it's the fall which means college football, baseball playoffs, the State Fair of Texas (fried frito pie and Fletcher's corny dogs, OH HELLS YES) and the holidays are coming.

Life is good.

So while it is the end of our wedding and that makes me sads. It is the beginning of our marriage. And that makes me happy in the pants.

The End.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Attack of the Red Monster

Can we talk about periods for a minute?

-- To any of the men who might read this little blog here (Hi Jeremy!), you're welcome to stay but my feelings won't be hurt if you skip this post and come back tomorrow. I promise to try and not make it about periods.

Remember when you first got your period and you're so excited to join the womanhood gang? That lasts for about a minute until you realize the giant amount of suck you're in for over the next 30-40 years.

And in those early months while you figure out what defenses work best for your body against the Attack of the Red Monster it is a GIANT ball of suck. The cramps and the bloating are the worst.

One particular hellish month when I was a wee little teenage Mochaface, I was at a swim meet when the Red Monster attacked. Given that my relative greenness in fighting the Red Monster, I complained. Probably a lot. Probably thinking that I couldn't POSSIBLY do anything, let alone swim any races, while I was in such hormonal agony.

My mom, being the wise woman that she is, told me that there were some studies or something that showed how women on their periods performed better athletically. (I can't remember exactly what it was she said, but it was something along those lines.) Was she playing me to get me to shut up and focus on what I should have been focused on? Maybe. But I don't know. Nor do I really want to know.

It's something I like to think about from time to time, generally when I defend myself against the Attack of the Red Monster, a much more seasoned warrior and hardly a blip on my radar nowadays. I like to believe in the possibility that the gift that is the source of Life can make us even more special and awesome than we already are.

Silly I know. But then while I can't remember exactly how I did in that swim meet all those years ago, I'm pretty sure I did fairly well. Thanks Mom.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hump Day Humor: Backinup Song

First, watch the news clip:





Now watch the song:





(hat tip Cary)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Food

What is the source of cream of tartar, the fine white powder used in manufacturing baking soda, making candies and frostings creamy, and cleaning brass pots and pans?

Wine barrels. Cream of tartar is derived from the crystalline acid sediment known as argol that's found inside wine casks. After the sediment is scrapped off, it is purified and ground to create cream of tartar.

No winner this week. Thanks everyone for playing!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Food

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What is the source of cream of tartar, the fine white powder used in manufacturing baking soda, making candies and frostings creamy, and cleaning brass pots and pans?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Katie N. Holmes, We'll Always Have Capeside

Dear Katie N. Holmes,

I'm sorry to be so formal considering we used to be besties. I could have called you Kate though. Shudder. In case I've never told you, I do like your middle name Noelle. (Katie N. Holmes' Wikipedia page.) It's pretty. Prettier than Suri. It sucks when a 4 year old tries to show you up doesn't it Katie N. Holmes?

I remember when we first met Katie N. Holmes. I knew immediately you were a girl I wanted to call my bestie. You Katie N. Holmes are one of those rarest breeds of women, the kind that inspires friendship minus the jealousy from all women and goofy-eyed love from all men. You may not remember it Katie N. Holmes. But for me, it's as clear as if it were yesterday.

It was 1998. Capeside, Massachusetts. Dawson's Creek. (Katie N. Holmes' IMDB page.)From the first moments, I was drawn into the story of Joey Potter you wove on the screen with your sarcasm and doe eyes. I learned the phrase "walk your dog" and words like persnickety from you Katie N. Holmes. Who said you can't learn something by watching TV? Not you Katie N. Holmes.

We were the best of friends for more than five years Katie N. Holmes. I thought you were intelligent. And a sincere beauty. A rare combination to happen naturally for sure.

And then you went and married a crazy man. I don't know if you noticed, Katie N. Holmes, how I've distanced myself from you. I thought it was for the best Katie N. Holmes that we break up our friendship because he and I would just never agree. And it's not pleasant to have your bestie and your husband always arguing. It makes me sad because you missed my wedding. But then I missed yours so I guess that makes us even Katie N. Holmes. Have you been to Jamaica? Because if not, you should totally take Suri there for a girls trip.

I did enjoy seeing you on Eli Stone, Thank You for Smoking and Batman Begins. Though I'm not such a fan of Pieces of April or First Daughter. So while I haven't been returning your phone calls, emails or texts Katie N. Holmes, I still watch your movies as those are rare times when we can be together without him. It's been five years Katie N. Holmes since you broke my heart. Time to move on.

I'll always think of our years together fondly Katie N. Holmes. The good times and the bad... but especially the good times (for one, seasons 3 & 4 - minus the last 4 episodes of Season 4. I still can't watch those). I still think you're smart and one of the most beautiful women of our generation Katie N. Holmes.

By the way, I like the shorter hair better:

The many styles of Katie N. Holmes.

But really. This is for the best Katie N. Holmes. That's Life.

Love and kisses,
Becky Mochaface

P.S. Katie N. Holmes, you've just been John C. Mayer-d! (Also see here.)

UPDATED:

When you google Katie N. Holmes, I am #1 baby!

Proof:


Hi, Katie N. Holmes! Love you. Mean it.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Toe Tappers



This week's girl talk: Music.

While there are my classic favorites, here are some of my current can't-stop-playing favorites. Seriously, my iPod is probably tired of playing the same songs over and over again.

Glee is a silly show. But oh it's so much fun. I love this song as it's perfect for when I'm feeling a little melancholy:





Another one from Glee - this time with the incredible, legendary Neil Patrick Harris. When I'm in a mood for NPH:




When I want to dance:




Or this one:




For recreating that relaxing on the Jamaica beach vibe:





I love love love this song:




What are your favorites?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hump Day Humor: Otto Titsling

A great scene from Beaches that I was reminded off when I tweeted about over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders.


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Food

When it comes to pounds consumed, what is the top-selling fruit in the United States?

The banana. The average American eats 28 pounds of bananas a year.

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

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Food

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When it comes to pounds consumed, what is the top-selling fruit in the United States?

Monday, September 13, 2010

A New Favorite

For my birthday DH gave me a gift card to one of my favorite places in the world. DSW.

He knows me well.

By some miracle I haven't used it. Well. Until last week anyway.

It's boot season, y'all. Well not really in Texas quite yet. (September, you are on notice. You are not playing by the rules.) But they're in the stores.

So when I went into DSW last week to get DH a new pair of shoes for his birthday, naturally I browsed through the fall boot collection.

Where I found these sexy soles:

Toilet pic in honor of MODG.

Hot, right? No. More like HAWT!


I feel like Captain Jack Sparrow's wench in those boots. Rawr.

I have no idea what I'm going to wear with them yet. But I don't care. I will find something. Now if only September would cooperate and drop the temps just a wee bit.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Yes, it was very windy

DH and I took a couple days off to really extend the long Labor Day weekend so we could visit his grandmother who was not able to travel down for our wedding. It was the first time since our honeymoon that we had actually taken time off. And boy howdy was it needed.

His grandmother lives in Joliet, Illinois. Where the opening scene of Blues Brothers was shot. About 45 minutes southwest of Chicago. We got to spend a couple days in the city in addition to the time on the family compound in a 100-year-old house full of awesome antiques and junk collected by 3 generations.

The view from the bottom of the John Hancock building:


A view from the top of the John Hancock building:


Another view from the top of the John Hancock building:


DH pretending to talk to Bob Hope:


DH and I in front of Buckingham Fountain with downtown Chicago in the background:


The German u-boat (U-505) that the U.S. captured during WWII. Incredible story:


My favorite spot in DH's grandmother's 100-year-old house. The fainting couch. It was the perfect spot for reading:


Plus this spot had the best view:

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Hump Day Humor: Oh Doctah

Oh Doctah takes on the Old Spice guy.

My favorite line: "Why is there a bathroom mat on the wall? Because I make babies. Ladies, beautiful babies. Free installation, ladies. Just for you."



(hat tip Cary)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Music

A is the first note on a standard piano keyboard. What's the last note?

C. The standard keyboard has 88 keys.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Music

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A is the first note on a standard piano keyboard. What's the last note?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day

Because it's Labor Day and that means I survived August.

Because of mini-vacations to new places to meet important people to my husband.

Because sometimes a girl needs to dance.

Just because.



(hat tip
Dooce)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Conaw

The announcement of the name of Conan O'Brien's new show on TBS.





I am so damn excited for November 8. Hells yeah.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Book Review: Shanghai Girls

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

The story of two sisters who grow up privileged only to learn that their father has wasted their money gambling and has sold them as wives to pay off his debts. The girls flee Shanghai and their father's debtors on the heels of Japanese bombs in 1937 to Los Angeles and their husbands. As they adjust to life in America, they find themselves torn between holding onto their roots in Shanghai or growing wings and taking advantage of the opportunities in America. And always with a hint of sibling rivalry.


I didn't love this book. Nor did I have as strong an emotional reaction towards it as I did with The Lace Reader. I didn't enjoy the characters. They felt superficial as well as the plot at times.

The sibling rivalry seemed forced and almost like an afterthought most of the time. Like the author almost forgot that her book was about sisters and so threw in a subplot centered on the complicated relationship that is being sisters at the last minute. The sibling rivalry plot might have been bettered served being told from the perspective of both sisters. Though I'm not sure that would have entirely worked with this author's style.


The historical events were interesting. Though because the sisters were only marginally concerned with what happened around them as they were a little self-centered, you weren't given much information on those major events that helped drive the story.


Ultimately, I think the overall tone - which was very calm, unemotional and almost monotone - just didn't do it for me (I wanted to see Pearl have some passion) and will not be keeping it in my library.

Next month -
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

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

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hump Day Humor: Worst Football Play in History

In honor of NCAA football starting this weekend:


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Music

What guest artist played lead guitar on the Beatles' 1968 recording of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"?

Eric Clapton. The song is on the record
The Beatles, commonly known as The White Album.

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