Friday, December 31, 2010

The Year We Wed

Holy crap. The end of another year. Didn't we just do this? Sigh. Oh, Time. You greasy weasel. How you slip ever faster through my fingers.

It's hard for me to believe that only a year ago, we were still planning a wedding. This year was blessed. And I am ever so grateful for it. Its laughter. Its memories. Even its tears.

It was a year for Serenity. I wouldn't claim 100% success. But dammit I tried. Hard.

Before I wave goodbye to 2010 that will also forever be known in the Mochaface household as The Year We Wed, I want to reminisce over the past 12 months.

Some of my favorite posts plus VIDEO:

1. We got married. Pretty sure you guys figured that out by now. As to be expected the wedding provided mucho blogging material. But at some point I let go. And the emotion poured out of me in the typical way. In words. Today. W Day Part I. W Day Part II with Pictures!! And then I got the sads that it was all over.

2. Being a teenager is rough. What with the acne and a father's promise that he'd pick out our clothes if we didn't behave.

3. Cooper was a handful. Per usual.

4. After the wedding, Life settled down. A bit.

5. Once upon a time, I declared I didn't want to date a guy who played video games. And then I met DH.

6. Attack of the Red Monster.

7. WE FINISHED THE CABINETS!

8. I found my snooze button.

9. My favorite part of the day.

10. I got a fertility goddess for Christmas.

Thank you friends. For being here. For reading. For commenting. I appreciate each of you for you.

As I did last year, I put together a little video with pictures from the year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

2010: Our Year in Pictures from Becky Mochaface on Vimeo.



Music: Forever Young by Rod Stewart

Bridal portraits and wedding photographs thanks to Dorothy Gautreaux Photography.


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Little Women

I neglected to mention Monday (mostly because this? Well, this deserves it's own post.) that in addition to Bronte the iPhone, I also got this for Christmas:




Her name is Venus. The fertility goddess.

I should probably back up.

It all started 27-ish years ago. My parents were trying to conceive their second child (my sister) (now let's move quickly past that thought). So my grandparents on a trip to Hawaii bought a fertility goddess to help in their efforts. Well, apparently she was such a powerful goddess that my mom was pregnant before they even got home.

At some point my mom decided to pass her on to the next female family member who got married. And thus a family tradition was born (pun intended).

The goddess was passed from woman to woman over the years. Usually when someone just got married. It's funnier that way.

Fast forward to 2008. My cousin, who had the goddess at the time, lost much of her house - including the goddess - to Hurricane Ike. So when she got remarried later that year, my aunt bought a new goddess... Venus.

Venus is apparently as good as her predecessor. Because even before Venus was given to her, my cousin was pregnant. Since she worked so well for my cousin, my sister received Venus when she got married last year.

And now that my sister no longer has a need for Venus:

My niece

She passed Venus to me as the newest, newly-married female of our family.

Only we don't have a need for her just yet. And DH and I are a little nervous at her potency.

So I stuck Venus in the freezer. For now.



Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hump Day Humor: British Animal Voiceovers

My favorite is the giraffes.


(hat tip Jenny)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Anatomy

How much fluid - in ounces - can the bladder of a healthy human adult hold?

About 16 ounces. The bladder can hold that amount comfortably for two to five hours.

No winner this week. Thanks to all who commented!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Anatomy

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

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How much fluid - in ounces - can the bladder of a healthy human adult hold?

Monday, December 27, 2010

I'm Practically Ansel Adams

I must have been extra special-y good this year and didn't realize it because Santa was generous.

He brought me an iPhone. Apparently, he didn't hear about my history with iPods. (Catch up here, here, here, here and here.)

But I'm willing to let the past be the past - especially since I managed to stay at one iPod for 2010. (Hooray for goals being met! It may only be a goal of holding onto one iPod for a year but dammit I'm going to take victories where I can and mark it off the list.)

What I love about Bronte the iPhone - aside from having Twitter with me everywhere and Words with Friends (@beckymochaface btw) - is the Instagram app. You can take pictures and there are all these filters that you can apply to a picture so you look like you know what you're doing and you end up with these amazing pictures.

Here are a couple of my favorites from this weekend:




Hope you had a wonderful Christmas (or weekend, whichever you were celebrating) and that Santa was good to you too.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Avoid Romans

The story of Christmas. Social media style. Rock on. And Merry Christmas y'all.



(hat tip Sarah Magee)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I Win

I'm a competitive person. (I know. You're shocked.) I cannot confirm or deny how this sometimes may impact how often DH and I play a game together.

I even make up games to play by myself. Can I run faster than I did yesterday? Can I finish this project in under a certain time period?

It's all so I can win.

Look at the clock when it's 1:11? I win.

Peel an apple in one long strip? I win.

Match all the socks together? I win.

So when I saw that Dharma has a gauge that tells you the gas mileage you're currently getting - as you drive - I couldn't help but start a competition with myself to see how long I could keep it close to 30 mpg.

It's an obsession. Clearly, it doesn't take much to amuse me.

And she tells you the gas mileage you get out of a tank of gas. Can I get better gas mileage out of this tank than the last tank?

Yes? Then I win.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hump Day Humor: Merry Christmas

There are so many funny Christmas videos that I couldn't pick just one. So since after Saturday they won't be relevant for another 11 months, you get more than one video today. Enjoy!

1. Simon's Cat is back! Love this Christmas short.



2. Ellen Degeneres' producer Andy has trouble saying anything that could even remotely be dirty. Hilarity ensues.



ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Merry Christmas

What did Germans use to make artificial Christmas trees when they were banned from cutting down fir trees in the 19th century?

Goose feathers that were dyed green, wound around small sticks to resemble branches, and then inserted into a bigger stick that served as a tree trunk. They were made as tabletop ornaments after forest preservation laws were passed to stop the decapitation of fir trees.

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

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Merry Christmas

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What did Germans use to make artificial Christmas trees when they were banned from cutting down fir trees in the 19th century?

Monday, December 20, 2010

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

I didn't realize I lived with such a grinch.

Don't let his sweet face fool you:


I came home from my errands yesterday to find that he had chewed one of the strands of lights on our Christmas tree.

Now our tree is a dark corner of the living room.

It is a good thing that he didn't electrocute himself.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Mochaface Gift Guide

It's the holidays. There's shopping to be done y'all! I won't pretend to know what would make a good present for every woman. But here are some of the things I'm currently crunching on...

(Of the books I've read in the last year, I'd highly recommend The Help and Lonesome Dove. Also, an oldie but a goodie: To Kill a Mockingbird.)



This poster of Pride & Prejudice from Poster Text. The text with a scene from the book on a poster. A book you can hang on your wall. It does not get any better than that. (I may or may not have sent it to DH with the hint that this would make a good gift for any occasion should he need an idea. And then may or may not have particularly pointed out that it would make a good first anniversary present since the first anniversary is paper.) There are so many titles to choose from. But this is my favorite. Because obviously.

This t-shirt is from Out of Print who makes beautiful t-shirts out of awesome book covers. Plus they work with Books for Africa to give books to communities in need for every shirt they sell. I already have the Pride & Prejudice shirt. Because obviously. The To Kill a Mockingbird shirt is next on my list.


Found this awesome Etsy shop thanks to The NieNie Dialogues. There are so many awesome necklaces, but I think this is my favorite.

I have bought this gurgle pot in different colors for several of my friends and have yet to get one for myself. Why? No idea. Because I really want one.


And no list of mine would be complete if I didn't have at least one pair of shoes. My friends. I give you the most beautiful pair of shoes I've ever seen (No exaggeration - my mouth was hanging open when I saw them):

Aennis Eunis is a shoe designer I only recently heard of. The website doesn't even list where you can buy this artwork yet. But you can bet your sweet little hiney that I signed up to get an email as soon as they become available.

What's on your list?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hump Day Humor: Drunk Santa


(hat tip Nicolle/Cary)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Science

Chemically speaking, what is sublimation?

The process by which a solid changes directly into a gas without passing through the intermediate liquid state.


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

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Science

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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Chemically speaking, what is sublimation?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Memories

I love this time of year. The festive decorations. The fun music. The magic. Celebrating the first Christmas miracle. Some combination of these and many other reasons make me absolutely giddy.

There are so many good memories related to this time of year. Road trips to grandparents' houses. Pressing my face to the window to look up into the sky for Santa Claus swearing I could hear bells jingling. Presents from Santa Claus. Performing our dance studio's special Christmas numbers at nursing homes, malls and other places. Making chains of paper to count down the days to Christmas. My grandfather's last Christmas, which was huge, spectacular and incredibly memorable.

Becoming a woman on Christmas Eve when I was 12. (While not really a good or bad memory, this definitely sticks out in my mind.) I had to tell my mom that I got my period. She teared up and said something about her baby growing up and then handed me a box of maxi pads. The embarrassing part came the next morning when my dad said something about it. When you're 12, a brand new member of the womanhood gang and fresh to the Attack of the Red Monster, it's embarrassing when your dad brings up that you are now a woman.

But there is one memory that stands out above all others.

When my brother was a baby, my sister and I placed him in the center of the living room on a blanket and danced around him in giddy circles to Christmas music (It was either The Chipmunks or Disney Merry Christmas Carols. What? I didn't say I had a perfect memory.) The best part of this memory is that we recreated it 20 years later.

Yup. It's not just me. I come from a family of goofballs. My sister would probably deny it. But deep down she knows it's true.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Just One of Santa's Elves But the One Who Makes Cards and Not Toys

I took a crazy pill this year. Because I decided it would be awesome to make our Christmas cards rather than by a box of cards from a store.

I know. I was smoking the pipe of crack or something. Because who in their right mind would decide to make 70 cards by hand during the busiest time of year? Well. Me. Because I'm insane. And since the wedding, I have had such a pull within me to do something creative. So, while I knew this project was crazy and taking on a lot, I had to do it.

Turns out, my design was simple to make. Because I designed it that way. Heh. But it did take a while. Still totally worth it though.

Here's our Christmas card:


Supplies:
- Heat tool
- Stamps
- watermark inkpad
- Embossing powder
- Size A6 flat card
- Size A7 flat card
- Size A7 envelope



Supplies not pictured:
- Envelope liner paper (I used sparkly silver, because it's not Christmas unless there's some glitter.)
- Cover sheet for stamping and cutting out.
- Scissors, foam squares, tape runner, envelope liner template
- Pictures

First, you take your image stamp (I used the light bulb), ink it with the watermark inkpad and stamp your sheet. Pour some embossing powder over the stamped image and shake off the excess.



Heat the powder up with the heat tool until the powder and ink melt and react to the heat to create the finished raised image. You'll be able to tell when it's done. Continue until you have the amount of images in as many colors as you need.

Repeat with the holiday sentiment of your choice. Cut out your sentiments and images.



Second, using the tape runner, tape your picture onto the A6 card.


Then tape the A6 card on top of the A7 card.


Using the foam squares, attach your sentiment and images onto the finished A7 card.




For the envelope:

The stamping, embossing powder and heat tool is the same process as for the images on the card. My favorite place to stamp on the envelope is on the back flap.

To create the envelope lining, use a template to trace an A7 sized liner. Cut out. Insert into the envelope and fold the flap to create a crease in the liner. Then run the tape along the top of the liner and tape it to the flap of the envelope.

Ta da! You're done.


(All supplies from Paper Source, who did not ask me to write this blog, though if they want to pay me - in money or in paper - I would gladly accept it. Wait. I think I did this backwards. Suck.)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hump Day Humor: Patty Cake



(hat tip Dooce)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Internets

What was the original name of the Web search engine known today as Google?

BackRub, in 1996. The name was based on the search engine's unique ability to analyze the "back links" pointing to a given website.


Congratulations to Dave S for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Internets

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What was the original name of the Web search engine known today as Google?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Book Review: The Lacuna

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Harrison William Shepherd, the son of an American father and Mexican mother, spent much of his impressionable youth in Mexico as a cook and various other jobs for the artist Diego Rivera and his artist wife Frida Kahlo. When Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky comes to Mexico to hide from assassins to live w/the Riveras and then moves out on his own, Shepherd begins working with him as a typist. After Trotsky’s assassination, Shepherd moves back to the U.S. where he becomes a famous author eventually caught up in the hunt for Communists (due to his past and current relationship with the Riveras and Trotsky) led by the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1940s.

Told through Shepherd’s journals and occasional archivist remarks from his stenographer, Kingsolver is definitely a talented writer as the descriptions and language was quite beautiful. Beautiful but dull. I was actually halfway through the book before I began to care about anything that happened to Shepherd. Maybe that was led by how he doesn’t even reference himself in his own journals. He never uses the pronoun I. Not even when he was 12. Which I find to be unrealistic for a 12 year old. He is not a confident character and doesn't seem to take much interest in himself or his life. Which is really probably why I didn't take much interest in him either.

While her writing is beautiful, it’s also sluggish to read. It seems like she tried too hard to make Shepherd seem destined to become a famous writer with the style and words she gave him as a young boy starting out his journal writing and storytelling. It felt pretentious and not entirely necessary.

I will give it one credit though. I do want to see the movie Frieda now as a direct result from reading this book.

If you’ve read Poisonwood Bible and just really like Kingsolver’s style, you might be interested in reading The Lacuna. But it wasn’t for me.

Next month – The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

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

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hump Day Humor: Bad Blogger Pitches

I heart Jenny the Bloggess. She is fierce and adorable. A fetching combination (why don't we say fetching more? That word rocks my socks.) if I do say so - and I do.

She often likes to have fun with marketers who pitch her things that so do not fit her or her blog. And the results are always hilarious. She made a video out of the most recent one. Love the British accent darling.



ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Equestria

Why is it customary to mount a horse from the left side?

The tradition dates back to medieval days when armed warriors found that their swords, which were worn on the left hip, wouldn't get in the way if they swung their right leg over their trusty steed when they climbed aboard.


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