Monday, January 31, 2011

And the Winner Is...

Thank you everyone who commented on my first giveaway post. I love all your ideas and am going to be keeping my eye out for several pieces to use as inspiration. I will definitely keep you posted when I find anything awesome.

And the winner of the first ever giveaway here at It's All About the Mochaface is...

Beckles, Congratulations! I'll be emailing you the promo code for your gift certificate soon.

Thanks again to everyone for entering.

P.S. To determine the winner, I had DH pick a number out of a hat.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Might as well say how pretty my nostrils are

Before I get to the main attraction, here's a friendly reminder from me to you about the $40 gift certificate giveaway. You have until Saturday. Click here to enter the giveaway.

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Back when I worked at Starbucks...


(which, in case you're new, that's where I got the nickname Becky Mochaface. One day I literally got mocha syrup on my face and didn't clean it off until the end of my shift because we had a line out the door and there was just no time to sneak off the floor to clean my face. Thus was born Becky Mochaface, and thus it stuck.)


There was this bartender who worked at a bar called Rattlesnake half a block down from our store. He would always come in before his shifts. One particular day I was working on the espresso bar making drinks and noticed he wouldn't stop staring at me.


After he placed his order at the register, he moved down the counter to stand between the two espresso machines and just watched me. (Hi, creepy.)


I must have been concentrating really hard on what I was doing because my tongue was sticking out the side of my mouth. And he said to me, "Wow, you have a really long tongue."


I about died of mortification right there in Starbucks. What girl wants to hear about how long her tongue is? Maybe someone does, but not this girl. My friend Laurel who was working with me on this horrifying shift was almost on the floor herself from laughing. To this day she teases me about how freakishly long my tongue is. (Actually, it's really not.) (At least I don't think it is.)


Whenever he would come into our store anytime after that, I would find some excuse to duck down or turn around to do something on the back counter. Hey, there's only so many times a girl can hear about how her long tongue is.


It's a good thing he didn't work at our favorite bar.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I could teach you but I have to charge

Before I get to the main attraction, here's a friendly reminder from me to you about the $40 gift certificate giveaway. You have until Saturday. Click here to enter the giveaway.

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My friends of the Mochaface Mob. Our kitchen is done. DONE.

(Well, not fully done. Still need to paint the floorboards, but since I'm not sure when I'm going to get to those, I thought I'd go ahead and share the [almost] finished room. Plus, you can't really tell in the pictures that the floorboards need painting. BONUS.)

We started Project Update Kitchen Memorial Day weekend 2010. It's taken a lot longer than we thought it would. That must be the first lesson in home improvement/renovation. That it always takes longer than expected. Oh. And that it will cost more.

But the wait has been worth it. Because now my kitchen is so full of sparkles and teh awesome that it brings all the boys to the yard.

First, though. Let's have a moment of a silence and reflection for what was...


and



And after many months of sometimes painful, sometimes frustrating, sometimes fun work, here's our new kitchen:


New tile floor replaced old, disgusting vinyl flooring. Can't remember the exact name of the store where we bought the tile. Or the name of the tile for that matter. So just admire the fact that we no longer have a vinyl floor. Over Memorial Day weekend, we ripped up the old floor and laid the new tile. Single most exhausting weekend of my life.


New granite counters from Lowe's replaced laminate counter tops. Plus, a tile backsplash also installed by Lowe's. (Please ignore the mess on the side of the fridge.)


By far, the part that took the longest was the cabinets. We stripped, sanded, stained and finished the existing cabinets. New hardware, after initially being a challenge, was finally purchased (also from Lowe's) to further update the look of the cabinets. Also, new stainless steel appliances: oven, microwave and dishwasher from Lowe's.


Curtain valances I got from Amazon.com. Love this pattern.


New light fixture for the breakfast nook from Lowe's. This is the first light fixture DH and I ever installed by ourselves. It took a couple attempts (on different days) to actually get it right. There's an Aggie joke in there somewhere.


It's hard to tell in this picture, but the color we chose for the wall paint is Benjamin Moore Soft Pumpkin. It's hard for me to believe that I ultimately decided on an orange paint. Something I never thought I would do. But since it's not burnt orange, it's acceptable. And I really do love it. I realize that in most of these pictures the color looks like the exact same paint as what we started with. So you'll just have to trust me when I say, it's a whole lot better now.

I am so pleased with how this room turned out. Especially considering how I had zero idea of how I wanted the whole room to look when we started some eight months ago.

Now time for the next project: our bedroom...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Trenta

Starbucks launched Trenta, it's biggest size yet promoting a Taiwanese company to create a satirical animation regarding the newest size.



P.S. Don't forget about the giveaway. You have until Saturday to enter.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Dinosaurs

What have scientists determined was inaccurate about the physical appearance of the terrifying velociraptors in the 1993 sci-fi chiller Jurassic Park?

They should have had feathers. In 2007 paleontologists reported that they found quill knobs - where feathers had been anchored - on a velociraptor fossil forearm unearthed in Mongolia in 1998.


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

P.S. Don't forget about the giveaway. You have until Saturday to enter.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Dinosaurs

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 have scientists determined was inaccurate about the physical appearance of the terrifying velociraptors in the 1993 sci-fi chiller
Jurassic Park?

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Very First Time

Ever since we moved into our house, I've found myself attracted to pictures of pretty rooms. I bookmark the website or tear it out of a magazine to save for when I'm looking for ideas.

I ogle furniture we don't really need. Everything from modern furniture to slightly more classic pieces. And dream of plans for rooms that we're not ready to start tackling yet.

And it's only gotten worse since the wedding as I need a creative outlet.

Plus, I'm just plain tired of the poop-colored walls in our bedroom. And the shoddy paint job.

I am devouring magazines that shout about colors and style and blogs about home tweaking and making a house your own. All in search of inspiration.

Now that we're practically done with the kitchen (FINALLY) (pictures to come later this week), it's time to do our bedroom. And while we're not planning as big an overhaul as we did in the kitchen, I'm at a little bit of a loss for where to start.

New bedding has been purchased in a lovely neutral brown. But I want to find a good piece of something to put over our bed to draw the eye and be the color inspiration for the walls.

Only I'm coming up with zero ideas for what that could be.

And now it's the part where you come in. I'm doing something I've never done before. I'm popping the Giveaway Cherry.

CSNStores.com is giving one of you lovely people of the Mocha Mob a $40 gift certificate that can be used at any of their sites. (You can check out one of their sites by clicking on the link near the top of this post.)

To enter...

Leave a comment on this post about what inspires you and what great pieces you like to feature in your bedroom.

Winner will be picked by a prestigious panel of judges. (Or really me, DH and Cooper.)

Contest closes Saturday, January 29 at 11 p.m. central. Only U.S. entrants please.

P.S. Gift certificate does not cover shipping costs.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Drop It

Hi.

I'm happy to see you too.

Hold on. Let me put my stuff down.

Ok. Now I can say hi.

Kisses.

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Sit.

No. Sit.

SIT.

Good boy.

Now stay.

Stttt-aaayyy.

NO. SIT.

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Off my foot please.

Off my foot.

MOVE.

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You wanna play? Ok, drop it.

Drop.

DROP.

Get it.

Good boy. Now, drop it.

Drop.

DROP.

No, I don't play tug. Drop it.

Good boy. Get it.

[Wash, rinse, repeat]

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Don't rip up your toys like that.

Down. DOWN.

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You wanna go outside? Ok.

[Outside]

[Inside]

[Outside]

[Inside]

[Outside]

[Inside]

No. You've been in and out for the past 30 minutes. You cannot go outside right now.

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What are you getting into?

Come.

Come.

COME.

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You're such a good boy. Asterisk.

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You're so cute. How did you get to be so cute?

Really, ridiculously freaking cute.

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Don't whine.

Stop whining.

Why are you whining?

No.

No.

NO.

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Who loves you? I love you.

Kisses.

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Drop it.

Drop.

DROP.

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They say that having a dog is a preview for kids. As of now I can't write any compare and contrast papers, you know, since Venus is in the freezer and we're sans kids. But something tells me there is good reason they say such things.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hump Day Humor: The Norton Anti-Virus Online University Bowl

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Geography

Where in the world is the Skeleton Coast?

In Namibia, Africa, on the northern part of its Atlantic coast. There the desolate Namib Desert is littered with the skeletal remains of shipwrecks, beached whales, and humans who fell victim to the area's dense fog, fierce currents, frigid waters, and treacherous reefs.

Congratulations to Shawn for getting Africa!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Geography

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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Where in the world is the Skeleton Coast?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Details

Now that the major work on Project Update Kitchen is done, we've been working on the details. Slowly.

Here's one of my favorites:


I hope to share the full room soon. So don't change that dial.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Life Questions

It must be some law of the ancients that states as soon as a couple weds, you must start asking about when, if or some combination of when/if they're going to start popping out that great tax deduction also known as kids.

Hell, I got that question twice at our wedding reception. Our. Wedding. Reception. For all that is holy and grilled cheese, we had only been married less than a few hours. And yet people felt that was the most appropriate time to inquire after the potential result of our sex life.

So when a friend of mine asked me last month, how often I get The Question All Married Couples Are Bound By Ancients Law to Be Asked combined with learning that we're the favorites in DH's office pool for the next to have our very own crotch parasite, I started thinking about the Life Questions we ask and get asked. (My answer to her btw was at least once a week.)

Because it's not just the When Are You Having Babies Question to married couples. It's the When Are You Getting Married/Engaged Question to dating couples. Or, How's Your Dating Life Question to singletons. It's always something. Because that list of Life Questions is not short.

What I find most perplexing is how it doesn't really bother me when people ask. Maybe it's because most of the time it's either a joke between us (Hi. Pregnant yet?) or I can tell the person is genuinely interested in my life, is curious to know and that's how they show their interest... by asking. Which is how we're taught.

Or it's obvious they've found such bliss in their life decisions, and they just want others to have a piece of that bliss.

Now I had exactly two psychology courses and one sociology course in college. So this makes me about as qualified as an advice columnist to talk about other people's motivations because sweet grilled cheebus knows sometimes I have a hard enough time figuring out my own motivations when it comes to some of my decisions. But those are the general impressions I'm left with whenever I'm fielding those questions.

What really grinds my gears is when people add some sort of time expectation to the end of the question. Often it comes in the form of soon. Are you and DH going to have kids anytime soon? (Is it because I'm turning 30 this year?) Well, define soon. We're not having a baby today. Or nine months from today.

What I've noticed recently is that people on the Have Kids but DON'T BE IN A RUSH side of this Question of the Ancients are as vocal as the Having Kids SOON? side. Everyone has an answer to the kids question. The thing is it was the answer for them.

Our answer is... somewhere. I don't know where yet. But when we do find it, I'm sure we'll be defrosting Venus.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Nuthin' But A Glee Thang

Creamsicles are delicious.

We're like Steven Seagal with a showtune.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Architecture

When they built the dome of the Pantheon, what did the early Romans mix with cement to ensure that it wouldn't collapse under its own weight?

Volcanic pumice and volcanic tufa (limestone), both of which are lightweight. Experts believe an unreinforced dome of the same size built with modern cement would not be able to support its own weight.

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

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Architecture

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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When they built the dome of the Pantheon, what did the early Romans mix with cement to ensure that it wouldn't collapse under its own weight?

Friday, January 7, 2011

You Like Me!


Earlier this week Jenn at {a home in the making} bestowed upon me a Stylish Blogger Award. Me? Stylish? Who knew?

But I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Or an award horse. Whatevs.

First, I'd like to thank my stylist and decorator. Without them I'd be walking around my blank house naked. I'd also like to thank DH for being the perfect accessory to this stylish awesomeness. And of course I'd like to thank... What's that you say? This isn't how the Stylish Blogger Awards work? Alright. We'll play by your rules...

The rules:

Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award:

Jenn, I admire your craftiness, creativity and easy style. You know I heart you. Thank you for the love, friend.


Share 7 things about yourself:

1. I look through my hair for split ends. And trim them.

2. I must have a glass of water on the nightstand to go to sleep. Just in case I wake up during the night thirsty.

3. Lately, I've been obsessed with butternut squash soup. I've made it at least 5 times. And since DH is not much of a fan, I'm eating it all by myself.

4. I can't seem to stop listening to the Glee soundtracks.

5. I make the bed every day. What I find to be especially funny is that I didn't have this habit until I moved off campus in college.

6. Sweet tea grosses me out. Unsweetened always please. In Texas, this is not a common preference.

7. I somehow am lucky enough to have scored tickets to tonight's Cotton Bowl match up of my Aggies against the LSU Tigers. Gig 'em!


Award recently discovered great bloggers (embarrassingly I don't follow many "style" blogs. But these all have great style.):



Contact these bloggers and tell thema bout the award:

On my way.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Book Review: The 19th Wife

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

Polygamy in two stories. One, the story of Ann Eliza Young, Brigham Young's 19th wife, and her campaign to get rid of polygamy. The second, a 20t-century murder mystery revolving around a polygamist, his 19th wife, and their excommunicated son.

While I found both stories interesting and attention-grabbing, I preferred Ann Eliza's story. I thought her and her family's history with the Mormon Church fascinating. Especially given my incredibly limited knowledge of Mormonism.

The modern day story while the mystery of whodunit kept me interested it was not as rich or fulfilling as Ann Eliza's. The narrator especially was a bit two dimensional.

The writing was uneven. At parts it seemed like Ebershoff was able to effortlessly move convincingly between his narrators capturing their individual personalities and tones. Other times, it felt forced and superficial.

And the ending of the murder mystery seemed rushed. I didn't feel like I was led to the conclusion. More like the Who Did It was forced on me. As if he realized how long the book was getting and decided to end it as soon as he could rather than let the conclusion show itself naturally.

Despite the negatives, I really did enjoy the book.

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

Next month - The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hump Day Humor: I Bet It Ain't Me


(hat tip dooce)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Zodiac

How many sings of the zodiac are not represented by a living creature?

Only one, Libra.

No winner this week. Thanks for the comments and come back next week for a new Tuesday Trivia.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Zodiac

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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How many sings signs of the zodiac are not represented by a living creature?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Live Passionately


Rather than resolutions for the new year that are often limiting and hard to keep, I started picking a word for the year. Something to keep in mind throughout the year. Something to motivate me and remind me of who I want to be.

Last year it was serenity. This year my phrase (it can't be limited to a single word) is Live Passionately.

So when I saw this sign for sale, I didn't hesitate to buy it. I think I may be putting it in the kitchen. So I'll walk past it every day.

P.S. If you missed it, I made an awesome video wrapping up our year. Though as my mom pointed out, I left out a picture of Dharma. Oops.