Thursday, April 28, 2011

Do You Mean Panty Hose?

Friday while I was enjoying a day off and running some errands, John called me.

Do you have any nylons?

Maybe. You'd have to check my drawer.

Can you pick some up on your way home? Yeah, the sand fell off the shelf.

The sand from our wedding ceremony. The sand we poured to symbolize our two families coming together through our union. To symbolize the two of us becoming one family.

The shelf it had been sitting on slanted too much, and it slid right off. Scaring the crap out of Cooper who was napping in the same room.

When I got home, John nervously watched me for my reaction as I looked at what remained and he explained what happened. Much to his surprise, I just shrugged my shoulders and talked about maybe adding in some of the sand we had leftover since the actual glass container was still intact and contained most of the sand we poured in, albeit shook up.

So when he sighed his relief, I couldn't help but laugh at him a little. He clearly expected a bigger, more emotional reaction from me than just a shrug of the shoulders.

If I had been me from a couple years ago, or even maybe last year, I probably would have cried and lamented over this lost souvenir from our wedding. This lost symbol. But the 2011 Becky Mochaface doesn't find it as something to worry over.

While it is sad, and the timing hilarious since this happened just two days before our anniversary, it doesn't mean that we didn't get married. And it doesn't mean we won't stay married. It was just an accident. I can recognize that.

This, well, it's what we call progress people. Growth. I guess I'm really becoming an adult.

Now how do I make it stop?

The remains of our wedding sand.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Jeggings



(hat tip Jenny)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Food

What three ingredients are considered the "holy trinity" of Louisiana's Cajun and Creole cuisines?

Chopped onions, bell peppers and celery.

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

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Food

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What three ingredients are considered the "holy trinity" of Louisiana's Cajun and Creole cuisines?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Lessons from One Year of Marriage

This Sunday is our one year anniversary. One year since W Day.

It's hard to believe sometimes that it's been a year. And yet here we are.


And as it turns out, being married - even though it's only been a year - has taught me several lessons as well as reminded me of others:
  • To ask for help. John doesn't know when I don't want to tackle a project on my own. I have to speak up.
  • Two are better than one. When we do projects together, it's more fun, and we're done faster.
  • To lean on each other when we need to.
  • To still make time for each other as well as ourselves.
  • To not assume that the other knows how you feel.
  • To say I love you. Often.
  • To laugh. Often.
  • That intimacy is more than sex. It's opening yourself up in ways that are hard to do because we avoid it with everyone else. But with each other, it creates a deeper, more fulfilling relationship.
  • I no longer have to face any problem or challenge on my own. We're one unit. A team.
While I loved the wedding planning and W Day was bliss, being married is the best part of all.

From our honeymoon in Jamaica.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Silent

Cell phones are fantastic. Some probably argue against the 24/7 connectivity. Okay. Maybe. But still they make it so easy to get in touch with anyone. And that, my friends, is fantastic.

We've come to rely on them so much that for many people it's made the land-line home phone almost pointless. So much so that people don't have home phone numbers at all anymore.

Like us.

When we bought our house and were setting up all the utilities, cable, etc we wanted and/or needed, getting a home phone was not discussed. Not even once.

So if I need to get a hold of John, pretty much my only option would be his cell phone whether I call or text. Which you would think would be great because I know he has it with him.

Except for one thing.

Office etiquette dictates that you turn your ringer down low or just silence it, especially when working in an open office environment like John does. And he does turn the phone on silent so his office mates don't have to listen to the barking chicken that is his ringtone. (I'm sure they're grateful for this, whether they know it or not.)

If only he would remember to turn it back on when he left. Often I'll need to get a hold of him when he's left work (so I can't call his office number) and is already at home but he doesn't know I'm calling. And since we don't have a home phone, I'm pretty much screwed when the ringer is left on silent.

Like a couple years ago when I got a last minute call from our realtor to go look at some houses, and John was at a happy hour with some co-workers. I probably called him at least 8 times (that's not an exaggeration). Naturally with his ringer on silent, he failed to notice that I was calling him repeatedly for 15 minutes.

I was forced to get creative.

I didn't have the cell phone numbers of any of his co-workers and his office was closed so I couldn't try to get them.

Luckily, I knew where they went. So I was able to look up the phone number for the restaurant and asked them to tell the guy on the patio who wasn't answering his phone to call his girlfriend.

Thank goodness it was a woman who answered the phone. She totally knew my frustration.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Presidential Reunion

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Food

According to culinary legend, what pasta was inspired by the belly button of the Roman goddess Venus?

The tortellini.

Congratulations to Beckles for being the first - and only - to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Food

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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According to culinary legend, what pasta was inspired by the belly button of the Roman goddess Venus?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Enlightenment **UPDATED**

My life changed this weekend.

While I was inspecting deodorants to make sure I got John the right kind, I discovered directions on the back of those body odor fighting sticks. Directions for the correct application of said deodorant.

Thank you sweet grilled cheebus that I found those directions. Because I didn't know there was a correct way to apply deodorant to one's underarm area.

And now my life has been changed significantly for the better because those big deodorant companies decided to spend money and space on the back of their products for what I had assumed were obvious directions.

Thanks for setting me straight.

UPDATE: Here are the much needed directions - Twist up product. Apply to underarms only. Use daily for best results. (So that's what I was doing wrong.)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I didn't learn the hoo baby!

Yesterday someone sent me a website called That Can Be My Next Tweet! You put in your user name and based on your existing messages, it creates a future tweet.

It's no secret I loves the Twitter. So I had fun playing with this. The results were hilarious:

"Done and sticky? What's brown and agree to or not even dirty. Lunch first? Downloaded. Wait."

":D Breakfast for you. Woo to that I can't live together, we're going to rub my pants. Don't be right now."

"Does anyone was a little. Where are a minister and the edge... Green toes in Boston bu not even dirty."

":D Book club! @ Central Market Yes you want to my tummy and you try this ballpark is the first Wednesday?"

"4 of you try to Half Broke Horses by Modern English, from So proud of the day."

"I have the first Wednesday of 5 stars to die alone I saw it before. I'll take it Richardson, Tx Where are!"

"Seems like that I mean you can drink juice without vodka? Thanks ladies: Here's hoping I'm wearing the !"

And my personal favorites:

"DH's anniversary present just arrived. SQUEE!! Anyone ever been to rub my phone today. That's four."

"Lower buttocks region. And I'm at it in a pic DH's anniversary present just came up with you?"

I'm at a loss as to why all the rubbing but can't stop laughing.

It's been such fun that I decided to try other people's user names. And then celebrities. Here are some that were so full of the awesome, I can't stop laughing:

@NathanFillion
"Incidentally, I keep slapping Rich's chest, telling him after 14 eps. I like getting my strippers to fire."

@msleamichele
"Wow Daniel Radcliffe just blew the best time in Spring Awakening singing a great day today..."

@ConanOBrien
"Remember what to decide between Gary Busey and Happy birthday to stuff my fans, and I am almost decided!"

@LordVoldemort7
"Climbin in yo husband, cuz hes Avada Kedarva-ing everybody up here Charlie Sheen isn't on Drugs these?"

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Rivalry

Hell. Yes.



(hat tip Cary)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Apple

Who was pictured in the very first Apply Computer logo?

Sir Isaac Newton, in 1976. The logo, showing Newton sitting beneath an apple tree, was used only for the Apple I computer. It was almost immediately replaced with a rainbow-colored apple with a bit taken out of it.

Congratulations to Jeremy M for being the first to get it right!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tuesday Trivia; Apple

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Who was pictured in the very first Apple Computer logo?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Oldest Advantage

Yesterday as I was browsing the Internets I stumbled across a story about birth order and love. It didn't say anything that surprised me.

I already knew that being an oldest child I tend to take charge of plans. I didn't need an article to tell me that.

What I find interesting about birth order is that John is also the oldest, and he's not nearly as Type A as I am. In fact he's about as opposite from Type A as you can get. Also known as Type B.

Being the oldest definitely had its advantages growing up.

No hand-me-downs.

Babysitting my younger siblings when our parents weren't home. Which basically means I got to boss around my sister and brother.

Including when my dad listed "pick the sticker weeds in the front yard" on our summer chore list. I would delegate the task to my little sister and brother while I played Freecell on the computer. Something they still to this day don't let me forget.

I don't ever deny it. I was taking full advantage of being the oldest and in charge. So I just shrug and I chalk it up to the Oldest Advantage.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Book Review: Night and Diary of a Young Girl

Book Review: Night by Elie Wiesel and The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

This was not my first time reading The Diary of a Young Girl. I must have read it when I was 13 or 14. It was my first time reading Night.

If you have not read either of these books, read them. It doesn't matter how many books or movies I've read or seen about World War II and the Holocaust. It's always a powerful, moving story. And these two books are probably the most powerful books I've read about the Holocaust.

A lot because of their unique points of views. One written by a young teenage girl in hiding with great insight into her situation and yet still some optimism and hope. One written by an adult man remembering his horrific experience as a teenager in the concentration camps.

Seriously. Read them.

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

Next month - Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Twin Men Have a Conversation

Unless you live in a van down by the river, I'm sure you've seen the video of the twin baby boys having a conversation.

Well here's twin men having a conversation:

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Definitions

What is genericide?

The process by which a brand name - such as Thermos or Aspirin becomes a generic name.

Congratulations to catizhere for being the first - and only - to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Definitions

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 genericide?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Curiosity

Saturday my sister and her husband came over for dinner and brought my beautiful niece with them.

Cooper was very curious about Lily. I don't think he's ever been around such a tiny human before. He never was too far from her and would often get closer to sniff and when we couldn't reach him fast enough, give her a little kiss.

I did manage to get one photo of the two of them together.