Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Planets

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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Which planet experiences 42 earth years of constant summer followed by 42 earth years of dark winter?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Four Eyes

I'm turning old this summer. A fact I've been brushing off for much of the last five months or so.

But after the other day, I can no longer deny it.

See for yourself:


I got glasses.

John and my brother-in-law Jeremy have been giving me a hard time for the past year for needing to get my eyes checked. Like an eye exam is something you're supposed to do more often than every seven or eight years. Who knew?

It was only a matter of time before I was going to be adding the adjective four-eyed in front of the noun nerd as both my parents wear glasses. And I think I read somewhere that this kind of stuff is hereditary. But I was trying to put it off for as long as I could (hence the seven or eight years since my last eye exam).

Even last week when I finally managed to find the time to visit the optometrist, I asked her if I had to get glasses or if I could do without for a few more years. Her reply: "Yeah, no." No more denial for me.

Sigh.

The good news is that because I'm only slightly near-sighted I don't have to wear them all the time. Just, you know, for seeing in a distance.

I really hate to admit this next part... but I have noticed a difference in how clearly I can see. Shhh. Don't you dare tell anyone.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Rachel Ray's New Catchphrase

Your new catch phrase is.... complete and utter silence.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Fashion

How did a pattern of dots printed on fabric end up being called polka dots?

It dates back to the mid to late 19th century, when the dance, the polka, was popular, and businessmen attempted to cash in on the craze by adding "polka" to the names of all sorts of products, ranging from socks, hats and curtains to dotted fabrics. The latter outlived the fad, and the rest disappeared.

No winner this week (Beckles you were so close!).

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Fashion

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 did a pattern of dots printed on fabric end up being called polka dots?

Monday, May 23, 2011

New Job, New Shoes

It's been a tradition of mine to buy new shoes when I start a new job.

This time is no exception.

Some new favorites:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Pop Quiz Hotshot

I spend a lot of time and pressing of keys on the ole keyboard talking about myself. I mean this blog is called It's All About the Mochaface so that's to be expected.

But you my friends read all of these words - some filled with happiness, some anxiety, some anguish - and I don't know that much about you.

So I've put together a little quiz and am demanding requesting asking for full at least some participation. Pretty please.

Rules - You have to choose one.

Here we go:

Early bird or night owl?
Coffee or tea?
One big vacation or several smaller weekend trips?
Soup or salad?
Twitter or Facebook?
New shoes or new purse?
Heels or flats?
Shower or bath?
Friday night in or Friday night out?
Friends or Seinfeld?
Country music or rock music?
Hamburger or hotdog?
iPhone or Android?
Beer or margarita?
E-reader or physical book?
Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter?
Tulips or lilies?
Pool or beach?
Sailboat or motor boat?
Massage or facial?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fear of the Unknown

I don't do well with uncertainty. I like to know what's coming. Or at the very least have somewhat of an idea what to expect.

After graduate school when I was moving back to Texas because I didn't have my first high-heel job yet and my lease was up, I had zero idea what was around the bend in the road. And it scared the shit out of me. I'm not saying I had a meltdown in a friend's car crying and freaking out over the unknown. I'm also not not saying I did.

A few months ago, I came to the decision that it was time for a change. I started looking for a new job. For those months spent looking, I was stressed out because I didn't know what was going to happen. I didn't know what to expect.

Ever since last week when I accepted a job offer for what is a huge opportunity for me (marketing specialist at a software company), I stopped freaking out and started enjoying this period of change. Granted I'm still nervous about the unknown... what it's like at the new company, my new responsibilities, etc. But mostly, I'm just damn excited.

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For some reason, you guys want to see the bush I've been growing. So as requested, here are some pics of my awesomeballs azalea bushes. They're not in bloom, but they are green.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Jack Sparrow

The Lonely Island - from video fame like I'm On A Boat - has a new video. With Michael Bolton. Dressed in drag. Need I say more?

NSFW (language)



(hat tip Cary)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Presidents

Which U.S. president's Secret Service code name was General?

Harry S. Truman's. He was the first president assigned a code name by the Secret Service. His successor in the White House, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the only general elected president in the 20th century, was known by the code name Providence.

Congratulations to Peggy Brister for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Presidents

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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Which U.S. president's Secret Service code name was General?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Miracle Gro-wer

A couple months ago, I went to a nearby nursery to look for some bushes that I could plant in our backyard flower bed. Something that would be relatively easy to take care of.

The nursery didn't have what I thought I wanted - roses or hydrangeas - but instead had azaleas. So I bought 5.

I managed to get them all planted - with some help from John.

There was a dicey few weeks where it looked like I was going to lose the whole group. I may have forgotten that they needed water. Plus there's the whole acidity factor of the soil that azaleas need. But I got something to help with that.

And now after a couple months, I've managed to bring most of them back and they're now thriving. I did lose one but that's mainly thanks to an 80-pound dog-gopher who we mostly call Cooper.

S0 I guess my thumb does have a tinge of green to it. And now I'm eyeing the rest of my backyard trying to decide what I want to do.

This could be dangerous.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

True Confession

I have a confession... I'm a nerd.

I was the girl in high school who went over her tests to see what questions she got wrong and why.

I read Shakespeare. For fun.

In college, I always sat in the front row. And rarely skipped class. Even on Fridays.

It's widely known that I carry a book with me. In case there's ever any down or spare time to catch up on my reading.

I bring board and card games with me to any gathering of friends or family to take out at the slightest hint of people wanting something to do.

I track how often I wear my shoes.

I rotate my laundry so I wear all my socks, underwear, t-shirts.

I am a Harry Potter fan. I've lost count of how many times I've read the books and already have plans to go to the midnight showing of the last movie.

It's a good thing I married another nerd.

As a roommate of mine once said, "Nerds should date and marry each other so they can procreate and make more nerds."

Amen.

Hump Day Humor: Talking Dog



(hat tip Cary)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Animals

What do black vultures, gray wolves, trumpeter swans and sea horses have in common?

They all mate for life.

Congratulations to Laura (my sissy) for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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 do black vultures, gray wolves, trumpeter swans and sea horses have in common?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Addicted to Exercise

I was incredibly active as a teenager swimming at least 2 1/2 hours six days a week. The only time off from practice we had was a week at Christmas and a week in between our seasons. Chlorine was a perfume that took me years to get out of my pores.

In college exercise was not a top priority. I worked out occasionally but didn't have any sort of regular routine.

When I moved to Boston, I tried to be better but still had an irregular workout schedule.

It wasn't until The Year I Got My Groove Back that was I able to actually dedicate myself to a regular routine. Because I was determined to lose the weight, and I knew that the best way for me to do that was to combine changing my diet with regular exercise.

And now. Well now, I exercise every day. Most days I run. If the weather's bad, I'll mix it up with some Wii Fit (it is absolutely amazing how much I can sweat using a game console). And sometimes I manage to find a GroupOn for a yoga studio and will do that for a month or so.

It's a habit that is so ingrained in me now that I have to do something every day. Even if it's just taking Cooper for a walk.

Rarely do I skip a day. I know. I'm crazy.

Where do I find the discipline? For one, I had a great example growing up as my dad gets up early most mornings to get a work out in before he heads to his office. (It's a regular joke in my family how much I take after my dad.) But also, I just don't want the weight to come back.

So I'm up at 5:30 every morning during the week to run. It's my favorite time of day as I do my best thinking while I run. Plus, the world is quiet and peaceful at that time.

Weekends I sleep in a bit more, but I still get in a run taking Cooper with me on those runs.

Cooper loves the runs as much as I do. If only they were enough to tire him out. When we get back from our run, he burns off more energy by sprinting around the backyard.

Since I've been rambling and am at a loss of a natural conclusion, imagine a witty conclusion for me.

Hey. It's Monday.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Book Review: Half Broke Horses

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

A follow up to her first book, her incredible memoir The Glass Castle, Half Broke Horses goes further back into Walls' family to tell the story of her grandmother Lily Casey Smith.

Lily was a tough woman who did not let anything stand in her way. In a time when the only thing expected of women was to get married, she wanted more. She taught. She moved to a big city and made a life for herself. When that didn't work out like she expected to, she moved back to the southwest and began teaching again. She learned to drive a car, raced horses, flew a plane and ran a huge ranching property with her husband.

She was a no nonsense woman whose spirit I admired. So much that I read this book in two days. Walls calls this book a true-life novel as it is her grandmother's life but considering her grandmother died when Walls was eight or so, she couldn't confirm every detail/story Rosemary, her mother, told her. So she filled the holes in when needed.

Regardless, this was a great story. And Walls proved herself again a fantastic writer great with detail that creates people and images that jump off the page. I would recommend this book as well as The Glass Castle if you haven't read either.

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

Next month - Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hump Day Humor: If Movie Trailers Ruined Endings

SPOILER ALERT

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Candy

What popular candy bar is considered a good luck charm by test-taking Japanese students?

The Kit Kat bar, because its Japanese pronunciation, kitto katto, sounds very much like the phrase kitto katsu, which, roughly translated, means "win without fail."

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

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Candy

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 popular candy bar is considered a good luck charm by test-taking Japanese students?

Monday, May 2, 2011

John 10.0

You may have noticed I started referring to John as John and not DH anymore. I don't really know why. Just that I was tired of giving him only initials on this here blog instead of his actual name.

My husband's name is John.

Though he wasn't the first John I dated.

My high school boyfriend's name was John. It was a long relationship for high school, about a year and a half or so.

It didn't end well. I was devastated. It took me a long time to find my confidence again.

So I was dubious to date another John. Not because I thought he might break my heart, but because while there are some good memories of that time, the name didn't hold a lot of warm and fuzzies for me.

Though that changed fairly quickly after we started dating.

Among my family we refer to my high school boyfriend as John 1.o.

And my husband as John 10.0.