Thursday, July 28, 2011

An Open Letter to My 20s

Dearest 20s,

It's been an incredible 10 years. I wish I could remember how we started out together. But knowing myself from that time it was probably some combination of summer school, a shift waiting tables at Steak & Ale and dinner with family. Not that there's anything wrong with that. But at least I'm making up for the average everyday start with a grand exit that includes incredible birthday shoes and a trip to Chicago with some of my very favorite people.

The time we spent together is full of big accomplishments, great memories, happy moments (and some sad ones too), much laughter, tears and a few mistakes.

In the beginning we became attached to the idea of a higher position within our favorite A&M organization. But when it didn't become ours, our heart broke. From the pieces we bravely started a new path that was scary and exciting. We graduated college and promptly moved on to conquer graduate school in Boston where we found our tribe (another one of my second families).

Moving back to Texas was a hard decision, but the right one. We got our professional life quickly into line with our first high heel job and made the move from Cowtown to Big D, a city in which we didn't know many people.

When we grew tired of the anguish of loneliness that came from all our friends being in different places, we looked at ourself in the mirror and said, "Enough of this shit." We marched right out and took our groove back.

Then came John and our life was touched and changed in a way we had always dreamed of but didn't quite believe was possible for us.

These last few years, we've grown and matured, moving away from young adulthood and into straight up adulthood. And with it increased responsibilities and obligations that 10 years ago would have frozen us in place from the overwhelmingness of it all. At times it still can be a bit much. But thanks to you, I can handle it most of the time with grace and strength I didn't know I had 10 years ago.

Together we made leaps of faith, found ourself and declared who we are. We lost family members, gained family members and found the room in our heart for them all.

Thank you 20s. I don't regret a single second we spent together - not even our mistakes. Because every single moment has taught, strengthened and lead me to this moment... standing on the threshold of my 30s - with tools such as the support of my husband, family, and friends but mostly my inner strength - ready to tackle the next 10 years. And all with a smile on my face. Thanks old friend.

abyssinia,
Becky Mochaface

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hump Day Humor: David v. Harry

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Cities

What major California city is bisected by a mountain range?

Los Angeles, which is cut in two by the Santa Monica Mountains.


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

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Cities

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 major California city is bisected by a mountain range?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Birthday Shoes

So I'm turning 30 this week. I've known it was coming for quite a while. And about a year or so ago I started preparing.

I have been putting a little money away saving here and there so that I could celebrate this momentous occasion with the right pair of shoes.

Yes. I bought another pair of extravagant shoes.




GORGEOUS.

I actually walked into the store thinking I was going to buy a pair of Christian Louboutins. But the ones I tried on just didn't look right to me. And then I tried on this pair of Manolos. And it was love at first sight.

Happy freaking birthday to me!

I'm beginning to think Manolos are like Ruffles potato chips... You can never have just one pair.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Coco and Tom Get Around

"It's my favorite deputy."

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Jingles

In Burger King's "Have It Your Way" jingle, what line follows, "Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce"?

"Special orders don't upset us." The jingle was introduced in 1974.

Congratulations to moto62 for being the first - and only - to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Jingles

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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In Burger King's "Have It Your Way" jingle, what line follows, "Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce"?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Beep Beep

Back in the day, back when beepers were carried by more than drug dealers, I was cool enough to have a pager. Not cool enough for the (at the time) elusive cell phone. (Though my parents did make me keep the car phone in my car only to be used IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.) (Gah. Remember those car phones that had their own carrying cases? They were the shiznit.)

Beepers (and cell phones) were not allowed in school back then. Too distracting or something I guess. But my parents wanted me to carry it so they could reach me if they needed. So I kept it on silent during school hours.

And most days this was not a problem. Until one morning in English. Even on silent, when the battery went low, it would give a warning beep. Luckily for me it was a single beep that didn't repeat itself.

That morning when the beeper sounded it's low battery warning, my teacher was immediately demanding who owned the illicit electronic device. And I actually thought it was someone else because it did not sound like it came from my purse but from one side of the room. After a tense minute, she resumed the class and seemed to forget about the undeniable sound of a pager.

I was not the only one who breathed a sigh of relief when she moved on.

When I checked after class, I was mortified to learn that it was my beeper that went off. After that I made sure to keep the beeper in my locker.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

End of an Era

The last Harry Potter movie premieres tonight at midnight. And with it comes the end of an era.

There will always be fans of Harry Potter. A community built around the Boy Who Lived. But with no new books or movies, there isn't much to look forward to in terms of new canon for discussion.

Yes there's Pottermore, but to me at least, it's not quite the same.

Unfortunately, for this movie I didn't get to reread the last book thanks to a little story called War and Peace. (I'm trying to finish it. Only 600 pages to go!) (What? I know I'm crazy.). But maybe when I finally finish it, I'll allow myself to relax with Harry Potter. At least I don't have to worry about taking as much time to finish.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hump Day Humor: I'm Such a Nerd

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Advertising

What is the name of the cartoon elf that serves as chief baker and spokesman for the Keebler Company?

Ernie. He and his fellow elf bakers were introduced in Keebler ads in 1968.

Congratulations to ecanada12 for being the first - and only - to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Advertising

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 the name of the cartoon elf that serves as chief baker and spokesman for the Keebler Company?

Monday, July 11, 2011

I should probably start drinking prune juice too

I have a confession to make. This confession, which I realized last week, reinforces that I am indeed turning old in a few weeks.

I listen to talk radio. Willingly.

I know.

See I remember being annoyed and bored by talk radio when I was young and hip. Ok ok. I probably wasn't ever hip, but I was young dammit. And talk radio practically put me to sleep. Can't we please listen to anything else?

I don't know when it started. But now when I'm in the car, more often than not, I'm listening to an AM station. Gasp. And not just as background noise either. I'm actively listening. Double gasp.

So if you'll excuse me, I'm going to put on my glasses, crank up the talk radio while I drive really slowly to the store to pick up some Metamucil and denture cream.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Window Dressing

It's funny how something that never bothered me for two years was all of a sudden a big pain in my butt as soon as we painted our bedroom.

It became abundantly clear recently after we rid ourselves of the poopy brown that we needed curtains. And at a quicker rate than I've shown for home improvement projects, I set out last weekend to find some fabric for curtains.

Which I did. And then I made said curtains.

Yet, I don't own a sewing machine. No, it's not magic. It's the beauty of hem tape that you just iron to create a nice pretty edge.

It's a trick I learned from Young House Love.

Then attached some ring clips and hung them up. Presto chango. Curtains. And the room looks so much better now.

Now to get stuff on the walls and some new furniture pieces.

It starting to feel like such a grown-up room now.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Book Review: Fall of Giants

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

The first in a trilogy, Fall of Giants is an epic, sweeping saga of the lives of five families, how the intertwine with each other and how the drama of World War I and various political struggles shape their lives.

When I first start reading a book, if I'm not caught up by the characters and/or story, I generally pay closer attention to the writing and can be very critical. The only thing I noticed about this book in the first hundred pages or so was that I thought it could be better written. That said once I the characters and story grabbed my imagination, I no longer cared and grabbed for this book every spare moment I had.

Follett's writing is better suited for the history, political and war aspects of this book. The romance felt thrown in almost as an afterthought to appeal to more female readers. I would have enjoyed more depth of story and character development in the other parts of the book instead of the contrived, obvious romances.

All that said, I did enjoy this book for the historical fiction as I always enjoy a book that is imaginative as well as educational. What I liked most about this book is the strong women characters who fought for women's suffrage in England. Who tore down stereotypes every chance they got.

Something I found intriguing is that in a book about World War I, Follett completely left out the French. Now if that was because he's not such a fan of the French or he felt he had enough families to cover or he felt the French didn't have a strong enough story for the next two books, I don't know. It's just something I found strange.

Overall a very enjoyable read.

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

Next month - Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Have a Summah

This week's Hump Day Humor is dedicated to Yellaphant - the one person who will never let anything stand in the way of having a summah and will always reach out and grab those summah moments rubbing it all over herself and rolling around in it.

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ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Harry Potter

In the popular Harry Potter books, what are galleons, sickles and knuts?

Coins - galleons are gold, sickles - silver and knuts - bronze.

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

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Harry Potter

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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In the popular Harry Potter books, what are galleons, sickles and knuts?