Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Back to School Fail


(hat tip Cary)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Geography

Where on earth are you if you're at 0 degrees latitude and 0 degrees longitude?

At the spot where the equator intersects with the prime meridian - in the Atlantic (in the Gulf of Guinea), off the coast of Africa, about 380 miles south of Ghana.


While David partially got the right answer, I have to give the win to Krista who knew it was near Ghana. Congratulations Krista!

Tuesday, August 30, 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 on earth are you if you're at 0 degrees latitude and 0 degrees longitude?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Like Nowhere Else

Last week we ran away from 100+ temperatures. All the way to Wisconsin.

I know what you're thinking. Wisconsin? WTH?

John's family has owned a cottage in Door County, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan since the 60s. It was our first time up there since we've been together.

The town is an amazing small town that you could walk around to everything. And the neighboring towns are only a few miles away when you want a different restaurant or attraction.

For being such a small town, we had no trouble filling our days.

Sailing



Hiking



The lighthouse in the state park where we hiked:



Wine tasting



I don't think I need to say this next part, but I'm going to anyway... the weather was perfect.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hump Day Humor: First Dates with Seth Morris



ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Sports

In what four sports do players dribble a ball?

Basketball, soccer, water polo, and bandy. Bandy is a winter sport played on ice with a ball and stick.

No winner this week. (You were close Beckles.)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Sports

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In what four sports do players dribble a ball?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Someone Like You

When I heard Rolling in the Deep the first time, I knew it was awesome. And when I heard Someone Like You, it brought me to tears. And now I listen to the whole album. Every. Day. Because it's amazing. As is Adele.




Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Good, The Bad

The good thing - one of the really really good things, the goodest really - about a blog is when you write what's in your heart and on your mind. You hold your breath and close your eyes as you click publish because you're baring a piece of your vulnerabilities. You're exposing your soft underbelly. The part that's not covered by your armor you've so carefully put together. And when people don't tear you down, when they don't go after that softness you've exposed, when they instead offer words of support and encouragement, you realize for what is the probably 324th time that not everyone is a hater.

The bad thing about having a blog is after writing such a post, you inevitably have writer's block because you just vomited everything you had in you onto the screen the day (week) before.

So that's where I am. That and running away from the 100+ degree temperatures (50+ days of temperatures at 100 or higher for the summer, I'd feign excitement over this achievement but I have no energy because the heat sucked it all out of me) to a top-secret location where the temperatures are most definitely not 100. Not. Even. Close. YES.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Whachoo got there?



(hat tip The Bloggess)


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Music

How did innovative techno-musician Moby come by his unusual name?

His real name, Richard Melville Hall, gives it away. He's a relative (a great-great-great-nephew, give or take a great) of writer Herman Melville, author of Moby-Dick. He was nicknamed Moby in early childhood.

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Music

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How did innovative techno-musician Moby come by his unusual name?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Worry Wart

I have a bad habit of worrying about something before I really need to.

For instance, I have a distinct memory of being a wee little Mochaface and worrying about being in college and not having shampoo. See I didn't know that the grocery store sold shampoo and other such stuff to keep up your personal hygiene routine. What? I said I was little.

John is always telling me to stop worrying about a) things I can't control and b) things that aren't current problems. It's like he doesn't know me. Or is trying to make me feel better. One of those.

Most of the time it's not a big deal. Because it's just me in my head. But occasionally someone else will ask a harmless question or tease me on the exact subject I'm currently obsessing over and it takes every ounce of will power I have to bite my tongue and not blow up. Instead when that person is gone, I'll fall back to old habits and start shoving food in my mouth hole. Usually I'll eventually take a step back, force myself to take a deep breath and remind myself to live in today.

John and I are planning on having kids someday. With babies popping out all around me, I think it's completely natural to be thinking about it.

You're not getting any younger. Tick tock tick tock.


(Can we all just agree not to say shit like this to each other?)


I have an irrational fear that I'll have trouble getting pregnant when we do decide to start expanding our little family. I don't have any reason to believe that it will be a legitimate problem for us. That's why it's called an irrational fear. But I worry about it anyway.

I worry about being in my 30s when having babies. I worry about balancing work and kids. I worry about teaching my kids the values and beliefs that we were raised on. I worry about being a good mother.

GAH. See what I mean? So this is me breathing deeply and living in today.

It's going to be a hot one. Again.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Live Broadcast Fail

(hat tip Cary)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Fashion

What famous 19th-century world figure made white wedding gowns fashionable?

Queen Victoria, who wore white when she married her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg in 1840.


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

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Fashion

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What famous 19th-century world figure made white wedding gowns fashionable?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Book Review: Cannery Row

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

I love John Steinbeck. There just aren't that many writers whose words are so imaginative and fantastical at describing characters and scenes that it's like you're watching a really great movie on a huge screen.

Cannery Row is no exception. The characters have such grit and flaws that they feel like real people. It's not a book with a fast-moving plot. Rather the pace of the plot matches the time and place of its setting - there's not much to it on the surface, but when you dig deeper you find lots to discuss and love.

If you haven't had a chance to read Steinbeck, this is a easy one to start with being only about 200 pages.

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

Next month - Room by Emma Donoghue

Friday, August 5, 2011

We Meet Again

Once again it's August. And once again it's effin hot out. We're on day 35 of straight 100 degree temperatures or higher, going after the infamous 1980 record of 42 days. Add on top the record-breaking temperatures we've had this week (110 anyone?), and I'm already tired of this month.

Poor Cooper is too. He hasn't been on a run with me in months, and we rarely take him on walks with it still being over 100 at 8:30. He's going stir crazy. And it's starting to drive us nuts because every night he starts whining and cannot seem to get enough attention these days.

Everyone's grumpy. And tired.

Please September, hurry up.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hump Day Humor: I'm a Stupid Cat!

NSFW - language

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Literature

What 19th-century American literary classic was originally going to be called The Pathetic Family?

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, who used the phrase "pathetic family" in affectionately referring to her own family.

Congratulations to Omy (Hi Momma!) for being the first - and only - to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Literature

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What 19th-century American literary classic was originally going to be called The Pathetic Family?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Maybe Lesson Learned This Time

I did something stupid not too long ago.

I was taking Cooper to the Snout for a day at daycare (yes we are one of those pet owners, but it works out great when we're going to be out late at night). I kept the garage door closed so I could get him into the car.

So I opened the garage door when I got into the driver's seat. Absentmindedly I turned on the car, shifted into reverse and started to back out.

When the car jolted in reaction to the garage door scraping across the top, Cooper and I glanced at each other with a look that said "Oh fuck."

The damage doesn't appear to be too bad though there are definitely some scratches and at least one small dent.

My poor Dharma.

The stupidest part about it all is I did a very similar thing when I was 16 or 17.

Only it wasn't small damage. I took a side mirror completely off. And a chunk out of the side of the garage.

My dad was not pleased with me.

But telling John I screwed up the car is infinitely easier than telling my dad. So at least there's that.