Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Catnap

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Cereal

In a box of Grape-Nuts cereal, what percentage of the contents are grapes and what percentage are nuts?

Zero, for both.The name was made up by cereal manufacturer C.W. Post. Maltose, one of the original ingredients, was known as grape sugar in 1898 when the cereal was first marketed; and it's believed that "nuts" referred to the cereal's flavor and/or crunch.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Cereal

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In a box of Grape-Nuts cereal, what percentage of the contents are grapes and what percentage are nuts?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

One Last Time

It's hard to talk about Texas A&M football without talking about our long-standing rivalry with the University of Texas. The two schools have been playing each other for almost as long as they've existed.
We've always had a burning desire to beat the Longhorns. Hell, our War Hymn (aka fight song) has two verses, and we sing the one verse about Texas twice. Many current and former students don't even know the words to the other verse - this former student included.

It doesn't matter who we're playing. We always sing those words.

Goodbye to texas university.
So long to the orange and white.

13 years ago I attended my very first Texas A&M football game. I was a senior in high school and was visiting the school as a potential student. I still remember the goose bumps I got as I watched Kyle Field move as the students - both current and former - swayed together singing the War Hymn and sawing Varsity's horns (aka t.u.) off.

It's an incredible sight to see a football stadium of nearly 90,000 people move. Thrilling is only one way I can think of to describe it. It gives me chills every time.

Our histories are intertwined. I've heard countless stories about pranks, jokes, etc pulled on each school by the other. Once, an Aggie prank even resulted in how the Longhorn mascot got his name Bevo (some Aggies had branded him with the score of the football game the Aggies won: 13-0. Texas turned the numbers into Bevo.) (Memorable games and historical moments that shaped the Texas A&M/University of Texas rivalry)

But it goes beyond the football field and the pranks. Despite the rivalry and the intense desire to beat each other, there is a certain amount of respect for each other. Support when the other school needs it. I don't think many rivalries have that.

And today is the last day for the foreseeable future that A&M and Texas will play the Thanksgiving football game as next year we'll be in the SEC and Texas' non-conference schedule is set for the next 7 years.

Many many many words have been written about the end of this long-standing rivalry. A rivalry that has not only defined the two schools but also the state of Texas. Sports Illustrated. The New York Times. But my favorite - and I hate to say this considering how much they tend to favor the University of Texas - might just be Texas Monthly. They've captured the rivalry from both perspectives in a way I think few have articulated.

It's hard to imagine one school without the other. I know A&M will find her own way in the SEC. But Thanksgiving will never be the same.

BEAT THE HELL OUTTA t.u.!! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Numbers

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What is the total when you add up all the numbers from 1 to 100?



Thursday, November 17, 2011

Meeting My Future

I was excited but a little nervous as I drove to the restaurant. My outfit was carefully selected. My make up meticulously applied. My hair painstakingly fixed. I wanted to make a good impression.

Thanks to traffic I was a little late so he was already there. He stood as I walked up. We might have shaken hands as we officially met in person. Truthfully, I don't remember. I do remember what I ate (avocado enchiladas).

And I do remember thinking - and being relieved - that he was really cute. The best kind of cute. The kind of cute that never gets old. 

Our conversation during dinner was the usual getting to know each other topics. And yet I was so captivated I failed to notice a single person around us. 

His smile drew me in. It made me feel comfortable. Like I could be me without pretense. Without my armor of sarcasm.  

His eyes left me spellbound. Dark brown with a glint that told of a playful, mischievous spirit that was also solid and supporting, which I found to be extremely attractive. Those eyes told me something else that I wouldn't even realize until much later reflecting back on that night... I was home; I was where I was supposed to be.

After dinner when he asked about going to a movie, I didn't hesitate to spend more time in his company. And at the end of the night after we said goodbye and I was back in my car headed home, I was mortified when I realized I didn't thank him and tell him how much I fun I had. As soon as I could, I texted him so he would know I enjoyed the evening.

Did I know that night four years ago that I had met my future?

It's hard to say. But I knew that there was something different about him. Especially when the next night a six-sentence email from him floored me so much that I hardly slept more than a couple hours because I couldn't stop thinking about him.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Quiet Ryan


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ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Movies

In the 1993 film comedy Groundhog Day, what song is playing morning after morning when Bill Murray, as TV newsman Phil Connors, is awakened by a radio alarm clock?


"I Got You Babe," sung by Sonny and Cher.


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

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Movies

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In the 1993 film comedy Groundhog Day, what song is playing morning after morning when Bill Murray, as TV newsman Phil Connors, is awakened by a radio alarm clock?


Monday, November 14, 2011

War and Peace

Holy crap you guys. I did it. There were many times I doubted. But I did it. I finished War and Peace.

I know. I'm insane for even thinking to attempt to read this Russian magnum opus. And I am. But Tolstoy has been on my bucket list of reading for as long as I can remember.

About 8 years ago, I picked up Anna Karenina and after a few months, I finished. It was good, but it took so much out of me to read it that I knew I couldn't pick up Tolstoy's other famous work for a while afterward.

Finally, in February of this year, I decided I was ready. And this weekend I finished it. Almost 9 months later. Granted I was also reading a book every month for book club so I would have to put War and Peace down for a week or so. Which is one reason why it took me so much longer to read it compared to Anna Karenina.

Plus the parts of the book that were about the war or the philosophy of war were so dry and hard for me to get through. Especially as the last 30-40 pages were all philosophy.

But I'm proud of myself for finishing. And I actually remember the characters and what happened to them. Wish I could say the same thing about Anna Karenina.

I don't think I'll be tackling Crime and Punishment. I'm done with Russian literature.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Love

Full moons
Starbucks red cups
Sugar free peppermint mocha coffee creamer
Riding boots
Oversized sweaters with leggings
Playing in leaves
Oktoberfest beer
Christmas crafts
The morning chill
Fresh apple pie
When my nose gets chilly and I stick it in John's neck to warm it up
New TV drama Once Upon a Time
Pinterest
Fun nail polish colors
Deathly Hallows Part 2 on DVD
11/11/11
Veterans (Happy Veterans' Day!)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dream Come True

Long before there was Edward. And vampires who... cringe... sparkle. There was another vampire who could teach a master's class on brooding. Who made teenage girls swoon with one sinister look. Well, this teenage girl anyway.

Angel.


I had a massive, massive crush on David Boreanaz and his smoldering looks. Tall, dark and handsome. YES PLEASE. I was 110%, positively convinced that I was meant to end up with a man like that.

Over the years since the Angel spin off went off the air, my crush has waned. (Though I still think he is one mighty fine man.) But apparently my tastes have not.

I didn't realize it until someone pointed it out to me recently, but John bears a resemblance to my old crush.

I guess I did end up with a tall, dark and handsome man. Some dreams do come true.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Geography

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What island is the largest in the Caribbean?


Friday, November 4, 2011

An Apple a Day

Health is important. Without it, we'd be, well, dead. I always make sure to visit my doctors at least once a year for a physical just to make sure nothing changed drastically over the last 12 months.
When I turned 18, in addition to my annual physical with my general practitioner, I started going to a lady doctor to get my lady bits checked annually.

A few weeks ago, I went to see my doctor for one of those yearly pap smears - or as my insurance company likes to call it... woman wellness exam. Because apparently we don't use the words pap smear in polite company. It's a good thing this ole blog here isn't polite company.

During my appointment, I chattered away with my doctor to keep my mind off what was going on with my lady bits. And as I lay there gushing about how awesome bikram yoga, we had reached the part of the exam where the doc has her hand poking around inside your vagina.

She suddenly got quiet as she prodded my abdomen. "Is that tender there?"

You mean that spot that you're poking from both inside and outside my body? Yeah. That's tender.

Apparently what she was feeling was a fullness on the right side. She couldn't tell if it was ovarian or bowel or something else. She smiled as if there wasn't much to be concerned about as she told me to book a follow up appointment in a couple weeks.

And since she seemed not too worried, I booked my appointment and then promptly forgot about it. 

Until I went back earlier this week. After she once again stuck her hand up my lady bits and still felt the fullness, she announced she wanted me to get a sonogram to get a better look so she could tell whether it was ovarian, bowel or something else.

A vaginal sonogram.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the vaginal sonogram - like I was up until a few days ago - it's not like what you see in the movies where they squirt cold jelly on your belly and move the wand around and you see grainy pictures of your insides.

For a vaginal sonogram, they stick the probe - that's what the doctor called it, a probe, never mind what kind of images that conjured - up your lady bits and you see grainy pictures of your insides.

While I sat on the exam table naked from the waist down waiting for the tech to come get me for the sonogram, my imagination ran away, desperately trying to think of anyone anyone who had a similar experience.

I freaked out.

In those 15-20 minutes while I waited, I couldn't help but think of every possible negative scenario. 

Finally the tech came in. It took every ounce of will power during the sonogram not to hysterically ask what she was seeing. 

Luckily I didn't have to wait long to find out everything was fine. Just a little bigger on the right side due to what was probably a cyst that ruptured. All completely normal.

After which news my whole body unclenched and relaxed. 

This is why people don't like going to the doctor.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Book Review: Moloka'i

Book Review - Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

Moloka'i is a historical fiction novel about the quarantined leprosy settlement in Kalaupapa on the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i. The story centers on a young, 7-year-old girl named Rachel who develops the disease and is sent to the settlement. Instead of her life ending, Rachel builds a life for herself on the island surrounded by friends.

This book was very interesting from a historical point of view as I knew nothing about how people in Hawaii with leprosy were taken from their families and quarantined on a separate island.

Not the strongest story ever, the characters were beautifully and vividly drawn. It was slow getting into it but by the end I was enjoying the book and picking it up every chance I could because I wanted to see what happened to Rachel.

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

Next month - Puppy Chow is Better Than Prozac by Bruce Goldstein

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Ghost Human Centipede

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Actresses

What initials are shared by the winners of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar from 1978 to 1981?

M.S. In chronological order, the winners were Maggie Smith (California Suite); Meryl Streep (Kramer vs. Kramer); Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard); and Maureen Stapleton (Reds).

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Actresses

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What initials are shared by the winners of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar from 1978 to 1981?