Friday, December 30, 2011

The Best of a Good Year

I didn't put together a video of pictures for this year. I'd list some excuse such as I was busy volunteering my time at an orphanage or something as equally heart-wrenching to avoid the guilt, but really I was just lazy.

But here are some of my favorite posts from 2011. I somehow lost a bunch of comments so if you feel moved to comment on a post (or several), please do so. I love to read your comments. Plus I need the validation. (Kidding.) (Only a little.)

Lately I haven't really been feeling the blogging. As you can probably tell by my lack of it. But in putting this post together and looking back over what I've written this year, I realized I've written some good shit. So here's hoping the writing comes back in 2012.

I couldn't limit myself to only 10 as I think that is the rule this time of year. But I did group according to topic.

Home Improvement

But the wait has been worth it. Because now my kitchen is so full of sparkles and teh awesome that it brings all the boys to the yard.

I liked to call it poopy brown. Because I found it so gross.




I Turned Old

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. 


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. 


It's All About the Mochaface

I went to church, Jesus's house, with my ass hanging out. I don't think I need to say this next sentence, but I'm going to anyway: I did not take that sweater off. At. All.

I must have been concentrating really hard on what I was doing because my tongue was sticking out the side of my mouth. And he said to me, "Wow, you have a really long tongue."

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

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.


John

You may have noticed I started referring to John as John and not DH anymore. 

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


One Year Married

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.

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.


Family

Please excuse me if this is incoherent rubbish. I've been up since 5:30 Thursday morning. That's, well, it's more than, er, screw the maths. It's a fucking long time is what it is.

To strangers in restaurants and the people with the unlucky fate of being in the next hotel room or condo, they're known as that group of loud, obnoxious people who can't stop talking and laughing and throwing people into pools.

I haven't seen her in over six years. I've thought about her. But I can't remember her once showing up in my dreams in the last six years.



Life Questions

It must be some law of the ancients that states as soon as a couple weds, you must start asking about when, if or some combination of when/if they're going to start popping out that great tax deduction also known as kids.


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.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The End of the Flood of 2011

Well, the Flood of 2011 has finally come to an end.

The repairs are done. We've got a (mostly) brand new bathroom and brand new floor in the office.

Happy is not a strong enough adjective to describe how I feel to be back living in our bedroom and using our bathroom.

Here's the tile we picked out (it's slate):



Here's a picture of the old laminate that was in the office (don't mind Cooper's butt):


Here's the new laminate. It's hard to tell in this picture but it's a darker brown and a wider and longer plank.


LOVE. IT.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hump Day Humor: 2011, Buh-Bye

This year's recap of notable events of the year by Jib Jab isn't as funny as some years past. But it still brings a chuckle.


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Movies

In what movie did Matt Damon make his screen debut, uttering the line, "Mom, do you want my green stuff"?

Mystic Pizza, in 1988. He spoke the line while eating a lobster.
  
Congratulations to Martha @brilliant_biz for being the first - and only - to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Movies

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In what movie did Matt Damon make his screen debut, uttering the line, "Mom, do you want my green stuff"?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Drunk History Christmas

Slightly NSFW due to some language.





Special bonus video:


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Christmas

What early 19th-century American writer created the image of Santa soaring over rooftops in a sleigh, using chimneys to deliver gifts to children?


Washington Irving, in 1809, in A History of New York, which he wrote under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Christmas

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What early 19th-century American writer created the image of Santa soaring over rooftops in a sleigh, using chimneys to deliver gifts to children?


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bathroom Part II

Last week on It's All About the Mochaface...

My house was in shambles thanks to a leak in the drain pipe from our bathtub. The leak was fixed but the bathroom was still ripped up, stuff shoved into unused corners of the house, fans constantly going to dry out the walls and floor and John and I had been relegated to the guest bedroom and bathroom.

And this week, nothing has changed. Well, that's not entirely true. The fans are gone as the house is dry.

But the bathroom is still ripped up. Stuff is still shoved into corners. And John and I are still living out of the guest bedroom and bathroom.

Pics from the demo:




The new tub was installed a couple weeks ago.


The hole under my desk cut out to dry the wall between the office and our bathroom.

Today though. Today our bathroom will start getting put back together.

Insurance is covering at least part of the repairs. Can someone explain to me why insurance will cover fixing the damage but will not cover fixing the problem that caused the damage? Still I'm grateful we have it because these repairs would be a lot harder to swallow without it.

Last weekend we went to look at some tile. In what is sure to be record time for me, it took me less than an hour to decide on the tile I wanted in the bathroom. I normally take weeks to make a decision on what color to paint a room. But for some reason, this decision I did not hesitate in making.

I guess the living out of a room that is not ours was motivating enough to spur me to quick decision making.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: Food

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What day of the year ranks second only to Thanksgiving when it comes to highest food consumption in the U.S.?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hung By the Chimney With Care

I get so excited about Christmas. The decorating, the baking, the shopping, the wrapping, the parties. I love all of it.

And this year I've stepped up my game a little bit.

I used to just hang stockings on the mantle and considered that down done. But this year I actually decorated our mantle. And I love it.

I used pre-lit garland as the base, added red tealight holders and red votive holders and placed Christmas trees at the ends. I love love love the reds and the glow of the lights at night.




Even my wrapping has gotten so much better this year. Dare I say, it even it even looks like something I saw on Pinterest.


Friday, December 9, 2011

Book Review: Puppy Chow is Better Than Prozac


This is the true story of a man who has manic depression and is barely hanging onto his life. He tries therapy and medication to fix his severe mood swings and hallucinations. But it's not until he adopts a dog that he starts to improve. He credits the dog for saving his life.

Puppy Chow was not enjoyable as Goldstein seemed only able to write in cliches, which was kind of funny at first but very quickly got very old and very annoying.

The ups and downs of the book matched his mood swings and made it hard to read. The timeline was not fluid so I couldn't follow it at times.

Goldstein repeated himself. A lot and unnecessarily. There are much better books about dogs and their impact on our lives. I cannot recommend this one.

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

Next month - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hump Day Humor: Christmas Day

A parody of the movie New Years Eve and the trend for movies that are large on casts but short on plots.



ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: States

Which state has the largest Amish population in the U.S.?

Ohio - followed by Pennsylvania and Indiana.

Couple of you were close. But no winner this week.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesday Trivia: States

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Which state has the largest Amish population in the U.S.?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Water, Water Everywhere

A couple weeks ago, we noticed a random wet spot on the floor in our bedroom right in front of the door to our bathroom. The ceiling was dry and while we didn't think we spilled anything, we decided we must have not noticed that we spilled some water. When the spot reappeared a few days or so later, again after a rain, we knew it wasn't from a random spill. Given the foundation problems we obviously have and the rain, we were beginning to think there was a crack in the foundation.

It wasn't until another few days later when the spot was wet again but it hadn't rained that we suspected a leak. So John called some plumbers last Thursday to figure out what was happening.

Sure enough, the drain pipe from our bathtub had been leaking.

No idea for how long the water had been going into the walls and under the floors. But the two-by-fours in the wall were soaked.

Before I knew it, they were ripping out the old tub and tile, ripping up the floor in the bathroom and under my desk, and pulling back carpet. Fans were set up in the bathroom, bedroom and hall closets to dry everything out. They're still going. We have to almost yell to hear each other above the noise from the fans.

By the time I got home Thursday evening, the bathroom was completely ripped up and the new tub was installed.

It all happened so fast. But hey, surprise! We're doing a bathroom reno.