Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Plants

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 only plant that bears flowers and fruit simultaneously?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Time

Life has been a quick succession of busy nothings.

Time slips by seeping into the ether carrying me forward regardless of what I want. Like a creek carrying a paper sail boat towards deeper water.

It's a funny thing Time. How it rushes and crawls all at once. Like the hare and the tortoise combined into a hybrid that is both fast and slow.

Over the past few months, Life has thrown down some challenges. And in response to these challenges, I have grown. I have learned to assert myself. To make declarations. To grab what I want.

I have been fooled by that wily Time. Fooled into thinking I could control It. But It has a way of taking you in a direction you didn't intend to go. You don't always have an idea of which direction you're actually headed. You just know you can't control it. That you must allow the current to take you where It must.

So I've surrendered to It and feel directionless in my writing, and thus, I have not written.

But I'm still here. My heart still beats. My body still moves.

And I haven't forgotten about you.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Tit for Tat


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Presidents

How many last names were shared by U.S. presidents?

Five - Adams (father and son John and John Quincy); Harrison (grandfather and grandson William H. and Benjamin); Johnson (non-relatives Andrew and Lyndon); Roosevelt (distant cousins Theodore and Franklin D.); and Bush (father and son George H.W. and George W.)

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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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How many last names were shared by U.S. presidents?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Prime Rib

 You guys. Yesterday I completed one of my goals for January. I made prime rib.

Turns out, prime rib is not that hard to make. (It's much harder to actually find it. My regular grocery store didn't have it. My favorite foodie store didn't have it. Meat market was the winner.) 

It's like roast chicken. You just season and stick it in the oven until it's properly cooked. 

So I made prime rib. And it was good.




Friday, January 20, 2012

At least brain farts don't smell

Sometimes when I stare at a word for too long or I use it too much in quick succession, the word starts to look misspelled. Even though I know it's not misspelled.

I mean, sure, sometimes the spellcheck in Word (or as I like to affectionately call it: Bill Gates) thinks I've misspelled a word when in fact I have not. That's more a matter of Bill Gates not updating his dictionary to reflect modern slang. But in the case of long-established vocabulary, you can trust if Bill Gates hasn't put a red squiggly line under it, you're good to go.

Yesterday, it was cloud. But I've also had this problem with words such as learn, weird and rhythm. Of course rhythm is an awkward word to spell to begin with.

But it reminded me of when I was a wee little Mochaface in sixth grade. When I had the biggest spelling brain fart and forgot how to spell mine.

I don't know what it was, but for some reason I just couldn't spell the word mine in sixth grade. For pretty much the whole year, rather than spell it wrong in some paper and get points deducted (GASP. NEVER.), I would reword my sentences so I could avoid using it.

And then one day, I remembered. 

At the time I wasn't giving a career any brain cells for thought, but I think if I had paid attention, it would have been clear that I was meant to work with words.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Grinds My Gears

You know what really grinds my gears?

- When people say two thousand and twelve, instead of twenty twelve
- Traffic
- American Idol and The Bachelor
- When my yard fills with leaves just hours after I raked it
- The T-Mobile girl's arms (they're freakishly long)
- Gum and the smacking and popping thereof
- The non-word anyways
- Unnecessary quotation marks
- Crocs
- Vanity plates
- The bouncing/twitching/shaking/tapping of feet and legs

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hump Day Hump: Sh*t Nobody Says

You may have seen this already. Either way, you're welcome.

My favorites:

Yay! Buffering!
Twilight deserves an Oscar
Could you please keep smacking your gum?

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Morse Code

In Morse code, the number five is represented by five dots. What number is represented by five dashes?

Zero

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Morse Code

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 Morse code, the number five is represented by five dots. What number is represented by five dashes?


Friday, January 13, 2012

The Reluctant Planner

For the past couple months, my sister and I have had tentative plans to send our husbands golfing while we do something silly and girly... paint pottery.

Due to the Groupon I have to the pottery place expiring in February, we knew we would have to carry out these plans sometime during the winter months. December never worked out due to the busyness of the holidays. So at Christmas we had agreed that we all had several weekends open in January and we'd go the first Saturday the weather was decent. Which is this Saturday.

Somehow it fell to me to work out the details for the two outings. As much I like planning and being in charge (because I do), trying to coordinate the schedules of eight adults for two separate activities was not something I particularly enjoyed this week.

In fact it was driving me nuts.

I guess I can only handle making so many decisions in a week, and I had reached my limit for this week.

Thankfully my brother-in-law confirmed what I was thinking, and thus plans were made and men will be golfing and women painting pottery come Saturday.

Just don't ask me to make another decision for a couple days at least.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hump Day Humor: I Like You Better on Facebook

The unitards are hilarious.


Hat tip Brittany

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Word Origins

Where did the term "scapegoat" originate?


In the Old Testament (Leviticus 16:10), which recounts how Aaron, following God's direction, was to confess the sins of the people over the head of a live goat and then send it out into the wilderness in symbolic atonement for those sins. In the Jewish religion, Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Word Origins

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 did the term scapegoat originate?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Twenty Twelve

If The Year I Got My Groove Back taught me anything, it most definitely taught me that while having a big goal is a good thing, it is by far better - and certainly more attainable - when that big goal is broken up into smaller bits and when the path for reaching that first small bit is outlined.

A couple years ago, I started identifying a single word or phrase - rather than resolutions - to live by for the year. (2010 was Serenity. 2011 was Live Passionately.) This word is meant to be a beacon for the year. To remind me of how I want to live my life. I like to put the word in various places so I'm always reminded of what I'm striving for.

For 2012, my word is Purpose.
Last month I made the decision for our bathroom tile rather quickly. With purpose, if you'd rather. And I liked it.

I want to continue that this year. There are a lot of things we want to accomplish. And rather than make a long list of everything that would only end up encouraging me to procrastinate, I'm going to break it up into bits by month. So they're easier to tackle. With purpose.

For January:
- Paint the trim and cabinets in the master bathroom.
- Finish a knitting project.
- Make a prime rib.

Do you make resolutions? What are yours?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Book Review: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand


This book is centered around a retired British major and the Pakistani shopkeeper he strikes up a friendship and then a romance with. 

It was refreshing to read a love story about an older couple for once instead of hormonal teenagers. The obstacles they faced to be together were no less real or dramatic, but they handled the situation with grace and maturity that only comes from people of a certain age.

There was only one part of the book where the drama felt contrived and didn't fit with the rest of the story. For being her first book, Simonson did a great job at developing the characters so that they appeared in my mind as sharp images and not caricatures and describing the scenery in a way that made me feel like I was actually in England.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is a very sweet story that is simple and straightforward and easy to read. There's not much else you can ask of a book you read during the holidays.

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

Next month - The Women by T.C. Boyle

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Stephen Colbert Breaks Character

I couldn't figure out how to embed this video. But trust me when I say it's worth clicking through.


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Capitals

How many state capitals have the word "city" in their names?

Four - Carson City, Nevada; Jefferson City, Missouri; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Salt Lake City, Utah.

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

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Capitals

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 many state capitals have the word "city" in their names?