Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Animals

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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Which part of the wooly mammoth's body was much smaller than that of today's elephant's?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Tug Toner

Slightly NSFW if your boss doesn't have a sense of humor.


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Literature

Which English poet wrote The Canterbury Tales?

Geoffrey Chaucer

Congratulations to Rockman for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Literature

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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Which English poet wrote The Canterbury Tales?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hatred of Sound

It is no secret that the quickest way to piss me off and annoy me is to shake/jiggle a leg or foot or smack/pop your gum anywhere that I could see or hear you.

I never knew where this aversion of mine came from. I was in college when I realized there is absolutely no way I can concentrate if an offender is within eyesight or hearing, and the only way I could figure out how to get through class without becoming really, really annoyed at start shooting dirty looks around me (which is no way to make friends) was to sit in the very front row where the chances for annoyance were far, far lower.

Sitting in the front row also helped with the classes themselves, which was a bonus for this nerd. But the main reason I always sat in the front row wasn't for the grades. It was to avoid the gum chewers and the leg bouncers.

I couldn't just deal with it. The more I tried to ignore the tapping and popping next to me, the more distracted I became. So I moved and welcomed the peace and focus in the front row.

It wasn't until last week when I stumbled across this that I realized A) this is an actual thing and 2) I'm not the only one. It may be a self-diagnosis, but the symptoms and description of the reactions are dead on for me.

So I'm choosing to believe misophonia is why I can't stand the leg shaking and gum chewing instead of being crazy or a bitch.

Okay, I'm still a little crazy.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Super Golden Friends



(hat tip Cary)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Assassins

What 19th-century assassin made sure that playgoers didn't enjoy Our American Cousin?

John Wilkes Booth

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

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Assassins

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 19th-century assassin made sure that playgoers didn't enjoy Our American Cousin?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Bends in the Road

The night was already not an easy one. The three of us had spent the last year and a half as tight as a lid on a pickle jar. Countless afternoons and evenings spent with each other laughing, drinking and making so many memories. But that night we were packing up one of us and saying goodbye as she moved on to that next stage in her career and life.

True to us, we tried to make the most of that night, but it still ended in many, many tears.

As two of us drove back into the city, I thought about my own next steps. I was weeks away from saying goodbye myself. To my friends. To a city I had fallen in love with

I had no idea what waited for me back home other than my family and a transfer to a local Starbucks. And I lost it. 

Always I had known what my next step would be well before I needed to take it. College after high school. Graduate school after undergraduate. But at that time, there was a big bend in my road, and I couldn't see past my headlights. And it freaked me out.

I'm a planner and don't do well with an unknown future. Never have.

But just a few months after that night I cried for the unknown, things worked themselves out. I got my first high heel job, left the world of food service and eventually moved to Dallas.

That's what I need to remember and just trust that once around that bend, I will be able to see again.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Book Review: Isaac's Storm

Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

On September 8, 1900 a deadly hurricane hit Galveston, Texas, killing more than six thousand people and devastating the growing seaside town. Isaac Cline, the resident meteorologist in Galveston, misinterpreted the signs he saw that morning, and the strength and power of the storm surprised everyone.

Back at the beginning of the 20th century, meteorology was not a science many people had faith in. They didn't think you could accurately predict the weather. The arrogance and politics in the weather service didn't help matters. And it certainly prevented Galveston from potentially getting a warning of the storm. 

Larson tells the story of not only the Galveston hurricane, but the history of meteorology and hurricane knowledge. He even goes into the invention of the barometer. 

I know it sounds like a potentially dull book, but I loved it. I've never been incredibly fascinated with weather or storm, but I was by this book. That's the great thing about Larson. In his very capable hands, what could have been a very dry book became a story that was gripping and even suspenseful. I almost forgot I was reading nonfiction.

Definitely one to add to your list to read if you enjoy nonfiction. And even if you don't.

Next month - The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Sail


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Russians

Pre-Communist Russia had two "Great" rulers - one male and one female. Who were they?

Peter (I) the Great and Catherine (II) the Great

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Russians

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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Pre-Communist Russia had two "Great" rulers - one male and one female. Who were they?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Broken Heart

I've had my heart broken a few times, but only once by a boy. The other times my heart has been broken is when I have wished for something so much but for whatever reason it didn't work out.

I know it sounds kinda weird that a situation could break my heart. But it's the only way I can think to describe the emotion and despair I felt at those times.

But healing a broken heart is the same no matter who or what caused it.

Lots of tears, throwing oneself into various activities, some alcohol, some ice cream and time.

Time's the worst part. Because there is no rushing it. You move on when you move on. 

And until that time when you can reflect without crying, you must feel the acute pain with every breath.

Tuesday, July 3, 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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Three U.S. presidents died on the 4th of July. James Monroe was the last. Who are the other two?

Monday, July 2, 2012

July

Friends! We have finally finished our bedroom and bathroom doors! Not only did we finish painting them, we managed to hang them back up and replaced the doorknobs.

For the first time in two months, we can go to bed with the door shut. It feels weird, but it's good to be able to once again shut off that room from Cooper or guests if we need to.

Some before pictures:





And now the afters:
 



I love that our doors now match the trim instead of the yellow-y beige they were to begin with. And the doorknobs are much more modern.

And with the completion of that goal, all that remains in our bathroom is to update the countertop, which you can tell from the last picture is a lovely 70's yellow.

But my goals for July lie elsewhere. 

1. Organize the pantry
2. Write
3. Pedicure date

I've been promising John for months that I would take him with me to get a pedicure as his calluses are so bad he might as well have hobbit feet. It's about time I made good on that promise.