Friday, August 31, 2012

A List of Loves for Friday

5 days of blogging this week (w00ty w00t!)
My nieces and nephew
Hummus sandwiches
Game of Thrones - the book series and the show on HBO
August rains
Bar Method classes
New workout clothes 
College football starting this weekend
Fall nail polish colors
My yard is still green!
Breakfast for dinner
Burt's Bees Lip Balm
Vacation dreaming
Weather is starting to turn cooler (We're in the 90s instead of 100s!)
Long weekends
Clean sheets
Fall inspiration on Pinterest
Flowers on my dining room table
Almost boot season!
Lunch with my book
The quiet during my morning runs
White pants that I miraculously keep somewhat white
Rabbit food aka a good salad
These two:


What are you loving this Friday?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Karma

Karma. I believe people get what's coming to them. 

If you're an asshole and treat people like crap, you're going to get crap back some day. It may not be immediate, but it will happen.

So I try to be nice and respectful of other people. The hardest times are when I'm driving. I can get a little road rage-y, but I generally do what I can to let other people over when they signal and not ride someone's back bumper. (Now when I'm having a bad day, forget it.)

But when I was a teenage Mochaface, I could be a sarcastic little twit. Especially to my little brother and sister.

When they would ask what's for dinner, I replied food. When my sister asked what I was going to wear the next day, the answer was clothes.

They would get aggravated with me. Rightfully so. I thought it was hilarious and would look at them like it was their fault for not asking more specific questions.

One of John's favorite ways to push my buttons is to do that exact thing to me. Like the other day:

I get an extra day off during September for my birthday.

Oh nice. When do you think you might take it off?

On a work day in September.

It was in that moment that I realized karma had come for me.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Countries

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 the 19th century, in what country were the "Know-Nothings" and the "Mugwumps" politically active?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mantle

Last Christmas I actually styled our mantle. And I loved it. I've been wanting to do something with it for the other times of year when garland and stockings aren't quite seasonal. It had become a place that a mish mash of stuff has landed over the last couple months.

So yesterday I cleaned it off and found some favorite items from around the house to display.

First some close ups:


Some of my favorite books that were used as centerpieces at our wedding (titles: Romeo and Juliet, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Eyre and Rebecca) and a sign I found on etsy.com (below Schroeder it says established 2010).


A hurricane glass filled with some baubles I picked up at Target and the pictures of our parents from their wedding day that were also used at our wedding.

And a picture of the whole mantle:


I'm sure I'll be playing with it off and on swapping out different items. But for now I love it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Metals

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 common metal shared by brass and bronze?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Yee Haw

Back when I was a wee little Mochaface, I was also a Girl Scout. One of the best parts of being a Girl Scout was summer camp.

There were two Girl Scout camps in my area. One was near a lake. I only went there once, and all I remember about it was canoes and the extra-large one-room cabin all the girls in my group slept in.

The second was my favorite. And it had everything to do with the horse riding.

All of the groups at this camp got to ride horses at least once. And then there were the groups that were dedicated to horseback riding. They got to ride horses every day.

I was lucky enough to attend one such group before I left the Girl Scouts.

As part of the equestrian group, we were taught how to saddle our own horses and were required to every time before we rode.

One afternoon, we saddled up and went on a trail ride. After a time we came to a clearing where we practiced our trotting.

As I made my way around the clearing, I started to slip. Apparently, I hadn't saddled the horse correctly. I hoped that I would manage to stay on the horse until we were done when I could climb down and resaddle. The right way.

Only I kept slipping. And slipping. And slipping. Until I fell off that horse completely embarrassed. 

Thankfully I didn't get hurt as I had slipped so much I didn't have that far to fall.

Maybe that's why I've never become a great equestrian.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Olympics Bloopers



ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Baseball

Who were the first father and son to play baseball in the major leagues at the same time?

Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr.

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Baseball

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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Who were the first father and son to play baseball in the major leagues at the same time?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Out of Office

I have gone out to look for myself. If I should return before I get back, hold me until I get here.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hump Day Humor: The Damon Legacy



ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Numbers

Counting consecutively, starting at one, what written number is the first to include the letter a?

One thousand

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Numbers

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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Counting consecutively, starting at one, what written number is the first to include the letter a?

Monday, August 6, 2012

August

At the beginning of July, I took John for his first pedicure. His heels are in such bad shape that the one pedicure didn't magically make them completely soft. But it did help so I will be taking him for some another pedicure - or three.

I also tackled our pantry. This was the mess before I reorganized it:


And this is after:


The challenge with our pantry is that the shelves are really deep. So it's hard to see what's in the back. So I took some heavy metal baskets, filled them with the heavy stuff like canned goods and stuck them in the back so I don't have to pull the heavy ones in and out. In front of them I put plastic baskets full of lighter stuff like pasta so I could easily pull them out to get to the stuff in the back.

I also used a shelf to raise one basket and add some extra storage space beneath. And got a basket that hangs from the very top shelf that we use for bread.

So far it is so much easier to get stuff and see what we may be out of. I'll probably be adding some labels at some point so John knows what is supposed to be in each basket.

I did get some writing done this month. More on that later.

For August:

1. Relax and enjoy life.

2. Style our mantle.

3. Start a new knitting project.
 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Book Review: The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

McLain tells the story of Ernest Hemingway in The Paris Wife. Well, part of his story anyway. Specifically, the beginning of his journey to become the famous writer we all know. It's a story of love, ambition and betrayal. And it's told from the perspective of Hemingway's first wife Hadley, and we see her struggles to love a man like Hemingway while maintaining her sense of self.

The pair make an odd match. Hemingway, the young, promising writer with his intensity, ambition and egotism and Hadley, the spinster with her conservativeness and sensibility. I was whisked away into the story of their whirlwind love affair and eventual and inevitable falling apart of their marriage.

It was the 1920s in Paris, the era of jazz and heavy drinking, and the circle of famous literary writers Ernest and Hadley ran in had all sorts of progressive relationships: open marriage, living with mistresses and provocative lifestyles.

I know many loved this book. I liked it. I definitely found learning about Hemingway, especially as a young adult when he was trying to get his big break as a novelist, incredibly fascinating. But the end of the book with the other woman when their marriage disintegrates was difficult to read. It's definitely an emotional ending.

If you like books that tell a story you didn't know about a famous person or if you are a fan of Hemingway and want to learn more about the man behind the genius, read this book.

Next month - Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin

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

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Pelvic Thrust Your Way to Fitness

Yet another hilarious "exercise" video.


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Animals

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

Ears

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