Monday, December 31, 2012

The Best of Twenty Twelve

Once again, I have not made a video of pictures for the year. Partly because I just didn't have the time this year to put it together but also because of the asshats who broke into our house and made off with my camera and many pictures I had taken.

2012. I don't know if I could sum up this year in a single sentence if I had a month to work on it.  Instead, I have gone through my posts for the year and picked out my favorites. I know some of you are relatively new around here so I hope you enjoy these posts.
 
January

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.
 

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.
 
February
 
 
If you're not going to dream big, why bother dreaming at all. That's the overachiever motto.

March


But luckily my friends had clued me in so when I walked into a room of six large comfy recliners instead of individual rooms with single tables, I didn't freak or accidentally get naked.
 
 
Tumbleweeds blew across the dusty street as we stared each other down. Each of us willing the other to make the first move, but neither wanting to actually move. We weighed and measured each other for strengths and weaknesses.

April


So the day he called me mid-morning while at work, I knew something was wrong before I even picked up the phone.
 

I overshot where I started by about 25 yards. But dammit this time I did not have to be rescued from the middle of the lake.
 
May
 

Then you make a mental note that you need a better response plan for the days you accidentally bring a sex toy to work, and you wonder if you've taken drugs and forgotten about it because this behavior is totally not like you?
 

Because women can be a rescue-er. Because happiness is the result of a choice, not a wedding. Because love and marriage are hard. And vampires do NOT make the best boyfriends. 
 

When you spend that much time in a wet swimsuit, you learn that the fastest, easiest way to pee without trying to get a wet suit back on is to just pull the crotch to one side, take care of business and then cover your lady bits back up.
 
June
 

But as long as I don't make any inadvertent sex noises, I'm probably okay.
 
 
So as the afternoon began to wane, the Gardener brought out His pruning shears and began to cut away some of the growth. The rose bush wept for her lost limbs, the beautiful buds and even those shrewd thorns. For they had been part of her.
 
July
 

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

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

It's another battle to get him to sit still again for his leash, and once it's on, he's back at the door with his nose in the crack taut with the anticipation of all that awaits him outside.
 

Yup. The Mochaface household is growing. We're having baby!
 
October
 
 
And yet once again my period came. I've never really liked my period. (What woman does?) But by this point, I've really begun to hate it. What it represents. Or rather what it doesn't represent.
 

Now I'm scared that losing any residual weight from this pregnancy won't be as easy or smooth as it was back then because I'm now older and no longer single.

November


Let me tell you something. Lying on a cold metal table in the dark with legs wide open with two people you haven't known longer than 15 minutes who just moments ago were staring at your cervix while a speculum is holding your vagina open is not exactly the most comfortable situation to be in.
 

I am acutely aware of every pregnant woman I see. I can't stop myself from staring at their bellies wondering what it's like. Wishing with all that I am that I was complaining of swollen ankles, constant peeing, and the heat commiserating with them on being pregnant during a Texas summer.


The next time you moved, I knew for sure that it was you because there was nothing else it could possibly be. And for the next few minutes, I sat still and reveled in the strange and yet most wonderful feeling I've had in my entire life. A feeling that for a couple months earlier this year I wasn't sure I would get to experience.
 
Some Final Thoughts

We'll never know why us. But those hard months reinforced a lesson for me on the importance of faith. And if nothing else, it has made me really appreciate our growing miracle.
 
December
 

Friday evening on my way to the store, I got a call from John to come home immediately as our house had been broken into. I immediately turned around and got home as fast as I could alternating between mentally making a list of things they possibly could have taken and freaking out about Cooper as John didn't give me any indication if he was okay.
 

So far I've lucked out and haven't had any strangers touching my belly. Though there has definitely been a lot of unsolicited advice. Most of it is well intentioned so it doesn't bother me.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

25 Weeks

I have been remiss to blog about how my pregnancy is going. I'm not entirely sure why. It's probably at least in part that I don't want to turn this blog into a "mommy blog." So to make up for that, here's an update via bullets.


  • I have loved the second trimester. My energy is back, and I'm feeling Nugget move.
  • Third trimester starts in a few weeks.
  • The round ligament pain is mostly gone. I still feel it when I roll over in bed but then it's just getting harder to roll over period.
  • According to John, I've started snoring. Which he is not exactly excited about.
  • I feel like I should just move into the bathroom as much time as I've been spending in there. I'll pee before I leave work and then in the 35 minutes or so it takes me to get home, I have to pee again.
  • She must be lying on a nerve because I have this sharp pain that I get in my lower back/butt area when I move a certain way. Sometimes it's on the left side, sometimes the right. So at least it's not the same side all the time, right?
  • My gestational diabetes test is in a few weeks. I'm a little nervous about it but thankfully have been too busy with work and the holidays to really spend too much time thinking about it. Though I imagine as we get closer to that appointment my anxiety will grow.
  • John's been able to feel Nugget move as well a couple times now.
  • We have decided on a name. Actually, we've known what her name will be for a couple months now. But we've decided to keep it secret until she's born.
  • The oh so fun process of finding a daycare has begun. 
  • The nursery is almost done being painted. I'll be sure to share pics when it is finished.

Tuesday, December 18, 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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The male of which type of bird shares its name with the core of an ear of corn?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Cards of Christmas

Given that this time next year, we'll have a new member of the Mochaface household that will require a lot of time and attention to make sure her butt is clean and her tummy's full, I knew this would be the last year I would get to make our cards for a while.

So that is what I was determined to do. I think it took me a little longer than in years past. Not because the card was complicated. Because it wasn't. Actually I think it was my simplest card yet. There's just been so much going on.

This year's color theme was red, navy blue and khaki.



They turned out really great. I think they are my favorite ones yet.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Music

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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During what psychedelic decade did Robert Moog commercialize the electric synthesizer?


Monday, December 10, 2012

What's the easiest way to find out when you got pregnant?

I don't know what it is about being pregnant that makes people so free with their advice, words of wisdom and various platitudes. 

So far I've lucked out and haven't had any strangers touching my belly. Though there has definitely been a lot of unsolicited advice. Most of it is well intentioned so it doesn't bother me. 

What gets to me more is the various pregnancy jokes like "Well, you're eating for two now!" But the one I'm really tired (no pun intended) of is the joke about storing up my sleep now because I won't be getting any in a few months.

As if it were even possible. And if it were, I'm not exacting getting really great sleep now. I'm up 3-4 times a night to pee, rolling over is a monumental effort but because I have trouble getting comfortable I need to roll over, I'm getting leg cramps. And all of it is only going to get worse as I get bigger. So even if I could store it up, I wouldn't really want to save the sleep I'm currently having.

Answer - Have sex once a year

Friday, December 7, 2012

December

Well that month went fast. Really, this whole year has flown by. But then time just seems to speed up as I get older. 

Last Sunday was my annual cookie exchange, so the decorations have been taken care of. Also, my Christmas cards are about half done. Maybe a little more than halfway. This is probably going to be the last year I make our cards for a while because let's face it with Nugget around next year I won't have the time. I always feel a little less stressed once the cookie exchange has past. And then a little bit more once the cards are done. One step at a time.

I still do not have a clear idea of what we're going to do for our headboard. I'm leaning towards an upholstered one, but I have to find the right fabric first.

And for that final goal, we not only got the nursery cleaned out, but we also primed the walls so we are ready to paint. I know what colors we're painting, I just have to go buy the paint. No, we're not doing pink. In fact we're not doing pastels at all. You'll just have to wait and see what the colors are.

So that's my only goal for December given the holidays are going to leave me busy enough... painting Nugget's room.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Book Review: Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

This is a hard book to summarize the plot without giving away the twists. Basically, Nick and Amy, a New York couple, move to Nick's home town in Missouri to help take care of his sick mom. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy disappears involving what appears to be foul play sparking a media frenzy. 

Wow. This has got to be one of the most twisted books I have ever read. And that's saying something because I have read a lot of books.

After a slow start, it quickly became a gripping read that I couldn't put down. It's not a deep book, but I found it to be very entertaining. Even though there is little to like about the characters, I enjoyed reading it. That is until the end.

It's not a deep book or exactly well-written, but I could have appreciated it for what it was (a shallow, quick read) if only the ending had been different. I definitely will recommend this book to people who like beach reads.

Next month - The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 

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

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Neil's Puppet Dreams

I love this for the Firefly references and penis jokes. Hi, I'm an adult.



ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Movies

What type of pasta is used to describe low-budget Westerns made in Italy?

Spaghetti (spaghetti westerns)

Congratulations to Leslie B for being the first to get the correct answer!
  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Movies

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 type of pasta is used to describe low-budget Westerns made in Italy?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Burgled

Friday evening on my way to the store, I got a call from John to come home immediately as our house had been broken into. I immediately turned around and got home as fast as I could alternating between mentally making a list of things they possibly could have taken and freaking out about Cooper as John didn't give me any indication if he was okay.

Right after I pulled into the garage, Cooper came running out completely okay to my intense relief. What was not okay was our back door. The miscreants had busted it open completely tearing off the trim.


They got away with our Wii and controllers, my DSLR camera, my jewelry and a box of John's with a coin collection not worth much money but also in that box was John's birth certificate. The biggest worry of course is the birth certificate. We've got fraud alerts with the credit bureaus on both of us. 

That they got the camera is upsetting as I still had pictures on the memory card I had been meaning to move onto my computer. Plus I had just gotten that camera and was learning how to use it. The Wii we're not too upset about as we don't play with it regularly. 

My jewelry is also upsetting. Not because it was worth a lot of money but because I had a lot of pieces that were sentimental. The necklace my dad brought my mom from a business trip to Japan. The bracelet and ring that I inherited after my grandmother died. Many earrings from various vacations.

For some reason they left our TV and desktop computers. They must have been in too much of a hurry. But it has been a lesson in writing down the serial numbers of our electronics. I just wish they had been dumb enough to take our iPad, which was sitting out because then we could have tracked it.

We've been asked multiple times where was Cooper when this happened. We've always kenneled Cooper when we're not home. So he wasn't out when they broke in. But we are leaving him out now until we can get an alarm system installed.

A contractor came out on Saturday to look at the door and talk to us about replacing it. While he was here, he screwed in some two by fours across the door so that no one could come in from the backyard. We're also locking the gate to the backyard now.

The feeling of violation that strangers were in my house rifling through my underwear drawer looking for something valuable they could quickly grab to sell and make a quick buck. The lazy jackasses. Part of me wonders if they looked around at the various clues to figure out that they were robbing a pregnant woman.

I'm doing my best to not freak out about it as we're doing everything we can to make our house more secure. And we're definitely getting the serial numbers on our electronics. But this whole thing definitely sucks.