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In the hopes that this ends my long-standing blogging freeze, I am responding to the tags.  The many, many tags.  The tags that continue to haunt me.  And to kill two boring-ass birds with one stone, I’m blogging both tags: the God Awful 25 Random Things You May or May Not Have Already Known And Still Don’t Care Either Way and The Bucket I’ve Got Nothing Else to Do List.  Here goes.

25 Random Things

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you. (Ed. I’m fucking tagging all of you who tagged me, just so you can feel the pain of the TAG.)

  1. My favorite secret to tell people is about my crooked finger.  Also a good way to break akward silences.
  2. I have a crooked finger, thanks to my younger brother and a doctor never telling me I would need to do stretches with it so the tendons wouldn’t tighten up. It grosses people out for some reason, but it’s all I’ve known and I love it.
  3. I have trouble remembering from what context/time period in my life I know people from.  This stems from knowing too many people on a casual basis and living in roughly the same place for about 15 years.  Facebook gives me anxiety because of this.  Take heart, I do not accept friend requests unless I can remember the context from which I knew you.
  4. I love turkey clubs, sour candy and have a seasonal addiction to candy canes and conversation hearts.
  5. Ginger is supposed to soothe your stomach and aid in digestion but it makes me absolutely nauseus. Except the pickled ginger you get with sushi, which I’m fine with.
  6. I’ve had the same cell phone number ever since I ever had a cell phone.
  7. I don’t understand the difference between ASP/AMP/WAMP.
  8. My brother lives in Philadelphia and doesn’t respond to my emails or phone calls.  I like him anyway.
  9. I read blogs at work. Frequently. It’s my compensation for not having time for a lunch break.  Do you hear that co-workers?!?!?
  10. I never really cared for chihuahuas until I met Javi and now I can’t get enough. Even of the bloated-head bulgy-eyed ones.
  11. I don’t think I even KNOW 25 things about myself.
  12. One day I might adopt a kid. And seriously no, it is not because I want someone else to do the laundry.
  13. I’m not getting married until EVERY PERSON is allowed to do the same.  So just chill.
  14. I have an annoying habit of starting a book, liking it, but stopping it for a while, reading something new, picking it back up, stopping it…
  15. I played second base and pitcher in softball and I wasn’t very good.
  16. I was better at acting and singing, but not a superstar. I always played the motherly characters: the Nurse in Romeo & Juliet, Dracula’s mom, etc.
  17. Shows I bet you didn’t know I DVR: This Old House, Rock of Love Bus, 48 Hours Mystery, Medium.
  18. I’ve been listening to a lot of Tegan and Sara lately.  Evidently a shortage of lesbian rock I needed to overcome.
  19. I feel guilty for not volunteering enough for Barack, even though he won.  I also feel guilty for not volunteering enough, period.
  20. I do NOT feel guilty for watching the inauguration from my couch even though I was within walking distance of being there.
  21. One day I want to have visited all of the countries in South America.  I had better get started.
  22. I hope that Matthew will quit smoking and biting his nails.  Also, I want him to get an iPhone.
  23. I wear pink things because it is the only clothes color I can tolerate besides black.
  24. My favorite flowers are poppies.  No reason besides them looking great in a big huge field.
  25. I know how to cross stitch and I am not beyond making you silly crafts.
The Bucket List.
The Bucket List. Place an X by all the things you’ve done and remove the X from the ones you have not, then send it to your friends (including me).
Things you have done during your lifetime:
(X) Gone on a blind date (I think so?)
(X) Skipped school
() Watched someone die
() Been to Canada
() Been to Mexico
(X) Been to Florida (and seriously, screw THAT)
() Been to Hawaii (and seriously, screw THAT)
(X) Been on a plane
( ) Been on a helicopter
(X) Been lost (now, for instance)
(X) Gone to Washington, DC (in a way)
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
() Played cops and robbers
(X) Recently colored with crayons (I had an operation!)
(X) Sang Karaoke
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only (if candy and chips count as a meal, then I’ve done it)
() Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch (was not aware this was possible)
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t.
(X) Made prank phone calls
() Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
() Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose & elsewhere (deviated septum)
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
( ) Danced in the rain-naked
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
(X ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
( X) Watched the sunrise with someone
(X) Blown bubbles
( ) Hiked the Grand Canyon
(X) Gone ice-skating
(X) Gone to the movies
( ) Been deep sea fishing
( ) Driven across the United States
() Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving
() Gone snowmobiling
( ) Lived in more than one country
(X) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
(X) Seen a falling star and made a wish
() Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
(X) Seen the Statue of Liberty (from like Brooklyn though)
( ) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
() Been on a cruise (damn house buying)
(X) Traveled by train
(X)Traveled by bus
(X) Traveled by motorcycle
(X) Been horse back riding
( ) Ridden on a San Francisco CABLE CAR
(X) Been to Disneyland/World (OMG)
( ) Been in a rain forest
( ) Seen whales in the ocean
( ) Been to Niagara Falls
( ) Ridden on an elephant
( ) Swam with dolphins
( ) Been to the Olympics
( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China
( )Walked through a volcano
( ) Saw and heard a glacier calf
( ) Been spinnaker flying
() Been water-skiing
() Been snow-skiing
( ) Been to Westminster Abbey
( ) Been to the Louvre
( ) Swam in the Mediterranean
(X) Been to a Major League Baseball game
( X) Been to a National Football League game

I’m hanging out on the interweb today and all of a sudden it hit me: lists are GREAT.  It’s also the annual weblog award season, which I always count on to find new things to add to my Reader.  So below, I’m giving a full rundown of the pages we (me, Matt, the goggies) call regulars.  In celebration, I’ve updated the links on the right too!  So here it is, the top most important, most specialist websites they ever made based on science and fact.

Local Blogs I heart them. I use them as my main source of local news. Sadly there are times I consider their writers to be my friends, despite knowing nothing about them personally nor having met them in real life.  But yeah. If you don’t live in a place that has a plethora of local blogs, you should consider yourself so unlucky.  Prince of Petworth focuses on my neighborhood and is my current must have.

Best Blog With Food In It I fancy myself a good cook and consider the act to be in my top two list of things I love doing as often as possible.  Sadly I have neither enough time some nights (what with the house stuff and social life) nor enough money to make everything I want to, so my recipes are relatively tame (although I make kick ass pad thai).  The one blog that doesn’t make me feel like a worthless cook (I’m looking at YOU smitten kitchen) is Pioneer Woman Cooks.  No nonsense I tell you.  Bacon wrapped jalepenos with cream cheese- now what is wrong with that?

Blog I Would Never Link to But Still Secretly Read I’m not proud of it. I sometimes speak in LOL in real life (IRL).  I actually say things like “oh em jee!”  I can haz cheezburger? and their cousin site I haz a hot dog.

Blog That Makes Me Want to Do a Better Job (at life) This is a tough category (I know, I picked the categories, I like to challenge myself) because, let’s face it, we read people’s personal blogs because we either a. want to make fun of their sad lives or b. wish we could be just like them in some way or another.  I could not narrow it down to one, but the funny thing is, these two writers actually inspire me for very similar reasons: both live their lives in the best way they know how (mistakes are painstakingly documented, analyzed, and learned from), have found themselves a career which provides them opportunities to work doing the things they are passionate about (art, creativity, family, etc.) and both are hilariously funny at points reminding me why I was ever friends with them in the first place (yes, these are people who I am really friends with outside the internet).  I wish I could be Mandy Steward and Lyndsey Teter.

Best New Discovery a la Christobal Colon This blog has totally been around since like the internet started (see also, category below) but evidently I am way WAY behind.  Television Without Pity covers your basic needs: holy crap I can’t believe I forgot Heroes was on last night, what happened? to OMG did you see Grey’s last night? OMG what was that about??? My mom beat me there and sent me a link earlier this year, which I followed, and promptly deleted my old feed and replaced it with TWP.  Yessss. TV rulesssss….

I Read a Mommy Blog Who doesn’t read dooce, anyway?

Website Most Useful When Entertaining We’ve recently started collecting liquors. I know this comes as no surprise to many readers, I love myself a beverage, but I’m traditionally a cold beer/frosty mug person rather than a fruity and refreshing cocktail drinker.  Because of this my liquor collection has been nothing due to my lack of inspirational mixes.  In comes The Webtender, which is basically the knowledge of a multitude of actual (IRL) bartenders who have contributed their great cocktails.  The best feature ever invented is the section where you enter everything you have in your bar (and fridge and pantry) click OK and it lists zillions of recipes you can make with the things you already have.  Our favorite discovery has been the Salty Chihuahua, for obvious reasons.

Best Website Matt Goes to That Isn’t Pron Firefox has a button up there that tells you your most visited websites (for those curious, number 1 is gmail) and constantly in the top five (Matt and I share a computer by the way, so if you’ve sent me nudie photos and I haven’t responded, that’s why) is The Warpath.  I feel my knowledge is lacking on this category, but on season or off, there are evidently useful things to learn here on all things Redskins.  Plus, you can screw with other fans and trash talk live on the discussion boards; caution: this could piss you off.

What A Dog Wants I know the dogs don’t use the mac (to my knowledge?) and I know they could care less about how artsy and unique their shirts/toys/harnesses are, but I like to think they have some level of intelligence (have you ever gazed into their thoughtful, bulgy eyes???? That’s GOD back there!).  Regardless, their mommy cares and buys only the finest for her Prince and Princess.  Barkability helps me keep track of all the latest for my little babies, and by that I mean, feeds my sick obsession with my dogs.

So, there it is. The things I look at that don’t involve purchase requests, enterprise document management or outlook. I think you should all be just like me!