Friday, September 21, 2012

Blog award! The Fabulous Blog Ribbom

All right, this time I remembered pretty promptly.

Hawk, from browndog cbr, gave me a blog award!

The following are the rules for accepting this award:

1: Post the rules on your blog.
2 : Name five of your most fabulous moments, either in real life or in the blogosphere.
3 : Name five things you love.
4 : Name five things you hate.
5 : Pass the award onto five other bloggers

So, five of my most fabulous moments?

First, in real life, prior to even dreaming of starting a dog blog (but definitely leading up to today)....going to pick out Elka!

Second: getting Elka's first title! It's an Internet title, sure, but that's a concrete list of tricks that Elka knows, that I taught her. Being able to brag about our partnership like this is pretty rad!

Third: Discovering music that I like. Okay, this isn't a single fabulous moment, I know. But seriously? A good new song, or band, is a transcendental experience. As an example, last winter/spring, I discovered Julie-O, by Mark Summer. It's a cello piece, and there are many people who have videos up on YouTube, solo and otherwise. My favorite one has been made private, unfortunately, or I would have linked it. 

Fourth: cooking. This one is kind of funny, because I was definitely a boxed mac 'n' cheese, spaghetti with butter on it, chicken fingers little kid (okay, I still love chicken fingers). Now? Well, the Internet has a bajillion food blogs on it, that I explore and get ideas from. The library has cookbooks that I flip through. There are wonderful cooking shows (Alton Brown, anybody? Gordon Ramsey's The F Word? [this one is British, and thus the bad words aren't bleeped. Consider yourself warned]).

Last, but not least: I have 92 followers! And that's people that Blogger tells me are following using that mechanism; email followers? No idea. It seems Blogger should tell me that too, but I haven't found it yet. Ah well, no big. I'm just happy to have my lovely followers and readers!

Five things I love:

Dogs (duh)

Reading. I typically read between 100-200 books per year. Fewer since a certain stinker moved in, but I stil make some pretty good progress. A lot of them are dog books; it's a source of wonderment to my fiancé, who has remarked that he'd expected me to run out of them by now!

Writing. Ever since I was little, I made up stories (in fact, when I was little, I made up episodes of "The Real Ghostbusters" that I recorded using my dad's boom box, in which the Ghostbusters got a dog. Named Fido, if I remember correctly). Other than blogging, I write nearly every day, on varying projects. Short stories, novels (that will eventually be finished), etc.

Summer. I love the heat, I love the sun. I much, much prefer the hot weather to the cold weather. I was born in July, so I guess it isn't a surprise!

Netflix: this is a weird one to add, perhaps. But, I don't have television, just Internet. Netflix has feature films, documentaries, and television shows of various sorts that are available on instant watch. I'd love it if they added Stanley Coren's "Good Dog!" series, which I watched on Hulu a couple of years back. I'm  happy that I can get my "Supernatural" fix on there, though (mostly; season 7 isn't up yet)!

Five things I hate:

Acronyms. Yeah, I know it's weird. In the Internet world, and especially the online gaming world (which I occasionally dabble in), acronyms are ubiquitous. I have some kind of a mental block when I look at them, though, and it takes me longer to work them out (or remember them to use!) than to just type out the words.

Breed prejudice. This includes breed-specific legislation, of course. It seems like a lot of people make ill-informed decision about dogs and dog breeds, based on rumor and appearance. Breed specific legislation has not been shown to reduce dog bite incidents, and breed prejudice frequently ends up causing frustrating and heartbreaking situations like higher insurance rates, dogs turned into shelters because of landlord demands, and dogs being seized and euthanized based on appearance.

Whining. Both dog and human. There are certainly times that Elka drives me straight up the wall, whistling through her nose. There are time at work where I just can't understand why people just can't act like grown ups and cope with the rules of the library, which have never been a secret. Granted, I recreationally complain quite frequently, but I do try to avoid whining. 

Reality television programming. Except for cooking shows. I freaking love Masterchef, and original Iron Chef. But things like Survivor (is that still on?), or Jersey Shore? Yeah, no. Thanks. 

Forgetting things. Tip on the tongue syndrome? Yeah, hate that. Forgot why you went into a room? "There's something I was going to tell you, but I can't remember"? I also hate it when something reminds me of something else, but I can't quite make that connection. Or if I can't quite think of a song title, or band name, or movie. Thank God for Google and IMDB, right?

Five other bloggers:

It's so hard to just pick five deserving bloggers!

Let's see...

Thanks again, Hawk! Blog awards are so much fun!


  1. Congratulations Elka. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. Congratulations on your award, I love these things because you find out so much about others.

    Well-deserved and well done!

    1. Thank you! Yes, I like the awards that force us to talk about things other than our dogs, just a little. Not that I mind talking about Elka, obviously, but it "validates" the other stuff ;)

  3. Congratulations on your award!

    I don't like forgetting things either, but it seems like it happens everyday!

    1. It has plagued me for years! I think I just have too much information that enters my brain.

  4. congratulations!!! have a wonderful Friday

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks, Mason! (and don't worry, I didn't forget the award you gave me! That one will go live on Tuesday ^^)

  6. Alton Brown is awesome and I miss his show greatly. I even got my husband hooked on it. There was a period, I think around 2005-2006 where all I watched was Food Network shows. It got a little obsessive. The odd thing is? I hate to cook. I just love to eat. :-)

    Congratulations on the award!

    1. There are definitely times I read a food blog or watch a show and think "Well, I don't want to MAKE that, just get it from somewhere and put it in my face!"

      In college, one of the stations we got on campus was Food Network, and I watched it a lot! Especially original Iron Chef, though! (accept no substitutes)

  7. Congrats on your award. Well deserved. As far as forgetting things, get used to it. It only gets worse with age. :)

    1. Hah, gee, thanks! ;) I've been forgetting things for years, though...I'm not sure mine is age related. Of course, I can remember silly details of nonimportant things all the time!

  8. It was great learning more about you. Congratulations on your award.

    Nubbin wiggles,

  9. Hi Y'all!

    Congrats again Jen and Elka! Love visitin' y'all!

    Just wanted to hop on by and see how y'all are doin'. Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    1. Having a great weekend, Hawk, thanks again for the award!

  10. Aww, thanks for the award!

    I laughed reading this because I can't wait for season seven of Supernatural, Pinterest has been dangerous for me in terms of cooking because I want to try so many things now, I read like a fiend, and I hate whining, too. That last one might be an occupational hazard...

    Oh, and I follow you through Google Reader because they changed their stupid Friend Connect and made it Blogger only! *grumble*

    1. I might have to see if I can find it in a less savory corner of the Internet. Supernatural is just that important to me. I'm totally going to need to purchase some kind of epic box set when it's all done. It had better come in an Impala.

      Whining is just one of those things, I think. A great cross-species equalizer!

  11. Congratulations!!!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I bet Elka would LOVE Frosty Paws!

    your pal,

  12. Congrats on your awards! Loved the photo of Elka as a pup. :-)

    1. Wasn't she darling? That's literally when we were picking her out. I really wish I'd taken more puppy pictures, she grew up far too fast!

  13. Hey Guys,

    Big congrats on your award!! Yay!! :) Loved reading your loves and hates :)

    Hope you're having a fun day :)

    Your pal Snoopy :)

    1. Hi Snoopy, thanks for reading! Hope you have a fun day too.

  14. So embarrassed. And so late coming by. But also laughing out loud.

    I love learning new things about my favorite bloggers. As I read along I kept saying to myself, "oh, me too." "Yep, so true." And "someone who reads as much as I do. We should link up on GoodReads."

    So imagine how nice it was to see you passed the award on to me.

    Thank you, Jen.

    1. Hey, no can come by as as early or late as you'd like! Especially if you keep calling me one of your favorite bloggers ;)

      You're welcome! Looking forward to hearing about YOU now!

  15. Congratulations on your award, Nice post.

  16. First, thanks for the award and congrats on yours!
    Second, I more than make up for you not watching reality shows. I have a problem.
    Third, I love this: Granted, I recreationally complain quite frequently, but I do try to avoid whining.