Friday Linkage: Big Cats Find Love on Metro

Want to get even closer to the sweaty intern swaying next to you on the packed Blue line this summer? Now there’s a dating website for DC metro riders. Giving new meaning to “weekend track work.” (I have no idea what I was insinuating there. Doesn’t really work, does it? Look! Something shiny!) Speaking of … Continue reading Friday Linkage: Big Cats Find Love on Metro

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Animals I Won’t Be Messing With: Mantis Shrimp

XFE and I were watching some documentary on some channel last night (I know, I’m practically a living, breathing TV Guide) because apparently we’d already watched all the really awesome shows in the Gypsies genre (or, more truthfully, were recording them for later, non-commercial viewing). Anyway, this documentary was about this total badass shrimp called … Continue reading Animals I Won’t Be Messing With: Mantis Shrimp

Nerves of Jello Over Here

I am very nervous about our upcoming trip to Peru, y’all. I’m not nervous about packing. For once. Although, my new laissez faire “take what you wore yesterday and throw it in a bag (*plus clean underwear)” attitude won’t work for this trip. For one thing, I wore a bulky turtleneck, wool pants and a … Continue reading Nerves of Jello Over Here

Sichuan Must Be Chinese for ‘Burn a Hole in Your Belly’

My travel-buddy-for-life XFE and I often discuss where we might want to go for our next Really Big Trip. You know, the ones that require using lots and lots of miles, and all of your 25 vacation days and crossing many, many time zones. The last Really Big Trip was three weeks in Australia for … Continue reading Sichuan Must Be Chinese for ‘Burn a Hole in Your Belly’

2013 Better Watch It’s (Undoubtedly Large and Pregnant) Behind

Hi there! Did I miss anything around these here parts? Did we go off the Celebrity Pregnancy Apoca-Cliff? It’s sort of like the fiscal cliff combined with the Mayan Apocalypse. Ah…..I see from recent reports that yes, yes we have fallen off the Celebrity Pregnancy Apoca-Cliff. (Please stop tweeting pictures of your baby bump). OK … Continue reading 2013 Better Watch It’s (Undoubtedly Large and Pregnant) Behind

Rioja Part Two: Do Great Architects Make Good Wine?

“This Gehry guy really seems to know what he’s doing,” I said out loud, albeit, a bit breathlessly. I’m pretty sure the bellhop heard me on that one. The swirling riot of metallic ribbons of fuschia, gold and silver that make up the roof of the Hotel Marques de Riscal will do that to a … Continue reading Rioja Part Two: Do Great Architects Make Good Wine?

Rioja: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Winemaking (and a teeny bit of actual drinking)

Our three-day visit to the Rioja wine route in Spain has made us experts at making wine. Prior to this trip, my personal sommelier XFE and I felt fully confident that after watching two seasons of Moonshiners, several tours of distilleries (including Jameson in Ireland) and quite a few breweries (mostly in Colorado), and probably … Continue reading Rioja: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Winemaking (and a teeny bit of actual drinking)

Ode to a Man on the Metro

Me: Standing in the aisle of a hurtling train You: Comfortably ensconced in a hard plastic seat. I had no reason to notice you in your pilling Old Navy fleece But perhaps your Administrative-Technical-Defense-Marketing Conference 2007 lanyard weighed down with your numerous government-issued identity badges should have tipped me off… You are a very important … Continue reading Ode to a Man on the Metro

Spain Does Not Suck

Hola chicas (y, un solo chico, possiblimente)! Como estamos? I’m great! And back from a fabulous vacation in Northern Spain. Petunia really wanted to go. She’s Calico, which is kinda close to Catalonian, so she thinks she should go to Spain. In the photo above, she is sitting on my travel binder. Oh, do you … Continue reading Spain Does Not Suck

Thanks for the Memories, Glitsy: Porktober 2012

*Let me start by apologizing for the photos. I was very lackadaisical about taking pictures, so I stole the majority of these from other people, so there’s some variance in terms of size, especially. There was a crime at this weekend’s Porktober. A crime against humanity. Someone ate all of the mozzarella out of the … Continue reading Thanks for the Memories, Glitsy: Porktober 2012