Random Thursday: Abbreviated Awards for Random Excellence

Short post, today, as I’m coming up on that deadline.  You know the one.


Best New Catchphrase of the Week:

A few days ago, Sunny was walking around in her pink cowgirl hat and plastic Disney Cinderella heels, dragging her unicorn hobby-horse with her.

“I’m a cowgirl,” she said to my MIL.

“Really?  I don’t think cowgirls wear high heels to ride horses,” my MIL told her.

Sunny tilted back her hat, squinted up at her grandmother, and drawled,
“Some do.  Some don’t.”


Best Two-Minute Short Film Ever:

Gumball Wars from Scott Thierauf on Vimeo.

See?  Wasn’t kidding.


And the Award for the Best  Husband  Ever—Dune-Quoting Enabler Division—goes to:

I wrote until well-past midnight last night this morning—Lisa (aka First Reader of Awesomeness) is my witness, as I keep e-mailing her in the wee hours with the latest chunks of Pigeon,* and telling her I’m going to bed—and had to get up a little earlier than I’d planned to wait for the central air guy to look at our system while everyone else went off to summer camps, yoga classes, ladies’ meetings, or whatever it is they do while I’m hard at work providing the raw informational materials for a better, more literate democracy.**

I was okay with this, until I realized that the only diet Pepsi in the house was the half  bottle I’d left in the cupholder in my car. 

With dire predictions of the state I would be in when they returned, I schlepped off to my laptop to string words together. 

Two hours later, when I was trying to decide if combining the last respective bags of English Breakfast and Irish Breakfast teas would cure the pressure in my skull or start some sort of internecine warfare in the microwave, my husband returned.

With two 24-ounce six-packs of carbonated liquid gold.

“I love you,” I told them  him.

“He who controls the spice, controls the universe,” he said. “And they were on sale.”


*Yeah, I know how that sounds.

**It’s true.  I can’t help it if people use the blank sides to scribble down Farmville cheat codes.


11 thoughts on “Random Thursday: Abbreviated Awards for Random Excellence

  1. You’re in good company. When I’m nowhere in earshot, I think my husband coos to cans of diet coke that are piled high in our refrigerator. Mind you, he’d never admit it.

    What an awesome First Reader you have. I want to send her a bouquet of roses for taking such good care of you.

    I love your Sunny. So confident. So full of piss and vinegar.

    Oh, and if I haven’t said it in a while, allow me to reiterate how phenomenal I think you are.

  2. Oh, I know EXACTLY how you feel! I had a whole bunch of edits to do in the last few hours before a competition closed – and that was when I discovered I’d left the last bottle of diet coke in front of the heater and it had turned into some kind of manky science experiment. I quite literally burst into tears for a minute, then told my husband I was off to do the stupid edits.

    Half an hour later, he and my bub get back from the shops (I’m a terrible mother – I didn’t even notice they were gone!) with a couple of room-temperature bottles, and (and this was what got him lots of cuddles) one small, really cold bottle to tide me over until the others had time to chill ^_^

    Husbands can kick ass.

    Good luck with you deadline! I have my fingers crossed for you!

  3. I love this post. Short & ridiculously sweet. Sunny steals the show every time, doesn’t she? Boy, I wonder how she’ll feel when she finds out how often strangers went all “awww” on her throughout the years online.

    That IS the coolest two minute short film ever, but I’m wondering how you found it in your short blog-break…:)

    My title got even more jazzy–of awesomeness? Whoa! XD Thrilled. But yes, I am witness to your innate ability to avoid sleep, but provide results. Go, Sarah (though I am holding you to promises of sleep soon)!

    And wow–your husband is on it! I hate diet anything, but the way you talk about it makes me want to try again!

    • Sunny is a show-stealer. If I ever have to speak in front of a group of people, I’m bringing her along in case I bomb, so she can be cute at everyone and save the day.

      The vid was featured on MSN—all I had to do was check my e-mail!

      You deserve all titles of awesomeness, Lisa! 🙂

      Come to the diet Pepsi Side! We have . . . um . . .diet Pepsi!

  4. 1) Sunny is my favorite cowgirl. Ever.
    2) My kids will pick the Pixar Shorts DVD we have almost every time. If you haven’t seen it, do.
    3) Home Stretch!! Yay hubby! Now get back to work…

    • 1) We like her, too!
      2) Does that have the raincloud on it that makes the dangerous baby animals?
      3) Two chapters done since the post! 🙂

  5. I’m officially stealing Sunny’s catch phrase – all these ex cons around here are a bad influence.

    “I love you,” I told them him.” – Le snort!

  6. Diet Pepsi is ‘da bomb’. And husbands bearing diet Pepsi when it’s needed most – even better! Can I borrow Sunny sometime when I need an appropriate comeback? She rocks too!

    • Yes, it is: “It is by diet Pepsi alone I set my mind in motion. It is by that elixir that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by diet Pepsi alone I set my mind in motion.”

      I sometimes think I should attach a voice recorder to Sunny so I don’t miss anything! 🙂

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