Random Thursday: Beautiful, Bizarre, Both

Random Thursday (ˈrandəm ˈTHərzdā):  the day on which Sarah plunks down all the odd bits and pieces she’s acquired during the week in an effort to avoid writing a real post, the assembly of which usually ends up taking twice as much time as actually sitting down and creating real content.

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Where do they lead?

epic win photos - Stair Art WIN

Who cares?

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Maybe a touch more Pincushion?

I don’t care for guacamole, but I love this:

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I’m Beautiful—Who Knew?

My incredibly talented friend and First Reader Jalisa Blackman tagged me as a beautiful blogger and described me as eclectic, which is both euphemistic and kind.

Part of accepting this award is sharing seven things about myself that I haven’t already scattered around the Internet.  There’s not a lot left, and what is might be a little bizarre (see what I did there?) but here we go:

1. I started honest-to-Pete singing lessons yesterday.  My long-term goals are to sing confidently and comfortably, solo, without a melody line, in public.  My short-term goal is to survive karaoke at Bouchercon, because I’ve been told by two different people that I will be going on stage—and these are people who have been planning murders for fun and profit a lot longer than I’ve been planning cons, so I should probably do what they say . . .

2. I’m planning to get my second tattoo tomorrow.  More on that later.

3. I am The Skee-ball Queen and am willing and able to prove this to anyone with access to a machine, quarters, and a decent enough assortment of cheap, imported, plastic prizes to make it worth my while

4. I like peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches, but only after they’ve been refrigerated for a while.  You can blame Mom for that one.  I do.

5. I’ve got a copy of Diana Rowland’s My Life as a White Trash Zombie in my bag so I can read it on the go—it’s fantastic.

6. I’m listed as a contributing author for 2008 Biographical Dictionary of Iowa, which is almost as exciting as it sounds. First person to tell me which two entries I contributed—because I honestly can’t remember the second one—gets a Researcher of the Year Award from me.

7. I’ve been listening to my collection of Sapphire: the Uppity Blueswomen CDs in the car for about two weeks—these ladies make me feel powerful and righteous and unapologetic.  And I am right this minute humming, “Aint That a Shame,” the refrain of which is perfect, in my opinion, for a librarian.

Whew.

And now I’m charged with nominating seven other bloggers whom I think are beautiful and I’m very, very lucky that some of you are taking a summer blogging break, several of you have indicated that you don’t care for this sort of thing,  and a few of you are already on Lisa’s list—or were just tagged for Lucky 7 or Versatile, or Stylish, or so on, etc.—because all of you qualify, even those of you who don’t actually have blogs.

I’m serious.

So, in no order whatsoever:

Lyra of Lyrical Meanderings because heaven knows I couldn’t make it without her.

Tulasi-Priya, who simply exudes serenity even when she claims she isn’t.

MacDougalStreetBaby who serves up inspiration, sympathy, friendship, and stunning photographs

Wendy S. Russo,whom I found via Six Sentence Sunday.  Her blog is a fun place to be.

C.J. Rice, who may not technically have a blog—I’m tumblr ignorant—but what she does have is simply gorgeous.

Averil Dean, who is brave and fantastic and never hesitates to give me a kick in the tuchus when I need one.

Carrie, aka, Wildcat’s Wife, whom I also found through Six Sentence Sunday—she’s getting this  because there’s no such thing as a Snorting Diet Pepsi All Over my Keyboard, Funny as All-Get-Out Award.*

None of you are obliged to participate and it won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t.

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The Regentrification of Hobbiton:

epic win photos - Hill Home WIN

I don’t know—I kind of miss the doorknobs . . .

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The Busy and Oddly Colorful Life of a Cell

I don’t know how realistic this video is, but it blew my mind . . . and also made me itch a little, because it never occurred to me that all this is  going on all the time.

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*All in favor of starting one up, say Aye in the comments.  All in favor of making it a specific-post related award, double-Aye.  And anyone who has an idea for a G-rated-ish banner, e-mail it to me and we’ll take a vote.