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.


Where do they lead?

epic win photos - Stair Art WIN

Who cares?


Maybe a touch more Pincushion?

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


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.


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.


The Regentrification of Hobbiton:

epic win photos - Hill Home WIN

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


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.


*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.


15 thoughts on “Random Thursday: Beautiful, Bizarre, Both

    • 1. I don’t know where they are, but I’m going to walk up them someday.

      2. I know! And the creator, PES, made more of them!

      3. Awww! 🙂

      4. Me, too. There’s a hotel-lodge in Ohio that’s partially underground–near Honey Run (that’s the name of the town—the origin story has a bear in it). It’s cozy and wonderful.

  1. If this post alone doesn’t prove that you’re eclectic, I don’t know what does. How can you disagree with an awesome mix like this? You’re like a great DJ but with beautiful//intriguing pictures and bad ass video clips.

    In order, you’ve mystified me, fulfilled a childhood love of claymation, honored me and even other awesome people, stroked my nerd with Hobbit-ness, and totally freaked me out. In one post. And you do it once a week. 🙂

  2. Give me a second. I’m trying to wrap my brain around the pickle and peanut sandwich.

    Nope, can’t do it. Doesn’t matter. You’re still the coolest. Tattoos, singing and skeeball. I’m with Lisa. You’re eclectic and electric!

    And thanks for the nomination. It goes perfectly with my morning coffee!

  3. Thanks for the recognition—in true librarian fashion you’ve displayed eclectic and generous reading taste. Whatever blog I had is on hiatus so I am particularly grateful for your nod here.

  4. OMG! You nominated me. Holy guacamole! Thank you. I love this skee-ball talent you possess, and you must have one of your characters possess this talent as well. I definitely want to check out that White Trash Zombie book. Sounds hilarious! Thank you. So sweet comment. I may tweet that. LOL.

  5. Peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches–with grape jelly, too–were my favorite sandwich when I was growing up! Haven’t had one in years! But I just canned about a dozen jars of pickles, so I think it’s time to revisit–without the jelly this time…

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