Random Thursday: In a GOOD way . . .

It’s Thursday.  Have some random.  In a good way


Subversive Cross Stitch

Julie Jackson sells eclectic, hilarious, and not-entirely-safe-for-work cross stitch patterns and kits on her website.

The story of how she came to sell these little nuggets of subversive stitchery is terrific and not a little empowering.

Not the boss crossstitch

She has a blog and holds sampler contests, and I think I may have found my spiritual home.

GenuisAtWork crossstitch

And look!  There’s a book , too—
you know, in case anyone wanted to get a blogger they know a token of subversive friendship,
and there weren’t any HobNobs handy . . . 

Subversive Crossstitch book

But remember, this site isn’t safe for work or small children—in a good way.

(Thanks, Watson!)



ASAPScience makes my brains hurt.

In a good way.

Didn’t you feel your brain stutter to a halt during the math bits?

I wonder if there’s a Third Brain that only goes in reverse . . .


Psst:  Hey, Lyra

unicornwish crossstitch

Thought of you.  In a good way.


Pöpcørn Shrəmp

My husband, Watson, and I were trying to explain the Swedish Chef to the kids last night at the dinner table,
and it kind of . . . got out of hand.  In a good way.
I do a pretty good Animal impression, if I do say so. . .

Regardless, I played a couple of  Chef videoes for the kids
and realized that we haven’t had nearly enough Muppets around here lately.

Or popcorn.

Or Gershon Kingsley music played on kitchen instruments.

So here you go:


Random Thursday: A Random Assortment of Happy-Making Stuff*

Random Thursday (ˈrandəm ˈTHərzdā): the day on which Sarah plunks down all the odd bits and pieces she’s been sent by friends or has otherwise stumbled upon this week in an effort to avoid writing a real post, the assembly of which usually ends up taking twice as much time as sitting down and creating actual content.

Here’s a bunch of stuff that made me happy that there’s stuff like this.


Let’s Try for S’more Efficiency!

Watson thinks the rake is brilliant, and it really is,
But there’s something else that captured my total attention:

More Smores

Me:  “Honey?  Have you ever thought about Peanut Butter Cup S’mores?”

My Husband:  “No . . .  But I am now . . .  A lot.”



I have the biggest braincrush on Clark Gregg.
Even if I wasn’t already staking out my spot in front of the TV in preparation for ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,
which is premiering later this month,**
his sheer enthusiasm for the show and his gratitude to the fans of Agent Coulson would have me tuning in.

The whole cast—already showing fabulous chemistry—is obviously stoked.

And so am I.

Nineteen days to go from . . . mark.


I’m My Own . . . Um . . . 

This is for Lyra.

I'm My Own Daughter

She knows why.

(Thanks, Watson)


A Time Suck for your EYES


1.  Wait until you finish reading this post, because you aren’t coming back anytime soon and there’s a video of Tom Hiddleston eating cookies down there.

2. Click on the image.

3. Select a cat from the convenient menu.

4.  Move the Mouse around.

5. Repeat from 2 for longer than you thought possible before your first run through.


You’re welcome.




As Promised:

Tom Hiddleston and cookies.

Gratification indeed.


*Your Happy-Making Stuff may vary—but if you’re bothering with the footnotes, the odds are good that it doesn’t, much.

**Don’t worry—i will be reminding you often.

Random Thursday: Assorted Geekery

Okay, yeah, it’s usually pretty geektastic around here.

But today I made an effort.

Sort of.


I Vote for “Emergency Backup Earth”

Because spares are looking more and more like a good idea.


Sons of Poetry

In which Robert Browning gets pwnd.

Honestly?  I almost wish it had happened this way . . .


SketchEmily Reading Defenses

Think before you yank a reader out of a  book—

mental decompression sickness hurts.

Especially if we smack you upside the head with a hardback.


It’s Not Easy Being Dueling Banjos

Or keeping up with Kermit.

Unless you’re Steve Martin.


Police Geeks

If you need me, I’ll be in the ditch over there, waiting for a tow and giggling.


 Badass Librarians are Badass

Like we even needed to be told.

I don’t necessarily approve of their methods—but their closure rate is undeniable.

(a lot of you sent me this—thank you!)

Random Thursday: Like Gas Through a Unicorn, so are the Days of Our Lives . . .

It’s Random Thursday!

Have some Random!


You Count

Well, technically, he Count . . .

 . . . . but you do, too.  Yes, you do!


I Still Got It

Jane rushed into the kitchen, where I was playing Tetris with our dishwasher  and skidded to a halt .  “Mom! Mom! Mom! Can we watch TV?”

“Sure,” I said, wedging in a glass.  “Just don’t turn it on, okay?”

Television set for Wikipedia userbox icons, or...

“Okay!  Thanks!”  She rushed away.

My husband stared grinning.  “Did she hear what you—“

“Wait for it.”

One . . . two . . . three . . .

“Wait, what?  Mo-OMMM!!!”


For Lyra

She knows why . . .

Unicorn Farts

 . . . or I hope so, because if she doesn’t, I have some explaining to do . . .


The City of Wessonville

I brought home a Powerpuff Girls DVD from the library last week for Jane, who had seen a lunchbox or something and wanted to know more about them.

For those of you who have no idea what a Powerpuff Girl might be when she’s at home, here’s the deal:

Yeah, I know, but it’s oddly addictive.

Jane  liked them, but it’s Sunny who became an instant, rabid fan.

Last night, I told her the DVD needed a break, so she played in her room.  I heard growling at one point, so I checked:

mojo jojo

“What are you playing?”

“Powerpuffs.  Bubbles is fighting Mojo Jojo.”

“Is Bubbles winning?” I asked, thinking that there was some resemblance.

“No, I am,” she said, striking a pose.  “For I am MOOOOJO JOJO!!”

Okay, then.


Mission Totally Possible

Anyone remember Cello Wars?

The Piano Guys—and Lindsey Stirling—take on my favorite theme song of all time:


Something by Pure Chance

Two of my favorite performers, one great performance.  Sort of:

According to Alessandro Grespan, the creator, this duet came about by random chance, just two friends surfing YouTube and clicking play at the same time.

I’m really glad they did.

(thanks to Cornelia Read for sharing this on Facebook)