Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pictures from my Phone & Weekly Distractions

Happy Pioneer Day! As proof that Pioneer Day miracles exist, I'm posting Pictures and Distractions a little early this week. Because, as my friend Nic just pointed out, "did the pioneers stop working just because it was the first Pioneer Day in 1847?"

No. They did not. So to honor them, I went through the dozens of cat videos you sent me this week so I could post some of them here.

I ran the Pioneer Day Marathon this morning. It went extremely well, thanksforasking. I ran a 3:34, which was faster than I expected and gave me a good boost of confidence for the now-9-weeks-away Ironman. Also, I think my toe is going to fall off. See picture below, which has not been well-received on what the kids are calling the Instagrams. YOU'RE WELCOME.

And now, your Pictures and Distractions.
Nieces. The one closest to me actually hates me. This picture is a miracle from above. 

Lagoon! Many of you have inquired regarding the nature of my relationship with Ms. Hannah Rose. Fine. I'll tell you. Hannah is my godmother. We initially thought she might be my birth mother, but DNA test disproved this. Also she is younger than me.

Because one is never too old to ride the carousel. Just ask the guy in the background.

Riding nobly. Also, they made me wear a seat belt. If I fell off wearing that seat belt, I would be hanged.

The side of the Utah State Capitol Building.

My foot after the Pioneer Day Marathon. NSFW!!!

And for all of you who doubted my claim the other day that Santa comes to the Pioneer Day parade in Salt Lake City each year, this is for you.

Stranger Picture of the Week
After my post the other day on the glories of Pioneer Day, in which I mentioned that you probably had paper chains counting down until the holiday, one Stranger, Hollie, kindly sent this photo, explaining that this was a real paper chain in her child's room counting down until July 24th. Hollie, I would like to award you with Mother of the Year and the official UTAH! THIS IS THE PLACE! award.

Crap to distract you from whatever you're supposed to be doing:

Meow that tune! Thanks, Katie.

Chicken is friendly. Thanks, Luna.

Recreated childhood art. Thanks, Elizabeth. 

If you would like to have something included in Pictures and Distractions, please email me at

~It Just Gets Stranger


  1. Oh, Pioneer Day. I miss it! Glad you had a great time and congratulations on your marathon time! I couldn't even finish my HALF that fast...Oh, and I totally lost a toenail from doing that. I've decided running is bad for my health.

  2. I'm not saying this to be a butthead, and I'll take this comment down, but you used the wrong to/too on the giraffe picture caption.

  3. I don't believe in Pioneer Day. There I said it.

  4. OH MY GOSH!!!! OH MY GOSH!!! OH MY GOSH!! I had the best idea EVER!!!! Next year on Pioneer Day, Just Gets Stranger needs to have a parade entry. We could make a float and it would be called the Twice Up the Barrel and Once Down the Side float. And Eli would sit in the place of honor. Everyone watching the parade will be envious of Eli's fabulous hair. The float would be decorated with cats. And behind the float would be all of us excellent Strangers wearing The Queen of Colors t-shirts. We will all learn the Utah song with hand motions and sing it as we parade down the streets!!!

    1. And snuggies that say 1+1=furrever! Don't forget those! I'm in!

    2. Paul Simon music needs to be blasting. Even better, Paul Simon is on the float performing live!!

  5. Just found this blog. It seems funny. Someone posted a link to the Emails with the Polygamist. Where do you suggest I should start after that?

    1. Just go to the Messing With People tab at the top. All of your wildest dreams will come true.

  6. YESSSSSSS!!!! I can't TELL YOU how happy I am to see my picture here!!! I have read this blog for a long time and when I spotted you at Lagoon I just thought it was too good to be true... and that's when a great idea came to me -- I HAD to photobomb! I followed you guys around (from a respectful distance of course) just watching for my chance for probably about 1 hr before it all paid off on the carousel. Seeing that picture posted here now is one of the happiest moments of my life... THANK YOU!!!

    Now I am just sitting here wondering... I wonder if I could do it again..........

  7. I can totally see how much your niece despises you. Behind that cute little smiling blonde innocence lurks a soul that just wants to do you in.
    Also---what kind of deal with the devil do you and every person you are related to or know, have that makes all of you have such gorgeous smiles and perfect teeth? I'm not jealous or anything, just wondering how I also enter into such an agreement. Don't tell me it's just good oral health care because it's not natural! There, it had to be said.
    And also also---toenail---ewwww. That is all.

  8. You have a wonderful life. Thanks for sharing it with us. :p

    The Starving Inspired

  9. If your big toenail falls off and MY big toenail falls off, we'll be toenail-less together and that makes me feel better about spending the rest of my summer without a big toenail on my right foot. Also, toenail.

  10. I can't decide if "riding nobly" refers to your exceptional riding skills, or if you named your "horse" for his many fine qualities.