Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pictures from my Phone & Weekly Distractions

There's this wizard-looking man who has been wandering my neighborhood in recent weeks selling jewelry. Actually, I don't know if he's selling it. And I don't know if it's jewelry. He carries this really long stick and that has a bunch of necklaces and ornaments hanging from it. He has a long grey beard and he wears a cloak and although I've never spoken to him, I'm certain his name is Willow.

I've been watching him for a few weeks now, just thinking that he's a small-business owner trying to make it in this dog-eat-dog world. But then today it occurred to me that he may be an actual wizard and what if he's wandering my neighborhood putting curses on everyone and preparing to depart with the souls of our children.

I'm so so tired. Has anyone in the Salt Lake City Sugarhouse area seen this man or have I invented him?

And now, your Pictures & Distractions:
1,000 hours of yard work later, my new tree is planted and the raspberry bush has been cleaned out.

A failed attempt at taking a squad photo. Mr. Pants is the only true dog model professional here.
Stranger Picture of the Week
Spotted by Nicole in Florida.

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

This week's rant about reality TV.

Our new TV & Jelly podcast about possibly the dumbest show ever described to me.

Hi, Stranger. Thanks, Raela.

I planned a wedding in five days. A NYT article by a law school classmate of mine. Thanks, Emily.

Giant chicken. Thanks, many of you.

The world's most expensive and cheapest cities to live in. Thanks, Krishelle.

18 odds things about Americans. Thanks, Krishelle.

A new U-shaped skyscraper for NYC. Thanks, Derrick.

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~It Just Gets Stranger


  1. Yay! I made it into P&D!

    Seriously - can Mr. Pants have a talk with the others about how to properly pose for photo shoots? Also - I think you need to talk to Tyra Banks about getting him on America's Next Top Model (is that even still a show?)

  2. Mr. Pants looks so done with Teddy and Duncan. SO DONE.

  3. Forget the giant chicken... that Hey Stranger dude is the stuff of nightmares. NIGHTMARES, I tell you. Can the giant chicken eat him Kentucky Fried?

  4. That dude is obviously a wizard. He's probably looking for Frodo but can't find him but the fool is wearing the stupid ring instead of throwing it into the hot lava.

  5. I saw the wizard man as I was leaving Sugarhouse BBQ. My husband pointed him out because he thought it was his wasn't. But that's at least TWO other people who have seen him.

  6. I'm pretty sure I know the wizard you're talking about. He rides the 209 bus all the time. So either he's really bad at apparition, or he's super dedicated to refraining from using magic in the presence of Muggles.