So I'm on a layover in the Phoenix airport right now and I have a bag of Swedish Fish, because candy. And there's this guy/kid who I think is either 16 or 18 or 21 and he's one of those for sure I just don't know which and he was staring at me for a full ten minutes and it was starting to really creep me out. Actually, I just realized that I can take a secret picture of him so you can weigh in on the 16/18/21 question:

Anyway, finally he walked over to me and I thought he was going to kill me, because that's what you do after you stare at someone for ten straight minutes, but he said "excuse me. Can I have a Swedish Fish?"

So I gave him a few because I can respect any man/child who just wants candy. But now I'm realizing that this was actually very bold of him and I'm wondering when we started teaching the kids to ask for things they want because BACK IN MY DAY you didn't ask a grownup for a lifesaver if you were drowning in the ocean. AND you apologized for the inconvenience of dying in front of adults. And now I can't decide if it's good or bad that the kids are so bold these days. Assuming he's a kid. He might be 30. I can't tell how old people are anymore.

And now, your Pictures & Distractions:

It was Mr. Teddy Scraps's birthday this week! He turned 1!

I made zucchini lasagna from zucchini that came from my neighbor's yard. 

I had just gotten out of the shower and Mr. Pants was screaming about how my hair looked. 

With Hannah Rose at Lagoon!

Teddy loved his birthday cake.
Teddy killed it at the debate this week. (Courtesy of Matt)

*****Stranger Pictures of the Week

Q of C immortalized in blown glass. Thanks, Nicole.
Glee, poorly translated. Thanks, Michelle.

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

This week's Survivor recap/AKA millennials are the worst.

Our newest TV & Jelly podcast episode discussing Don't Think Twice and how I sort of met a celebrity in Portland.

Matt put this slideshow together to present his remodel for an open house we did earlier this week at Broome Bungalow.

Better names for animals. Thanks, Bridge.

Do not visit North Dakota. Thanks, Darci.

This is the lasagna zucchini recipe I (roughly) used for my above creation. Thanks, Hannah Rose.

Check out Goat Man. Thanks, Lauren.

More info on airbags for cyclists. Thanks, Sarah.

Bicycles built based on people's attempts to draw them from memory. Thanks, Brian.

18 behind-the-scenes facts about The Sound of Music. Thanks, Krishelle.

Dissatisfied customer drop-kicks a custom-made cake across a grocery store. Thanks, Krishelle.

Please go check out people's Halloween costumes at Imzy and add a picture of your own. And come find me on Instagram at eliwmccann.

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~It Just Gets Stranger