Salt Lake City is snowmaggedon lately. E'ry day there is another 97 feet of snow that I have to go out and shovel off of my driveway. And e'ry day this takes one full hour. And this morning I had to do this with a horrible cough and a voice so deep that there are earthquakes in Djibouti every time I answer my phone.

Send help.

And now, your Pictures & Distractions:

First, a video. Because I love Paul Simon. Not because I'm good at this.

Thanks, Matt, for installing my new light fixture!

Because I'm worth it.

Taking a walk with Mr. Pants through Westminster campus.

My new ax.

Mr. Pants!

Matthew and puppies.

Getting ready for our New Year's party. Mr. Pants is already over it.

My never-ending brick restoration project.

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

My kids got me some fancy soap. Thanks, Krishelle.

The Elf recut as a thriller. Thanks, Krishelle.

52 places to go in 2017. Thanks, Michelle.

Twinkle tush. Thanks, Magan.

Simon and Garfunkel somehow sound better half a century later. Thanks, Cathie.

Mr. Congeniality here may save my back this winter. Thanks, Brad.

The photoshop troll. Thanks, Brian.

29 tips for not being an annoying tourist. Thanks, David.

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~It Just Gets Stranger