Vids, Pics, and Leserpreis Thursday

While I was on my blog break, I gathered a little pile of videos/pictures I wanted to show all of you. They don’t really go together, but they don’t really go with anything else I have planned, either, so I thought I’d throw them at you all at once. Ready for some randomness?

Here, via my lovely pal and fellow writer Tui Sutherland, is How to Wrap a Cat.

(When I was little, one of our cats was just that mellow. She was the World’s Best Cat.)

Next up: via my pal C, Target is selling the fabulous Yay scale, designed by Marilyn Wann, author of Fat!So?: Because You Don’t Have to Apologize for Your Size. Weigh yourself on this:

Next up: my favorite Itzhak Perlman segment from Sesame Street (I did warn you these were a little random, right?):

Next: my favorite dance from the most recent season of So You Think You Can Dance: Kathryn and Legacy dancing, choreographed by Stacy Tookey. I couldn’t find a good quality shorter version; if you just want to see the dance, it starts at 2:20. This is one of the few dances on the show, however, that I think gains something from the viewer knowing ahead of time what it’s supposed to represent — so for those skipping all the intro stuff, I’ll just explain that Kathryn is a woman, and Legacy is her fear.

Finally: a piece of mail. So, there’s a German website called LovelyBooks that’s a community for readers and book lovers, not unlike goodreads. LovelyBooks has a book contest called the Reader’s Prize; the finalists are nominated, and the winners are chosen, by readers. My book, Die Beschenkte (that is, Graceling), won the 2009 silver medal in the category of literature! See what I got in the mail?

In case you can’t read it, it says “Leserpreis 2009.” All the other winners are here.

Thank you so much to my German readers — you’ve touched my heart ♥!

That’s all, folks. ALA Midwinter is in town this weekend. If you have a question you’d like to hear me (or Mitali Perkins, Lois Lowry, or M.T. Anderson) answer at the Horn Book booth on Saturday, go tell Roger Sutton. I have some serious authorly shenanigans planned for the long weekend (about which I will blog, should they prove blog-worthy), so my Monday post might turn into a Tuesday post.

Happy weekend, everyone!