Neurotic Owl

flying through clouds of uncertainty on wings of existential dread


It’s been KILLing me not to tell y’all about this, but while I’m sure The Bloggess does not generally read my thingy, it would serve me right that the one time she did would be the time I gave away her surprise random present.  But now she has recieved said present, so hooray!

It all started when the opera company I work for decided to have a garage sale (the less said about that. . . ) and I spotted this magical? alcove of PUPPETS.

And, I mean, puppets, you had me at hello.  But I especially fell in love with this one:


The thing is, I have a small apartment and a large cat and just couldn’t come up with a reason I needed to keep the puppet then known as Rosita.  Then I remembered that I know someone who delights in the weird and lovely and somewhat offputting, so I boxed her up in the most disturbing way possible and mailed her to The Bloggess.


(She was well hydrated first.)

I needed some extra joy this week.  This will do nicely.



  1. the incurable dreamer
    November 29, 2016

    So fantastic!!! Well done!

  2. Carmella
    November 29, 2016

    Dear god how do I get on your Christmas list??

    • naralesser
      November 30, 2016

      It’s a Chanukah list, so mostly people just get disappointing socks, really.

  3. mommatrek
    November 29, 2016

    I followed The Bloggess’s link over here. Hi. 🙂

    • naralesser
      November 30, 2016


    • Rebecca J
      November 30, 2016

      Me, too!! I love that you mailed her a slothsquatch!! It’s like a beautiful friendship I knew nothing about and now can peek in!! Thank you!

  4. Becky
    November 30, 2016

    That was perfect and your card was awesome!

  5. Diary of a Tipsy Mermaid
    November 30, 2016

    Best surprise gift eva!!!

  6. Diary of a Tipsy Mermaid
    November 30, 2016

    I’d love to follow you on fb. Do you have a link to your page?

    • naralesser
      November 30, 2016

      So I suck and only had a personal Facebook page till you asked, but now I have made a separate page for the blog! Except I’m on my phone and only just did it, so no expecting anything much there tonight, please! And thank you!!!

  7. Becca Barracuda
    November 30, 2016

    Love the slothsquatch, and even more so love the idea of it showing up as a surprise gift! Found you through The Bloggess, and I have a feeling I’ll be very glad I did! Weird on! 🙂

  8. emmy
    November 30, 2016

    I cannot LOVE this enough! Bravo and well done!

  9. Lisa B.
    November 30, 2016

    Oh, _YAY!_ I get to share this twice in one day.

    The Peanut Vendor
    English lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert (who was my husband’s great uncle).
    _“The English lyrics are, in the opinion of Sublette, of almost unsurpassed banality.”_

    And I totally didn’t realize that Rosita/Mr. Noodles long career included opera. How perfectly obvious, now that I think about it.

  10. Lisa B.
    November 30, 2016

    Well dang. Just the link and not the video?
    Must try just one more time…

    I’ll just let myself out, then.

  11. Lisa B.
    November 30, 2016

    “Mr. Noodles, the last of the great castrati, famously took the stage in Johann Smythe’s deathless operetta, Die Flederlemur, in the role of Rosita, a beautiful young spider monkey forced to sell peanuts by her evil circus trainer. The Met production staged in 1928 is still spoken of in hushed, appalled tones.”

    • Michelle
      November 30, 2016


    • artbymichellelewis
      November 30, 2016


    • naralesser
      December 2, 2016

      All of your are amazing.

    • May
      December 3, 2016

      OMG, I used to make costumes at an opera… this is awesome.
      Would you please put Lisa B’s comment on a t-shirt with a pic of Mr. Noodles?

      • Lisa B.
        April 18, 2020

        May, I am just now seeing your lovely comment and wanted to thank you. Actually, I want to give you a hug. You made me smile so big.

  12. Ro
    November 30, 2016

    Amazing gift!

  13. Kim
    November 30, 2016

    Well your gift certainly improved my day! Thanks from a random person on the internet!!

  14. Marty
    November 30, 2016

    Sooo totally cool that you work for an opera company! I used to play in the pit orchestra for a couple of summer opera programs, one of which liked to play at least one totally weird or obscure opera each season.

    I also followed der linkenmeister from The Bloggess. You are full of awesome! I’ll be happy to swap Hanukkah socks with you any time, although it’s going to be Christmukkah this year. 😉

    So I’m guessing that Rosita was in an all-puppet production of Carmen?

    • naralesser
      December 1, 2016

      She’s apparently been lurking on the warehouse for so long that nobody knows what show she was built for. I vote for the all-monkey Cenerentola.

  15. amymbenedict
    December 1, 2016

    You go girl…you are The Blogess’ ‘friend” and I am UBER jelly!

  16. Raven19
    December 2, 2016

    Rambled on over from the Bloggess. 🙂

    The eyes weird me out on Mr. Noodles/Rosita – Big time. But hooray for fun gifts for friends. I loved the knock, knock note included with it. Very well done! Wishing you much success (and I love your recommendations on organizations to help out.)
    Happy Hanukkah!

  17. judyt54
    December 3, 2016

    I love Mr. Noodles, and so, obviously, does Jenny. That was a lovely thing you did.

  18. Talktheatretome
    December 4, 2016

    Theatre provides so many fun opportunities to send random items to friends!

  19. Mastiffcat
    December 4, 2016

    Another wanderer from the Bloggess, came to visit, here to stay.

  20. MozInOz2013
    December 4, 2016

    I saw that Mr. Noodles has made a great entrance at The Bloggess’ home. What a wonderful surprise gift indeed! I think her furry kids will need therapy, though. 🙂

  21. Taylor
    December 7, 2016

    I aspire to reach this level of gift giving. From the card to Mr. Noodles, this was amazing.

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