Pick Me!

A weblog by Laura Moncur

7/4/2014

Happy Independence Day

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Happy Independence Day!

Animal Crossing Happy Independence Day

If you would like to visit my Animal Crossing town, my Dream Address is 4000-2185-7855.

4/12/2014

Happy Birthday To Me

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

It’s my birthday today.

Happy Birthday To Me

If you would like to visit my Animal Crossing town, my Dream Address is 4000-2185-7855.

4/4/2014

Lucy: What If You Could Use 100% of Your Brain Capacity?

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 11:15 am

This movie looks freakin’ AWESOME!

It’s a superhero movie with an interesting twist. Looks like a fun roller coaster!

3/21/2014

My First Book! Yeah!

Filed under: Fiction — Laura Moncur @ 2:55 pm

I have finally published my first book. It’s called The Secret Heart of Charlotte Lucas and I’m SO EXCITED!

The Secret Heart of Charlotte Lucas by Laura Moncur

You can buy it on Amazon here:

It’s a backstory for Charlotte Lucas, from Pride and Prejudice. I always thought Jane Austen dealt with her unfairly, so here is her redemption.

Disco the Talking Parakeet

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 9:17 am

I’ve just subscribed to this YouTube channel because I love to listen to talking birds.

When I was a kid, my grandma had parakeets. The smartest one we had was Blue and she could say, “Pretty boy.” That was it. This bird just loves to talk his cute little head off. I just love him!

3/18/2014

Don’t Be A Pussy

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 9:34 am

I read this interaction on Feel Good Inc. Tumblr and I didn’t believe it.

huesosmccoy:

why do people say “don’t be a pussy” when talking about weakness more like “don’t be a man’s ego” because you know there isn’t nothing more fragile than that

uhmwillowsomething:

because “pussy” is the shortened form of the word “pusillanimous”, which means “timid, cowardly” and not the slang word for the female genital region?

velvetqueer:

literally no one else knows this. nobody.

Pusillanimous - The origin of "Don't Be A Pussy"NOBODY, not even me! In fact, I didn’t BELIEVE it. I had to look it up in the dictionary, but there it is!

Firstly, I’m not buying it. If they really meant a shortened version of pusillanimous, the phrase would have been, “Don’t be pussy,” since pusillanimous is an adjective.

This might have been the origin of the phrase, “Don’t be a pussy,” but it certainly isn’t what it means NOW. Now, everyone assumes that it is referring to the female genital region, somehow calling girls weaker than boys. It’s synonymous with, “Don’t be a girl.” It might have had a less vulgar origin, but it certainly has a vulgar connotation now.

I’m not going to go around saying, “Don’t be a pussy,” but I just might pull “pusillanimous” out of the twenty-five-cent-word bag when I’m trying to be pretentious. Thanks, Tumblr, for increasing my vocabulary!

3/12/2014

Faux Bob Hairstyle

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 10:27 am

I am posting this here just so I will be able to refer back to it whenever I want. I am SO tempted to cut my hair right now. I have been growing out my bangs for over a year now and I want to just even everything up to where my bangs are.

This faux bob is a really good substitute for actually cutting off all my hair.

Here is another video showing the technique.

Sometimes I think I cut my hair because I get bored with the same three hairstyles that I do all the time. If I find new, cute ways to do my hair, then maybe I won’t be tempted to cut.

3/5/2014

Thank You, Lego Movie

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

A few weeks ago, we saw the Lego Movie. If you haven’t been bludgeoned over the head with the hype, then here is a trailer for you.

The movie is great on so many levels that I can’t tell you about, but I CAN tell you that it has drastically altered our Lego household.

My boy has always been good with Legos. He built this Millennium Falcon in just a couple of days.

Lego Millennium Falcon

He loved to build with Legos, meticulously following the directions. No matter how many times we told him that he could build ANYTHING with Legos, not just what the instructions say, he would only build what the directions told him to.

And the Millennium Falcon sat, pristine and untouched on his bookshelf.

And then we saw the Lego Movie…

I can’t tell you everything about the movie, but the idea of just making what’s on the instructions is NOT held in high esteem.

The next day, the Millennium Falcon was dismantled, and he built this.

Thank You Lego Movie

I nearly cried with joy. I don’t know why he had to hear from the movie that it was alright to make whatever he wanted, but I’m so glad that he finally understood that message.

Now, my boy is a master builder. I’m so proud!

2/26/2014

Nina Basking In The Morning Sun

Filed under: Nina,Our Pets — Laura Moncur @ 11:57 am

This morning, Nina was basking in the morning sunbeam, completely oblivious to the camera.

Nina Basking In The Sun from Pick Me

As soon as the sunbeam inched its way across the floor, Nina got up and went back to her bed. It’s funny how I forget to enjoy a good sunbeam when it comes along and I need my dog to tell me what’s REALLY important.

2/19/2014

Nina and Elvis Love The New Dog Bed

Filed under: Elvis,Nina,Our Pets — Laura Moncur @ 12:10 pm

Nina’s doggie bed was a shredded and fraying mess. The grocery store had dog beds on sale for ten bucks, so we bought her one and she LOVES it.

Unfortunately, Elvis loves the bed as well. After days of Nina just letting him sleep in her bed, she finally just gave up and joined him in it.

Nina and Elvis love the new dog bed from Pick Me!

Elvis has been snuggling up to dogs his whole life. Here is a very similar picture of Elvis and Sid.

Elvis in Sid's Bed by Laura Moncur

The patience of a dog is unparalleled. The next time I am irritated by something, I’m going to remember Nina and Sid, patiently and kindly sharing their beds with Elvis.

2/7/2014

Lucy Loves Nina

Filed under: Lucy,Nina,Our Pets — Laura Moncur @ 6:20 pm

I was lying on the couch, relaxing and Lucy came to sleep on my stomach. Within a minute or two, Nina walked up to Lucy and the lovefest began. You can see it here:

It lasted for a full three minutes before Nina pulled away and slept next to me.

I can’t believe the harmony we have in the house. I’ve never had three animals get along as well as Lucy, Elvis and Nina do. The only points of contention are when Lucy wants to cuddle too much with Elvis and when Elvis is hogging the doggie bed. I’m just so happy with my peaceful house.

1/14/2014

Daybreak in Winter 2014

Filed under: Living in Daybreak,Living in Utah — Laura Moncur @ 4:01 pm

I have loved living in Daybreak for the last few years and I felt a little silly for never filming any walking videos here, so I filmed one today. It was so sunny and beautiful that I thought it was a perfect day for a walk.

Sometimes the winter blahs get me down, but today was so beautiful that I’m glad I recorded it. I’ll be able to watch it the next time I’m trapped in the house by a storm.

12/25/2013

Merry Christmas from Santa and Me

Filed under: Christmas — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

When I was scanning all my grandmother’s old photographs, I found this picture of me with Santa.

Laura Lund Moncur and Santa Claus

I had never seen it, so if my parents had a copy, my dad must have gotten rid of it when he went all Jehovah Witness. He joined that religion right before my fourth birthday, so I must have been three years old in this photo. Either that, or it was an illicit Santa visit AFTER my dad joined the religion. I look a little older than three, so maybe it was.

There have been times when I have lamented not knowing many things about my dad’s or mom’s childhood, but here I am looking at a mystery of my own.

Well, Merry Christmas from Santa and me! I had no idea we had been friends…

11/10/2013

We Are All Topological Donuts

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 11:44 am

We are all topological donutsI was reading Hank Green’s Tumblr today and he brought up a really interesting point:

In an interesting way, your digestive system is kinda not “inside” you. It is very much a tube of outside that runs through our insides. It’s a long and complicated tube, and our body has a lot of control over it, but we’re all kinda just long doughnuts with a mouth on the top and an anus on the bottom.

To the right is an illustration of the idea that we are topologically the same as a donut (and a coffee cup) from PeteSmif.

Even though I took an entire semester of Topology to get my math degree, I never once realized that I am just a topological donut with a mouth at one end and an anus at the other. Every bit of food that I eat is not “in” me. It is merely passing through my donut hole.

Something about this thought has changed me. In my Topology class, we talked about how a coffee cup and a donut are the same topologically, as illustrated in this picture from Arizona University:

Topology Coffee Cups and Donuts

I remember feeling strangely at peace with the idea that a coffee cup and a donut were topologically the same. I wonder why it was never brought up in class that humans share the same topology. I am humbled by this idea. I am a coffee cup. I am a donut. We are all one…

11/6/2013

Lucy and Elvis Love Each Other

Filed under: Elvis,Lucy,Nina,Our Pets — Laura Moncur @ 3:27 pm

Every day, I happen upon a scene like this, but by the time I get my camera, they’ve stopped. Or sometimes, I can get my camera, but they suddenly become shy. Today, however, they just kept on cuddling for THREE whole minutes. I trimmed the cutest bits to show you.

Lucy is the cuddliest cat I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. She would cuddle with me all day long if I let her. She snuggles with Elvis and even Nina, the dog. Caitlin, our baby sitter, caught them in the act the other day.

Nina and Lucy

Nina doesn’t appear to like the snuggle nearly as much as Elvis does.

Elvis and Lucy Love Each Other

I’m so glad we have animals who not only get along, but actually LOVE each other. It brings me joy every single day.

Update 8:51 pm

I can’t believe I got two videos in one day. I have been trying to film these guys for MONTHS!

11/2/2013

About Time: A Promising Time Travel Movie

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 9:00 am

I never wrote about how horribly disappointing and wretched The Future was.

It was a movie about relationships and time travel and had all the disturbing issues that Miranda July regularly displays. I’ve written about her before here:

It appears that the movie industry has an apology for me for that traumatic experience. It’s called About Time.

I can’t wait to see it and I hope it’s better than the last time travel relationship movie I saw. I’m still a little shell-shocked…

10/31/2013

The Moncur Halloween Party 2013

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

We had such a good Halloween Party this year that it took me until JANUARY to get these photos edited. LOL! This year’s theme was food and people thought of the most inventive ideas! Enjoy!

Laura and Michael Moncur as Peanut Butter and Jelly

Laura and Michael Moncur as Peanut Butter and Jelly

You can see everything after the break: (Continue Reading…)

10/30/2013

Batman and Robin Are Haunted

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

I love this little animated GIF I found on nothing is linear.

Batman Ghost

Via: WIL WHEATON dot TUMBLR, “Wooooooooo Baatttmmmaaannnnn I am your…

A Halloween Party from 1973

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I love this video of a Halloween party in 1973. All the kids are dressed up in the kind of costumes that used to be around when I was a kid. Vinyl and ill-fitting jumpsuits and plastic masks.

Since my family was Jehovah Witness when I was that age, I never got to wear a Halloween costume like that. Even now, I look at them and wish that I could somehow wear one of those costumes. Not only do they not exist now, but if they did, they would be too small for my adult frame. I’m forever trapped in the state of desire with no hope for release.

Via: Plaid Stallions : Rambling and Reflections on ’70s pop culture: Halloween: 1973.

10/29/2013

Easy Last Minute Halloween Costume

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

I love this video showing you how to do some easy costume ideas.

Here is a video from Two Broke Geeks giving tips for creating costumes for $10.

All of these costumes are super geeky and not all that easy.

Hope these help you folks who aren’t obsessed with Halloween and need a last minute costume.

President JFK Greets Trick or Treaters

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I love this picture from Retronaut that shows President JFK with his children, John Jr. and Caroline, on Halloween.

JFK Halloween

It’s sometimes easy to forget that even the most powerful man in the country needs time to enjoy the holiday with his family.

10/28/2013

Missing in the Mansion

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

This is a fun little movie called, “Missing in the Mansion.”

If you ever liked the Haunted Mansion, this might dissuade you a bit.

Zombigami: Zombie Origami Seymour Guts

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Last year, Wired.com posted this great tutorial on how to make an origami zombie.

The final product was pretty awesome:

Zombigami Seymour Guts Zombie Origami

You can see the video here:

10/27/2013

The Mad Hatter Costume from the 1800s VS. Michael Moncur the Mad Hatter

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I love this photo from Retronaut of an actor dressed up as the Mad Hatter.

Mad Hatter Costume from the 1800s

I love how calm he looks in the photograph. He doesn’t look “mad” at all. How could an insane man sit so still and serenely? I much prefer Mike’s take on the costume.

Michael Moncur 2006

Michael Moncur 2006

10/26/2013

Cadaver Dans at Disney Parks

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

This is a great video of a live performance of Grim Grinning Ghosts at Disneyland.

I love Halloween at Disneyland! I wish I could be there right now!

Here is a video of a different awesome song about the Headless Horseman that was performed in Disney World.

Not quite as good as Grim Grinning Ghosts, but still cool.

The Dead Mannequins

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

This photo is particularly disturbing.

Scary Dead Mannequins

When I first saw it, I had no idea what I was looking at until Theremina told me:

Damaged and melted mannequins after a fire in 1930 at Madame Tussaud’s Museum.

They looked like the dead people who were pulled from Mount Vesuvius after thousands of years encased in ash, but more realistic. I breathed a sigh of relief when I learned they were only mannequins.

Via: WIL WHEATON dot TUMBLR, theremina: Damaged and melted mannequins after a…

10/25/2013

Ghosts Make Perfect Sense

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

Sheldon: Ghosts Make Perfect Sense - Click to see full comicWhen I was in sixth grade, I was obsessed with ghosts and read EVERY book in my school’s library about them. The stories would scare me so much, yet I was insatiable. When I see this Sheldon comic from yesterday, it reminded me of that phase of life. This comic, however, explains why ghosts make evolutionary sense in a completely logical world, which wasn’t the answer I was looking for when I was in sixth grade.

Click on the picture to see the whole comic in all its glory.

PAAS Halloween Makeup Kits

Filed under: Halloween,I Love Makeup! — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Last year, Neato Coolville posted a bunch of photos of the old PAAS Halloween Makeup Kits from the 80s. My favorite was the animated GIF of the step-by-step instructions for the vampire.

PAAS Vampire Make-Up Kit

I remember looking at those boxes, wishing I could dress up like a vampire.

Here is a commercial from the same time period.

I never realized that the company that did Easter Egg kits was the same company as these makeup kits. Now, that seems so obvious and a smart business move on PAAS’s part, but I had no idea when I was a kid.

10/24/2013

Off With Her Head

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I found this picture on Pinterest and I hope beyond all hope that it is actually an All Hallow’s Eve photo, like it says.

Off With Her Head from Pick Me!

Otherwise, it’s a particularly disturbing photo of a crime…

10/23/2013

Star Trek Continues: Kickstarter

Filed under: Personal History — Laura Moncur @ 12:00 pm

I just finished watching the first episode of Star Trek Continues and I want MORE!!! Here is a taste of what they can achieve if they get their Kickstarter funding.

Here is a link to their Kickstarter page:

I can’t believe how well they were able to recreate the feel of the original series. Right down to the wigs, skin texture and lighting. How did they get Michael Forest, the original actor who played Apollo?! And Chris Doohan is a shining image of his father as Scotty! Seriously, I just want the show to be the Scotty Hour. Just watch this “Happy Birthday, Scotty” vignette. It’s only a couple of minutes.

The actor playing the doctor is MUCH better than the guy they had on episode one.

I absolutely ADORE this quick vignette called, “You’ve Got The Conn.”

So much of my belief that I could do anything came from Star Trek and seeing a touch of that in this little vignette makes me so happy!

This vignette is a recreation of a scene from the original episode, “Turn About Intruder.”

I didn’t like this one as much as the others, but it’s all so awesome, I’m hoping the Kickstarter funds!

Portrait of a Young Vampire: Bela Lugosi Age 18

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I love this photo that was found by Retronaut of a young Bela Lugosi. He would go on to become the icon of a vampire for over fifty years until the Lestats and the Edwards took his place.

Bela Lugosi Age 18

Even before the movies transformed him, he looked the part of the exotic vampire.

Happy Haunting!

10/22/2013

Scary Zombie Makeup

Filed under: Halloween,I Love Makeup! — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

This photo from Imgur is horrifying.

Scary Zombie Makeup

The next time you are stumped for a costume idea, remember to think outside the box. Your chin isn’t necessarily your chin. It could be painted black and become the inside of your gaping zombie mouth.

Happy Haunting!

Via: Horrifying face/throat zombie makeup – Boing Boing

10/21/2013

Glow in the Dark Ghost Nails

Filed under: Halloween,I Love Makeup! — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I love this manicure from honeymunchkin.

Ghoulish Glow China Glaze manicure in the dark

Using China Glaze’s Ghoulish Glow, glow-in-the-dark nail polish, she created some ghosts who will shine all night at the Halloween Party.

Sometimes, all it takes is a really good manicure to top off a boring Halloween costume.

Happy Haunting!

10/20/2013

DIY Zombie Makeup

Filed under: Halloween,I Love Makeup! — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

This is a pretty good video showing you how to do zombie makeup:

The only problem I have with it is I’m super allergic to latex, so if you are trying this, put a tiny bit of latex on a sensitive spot on your face, like a small drop under your eyes. Leave it there for about a half hour and see if you have a reaction. I did a test spot of liquid latex on my arm a couple of years ago with no reaction, but the minute I put it on my face, it started burning.

The most realistic wound that I’ve ever made was using gelatin and corn syrup back in 2003:

Halloween 2003

I can’t believe it has been ten years since that photo was taken! I have been haunting for far too long!

Via: DIY Zombie Makeup: How to Make Hideous Wounds That Last for Hours | Underwire | Wired.com

10/19/2013

A Retro Halloween Snapshot

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I love this old photo posted by Todd Franklin on Neato Coolville.

Girl and Skeleton

It’s just a picture of a little girl dressed up for the holiday in front of a cardboard skeleton, the likes of which graced every house in my neighborhood when I was a child. It’s funny how that well-known skeleton makes the that unknown girl seem familiar. Do I know her? No, but she represents every little girl at Halloween when I was a kid to me.

Happy Haunting!

10/18/2013

Zombie Sculpture Is Made Out Of Pumpkins

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I love this zombie sculpture that I found on MTV Geek.

Pumpkin Zombie Sculpture

I am always so amazed at how talented people are. I have a hard enough time just cutting out a couple of triangles and teeth, much less creating something as scary and beautiful as this!

Happy Haunting!

10/17/2013

Ze Frank’s Guide to Trading Halloween Candy

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

This little video about how to trade Halloween candy with your siblings is funny. I found it on Boing Boing last year after the Halloween season, so I thought I’d save it until now.

To do this properly, you really need a copy of The Candy Hierarchy.

I love the suggestion to find someone with allergies to trade with, but the idea that Smarties and Twizzlers are your “workhorses” makes absolutely NO sense to me. I HATED Smarties and saved them until the very last.

Oh, and apples? I can’t believe anyone gives those out anymore. Do they?

10/16/2013

Lawnmower Man Costume for Your “I Love the 1990s” Costume Party

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I love the look of this mask for a Halloween costume from kongorilla. A black turtleneck and jeans with this mask printed up on black cardstock would be perfect.

Low Poly Mask for Halloween

In fact, they have made a version with that black cardstock and some glow-in-the-dark tape.

Lawnmower Man Mask Costume

So cool!

Via DIY low-poly mask, now with glowing edges! – Boing Boing

10/15/2013

Read All The diesel sweeties Halloween Comics

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Boba Tea Fet CostumeLast year, diesel sweeties put all their Halloween comics in one place. Now, you can read them all to get in the mood for the holiday and get some good ideas.

I love it when comics, TV shows and even fiction books depict Halloween. It’s such an important holiday to me and I love it when it’s just as important in the fiction world.

10/14/2013

Truly Scary Halloween Costumes from The Joy of Tech

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Trans Fat Molecule CostumeI love the REALLY scary costumes that The Joy of Tech came up with last year. They always make me laugh and I love the inside jokes they make (like the one with the Chinese chips with a HUGE back door).

I love this one, Trans Fat Molecule, but if you want to see a REALLY good (and scary) costume, click on over and look at the costume called Sedentary Lifestyle. THAT would be a funny AND scary costume. Of course, it would be one of those costumes where people are asking all night, “What are you supposed to be?”

If you’re racking your brain, trying to figure out what to be for Halloween, here is a big list of funny and scary costumes.

Happy Haunting!

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