Pick Me!

A weblog by Laura Moncur


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.


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.


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.


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…


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…


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!


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…


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…)


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.


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.


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:


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


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…


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.


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…


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!


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


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!


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


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!


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!


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?


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


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.


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!


Chuck Lorre Loves Halloween

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

So many sitcoms forget about Halloween, but not Big Bang Theory. Ever since the beginning, they have enjoyed the holiday. I really believe that Chuck Lorre must love Halloween. Here is Sheldon playing a Halloween prank on Leonard.

And the guys play a Halloween prank on Sheldon.

Last year’s Halloween Party, however, was the best.

I remember the first sitcom that I ever remember really going all out for Halloween and it was Roseanne. Considering that Chuck Lorre was a writer for Roseanne, it’s not surprising to me. Here is a playlist of the best of Roseanne’s Halloween episodes.

Thanks, Chuck, for years of delightful Halloween episodes for those of us who enjoy the holiday far more than Christmas!


Jenna Marbles’ Loves Halloween

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

I haven’t seen Blades of Glory, but Jenna Marbles’ costume last year was totally awesome.

Jenna Marbles Blades of Glory Costume

Here is her video showing you how she made it.

Jenna loves Halloween and has another video about Sluts on Halloween here:

I love this!

What you are doing is taking away from the spirit of the best holiday ever, Halloween. Halloween is the one night of the year that you get to be whatever you want to be! When you see these girls dressed as sexy cops, nurses, animals, I don’t know… It’s not that they’re such a huge fan of cops and nurses and animals. It’s just that they want to be a slut for Halloween, because they’re probably not sluts in real life.

People want to be perceived as attractive and hot. Halloween is the one night to do it. So what I want to say to all the girls out there is that I challenge you. I dare you to go out on Halloween, see a girl who looks cute, and just go up to her and go like, “You know what? You look hot! I appreciate the fact that you probably went on a diet and exercised your tiny little butt off to fit into that costume. Congratulations! It worked!”

If you’re not the type of girl who wants to dress up like a slut, that’s your choice. No one hatin’ on you for being a toothbrush.

I love that she was able to address the Sluts on Halloween issue for what it really is, which is girls hating on other girls. We should all just get along!


Vintage Photos Enter Spooky Afterlife as Animated GIFs

Filed under: Art and Photography,Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Last year, Underwire at Wired.com had these vintage pictures that had been animated to make them spooky. Here are my favorites.

This one is called, “Clearing Away Debris from the Bangkok Fire.”

Clearing Away Debris from the Bangkok Fire

Ghost Cannon Kills Soldier

Ghost Cannon Kills Soldier

Mother Jones Turns Into Starlings

Mother Jones Turns Into Starlings

These photos remind me of one of my favorite books of 2011, called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I absolutely ADORED that book. Here’s a trailer describing it.

It looks like it might become a movie, which I would go see in a second. Please let it come to pass!


Coffee Shop Carrie!

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

This video is an advertisement for Carrie, but it is amazing. A team set up a coffee shop to make it appear that a woman with telekinesis is losing her control.

The fear on the faces of the customers is real, but I’m surprised that more of them just didn’t run away. I think I would have turned tail and run if I saw that. Real or not, I don’t want to be around.

Via: Geek Culture: Coffee Shop Carrie!

Creepy Vanitas Bust from the 17th Century

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

This photo from Retronaut reminds me that this day and age doesn’t have a monopoly on creepy.

17th Century Vanitas Bust

I think I find this bust so disturbing because that appears to be a REAL human skull embedded in the marble. Were they trying to immortalize a loved one or a leader?

I couldn’t find anything online about it, so I am left with my own morbid imagination and the haunting image of this bust.


The Last Trick-Or-Treaters 2013

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

I ADORE R. K. Milholland’s work on Something Positive and read it every day, but his yearly tribute to Halloween is my favorite. Every year on Rhymes with Witch, he posts these entries showing trick-or-treaters meeting their final demise. Here is a list of the entries so far:

Here is a glimpse of my favorite so far. It’s from October 2nd. Click the photo to see the full story.

Last Trick-Or-Treater 10-02-13

Simply Brilliant!

Dynamite Magazine And Monster Love

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

I had a wave of nostalgia when I saw this poster on Flicker.

Dynamite Magazine - Count Morbida insert poster - by Arthur Friedman - 1976

I must have looked at that poster a million times when I was a child. Dynamite Magazine was sold through my school when I was a kid and I bought EVERY one of them for my entire grade school career. Here are a couple more issues that were dedicated to monsters. (Continue Reading…)


Haunted French Pancakes Give Me The Crepes

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

I love this billboard! It’s great for Halloween time!

Haunted French Pancakes Give Me The Crepes from Pick Me!

It reads:

Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes!



Animal Crossing Halloween

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

I’ve been playing Animal Crossing New Leaf constantly for four months now. I am so excited that they have brought Halloween back to the game. On the first of the month, Jack visited me and asked if I wanted to be one of his loyal subjects.

Animal Crossing Halloween

Since it’s my favorite holiday, I agreed and I am eagerly collecting candy and Halloween masks to wear on that wonderful night!

So excited!

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