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A weblog by Laura Moncur


Nightmares of Adulthood

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

Nightmares of AdulthoodI love this comic from Wasted Talent. Going to haunted houses used to be one of my favorite things during Halloween, but Jammy has created a haunted house that is far too scary, even for a jaded adult like me.

Her adult-themed scares were pretty thorough, but even she missed a few that could have been there. Of course, if she had mentioned them, the comic would have taken a dark turn instead of a funny one, so I think she made the right choice.

The next time you scoff at the delightful fun of a haunted house, remember these horrors of adulthood that could come for you at any time.


How To Make Fanged Pumpkins

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

Fanged PumpkinsHere is a link to a great tutorial that shows you how to make fanged pumpkins. They look awesome!

When I was at the grocery store, I saw some Pumpkin Teeth that you could buy, but they weren’t as cheap as those vampire fangs. You can get twelve vampire fangs for a dollar, whereas the Pumpkin Teeth are nine bucks for a set.

Save money AND create a scary Halloween decoration! Score!


Best Halloween Prank!

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

I laughed throughout this whole video of a Halloween prank! They created a child-sized mannequin in costume and set it at doors and rang the bell. It would just stand there, creepy and still. The people answering the door drop in the candy and are suddenly disconcerted when the child doesn’t turn to leave.

I especially love the woman at the 3:30 mark who furtively touches the mannequin after several groups come and go. “What the hell?!”

The guy at the 5:25 mark is hilarious. He gives the mannequin more candy and tells a friend on the phone, “He wants more candy.” He drops in more candy and then laughs, “Is that good? The Halloweener won’t leave, dude!”

It’s a long video, but it’s funny all the way through!

Via: Hallowe’en mannequin prank – Boing Boing


The Antidote for the Slutty Costume Phenomenon

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

Sexy Mummy CostumeLast year, when I wanted to be a mummy, I had a bit of a problem. The mummy costume that had been handed down to me by Stacey was too tight. I had a choice. I could find (or make) a new costume or lose ten pounds. So, I looked for a mummy costume that would fit me a bit better than the old one. All I could find in the stores was the costume on the right.

It wasn’t really what I was looking for. I didn’t want to be a sexy mummy. I wanted to be a scary mummy. The theme for our party last year was Scary Monsters, Super Creeps. In the end, it was easier for me to lose the weight (only lost seven pounds, but it was just barely enough) to fit into the old costume than to find a new one that wasn’t overtly sexualized.

If you are sick of the Slutty Costume Phenomenon, then here is an alternative.

These folks have a ton of suggestions for costumes of women that are inspirational, powerful and not particularly slutty. Of course, lots of the costumes are just famous women from the Victorian Era, which is kind of disturbing to me because they forgot all the women like Madeline Albright and Margaret Thatcher because they just wore normal women’s business suits.

Lisa Meitner CostumeOf course, every damn one of these costumes would turn into an evening of, “Who are you?” questions, followed by the boring explanation. Lisa Meitner might have been the woman to discover nuclear fission, but NO ONE has heard of her, so your costume just turns into a boring lecture on patriarchy in the sciences. The best costumes don’t need to be explained, so choose wisely.

Ironically, I won the prize for Sexiest Costume last year, even though I tried so hard to be scary. And the most ironic thing of all is that it felt REALLY GOOD to win that prize.

Scariest, Funniest, Sexiest, Beast of Show and Best Potluck 2011 by LauraMoncur from Flickr


When Costumes Are Racist

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

Last year the Ohio University STARS launched a campaign called, “We’re A Culture, Not A Costume.” Here are the posters they created.

Culture Not Costume KahlidCulture Not Costume Kai Lee

Culture Not Costume RanatoCulture Not Costume Seth

Culture Not Costume TaylorI love Halloween, so when I think of many of the costumes that I’ve worn, I wonder if I had been a racist with any of them. Where is the line drawn? There are those who have wondered why a white guy with a photo of a cowboy wasn’t included. Why is the cowboy costume not offensive?

I think the difference is when you dress up as a person of another nationality or culture it can be perceived as ridicule. Even if you never meant it that way, it can feel like the costume has boiled an entire culture down to a stereotype. So a geisha costume reminds an Asian girl of every time a guy expected her to be subservient just because of her appearance.

When is it alright to dress up as another nationality? Is it ever?

Personally, I think the line is not with intent. There are few people out there who set out to offend or harm anyone. None of us intend to hurt people’s feelings, so saying that you didn’t mean to offend someone with your costume is not enough.

I think you are safer with a costume depicting a specific person, such as Sayuris, the heroine of Memoirs of a Geisha, rather than just a normal geisha girl. Of course, it would take conversation and explanation to get this idea across and those are hard pressed in a noisy Halloween party. In the end, you may still offend someone.

Stacey Halloween 2003 by LauraMoncur from FlickrIn fact, MANY of our costumes from the past could be offensive to people. The year Stacey came as an old lady with a walker and offered linty candy and used tissues to people could be called ageist. Dressing up as a hippie, a tourist or a goth could be offensive. The costume staples of princess, cheerleader and kitty cat could be considered sexist. It seems that there are very few costumes that could NOT be construed as an insult.

So, how do you dress up without hurting someone’s feelings? Here are a few tips:

  • When in doubt, throw it out: If you are worried that someone might look at your costume and think that you’re a racist, then DON’T wear it. That inkling of intuition is there for a reason. Find another costume.

  • Choose fiction over reality: If you dress up as Mr. Spock, Harry Potter or Shrek, no one can accuse you of offending them, even if they are a highly logical geek, fantasy nerd or Scottish bore.

  • Choose historical figures over anonymous people: Dressing up as Martin Luther King Jr. is VERY different than dressing up as a random black man.

  • If you have to do elaborate makeup to change your appearance, you might be toeing the line: Covering your entire face with makeup to make your skin a different color, altering the shape of your eyes and even wearing a wig might be enough to offend someone. The more you need to change your appearance, the more likely your costume may be perceived as offensive.

Halloween is supposed to be FUN and thinking about whether your costume will offend someone can take some of the fun out of the preparations, but making a costume that hurts the feelings of a friend can suck the fun out of any evening. Take the time to be sensitive about your costume choice and you’ll ensure an evening of fun for EVERYONE.

Of course, sometimes Halloween just needs to be for fun:

Hermione is a culture not a costume?


Halloween Costume Lets You See Right Through Your Body

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

If you own two iPads that are able to do FaceTime, then you can create this cool costume that lets you see right through your body. This YouTube video explains it:

Here is another video showing the same effect with a more gory costume:

There are limitations to this costume, because you need to have access to a good WiFi signal to make it work. Otherwise, you’re illusion will turn into FaceTime screen constantly throughout the night.

Via: iPad FaceTime Halloween Costume Lets You See Right Through Your Body – Mac Rumors


Raiders of the Lost Ark Costume

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

I’m considering this costume this year because our theme is “Let’s Go To The Movies.”

Raiders of the Lost Ark Costume

Plus, it’s scary and I’d really like to be scary for once.

If you have no idea what this is, it’s the bad Nazi guy who melted after looking into the Ark in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Via: Reddit: My friend accidentally looked inside the Ark. Will he recover?

Update 10-29-12

I did do that costume for Halloween. Here are the pictures:

Laura Moncur as the Melting Nazi from Raiders of the Lost Ark

I melted red, pink and peach crayons over the top of a skull mask and the effect was perfect.

Laura Moncur as the Melting Nazi from Raiders of the Lost Ark

It was so good, I won for Scariest Costume this year.

Halloween 2012 Costume Winners

Tune in next Halloween for a tutorial on how to make this costume for yourself:


Totally Awesome Haunted House

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

Check out the video of this haunted house last year:

The most interesting is at the end where they show all the cameras watching the kids walking through the haunted house. The lamest is when they show a mad Justin Beiber in a padded room.

When I was a teenager, I went to a lot of trouble to make the house scary when people came to trick or treat. I made a dummy with a pumpkin head who had been stabbed that scared so many kids that they were reluctant to ring the door bell, but I never went to the lengths that these people are willing to go.


Sorry, I Ate All Your Halloween Candy

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

This video is SO FUNNY! Jimmy Kimmel challenged parents to tell their children that they had eaten all their Halloween candy and film their responses. He just expected the children to be angry, but there was an awful lot of sincere crying.

The first couple look totally fake, but after that, there are some really sad kids.

We were Jehovah’s Witness when I was a kid, so I have no idea what it was like to be a kid and have a whole bag of candy from Halloween, much less lose it in one evening. I laughed so hard at that video that tears came out of my eyes!


Make Your Own Halloween Props

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

I don’t know who RDP Inventor is, but he is a child genius! Check out his homemade Halloween decorations and props!

Here is how to make gravestones for your yard:

He made this Electric Chair:

He also has an arm that pops out of the ground made from the leftover parts of an ink jet printer:

Here are some butcher knives, axes and weapons made out of wood, aluminum tape and spray painted blood.

He even made a prop chainsaw! The front handle was from a broken weedwhacker that he got out of the trash. The back handle was made out of a milk carton jug.

I love the thought that he put into all of these Halloween props. They are simply awesome!


Milk Jug Storm Trooper Helmet

Filed under: Halloween,Personal History — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Milk Jug Storm Trooper HelmetCheck out this Storm Trooper Helmet made out of milk jugs:

My dad used to make things like this for me when I was a kid. Since I was a girl, he thought I should like things like playhouses and doll houses, so that’s what he made. Back in 1979, however, I would have LOVED it if he had made me a stormtrooper helmet instead. Of course, I loved that Barbie house more than almost any other toy, so I really shouldn’t complain.


Grim Grinning Ghosts in Disneyworld

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

Clint and his wife visited Disneyworld last year and they dressed up as Grim Grinning Ghosts.

I have never done anything so awesome as this. I haven’t even BEEN to Disneyworld, much less went there in full costume. These pictures make me so happy!


Dress Up Your Cat for Halloween

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

I LOVE these costumes for a cat for Halloween.

I think my favorite is the CATerpillar. :)

Via: So Much Pun: The PunCat Cometh


Scared By The Yeti

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

Many thanks to Marisol Stewart on Pintrest for pointing out this funny picture.

Scared By The Yeti

It reads:

20 seconds of laughter… 20 years of therapy.

The look of terror on the little girl’s face is priceless. Isn’t that what Halloween is all about. Twenty seconds of terror in our own homes…

J.K. Rowling Talks About When She Was On “Welfare”

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 8:18 am

J.K. Rowling said that she would never have been able to write Harry Potter if she hadn’t suffered through such extreme poverty. She was so poor, she was on “benefits,” which is the UK version of welfare. Now that she is vastly wealthy, she has remained in the UK because she feels a sense of loyalty to them for helping her.

JK Rowling Feels That She Owes the UK

She said,

I pay a lot of tax. One of the reasons I stay and pay, why I’m not based in Monaco, is I feel I owe them, I truly do.

To see the complete video: The Daily Show: J.K. Rowling

The Daily Show with Jon StewartMon – Thurs 11p / 10c
J.K. Rowling
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogThe Daily Show on Facebook

The Casual Vacancy at Amazon.comJ.K. Rowling just came out with a new book for adults. The ebook price is pretty high at $15 right now, so I thought I’d wait until it fell under ten bucks. After seeing this, I immediately bought her book, just because she’s so damn awesome!

The next time I see a politician balking at the cost of welfare, I’m going to remember J.K. Rowling and how she was an investment that truly paid off.

Via: Sand & Glass


True Skin: A Sci-Fi Vision That Needs To Be Made Into A Full Movie

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 6:58 am

Just in time for Halloween, I found this awesome science fiction short film that reminds me of a wonderful cross between AI, Blade Runner and Max Headroom. See it here:

I love the concept of being able to upload your memories into a computer and reload them into a “New You.”

True Skin Upload A New You

It was an idea that made me love “Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom” by Cory Doctorow. It would probably mean the end of the world as we know it, as so tragically illustrated in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse Series, but that doesn’t stop me from wishing that I could somehow live forever.

Oh, and all the people in that little video would be GREAT Halloween costumes!

Via: True Skin Sci-Fi Short Nails That Blade Runner Vibe | Underwire | Wired.com


Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts!

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

This year, Disneyland hired Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel to pose as the Hitchhiking Ghosts for an advertisement. I think they look awesome!

Hitchhiking Ghosts

Here is the original from Television Tropes & Idioms:

Original Hitchhiking Ghosts

Jack Black is a little short and Jason Segel is WAY too tall. They should have hired Danny Devito instead. Other than that, they look great!

Photo via: Update: Celebrities as Disney Characters! – Cheezburger – BETA

Update 09-24-13

Here is a behind the scenes look at the photography session:

Oh, how I love the Haunted Mansion!


Costumes from 1887

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

Retronaut posted some cards with costumes for Fancy Dress balls from 1887. Some of them were very interesting.

Here is a costume called The Hornet.

The Hornet Costume 1887 from Pick Me

This one is called Magpie. I sure hope they aren’t suggesting wearing actual magpies (stuffed or live) on her head and shoulders.

Magpie Costume 1887 from Pick Me

Here is a good old fashioned Witch costume.

Magpie Costume 1887 from Pick Me

It looks very much like a witch costume you could buy today at Amazon:

FunWorld Magical Lady Adult Costume at Amazon.com

Finally, here are some children’s costumes.

Children's Costumes 1887 from Pick Me

It funny how different costumes can be, but at the same time, they are VERY similar. The only difference now is that the normal clothes of people living in 1887 are now costumes of today. I suspect that will be the case in one hundred years. Our every day clothes of today will be the costumes of tomorrow. In fact, I have seen that within my own lifetime.

Rubie's Costume Co: 80'S Diva at Amazon.com


Creep Yourself Out With “Real” Ghost Footage

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

I’ve been having fun watching these “real” videos of ghosts.

Any video with a cat is suspect, since cats act insane and haunted at the drop of a hat, but this one was particularly good in “boo, gotcha!” kind of way.

Of course, most ghosts don’t look like an AT-ST from Star Wars.

Here is a spirit lurking over a patients bed.

The absolute BEST one, however, when a “real” ghost interrupts a fake ghost filming.

It certainly brings into question this “ghost,” doesn’t it?


thenewno2′s Skeleton-Filled Video, ‘Make It Home,’ Is Just In Time For Halloween

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

This great video just came out at the end of the month, just in time for this year’s Halloween. It’s filled with trippy visuals and laced with hints of the Beatles, the lead singer even looks like a young George Harrison.

Little songs like this make me excited about music all over again. Happy Haunting!

Via: Video: Can thenewno2 ‘Make It Home’ From Trippy, Skeleton-Filled Sci-Fi Nightmare? | Underwire | Wired.com

Update 10-15-12

As pointed out by commenter, Diane, Dhani Harrison is George Harrison’s son. I feel like an idiot for not looking that up myself. LOL!

On a happier note, I feel so joyful that the legacy is living on with Dhani! It’s almost as if George lives on through him and I feel a little less sorrowful at his loss so many years ago.


Pintester Tries The Eyeballs Halloween Manicure With Amusing Results

Filed under: Halloween,I Love Makeup!,Manicures and Pedicures — Laura Moncur @ 9:00 am

When I saw this Eyeballs Halloween Manicure Tutorial, it looked so fun that I thought I’d try it.

Of course, so did Pintester. When she tried it however, it didn’t quite turn out like the video. As she said, she should have stopped while she was ahead. In her own words:

And then I went off-book. Because I’m a rebel. And occasionally Goth. That’s right, people. I found a bottle of glow-in-the-dark nail polish and decided that this whole get-up needed a top-coat of spooky green glow.

I was wrong.

Also, I feel I should tell you that it didn’t really glow that much, which would have made it less of a fail, I think.

Here’s what happened, comparing what it SHOULD look like with what it actually looked like:

Pintester Eyeball Manicure

If you’re planning on doing a spooky Halloween manicure for your costume this year, make sure you do it the night before so you have plenty of time to redo it if you run into problems.


The Morton Salt Girl

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

I love this Halloween costume idea from The Spotted Fox. It’s the Morton Salt Girl.

The Morton Salt Girl

Here is a version of this costume from CaitlinD:

Caitlin as the Morton Salt Girl

I love how L. Ottaviano included the huge salt container with white yarn pouring out of it. It’s a great touch.

Morton Salt Girl

Our costume theme this year is “Let’s Go To The Movies,” so this costume won’t work for me this year. But next year, I just might do it!


The Seance

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

I absolutely love this photograph from Vintage Seance on Flicker. It’s called The Seance.

The Seance, on Flickr

I love the old photographs, the Tarot cards and the Ouija board. All of them look so perfect illuminated by the candlelight. I want to know what the spirits said to them.

Then again, even candy corn looks spooky by candlelight.

Candy Corn, on Flickr

Via: The Black Hat Society


Specimen Jars for Halloween Decorations

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

One of my favorite parts of decorating is pulling out all my Mad Scientist stuff. I have bubbling beakers and peaked gauges, but what I DON’T have are some good specimen jars. I came across this one and I REALLY want to make something similar.

Specimen Jar 52

I also like these pickled brains from Martha Stewart.

Martha Stewart Pickled Brains

This particular one is creepy because the skeleton’s hand is covering the baby’s mouth.

Doll Parts and Skeleton Specimen Jar

These are candles, which I don’t particularly care for because I don’t want to burn anything and I want the specimen to MOVE when the jar is picked up. THAT’S what makes a specimen jar creepy.


Dave Lowe created these jars for the holiday.

Specimen Jars

As always, click the pictures to see their source.

Update 10-11-12

I actually DID this project this year. One baby doll and two pickle jars. I spray painted the lids with Rust-Oleum Hammered Metal Finish Spray in Silver.

Baby Specimen Jar for Halloween from Pick Me!

I filled the bottles with water colored with one drop of green food coloring and one drop of red food coloring. I also distressed the baby’s face by holding it over a lighter. Looks pretty creepy to me!

Baby Specimen Jar for Halloween from Pick Me!

Happy Haunting!


Halloween Fingernail Tutorials

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

Miss Jen Fabulous did a bunch of fingernail tutorials for Halloween nails. This one is called Halloween Spooky Eye Nail Art:

Here is the Evil Pumpkin Nails:

Vampire Nails:

Haunted House Nails:

If you have been wanting to dress up your nails for the holiday, then here are a ton of ideas for you!

Happy Haunting!


Nightmare Theater in Seattle

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

Here is a clip from Nightmare Theater in Seattle.

In Utah, we also had Nightmare Theater on Channel 4 KTVX. I’ve talked about it before here:

There was also a Nightmare Theater in the early 80s in Fort Wayne. Here is an audio clip from The Shroud, the host of that show:

I know I didn’t imagine it, because other people remember it, even though there is nothing on YouTube documenting it. I found this website, E-Gor’s Chamber of TV Horror Hosts. One fan, Steve Anderson, talked about Utah’s Nightmare Theater:

I grew up in American Fork, Utah and I remember clearly watching “Nightmare Theater” each Friday night. The host (voice only) was Fireman Frank. He got the name from an early morning cartoon program he hosted for the same television station (KCPX, Salt Lake City). Each morning he came out and introduced cartoons and had a firehouse set. Many of the fans of Nightmare Theater didn’t even know it was the voice of Fireman Frank. During the mid-sixties KCPX had a program called “The 10:15 Double Nightmare.” Later, about 1966 it switched to the “10:20 Double Nightmare.” I will try to find out his real name and let you know. Great to see someone besides myself remembers this program.

I didn’t watch Nightmare Theater that early. I believe I watched it with Dr. Volapuk in the mid-70s. David Hall had a little information about Ron Ross, the man who played the host:

As Dr. Volapuk, he wore a ghoul mask and a cape over a Dracula-like tux. The background was mostly dungeon-like, and the whole scene was lit with eerie lighting. Then to add to the cheesy effects, the contrast adjustments on the cameras were set too high, so there were lots of weird shadows and odd lights. Most of what he did for Nightmare Theater consisted of voice intros following commercials, and announcements of next week’s shows.

I remember desperately trying to stay awake to watch the entire show, but falling asleep during commercial breaks almost every week. Even though I’m prone to nightmares, I never got one from the movies (or host intros) on Nightmare Theater. In fact, the host intros always made the movie seem so much cooler than it was. I tried to stay awake just for the host because that was a lot more fun than the actual movie.

I suspect that in the future, we will be able to have hosts who heckle scary movies, kind of like Mystery Science Theater 3000. You will just start the movie, they specify, and play them in conjunction with it. I suspect Attack of the Crab Monsters would be a much better movie with a Nightmare Theater Host, heckling it.

I think they showed that movie a hundred times on Nightmare Theater. Now, I can watch it on YouTube any time of the day. I just wish Dr. Volapuk was there to introduce it to me.


The Last Trick-or-Treaters

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

This is only a taste of the beautiful watercolor Randy K. Milholland posted the other day. It’s called, “The Last Trick-or-Treaters.”

The Last Trick or Treaters

You can see the whole thing, and the story that goes along with it, here: comics: rhymes with witch.


Cool Halloween Makeup

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

I love to see how much of a costume can be made or broken by makeup.

Roy Lichtenstein Costume

All of these makeup jobs are AMAZING, but I wonder how long they would last.

Cool Halloween Makeup from Pick Me!

Remember, when you go to a Halloween party, the makeup needs to last all night, through Red Solo cups and lots of yummy food.

Cool Halloween Makeup from Pick Me!

Past the hugs from friends and the unintentional touches from your own hands and fingers.

Cool Halloween Makeup from Pick Me!

You even have to worry about your costume rubbing it off.

Cool Halloween Makeup from Pick Me!

I ALWAYS do a test run with my costume AND makeup to make sure that they will last the whole party.

Cool Halloween Makeup from Pick Me!

Remember, with all of these photos, you just need to click them to go to the original websites where they came from.

Cool Halloween Makeup from Pick Me!

Happy Haunting!


Halloween Treat Box Template from Matthew Mead

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

Of all the printable downloads available from Matthew Mead’s Halloween Templates, I like this treat box the best.

Matthew Mead treat box

To make it easier to print, I created one with two:

Matthew Mead treat box 2

If you print that one up on an 8 1/2″ X 11″ cardstock, sized to fit, you will get two treat boxes per sheet.

Halloween Treat Box from Pick Me!

Each box will fit a fun size candy bar and one other small candy. They’re just perfect for an extra touch. I think I’m going to personalize mine with our name. So excited!

Via: 20 Free Halloween Printables – Tip Junkie

Swatch Deep Shine Collection

Filed under: My Life in Swatches,Personal History — Laura Moncur @ 9:00 am

I have to interrupt this Halloween coverage, because Swatch sent me an email announcing the Deep Shine Collection.

Swatch Deep Shine Collection


A colorful set of five glittery, high-gloss watches. With the holiday season and the New Year just around the corner, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate.

The five models in the Deep Shine Collection make the perfect wrist candy, with trendy colors and high-gloss surfaces littered with glitter that sparkles and shines.

I had seen them on Second Watch and they looked much better:

Swatch Deep Shine Collection

My first instinct was to buy them all for their glittery goodness, but upon closer inspection, they’re just normal watches with glittery bands. The bands always break on me within a couple of months, so I think I’ll pass on these ones.

Shucks, I was so excited about them when I first saw them…


Halloween Dishes: The Guacamole Puking Pumpkin

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

When I saw this picture on Pinterest, I thought it was such a clever idea. It’s a pumpkin puking guacamole. It has the makings of a Halloween potluck winner: gross, yummy and Halloweeny.

Guacamole Puking Pumpkin from Pick Me!

I thought it was a unique idea until I found SO many of them. (Continue Reading…)


Welcome to October: The Halloween Month

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

Dowager Moncur's Spectacles by LauraMoncur from FlickrJust as every year, all of October on Pick Me! is dedicated to Halloween. If you like the holiday, feel free to enjoy. Otherwise, I’ll see you in November for my regularly scheduled musings.

To kick off the month, I’ll direct you to my Pinterest board for the holiday:

There are lots of ideas there for you to peruse, some of which will be covered here in more detail later in the month.

Happy Haunting!


FU, Mitt

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 12:00 pm

Mitt Romney thought he was off the record when he went on a rampage about the 47% of the United States who don’t pay taxes. He said that they were entitled, believe that they are victims and that the government has the responsibility to take care of them. You can see him say it here:

He literally said, “My job is to not worry about these people.” Here are the people Mitt Romney has written off: The Disabled.

FU Mitt: The Disabled 47%

Our Soldiers:

FU Mitt: Our Soldiers 47%

Our Children:

FU MItt: Our Children 47%

Our Elderly:

FU MItt: Our Elderly 47%

Our Students:

FU MItt: Our Students 47%

Our Working Poor:

FU MItt: Our Working Poor 47%

His own father:

FU MItt: His Own Father 47%

I had no idea how entitled Mitt Romney was, but that video shows just how heartless he is. Hey, Mitt, guess what? The job of the president is to worry about the ENTIRE nation, not just the people who vote for you.

Via: Issues of Epistemology – FU, Mitt.


Get Your Mojo Back: How To Be Creative When You Can’t Create Anymore

Filed under: General,Utah Geeks — Laura Moncur @ 12:00 pm

I am Speaking at WordCamp SLC 2012I’m doing a presentation at WordCamp SLC today talking about when I had writer’s block and how I got past it. You can download my slides here:

If you came to WordCamp SLC and have any questions about my presentation, feel free to leave comments, ideas or questions below.


Black Glitter Tips Manicure

Filed under: I Love Makeup!,Manicures and Pedicures — Laura Moncur @ 9:02 am

Black Glitter Tips Manicure from Pick Me!I have been shockingly pleased with the Sinful Colors Black on Black nail polish. It goes on well and covers much better than an inexpensive polish should. I bought it at Walgreens for only a couple of dollars, so I expected far less from it. It looks especially good highlighted on the tips with the Jordana glitter polishes.

I really did this manicure as an experiment. I was going to try to do a matte black with shiny tips, but at the last minute, I chickened out and just did glitter tips instead. I’m glad I did, because I’m really pleased with this manicure.

Black is such a hard color to work with and if I mess up at all, it’s really hard to get off my cuticles and skin. I think I’ll try this kind of manicure with a softer color and see how it turns out.

Black Glitter Tips Manicure from Pick Me!

I’m surprised at how fun just playing with fingernail polish can be. It feels like a little bit of art that I get to do and enjoy for the brief moment before it is obliterated by all the physical things I do with my hands every day.

Black Glitter Tips Manicure from Pick Me!

Sorry, no matching pedicure this time…


Rusted Bronze Manicure and Pedicure

Filed under: I Love Makeup!,Manicures and Pedicures — Laura Moncur @ 10:09 am

My manicure this week is pretty simple. It’s called Rusted Bronze.

Rusted Bronze Manicure from Pick Me!

I did a base coat of Bronze by Love & Beauty at Forever 21.

Rusted Bronze Manicure from Pick Me!

Over the top of that, I put one coat of Rust by Love & Beauty.

Rusted Bronze Manicure from Pick Me!

Here’s the matching pedicure.

Rusted Bronze Pedicure from Pick Me!

Despite two coats of OPI Top Coat, I had chipping on the manicure within a couple of days, so I guess the OPI Top Coat isn’t quite the miracle worker I thought it was. The polish HAS last almost a week with touch ups, so that’s pretty good for a three dollar bottle.


On a Celestial Trip Manicure and Pedicure

Filed under: I Love Makeup!,Manicures and Pedicures — Laura Moncur @ 11:11 am

I wanted a simple manicure after all the fancy stuff I’ve done lately.

On a Celestial Trip Manicure from Pick Me!

For a base, I found this Wet ‘n Wild Megalast polish called On a Trip (213C) and I have been VERY happy with it.

On a Trip Manicure from Pick Me!

I am SO impressed with this polish. It was only three bucks, had a nice, large brush inside and the coverage is wonderful. This polish is as good as the Sally Hansen Salon polish. In fact, I liked it as much as OPI polish and has lasted just as long.

On a Trip Manicure from Pick Me!

Even though the polish looks great all by itself, I wanted a little pizzaz, so I put on one coat of the Jordana Glitters polish in Celestial (12).

On a Celestial Trip Manicure from Pick Me!

I expected this polish to be pretty subpar because it cost less than a dollar at Kmart, but I am so happy with it, I’m going back to buy the other Glitters polishes. I love the different sizes of the glitter. It makes it look VERY textured.

Here is the matching pedicure.

On a Celestial Trip Pedicure from Pick Me!

This manicure has lasted me a full week with very little chipping. I’m beginning to believe that I can make ANY manicure last two weeks as long as I have two coats of the OPI top coat.

I also bought the Wet ‘n Wild Megalast I Need A Refresh-Mint (218A). I can’t wait to use it on my next manicure!


I’m Speaking at WordCamp SLC 2012

Filed under: General,Utah Geeks — Laura Moncur @ 9:31 am

I am Speaking at WordCamp SLC 2012I got the news a while ago, but I’ve had a busy couple of months, so I’m finally getting around to telling everyone that I’m speaking at WordCamp SLC 2012. I’m so grateful to the WordPress community for creating such a great blogging platform that I wanted to give back to them a bit.

My presentation is called, “How To Get Your Mojo Back.” I created it over a year ago when I had so much trouble writing and finally was able to get past it. I want everyone who is experiencing writers’ block to learn how to heal from it and write regularly again.

After the presentation, I’ll post the slideshow here. Hopefully, someone will film it and put it on YouTube so everyone can see it.


We’re NASA and We Know It

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

Why do I love the NASA mohawk guy so much? It makes no sense to me! This video just makes me laugh!

I was completely unable to get excited about the Olympics, but the Mars Curiosity Rover is just my favorite right now!

Via: ‘We’re NASA and We Know It’ Parodies Curiosity Mission, Mohawk Guy | Underwire | Wired.com


Einstein in Fuzzy Slippers

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 8:46 am

The Historical Society of Princeton has provided this photo of Einstein wearing fuzzy slippers for your enjoyment.

Einstein in fuzzy slippers

I forget that even a genius needs comfort from amusing and fluffy things.

Via: Albert Einstein in Fuzzy Slippers, c. 1950s | Retronaut

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