Pick Me!

A weblog by Laura Moncur

9/24/2012

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.

9/22/2012

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.

9/6/2012

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…

8/31/2012

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.

8/24/2012

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!

8/21/2012

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.

8/17/2012

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

8/16/2012

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

8/15/2012

Wil Wheaton Performs “William F-ing Shatner”

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 10:48 am

This performance of “William F-ing Shatner” is freakin’ hilarious!

I have READ this entry online AND in his book, but seeing him perform it made it SO much better. I laughed out loud at the 5:04 mark when Wil just pauses while the audience laughs and he says,

No, no. I’ll wait for you to finish laughing at my pain.

If you have a half hour, it’s definitely worth a watch!

8/12/2012

Hibiscus and Tulips Manicure and Pedicure

Filed under: I Love Makeup!,Manicures and Pedicures — Laura Moncur @ 12:27 pm

I did my nails last week and never posted the picture. I’m quite proud of how well it turned out. I call this manicure, Hibiscus and Tulips.

Hibiscus & Tulips Manicure from Pick Me!

Here is the matching pedicure.

Hibiscus & Tulips Pedicure from Pick Me!

I used the OPI 2012 Holland Collection, Kiss Me On My Tulips nail polish as the base and the Bundle Monster Plate BM-313.

Hibiscus & Tulips Manicure from Pick Me!

I love how well it turned out and that it has lasted over a week without major chipping. A perfect manicure for the end of the summer!

8/8/2012

Wil Wheaton Sure Did Love His Big Eclipse Swatch

Filed under: My Life in Swatches — Laura Moncur @ 11:29 am

Wil Wheaton posted some old teen heart throb photos of himself from back in the day. He prefaced it with the caveat:

There’s a whole lot of “didn’t have a fashion advisor” going on here.

This photo grabbed my attention. Here he is AGAIN with his Big Eclipse Swatch.

Wil Wheaton Loves His Big Eclipse from Pick Me

Now, you might think that we couldn’t possibly identify the exact watch he was wearing in that photo based on that picture, but I have TWO other promo shots of him with the Big Eclipse, so it’s a pretty safe bet that it’s the same watch.

If you’d like to enjoy all of the Swatchy Goodness Wil Wheaton had to offer, you can see the others here:

The fact that Wil Wheaton didn’t have a fashion advisor actually makes me quite happy. All of his teen photos are like a snapshot into the late 80s and early 90s. Todays heart throbs are so manufactured that it’s like they are mannequins instead of real people. I predict there will be a backlash because of this and all the teenaged girls are going to start swooning over unfinanced YouTube stars and teen bloggers in a desperate effort to fall for guys who are REAL instead of plastic.

Here’s to Wil Wheaton! One of the first unadvised teen heart throbs!

7/26/2012

This Bob Ross Remix Brought A Tear To My Eye

Filed under: Personal History — Laura Moncur @ 11:44 am

Anyone who ever loved Bob Ross will absolutely ADORE this video:

Bob Ross is one of those people who helped me through tremendously hard times. Every Saturday morning on Channel 7, I could depend on his calm voice and positive outlook to get me through the hard week. I am so grateful that he was on television when I needed him.

Via: Bob Ross: The Remix – Cheezburger – BETA

7/22/2012

Flowers in the Quicksand Manicure & Pedicure

Filed under: I Love Makeup!,Manicures and Pedicures — Laura Moncur @ 1:00 pm

My Commander-In-Chic Manicure lasted almost two weeks, but it was time to change my polish. I call this one Flowers in the Quicksand.

Flowers in the Quicksand Manicure from Pick Me

Matching Pedicure:

Flowers in the Quicksand Pedicure from Pick Me

Continue reading for the tutorial: (Continue Reading…)

7/14/2012

We Just Adopted Lucy

Filed under: Lucy,Our Pets — Laura Moncur @ 5:14 pm

We went to the Downtown Farmers Market to find Armenian cucumbers and we ended up with a kitten.

Laura and Lucy 07-14-12

She looks so much like Maggie and is a very snuggly kitten, so I immediately love her. I had no choice. She’s three months old, so that would make her birthday April 14, 2012.

Elvis has spent all his time stalking her and hissing. Nina has just avoided her as much as she could. I’m sure she’ll fit in this household just fine, she just needs to find her place.

7/13/2012

Oz the Great and Powerful Looks Amazing!

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 9:15 am

I wasn’t too excited about seeing this new Oz movie from Disney until I saw the trailer.

James Franco as the great and powerful Oz looks wonderful! I can’t wait!

7/10/2012

Commander in Chic Nails

Filed under: I Love Makeup!,Manicures and Pedicures — Laura Moncur @ 9:53 am

I redid my nails last night and I’m pretty pleased with the results.

Commander in Chic Nails from Pick Me!

I took Sally Hansen’s Commander in Chic polish and put on two coats.

Commander in Chic Nails from Pick Me!

Commander in Chic Nails from Pick Me!

I used the Konad black polish for the stamp.

Commander in Chic Nails from Pick Me!

I used the Konad stamping plate #M24 for the stamp.

Commander in Chic Nails from Pick Me!

I’m surprised at how good it looked and I hope it lasts as long as my last manicure.

7/4/2012

Happy Independence Day from Felicia Day!

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 10:53 am

7/1/2012

Patriotic Fingernails

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

I’m feeling a little excited about my patriotic fingernails I did today, so I wanted to share them with you.

Patriotic Fingernails

If you’d like to read how I did them, there’s more after the break: (Continue Reading…)

6/29/2012

J Pop America Funtime Now: What It’s Like To Have A Friend Obsessed with Japan

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 9:59 am

These video skits from SNL are spot on. It shows exactly what it’s like to have a friend who is obsessed with Japan.

J Pop America Funtime Now with Katy Perry

There is also a skit with Jonah Hill that was hilarious as well, but I can’t find it online.

6/27/2012

Elvis Vs. The Xbox

Filed under: Elvis,Our Pets — Laura Moncur @ 8:23 am

Why is the funnest thing I can do with my Xbox is tease my cat with it?

He is fascinated with the DVD tray that opens and closes. It has gotten so bad that he comes running whenever he hears me turn on the console. This is the cat that I thought was deaf because he wouldn’t even acknowledge my screeching at him to get off the counter. He’s definitely NOT deaf. That big boy can hear the sound of the Xbox powering up no matter where he is in the house.

6/26/2012

Castle Panic: A Fun Cooperative Family Game

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 10:54 am

I saw this episode of TableTop and it really made me want to try the game Castle Panic.

Castle PanicSo, I bought it and we all played it last Sunday. It was a lot of fun and I’m so impressed with the game mechanics. There are some bad guys who are stronger than others and the way they deal with their “hit points” is really ingenious.

The biggest flak I got from Stacey, Dan and Mike was about the cooperation. They immediately started quoting the Incredibles line.

Everyone’s special, which is another way of saying no one is.

They argued that if we all win, that’s like no one winning. And they kept arguing that until we lost our first game.

“Should we play again?” I asked, tentatively. I had introduced this game and they had all complained heavily about it.

“Yeah! We gotta win this thing!”

So, if friendly competition in your family has gotten a little out of control, maybe a cooperative tower defense game like Castle Panic is just what you need.

6/24/2012

Teardrop American Outbacker Problems After 3000 Miles

Filed under: Teardrop Trailer Restoration — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Mike and I have finished our epic journey with the Teardrop American Outbacker. I talked about it ad infinitum on Starling Travel. You can read all about what we saw here:

Over the course of those 3000 miles, we had a few mishaps and troubles, so once we got it home, I had a huge job cleaning and fixing them up.

The first problem we had on the road. Our taillights shorted out, which burned out our brake light indicator on our Prius (instead of just blowing a fuse). So, we replaced the taillights on the trailer and that $250 part on the Prius while we were in Little Rock. Many thanks to North Point Toyota and Charles at Mobile RV Service (501-681-5593) for taking such good care of us. (Continue Reading…)

6/22/2012

Nina Chasing Bunnies in Her Dreams

Filed under: Nina,Our Pets — Laura Moncur @ 4:07 pm

Nina does this about once or twice a day, but every time I try to film her, the noise of getting the camera always wakes her up. Today, I was able to catch her in the act.

She is such a light sleeper, I would swear she was a cat, not a dog.

6/20/2012

Revolution: The 2012 Fall Show I’m Most Excited About

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 9:13 am

After watching this trailer, I’m so excited about this show: Revolution – NBC Official Site.

Of course, I’m still angry at J.J. Abrams for not finishing what he starts, but I’m willing to try once again.

6/19/2012

Winter Does Strange Things To Me

Filed under: Barbies and other favorite toys — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I came across some photos that I took last winter in the middle of my “I Want To Go Camping So BAD” phase. It was dark and cold last winter, so I pulled out my Barbies and took them camping on the kitchen table.

THAT’S how desperate I was for some sunshine and outdoors time.

Here is the storyline I composed in my head: (Continue Reading…)

6/14/2012

Oh, Moby? Why U Make So Ugly A Swatch?!

Filed under: My Life in Swatches — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I love Moby and his music. I love Swatch watches. So, you’d think a Moby Swatch would be a sure thing for me, right? Unfortunately, wrong!

Swatch Moby

Not quite Keith Haring. Not quite Pearls Before Swine. It’s just not doing it for me.

Swatch Moby Artist

I love you, man, but I just can’t buy this watch, no matter how many poorly drawn aliens you put on it.

Swatch Moby Artist

Via: Swatch Moby Special | SecondWatch Blog

6/13/2012

Pets.Com: What I Miss The Most From The First Dot Bomb

Filed under: Personal History — Laura Moncur @ 9:19 am

The sock puppet who was the star of the Pets.com commercials was my absolute FAVORITE part of the the First Dot Bomb. Just in case you don’t remember them, here is a medley of some of their commercials.

There are some different commercials in this video and the end shows the Pets.com puppet in the Macy’s Day Parade.

Of all these commercials, I haven’t been able to find the “Where’s the love for the ferret?” commercial that Mike and I used to quote all the time. We loved that little puppet so much that we bought one. He still looks at us from the kitchen shelf every day. I took him down from the shelf to take some pictures of him.

Pets.com Puppet

I can’t believe that Pets.com had enough money to make the sock puppet when they shipped fifty pounds of aquarium gravel to us for FREE. No wonder they went out of business.

Pets.com Puppet

They even recreated the watch on the puppets “neck.” It’s set to 8:00 on the 11th every day.

Pets.com Puppet

His microphone is even taped to his hand, just like in the commercial.

Pets.com Puppet

They even recreated his uneven eyes.

Pets.com Puppet

In the end, Pets.com went out of business because they spent money on Macy’s Day Parade balloons, prime time commercials and free shipping without boundaries instead of focusing on fulfillment and adding to their warehouse locations. It was a business that could have really worked if they had stayed “small” for long enough to survive the Dot Bomb. The cost for those prime time commercials were what made us love them, but at the same time, it’s what killed them in the end.

That’s why the Pets.com puppet stays on our kitchen shelf, looking down on me. It reminds me to remember the mistakes of the past and make sure we don’t make the same ones.

Pets.com Puppet

6/11/2012

Living in 320 Square Feet

Filed under: Personal History — Laura Moncur @ 6:51 am

When Mike and I lived in the Sugarhouse House, we lived in an 873 square foot house. Sometimes I miss the simplicity of that house, especially when I’m trying to keep up with the house cleaning.

Watching this video made me think that we could go even smaller.

I loved the perfect simplicity of the couch/guest bed at the 6:52 minute mark: YouTube – Shotgun shack redux: mortgage-free in 320 square feet 6:52 minute mark

We had something very similar in our living room, a futon. Unfortunately, a futon isn’t a very comfortable couch and doesn’t provide a lot of storage underneath because of the opening and closing mechanism. That couch is much more efficient.

Their workspace is in an entirely different building, but they also have a teenage boy living with them, so the thought of living in 320 square feet suddenly sounds possible. The thought of living mortgage free sounds even better.

6/9/2012

Drawing of Carol Gortat

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

When Carol died, this drawing went to her sister, Pat. I was so sad that I didn’t get a chance to properly photograph it, but Pat was nice enough to let me borrow it so I could get a good photo.

Carol Gortat

Not a week goes by when I don’t think about Carol and how blessed I was to have her in my life. I thank the day she moved in with us because our home-life became much more sane with her present.

I’ll always remember her looking like this.

6/8/2012

IKEA Song: Fireflies Parody

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 8:56 am

I LOVE this video!

It’s EXACTLY what it feels like to go to IKEA. Lucky thing they have a food court there or people would STARVE before they found their way out!

6/7/2012

A Welcome Home for a Soldier

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 1:53 pm

This video literally had me crying my eyes out. Amanda had been deployed for six months and her husband filmed her return.

He said:

“I filmed this when my wife came back from a 6 month deployment last fall. Our beagle was still a puppy when she left, and was full grown dog by the time she came back.”

Just hearing her dog, Daisy, yelp and whine at Amanda’s return, I felt every moment of her absence from the family. How do dogs do that?

6/2/2012

Geeks Who Drink at The Break: The Most Fun You Can Have On A Wednesday

Filed under: Living in Daybreak,Living in Utah — Laura Moncur @ 8:17 am

We didn’t win. We didn’t get second place. We had a ton of fun!

2012-05-30 The Break Space Monkeys

I think Geeks Who Drink is so much fun because it makes me feel dumb. I know that’s a paradox, but I love it when I find that there is a gap in my knowledge. I’ve learned that I need to be able to name more than three Supreme Court Justices.

Ironically, we would have been tied for first place if we had just trusted our instincts and written Clarence Thomas down, even though it seems like he was just instated yesterday. Now that I think about it, though, I was working at K-Mart putting myself through college when the Anita Hill thing blew up, so he has been on the bench a LONG time.

I think the best part was that our friends came to compete as well.

2012-05-30 The Break My Dixie Wrecked

They held onto the third place spot for most of the game, but in the end, none of us won.

Next week, however, we’ll see…

5/31/2012

Celebrity Optical Illusion: What Is Going On Here?

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 8:35 am

This animated GIF a strange optical illusion that I can’t quite figure out. Stare at the cross in the middle. Really focus on it. When you do, the faces on each side start to appear horribly disfigured, but when you glimpse over at them, they haven’t changed at all.

Celebrity Optical Illusion

As far as I can tell, staring at the center cross makes our mind try to merge the two faces, just as it would in a stereogram with the right focal distance. Because the two faces are vastly different, they appear disfigured because our mind has made an amalgam of the two.

Via: What is This Sorcery?! – Celebrity Pictures, Lol Celebs and Funny Actor and Actress Photos – ROFLrazzi

5/18/2012

Geeks Who Drink at The Break in Daybreak: SO FUN!!!

Filed under: Living in Daybreak,Living in Utah — Laura Moncur @ 5:28 am

Mike and I were taking Nina for a walk a couple of weeks ago when we ambled past The Break, the new sports bar. We’ve avoided it, because they didn’t have Buzztime Trivia and we don’t watch sports. When we walked by, however, we thought pub food sounded good, so we would order some to go and take it home.

Geeks Who Drink We Won!While we waited, we were surprised that there was a trivia game going on. It seemed pretty fun, so we thought we’d come next week. So glad we did, because we WON first place (and a free beer for the Guy Ritchie question)!

You can read about it here:

[Space Monkeys] got all but one questions on round two for 15 points and then they jokered for a massive early 30 point lead that they barely held on to all night.

“Jokered” means you can choose one round where you get double the points you earn on that round. We chose that one because that round was music clips and we were pretty sure we had all of them, except the CCR song. Lucky thing we did that because it really helped.

Geeks Who Drink Fun TimesBeing first timers, I was worried that it would be too complicated to understand what was going on, but the instructions were very clear. I was also worried that I wouldn’t be able to hear the questions, which DID happen a couple of times, but he was careful to repeat any questions for anyone who needed it. I love that he plays music in between the questions, so we can kibitz without people at other tables hearing.

It was the perfectly orchestrated trivia game and the food was DELICIOUS!

Can’t wait until next Wednesday!

5/7/2012

Teardrop American Outbacker Restoration: Galley Shelves, Sink Drainage and Camping

Filed under: Teardrop Trailer Restoration — Laura Moncur @ 9:17 am

There was a flurry of activity last week as Mike and I worked to make the teardrop trailer ready for a maiden voyage. We had a bunch of little things that needed to be completed before we could camp. The MOST important thing was preventing the windows from leaking, which we didn’t complete, but since there was no rain planned for that weekend, we took a chance and camped anyway. Continue reading to see what we did and more pictures: (Continue Reading…)

5/1/2012

Teardrop American Outbacker Restoration: Adding The Curtains

Filed under: Teardrop Trailer Restoration — Laura Moncur @ 9:00 am

I’ve finished adding the curtains to our Teardrop American Outbacker.

They stay put even when the door is open.

I lined them, so they look good from the outside AND inside.

I also added a tie (permanently attached) so that we can open them when we want light or ventilation.

I’m a little worried that the curtain rods bow so much in the middle when I tie them up, but we will probably leave them closed most of the time, so I’ve decided to not worry about it unless it is a problem when we’re camping.

I also made a couple of throw pillows out of the same material, but we haven’t gotten a mattress yet, so they’ll have to wait. We measured the bed space and it’s approximately 70″ wide by 78″ long. That’s just barely too small for a California King, so we’re going to go with a Queen sized mattress.

But, first, we have to do the water test to make sure the weather stripping will keep out the rain.

Update 05-07-12: We took the trailer camping last weekend and EVERY ONE of those stupid curtain rods broke. The ends popped off each of them, making the curtains fall. I’m going to replace the rods with something more substantial.

Note to self: If you are a little worried about something (like bending curtain rods), fix it BEFORE you go camping. Trying to deal with that stuff while we were at the campground was more difficult than it would have been if I had just solved the problem at home.

4/30/2012

Felicia Day’s Flog

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 2:34 pm

Can we just talk for a moment about how fun and entertaining Felcia Day’s Flog is? Each week she shares her favorite geeky things and then does something awesome like blacksmithing skills or ice sculpture. Check out the ice sculpture episode here:

When she started Geek and Sundry, I wasn’t all that excited, but each week her Flog episodes make me so happy. Thanks for such good work, Felcia!

4/20/2012

Teardrop American Outbacker Restoration: Paint & Awning Completed

Filed under: Teardrop Trailer Restoration — Laura Moncur @ 5:47 pm

Mike and I have finished painting the teardrop trailer and I finished sewing the awnings.

Teardrop American Outbacker Restoration: Paint & Awning Completed

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

4/5/2012

Teardrop American Outbacker Restoration: Getting Ready To Paint

Filed under: Teardrop Trailer Restoration — Laura Moncur @ 2:41 pm

I’ve power-sanded the teardrop trailer to within an inch of its life and now I’ve masked it off, getting ready to paint it.

Teardrop American Outbacker Restoration: Getting Ready To Paint

Teardrop American Outbacker Restoration: Getting Ready To Paint

I am sore from all the sanding, crouching and stretching. It’s a better workout than I’ve had in a long time.

4/3/2012

Teardrop American Outbacker Restoration: Leveling The Bed Platform

Filed under: Teardrop Trailer Restoration — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Our new teardrop trailer has an unusual bed platform. There is room for a queen bed in the sleeping cabin, but the bottom of the flooring is uneven.

Many people have leveled it by adding a sleeping platform. You can see what Gregg M. from the Fiberglass RV Forum did to level his here:

His bed platform looks amazing, but it is a bit out of my skills range right now. We need to get this trailer ready to camp in about a month and a half, so that addition will have to wait until I learn more woodworking skills.

For now, we are leveling the bed platform by adding storage bins.

Each side will need one purple bin and two blue bins. I can’t find the purple bin online, but here is the label for it. It is the Homz Clear Storage Bin 7.5 Quart 16.25′ X 7′ X 6.125′

Homz Clear Storage Bin 7.5 Quart 16.25' X 7' X 6.125'

The blue bin is the Snapware Smart Store 11.5′ X 8.5″ X 5.6′. I found it on Amazon here: Snapware Smart Store System at Amazon.com. Here is the label for it as well.

Snapware Smart Store 11.5' X 8.5

We haven’t tried putting the mattress over these bins and attempting to access them yet, so I can’t tell you if they feel lumpy under the mattress or if they are unable to support our weight. Once we take the trailer on its maiden voyage, I’ll update here.

Update 05-07-12: These little boxes did an EXCELLENT job of leveling the bed platform. They were great for storing our camping gear like flashlights and tools. They didn’t feel lumpy. They didn’t move around. They were easy to access under the queen sized mattress we put in the cabin. I don’t think I’ll even bother with building a fancy platform like Gregg did.

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