Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Where's Malcom Wednesday

Well the pic I wanted to use is taking too long to go from my phone to my email, so we'll have to go with option 2....

Needless to say I this wasn't my FAVORITE place ever to find him.

Oh look, he thinks he's shredder!

Get it?




Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Totally Random

So, I ran across this link...I apologize in advance.  It's a movie my little brother made last year for a school project.  You know the kind.  I don't know why I find it so funny.  But there are some parts that make me giggle.  Maybe it's because it's my own brother...

in a wig

...or maybe because they didn't bother moving any of the clutter that was in the background...or maybe because we had a group of boys who made the same kinds of videos when I was in school and it reminds me of that...I don't know.

Friday, December 17, 2010

It's a major award! I won it!

Today is a day of winnings!  And it wasn't even a leg lamp!

Today we had a Student Affairs Professionals "Retreat" and I won a $50 gift card to La Caille.  Which I understand will barely pay for a slice of bread, but hey.  And THEN....I'm just so excited... I found a blog -Allora Handmade.  Jessica makes the most adorable rosette accessories.  Well she was doing a giveaway and I entered and I totally won!  You HAVE to check out her site!  Here is a pick from her site of my winnings!  I'm seriously stoked!  I'm going to put her button on my blog and you have to go check her out.  Okay, I'm going to say it one more time.

Check out her site.  and no she ask me to try to persuade you all over there.  I did it on my own free will.

Have you checked it out yet? 



Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bedroom Makeover Wish List

So I want to redo the bedroom.  Remy got his 2 years of gray paint.  -Now it's time to give it a fresh look I think.  (and I have nothing against gray, it's so hot right now and there are some shades I really LOVE, but for me, right now in this room, I'm over it.)  I'm mainly over the gray in our room because 3 of the 4 walls actually are purple-ish tinted and it's driving me crazy.  I try to forget about it, but some days I'm more successful at that than others.

This will be the color on the walls:
Pale Smoke by Benjamin Moore

This is the crown molding that will be installed as well:
 Nice huh?

I'm THINKING a white duvet so it will go with anything, but something with a little texture like this one:

Now I'm still not sure what color to use for the accent.  I have black furniture and I'm not going to be getting anything new or refinishing what I have....perhaps some inspiration:

Whatddya think?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Where's Malcom Wednesday -The Cat in a Hat

So today's post isn't really about where he is physically, although trust me, he's been in some funny places.  The other day I was at Target and I saw this little cat hat.  I normally wouldn't care, but I could just imagine how funny the cats would look wearing this.  So I bought one -knowing full well it would be a complete waste of my $5, but I couldn't resist for some strange reason.  So here you go.

We got Malcom to keep it on the other morning as he was lounging so he didn't really mind all that much.  Although you can see that Remy had to hold him down so he wouldn't run off.

This post will also feature Little Grey who I thought actually wouldn't mind wearing the hat because she didn't mind the collars we would put on her.  I was wrong.  She was pissed.  And it was hilarious.  At least to me.  She flattened her ears and just glared at me until I clicked the picture and then ran off.  It took a few times of me chasing her around trying to make her keep it on long enough so take a picture.  I think she finally figured out what I was trying to do and just humored me, which made it even funnier.  Again, at least to me.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 9, 2010


So I don't think I've mentioned this here, but in August I got a new job. I had been working at the University of Utah Human Resources as an HR Rep.  And I really did like my job, but the time had come to move up and out.  So right before I left for China this summer (which I also don't think I've mentioned here) I sort of applied for a job on a whim.  Long story short I ended up getting it.  YAY!  Which I feel like I owe to all the people in HR who gave their recommendation of me to the hiring department.  So as of August 2nd I'm the new Staffing Coordinator at the Housing & Residential Education department at the U.  For those of you who may not know, they run the student dorms. 

Right before I started the department had put together brand new committees which would be headed by members of the Leadership Team (which I'm part of).  So I'm the chair of the Training & Morale committee (which I'm SOOO glad that's the one I got!).  Anyhow, for November we had a Tastiest Pie contest the week of Thanksgiving.  It was DELICIOUS!  And I got lots of great feedback, which made me feel good.  We had really good entries too...some were so fancy like the raspberry ribbon with homemade crust and someone who made a s'mores type pie with homemade marshmellow on top....HELLO!  We had a panel of judges with score cards and they tasted and rated each pie on things like presentation, crust, taste, level of difficulty, etc.  It was actually hilarious to watch them because they had their little plates and glasses of water and it was dead silent in the room they were sitting.  They took their jobs very seriously.  :)   Then we let people vote on their favorites and awarded a crowd favorite.

You want to know the hardest part of the whole thing was picking the prizes.  Seriously, I have a love/hate relationship with that.  All I wanted was a sliver pie scoop.  Is that so hard?  Apparently yes is the answer to that question.  I'll spare you the details on how many freaking stores Remy and I went to looking for one.  In the end I had to concede to a black handled one which I blinged out with some awesome stick on rhinestones.

Here's the KNOW you wish you could have been there!

P.S.  My pie is the ugly one right on the end here, with the whip cream swirl thingy.  Yeah, it got the least amount of points on appearance.  :)  But was a crowd favorite!

Do you have any other great office party/morale/fun/cheap things to do?  I'd love to hear some ideas!  We did a coloring contest for Halloween which was a huge hit thanks to my SIL Kim for the idea!  Then we had a potluck in December and we want to do a chilli cook off around the Super Bowl.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Where's Malcom Wednesday

This is a new feature to the blog (I say that as though I even have old features, HA!), it's called "Where's Malcom Wednesday." So we have this cat, Malcom, and he's crazy. He loves to be in things or on things or under things. Trust me, he's just weird. Bring a box home, he jumps right in. Plastic bag fall to the floor while your unloading groceries? He's in it. Which is where he is today....

Strangers Aren't ALWAYS Scary


So this story is a little old, but a good one.

We have this GIANT mirror in our bathroom. You know the kind, the big huge unframed ones. The kind that had those hollywood lights above them. Yeah, THAT kind. Yuck. I decided it need to be framed so I headed on down to my local Home Depot. As I was mulling over the moulding (that's kinda fun to say), debating on which one to get, this nice little old lady says "If you need any help, my husband is really good at this sort of thing." I explain what my project is and at this point I'm just deciding what size of moulding to get, but thanks! Well her husband comes over and offers his advice. I explain my project and say, I'm good, but thanks for the help.

Well I pick what I wanted and then he asks me what type of saw I was going to use to make the cuts. Rather emberassed I show him the box I had been carrying around with one of those cheap hack saws with a guid to cut angles, because we have no tools at my house.

He starts telling me that my little saw will work, but it might not make a nice smooth edge, etc., etc. And that "I have a really nice power saw all set up in my garage and it would go so fast and make a really nice smooth cut." I didn't know where he was going with this, so I just said "Oh yeah? That would be nice." Then he asks me if I want to come over to his house so he can cut it for me!

"Uh," I hesitated...(I mean wouldn't you? Some random old man at the HD offering to cut your frame for you?) "Oh thanks, but I think this will work okay."

"You sure? It will really be so fast, and I already have everything set up because we're putting up crown moulding in our house."

Well, the point of the story is that I finally gave in! I did. He said the lived nearby so I could just follow them to their house. So this sweet little old lady helped me carry my boards to the front and load them in my car. As we were walking to the register she said, "well why don't I just ride with you?" The response in my head...."Uh sure little old lady, like THAT won't be awkward!" The response that came out of my mouth..."That works, if that will be easier." !!!!

Well, we got to their house and the guy cut my boards and I went on my way. They were so sweet and in the end I was grateful I went with them! I would probably have ruined it and it would have taken me all day just to make 4 cuts. Thanks to them I was able to paint and put it up the next day. Here are the before and after pics. Sorry they aren't good, I took them from my phone.


The bathroom looks even better now because it's all decorated and whatnot. This is the pic I took before I actually glued the boards on. Remy was out all day and I didn't want him to freak out if he didn't like it. But he LOVED it! YAY! :)