Saturday, January 28, 2012

Third Place!

My mum's work had an office door decorating contest recently and the only requirements were that it incorporate a New Year's theme and at least one animal. The first things that come to mind when one thinks about New Year's are champagne, fireworks, parties, Times Square, and so forth. She had limited space to work with, so she decided that fireworks would make the perfect backdrop. The only problem is a lot of dogs are afraid of them! So, if you're putting two and two together, you've probably figured out the story by now. It's New Year's and while the fireworks are blasting away, the dogs are all huddled together wearing their Thundershirts (aka anxiety vests). The cats aren't afraid and are wondering why the dogs won't come and celebrate with them. Oh and most importantly — these aren't just any cats and dogs! While you might recognize Fritz and I in the mix, all of the other animals featured belong to people in her department. In fact, she wouldn't have done it if she couldn't include everybody. Well, her hard work paid off and she came in third place. Her colleagues were the judges and each got to cast one vote. There were so many cute, clever, and creative doors to choose from, making it a tough competition.

Monday, January 9, 2012

New year, new monkey

Back in 2008, when my mum was shopping at Trader Joe's, she happened to stumble upon what would become my favorite toy of all time... my stuffed monkey! As the years passed, she insisted that he was losing his charm and was falling apart. Despite his rough shape, she didn't have the heart to retire him because she knew how much I loved that toy. Well, this past weekend, she was at Petco and was floored when she spotted a virtual clone of my monkey out of the corner of her eye. She knew she had to get it for me and when I saw the two of them together, I almost couldn't tell them apart — except the new monkey squeaks! Even though I thought she could never replace my monkey, I think she managed to do pretty good. ;)