Happy New Year!

Be Yourself. That is all.


Back into Production!!!

Talk about the finale of Christmas Presents!

Big, big news for Arrested Development fans.
The show is coming back with all new episodes in 2013, exclusively to Netflix.

For the first time in their histories, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine Television will produce original first-run entertainment content for Netflix, reports USA TODAY's Gary Levin. They are bringing back the acclaimed series to production with new episodes, five years after it was canceled.
Said Imagine Entertainment co-founders Ron Howard and Brian Grazer in the announcement: "Of all the projects we've been involved with over the years, we probably get more questions about Mitch Hurtwitz's brilliant Arrested Development than any other. Everyone, ourselves included, seems to feel like the Bluths left the party a bit too soon."

They added, "Bringing a series back from cancellation almost never happens, but then, 'Arrested' always was about as unconventional as they get, so it seems totally appropriate that this show that broke the mold is smashing it to pieces once again."

I don't think we'll see a Family Guy type of story here, where the show comes back and continues to crank out seasons well after its original cancellation.  There are potential scheduling conflicts, with Will Arnett (Gob), currently on the modest hit NBC show Up All Night, which may get a second season, and Portia De Rossi (Lindsay), who doesn't have anything on her IMDB page blocking a return, but that's another cast member who is in doubt.

Still, you have to think where there's a will, there's a way.  Jason Bateman, who became a go-to comedy star after the show's release, has said that they are looking for a summer 2012 production schedule.  And we may still see a movie, yet.  This is incredible news for Arrested Development fans.  Here's hoping 2013 will be full of new Arrested content.


So great live
Whilst sitting on a big ugly yellow couch

Frosty version yet

Zee Avi - Frosty The Snowman by CoverMe


And I only cried a little when they stuck me with the IV in my wrist. It wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting. Just three little holes in my knee cap and blamo! All fixed. 


Do you remember this post?
(In August)

Well, four months later my little knee hurts worse than ever. After having to debreed it, filet it and drain it, it turns out that was just surface business with a wound surgeon. I went to an orthopedic surgeon who was surprised I was even able to walk around for the last while... And tomorrow, he is going to get under my knee cap and repair the damage. 

Saying I am scared of surgery is putting it lightly. I am terrified. And that is just the surgery part... the aftermath, being stuck on a bed or a sofa not being able to walk or drive for a few weeks.. I am going to go stir crazy. 

I have been spending the last hour adding good shows and movies to my Netflix queue. The good news is that Tom and the kids will be home the whole time I am recovering so I will have lots of little helpers and lots of good company. 

Tom and his dad, Paul just gave me a priesthood blessing. I have faith that will get me through.  

 Font is Everything

 Guest Post

I am excited to introduce you to Susi, a blogger from Design Shuffle, an awesome design blog filled with edgy designs and exciting interiors!  She contacted me a while back but since I have not been a great blogger the last month or so, It has taken me a while to post her lovely work. 

Thank you Design shuffle! Enjoy :)

Hi, I am Susi, a writer for Design Shuffle, a fabulous social media site where design professionals and design lovers can network, find inspiration and share projects. It's a great place to find new ideas. Speaking of new ideas, I'm excited to be guest blogging here at Tales from the UC today about fun & funky fashion and d√ącor. I looked for rooms and fashions that push the edge a bit of what most of us would wear or how we'd decorate. Isn't that where we get inspiration? Stepping out of our comfort zones? So here is my take on fun & funky fashions and decorating ideas. Hope you are inspired!

Ikat Bracelet Design
Love these bracelets inspired by Ikat... fun and funky, and great inspiration for a room. Or a lamp. So many possibilities.
Vintage Shoe Design
I want these shoes turned into a room. Curvy lines, buttery suedes, rich colors with a vintage feel? Perfect for a bedroom or living room.
Chartreuse Furnishing Design
Black and white is so classic in decor, but the chartreuse adds a bit of fun and funky style to this room. Love the chartreuse glass chandeliers. Amazing color.
Vintage Pattern Design
These fall fashions are definitely funky. Love the mix of vintage design and pattern. I'd love to see the middle one turned into some lively living room designs.
Funky Room Decor
A swinging chair is definitely fun and funky in this living room. Mixes of patterns on the floor and wall is also funky but stylish.
Patterned Living Room Design
Love the deep blue rug against the red of the sofas. Patterns and accent colors make this living room a fun space. So colorful and cheery.
Funky Bedroom Design
Love the leopard throw on the bed and the mirror-like finish on the headboard in this bedroom design. A little bit funky and a whole lot of glamour. Fun & funky doesn't always have to be about bold color.
Kitted Arm Cuff
I wish this arm cuff was a pillow. Love the military/handcrafted feeling of it. Fun buttons! Thick knits are cozy to wear and decorate with in fall and winter. Throws, poufs and pillows can all be found in thick, chunky knits.
Can't get enough of these funky interiors? Visit Design Shuffle for more inspiration and to connect with Boston interior designers and†San Francisco interior designers and more! [ Images 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 ]


I finally decorated for Christmas. 

So did the kids...

 Next thing on my shopping list, stockings.
 The Good News! 
I scanned some photo's of our very first home. 
She just needs a good lawn aeration and she'll be ready to go.

When Tom and I were very first married, we had the lofty dream of finding a beautifully fancy home and living there forever. We rented an apartment for just shy of the first three years of our marriage. It was actually a heavenly apartment with the whole complex in a "U" shape including seven small one level homes. Our home was in the middle with a breezeway on both sides. It was like an individual home with a center front lawn that everyone gathered on. We met some of the loveliest couples there. Every night Tom and I would hang out with them, our kids became best friends, Tom and the boys became inseparable and I couldn't have been happier.  Looking back, it was one of the happiest times of our lives.

Until one night on my way out the door Tom mentioned in passing, "Oh, by the way, I may or may not have spotted a mouse a few days before." Sadly, my happiness could not be maintained knowing I was sharing a home with such a scandalous housemate (The mouse, not my husband). I called our landlord, and to make an already long story a little less long, we had to be out by the end of the week. Though Tom may have disagreed at the time, But I thought me getting us getting kicked out was a blessing in disguise as we were finally forced out of our comfort zone and given the option of becoming homeowners. "The one thing I craved more than anything", I had said to Tom.  "An opportunity to paint my walls whatever color I wanted. The chance to plant a flower and watch it grow. The ability to pull into my driveway and know that this is my home." I had wanted my own place my whole life and finally that was just around the corner.

Of course with our very small budget of $110,000.00 our lofty goals were not even close to being realized. We found our price range allowing us either a track home (I'll pass) or a very old, very small, low ceilinged homes filled with either offensive odors or toilets out on the front lawn.

I remember the day we finally found her. Tom and I had been out all day house hunting. We had just about given up when we turned down a street filled with old homes and big trees.
There she was. A beautiful two story home with red brick and a shake roof. Huge windows and an immaculate lawn. I told Tom "This is it!" We called immediately and to our dismay, the house had been sold that morning. "But I do have another one just around the corner, more of a fixer upper, but still a very nice home." "I don't care what it looks like." I told Tom, "I am tired of looking, if it's livable, we'll take it."

A fixer upper?

It was a filthy, gross, smelly beyond belief, abused home. But it was everything we ever wanted. High ceilings, twelve inch thick lath and plaster walls, archways, floor to ceiling windows, original wood floors and a blank slate all in one beautifully smelly package. And we loved it instantly. Three rooms and a bath upstairs. A family room, formal dining room, office, kitchen and bathroom on the main. And a spooky a haunted cellar for a basement. All for $96,000.00

I'll never forget pulling that first tampon out of the heating duct.  

I owe so much to this home. It was here that I started my interior design business... My first client was a realtor that was showing the place. And from there, the jobs kept coming one after another.

The Bad News!

I don't have any after photos for you at the moment. You'll just have to trust that it turned out smashingly.


I saw this on a website...
(Which I have forgotten now) 
Oh, the little things that make you smile. 

Avoidable \uh-voy'-duh-buhl\:
What a bullfighter tries to do.

Baloney \buh-lo'-nee\:
Where some hemlines fall.

Bernadette \burn'-a-det\:
The act of torching a mortgage.

Burglarize \bur'-gler-ize\:
What a crook sees with.

Eyedropper \i'-drop-ur\:
A clumsy ophthalmologist.

Heroes \hee'-rhos\:
What a guy in a boat does.

Paradox \par'-u-doks\:
Two physicians.

Pharmacist \farm'-uh-sist\:
A helper on the farm.
Relief \ree-leef'\:
What trees do in the spring.
Sudafed \sood'-a-fed\:
Bringing litigation against a government official.


 Let Them Eat Cake