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New Toys!

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Charity Folks recently hosted an auction to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. Called "The Empire Muggs Back" various toy designers and Star Wars artists customized Hasbro's Mighty Muggs. We were lucky enough to win 2! Melissa Goodwin works on the Cartoon Network series Robot Chicken, and worked on the Star Wars Episode II show. Katie Cook is an official Star Wars artist at Lucasfilm.
We won Melissa Goodwin's Han Solo in Carbonite and Katie Cook's Wampa





Room Design

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In conjunction with Cassio Design BuildLA and I designed and remodeled part of our garage into a fantastic entryway. We self-performed alot of the work and we love our new room! Doesn't it look like a page from a magazine?





From left to right: Kozik's Ludwig Van vinyl bust limited to 50, cowskin rug from DWR, retro tripod lamp from Mod Livin in Denver, desk $15 from ARC--we peeled the faux wood laminate and used a bench grinder for the top, free oak chair from craigs list, globe from ARC, vintage Zenith AM radio/alarm clock from an estate sale. Spauling Gray paint from Sherwin Williams.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Last visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo with Sarah, Tobi, and Eowyn, LA and decided to become members, so yesterday we used our membership privileges and took our friend Kimberly to the early members-only opening at 8am, and I must say it was worth every penny of the membership just for yesterday morning! The monkeys were all howling, the Andulan Bear was making a humming/purring noise, a mountain lion was pacing, but best of all were the grizzlies! Both males were in their swimming pool play fighting for over 1/2 hour!


A zoo-keeper came by and we got lots of our questions answered...the bears were nuisance bears and scheduled for destruction after too many human encounters, but both got along well and were moved to the zoo together. The 2 American Bald Eagles had wing injuries and were incapable of flight. The 4 (or 5?) mountain lions were found by a hiker after their mother was poached. It makes you feel better about the animals being "caged up" when you know their ba…

America's Best City: Colorado Springs

Here's the article from the recent OUTSIDE Magazine:

How We Ranked Them
First, we started with the 100 most populated cities in America, using public data to rank them on factors like cost of living, unemployment, nightlife, commute time, and access to green spaces. Then we took the 28 candidates with the highest overall averages and put them through a second round of number crunching, comparing things like the percentage of the population with college degrees, income level in relation to home prices, and weather. The wild card? Our own multisport factor, which rated each of our finalists on a scale of 1 to 5 for quality and proximity to biking, running, paddling, hiking, and skiing.

KEY STATS
617,000: Population (metro)
$180,000: Median home price
A: Multisport grade
1,200: Number of Olympic athletes who live in town to train at the U.S. Olympic Complex There's a reason 1.3 million people have rushed to Colorado's Front Range in the past two decades: With 249 annual days of sun,…

TAPS in Colorado Springs

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I normally don't get excited over going to Wal-Mart for groceries, but when I pulled into the parking lot today and spotted a TAPS van (with Rhode Island plates), it really lifted my trip. Coming out of the store, I a girl loading the van and stopped to chat. No, it wasn't Jason or Grant or Steve or Tango, but a production worker. She couldn't tell me where they were investigating, only that it was one location in the Springs and one near Denver. We'll be sure to keep a lookout on SyFy for that episode for sure!