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Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas at the Capital

Boot Day

As the winter season rapidly approaches some look forward to holiday treats, hot chocolate, presents or curling up by a warm fire. Not Dan, he looks forward to leather boots. You could almost hear Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots are made for Walking" playing as the ladies walked by an unsuspecting Dan who, at age 40, almost had a heart attack.

More Holiday Humor

- Brian L.

W+P Christmas Skit

From left to right: Kristi, Mel, Liz, Tom and Joe

The Tradition lives on!!! Each year the new employees (newbies) of Williams + Paddon must preform a skit. This has ranged from live performances to magicians, stand up comedy, and "celebrity" roasts. This year Kristi, Mel, Tom, Joe, John, Liz, Danielle and Ashley chose a video presentation rather a live skit. This is great because now we can share the hilarity of this tradition with the world. Thanks for the laughs!
Watch the Video below. Just press play.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Competition

For the 5 of us who participated it was a memorable day. We could handle being laughed at and ridiculed by our co-workers. What none of us planned on was the strange looks by other people in the building wondering, "what were they thinking this morning". Nothing like showing your holiday spirit with a gaudy sweater from your grandma's closet.

First Place : Brian L. sporting a extra wide, extra short Santa and Snowman themed monstrosity.
Second Place : Beverly... I'd swear she's worn that before...?
Third Place : Kim. Although she didn't wear the sweater all day, the hour she did was enough.
Forth Place : Amber. Funny thing is, some people thought this was cute.
Fifth Place : Rose. Thanks for playing but yours was not even close to ugly.

Special thanks to Beverly for organizing the event!

- Brian L. and Rose

W+P Christmas Party

This years event was generously hosted by the principals of WP at Terry Green's house. It was a great informal gathering of friends to enjoy some good food, great wine and better conversation.

lots of food and LOTS of wine.

The annual holiday speech given by Paul, Jim, Jack, Terry, Greg, and Naaz.

A Festivus for the Rest of Us

Festivus is an annual holiday created by writer Dan O'Keefe and introduced into popular culture by his son Daniel, a scriptwriter for the TV show Seinfeld. Although the original Festivus took place in February 1966 as a celebration of O'Keefe's first date with his wife, Deborah, many people now celebrate the holiday on December 23rd, as depicted on the Seinfeld episode "The Strike".

The Festivus Pole - Made of aluminum and is displayed unadorned.
Airing of Grievances - Each person tells everyone else all the ways they have disappointed him or her over the past year.
Feats of Strength - This involves wrestling the head of the household to the floor, with the holiday ending only if the head of the household is actually pinned.
Click here for clips from the Seinfeld Episode.
-Brian L. and Jeff.

Holidays = Gift Baskets

Jason caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

Greg, Jessica and Brian W. stuffing their pockets.

We would like to thank all of our product reps, consultants and clients who shower the office with baskets full of goodies each holiday season. Here's how the process works.

Step 1 - Gift basket arrives at the front desk
Step 2 - Sarah (our awesome receptionist) takes what she wants first
Step 3 - Email sent out that there's free goodies in the kitchen
Step 4 - Half the office riffles through the gift baskets looking for the good stuff, the other half is too late and must eat the leftovers.

funny sign

This sign was in the lobby of Maggie’s dentist office building. Does this make any sense at all?


Monday, December 15, 2008

Poll Question Answers

The most critical factor in planning music rooms is?
answer : Volume

How much volume should be used per musician when calculating room requirements?
answer : 600cf

If a room is 2,500 sf with a ceiling height of 16 ft how many musicians will the space accomodate?
answer : 67


Sierra Adoption Holiday Boutique

Amber, Andrea, Ann (Sierra Adoption), Kim
The goods...

Well, if there was any doubt that we could pull this off (and there was quite a bit of doubt…), We proved them wrong. Williams + Paddon’s Christmas Boutique to raise money for Sierra Adoption Services was a success! Based upon the donations, generosity and talent from many different people, we were able to raise $3700! Thanks to the team of Kim Settle, Amber Seevers and Andrea Jaggers – we have raised enough money (so far) to place one child. Our goal is to raise enough money to place one more… so keep a hold of those gifts you want to re-gift, the old furniture you want to get rid of and those gently worn clothes… we will be holding another fundraiser in the Spring: the FIRST Williams + Paddon Garage Sale!!!

Thanks & Happy Holidays!


Holiday Shop Drawing

Click image to enlarge.


Blue Line Gallery

Article in the Sac Bee...

Make a beeline to Roseville's Blue Line
By Victoria Dalkey

"When I saw this beautiful space, I had to put something in it," said Tony Natsoulas at the Blue Line Gallery in Roseville.
"Eccentric Imagery," a show of works by nearly 30 artists from across the United States, is the result of his desire, and it fills the large gallery beautifully. In size, scope and quality, it rivals museum shows at the Crocker and illustrates the strength of bringing a true artist's eye to the task of curating a show.
Natsoulas, a nationally prominent Sacramento ceramic artist, has works by many of the artists included in the show in his personal collection, and the show reflects the eccentric humor his own work is known for. But humor is a large category and comes in a variety of forms, from whimsical and silly to satiric and dark-edged. The variety of responses makes for a lively viewing experience that never becomes static.

- Jim

More Holiday Humor

- Tom

Monday, December 8, 2008

M&M's...all gone.

Pictured above is a 3lb. bag of M&M's...EMPTY! Left over from our We Care event, this bag lasted all of 4 hours in our office. I know it's the season for sweets but 3lbs of M&M's in half a day...really? Great team effort as this was no small task.

IIDA Christmas Party

Last Thursday night was the annual IIDA Christmas Party held at the Elliot Fouts Art Gallery. In years past it has been an ornament design competition. These ornaments were designed and decorated by local design firms and then auctioned off for charity. This year they still had the ornaments but more hand made items such as jewelry, pillows, books, and paintings. All the proceeds from this years event went towards juvenile diabetes. It was a fun event that raised some much needed money for a very worthy cause.
[side note] Our very own Rose Cottle decorated an ornament that took second place!!!

We Care 2008

Last week W + P completed year four of our involvement in the Sacramento We Care Event. The event was once again a huge success!. There were 15 firms involved. Our team completed 100 cookies-in-a-jar gifts in a little under two hours. The kids had a great time and now many of them have hoilday gifts for their family members.

Thanks so much to all of you that donated either ingredients or money to make this event a reality. Without your help this would not have been possible.

And a big thank you to my 2008 WE CARE TEAM: AMBER, BRIAN, ROSE, ROBERT, ANDREA, JEFF, KIM AND NORA... You guys are the best and I had a great time working with you. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into this and your genuine desire to make someone elses life a little happier.


Winter humor

- Tom

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ginger Bread House Competition

Kristi, Andrea, Brian L. and myself were on a mission to ultimately make the coolest friggin’ ginger bread house ever. Throw in red vines, cotton candy, gum drops, marshmallows, giant peppermint sticks and a torch and we had a recipe for success. That’s right, the crew won FIRST PLACE in the Interceramic Gingerbread House Design contest. There were around 34 amazing entries but it was our innovative double decker treehouse design that caught the judges eye. Additionally, our very own Robi Kaseman and Mark Posnick designed a house that, by the looks of it, took a measly 60 hours to complete. It was a fantastic homage to green building from its green roof, sun shades, rain water collection and skylights down to its painstakingly detailed USGBC seal.

Competitions like these are great outlets for showcasing your flair and for exercising your ability to be innovative and think outside of the proverbial box. W+P has been making a great showing at these local competitions and, by consistently placing, proving that W+P has designers that are rich with talent and panache...and it's a ton of fun!

- Amber

Can't afford a real tree this year?'s 100% recycled!

- Taylor

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