Favorite Halloween Costume

November blog challenge for Flashback Friday:

Obviously in my home Halloween is a big deal. But not really for me – for my animals…..

Halloween 2012
Halloween 2012
Halloween 2009
Halloween 2009
Halloween 2011
Halloween 2011
Halloween 2013
Halloween 2013
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10 Photos Past 10

I tried to do this every :10 of the hour, but honestly most of those :10s I was sitting in my doom cube at work. That’s boring so here are 10 photos that may or may not be from :10.

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Summer Epiphany

DANG – November Daily Blog you’re good.

Of course I changed a TON of things in my life this summer, but I will be really candid here in saying the best epiphany that occurred to me was that I should always come first. Has it gotten to the point where I’m annoying about this ‘authentic self’ yet? Over the summer I realized that I had given so much of myself away in the hopes that someone would finally come around and change/give back for me that I had essentially lost myself entirely. I felt like I wasn’t able to do anything that I really wanted – ever. Not to mention I didn’t stand for anything really and was someone I didn’t want to be. I also accepted that I cannot drink at all anymore. I’m sure many of you have known me to throw back a few over the years, so it may be shocking that suddenly I’m sober, but it is the best gift I have given myself. The time was right to cut that out of my life in a rather un-dramatic way. I can look back now seeing how much I’ve done and just kind of wonder where I would be if I had phased that out a long time ago. But, I digress since giving that up was not a big deal at all. I finally feel like I’m on fire. I’m able to concentrate, give the appropriate amount of energy and be motivated about anything I choose.

I generally dislike summers because they require me to re-examine my life and my status quo. This summer was no exception and ultimately, I walked away with the foundations for the authentic self that I am falling hard in love with everyday as well as the gifts of joy and contentment through sobriety. You should always put yourself first. I learned that over the summer and now that it is deep into Fall, I have never been more content and happy.

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XXX
GFK

My First Pet; LWE8

Today’s November challenge is ‘Your first pet’. I grew up with a revolving door of GSDs, but my first pet that was all my own was Leopold my pug. Obviously, if you know me he is a HUGE part of my life, identity, and personality. Almost everyone says their dog ‘is a person in an animal’s body’ but Leopold seriously is human. He can express his exact emotions with a single look – he can be moody as all hell – he even gets mad if I don’t share my apple. He will forever be the first member of the tribe and my little bubbie.

Roll the Leopold William Edward VIII photos.

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If you wanna check out more pictures of Leopold here is his Flickr Set.

UNSTOPPABLE TIME

The blog challenge for Sunday was “A time when you felt unstoppable” – this is easy.

It’s right now.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so ‘on’ in my life. I have a clear head – I have hobbies – I have goals – I have connections – I have fun – I have healthy relationships – I have awesome animals – I’m eating well/feeling great – my job is rocking – plus I have some majorly insane travels and tattoos coming up.

I’ve talked a lot about ‘DO’ and the only reason my life is so unstoppable and ‘on’ right now is because I just started doing. Reaching that authentic self is so exciting. I’m meeting new people who not only share my interests, but are supportive and kind. By doing, I have put that positive energy out into the world and it is finally coming back ten-fold for me. I can promise you this I will never compromise again. Ever. Being the authentic me I am supposed to reach is what makes me unstoppable.

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The GHOSTFACE

A Typical Day for GFK

The challenge was a day in the life – this is a typical work day. Sometimes I do these things sometimes not. Creep on my day…..

First my alarm goes off followed by the shrill mews of Boris.
First my alarm goes off followed by the shrill mews of Boris.
Then I turn on Spotify to get hyphy for the day.
Then I turn on Spotify to get hyphy for the day.
Then I check the homies in Springfield - also Instagram is checked extensively.
Then I check the homies in Springfield – also Instagram is checked extensively.
After I get ready and feed the keeks/pug I walk to the Bus.
After I get ready and feed the keeks/pug I walk to the Bus.
I take the bus to the train like a big girl in my Hello Kitty hat.
I take the bus to the train like a big girl in my Hello Kitty hat.
I arrive at work.
I arrive at work.
And do werk.
And do werk.
At lunch I usually walk around - look Macy's already decorated.
At lunch I usually walk around – look Macy’s already decorated.
After work I sometimes run errands - look Target is ready for Xmas too.
After work I sometimes run errands – look Target is ready for Xmas too.
Sometimes I make my DH4L homie eat froyo with me.
Sometimes I make my DH4L homie eat froyo with me.
And I always knit - look here is the ribbing of my sweater done.
And I always knit – look here is the ribbing of my sweater done.

Favorite Recipe

My favorite recipe isn’t just a one trick pony – it’s an infinity trickery pony wizard recipe. Martha Stewart’s basic pie crust recipe is the end all of amazing pie crust recipes. I can tell you I have made dozens of pies with this (big/small/open/closed) and have always had everyone say it was the best crust ever. Plus if you work the dough a little more it’ll make it flakier. mmmmmm flakey pie crust……..

Here are some terrible photos of mini-pies I made with this recipe. I don’t know where all my other glorious pie photos have gone. Bummer. Photo fail.

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Martha’s Favorite Pie Crust
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling dough
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons ice water, plus 2 more, if needed

Step 1
In a food processor, pulse flour, salt, and sugar several times to combine. Add butter. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with just a few pea-size pieces remaining.

Step 2
Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed with fingers (if needed, add up to 2 tablespoons more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time). Do not overprocess.

Step 3
Turn dough out onto a work surface; form dough into a 3/4-inch-thick disk. Wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.

Step 4
Before baking, unwrap dough; place on a large piece of floured waxed paper. Roll dough to a 14-inch round. Using paper, lift and wrap dough around rolling pin (discarding paper); carefully unroll over a 9-inch pie plate. Gently fit into bottom and up sides of plate.

Step 5
Trim overhang to 1 inch; fold overhang under itself. Pinch between thumb and forefinger to make a uniform edge around the rim. Crimp edge; refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

I’ll just say that I love Martha. She is the god I worship most often. This crust is perfect for just about any pie/tart whether sweet or savory. The food processor does awesome, but if you don’t have one, a pie crust ‘masher’ will do the job.

Just look at this wizard. She’s amazing.

xxxx
GFK