Photo BLAST Weekend Update

Jeez I didn’t blog for 2 days and I felt like a ‘blog-poser.’ BUT I was super busy and honestly, I didn’t want to write about what the daily blogs were. I’ll post another later Monday to get back on track with the October Daily though.

So if you follow my Instagram some of these will be familiar, but there’s some newbies in here too.

I bring the ghostface to ghostfaceknitter - pre-Michael's run.
I bring the ghostface to ghostfaceknitter – pre-Michael’s run.
If you're not playing Bitstrips....this photo should change your mind.
If you’re not playing Bitstrips….this photo should change your mind.
The best Ginger Ale I've had. Brunch at Lula's
The best Ginger Ale I’ve had. Bruch at Lula’s
Moroccan Coffee Glass.
Moroccan Coffee Glass.
Boris and my KVLT hoodie. They regrammed it on Instagram and Twitter!
Boris and my KVLT hoodie. They regrammed it on Instagram and Twitter!
Put up retro/vintage curtains - the Controller okay'ed them.
Put up retro/vintage curtains – the Controller okay’ed them.
Yarnbox and Fiberhound delivery came!
Yarnbox and Fiberhound delivery came!

I’m going to make this with it:

Shibui Mix Array – AMAZING.

Also you can download this pattern and more FOR FREEEEEEEEE here.
My DH4L homegirl's tribe. And KVLT hoodie.
My DH4L homegirl’s tribe. And KVLT hoodie.

Saturday Morning face rubbing on my new Orange Goblin tshirt.
Saturday Morning face rubbing on my new Orange Goblin tshirt.
Then my buddy Ronnie Baker (instagram: ronniebakertattoo) started my giant General Cos portrait on my leg.
Then my buddy Ronnie Baker (instagram: ronniebakertattoo) started my giant General Cos portrait on my leg.
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Russian Camera Outcome

So remember a few weekends ago when I went to the car show in Woodstock? Well I brought along that top-view Lubitel camera to play around with. Here are the shots – I took a total of 9 or 10 – Remember I didn’t get serious with recording my aperture/light source/meter reads at all. There was an older guy there who creepily ‘liked the way I looked with the camera’ – but was kind of condescending about when I said I was just shooting ‘blindly.’ *GASP* Not everything has to be done ‘perfectly’????
Anyways – Here is the actual camera I used and then the half-dozen-ish shots that came out. My indoor shots were just florescent light patterns haha- *alright creepy old man I’ll give you that one.


I got the prints developed at the Lomography store here in Bucktown. While I was there I also picked up some more 120 film for a few of the cameras that I own that require that. I think I’ll get my light meter out and maybe horse around with indoor shots. I would like to take some 120 shots of the KnitFest next weekend so maybe I’ll get in gear for that?

Do you ever use ‘real’ film cameras anymore? I think I’m going to start using more 35mm for events- it’s just so easy to use digital because you can see the outcome immediately. BUT it’s way more fun to wait and see what comes back from the developer too.

Also here is my current tunes for Friday morning – Windhand. Epic band. I can’t stop listening on repeat.

xxxx
GFK

Dear Boris – An Open Letter to My Kitten

Write a letter to someone whom you judged by first impression. It can be a serious or a humorous one! 🙂

Humorous for $1000 Alex.

Dear Boris,

Let me start by saying you have been the sweetest animal I have ever owned. There now I can be truthful….. To start, I didn’t really want you. I was so comfortable in my ‘two-animal’ lifestyle that getting you seemed like a horrible idea. Sadly, I had a kryptonite influence that talked me into ‘going to look’ at you and your littermates. I know what you’re thinking – ‘no one ever just looks.’ BUT, when we got to your birth home just outside Milwaukee, I saw you. You were climbing on a pile of neatly stacked suitcases and meowing. I knew you would be a total asshole and fit in great in my home. Since you have two major assholes as siblings I also was not concerned about your ability to hold your own. Your name was even Waldo back then…. but thankfully I overrode that to call you Boris. You were sooooo tiny I was afraid I would crush you in my hands. I underestimated the power you had in the forms of sharp teeth and razor sharp claws. I also will frankly tell you, I don’t care for your bedside manners. There are better ways to wake me up than shrill ‘mew’s and a naked ass to the face – seriously.

the first 48 hours of boris with the GFK
the first 48 hours of boris with the GFK

crush you in my hands.
crush you in my hands.

Shhh just shut your face.
Shhh just shut your face.

However, you keep me company when your older brothers are both being jerks. Your inquisitive demeanor cracks me up – unless you get stuck on top of the cabinets in the kitchen – then it just gets irritating…. You are silly and love unconditionally – exactly what I needed and was lacking so desperately in my life when I got you. I know things are different now that I’m a single ‘mom’ to you, but believe me it’s way more fun just with me (ask Leopold and Vladimir!).

MEW.
MEW.

So sweet and pretty.
So sweet and pretty.


mew.
mew.

My only other complaints are that you refuse to partake in costume life, have no idea what ‘sleeping-in’ is, and you relentlessly bother your brothers to the point where they try to harm you. So all fixable things……

I am now an official crazy cat lady for having written this letter to you Boris – but I’m sure glad I have you. Alas, the life as an owner of a tribe is sometimes bizarre, but it’s never dull.

XXX
The lady who feeds you everyday and lets you play with yarn.

The Front Tip…..

….of the week…. get your head out of the gutter! Geesh! 😉

So the start of this week was WILD. But a fun wild, not an unplanned for wild. I ended up getting my new and awesome jacket in from Black Salt. If you haven’t looked at their store/site yet, please do they are awesome. You will want many shoes/accessories/clothes.

Then I finished all the Halloween cards from Sunday. Just when I thought I got rid of all the glitter under my nails…. Look forward to that when you open them lovely friends and family. MWAHAHAHAHAHA.

Work has been super busy as we have department training. I have broken up my day by taking shameless selfies – you know how I roll.

Then last night I got to see Orange Goblin again. I saw them back in 2011 or maybe it was 2012 I can’t remember, I’ve been ‘metal – posing’ for so long now I can’t remember. I went alone and HAD A BLAST. Which is great because I have a few more concerts (Red Fang/Pentagram/Queens of the Stone Age/The Kills) to attend solo this fall/winter. Anyways- Orange Goblin are awesome guys in an even more awesome band. Here are some pictures from the show and if you’d like have a listen to the video below. They are doomy-metaly and from the UK (sigh).

Orange Goblin

This video is great – just make it through the intro. Be a metal poser and power through till the music starts.

xxxx
GFK

Celebrity Dream Day.

If you could hang out with a celebrity for a day, who would that celebrity be? Why did you choose to hang out with him/her? What would you do or where would you spend that day? Mary over at the October Daily Challenge is full of little surprise posts that make me feel warm and silly.

I’ve been bad and blown off two whole october daily posts…. yikes. BUT I was so busy at work and then in my ‘free-time’ that I just couldn’t fit it in. I guess I could have asked Leopold to write something, but he’s been in a ‘mood’ so it’s best I just didn’t update.

So a celebrity I could hang out with all day? I have a few and I’m gonna keep it short and sweet on the explanations.

1. Marc Jacobs – We would preview his next ready to wear collection/He is a badass.

The only photo of MJ with a shirt on.

2. Elvira – I would learn cleavage enhancing techniques/She is the ultimate vixen.

3. Cary Grant – (NOT zombie CG but if he were still alive) I would just sit and stare at him/He is the most perfect celebrity ever.

he.eh.he.eh. heeeeeeeeeey.

4. Joshua Homme – I would hang out with him at Rancho De La Luna, maybe fall in love. Sigh.

I have a type…

5. Katy Perry – I mean I already tweet her about Katy Puggy regularly. Wouldn’t she want to meet it’s creator?

It’s funny, but those are the ‘celebrities’ that inspire me regularly. Each one for a different reason, but even in jest, I would pee myself to even be within a ten foot radius of any of them.

Who are some of your dream celebrities to meet? What would you spend the day doing? Don’t be shy, I wanna know!!

xxx
GFK

Weekend Photo Blast

I had such a fun and busy weekend! I got to hang with my DH4L homie A TON. Then, I crafted, saw Chicago in a new light, ate loads of frozen yogurt, ate other super tasty food, and of course prepped for Halloween cards/photos. Here’s a few photos from the weekend.

Over 3 pounds of froyo was consumed.
Over 3 pounds of froyo was consumed.

Millennium Park/Skyline
Millennium Park/Skyline
The Bean at night.
The Bean at night.
Gotham Tower - just kidding.
Gotham Tower – just kidding.
Bloomingdales Friday Run.
Bloomingdales Friday Run.
Rails of Glitter all day Sunday.
Rails of Glitter all day Sunday.
Prettiest girl this side of the Mississippi....
Prettiest girl this side of the Mississippi….
Hot Woks - Tuna Bacon Tobiko Salad. mmmm roe.
Hot Woks – Tuna Bacon Tobiko Salad. mmmm roe.
Margaret Cho!
Margaret Cho!

Ghostface Believes!

My new hometown.
My new hometown.

It’s Sunday so I guess I’m not surprised I’m reading this blog post like a TV avagelist would – GHOSTFACE Buuuhhhhhleeeeeaves! Yesterday’s blog post was Write about something you believe in. It can be anything at all! – I in fact, was supremely inspired yesterday so I’ll share that for the post. Normally, I would use this kind of post to channel a joke of what I believe in – like ‘cats without hair’ ‘crafts’ or dare I say ‘occult themes.’ However, yesterday I saw Gravity. Now I know what some of you are thinking – especially my female readers – “Oh a scary/thriller Sci-Fi movie… whatever.” To be honest I kind of felt the same way about it. I didn’t want to see it because I thought it would be like Apollo 13 or some tragic movie about how we as humans are not supposed to be FIDDLIN‘ in space.

No but rather, this movie has to be one of the most inspiring movies I have ever seen. I’m lucky I have a friend here in Chicago who pushed me to see it – as he always does push me to see things in a new light. I don’t want to give away the plot or anything like that, but I identified with this film so much it made me want to burst out crying when it was over. To me it was, if you will ‘Ghostfaceknitter’s biography BUT in space.” Obviously, I’ve talked a little about HUGE changes I’ve made in my life over the past year, but this movie made me realize how those struggles/changes/challenges are what makes me stronger every single day. I don’t wanna get morose or ‘woe is me’ here, but there were times especially over this and last summer where it would have been easy to just sit back and ‘fail.’ Now when I say ‘fail’ I mean I could have taken the easy way out. I could have just stayed in Denver, I could have not come to Chicago, I could have not found my job, I could have kept living a ‘nowhere man’ lifestyle, and most importantly I could have stayed in a relationship that made me – not me at all. It would have been so easy to keep doing those things I was comfortable with. Hell, at least I knew what to expect! I guess, you as my readers inspire me to do more. You know I believe in ‘DO’ and in being the best you can be.

There are times when I get bummed out – I’m in a different city, more or less alone, but I just can’t keep thinking about how amazing my life is now. I made it this way. I didn’t decide to lay down and take the ‘easy’ route. I sought out, for me anyways, the road way less traveled and sometimes lonely – but this ‘authentic me’ I’m finding is one amazing babe.

I just really believe in trying to be a better version of me every single day. I made a lot of mistakes and have a few major regrets about things, but overall I had to make them to get right here. When the nights get long, the crafts grow few, and the animals don’t feel like cuddling, I just have to remember that I am the authentic me and I am so happy I have not given up on being the best me.

GO SEE GRAVITY. I’M SERIOUS.

XXX
GFK