New Mexico July 2015

A few weeks ago the dude and I took a trip to visit my Grandma down in the ‘land of enchantment’ – New Mexico! I have such fond memories of New Mexico (tons and tons of summers there as a child) and it felt so good going back with a clear and sound mind to experience all the things I know as a child I took for granted. I would move down there in a heartbeat too.

It was so great to get to spend time with my Grandma – she is like her own sweatshop with the amount of quilts she produces! But, she is such an inspiring and strong woman. She beat terminal ovarian cancer and now has 15 years in remission! She has blossomed in her own community, even after the death of my grandfather 10 years ago. Plus I LOVE being able to talk to her about crafts, life, and living a happy sober life (this lady has never even been to a bar!).

Since she lives very close to Carlsbad Caverns, the dude had never been to the caves and well… that’s what you do when you visit Artesia, NM! 😉

Here’s some pictures of our cave exploration.

this crazed handsome lunatic is about to go spelunking!

the entrance – can you imagine ‘discovering’ this and thinking ‘gee i guess i’ll head on down!’ CRAZY.

cave parts.

that crazed spelunker is actually pretty handsome. 😉

i swear i was having a good time.

the whale’s teeth. creeepy.

some kind of a lochness monster in the cave made of minerals.

nature is insane.

me and this giant creepy rock skeleton finger.

amazing detail of the stalactites

green lake room

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GFK Weekend Round Up SANS Tornado

Well I had a great weekend! It’s my last one here in Chicago before I leave for Thailand on Saturday!!! (WHAT TIME FLEW BY!) On Saturday I got a new iPhone 5s for my trip/life. Ever since I updated my 4s to iOS 7 it was just so slow and the battery would not even last for a few hours. The upgrade came at a good time because I’ll be able to use this new one on my trip as my primary camera.

Anyhoo. I met up with an old Mullen (my high school) buddy who recently relocated to Chicago and finally got to eat the November burger at Kuma’s Corner – the immortalized SLEEP burger. Pretty much it is a ‘Thanksgiving style burger’ with cranberry, gravy, turkey burger, topped with tempura fried stuffing and sage leaves.

The Sleep Burger
The Sleep Burger

Yesterday I accidentally got into the holiday spirit… I know what you’re thinking – “But Bree it’s only the middle of November!” I know I know. BUT Since I’ll be gone for Thanksgiving I had to set up and shoot all the photos for my annual Ugly Tribe Calendar this weekend. That meant I got to buy/set up a tree – I didn’t get to decorate at all last year so this year is gonna get nuts.

My blue/green candy cane tree.
My blue/green candy cane tree.
Baby Boris's first ornament THANKS AUNT LORI!
Baby Boris’s first ornament THANKS AUNT LORI!
Spotted at BigLots!
Spotted at BigLots!

Then being such a coconut milk/almond milk enthusiast I was super super excited when I saw that this year there are even more holiday/seasonal flavors for the non-bovine ‘milk’ drinkers. So far – So Delicious is winning by miles and miles.

BARF.
BARF.
CRACK HOLIDAY JUICE
CRACK HOLIDAY JUICE
I bought these awesome slippers at BigLots! SORRY I'M NOT SORRY!
I bought these awesome slippers at BigLots! SORRY I’M NOT SORRY!

In terms of CRAFTS! I know it’s seemed a little dry here lately. BUT I’m gift making so I can’t very well put up photos of people’s future gifts. But do note that I finally bought the contrast color for my sweater and have been marathon knitting gifts so once I can give those gift I’ll post all the photos here. I did manage to use the sewing machine extensively last night/yesterday afternoon during the Chicago Tornado watch 2013.

STITCH WITCHERY. From now on what I will call my sewing crafts.
STITCH WITCHERY. From now on what I will call my sewing crafts.
Stars for a GIVEAWAY Holiday door panel!!! Get excited!!!
Stars for a GIVEAWAY Holiday door panel!!! Get excited!!!
Epic PRO patch job on werk pants. Just look at that reinforced stitch witchery.
Epic PRO patch job on werk pants. Just look at that reinforced stitch witchery.
These will be made at some point.
These will be made at some point.
Then here is a shot from the Calendar Shoot....
Then here is a shot from the Calendar Shoot….

It was a super busy, but fun weekend – Now on to the busy week before I jetset to Thailand on Saturday!

Godspeed!
xxx
GFK

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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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.

BEFORE AND AFTER: Craft Room/Bedroom MAKEOVER

Are you ready for some dramatic before & afters?! Pretend I’m shouting it like Oprah though. ARE YOU READY?!!!

First, background – I decided to switch rooms at my apartment and make the bigger room a guest/craft room while using my smaller room as a bedroom. I’ve lived with this arrangement for two weeks and I LOVE it. I’m bummed I didn’t do it sooner, but then again I might have not appreciated a craft room if I had just ‘always’ had one.

Roll that B&A footage!

The 'closet' before and after I installed ikea shelving.
The ‘closet’ before and after I installed ikea shelving.

The 'sewing area' before and after it's a cute library media area in my bedroom.
The ‘sewing area’ before and after it’s a cute library media area in my bedroom.
The guest room before and then my bedroom after!
The guest room before and then my bedroom after!
The master bedroom before and then craft room after. Sorry about those banker boxes in the shot - i forgot to move them.
The master bedroom before and then craft room after. Sorry about those banker boxes in the shot – i forgot to move them.
This was the clothing storage situation - before the lovely leaning tower of clothes in the room with no closet and after so nice and organized.
This was the clothing storage situation – before the lovely leaning tower of clothes in the room with no closet and after so nice and organized.
Before my makeup was in a little bag on the sink - after I put it here and get the morning light to apply I love it.
Before my makeup was in a little bag on the sink – after I put it here and get the morning light to apply I love it.
Boris LOVES the new room.
Boris LOVES the new room.
During construction these two were pivotal in making sure everything was tested and safe.
During construction these two were pivotal in making sure everything was tested and safe.
Installing the closet unit. POWERTOOLS!
Installing the closet unit. POWERTOOLS!
The GC was a real hardass on this jobsite.
The GC was a real hardass on this jobsite.
The safety inspector was tough too.  I barely passed!
The safety inspector was tough too. I barely passed!
This day laborer was terrible though.  I'll never go to The PUG DEPOT again!
This day laborer was terrible though. I’ll never go to The PUG DEPOT again!
So worth it. I have a great looking closet finally.
So worth it. I have a great looking closet finally.

End result: CRAFT PRODUCTION UP 10000000000000% !!

XXXX
GFK

Childhood Photo

Birthday '92 or '93.
Birthday ’92 or ’93.

So any family and some friends know my birthday always merited a GIANT party. I loved these and actually this year, being in Chicago – was the first time I have not had a giant family/friends birthday party in almost 3 decades! It actually made me want to cancel having my birthday this year and move it!

Anyways this was in 1992-1993, a rare picture of Lois in the lime green. My entire extended family is there and I just loved moments like these. Growing up in a larger family made it so that events were GIANT and so fun. One of the few things I miss about living close to them is having these awesome get togethers at least once a month. Since my birthday is in July, we would have my party in the backyard and run wild. Lois would make spaghetti and we would all PIG OUT. My great aunt Nita would always give me PJs which I loved and I would clean up nicely in the toy/game/money department. I always had wonderful birthdays growing up and these pictures from this specific one remind me that maybe summer isn’t so bad.

xxxx
GFK

Photo OVERLOAD

I realized that A LOT of my photos that I share are only on Instagram and Flickr.  So I’ve decided to provide you with those links to see all my photos!

FLICKR

Instagram

Pretty much if you want to know if I’m on a medium or social site just enter LEOVLAD into the user box.  

Yay Photos! Here are a few from the past week to wet your whistle!

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Enjoy – there are literally THOUSANDS for photos on my Flickr account and HUNDREDS on Instagram.

So Follow me on BOTH!