My Life with Piper: From Big House to Small Screen ›

i, like most people, have become enamored with ‘orange is the new black’. i bought the book, and read it in two days. i’ve read every page of piper kerman’s website, and now i have an opinion about the rights of prisoners. something i had never really thought about before. 

this is a long read, but a quality read. learning about the real piper and larry has been very interesting. larry on the show is a schmuck. larry in real life seems pretty cool. 

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#oitnb

#larry smith

#piper kerman

#long reads

change

i’ve had problems with my hips since i was in high school, or at least i thought it was my hips. when i got serious about track is when the pain started. my coach blew it off, the athletic trainer sent me to physical therapy and that was it. i kept running, and i kept hurting. i think my coach thought i was faking it. jerk. 

fast forward six years and i am out of college and want to start running again. i started training for my first half marathon three years ago, and have since ran five of them. all in pain. it only bothered my when i would run more than five or six miles, so i pushed through it. in the last six months things have escalated. now walking, sitting, laying, really anything hurts. it’s not usually an agonizing pain, but enough for me to know it’s there. 

i finally made the decision to go to the doctor, and i found out that my hips are actually fine, but my pelvis is rotated and i might have sciatic nerve problem. awesome. the doctor wants me to do a month of physical therapy and then we will re-evaluate. 

today was my first PT appointment. there was stretching and poking and it was all pretty miserable. the hardest thing though, is i have to change how i walk. the way i walk and my rotated pelvis go hand in hand, and they don’t know which is the cause of which. today i have practiced my new walk, and it is hard, and it hurts. something as simple as walking feels really daunting. 

today is the first day of something new. i can’t run for at least the next month, but i honestly don’t know if i’ll be able to run again. that it sad. 

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#running

#change

#physical therapy

try - colbie caillat

this song just gave me all the feels. 

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#we don't have to try so hard

#colbie caillat

#music

{serving awesome food} at the newly open wholly grub in Plano.

{serving awesome food} at the newly open wholly grub in Plano.

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huffposttaste:

Wine + Fruit = Happiness, duh. 

Reblogging for a hill country trip i am taking soon. fancy sangria would make me the winner of the trip. 

(via huffingtonpost)

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#sangria

#give me all the booze

this video is simply ridiculous, but i like it. 

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#harry potter obviously wins

tuesday five

a blogger i follow has challenged herself to sit and write once a week for five minutes. total stream of consciousness, no going back to edit or rewrite. i want to do something more productive with this space. i need more creativity in my life, and with that i want to challenge myself to write for five minutes once a week.

i’ve always enjoyed writing, but haven’t done much of it because of fear. fear of being too raw, fear of failure, fear of rejection. my junior year of high school i had an ap english teach who didn’t care for me. i was better than her son in debate, and she just couldn’t understand why - since i was such a horrid writer. that’s stuck with me. here i am ten years removed from that, and i still think about it. but i have words to write, a story to tell, and i think i will.  

who cares if it’s horrid. my sentences may be sloppy, and i might confuse my verb tenses, but that’s ok for now. 

that was five minutes and it wasn’t so bad. 

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#am i a blogger

#not really

justtttme:

Happy 4th of July!!!

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justtttme:

Happy 4th of July!!!

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COOKIES. Specifically these Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip beauts
Make these now.
They are a little bit of work*. But theres no butter in them so that makes them super healthy RIGHT? 
It is v v important that you chill the dough. I let mine rest in the fridge overnight, because after all that stirring I got hot and didn’t feel like turning on my oven that night. I baked them this morning for exactly 9 minutes and promptly ate 3 with my coffee. I can’t attest to how they taste (or the mouth feel) when cold, but warm they are fucking heavenly.
*Work being letting them sit in the fridge while you do whatever you damn please.
NOTES, because you know I can’t follow a recipe:
I used unsweetened coconut chips because that’s all I had, and these were still plenty sweet.
I also only had this kind of oatmeal lying around, plain with flaxseed. Pretty sure it’s regular quick oats, which the recipe warns about, but mine still came out really good. 
Here’s the recipe, from Averie Cooks (photo credit also)

INGREDIENTS:

1 large egg1/2 cup melted coconut oil1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed1/4 cup granulated sugar1 tablespoon vanilla extract1 teaspoon cinnamonpinch salt, optional and to taste- ALWAYS USE SALT1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, loosely laid in 1 cup old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not instant or quick cook)1 cup all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips



DIRECTIONS:
In a large mixing bowl, add the egg, coconut oil (if it’s solid, briefly microwave enough to obtain 1/2 cup melted/liquid state oil, measured like you’d measure any other cooking oil), sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, optional salt, and whisk to combine.
Add the shredded coconut, oats, flour, baking soda, and stir to combine.
Stir in the chocolate chips. They’ll have a tendency to slip out of the dough and fall to the bottom of the bowl, but keep folding them into the dough.
Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop or your hands, form 16 equal-sized mounds, about two heaping tablespoons of dough each. Gently squeeze the mounds to ensure the dough is tightly packed and the chocolate chips are well-embedded. The dough is slightly crumbly yet oily, but comes together when squeezed.
Place mounds on a large plate, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking; no exceptions. The coconut oil needs to re-solidfy in the fridge. Do not bake with warm dough because the cookies will spread and bake thinner, flatter, and you could have oil puddles.
Preheat oven to 350F, line baking sheets with Silpats, or spray with cooking spray. Place mounds on baking sheets, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake about 9 minutes, or until edges have set and the tops are just beginning to set, even if undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center. The shredded coconut is prone to burning so keep a close eye on the cookies. Do not bake longer than 9 to 10 minutes for soft cookies because they firm up as they cool, and as the days pass they’ll dry out quicker. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
Store cookies airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

dealwithitdotgif:

COOKIES. Specifically these Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip beauts

Make these now.

They are a little bit of work*. But theres no butter in them so that makes them super healthy RIGHT? 

It is v v important that you chill the dough. I let mine rest in the fridge overnight, because after all that stirring I got hot and didn’t feel like turning on my oven that night. I baked them this morning for exactly 9 minutes and promptly ate 3 with my coffee. I can’t attest to how they taste (or the mouth feel) when cold, but warm they are fucking heavenly.

*Work being letting them sit in the fridge while you do whatever you damn please.

NOTES, because you know I can’t follow a recipe:

I used unsweetened coconut chips because that’s all I had, and these were still plenty sweet.

I also only had this kind of oatmeal lying around, plain with flaxseed. Pretty sure it’s regular quick oats, which the recipe warns about, but mine still came out really good. 

Here’s the recipe, from Averie Cooks (photo credit also)

INGREDIENTS:

1 large egg
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch salt, optional and to taste- ALWAYS USE SALT
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, loosely laid in 
1 cup old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not instant or quick cook)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the egg, coconut oil (if it’s solid, briefly microwave enough to obtain 1/2 cup melted/liquid state oil, measured like you’d measure any other cooking oil), sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, optional salt, and whisk to combine.
  2. Add the shredded coconut, oats, flour, baking soda, and stir to combine.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips. They’ll have a tendency to slip out of the dough and fall to the bottom of the bowl, but keep folding them into the dough.
  4. Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop or your hands, form 16 equal-sized mounds, about two heaping tablespoons of dough each. Gently squeeze the mounds to ensure the dough is tightly packed and the chocolate chips are well-embedded. The dough is slightly crumbly yet oily, but comes together when squeezed.
  5. Place mounds on a large plate, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking; no exceptions. The coconut oil needs to re-solidfy in the fridge. Do not bake with warm dough because the cookies will spread and bake thinner, flatter, and you could have oil puddles.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F, line baking sheets with Silpats, or spray with cooking spray. Place mounds on baking sheets, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake about 9 minutes, or until edges have set and the tops are just beginning to set, even if undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center. The shredded coconut is prone to burning so keep a close eye on the cookies. Do not bake longer than 9 to 10 minutes for soft cookies because they firm up as they cool, and as the days pass they’ll dry out quicker. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
  7. Store cookies airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

(via ahappyernie)

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today is misspellings of my name

Rebekka - in a work email chain from my developer

the “k” really gets people

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#the struggle is real

#my name is always misspelled

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