My Hopes for my Daughter

Though she is just an infant, like most parents, I have hopes and dreams for my daughter.  While I am trying my best to make a good life for her and to expose her to culture, diversity, and the arts, I hope to help her reach her full potential and revel in the simple things.  I want the best for her and for her life to be full and happy.  I want her childhood to be magical, not filled with constant fear.  I want her to feel free to express herself and most importantly, to be herself.  I want her to not be afraid letting the world know who she is in love with, no matter their gender, color, or ethnicity.  I want her to have choices when it comes to her health and well-being.  I want her to know it’s ok if she is unsure about her gender.  I want her to grow up respecting the planet and the plants, animals, and people living on it.  I want her to know we are all one in the same and to not let hate fester in her heart.  I want her to have the freedom to follow her personal spiritual journey and to not feel coerced into a specific belief.  I want her to be strong and independent, and to stand up for what she believes in.

As a side note – I know where I personally stand on political, social, and religious issues, and my intent is not to shove my beliefs down someone else’s throat.  The U.S. is a free country, and with that, we have the freedom to have our own thoughts and feelings, ideas and choices.  However, I do find it deeply disturbing what is going on all over the world today.  I can’t sit back and pretend I am not bothered by reports of animal abuse, hate crimes and hate speech, different groups of people living in fear, being marginalized, profiled, and shunned because of their color, ethnicity, or identity, and people passing judgement because someone goes against what they deem as ‘normal’ and/or ‘right.’  At the end of the day, we all share this planet.  At the beginning of every day, we have an opportunity – an opportunity to do good, to care about others and not just ourselves, to learn and become educated about topics that make us uncomfortable, to remember history and work to not allow it to repeat itself, to realize we don’t know the struggles someone else is facing, and to simply be nice to one another.

~LadyDom13

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Today’s Quote’s

“As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression.  In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged.  And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air — however slight — lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”

“The liberties of none are safe unless the liberties of all are protected.”

“The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth.”

~William O. Douglas, 1898 – 1980

Countdown to #Halloween – #Fridaythe13th edition ☠️

Only 18 days until #Halloween2017!

It’s Friday the 13th!  Yay!  So, while I realize that horror/thriller/scary/slasher movies are not for everyone, for those who can’t get enough, I found a few websites that have put together awesome lists of the top horror movies of all time.  And I must admit, I both own and have seen almost every one on each list… 😱  I’m one of those who just can’t get enough, and I have spent many dreary Saturdays binge watching bad horror movies on Netflix.  So, if you need something to watch tonight, check out these lists and get your popcorn ready!

This list on Rotten Tomatoes is based on best-reviewed horror films of all time.

This list was created by a panel of self-proclaimed horror geeks for the UK’s Mirror.

This list from Esquire is their take on the 50 scariest movies of all time.

Here’s a short top 25 list from IGN.

And one more list, here are the 50 best horror films according to Empire.

Countdown to #Halloween

Only 21 days until #Halloween2017!

Here’s a yummy Halloween milkshake idea.  The original recipe can be found on FoodNetwork.com

For the Frankenshake: Melt the chocolate chips in a small bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir, then heat until fully melted, about another 30 seconds.

Tip a pint glass or beer stein on its side.  Using a toothpick, skewer or clean paintbrush, draw a mouth and eyes on the inside of the glass with the melted chocolate.  (Add a few stitches to resemble a Frankenstein face.)  Stand the glass upright and brush chocolate on the rim of the glass and about a quarter of the way down the outside of the glass in a zig-zag pattern to resemble the hairline.  Press the crushed chocolate wafer cookies on the chocolate on the outside of the glass to coat.  Put 2 dollops of chocolate on the sides of the glass where the bolts will be, then stick 2 of the chocolate-covered caramels on top and press to adhere.  Place the glass in the freezer until the chocolate has hardened, about 10 minutes or up to overnight.

For the Bride-of-Frankenshake:  Melt the candy melts in a small bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir, then heat until fully melted, about another 30 seconds.

Tip a pint glass or beer stein on its side.  Using a toothpick, skewer or clean paintbrush, draw red lips.  Draw eyes on the inside of the glass using the melted chocolate.  Stand the glass upright and brush chocolate on the rim of the glass and about a quarter of the way down the outside of the glass to resemble the hairline.  Press the crushed chocolate wafer cookies on the chocolate on the outside of the glass to coat.  Put 2 dollops of chocolate on the sides of the glass where the bolts will be, then stick the remaining 2 chocolate-covered caramels on top and press to adhere.  Place the glass in the freezer until the chocolate has hardened, about 10 minutes or up to overnight.

Meanwhile, make the milkshakes.  Blend the ice cream and milk in a blender until smooth.  Pour half into the Bride-of-Frankenshake glass and chill in the freezer.  Add the peppermint extract and green food coloring to the remaining milkshake in the blender and blend until just combined.  Pour into the Frankenshake glass.  Cover the top of each glass with the remaining crushed wafer cookies.  Swirl the whipped cream on top of the Bride’s glass.  Serve immediately.