Friday, September 30, 2011

Fill In the Blank Friday

1.   My current obsession is   the outdoors. It always has been, but even more so now! It brings me peace.

2.    Friends & Family     make me happy.

3.  My greatest strength is  to not take life for granted.

4.   Procrastination   is my greatest weakness.

6.  In high school I was   very shy and kept to myself. A bit of a nerd, a honor student, and had a small group of friends.  

7.  When I'm super tired   i get super cranky and it’s best to just leave me alone.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Jon & A Wreck

You know that feeling when you wake up, that something is wrong. However, there's nothing that you can pin point. Everything seems fine so you go about your day.

Jon always calls me every day after he gets off work, just to say hello, let me know what he's doing after work and to tell each other "I love you." He did that Thursday afternoon and we were chatting when I heard something I NEVER want to hear again. I heard him scream, a crash, and his phone went dead. My heart dropped, I was crying knowing that he had just been in a wreck. I called him repeatedly and couldn't reach him. I packed my things and flew out the door of work. My boss told me to calm down, there was NO calming down. I had to get to him quickly, and here I was 45 miles away. I had no idea where he was just that he had to be somewhere in the vicinity of work. He finally called me back from another phone number and all he said was, "I Just totaled my truck.".

First words out of my mouth were, "Are you okay?". He said, yes he was. His arm and back were hurting though. I told him I was on my way.  My car could NOT go fast enough, I felt like i would never get there. I Cried the entire way, thankful I at least had heard his voice. When I arrived on scene, the police were yelling at me to keep going, and I told them to please tell me where to park that was my boyfriend. They finally told me where, and stopped traffic so I could walk across the highway. I saw Jon walking around, so I knew he wasn't hurt too badly and I just wanted to grab him and not let go.

A lady ran a light and hit him head on. He is so LUCKY that he's not hurt worse than he was. He has a couple bumps on his head, a knot on his arm, gash in his knee, cut up wrist, and a bruised shin. Other than that, he was LUCKY.

For that split moment not knowing if he was okay, was absolutely horrific. Terrifying. It just strengthened my love for him that much more, and to appreciate every single moment we have together. We're just so lucky.
I can't get his screaming out of my head....a horrifying sound.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Yesterday was perfect! I needed it so much more than I truly realized. I was drained, exhausted, and my body needed rejuvenating. I had the day off due to Labor Day, and enjoyed every single minute of it.

I slept in til 10 am snuggled in my blankets as my kitties snoozed on the bed with me. Jon had to work, unfortunately for him, peace and quiet for me. I staggered down the steps still in a sleepy haze and went straight for the coffee pot. 30 seconds later I had a hot, steaming cup of coffee in my hands, topped off with Baileys Creamer. Delicious. I decided to cook myself some breakfast and whipped up some pancakes. I sat down on the couch with my feet propped up on our Old Trunk aka “coffee table” and enjoyed my breakfast. I sat completely in silent with just the sound of rain pelting the windows and front door. No TV, no music just silence. It was beautiful.

After breakfast I browsed the Internet for a few minutes and then decided that I didn’t want that distraction either. I lit candles, in the kitchen, bathroom, & living room and enjoyed the aroma. Cinnamon spice, lavender, pumpkin, and vanilla...quite the variety but it was still very calming. Not overpowering at all.

The rest of the day was spent hanging up a picture in my living room, watching a movie ( In Her Shoes), reading my book while laying on the couch, and cooking dinner for Jon & I. Dinner consisted of BBQ chicken, Corn Pudding (my first attempt), Macaroni & Cheese, & Dinner Rolls. It was delicious. Jon was very thankful after such a long day at work, and enjoyed it all.

The evening was spent chatting with Jon about his day while he played on the Internet and I painted, all while watching American Pickers.

I needed this day so much, more than I realized. Today, I am at work feeling peaceful and refreshed. That I feel is perfection.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Recipe - Crockpot BBQ Chicken

I love finding new recipes to try. I love to cook, what can I say? I also love when those recipes are simple and delicious!

I decided to try this recipe out today, it was fantastic! The flavors of the sauce were incredible and the chicken literally fell apart. It was so tender! Try it now! :)


4-6 pieces boneless skinless chicken breasts (i threw them in frozen... even easier!)
1 bottle of BBQ Sauce ( I used Sweet Baby Ray's 18 oz bottle)
1/4 c vinegar
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 - 1 tsp. garlic powder

mix BBQ sauce with all ingredients listed under it. place chicken in crockpot. pour sauce over it and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours. you pretty much don't even have to stir it... how easy is that!? 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday Afternoon

How are you spending your Sunday? I hope that it's relaxing, isn't that what Sundays are meant to be for? A day to spend as your heart wishes!

Jon and I slept in this morning and he ran to the grocery to get some items to make us breakfast. A portabello mushroom & ham omlet for me, with of course, a cup of freshly brewed coffee.

Source: via Tamlin on Pinterest

After our breakfast I did a bit of cleaning around the apartment. Jon worked on a project for our apartment that needed to be finished, so thankful! I really despise cleaning, however there are times when I just get in the mood. Weird, huh? Do you ever get that way?

Source: via Julia on Pinterest

Now I'm enjoying some quiet moments. Jon is taking a nap. I'm listening to Pandora while blogging and watching the Pittsburgh Pirates game! Go Pirates!!! Oh, and of course surfing Pinterest. I'm addicted! It's official!

What are your doing today? 

Friday, September 2, 2011



I’m not sure where this week has gone, nor how I managed to float through without really feeling as if I accomplished one single thing. Weird, isn’t it? I feel that this week has been a total blur, one that left me feeling drained, emotionally & mentally. I hate this feeling. That feeling. I’ve not been myself, and I don’t like the person I have been. I’ve been cranky, emotional, bitter, upset, and feeling lost in this world that I’m living. I’m happy that the weekend is upon us, and am hoping that 3 days off from work will be the refreshing rejuvenation that I need!

With that being said, I wanted to write a “Thankful Post” to remind me of all the wonderful things/people that I have in my life!

  • Jon. He has been supportive of me this week, given me my space when he doesn’t know how to handle my mood, and extra I love you’s. I’ve unfortunately been in such a funk that I really didn’t see “his actions” til now.
  • My Nana. I talked to her this week and she just makes me giggle. She was drinking a bourbon & water (ick) and told me we would have chocolate martini’s when she got up here in a couple weeks!
  • My Nana telling me she would teach me how to knit/crochet while she’s here for the winter.
  • My inner organizing self coming out this week and accomplishing clutter!
  • That Jon and I are taking his nephew to his first baseball game tomorrow night! I hope he loves it!
  • That Jon has agreed to go on vacation with me, Florida here we come in a couple months! I can’t wait to get away!
  • That I was successful in my first attempt (by myself)  of “Canning” pickles!
  • Going out to my garden box and picking cherry tomatoes last night to have with my dinner. Such a great feeling!

Hope you have a Happy Friday!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011


                                                                Source: via Christine on Pinterest

Feeling pulled. One direction, no this way. Not your way, but my way.
My mind is spinning out of control not being able to keep up with the motion
The pulling
Breaking down of my emotions
Tears, I feel them welling up
Not out of sadness
Please you, I’m not sure how
Craving your love & support
No negative words here
A simple “I’m proud of you”
would be more than enough.
Conversations are awkward
a feeling of being forced
Which way do I go now?

Written by : Ashley