Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thankful

Lately I've been thankful for: 


Ornaments that mean SO much. I love you, sweet girl. Always & Forever. 



Days spent with this little guy. Sometimes he's too cute for his own good! 


Customers that are so thoughtful & bringing me a Red Velvet Cake Roll. So delicious! 



Entire days spent at home baking & listening to music. 

Catching up with friends. 

& A hot cup of coffee every single morning. 

What are you thankful for? 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Four Things - Stolen Blog Idea!

I know, ya better contain yourself. This is two blog posts in one day! Stolen from my bestie, Mandie. Who also stole it. Hey, I think we're the best friend blog bandits! :).

Anywho, here's a little better insight as to who I am:

Four names people call me other than my real name:  Ash, Sunshine (My boss), Munch (My mom's nickname since I was little.) & my Dad used to call me Worm. Apparently I wouldn't sit still. 

Four places I've been:  Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oregon

Four things I don't eat:  Brussel Sprouts, Peanut Butter, Soup Beans, Cornbread. 

Four favorite foods:  Cheese, Pasta, Chicken, Mac & Cheese.

Four things I'm always saying:  "Oh, well.", "Breathe", "Ya don't know until you try." & "Woosssaaaaaa"

Four place I've lived:  A couple of places here in Kentucky & Oklahoma. 

Four things I'm looking forward to next year:  Learning to finally shoot my bow, a vacation, hopefully buying a house & a friendship blossoming! 

Four movies I've watched more than once:  My Best Friend's Wedding, Titanic, Cars, The Dark Knight

Four places I'd rather be right now:  Asleep, In the mountains, By a lake, In Texas or Wisconsin


Four books I recommend:  Fault in Our Stars, Gone Girl, To Kill A Mockingbird, Sarah's Key

Four TV shows I watch:  Big Bang Theory, Grey's Anatomy, Nashville, Red Band Society

Four jobs I've had:  Cashier, Admissions Coordinator, Executive Assistant, Office Manager



Blog Swap....Reveal!

Back in the fall I signed up for a "Fall Swag Swap." I've participated in a couple swaps in the past, both getting some cool gifts but never really "connecting" with the person or staying in touch afterwards. My bestie, Mandie, signed up & suggested I joined in. She joked that it would be comical if we got picked for each other. I was nervous when I saw that she & I didn't get picked for each other. I mean, really what were the chances? Ha! I hoped my "partner" would be someone that could relate to me & I her. Well, she's amazing! She has the same spunk for life as I do & I quickly realized she & I had quite a bit in common.

She really nailed it with her gifts. I loved her thoughtfulness & meaning behind each & every single one.

Here's a sneak peak:


  • The milk straws! How fun are these? They are from her son, which I think is adorable. Also, how did I not know these existed. P.S. Cookies & Cream is one of my favorite flavors!
  • Bath & Body Works Goodies - She loves to travel just like I do & thought these would be perfect to have in my travel bag! I couldn't agree more. They actually are going in my travel bag I'm putting in my car for this winter. At least if I get stranded somewhere I'll smell good :). 
  • I love the card! Plus, I love the "glitter." I'm putting it up on my shelf at work. Such a great quote to live by, "Keep Calm & Carry On." 


  • The "Caddy" above. Now, we never discussed that Turquoise is my favorite color. Coincidentally enough she loves it, too. This caddy is wonderful! I currently use it for my body sprays & perfumes on my dresser! I love the vibrant colors! 
  • SD Card (Not pictured.) From a Photographer (Her) to an aspiring photographer (me) she gifted me a memory card for my camera. As someone that loves taking photos, this was perfect! I can't wait to show off my photos that I'll take with my new card! 

  • This notebook BLEW me away! She MADE this & it couldn't be more PERFECT. Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love the western lifestyle. Being a former barrel racer, of course why wouldn't I? This is beautiful & I'm so in love with it. I'm even more in awe that she took the time to hand make me something. What a beautiful gesture! Funny enough, we both sent each other notebooks. 
This quote was written on the inside cover. "Always remember you're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think & twice as beautiful as you'd ever imagined...."

Lastly, she included two pens that I love! You have to have new pens with a new notebook, right? 

Heather, I'm so thankful that you & I connected through this crazy blog world. I am so happy to call you my friend & look forward to staying in touch! & one day we will have to meet! 


Monday, October 13, 2014

Musical Monday



A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young by Eric Church 

Here's my attempt to get back on the blog bandwagon....

I have a lot I could write. A lot I need to write just for my own sanity. And maybe one day, I will. For now, I'm joining my Yankee Bestie, Mandie @ badbrewpack for Musical Monday.

I just heard this song tonight for the very first time & it immediately spoke to me. It's about a certain person that's not really been too prominent in my life here lately. Tonight there was a phone conversation between the two of us & well for some reason,  this song just seems fitting. Maybe it won't feel that way tomorrow but for just this moment, it does.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thank You

Thank you for showing me a city I never had visited.

Thank you for showing me a city you probably want to run from and I want to run to. You see it as a place where you've always been and I see it as a place that brings me peace.

Thank you for showing me places were you hold memories. And for telling me stories of these places. I listened to each and every single one.

Thank you for showing me it's okay to love again. Even though I was so terrified, and maybe still am.

Thank you for showing me it's okay to open my heart to a complete stranger. To a person that I thought I'd have dinner with and never see again.

Thank you for giving me the longest first date I've quite possibly ever been on. And for probably one of the best first kisses I've ever had.

Thank you for making me step out on a ledge and out of my comfort zone even though I didn't want to, and even though you probably had no clue.

Thank you for holding me in your arms, those arms made me feel so safe. They made the world feel like it wasn't spinning around me even for a few moments.

Thank you for loving me when I wasn't very easy to love.

Thank you for listening when I would ramble.

Thank you for wiping my tears from my eyes and telling me I am too pretty to cry.

Thank you for making me dig so deep within myself to reveal things about me that I had no clue.

Thank you for making me realize we all make mistakes and sometimes we aren't our best selves. Thank you for making me want to be a better person and to keep trying.

And most of all.....thank you for letting me have the opportunity to read this to you.

And for realizing there is positive in every negative situation if you just dig deep enough.

Thank you for making me realize why we even began.....

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Letters - 06.18.14



Dear D: Your face last night as you were opening your birthday presents was priceless. I loved seeing such pure joy on your face. Thank you for reminding me why it's completely worth it to put so much thought into gifts.  Dear Co-Worker: Thank you for my sausage biscuit & diet Mtn. Dew that you bring me every Wednesday. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Dear Boss: Yesterday you asked me if I was going to Hawaii since I was wearing a maxi dress. Thank you for reminding me sometimes it's fun to switch my wardrobe up! This morning you said I should've worn it today as I would've knocked the "Guy's socks off". Thank you for making me feel pretty! Dear D: Last night I learned that you will fight someone over your Mom's oatmeal cookies. I love learning new things about you! You fed your cows last night and I was the gate lady. Thank you for letting me be your sidekick for a little while. 


Monday, June 16, 2014

Letters - 06.16.14




Dear D: Today is your birthday! Happy Birthday! I can't wait to see you later and celebrate with you! Also, to see your face when you open your gifts! I love you to the moon & back! Dear Self Control: You just turned down McDonald's to eat your healthy...tasteless....lunch. Go you! Dear Fault in Our Stars: You are quite possibly the best book I've read in a long time! Thank you for the countless reminders throughout your reading to be thankful for each day. Dear D: I've loved learning new things about you this past week. You like pickles & jalapenos on your salad....that's a new concoction for me! Also, thank you for letting me rock out in your truck as we were driving down the road the other day. Your flashlight really does make a great microphone! 


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Daily Letter's



Dear D: The other night I learned that the center of your forehead is the hardest part of your body. Apparently if you get hit dead square in the head, you can break someone's hand? Thank you for teaching me to duck if I ever have a punch headed my way! Dear Gym: My nightly date with you this past week has been amazing. Thank you for making me sweat places I didn't know existed and blowing off much needed steam. I appreciate you, even though I'm pretty sure I can't walk this morning. Dear Self: Learning to open up and not hold everything in has done amazing things for my mental well being this week. Thank you for helping me push my stubbornness aside.  Dear D: Our really long talk on Monday night was probably my favorite conversation with you, yet! Thank you for encouraging me to always just be myself. I adore you! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday Letter's



Dear D: Thank you for your hard work ethic and always striving for more. I know that sometimes I get frustrated and upset that you don't take care of yourself and slow down to smell the "roses", but please know I appreciate it. Dear Early Morning Drive: Thank you. I needed you this morning. Watching the sunrise in my rearview mirror with Civil Wars on the radio,  was the perfect medicine. Dear Grouchy Self: I've not been a fan of you lately. I'm not sure what has brought you on, but please go away. However, thank you for making me dig deep to find the beauty that surrounds me. Maybe that's why you're here, to make me appreciate more. Dear D: Thank you for always greeting me with a hug & a kiss. You're excitement to see me, always warms my heart. Your gestures never go unnoticed.

Love, 
Ashley 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

No Diet Day? Count me in!

Thank goodness I don't have a refrigerator at work crammed full of junk food, because today would have been one of those days that it would have ended up being EMPTY! I blame it on that ol' lovely visit from "Aunt Flo". C'mon ladies you know what I'm talking about. If you don't, please just humor me! 
All I could set my mind on today was chocolate, junk food & soda. And hello, I rarely even drink soda! I refrained all day. 

Oh, you know...Greek Yogurt for breakfast
Healthy Choice Steamer for Lunch
And a handful of peanuts for a snack. 
And a shit ton of water. 

They say water helps curb your appetite. Today that theory was right out the damn window! My body wasn't hearing it! 

So after all that great eating for the day....what do I do? Well, of course what any other raging hormonal girl does. I head to the local mexican joint for a margarita & mexican food! 


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Hey, does it count that it's National No Diet Day? 

That's my story & I'm sticking to it! 




Monday, May 5, 2014

Musical Monday

I'm joining my lovely "Yankee Bestie", on her weekly Musical Monday Posts. This song reminds me of summertime in a small town. Summertime for me when I was younger. Flying down the back roads. The windows down with the radio cranked. Laughter & Smiles. And, of course a cold beverage. This song just makes me HAPPY!


Life Update

The lady in my office the other day said, you aren't happy here are you? It's not that I'm not happy here, it's just that I'm itching for more.  My job is wonderful. Sure they get on my ever last nerve sometimes and I want to chuck my stapler at them, but honestly, they treat me so good. They make me laugh, they greet me with smiles, they seriously went over the top for my birthday and well, they just geniunely care. They let me "set" my own hours for the most part, and as long as my job gets done they really don't care what I do. Seriously, how did I get so lucky? 

My living situation isn't what I hoped it was, but for now it suffices. I miss my own space. I've lived on my own since I was 19. It's hard to be back home living with my mom, but it's the best place for me at this time. Or well, it was when I moved back here. I didn't need to be out on my own. I needed my mom. That may sound juvenile, but the truth is the truth. I was in a dark place and well, I sure as hell didn't need to be alone to try and dig myself out of it. I have done some house hunting but nothing has turned up. Patience is a virtue, right? Too bad I have none right now. I want a house like.....yesterday!

I have enough money to pay my bills and am slowly building my savings back up again. I have a puppy who makes me laugh so hard every single day. I have learned this past year who my friends are and who they aren't. Unfortunately, they have dwindled considerably but that seems to happen when we get older, doesn't it? The ones I do have well, they are amazing! I feel blessed every single day to call them just that. 

I have been volunteering for an organization that provides emotional and financial support to pediatric cancer patients & their families here locally, and will soon be taking that over. It may be a lot to bite off but it's something that I have such a huge passion for, so I am so very excited! I signed up for online classes back earlier in the year, but after feeling so overwhelmed I withdrew. I've been seriously considering signing back up again. I need that extra push in my life. I love my job but I want more. 

Do we always want more? Or are we ever just content with all the blessings around us? I guess that's what makes life, well....life. I'll figure out what that itch is, in the meantime I'll keep stepping forward each and every single day. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Gratitude

I'm thankful for: 


  • Co-workers that make working on your birthday completely worth it. 
  • Mechanics you can trust that don't charge you a dime for an oil leak. And then give you a free oil change, too! 
  • Friends that you can always count on. Endless phone calls & texts just because you need to vent. 
  • Incredible sunsets to remind you that there is always beauty in this world. Sometimes, you just have to look a little closer. 

What are you thankful for? 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Letters for Today

I'm an avid reader of the blog, Today's Letters. They (Em & Tim) are a wonderful reminder to always be thankful for the small things in your everyday life. I needed a pick me up today, so thought I would write my own.

Dear Starbucks employee: Today you made me smile when you gave me a Thumbs Up for saying yes to whip cream, after ordering nonfat everything else. Thank you for making me not feel guilty for indulging just a little. Dear Mom: Thank you for bringing me dinner tonight. Mexican from our favorite local restaurant. And when they asked where I was, you told them I wasn’t feeling well. They said, “We’ll pray for her.”. Thankful to know there are still caring people in this world. Dear Spotify: Thank you for giving me an outlet when I just need to wind down after a long day. Nothing soothes my soul like music does.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Currently.....

Well, hello. It's been a long damn time since I've been here. I've felt lately that there is something "Missing" out of my life and I realized that I used to love to write. Now, I'm not the greatest writer out there but to be able to get my thoughts out of this jumbled mess in my head, well, it's freeing. It's a release. And honestly, I've missed it. 


Currently......

Thinking: What I need to do when I get off of work. 

Enjoying:  A quiet office. This doesn't happen very often. 

Feeling: Content. That's a good feeling, I think!

Wearing: My Rusty Spur barrel racer shirt with hot pink sleeves. Skinny jeans. Flats

Needing: A vacation. Just for a couple days would do. I need to recharge.

Wanting: Good news from my appointment yesterday.

Listening: Cross Canadian Ragweed - Boys From Oklahoma 

Making: This blog, does that count? 

Eating: Nothing at the moment. 

Drinking: Water. Exciting, huh? 
 


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Snowed In Ramblings

What do you do on a Saturday? While being snowed in?

Well, you do 3 loads of laundry. 
Sweep the kitchen. 
Fold said laundry. 
Cook breakfast. 
Fix two cups of coffee. 

Wait, flip flop those two. Or no, move coffee to the top of the list. Who am I kidding? I can't function without coffee. 

Now, where were we? 

Read blogs. 
Write blog. 
Let my dog out. She thinks it' summertime out there. I keep telling her that white fluffy stuff is not fun! She begs to differ. 
Workout - while thinking I may die. 
(God I'm SO out of shape. Day 1 is always killer. It will get easier, it will get easier. Right? Yes, right!)

And currently I am writing this post, and catching up on Nashville on Hulu. 

This is a pretty awesome Saturday! 



Snow Day


It's 6:45 am, on a Saturday and I'm awake. Now, typically this isn't anything out of the norm because I have to work Saturday's. Today I had my alarms set to get up to go to work, but my boss' phone call beat my alarms. 

No work today he said, due to the crazy ass weather! Drifting snow and near like blizzard conditions! What the "ef", yo!? Last time I checked I lived in Kentucky, but here lately i'm not so sure. He said, can you figure out how to put the closing on the news channels?" Ummmm, yeah, I said. Having no clue what i'm doing. I have succeeded though, never fear! And still without any coffee at this point. I don't function without coffee! 

Here I sit now on my couch, in my pj's with my puppy and a cup of piping hot coffee. Pumpkin k-cup to be exact, I found a stash at the grocery store yesterday! I may have bought a couple boxes. I have a slight obsession with anything pumpkin flavored. I should go back to sleep, no, I want to go back to sleep. But, here I am trying to enjoy a quiet Saturday morning. These are rare. 

Snow Day! I'm not sure the last time I had one of those! I feel like a kid in school again! Enjoy your Saturday!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday Night Ramblings & Favorite TV

I do believe I'm living in Antartica right now. It was -10* this morning! As like, in real temperature. No wind chill factored in. Geesh! Just to think two days ago it was in the 50's*, and now this! Someone zap me to somewhere warm, please! 

I'm currently sitting on my couch getting prepared for American Idol. Is anyone else watching? I'm actually enjoying the new panel of judges, especially Harry Connick, Jr! Or, maybe it's just because he's so dreamy! His straight forwardness is pretty damn hot, too.  Please tell me i'm not the only one that thinks he's gorgeous! 


Speaking of TV shows, what is everyone watching lately? I'm also shamelessly addicted to The Bachelor. I'm not a big fan of Juan Pablo, but I crack up at these girls! I already have my favorites, but we'll see how it all plays out. It appears to be a season of drama, but that's really nothing new. Plus it's mindless TV for a Monday night. 

I seem to watch a lot more TV during the winter time than in the spring/summer. It's just too darn cold to be outside! 

What are some of your favorite TV shows? 


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Thankful Tuesday

I've always been a huge believer and being grateful for the small things in life. I believe that those small things are simply what make our lives so enriched, and if we would stop and count our blessings each and every single day, we would all be a lot more content. It seems life gets so crazy, and we get caught up in the hustle of the every day , that this simple act is easily forgotten. 

I used to write down each day what I was thankful for, and decided to start it once again. 

I'm Thankful For: 
  • The guy at work today that started my car for me to let it warm up, before I ventured out for my errands. 
  • For entire Sunday's spent on the couch watching Football and snuggling with my puppy. 
  • And spending the entire day in my pajamas! 
  • For new friends met at a New Years Eve Party 
  • For making it home safely today, after a treacherous drive in. (It snowed here people, like 6 inches snow. Kentucky people, we don't do this crap!)
What are you thankful for? 






Monday, January 20, 2014

I WON something! And, Thank You!

Monday's usually consist of hitting the snooze button numerous times, which then turns into a mad rush to get out the door in time. This morning was no exception, other than I checked my email this morning before I got out of bed due to the "preview" on my lock screen that I thought said I had won a blog giveaway. I never win crap, this was probably a scam. My eyes were still trying to adjust, and I was half squinting as I was still trying to get my bearings and wake up.

 And can you believe it, I actually won something! Me! The girl that NEVER wins anything, not even at those damn games at the yearly county fair. (By the way, I'm pretty sure those games are rigged and you never win the good prize anyway).

I entered a Huge Fitness Giveaway  hosted by Camo & Lipstick! I entered on a whim, never thinking I would actually get picked, and well now here I am! And don't you just love her blog name? Camo & Lipstick, a perfect combo! Country with some glam!

I've always been the girl that has struggled with her weight, and up until about two years ago I really didn't do anything to try and solve that problem. I always had the excuse that there is always "tomorrow". But in reality, tomorrow never came. I started changing my eating habits, and hitting the gym 3-4 times a week and lost about 25 pounds.

Then came this.....

I've been quiet on my blog for quite some time, due to personal reasons. Those personal reasons make this package mean that much more to me. After what seemed to be a promising year last year, turned into quite possibly one of the worst years of my life. So, this is really a breath of fresh air and I couldn't be more excited to finally get back on track!

So from the bottom of my heart, thank you! Thank you to all that hosted this giveaway & for the opportunity.




Sunday, January 12, 2014

Magic Carpet Ride


Last night turned into a night of rockin' tunes & great food. Continous glances from one of the band members, who when we'd lock glances would wink and go back to playing. There was drunk people dancing, me singing at the top of my lungs and lines way too long at the women's restroom. There was ACDC "You Shook Me All Night Long" beginning to play while standing in line for the restroom, which ended up in dancing in the hallway. There was "Hot Ass Guy" from the last show, that kept continously walking past my table all night and finally got the courage to sit down beside me towards the end of the show. He said, I ignored his "head nods" all night long, so he thought he better say hi. That ended with grabbing my hand and pulling me onto the dance floor, where we danced til the very last song was played.  He said, he wanted to dance with me last time but i kept turning him down. He said, he remembred more about me than I think. Ha! Moments later his phone was pulled out, and he was asking for my number. Why the hell not, he won't call I thought. A hug goodbye, and we parted ways. 

Two hours later a text comes through, and it's from him. We bs'd back and forth. He's a total player, but hey he's fun to dance with. And a girl can never have enough dance partners, right? Plus, he's a fireman. I mean, c'mon girls a man in uniform.....

And this is the one song I remember us dancing too, while singing to each other. I blame it on the many, many beers for my lack of memory.....