Saturday, November 26, 2011


Oh, and did ya hear?!?!

NBA lockout is OVER!!!!!
Boston's first game is on the 25th of December.
Merry Christmas to me!

Better Late Than Never!

This is my Thanksgiving post. I know, I know, a little late, but I wanted to do one. It's kind of sad that most of us only say what we're thankful for once a year. I like to think I talk about it more than that, but I'm still not the best. So here it is. What I'm thankful for!

First would be my jobs. No doubt. I. Love. Them. Seriously the best jobs ever. And I'm very lucky to be able to have two with this economy nowadays. 

Next, my family. I cannot stress how much I love them! Especially my dad and brother. My dad has taught me so much, and I'm so glad I can call him my father. And my brother, I just love him. He may not know it, but he really is one of my best friends. I love spending time with him. We always have a good time.

I'm also thankful for the friends I have. My friends are the greatest. From my crazy adventures with Lindsey, fun times with Ashlee and Emily, and spended like 75% of my time with Samantha, I just have the GREATEST friends. We just need to hang out more, guys!

My students. They teach me something new everyday. They help me gain more experience and knowledge. They light up the room and always have big smiles on their faces. They accept me as they're friend and teacher. I couldn't ask for a better class to help out with!

Now for the coworkers. I'm talking from both jobs here. There is sooo much I could say about each one of them, but to sum it up, they just rock! It's hard working in the field we work in, but they're all amazing at what they do.

Last but not least, I'm thankful for a warm house to come home to, a bed to sleep in, food to put in my tummy, and the clothes on my back. 

There is so much more I'm thankful for, but I'm most grateful for these things. Without them, I wouldn't be who I am today!

*Artwork done by my students

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Thanksgiving First

The point of having a blog is to be able to share your thoughts, feelings, and opinions. This following post is about a subject with very strong arguments against it. Seeing as this is MY blog, and I'm sharing MY opinions, please be respectful and keep your negative comments to yourself.

Tonight I had an extremely eye opening experience. I was already open to the subject anyways, but I've gained a whole new respect.

Some people I'm quite close with are openly gay. This doesn't bug me and it never has. They're some of the most amazing people I know, living lives people only dream about living. Every year, they have a Thanksgiving dinner for all their friends and family. I was invited this year and I was truly impressed. As we went around the tables saying what we were all thankful for, I noticed on more than one occasion how many people were saying they were grateful they actually had a place to go for Thanksgiving because their families disowned them, or didn't understand them because of the lifestyle they chose.

As I was watching and listening I couldn't believe how close everyone is to each other. All of those people were one big family. They understood each other, and listened to each other. They've all been through the same thing and they all support one another. I could just feel the love in that room. I was overwhelmed with that sense of closeness.

Not being welcome home for the Holidays must be one of the hardest things. Having your family completely disregard who you are because of what you choose to be is just so sad. I realized what an amazing thing the two people I'm close with were doing. Giving people somewhere to go with people who love them, when they can't go to their own families. I really am just so impressed with it all.

I want to applaud every single person who accepts who they are. Being able to come out and say "I'm different" and being ok with it, takes a lot. No one should have to hide who they are. I'm so glad I got to share that experience with such a loving group of people. I definitely have a new found respect.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

39 Days 'Til Christmas!

So I haven't flat out said it on my blog yet, because I was worried about some people seeing it, but at this point I don't even care. I was waiting for a missionary though. Keyword was. He's been acting so weird the past few weeks. He's just been up and down about everything and sooo confusing. This week's email, he pretty much wrote me off and played the friend card. Sure I'm disappointed, but I'm mostly upset that 8 months of my life was wasted.

I guess this means I'm back in the field! I forget how exciting and terrifying the dating game is though. So uh, if you have any advice, lemme know =]

I'm truly amazed with how much I've grown up this year though. I went from being a jobless, irresponsible bum, to hardworking and responsible. I feel like my outlook on life is so much different than it was in the early months of this year. I was kind of just going with the flow. I didn't have goals for myself, or any desire to move on with things. I was content where I was. I now have goals for myself. I feel like I know what I want to do with my life. Number one goal is earning that money for my schooling! I'm doing very well with saving it up so far, and I think by the time I find someone looking for a hair apprentice, (which I think I may have found someone) I'll be more than ok on funds to start. Once I have my cosmetology license, I'll move on to aesthetics, which was my main goal from the beginning. It's going to take a couple of years for me to get that far, but I'm ready to start learning again. I need to put my life into gear even more than I already have. I really am anxious to start. Having all your friends going to school and moving on with their lives when you have no idea what you want to do with yours is embarrassing. I'm glad I've finally figured it out.

I've already mentioned it so many times, but I really am grateful for my life and the people in it. I'm grateful for my jobs. I'm grateful for my family. I'm just SO grateful! I couldn't be happier at this moment in time.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

'Tis The Season!

I don't know why, but Im SO excited for Christmas. I've already got most of my shopping done and I've started listening to Christmas music already. I'm totally not ashamed of this.

 I will assume I'm so excited because Christmas is going to be a whole new experience this year. I have a *not niece and a not sister-in-law! Two new family members! I like them lots. I just can't wait to spend the holiday's with them!

If it wasn't so frowned upon, you better believe my Christmas decorations would be up already. You win this one dad.... But I guess what I'm really trying to say is...

46 days until Christmas!!!

*Definition of not niece and not sister-in-law. My brother has a girlfriend with a baby. She's not my real niece (yet(<-----crossing my fingers!)) But I treat her like she is anyways. Therefore, she's my not niece. Same goes with the not sister-in-law.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Wikipedia The All Knowing

So we all know that sicknesses have different effects on people, right? So why is it different with diseases? Some people have more symptoms than others, some never get any of the symptoms at all. Does that mean they don't have it?

Fibromyalgia has tons of different effects on people. Some get really bad migraines and some people have certain joints that hurt instead of their whole body.

In my case, when Fibro hits me hard enough, I get super sick. My whole body aches and I just start throwing up. (sorry to be so graphic) It can last anywhere from a day, to a week. Sure I try not to let it stop me, but occasionally, I have to let it.

I had to let it stop me yesterday. I started out my day just fine, then what I wrote above starting happening to me. I'm not trying to find pity or anything, but I had someone tell me yesterday that I use my Fibro as an excuse.

First of all, you don't know me, so don't accuse me of that.
Second, just because you "looked in to it online" DOES NOT mean you know everything there is to know about it. When you've been diagnosed with Fibro, let me know.

It really, really upsets me when people say things like that to me. It hits way too close to home, and I never use my disease as an excuse. I know my body more than anyone does, and to be told I don't know what I'm talking about, really grinds my gears! I may be overreacting, but I needed to get it off my chest. And to my dear friend that has no idea what he's talking about, let's learn to keep our mouths shut, shall we? =]

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Ashley's Log, Stardate 43125.8

I have a lot of loose ends to tie up here.

First, I'm not doing that hair apprenticeship. I was told I got the spot, but she ignored my phone calls over and over, so now I'm back to square one looking for a teacher.

Second, I don't have a personal trainer anymore. I go to CrossFit instead. It's only the best thing ever!

Third, my life might've had 8 months wasted. There's this one guy on his mission, that I've been waiting for, and I'm not sure if he wants anything to do with me anymore. Which is why I've decided to start dating again.

Life is really good for me though! Still love my jobs and all that. I don't do much recreational wise, so that's something I need to change. I'm always working and I need to be able to relax! I'm still serious about my painting offer too, people!

All in all, I love my life, my friends, and my family. I couldn't ask for more. =]