It’s been awhile! I figured, you know, its only been 2 years, a reintroduction never hurt anyone!
My name is Ashley. I am terrible at keeping up a blog. I get distracted by life and forget that I used to write. I love writing. I love reading. I always have a book on me. I always have a notebook/journal on me.
Current read: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Current notebook/journal: Paperback gold and black journal from Target
I also love food! OMG…. Do I love food…..
I think about food all the time. I think about what I am going to eat at the next meal even before I have finished the meal I am currently devouring. I think about things I want to try and make and things that look weird but could be fun to make. I think about restaurants I want to go to because they specialize in a certain dish or style of food. Food is constantly on my brain.
I also love wine and whiskey. I currently manage a taproom just outside of Denver, CO and that job has brought me into contact with some fabulous distributors and fabulous spirits. I am researching different spirits on a very regular basis. I am definitely drawn to the smaller batch, craft spirits and wines, not so much the bigger commercial ones.
I live to be outside. I love being outside any chance I get. I have already gotten my first sunburn of the year. I love to soak up that Vitamin D in the sunshine. I love hiking with my dog. I am currently training for a half marathon. It is just about river season as well, so I will definitely be on the river plenty this summer. I am happy and sad that ski season is over. Just really any chance I get to be outside, I will take it.
I also hate taking normal selfies. I think they are overrated. Lol. So, here is a goofy selfie of me on a ferry in Ireland.
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I have kept up with my running guys! Today was a little harder of a run than usual. I was feeling supremely dehydrated and so was TJ. We took a little easy for a bit of the run but I finished 2.5 miles strong. I really pushed hard in the last stretch of my run! I know it is really gonna take some time but I am starting to feel just a wee bit stronger. I know I know, it has only been a couple days but i missed running a lot. It feels nice to get back out there and get running again.
I signed up for my first race too! I am going to be running the Jingle Bell Run here in Denver! Its Christmas theme and only a 5k! What more could I ask for in my first race?! I love Christmas and a 5k is great entry into training for some races!
Tonight though, I am taking it a little bit easier since I was feeling so dehydrated this afternoon on my run. Lots of water!
I have a good book, a little bit of How I Met Your Mother, and lots and lots of water!
What is your favorite way to relax after a harder run?
Let’s hear it!
It is summer time and I wish I could say the living is easy. Life has been so hectic lately. I honestly don’t even know where the month of June went. Next thing I knew, it was July. I traveled in June, celebrated a birthday (yay me), had family in town, and did lots of working. I have had some time to spend outside. That has been quite lovely! Although, it has also been insanely warm. Not so lovely. I have already said to TJ on multiple occasions how ready I am for it to be fall and winter. I’m ready for chillier nights, warm drinks, sweaters, skiing. I’m ready to not be baking in my own bed every time I go to sleep.
Anyway, enough of me ranting. Nobody likes to read that at least for too long.
Let’s see, what news do I have to share…
Matt has moved back in to our house. Yay! He is less stressed and we enjoy having him and his lovely little lady dog Korra. She is such a cutie and already considers herself part of the pack.
TJ will be working his last shift at REI this coming Saturday. He will move on to work at a smaller retailer store where I think he will be much happier.
I am actively seeking new work. I am really looking for some virtual assistant work where I can spend a little more time at home with my boys and have a more flexible schedule as well. Finding that kind of work is a lot harder than it looks.
Faelyn and Halo are doing great! They do not want to be outside too much now that it is hot. I can’t even imagine how hot it must be having all of that hair!
Right now I am reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. It is a really weird but interesting read.
We are in the middle or rather nearing the end of watching through Scrubs. If you haven’t watched it, its hilarious.
We have finally found a church and are settled in there! So happy to have a church family now!
I think that about sums up everything that is currently going on!
Until next time,
Sorry this one is so late guys! I have had a crazy hectic day, scratch that, a crazy hectic week! The girl we had living with us moved out and my in-laws are coming into town next week. Then you add work and everything else with life. Oh man, life is crazy! Am I right?
That being said, I use the term “reading” loosely. I only get so much time for reading right now but I am kind of in the middle of three of them. I get distracted or semi-bored. I have ADD when it comes to books and music. I change radio stations constantly. It really bothers TJ lol. Anyway, I usually have at least two books going at one time. So many books, so little time is what they always say right?
Here are the 3 I am currently enjoying:
1~ It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (Its about nutrition and eating well.)
2~ The Art of Eating In by Cathy Erway (Its about cooking at home, and not eating out in New York.) I love this book!
3~ Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher (Sci-Fi novel that is really really good! It is part of a series.)
What are you reading right now? Fiction? Non-Fiction?
Finally a post that is at least a little earlier, although considering I am about to hit the hay I guess it is still late for a post. Oh well, what can you do? 😛
You know it is a night home alone when this is what your night consists of. Lol! I may or may not have a reading problem. lol.
I just read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Usually, I take some time to process the book before posting but honestly, I have been processing as I have been reading the book. This book was a really good read! She takes 12 majors areas in her life that she wants to improve her happiness through everyday changes. She makes resolutions for each month and keeps track on how she does everyday. And then when she goes on to the next month, she still attempts to keep up with the previous month but shifts her focus to the resolutions of the current month.
Pros: She made very practical resolutions. They were things that every person could do. She was down to earth and very inspiring. I loved how she took her resolutions seriously but also didn’t and just tried to enjoy life also. She was funny and enjoyable. She had such a great sense of humor. I loved how brutally honest she was about her failures and her victories. It was wonderful! (I also realized I am using the word wonderful a lot!)
Cons: There were aspects of her life that I could not quite relate to. She had young kids and lived in an apartment in NYC. I have pups (which I guess are like kids) and own a house in the suburbs of Denver. Super different. She also made some references I had no idea about but did end up doing a good job of explaining them.
Overall: What a great read! I really do recommend reading the book. It is such a great book to start the year off with. Reading it in January gets you so excited to be a better person and change some things in the upcoming year. I had some vague resolutions for 2014 but while I was reading this book I made them a little more concrete. I started focusing on things weekly. I want to make some changes (moderate) so that I can increase my happiness and well being this year. I would like to say, so far so good! W00t!
I have knocked a couple things off of my To-Do list. Read a couple books and made a few things. Pictures to come soon!
Alright, so I was in between The Name of the Wind and its sequel. (still haven’t started that.) I have a stack of my brother’s books that I borrowed to read and so I grabbed a thin one to bust through. This one was very interesting. I had seen the movie and so I knew the general idea of the book. This is definitely a young adult book. Great for a high school read. Not my favorite book in the world but they can’t all be right? This book is a series of letters from a boy named Charlie and it gives insight into the mind and troubles of a high school mind and life.
Pros: The story was fascinating. It was based in the early 1990s and definitely gave an accurate view of what goes on in the mind and life of a freshman boy. The author definitely did not make the kid seem more adult than he was supposed to be. He had the right voice. One of the letters even opens up with “I love twinkies!” lol. There were great relationships and great conflict.
Cons: It was terrifying to relive the mind of a high school student. Lol. I don’t want to remember how I thought and some of the things that had to be learned about the ways of the world. I know everyone may not see it that way but ya lol. Other than that, it was still a great book!
Overall: It was definitely a quick , good read. High school students would definitely enjoy it or even college. More of a young adult book as opposed to one that is more geared towards adults. Great descriptions and stories. Worth the read either way.
I go through phases of reading lots of fiction or reading lots of non-fiction. I happen to be in a phase of reading a lot of fiction right now. Haha. I had forgotten how much fun it is to get so wrapped up in a story that it is difficult to put the book down. When reading my non-fiction books I can pick it up and put it down with no problem most of the time. However, with this book I had trouble putting it down. I wanted to do nothing else except read this book. (Good thing there is a sequel.) I had never heard of Patrick Rothfuss. Was not familiar with his work at all. A friend from work was reading it and said it was really good so I said I would like to borrow it when he was done. Oh man, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is a must read if you like fantasy books. It was so much fun!
Pros: The story was so well written so you got wrapped up in the book and could not put it down. Amazing. The characters were relatable. There were not gaps in the story to where you wondered what in the world was going on. The imagery was wonderful. It was easy to imagine exactly what the author was describing. The creatures and the places and the people had enough description to aid your imagination and then left the rest for your mind to figure out on its own.
Cons: The first 30 pages were a little slow going. It takes you a bit to realize that the main character is telling his life story to someone. After the first 30 pages it picks up. But honestly, you just have to kind of trudge through those first 30 pages. It happens.
Overall: I loved this book. I am so excited to read the sequel. It is not a young adult fantasy. It is something that anyone could enjoy if you enjoy reading that genre. I am honestly hoping that a movie is made out of this. I would love to relive this story over and over. I don’t say that about too many books lol.
I hope you pick it up and read it. It is such a great story!
I am going to try to finish reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin before I pick up the sequel but we shall see how that goes.
Happy New Year everybody!!! Hope you all had a safe and fun New Year’s Eve! TJ and I just stayed in, had a delicious dinner and watched the Walking Dead marathon that was going on lol. We watched the ball drop and then proceeded to fall asleep watching Modern Family. I know, super exciting!
I love new years. It means a fresh start and I fully intend to take advantage of that in the new year. I have some things that I want to change in the new year. I have some things I want to finish in the new year. I definitely want to dedicate more time to this blog! Thanks for all of your support in 2013! I can’t wait to share 2014 with you!
I know that December and capturing it in pictures ended up being a flop. working retail during the holidays ended up getting the best of my december again. Oh well. Such is life. We had a great Christmas with friends! The majority of us ended up being sick together so that was kind of entertaining whenever someone tried to laugh and ended up having a coughing fit instead.
With 2014, I do have some goals in mind. Nothing too huge. But might as well share a little bit of what I have in mind.
~ pay down some if not most of our debt. No matter what, I want to work to get this debt paid down.
~ Finish my reading list. Obviously I failed at taking care of it in 52 weeks…. but I told you I would finish it, so I’m going to finish it.
~ knock a couple things off of my to do list around the house and just in general. super vague I know but I don’t have anything specific in mind. I just want to try some things that I have been meaning to try and not just waste time.
All of that being said, I do have a book to knock off the list. I just finished reading Eldest by Christopher Paolini. It is the second book in the Eragon series. Definitely a good read if you like fiction. It was a fun read and I got swept away by the story. I don’t have a full review of it today but keep an eye out for other reviews coming your way!
Happy New Year!
Just finished reading The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. I really need to stop reading all of these start up books. They say alot of the same stuffs. If I am really going to start something, I should just do it and stop reading and procrastinating. Right? Right. Anyway, Chris is super engaging and it was a great read!
Likes: It was a quick read. (When I found time to actually read it.) It was a very engaging read. He had some great tips and advice. He shared stories from real people. Real failures and successes. It was encouraging without being too peppy or anything. Haha. It was very practical. Loved it.
Dislikes: It was a lot of what I had read before. If you are just now going into reading about starting your own business, then start with this one. If not, he says a lot of the same things I have been reading already.
Overall, it was a really great read. He was super practical and super knowledgeable. Start at this book before you read others. There you go!
Sorry, I’m feeling short and to the point right now. My mind is in a billion different places.
July of 2013 is coming to an end. That means this challenge is coming to an end and I have failed miserably. Life just sometimes gets the best of you. I will hopefully have one more book to add before the end of the challenge but obviously not finishing the whole thing. I will read all of the books and keep you updated on when this challenge is actually complete. I still have yet to even finish the list. How terrible am I at keep this challenge?!
I have some short challenges on my to do list on pinterest and so I think I will try a few short ones and then maybe try a 52 weeks challenge again. If I can’t finish something the first time, I tend to be restless until I actually do finish it so it will happen at some point. But anyway, I got a new camera and so it is only fitting that for the month of August, I am going to do a picture challenge that I found on pinterest. Stay tuned for more challenge awesomeness!