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Thursday, December 30, 2010

secrets, thoughts, opposites, non verbal communication and more!

i feel like this post is going to be all over the place.
but whatev.

emotions:
so i've been overly emotional recently 
for various reasons.
mainly cause i'm a girl and sometimes it just happens. as much as i hate it. it comes with the territory.
of course my close friends pick up on that and thus begins the non verbal email communications while at work
i received a few from my besties, one of which was from aubry.
alot can be accomplished between the two of us non verbally i must admit.
lots of guts have been spilled this way and this time was no different. 
she sent me this, which was a perfect reminder for how i have been feeling..

"It was meant to be that life would be a challenge. To suffer some anxiety, some depression, some disappointment, even some failure is normal. Teach our members that if they have a good, miserable day once in a while, or several in a row, to stand steady and face them. Things will straighten out. There is great purpose in our struggle in life" - Boyd K. Packer.

luckily i don't have too many bad days. but when i do, i have good friends that are there when i need them. even if it is just via email sometimes!


engagements:
here is what my life is these days...
everyone is getting engaged and/or married. tis the season i guess?


my best friend of about 10 years/highschool sweetheart of 4 years/the one i thought back then, i WAS going to marry....
got engaged.
now don't get me wrong, I am truly happy for him. 
but it still stings.
even after 5 years of preparing myself, knowing that this would happen sooner or later
it still stings.
this definitely doesn't help with the emotional crap lol




secrets:
lately lots and lots of people have been confiding in me their secrets.
i'm not sure why, but i am honored.
i don't have alot of secrets, i'm pretty open with things, 
but for once....i actually have a secret of my own that only one person on this planet knows about.
its a real hum dinger, and i dont think that even my closest friends would believe it!
it makes me laugh.
and will probably never ever come out.


opposites:
  i propose the question:
do opposites really attract?
what are you're thoughts?



blind date update:
many of you have been asking about my most recent blind date, and if we have gone out again.
he has been in california for the holidays, and since he has been back we have been playing a great game of phone tag. so nothing yet. i'll keep you posted.


FRIENDS:
last but certainly not least, i have made some great new friends lately.
and gotten to know other friends better.
i am so so blessed to be surouned by such great people and great friends.
they are definitely one of my most cherished blessings.  





Wednesday, December 29, 2010

life these days


i feel like i haven't blogged forever, which isn't true, cause i have
but alot has happened in the last week that has yet to make it to blog world
christmas has come and gone. 
time to take down the 2 decorations i had up
& time to break down the last week:
christmas eve eve:
work
christmas party
hours of games and fun with great friends
BED TIME: 5 AM

christmas eve:
finished shopping and delivered christmas presents
said farewell to a good friend/old co-worker as he departs for cali for a new career adventure
movie with my good friend michelle
grocery store
pick up food for the annual chinese food with the brother and the sisters christmas eve dinner
games with sisters and lots of laughing =) 
midnight mass with peter, matt and ash
BED TIME: 3am

christmas day:
sleep in
hang out with sisters
try to find a store thats open on christmas day. i guess walgreens is the only one. good thing they sell milk
make dinner
have the parentals, the brother, and the sisters over for dinner. ham of course on christmas. always.
presents
book shelf assembly {thanks to the dad}
games with friends 
BED TIME: 3am

sunday:
church
games with friends
BED TIME: 3 am

monday:
back to the daily grind
olive garden
more games with friends
and
trying to catch up on sleep from the lack of sleep i got!
but it was all worth it. 
the long weekend was soooo much fun
in fact it was one of the best weekends i have had in a long time.
im so lucky to have a great family to celebrate holidays with 
and awesome friends that will play 39433 hours of games!!
something that i learned about myself this weekend:
I AM....... VERY .VERY. VERY. competetive.....

 



Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Giveaway...

my friend is doing her first ever blog give away!!

she made that!
and i love it!
check out her blog and enter if you do too!

{also look at her newest post from today.....I LOVE THESE!!}



Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ikea

right now, me and Ikea are in a fight. 
picture this:
on my one hour lunch break today, i decided to cross off a gift from my still.need.to.buy.for.these.people list.
my sister wants a bookshelf from Ikea so off i went.
luckily i work 10 min away
so....i make my way through the pretend land of fake living rooms and kitchens....
stopping off at the bookshelves dept.
i find exactly what I am looking for only to find this:
soooooo
i go talk to the ikea peeps
they do their thing on the computer and LUCKILY find that there are 47 more over in the 
self-serve furniture dept. 
phew. gift card averted.
soooo i make my way through the rest of the maze and get to the furniture pick-n-pull
i find quickly that what i need is much to heavy for me and looks much to large for my car.
so i head to the home delivery counter.
buuut before i could do so, i had to purchase the few items that i found over in the as-is section.
this awesome duvet for 5 dolla's yeaaahhh
ok so thats not the exact one but its close. same colors and everything but mine is squares instead of polygons?
annnyways so i go through the check out and off to the home delivery desk.
there the lady tells me that i am in "delivery zone one" and that it will cost me 70 dollars to deliver.
great! sign me up. 
side note: i actually had 2 bookshelves that i needed delivered cause i bought myself one see here. this is how i justified paying the 70 dollar delivery fee
she tells me to go get what i need and then come back to her and she will set up my delivery. 
sooooo i go back to pick-n-pull land and ask a worker man to help me pick-n-pull.
after waiting for him for like 5 min 
{naturally he had to go chat it up with his worker friend and have a drink of his mt dew before he met me in isle 4. gimme a break. MEN!!}
by now i am an hour and a half into my one hour lunch break with one of my employees texting me with questions and my boss texting me with other issues.
worker man helped me. 
i went back to check out. again. 
went back to the delivery counter. again. 
filled out the paper work. 
picked a delivery date. 
pulled out my card to pay for delivery....
just in time for her to say:
"oh my...it looks like you are right on the border of delivery in slc .. that's actaully going to cost you 99 dollars for delivery."

!@#$%^&*(-!
WHAT!??
areyoufreakingkiddingme

uhhhh ok well, i have just purchaed hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise here. you told me that it would cost me 70. what am i supposed to do?

"well don't you have someone that has a truck that can come pick it up for you?"
she says.

uh lady, if i did, do you think i would be paying 70 bucks to have your people do it?!!?
i didn't say that...but really wanted to

soooo the end of this story goes like this:

my stuff is sitting on hold {for 24 hours} while i figure out how the heck i am going to get it home, to the third floor mind you. by myself.

im praying that by some miracle it will fit in my car. and that my brother will come over tomorrow night to help me unload
your prayers are also welcomed. 
thanks.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

exhausted ..

welp, its only tuesday, and i'm exhausted.
i have been running like a mad man for 24 hours. this will continue for the next 48.
works been crazy busy.
christmas presents are still being purchased
(yes i am the worlds worst procrastinator)
there are too many parties to be attended
i have yet to make my christmas cards.
butttt this is what i get for leaving it all to the last minute! 
i never learn.
i could probably really use one of these.....
{source}

OH WAIT.........
nevermindthatsagainstmyreligion


by the end of dec 27th i will officially be partied out.

here is why:
sunday: birthday party
monday: ward christmas party
tuesday: family christmas party
thursday: friend christmas party
friday: going-away party
monday: out-of-state/jr. highschool friends christmas party
thats alot of parties.
and how am i supposed to get everything done with all this partying taking place?!
it's going to take a christmas miracle.
so to all those who have yet to get their gifts from me.....i'm sorry. 
they are coming!
butttt i did manage to get myself a christmas gift today!! yay!!
i can cross off the first thing on my christmas wish list!!
{blog post to come}
actually i can cross the second thing off too!! someone gave me one of those =)
you know who you are....thank YOU!! =)


so...to sum it up.
this is how i feel:

 

 


Thursday, December 16, 2010

cooking with ashlee

my cooking skills are unfortunately very limited. 
apparently i can't even make a quesadilla!!
...oops


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Abide With Me..

 
I have so many  favorite hymns, but this one definitely makes the top of the list. The words to the song speak for themselves, so there isn't much to say, other than I love it. It brings me so much peace, and is the perfect reminder that the Savior is going to be there when we ask for his comfort and guidance. 
Click HERE for my favorite rendition of this song.
 
 
Abide with Me Tis Eventide

Abide with me; 'tis eventide.
The day is past and gone;
The shadows of the evening fall;
The night is coming on.
Within my heart a welcome guest,
Within my home abide.

[Chorus]
O Savior, stay this night with me;
Behold, 'tis eventide.
O Savior, stay this night with me;
Behold, 'tis eventide.

Abide with me; 'tis eventide.
Thy walk today with me 
Has made my heart within me burn,
As I communed with thee.
Thy earnest words have filled my soul
And kept me near thy side.

[Chorus]
O Savior, stay this night with me;
Behold, 'tis eventide.
O Savior, stay this night with me;
Behold, 'tis eventide.
 
Abide with me; 'tis eventide,
And lone will be the night
If I cannot commune with thee
Nor find in thee my light.
The darkness of the world, I fear,
Would in my home abide.

New Post

 
as the year is coming to an end, i find myself recalling some of the events that have transpired in my life in 
2010
what i come up with is a list of 'news':
 
new job
new friends 
new calling
new house
new travels
new ward
new car

...and mutiple hair colors

it's been a great year. only 17 days left!
i wonder what 2011 has in store for me!?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

To my fellow bloggers:

Have you heard about the 
Bloggers Give Back Project 
yet??

If not.....
click

It's a great cause, 
Helping a family in need.
Their house burned down, and they were left with the clothes on their backs. 
{you can read their story on the blog}
What a horrific event, but I can only imagine how much harder it is during this time of year.
That's where we bloggers {and anyone else} come in! 
I don't really have any talent to offer up for auction...but I plan on bidding! 
So take a look to see what YOU want! 
Or donate your talents or services. 
You can also follow whats going on, on facebook. 
You don't have to be a blogger to participate! 
Bidding starts on 

December 15th, 2010

 ...happy bidding bloggers!...



   p.s. spread the word!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

venting...because i can


once again, this is my blog, my little corner of the www
if i want to vent
i will.
and thats what i'm about to do......
I rarely ask people for help. i can usually do things on my own, 
and usually have no problem doing so. 
i feel like when people ask me for help, i am generally always 100% willing., because i know when i need to ask for help i would want that in return.
but then there comes a time when i ,{a girl} can't do things on my own, and need the assistance of a man.
or like 3 or 4 men. 
unfortunately i dont have a man. you know, 
a go-to-guy
my go-to-guys, have all found gals, 
which prevent me from being able to use their man-ness at any given time.
let me explain:
i have a piano that is sitting in storage. 
i HAVE to move it tomorrow. im paying 90 bucks a month to store it, which is 90 bucks too much.
sooo i ask my dad and brother to help. 
luckily they are willing and able. 
but 2 guys cant move a piano on their own. 
this is where i need a go-to-guy.
so i ask the E.Q.P
here is his excuse: " i would help but i am putting up christmas decorations"
ummmmmmm ok... you live at home. im sure your MOM wont mind if you disappear at 11 a.m. for 30 minutes to help a girl out!!! riiiight???!!!
DUMB!
a few more texts sent to random boys that might be willing to help. 
still no luck.
so the text message goes out to the home teacher. 
LUCKILY he very willingly says yes. 
I love him. 
Dear  Hometeacher & K.T.
you saved me today. and i love you for honoring your duties as a man, and a hometeacher, and helping a girl out when you are needed. 
all the other men in my life could use a lesson from you.
and you saved me from having to make a call to a person i didn't want to have to call.
thank you. thank you.
love, your hometeachee =)




Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Grown Up Christmas List 2010

Ashlee's Christmas Wish List:

This year my Christmas list is more of a practical necessities list rather than just things i want.
So this years list is dedicated to things i NEED
 

up first is this bookshelf.
i have lots of books with no where to put them. so, they sit in boxes in my bedroom

next up: 
a microwave.
i gave mine to a friend cause i had a built in @ my last house.
now i don't have one. 


a toaster.
somehow mine disappeared during the move.


My dvd player stopped working last week.
with no cable, i used that thing ALOT. 
and now its dead.


WANTS:

him:
{ryan reynolds}  

 plane tickets to ......
anywhere
but
here

bar stools x4



new shower curtain and bath towels



man, this is quite the list.
i better get a good word in with the big man



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Monday, December 6, 2010

Disclaimer:

Since I began blogging, I have always done this for me. 
I realize that other people read my blog, and I love that, but just as a
reminder:
This blog is an outlet for me. I blog about my life. Which isn't very interesting I'm sure, to the rest of the world.
But it's mine and I love it.
Some Most of the things I write about here are mundane goings on in my day to day life.
Or ramdom thoughts I have.
I have decided that I am going to try the whole "blog book" idea, 
maybe every 100 posts or so. 
{i haven't even gotten to 80 yet}
But I figure, since I am not much of a journal writer anymore, 
and I would really like to be, 
blogging is the next best thing.
I want a record for my future children and their children of things that went on in my life before they came along. 
Soooo...with that said, I am going to be posting even more boring things than I have in the past!
I want to start blogging (occasionally) about memories, traditions, and things of my past, present and future....keeping in mind those who will read this after I am long gone.


P.S. If any of you have done the blog books, let me know what you think, and recommend the sites you have used. 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

My Best Friends Wedding

{notice her hair piece...made by yours truly}

 This is how far behind I am in blogging.
Jill got married 6 months ago today, and I have yet to blog about that beautiful day.
So I guess the 6 month anniversary is a good a time as any to finally do it...ya?

Jill and Cameron got married on June 4th.
It was a beautiful day.
I was honored to be there as her friend.
She had a small garden dinner after the temple with their immediate family....and me!
The weather was perfect and the setting and surroundings could not have been any more beautiful
I felt so lucky to be able to be there to celebrate their special day with them.


Blind Dates....



So I went on my 4th blind date over a 10 month period this last Thursday. 
And yes, these were all actual blind dates, they still do exists, even with Facebook. 
I hadn't seen any of them prior, and I didn't really know much about any of them. 

blind date #1: It was one of those that you are with the person for about 5 minutes and you immediately know that this is going to go no where, so you "suffer" through the next few hours till its over. It also had me questioning the person that set us up, and what he really thought of me (to set me up with that!). It may sound rude, but we have all been there. sometimes you just know it's a waste of time.

blind date # 2: My boss set me up on this one. The first thing I asked my boss was if he was decent looking. (I'm not looking to marry someone like ryan reynolds...although that would be nice...but I do have to be physically attracted of course. so I asked) he told me after some hesitation....he's not bad. That wasn't a good sign.  He came and picked me up and took me to a ward activity (he is in a family ward, mind you) it was a luau/fundraiser. It was awkward and there was definitely no interest in a second date.

blind date #3: A friend of mine, Cory, set me up with one of his freinds. This one was interesting to say the least... .and by interesting, I mean it sucked. We went to the BYU womens soccer game. It ended up being me, my date, and his 2 guy friends (one of which was Cory, the one who set us up) so I was the only girl. They picked me up and we headed to provo. Most of the talking was done between the 3 guys. We get there and its POORING rain. I wasn't prepared for that and didn't have a jacket and the game ended up being delayed for an hour due to the lightening. WE. WAITED. IN. THE. RAIN. I'm not a soccer fan. Especially womens soccer. My date didn't really talk to me. He commented on the legs of the soccer players. He didn't open my door. He picked me up straight from work....and we didn't eat on the date. On the car ride home, he started texting. Definitely no second date there.

blind date # 4. This was the most recent..... we planned a date for last Wednesday. He called and rescheduled for the following week because he had to go to a funeral. Well the next week rolls around and we are supposed to go out in 24 hours and I haven't heard from him. so I text him asking if he was still planning on it. He texts me back and says "Yes. What time do you get off? Have you ever eaten at IN-N-OUT?" .....what!!? i was mortified! was this kid actually thinking of taking me to a fast food joint comparable, in my mind, to McDonalds?! I replied and said "i get off at 5:30 and yes I have..."  by this time I was beginning to consider going on a blind date hiatus for a while. I didn't hear from him till the next day (the day of our date) he text me saying that we would be going to the grizzlies hockey game and eating dinner there. This was definitely a step up from In-N-Out. He came and picked me up, he was running a little late and was worried about not being to the game when it started. He has never been to a game so I assured him that we wouldn't be missing much if we missed the first part f the game! He then said "In that case, let's go to the Lion House Pantry to eat first."  I felt much better with that idea! This is where he started to redeem himself from the in-n-out question. We got there, ate, talked, and lost track of time. We noticed the workers cleaning tables around us and so I asked them what time they closed. One girl said we closed 20 minutes ago! I felt so bad! We obviously missed the game (which was fine by me!) so we decided to walk around temple square to see the lights. We got to watch a Christmas program in the tabernacle by the UVU choir, which he was actually a part of for 3 years. It was really a great program. We ended the night at my house where we talked some more and then he left for his hour drive home. 
This is the first blind date (that i can remember) that i have been on that I actually enjoyed. The conversation was great. He could hold his own an it wasn't awkward at all. A second date is definitely a consideration! So, we'll see!!

UPDATE:
just got the call for a second date!