"You are meant to grace the world with your dance, to follow the lead of Jesus wherever he leads you." - Captivating

Aside from Jesus, "...traveling is the great true love of my life...I am loyal and constant in my love for travel...I just don't care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because its mine. Because it looks like me." - Eat.Pray.Love.

Here you will find my travels, not just physical travels but emotional and spiritual as well...journeys to different places in the world and journeys of the heart. And, of course, fun and silliness too :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

2nd Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party

My roommates and I had our 2nd Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party. It was a lot of fun! I think we ended up with about 50 people there throughout the night. I love seeing the outfits people come up with. Its the perfect party to throw because it doesn't matter if your Christmas lights or decorations look sloppy if you didn't have enough time to do them because the theme is TACKY! Here are pictures of some of the amazing outfits.

My Roommates and me in our Awkward Family Photo.

Yup Andrew is in some sort of Christmas nightie and Josh has ruffles on.


Sunday, November 27, 2005

Likes

Ok, I said I would follow up my dislikes with my likes but I had a hard time coming up with likes that weren't already in my forever long "about me" section...but here are a few. There are some repeats from that section too.

-Christmas (everything about it makes me smile)

-Fresh Ink Greeting Cards

-Getting and sending real mail

-Paul Newman

-Olympics

-Sprinkles

-Donuts

-Sprinkles on donuts

-Ellen Degeneres' HBO comedy special

-taking pictures

-Tim & Faith

-children' s books

-Patriotism

I don't think these are as fun or creative as my dislikes list but oh well...

Monday, October 31, 2005

dislikes

Coinciding (or more copying) Lindsey's blog about things annoying her...here is a list of things that annoy me or dislikes of mine. I know its a very negative blog which is ironic because one of my annoyances is negative people but I promise I'll follow it up soon with my likes.

-Hearing/watching someone bite into a popsicle

-Voicemail Instructions (who has ever "pressed 5 to page this person?")

-Smoking

-Unpacking after a trip

-Being late or people who are always late (Like Ellen Degeneres says: For the people who always use the excuse "sorry...traffic." My response is..."really? how do you think I got here? helicoptered in?")

-Hotel Sheets and bedding

-Michael Moore

-Lotion ( I know, I don't think I can be a girl and not like lotion but I don't like the greasiness)

-Chocolate Ice Cream

-Cats

I may add more as I think of them.

Monday, October 10, 2005

I'm still here

Alright, I know it as been FOREVER since I last blogged and I'm guessing nobody still reads my blog because they got sick of checking. I just am having an incredibly busy semester. You would think after this much time I would have a great idea to write about...but I don't. So I thought I'd just give you a little update on a few things in my life...although its not that exciting.

-My Frogs are doing pretty good...we'll ignore that one game. We are now ranked 25th! Go Frogs!!

-I'm going to a first grade classroom two days a week this semester. My kids are absolutely precious. I'm excited to student teach next semester but I'm not sure how fun it is going to be to have a payless full time job. I'm sure it will be worth it though. And I think I'm doing a month of my student teaching in Europe...how awesome!!

-My roommates are absolutely fabulous...here's a picture of these crazy girls...

It was side pony tail night for us.

-Here's a picture of my cute Zeta Family: Me, my little Ashley, and my grand-little Natalie.

- I went home this past weekend with my roommate, Kacy, from freshman year to Edmond, Oklahoma. Had a wonderful time...she and I were talking about how it doesn't seem that long ago that we were roommates in Colby Hall (one of our freshman girl dorms). We can't believe we are seniors!! I am honestly not ready to be done with college. It is too much fun...not ready for the real world.

-I miss all of you! (especially Blake)

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

O Who?!?

17-10 baby!! Ok so I had to brag and rub it in at least a little bit! GO FROGS!!!




Monday, August 29, 2005

Fall TV

I am such a big TV watcher. Now do I have the time to devote to all the TV shows that I am addicted to? Of course not. Do I still watch all of them? Yes. And somewhere in here I promise I manage to have a life. I always like the beginning of the fall season when all the cliffhangers get resolved...however as I am thinking about the TV shows that I am excited to see this fall the list is slimmer than usual. I don't think there are as many quality TV shows on now as there used to be. And my choice of tv shows now is more immature than when I was in high school. Suddenly in college I have become addicted to random teen dramas since so many of my roommates over the years have watched them. Here are the shows I am looking forward to:

Alias: His name's not Michael Vaughn!?!

Gilmore Girls: Lorelai asked Luke to marry her?!?

The OC: What will happen to Marissa?

One Tree Hill: Will Lucas and Brooke/ Lucas and Nathan work it out?

Desperate Housewives: So many questions!!

And I'm ready for a new season of America's Next Top Model and to see the winner of The Cut!
And as if I need anymore shows to watch I'm also interested in seeing more of Grey's Anatomy and the new show Related.

See what I mean...I used to watch more mature shows such as West Wing and ER but somehow those have taken a backseat to the WB. I should start watching West Wing again.

Any other TV fans excited about any shows?

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Update

Per Trey's request I am updating my blog...however I honestly have no idea what to write about. You probably won't be seeing much of me for the next couple of weeks because sorority rush starts on Sunday...or work week to get ready for rush starts on Sunday. Not that not having an update on my blog for two weeks will be anything different than normal. Rush is an interesting process. Trying to explain it to someone who has never experienced it from either side is impossible. You have to go through it to understand it. I have tried explaining it and people are like "What?? You clap and sing as girls walk in single file to your sorority house? you kneel in front of them to talk? they wear certain outfits? a bump line?" It sounds insane and parts of it are insane but the process works somehow (usually) in the end. I am not one of those girls who is obsessed by sorority life although I do enjoy it because some of my closest friends are there and we honestly do alot of good work for our philanthropy and other groups' philanthropies. Sororities are definitely more than the stereotypical Legally Blonde girls...although I of course love that movie. Anyway though didn't mean to turn this into a defense of sororities...like I said NOTHING to talk about...sorry. Hopefully after Rush is over I will be able to think of a more fun topic...or maybe even before Sunday so that I can leave you for two weeks with something brilliant...unlikely though.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Captivating


I just finished reading Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge. I highly recommend it to all women. John Eldredge is the author of Wild at Heart if any of you have read that...it is also a very good book abou the heart of a man. Captivating is by John and his wife and as the cover of the book says is about "unveiling the mystery of a woman's soul." Whether you are single, married, young, or old, I think most any woman would be uplifted and encouraged by this book. It talks about living the life that God has planned for you and doing it in the uniquely feminine way that he made us. It discusses the desires of a woman's heart and how God fulfills them. Anyway, if you are looking for a new book then think about Captivating.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Drive-Ins

I had said in one of my previous posts that I love going to the drive-in movie theater (the one or two times that I have been) and that I wished there were more drive-in theaters around. Then looked what popped up on my Yahoo Headlines today...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050730/ap_on_re_us/drive_in_resurgence

Go read the article if you are like me and like drive-ins! YAY!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Coffee Talk

One of my favorite things to do is to go sit outside at Starbucks and read. Read for fun, not for school. It is just such a great atmosphere. Yes I know there are plenty of better coffee houses the ultimate chain of Starbucks but it is the most convenient for me with outside seating. I wish Ft. Worth had more hole in the wall coffee houses. I like to go either on my own or with a friend. Alison (who still has not guest blogged on here as she promised) and I both love the Starbucks ritual. Whenever we are being unproductive (which can be often) and just want to go read or chat we usually head to Starbucks. We went last night and the weather was perfect...surprisingly cool. As I'm reading (and now listening to my new iPod) I also love to people watch. I probably watch and listen to their conversations far more than I should or is polite. I love trying to figure out what people's stories are, who they are their with, what they are doing, etc. Sometimes people just start random conversations with you which is fun. Alison briefly talked with 3 Italian men last night because she is taking Italian. She is better and starting conversations with strangers than I am. I could probably do a whole series on my blog about the people I see at Starbucks. I hate it when I am too busy to get my Starbucks fix.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Pageant Mania

Last week we had family in town from Texarkana. It is my mom's brother's family...we don't see them very often. My youngest cousin, Rebecca, is Miss Teen Texarkana so they came here to compete in Miss Teen Texas. This was quite an experience. Now I have always loved watching pageants on TV but seeing it a little more first hand is a whole different thing. It was still very fun to watch but all the drama is crazy. So many of these girls make a career of pageanting. One of the girls in the Miss Texas pageant who is 24 now has been in a major pageant every year since she was 13 and many of the girls are like her! I can't even imagine. Quick funny story...in the "interview" round the questions were pretty dumb. One girls question was "what is your idea of a perfect day?" and she answered her idea of a perfect date...it reminded me of Miss Congeniality when she says her perfect date is like April 15th...not too hot not too cold!

I was extremely proud of my cousin though. This was her first year to do pageants and as Miss Teen Texarkana she placed in the top 10 in the Miss Teen Texas out of about 49 girls!! Yay Rebecca!


Opening Number - The pageant pics are a little blurry...
sorry...I know you were dying to see them!! (Rebecca's in
the middle) Posted by Picasa


Evening Gown Posted by Picasa


Rebecca in the Fitness Competition Posted by Picasa


My cousins: Elizabeth, Rebecca, AJ Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Crying (I never can come up with creative titles)

I mentioned this in my little "about me" section but I'm not sure anyone would take the time to even read that novel I wrote. However, it was reinforced to me yesterday how true it is...I am very much a crier. When I was younger I made fun of my mom all the time for crying at silly things like movies or just happy moments in life...now I think I'm even worse than my mom. I cry a lot. Yesterday, I was watching a recorded Oprah (and Oprah is always one of the worst at making me cry!) and it was one of her Wildest Dreams Come True episodes. One of the stories was about a single mom of nine (3 were hers and she took in 6 of her brother's kids so they wouldn't have to be split up in foster care). Anyone who knew this woman at her job at Starbucks loved her for her sparkling personality. Her family of 10 was living in a run-down 3 bedroom, 1 bath apartment. So Oprah gave her kids a shopping spree at Toys R Us and then gave them all new furniture and appliances and Nate the decorator...and bought them a house!! I was bawling by the end of the story. I'm sitting alone in my den just crying...so happy for this woman and her kids.


One day I was on the treadmill at the rec center watching Oprah and it was about these obese people who had lost hundreds of pounds. I am walking on the treadmill in the middle of all the people at the gym...losing it. Tears are like streaming down my face...I just know everyone is wondering what is wrong with this girl but hopefully they realized Oprah was on my little TV on my treadmill and could understand. Apparently people losing weight is emotional for me because Alison and I were watching MTV True Life at Fat Camp the other day and we were both teary about this guy who had lost like 40 pounds!

Don't even get me started on the Olympics...almost everytime the national anthem plays when we when a gold medal I cry. I love those profile stories that tell of the hard journey and trials an athlete has gone through to get to the Olympics that most people probably fast forward through... I get teary at most everyone. I don't know what it is about the Olympics but just something about the spirit of them that gets to me.

These may seem like pretty normal things to cry about but I've even cried during Survivor one season when some of the cast aways were reunited with family members brought to the island. I can't even begin to list all the truly silly things I have cried over. I guess I'm just an emotional person because I can laugh harder and louder than anyone but boy can I cry too.

To sum all this up you definitely don't want to be sitting by me to watch The Notebook or Beaches.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Babe's

I feel like a proud mom posting these pictures of Blake but he is just so cute that I had to share! (And especially for Joanie!) After our nice afternoon swim at the Laminacks (since they were nice enough to let us all come over to use their pool...thank you!), Kelly, Joanie, Blake, Frank, MC, Adam, my mom, and I decided to try the new Babe's Chicken in Burleson. I have heard about the one in Roanoke but never made it out there but I had heard it was wonderful. I think I heard too much hype about it because, although it was delicious, I think I had it built up in my head as so much more. But the food and company were great!! Even though Blake was smarter than our waitress as he knew the Governor of Texas is Rick Perry while she had no clue!!


Blake on the Chicken Assault Truck Posted by Picasa


Cool Breeze at Babe's Chicken Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Concert in the Gardens


Concert in the Gardens -- Polyphonic Spree Posted by Picasa


Polyphonic Spree Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Put your mind to it, Go for it, Get down and break a sweat

I have started working out more since I came to college....probably because I am spoiled with TCU's really nice rec center so I actually somewhat enjoy working out now. At first when I started going to the rec I felt so self-conscious. I felt like everyone would be able to tell right away that I don't really know what I am doing, especially down in the weight room doing the weight machines. For those that haven't been to the TCU rec center the weight room is pretty big so its not like I'm surrounded by people when I work out but I still felt like everyone would be watching me if I wasn't exactly sure how to adjust the seat or needed to lower the weight amount. So the way I made myself feel less self-conscious (other than becoming more confident in my work out abilities) was by telling myself that no one is watching me, they are too absorbed into their own workout to care what I am doing. However, I have realized that my theory may not be entirely accurate because I contradict my own theory. I watch people. I don't mean to but I'm just a people watcher. Its hard not to watch the girl who is pedaling so fast on the elliptical that you think she is going to pass out...oh wait that's all the girls at TCU. I notice the guys that are in there trying to lift more weight than they can handle. Sure I notice them because they are grunting and groaning loudly trying to push or pull the massive weight amount...now I know that these guys are trying to build muscle whereas I'm just trying to get fit so they workout differently than me but I always think-seriously guys if it is as difficult as your groaning makes it sounds maybe knock the weights down a knotch or two. I watched as a cute couple was running the indoor track together but then the girlfriend gets so winded that the boyfriend has to come back for her and walk a lap with her. If I had a boyfriend I would never run with him for that reason. I sure hope people don't watch me as much as I watch them.

On another working out sidenote--Alison and I played racquetball yesterday. We always go to the last racquetball court so that no one can see us play because we are not good. We do not play by the rules either. I almost hit Alison in the head with my racquet twice. She hit the ball directly at me at least 3 times. We spend the majority of the time "clam digging" as Alison calls it. However, I think how much we laugh at ourselves works out our abs as much as the actual racquetball playing does so oh well. And Blaine (Alison's boyfriend) wonders why we never let him come play with us!

Bonus points if you know what TV show my title is from.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Mars Needs Women (and apparently we need men)

Lindsey, Emily, and I had such a fun/random night. We were looking for something to do and found this adorable outdoor theatre out in the country called the Hip Pocket Theatre. We saw the play "Mars Needs Women"...it was too much fun and the place is one of my new favorite Ft. Worth things. I can't believe that the three of us, living in Ft. Worth our entire lives, have never been there. Anyway though Lindsey is going to write about this on her blog and will do a much more eloquent job then me (and will have pics hopefully). And Emily is going to write about people hooking her/us up so I do not really have anything to write about except to say read their blogs. Great night girls...I had so much fun!!!

Friday, June 24, 2005

VBS (everyone else has written about it)

I just wanted to say that I am so glad I did VBS again this year. Thank you Lindsey for convincing me to do it. I forgot how much I enjoyed it last year. I love being around everyone and getting to know new people and old friends better. Trey & Emily--I know you have heard this a ton but you two wrote a wonderful script. Jennifer--Your first VBS was a great success. All your hard work paid off. Brian--the sets and everything looked awesome. Joanie & Kelly--as always excellent work on lights and sounds. Everyone did a fabulous job and I think it all went off really well. And of course God truly made it all come together and used us all to share His word with our community. The kids' excitement and enthusiasm says it all!!

Sunday, June 19, 2005

The Beatles & Funkytown

Tonight I went to Concert in the Gardens. The show tonight was a Beatles theme called the Classical Mystery Tour. It was such a great show. These four guys dressed like the Beatles and sang their songs accompanied by the Symphony Pops. It was neat because they sang a lot of The Beatles songs that weren't quite as well known as some. They did a really great job....and the fireworks at the end were awesome...they coordinated with the finale song of Live & Let Die. I hated having to miss this night of VBS but I'm sure it went wonderfully!!

Concert in the Gardens is one of my favorite things that Fort Worth does. My other favorites are Main Street Arts Festival and the Rodeo. Concert in the Gardens is just such a great atmosphere. I love getting to go have a picnic, talk with family & friends, listen to good music, and watch fireworks...such a great evening! I was thinking how I wish we still had drive in movies because I figure it would be kind of a similar atmosphere. I know there are still the occasional drive in movie theatres but I wish it was still a big deal like a used to be...I wonder why that trend faded away. Anyway though back to the Ft. Worth events that I love...since I was thinking about those I also thought about how much I love this city. It really is a neat place...just the right size for me where I can go somewhere and almost always see someone I know but where I don't know everyone. I saw Pat Green in an interview and he was saying how the pace of life is just kind of slower in Ft. Worth but it still is a big city...I love that. I mentioned the rodeo was one of my favorite events also that Ft. Worth does. I love our western heritage and how we are called Cowtown and that there are still plenty of cowboys here, and they especially come out during rodeo time. I love that we have a fun, safe downtown to go play in. I love that we have some of the best museums in the country and one of the best zoos. I love that TCU is here. I love going to the Stockyards or Billy Bobs. I love that chivalry isn't dead here and neither is friendliness. My cousins in California always say that people here tend to be so much more eager to be friendly and that guys do not hold doors in California typically, among other gentlemanly things. Don't get me wrong I love to travel and I'd even like to live somewhere else (at least for a short while) but Ft. Worth is definitely a great place to call home.

I know this post was kind of a jumble of thoughts but that's me. And I'm signing off like Lindsey tonight...

Come Together is my favorite Beatles song,
Ashley

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Inside the Actors Studio Questions

Has anyone ever watched Inside the Actors Studio with James Lipton? In the show James Lipton interviews a movie star for an acting school audience...I occasionally watch it. However, I do not usually sit down and actually watch an entire one hour episode but the part I have always loved is the questions that James Lipton asks the celebrities at the end of each interview. They are a series of personality profile questions created by Bernard Pivot. (I might should know who he is but I don't.) I love hearing the responses to these questions and every time I see it I think about what my responses would be. So I thought I'd answer the questions here. These are my answers for right now...they can often change though and I could probably come up with many answers for each but I'm going to try and limit. I think I am supposed to limit each question to one answer but for some of them I just couldn't make up my mind...so here goes:

-What is your favorite word?
serendipity or sexy

-What is your least favorite word? divorce

-What turns you on? (creatively, spiritually, or emotionally) laughter or confidence

-What turns you off? rudeness, insensitivity, or cynicism


-I am skipping the favorite curse word question. =)

-What sound do you love? the ocean

-What sound do you hate? unhappy children or someone biting into a popsicle

-What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? something in film or a lawyer

-What profession would you not like to participate in? mortician

-If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? "come on in"

What would your answers be???

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Austin & Adam

I am in Austin this weekend visiting my brother Adam. Austin is such a neat city. It looks like it was transplanted from some other state to Texas because it really is nothing like the rest of Texas. Certainly there is nowhere else in Texas that I would have to think twice about the possibility of my car getting keyed because of my W sticker. I still love this city though...and the variety of people here is a large part of its appeal. Austin is such a good blend of history and modern, city and country. And it is SO pretty!

It has been so great getting to see Adam this weekend because we really don' t get to see each other very often. I loved having an older brother growing up (and still do). We have always been close but of course are closer now as we have grown up. My mom likes to joke when people ask if we got along growing up that "sure they did, as long as Adam let Ashley get her way." Its true I am the more stubborn one and Adam is one of the most easy going people I have ever met but I still maintain that all our arguments cannot be blamed on me as it takes 2 people to argue. I do know though that I did get my way more than I probably should have because Adam was often nice enough to let me. Looking back in pictures I realized how annoying a little sister I was sometimes. It is so funny because in the pictures of practically every birthday party Adam ever had, right in the middle of all his friends is me. Most brothers would have been so annoyed if their little sister tagged along but I really don't remember Adam every complaining. (Except when Beau lived down the street from us and he always managed to convince Adam to be mean to me...and I'm sure I wasn't being the list bit annoying! Yup Beau made me cry a few times or at least made me mad enough to go tell my mom on them...but its okay we're friends now.) Adam is also one of the funniest people I know. My mom wrote in my baby book that my favorite playmate was Adam and that I was constantly laughing at him. I still am constantly laughing when I'm with him. My friends always know when I'm talking to my brother on the phone because I am laughing most of the time. This has been a great little mini-trip and I'll be back in FW on Sunday for VBS practice!!

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

thiswastheonlyblogaddressleft

So, apparently every blog address EVER is taken. No, seriously, the whole world is on this thing! I even tried laugh-like-a-seal.blogspot.com (that was Alison's suggestion because my brother says I laugh like a dying seal)...but it said it was taken... who the heck picked that!?! I think I will have to check that later and make sure it is legit. I tried every combination of my first, middle, and last name and TCU or frog (all somehow taken it said...I don't think it was working correctly!) and so now, after several tries and lots of frustration--I am left with this crazy address, but I guess that is what I get for being the last to jump on the Blog Band Wagon.

Alison is going to be a "Guest Blogger" sometimes. She has a bit of hesitation about creating her own, so this will be her dress rehearsal, if you will.
For now, Alison Says: Alison has an infected zit. Or a mole. Or something.
Ohhhhhhh, it's chocolate! Kinda like Superman, but not at all.

Actually, I said that, but it sounds funnier if she said it about herself. She had chocolate on herself and I thought it was a zit. Ha.