"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 :)

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.