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End of Days, 2012

I guess the day has come.
In just a few short hours 2012 will officially be in the past, and we'll be living in 2013.
Crazy to think that all the things that have happened this year will now have happened last year.
Tomorrow, I'll be able to say these things:
I got married last year.
I moved into my new home last year.
I celebrated the homecoming of a wonderful friend from Kuwait last year.
My grandpa died last year.
I was Maid of Honor to a great friend last year.
I went to Harry Potter Universe with my mom, cousin & grandma last year.
Dean, a man who was incredibly important to me while I was growing up and who still is just as important, died last year.
Tomorrow, I'll be able to say those things.  But for tonight, for this one last night, they happened this year.  It has been an incredibly emotional year, but I know that I will carry all these things with me for all the future years I have.
So tonight, I dance.
To celebrate.
To remember.


Shower Phone Call

Happy happy December 30th!!!

If you're from the Minnesota/Wisconsin area of the world, I hope you enjoyed watching the big game today!  I enjoyed it, but more for the hanging out with friends aspect than the game aspect.  But other people really enjoyed the game, so I guess that was cool too.

On this past Friday I had just a wonderful day (please read sarcastically, because that's how it was meant to be written).

On Thursday night I had talked to a former co-worker, and something in her tone just seemed off.  She hung up pretty abruptly and I was left thinking that something was off.  I was just in the middle of shampooing on Friday morning (at 6 am... seriously, who invented that time of day?!) when my phone went off.  Figuring either a) it was my coworker calling me back because I know she's on her way to work at that time or b) someone else calling with either great or horrible news, I knew I should answer.

Well, being the smart girl I am I jump out of the shower without rinsing the shampoo.  Turned out to be the former coworker, who was definitely given the gift of gab.  I probably could have asked to talk to her later, but wasn't sure how to broach the subject of me talking to her while my hair got gross from shampoo sitting in it.

Good news is, all is well!  Fifteen minutes and rinse, re-lather and repeat later, I documented the morning bathroom adventures :)

Then, the day got wonderful again when I was about an hour away from clocking out for the weekend.  It involved my computer, my new manager and a really bad computer virus... but this post is probably long enough so I'll share that for the next! 


Discussing Porn with the Parents

...yeah, the story behind this post was awkward to experience.

And, surprisingly enough, it does relate to Christmas.

Hubby & I on Christmas Eve- this was after the Grappa shots, so I'll use that as my excuse for how I look :)

Hubby, for a Christmas present, gave me a Roku.  I wasn't really sure what it was before I opened it, but it's a device that you connect to your tv & wifi and it then allows you to stream Netflix, Pandora, things like that.  Well, I had a bunch to bake and cook for various Christmas parties, so he set it up and started watching a documentary called "After Porn Ends"- it's about what people in the porn industry do when they get out of the industry.

Yes, I'm baking and he's watching a porn documentary.  Welcome to our life, folks.

Well, my parents and I use the same Netflix account- and they happen to be going on Netflix at the same time.  Can you guess what they saw?  After Porn Ends in the recently watched.  Only because of how the cover of it is formatted, what they saw was:

Can you see how this got awkward?  Hubby sees that some random movie has shown up in our "recently watched" list and asks me what it is- I tell him my parents probably watched something.  His response? "Your parents use this?!  So now they think I'm spending Sunday night watching PORN?!"
Yep, awkward.
Flash forward to when I see my parents on Christmas Eve, and they ask how our Netflix is treating us.
Yeah... didn't have a better picture of mom.  Sorry!
I just kind of blubber and don't know what to say, mom turns red, and dad gets out the liquor. 
Happy day.


Joueux Noel!

I hope everyone has a blessed and love-filled Christmas!!!


The Girl Next Door

Well here goes my weekend wrap-up.

Friday night was spent in the company of my very favorite girl next door (no, not Holly or Kendra) but Bridget!  It started out as a puzzle and wine night (mainly because we didn't want to have to go out and do anything with the Minnesota winter being so damn cold).  After some wine was drank, however, we realized that the puzzle was just not going to happen.  So, we filled our new free time with more wine and gossip.

Love it and her.

At one point when she was over I wiped off the counter, and then we both went to town trying to get a stain off... it took much longer than I'd like to admit for us to realize that what we thought was a stain was, in fact, the light casting a reddish light onto my counter through the wine glass.  We felt dumb, and felt the only possible solution was to empty said wine glass- so that's what we did.  And then filled it.  And then emptied it again.  And so on...

On Saturday hubby and I went to the house of two of our friends.  We had some lasagne and drinks.  I had gone grocery shopping earlier in the day in order to make the lasagne, and two pies that I'm bringing to Christmas Eve dinner tonight.  Naturally, when it came time to decide which type of pie to make, I chose the one that had the name of a liquor in it's name... Brandy Pear Pie!  So, after the grocery store I went to the liquor store- a beautiful place.  I nabbed their last bottle of apple brandy (I had never heard of it before, but I guess it's popular!)  The bottle was huge, when all I needed was a half cup for the pie.  So along with the lasagne, I brought over the apple brandy.  We found recipes on-line, and made up some drinks!  Because there were four of us, we pulled out the pitcher to mix them in.  Well, we failed to realize that the recipe was more geared to a giant shot than a full drink, so our pitcher looked like this...

So, we just made three more batches and called it good :)  (And believe me, it was good!)

But between that and the stain/light on my counter, I had a dumb weekend! 

Sunday was better, though.  Hubby and I exchanged presents and celebrated Christmas on Sunday because he has to work for twelve hours both today and tomorrow- I feel bad for him!  But, because he won't be around I'll be at my parent's house tonight and tomorrow morning.  He got me a Roku- has anyone heard of these things?  They connect directly to your tv and your wifi so you can stream Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus and other stuff on your tv. 

Yes, I couldn't find a big enough bag so his beer went in a grocery bag with a bow.  And yes, I'm juvenile enough to have a High School Musical stocking when I'm 25.

Love it!

So, after dinner we watched Breaking Bad.  Good stuff.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!!!


Paging Ben Affleck & Bruce Willis

Well, friends, we've made it so far.

I haven't seen any large explosions and the air still seems to be breathable.

But, we still have 16 pesky hours left.

Hopefully they're kind to us.

I'm thinking that we'll probably be okay.  But on the off chance that we're not, does anyone know how to get in touch with Ben Affleck or Bruce Willis?  They've saved the world once, they can probably do it again. Perhaps next year Time will name them co-Person of the Year.



Naked Cookies

As I write this I have Maroon 5 playing in the background... just wanted to set the mood ;)

Tonight was a mash-up of a bunch of things that I haven't been able to get to in the last couple of days.  Yesterday when I was home on break from work (I live close enough to where I work that I walk home for my breaks... I love my life!) I made up sugar cookie dough for our open house at the bank.  Basically, the cookies involve sugar and butter...

Not ALLLL that butter... that'd be a bit overkill.  This, folks, is not just any type of butter, though.  Has anyone been to the Minnesota State Fair?  Well, every year there is a refrigerated booth where a woman carves heads out of a giant slab of butter.  The heads represent the finalists for "Princess Kay of the Milky Way".  Check it out here if you haven't heard of it before!  Hubby's sister is a former finalist, and we got some of the butter that wasn't used for her head!  So I got it out for Christmas baking- good stuff! 

The song just changed to "Sunday Morning."  Definitely one of my favorites!

Here's the mid-way point...

And yes, I am making cookies I got from the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook.  Judge me if you like, but the cookies are fabulous!  They're supposed to be Hagrid's recipe, and whenever I make them they disappear!  Plus- they're easy.  Always a good thing!

I made a couple different shapes, and I realize that they do look a bit boring- but I prefer to not have a bunch of frosting and sprinkles covering everything (ask me to show you the same cookies after I have kids... they'll probably be swimming in frosting!)  But for now, the more plain the better :)

Along with the cookies, I was able to wrap my last couple presents that needed to be pretti-fied, did dishes, laundry and got Christmas cards ready to be sent.  Wait, scratch that.  I almost got them done; I got tremendously sick of folding letters to fit with the cards and licking the envelopes.  But, I can see them sitting on the coffee table waiting to be finished... I guess I'd better.

Oh, and in case you didn't already know- Adam Levine from Maroon 5 is hot.  End of story.  At least in my opinion.



The tragedy of this is impossible to come to terms with.
It's heartbreak in the truest sense of the word.
My prayers go out to all the families
who must fact the rest of their lives without
their loved ones.
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Rachel D'Avino, 29
Olivia Engel, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47
Jesse Lewis, 6
Ana Marque-Greene, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Emilie Parker, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Mary Sherlach, 56
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Victoria Soto, 27
Daniel Barden, 7
Josephine Gay, 7
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
James Mattioli, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6.


Mayer, Martinis and Mistletoe

Okay, let's forget two of the tree things mentioned in the subject line.  I am not drinking a martini... though I'd like to be.  Instead, I'm actually getting friendly with this little vodka/sprite/kool-aid number...

Which, in this picture, appears to be jello in a glass.  Trick of the light, I promise.  It's actually quite see-through and less gross-looking real life, really.

And, there's absolutely no mistletoe in my house.  I suppose I could do as they did on Two & a Half Men from last week and hang broccoli and call it mistletoe, but I don't have any broccoli either.  So I guess I will be mistletoe-less this Christmas.  Unless hubby decides to get either mistletoe or broccoli.

Neither of these seem likely. 

Even without mistletoe, though, I did get in the Christmas mood tonight.  Gifts were bought, wrapped and put under the tree!  My not-so-great wrapping jobs are ready to be decimated by little kids.  And I'm ok with that.

I was also able to put up my masterfully created "joy" above our nativity scene...

Okay so the letters aren't really straight.  I think I'll let hubby fix that. 

The one thing about my subject that was correct- I am listening to John Mayer.  His "Born & Raised" album to be exact.  Absolutely love it, as I love all his albums.  So, to be more correct, I should have called this "Mayer, Vodka Kool-Aids & Presents."

But it just didn't seem to have the same ring, you know?



Alrighty friends,

Here we are.

On my blog.

Which means- I'm blogging!

But let's think about those sentences.  The "friends" to whom I write are, at the current moment, non-existent.  Not that I don't have friends- I do.  Just none that know about this blog.  I figure before I make it known to everyone that I'm blogging, I should actually do it.  So, here I am. 

And what, so far, have I written of any importance?  Well, the answer to this, my currently-non-existent-but-hopefully-soon-to-expand friend base, is that I've not really said anything yet.  And shouldn't I, as a blogger, say something?

Let's start with saying who I am.  Then, when we're good and introduced, I'll hopefully keep you coming back for more!

My name is Ashley.  (Yep, that's looking me classy on my wedding day).  I'm 25 and newly married.  I grew up in a suburb and had big dreams of moving to a big city and doing all sorts of big-city things.  Mostly, I wanted to own a lot of shoes and go to concerts.  Although I still love shoes and concerts, I no longer have plans to move to a big city.  In fact, I went the direct opposite.  I now live in a town that boasts a population on par with the student body at my high school.  So yes, definitely an adjustment.

I married my husband Jake (that's him above looking all dapper on our wedding day) on August 18th.  From here on out, I'll just call him hubby.  Cause that seems easier.  And hey, I married him so I might as well take advantage of being able to call him that!  We've spent four months being blissfully happy and never fighting realizing that sometimes we just need to roll our eyes at the dumb things each other does.  I guess that's love, right folks?  My husband has introduced me to a world I previously knew nothing about- this world includes tractors, hay, cattle, dairy production and the occasional lesson on the history of Johnny Cash.  I, in turn, have introduced him to my never-ending desire to go back to France, his new love of chimichangas, DIY Network and the strange idea that there are some dishes/pots/pans that cannot, under any circumstances, go into the dishwasher.  Yep, I'm clearly the frontrunner on making the best introductions.  (Though he'd probably adamently disagree and go into a monologue on how important Johnny Cash is.)  Not that I disagree... I'd just rather talk about France.

Well, there's my me.  I'll be back soon for some more exciting things :)