It's Okay, It's Almost March!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

It's OK...

that I'm really kinda super excited for March!

I've already painted my toes green in spirit of St. Patrick's day.

And it will be okay when I paint my finger nails green tomorrow.

It will also be okay that I keep them green until St. Patricks day.

I plan out when I'm going to read books

and that I have so many books I want to read it sometimes feels overwhelming

that I spent $40 on glass to make stained glass.

and that I've been craving Chinese for like a week

that I rented the audio version of The Hunger Games only to read alone on my kindle while I listen.

that I'm like tha last person on Earth to read The Hunger Games

that I rent audio books because I like to "read" books while doing other things like driving to friends houses or quilting

I can't fall asleep at night and its about 2 am every night before I finally get to sleep

when I do fall asleep that I have the craziest dreams ever!


The Big 100!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I have a thing for reminicing. I love to look back at what I've wrote and how far I've come in life. So today I am taking this opportunity to celebrate my 100th post with y'all.

When I first started out, I wanted to blog as a way to connect with other girls like me, girls who have loves in the military. I had just gotten back from spending a month with J and I was missing him something terrible. So began The Life of Ms. A Bish.

But thinking back, I've always been a blogger. Ever since I was a freshman in high school, I had a blog on what was the cool xanga. And I've pretty much kept one throughout high school and college. Though I jumped from xanga to tumblr and finally blogger, the one constant thing was that I loved to write.

Looking back on these 8 months, I have literally talked about almost everything from my crafts, to books, adventures with J, things on my 101 in 1001, recipes, my life. Gosh just everything. For a while, after I started getting people following me, I felt like I had to try to write things they wanted to read. Of course, I'm sure y'all just wanted to read what was on my mind. So it took me a while to write freely. But I'm glad I finally made it to this point.

I'm looking forward to sharing the next 100 posts with y'all and discovering where my life is taking me. As always thanks for your continued support.


5 for Five

Monday, February 25, 2013

It's been a while since I've linked up with the 5 for Five, but I want to start doing it again.

So here it goes....

1. Finish the book Green Zone. I was really excited to read this book when I first bought it. I thought it was going to be full of action and a very good read. I'm a little over half way and I am not very impressed, but I don't want to have wasted my $9 so I want to finish it!

2. Workout 6 days this week. I'm doing pretty well on my Insanity journey again, but some days I lack motivation. I'm hoping that if I make it one of my 5 goals it will help me!

3. Publish at least 2 posts this week. I have been severely lacking in the posting blog department. I don't know what's gotten into me, but I am going to post more!

4. Finish a stained glass piece.

5. Organize my bookshelf. It is suck a conglomerate of junk that has accumulated throughout high school and college. I need to clean it out so I can actually put books on it instead of having the stacked in random places around the house.

Hopefully next week I can report that I've successfully completed all 5 goals.


It Works Best on a Sunny Day

Saturday, February 23, 2013

... yep. That's what I told J when he asked about his surprise. I might be the worst hint giver every.

Recently I've dabled into the crafty world of stained glass. You see it all started when a long time friend of mine asked if I wanted to go to this neat place called All Fired Up. It is a ceramic and glass fusing shop where you can paint or make your own creations.

My friend had not ventured into the glass fusion side of things, but has her own make-shift workshop for stained glass via soldering. I don't even really know if what I am talking about makes sense. I just know that she said it was fun. And of course she was right.

I went to her house Thursday to try my hand at it and had a blast. I got busy making J his surprise. I cut out my template and cutting out the glass. I have to say the glass cutting was one of the hardest parts I've encountered yet (I have yet to actually solder the glass together).

After a few hours of cutting, I finally got the the grinding and copper foiling done. Although it does take time, I really enjoyed it.

I can't wait to solder it all together and start on my next piece. I think I want to work on this heart stained glass next...

What do you think about stained glass? Do you have any hobbies of the sorts?


Discovering the Library

Monday, February 18, 2013

When I was in college, the library was a place I went to when I was giving a tour or when I needed to really get some work done.

I never really relized how much I enjoyed going to the library. Until I wasn't in school anymore. Now I have to admit that I never really checked books out. I think during my four years, I checked out maybe 3 books. Kinda sad, huh? Yeah, I didn't really find my "reading style" until my senior year, and most of the books I could get on my kindle.

Anyway, after being out of school I just miss going to the library. I love people watching, the semi-quietness and having different surroundings. And although the public library near my house is no college library, I still enjoy it.

My current view in the library

To be honest, I've fallen in love with the library loaning system. I don't know if that's what it's actually called or not but it's pretty neat. Our county is pretty big, like 10 different high schools and about 12 public libraries. So if one library has a book that you want, but don't want to drive all the way across town to get it, you can request it and it will magically appear at the closest library to you. Okay so it's not magic, but it's pretty cool. I did this with Footprints in the Sand by Mary Jane Clark. I also just requested the two earlier books in that series and will pick them up when I get ready to leave!

Okay, so I'm sure I've bored y'all with library talk enough. Maybe y'all will discover your local library as well!


Strong, Fit and Insane

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The other night I was complaining to J that no matter how much I watched what I was eating I'm still gaining weight. Okay we aren't talking about a lot here, about 3-4 pounds. But when I start to see those numbers creep up, I freak out.

I've been doing a workout I found on pinterest. But I've only been doing it for about a week. Though the more I complain to J about not seeing my scales go down, the more he just shakes his head and tells me to start doing Insanity again.

At first I was pretty annoyed with the whole idea of doing Insanity yet again. I argued with J for an hour and a half one night about doing it and how it wasn't going to help. But then I realize it kind of worked the first time. I lost about 9 pounds and a few inches from where I wanted to lose, but I also realized I went insane. It was a very difficult workout, plus the repeated videos over and over again. PLUS, the same moves on those videos. It drove me insane.

So I've done it exactly one week today. I lost a little over a pound this first week. But I have a few complaints. First of all, whatever dude man's name is that leads these stupid videos talks too much. The first time I did it I kind of liked it because it helped me some. The second time I didn't like it so much and now, I just want to tell him to be quiet. So I mute the TV and put on pandora or my own music. And secondly, the asian girl who grunts/talks like a cave man needs to just shut up. She is not cute and seriously, who works out with their hair down?! It just gets all sweaty and gross. Okay rant over.

I'm just hoping that redoing all of the videos again for another 2 months will help me get down to the 125-130 pounds I want to be at. J says when I get to 130 I will want to keep going until I get to 120, but I'm not so sure. I don't remember the last time I've been in the 120's. So we will see. I just want to be strong, fit and hopefully not so insane this time.


Getting Back to Me

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I had this post almost all written and just had to add some pictures, but then something happened and kapoof, my entire post was erased. So.. here it goes for a second time.

J and I sat down a few nights ago and was looking through my old facebook pictures. We have very fun nights, let me tell you. But anyway, he was saying how he would have loved to know me back then. I was telling him how high school seems like a lifetime ago and I feel like such a different person now than I was then. But I started to wonder why...

I mean I realize that I had a few life changes, falling truly in love and then having my heart broken for one as well as a few other things. But what is stopping me from pulling a little bit of the Ashley I used to be into the Ashley I am now?

I used to be this bubbily person. I was a cheerleader, color guard member, dancer, nerd. I was pretty much everything. For heavens sake, I started the science club at my high school. But some of the pictures I found reminded me how much fun I had in life.

For example, my love of trying on things in stores:


Yes, I loved to try things on and make fun of merchandise. I usually did this with my best friend in the entire world. She is like my sister and our personalities match almost perfectly!

But here is a normal picture of us...

Becca and I would dress up to go anywhere. Heck, I used to get dressed up all the time. I mean it might have been jeans still, but I always had on jewelry and lipstick!

Perfect example... I got dressed up to go to classes because it was a warm day. Yep, that's the whole reason for wearing a party dress that day.

I guess by looking through all these pictures I'm just trying to remember how to have fun, cut myself a break and let my hair down every now and then. I feel like I've lost touch of that.

This last picture is one of my favorites... which may or may not have been induced by an icing high.

I hope I can pull a piece of this me I've just stared with you into the me that I am now...


It's Okay!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Linking up yet again with Neely and Amber!

It's okay that I finished all 5 seasons of Brothers & Sisters in about 1 month and was a little sad that it had ended

...that I spent 29 dollars to make a 6" stained glass sushi plate and I will be able to pick it up on Sunday (maybe a post about it?!)

... I want to get back to the person I was in high school and my freshman year of college

... I started watching Rescue Me again and I think Frank looks like my ex

It's okay that working with fondant in cake class stains my hands lovely shades of purple, orange, and pink!

...that I have started watching Hart of Dixie season 1 and I am absolutely in love

...I want to visit Alabama again with J just to see how much his town is like Bluebell (Hart of Dixie again)

...that I'm super excited that I finally got the new Zac Brown Band cd

...that J doesn't want me to get him a Valentine's day gift

...that I'm having a hard time not getting J a gift! favorite part of the day is from 11pm until 8am (aka sleep time)

It's okay that I've been really stressing about getting a job. And I know it's okay because the right one will come along. I'm positive of that.

P.S. I kinda like this confessional It's okay thing. I'm going to try to do it more often


We are all a little Camo Colored.

Monday, February 4, 2013

One of my new friends Katie or Camo Colored Chaos has decided to embark on an extraordinary journy and I decided to help her out! While she is away training to be in the United States Army, she has created a new series called "While I'm Away"

Today I am being featured in this series. I don't know how many bloggy friends read about my life, but if you want to get to know me a little better, hop on over to Katie's blog. It means a lot that I get to support her and her blog while she is away supporting the country. Also check back each Monday because a different person will be featured in the While I'm Away series and you might be able to find a new best bloggy friend.

Thanks friends!