silly ashley

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So I deleted my ashleydesign blog.

Actually, I deleted the twentysixcats blog accidentally instead. Oops! Fortunately, I still had the files so I just uploaded them again, and the database wasn’t touched. Phew. I gave myself a little scare there for a moment.

I also updated my “About Me” page. It is now 100 things about me. It’s rather stream-of-consciousness and hopefully not too boring. :-) I enjoyed writing it. I will probably take the less interesting ones and update them with more interesting ones as I think of them. I will probably also add one more to make it 101 things about me, just because I’m like that. (See #29)

So, yesterday was our first day of doggy obedience school! It was fun, and I was so glad that Jera behaved herself the whole time. She fell asleep in my lap on the way home and looked so cute. We have been letting her go into the living room some now, usually keeping her on the leash so we can keep an eye on her. She likes that, and we like that because the living room is more cozy. We’ve decided that Tuesdays and Thursdays are the weekday dog park days. I think it will really help her to run and play, and socialize with other dogs! I am excited that we found such a nice one near our house. (Did I mention that? We found 3 within 6 miles… We went to the closest on Sunday and it was very nice! Not as crowded as Piedmont Park, so Jera was less overwhelmed.) I love to watch Jera run – her ears flopping and her tail between her legs. Seriously, she runs with her tail tucked under her! It looks so funny. She seems to be having a good time, though, and she’s all tuckered out when she gets back (yay!!). She has the cutest little puppy-bounding and it makes me happy to watch her.

Paul and I have been watching some Frank Capra movies recently. Paul really likes that director a lot, so I got him the Frank Capra collection for Christmas. We watched “American Madness” and “It Happened One Night”. The former is a nice, feel-good movie set during the Great Depression with elements similar to “It’s A Wonderful Life” (another Capra classic). The latter is a wonderful romantic comedy starring Clark Gable (Rhett Butler!) and Claudette Colbert that swept the Oscars in 1934. I greatly enjoyed both of them, and highly recommend them.

Oh, and I made a delicious salmon-vegetable meal the other night, which I may post a recipe if anyone is interested. Tonight is tuna casserole night!

time flies when you're having fun

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6 months ago:
Bride and groom
It’s been a wonderful 6 months. :-) Here’s to a wonderful 50 more years!

In honor of our anniversary, I wanted to post our vows from our wedding. We wrote them ourselves, and I think I need to be reminded of the promises I made to him on our wedding day.

Paul, I promise to stand by your side as your wife, loving and supporting you for the rest of our lives, no matter what. I promise to be your helpmate, putting you and our family first and foremost. I vow to always try to lift you up and encourage you, being more attentive to your needs than my own. I will serve you through thick and thin, in sickness and in health. I will strive to be a Christlike example to you and our children. I promise to work with you through any problems without giving up, to be polite, honest, kind, and loving in everything we do. I want to bring out the best in you and be a blessing in your life. I love you, from now until eternity.

And his vows to me:

I promise to always be there to love and support you through good and bad times; to lift you up and encourage you in prayer and deeds. I will strive to be the leader that God intended, being an example of Christ’s love for His church. I promise to be attentive to your needs spiritually and physically and to train our children up in the Lord. I will strive to bring out the best in you for you bring out the best in me. I promise to never give up on this union but with all determination to work through our problems in a manner that is loving, kind and considerate to you. I promise to love you for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health for as long as I have breath.

I love you, Paul. :-)

romping in piedmont park

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It was gorgeous today. Slightly chilly, but the sun was out and the sky was such a beautiful clear blue. I had to get up semi early for my eye doctor’s appointment. (Finally!! I’m going to get contacts!! I have been wearing my glasses for 2 months now.) He said my prescription hasn’t changed much, which makes me smile because it hasn’t changed in 4 years. I am now trying to decide what type of contacts to get – should I get cool green ones? I used to have those when I first got contacts when I was 13, but a few years later I switched to regular clear contacts. I loved having green eyes. It would be fun to get some again. Hmm, I don’t know – we’ll see.

The highway was pretty backed up, so I took the long scenic route home. It’s through a nice section of town, and it was so pretty. I like to mentally pick out which house I want to buy in the future. :-) When I got home, I decided to give my car a bath. We had gotten a coupon for a local car wash place, so I took my little baby there. She is now all nice and sparkling again. :-)

IMG_1225.JPGSince it was such a pretty day, I decided to go and pick up Paul after work. I brought Jera with me, and the three of us went to Piedmont Park to play. My brother-in-law works near there, so we stopped and visited him first, and his girlfriend Jess joined us on a trip to the park. I was glad she came, because she told us of an off-leash area for dogs. We headed to the dog park and had a blast! Jera was a bit intimidated by all the other dogs, even though we were in the puppy section. She liked to run though and we were trying hard to get her to chase a ball. We met other dogs and their owners, and had a very pleasant time. I would like to make it a habit to visit these parks more often; since we don’t have a yard, I think it’s important that we find other places to give her a chance to run off leash. And besides, we might make some friends! :-)

Tim (brother-in-law) and Jess invited us back to their place for dinner. They live in a beautiful house-turned-apartments right off Piedmont Park. Their place was beautiful! It was small, but had a wonderful view of downtown Atlanta. That area is very nice; I kept saying to Paul that we should move here. :-) We probably could afford it, but not if we want to pay off our loans quickly. We both like the city feel though, and know that once we get older and have a family, we’re going to prefer the suburbs. I feel as if we’re missing a chance to live, but oh well.

IMG_1226.JPGJera did very well in Tim & Jess’ apartment. I think we might be at the tail end of this potty training. I feel like we have learned to recognize her signs – know her schedule of when she needs to go, and detect her “I’m about to go whether I’m outside or not!” signs. It’s a good thing. Hopefully soon we’ll be able to let her into more of the house than the kitchen.

I put some recent pictures of Jera up on my Facebook album (I think the album is public; leave me a message if it isn’t.)

a few changes

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Some of you may notice a few changes to my blog! I was going to do a complete redesign, but then I realized that I liked the current design too much to want to change. So you’re stuck with this for now. :-)

I redid the header to reflect my new domain name. Don’t you like it? I think it’s my favorite one yet (I didn’t like the last one; too dreary).

The biggest change is that I have officially moved my blog to!! It went fairly painlessly, and I hope things will be smooth sailing from here on out. :-) I will leave the ashleydesign blog up for a bit while I work on getting everything over here to twentysixcats. I’m not sure if ashleydesign will update as I update twentysixcats – I didn’t actually move the database – so we’ll see. :-)

If you use an aggregator, you’ll want to add to your list. Please also update any links you have on your site. Eventually, ashleydesign will come down and then be turned into a professional site. Once I make that last transition there won’t be any links from there to this blog (my attempt to keep my personal blog separate from my professional stuff).

Leave me comments about how cool and very Ashley-esque my cool header is. :-)

homemaking meme

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Originally published on January 24th, 2007 at Onward & Upward
Stolen from A Gracious Home. :-)

Aprons – Y/N? If Y, what does your favorite look like?
I’ve never owned one, but I keep thinking it would be a good thing to have, especially since I usually cook in my work clothes!


Baking – Favorite thing to bake


Clothesline – Y/N?
No, but we have a drying rack that we use all the time.


Donuts – Have you ever made them?
Nope – not that ambitious. :-)


Every day – One homemaking thing you do every day
Open all the blinds to get some light in my house!


Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze?
nope, and I wouldn’t have anywhere to put it if we did!


Garbage Disposal – Y/N?
we have one, but I’m not used to using it because I didn’t grow up with one


Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource?
“Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House” by Cheryl Mendelson



Ironing – Love it or hate it? Or hate it but love the results?
“Hate” is a very strong word. Let’s say, too lazy to do it :-)

Junk drawer – Y/N? Where is it?
Well we have “misc” drawer in the kitchen, but it’s pretty organized


Kitchen – Color and decorating scheme
Creme cupboards, light wood-looking countertops, medium-wood-looking laminate floor, pretty pale peach and creme stucco-looking wallpaper… our dishes are all bright reds, yellows, blues, and green… a Mexican theme! When we move into our first house, I’ll probably tie the walls into the Mexican theme, but for now I take what I can get :-)


Love – What is your favorite part of homemaking?
Having everything clean!


Mop – Y/N?
Only when we have an un-housetrained puppy :-)


Nylons – Wash by hand or in the washing machine?
I rarely wear them, but when I do I usually throw them in the washing machine


Oven – Do you use the window or open the oven to check?
Well I peak through the door unless it’s almost done, and then I open it!


Pizza – What do you put on yours?
Cheese and pepperoni – I’m boring


Quiet – What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
Usually do something related to email or my blogs… I also like watching TV shows on DVD


Recipe card box – Y/N? What does it look like?
Nope, although I suspect I will get one as I start cooking more


Style of house – What style is your house?
A townhouse… How else can I describe it?


Tablecloths and napkins – Y/N?
Neither, though we do use placemats


Under the kitchen sink – Organized or toxic wasteland?
fairly organized – I keep most of my cleaning agents in the laundry room which is next to the kitchen


Vacuum – How many times per week?
whenever company comes over :-) (which translates to, one every couple of weeks!)


Wash – How many loads of laundry do you do per week?
Hmm I mostly do laundry whenever we are completely out of clothes, and then I do like 5 loads… but I’d like to get on a schedule for laundry and I think that would be about 2 loads per week


X’s – Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off?
Only in my head :-)


Yard – Y/N? Who does what?
We don’t have one. The apartment complex takes care of the bit o’ grass in front of our townhouse


Zzz’s – What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?
Usually some tidying up and getting ready for tomorrow