i'm still here

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I actually have 9 posts sitting in my draft. I just don’t feel up to finishing any of them, hehe. :-) We’re busy getting the apartment ready for my parents who are coming this weekend. I decided to use their visit as my deadline to finishing “projects”.

The painting is all done, and the extra couches are gone. (Remind me to tell you that story.) Some of the pictures are hung, and Paul and I are in the process of hanging the rest. I’m excited about how it’s going to look when we’re done. And I promise to take pictures!! I think now that I have a process to hang pictures it’s so fast and easy, and I wonder why I put it off for so long (we didn’t hang any pictures in our last townhouse, except for a few in the living room).

I better get back to cleaning and picture hanging. I only have two more evenings to get everything ready!

Oh, and I am currently obsessed with Simon and Garfunkel. I wish I could get Project Playlist or Pandora at work. (Stupid work filters. I sound like Shalee, hehe.)



in the words of the seagulls from Nemo: Mine! Mine! Mine!

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I have a picture for y’all:

Me and my baby

That’s a picture of me, my Corolla, and the car title! Yep, a few weeks ago Paul and I wrote the final check to pay off our car, and now it is 100% completely ours! We are so excited about that. We have been working towards this goal ever since we bought the car, and especially the last few months. It’s satisfying paying off our first big purchase.

That puts us down to 3 loans of the original 7 that we had when we were married. We are now working hard on the smallest of those three. I feel very blessed that God provided this job for me so we can continue to work on these loans!


hmm maybe HGTV isn't that good for me…

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I really like that channel. It’s the next best thing to Animal Planet (which I don’t have). I also find myself interested in the History channel…

I’ve been watching a lot of shows about people buying houses. There are different takes: one shows a couple looking at different houses and then choosing one (which one is it going to be? oh the mystery!). Another is the same except the homes outside the US – I find this interesting to see the different house styles in other countries! Another is where they go into different homes and tell the owners what their home is worth (usually so the owner can decide if they should move or upgrade). And of course there are a few shows where they help people sell their houses.

This, coupled with the fact that it seems that EVERYONE in our newlyweds Sunday School class is either buying a house or already has bought one, is making me antsy about our apartment. The problem is, we’re not in a place to move right now, and we probably won’t for a year and a half or more. I think Paul doesn’t understand my desire to “settle”, and I know I need to be patient. (You don’t need to tell me all the disadvantages of owning a house. I know them all. It’s like married people trying to comfort/encourage single people by listing all the bad things about being married. It really doesn’t help!)

Paul decided to help me feel more “at home” here by letting me paint. Yay! I painted the dining room a while ago, and I decided to paint the living room and the hall. I picked a neutral color – I just wanted something to contrast the white window sills and doors – and this weekend we finally finished! I am so excited. Another thing we did was FINALLY buy new living room furniture! I have been complaining about our furniture for a while now, and so we started putting aside money for new couches. A few weeks ago we found a set we really liked in our budget, and this weekend we went out and bought it. They delivered it yesterday and I’m so excited. (We didn’t end up going with the Ikea couches I mentioned earlier that I liked – we actually found some cheaper at a local store.)

My coworker asked me if we won the lottery, because of the new furniture and paint. So I apologize if I sound like I’m bragging. I’m very grateful to be at a time in our life right now where we can do these things – and already I can tell that the paint is having a positive effect on making my apartment seem more homey and less “white white everywhere”. I am excited to get some things on the walls and really make it feel more like I’m planning to stay.

I know what you’re thinking – where are pictures??? None yet – I will take some when I get the chance. :-) I’d like to hang the pictures first. My goal for that is May 1st, when my parents come to visit. I will take pictures by then no matter what!


fat ashley, fit ashley

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Our internet is back! Yay!

It’s been over three years since I graduated from college, and I have been steadily gaining weight since then. I blame my lack of exercise and my lack of eating right. When my wedding rolled around summer of 2006, the dress I had bought two years earlier didn’t fit anymore. Fortunately, a seamstress friend was able to let it out and I was saved from having to get another dress. However, even if my clothes fit, they still don’t hide the rolls.

In reality, my stomach has borne the brunt of the weight gain. I forget about it until I see pictures of myself and then I’m disgusted with my pudginess. But I’m also lazy, and I don’t want to exercise. I also like my yummy foods a little too much! Paul has been encouraging me to do something to get myself healthier. Finally, he told me he wanted me to join a gym. Why, I said, when I can go to the fitness center at our apartment complex for free? Because, he answered, you don’t go. It’s true. I don’t like treadmills (which is all our apartment complex has, in addition to weight machines), and I am horrible at self motivation. HORRIBLE.

My friend joined a gym nearby recently. As part of an incentive program, she had to give them the names of three friends who might be interested and then they contacted me. Since I was interested, I decided to go in for the free consultation. Paul was excited to see me doing something. Even though it’s kind of expensive, he told me to go for it.

I went in yesterday and talked to the woman who works there. It’s not really a gym – it’s Curves, which is a workout place for women. It’s really social (which I like) and laid-back (yeah I’m not training for a triatholon here!), yet it’s a good workout. They also put a lot of focus on weight loss and being “fit”. The manager took all my measurements, my weight, BMI, etc. and then sat with me and gave me some goals. She wants me to lose 30 lbs. and 20 inches overall around my body. Yikes! That will put me down to a healthy body fitness and I will feel better. She also gave me a recipe book and encouraged me to lay off the fast food and eat healthier. (I know, I know!)

Tomorrow is my first training session with her – I have three total. We’ll see how it goes! My goal is to really work hard and get my weight down this summer, so maybe by the Gerig Reunion (which is in August and not June, sorry for all the confusing date changes) I will be back to fitting into my clothes! :-) I’m excited, to say the least. I’m really hoping that since I am paying for it, I will be more likely to use it.

Has anyone tried Curves? Please don’t tell me horror stories right now, I need to get back on track with exercising and I’m motivated right now!! ;-) Encouragement is welcome!