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For the Kids

6 Mar

For a couple days this past week I volunteered at the Lake Superior Youth & Family Center here, in Marquette. I helped design murals to be painted in the boys and girls bathrooms & then took photos for both the center and for United Way, which was the volunteer group helping all the kids : )

If you have 2 spare seconds, vote for the kids of Marquette to receive a grant from Pepsi ($50,000!!!) at this link:

Pepsi Refresh Project

If you don’t want to include your email address, you can vote from facebook (there’s a link there)- which I know you all have! The Lake Superior kids are in 35th place right now, which is out of hundreds of applicants so they can REALLY use your vote- it does count! Maybe a few shots of the children will motivate you to vote : )

working on the mural : )

time for splatter paint!

If the Lake Superior group wins, they plan to use the money the expand their kayaking program for kids- please help them out & cast your vote!

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Pup-Proof

25 Feb

It’s SPRING BREAK at NMU!! My friend, Lacy is going to California for vacay and since I’m staying here in Marquette, I’ve agreed to babysit her 2 year old poodle, Namu (aka Moon).

Moon likes to get into trouble pretty often so I’ve been in the process of puppy-proofing my apartment. Photographs & mats have been hidden, dvds are up out of reach and I have to pay special attention to sweets. Moon LOVES gum & candy. It inspired my photo of the day, where I’ve reused my mom’s Valentine’s box to hide it away from him. I have a really strong sense that I’m going to be kept super busy over the next 10 days : )

Gum, chocolate, licorice, trail mix, etc- all going in the box & on top of the fridge, away from the crazy canine!

I'm a proud auntie : )

Home is Wherever I’m with You :)

25 Feb

I’ve got a zillion pictures since for my picture-a-day since I haven’t posted in a while. I won’t go for every day, but enjoy : ) Just make sure you listen to the song I posted at the bottom- it’s my new favorite and it’s amazing!!

My Valentine's package from my mom 🙂 Inside: box of chocolates, choco-covered pretzels, choco-covered potato chips (surprisingly good!), cards, wedding mag & a subscription to Martha Stewart Wedding mag-- can't wait to start a wedding planning career & i seriously have the best mom EVER!!! 😀

February 13th- girlfransss ready to go out!! Celebrating Valentine's day with cute shoes & chocolate kiss martinis... and LOTS of them!

Michelle's attempt at heart-shaped cookies for Matt. - "Oh my gosh, they look like butts!! How can I give him cookies that look like butts?!!"

Alley behind Upfront... just looked sweet. Thanks to my favorite lil Asian for freezing her butt off to come take pictures with me!

One of the best places on Earth that too few know about

Flowers from a very persistent friend 🙂

February 22- bowling with gals & friends-- AWESOME NIGHT!! This is one of Annie's sweet dance moves haha. Did I mention 75 cent drinks?? Mmmhmmmmm haha

This Too Shall Pass

10 Feb

new tattoo

This past Friday, I got a new tattoo on my foot that says “This too shall pass”. The woman who works on my tattoos, Michelle, asked me “are you going through a hard time right now or something?” and I answered “Nope. Actually, life feels pretty perfect right now.”

Well let me tell you a little something about this tattoo & the sequence of events that followed after getting this thing. “This too shall pass” was exactly what I was telling myself while I was sitting in the chair getting it because DAMN did it hurt… worse than my ribcage, which, surprisingly, was like getting tickled next to this. After I got it, I was told that I can only wear the slip-on shoes that have open tops so it doesn’t rub on the tattoo- fair enough (I’ve been doing well until yesterday, when the snow started dumping).

Saying that life felt perfect was pretty much a jinx to myself, if you believe in such a thing. In that same night alone someone stepped on my newly-inked foot, I got in a huge argument with a friend & experienced a series of other unpleasant social interactions. By the time I’d returned home, I wondered to myself “I haven’t had more than I can usually handle to drink. Why is this hitting me so hard & why do I feel so crappy?” All I had to do was wait less than 24 hours later to have that question answered. I was at work the following evening when I suddenly ran to the bathroom & got sick- hellooooo FLU! Wish I’d known that before I’d decided to go out.

Now here’s a good lesson for everyone. We’ve all heard the phrase “To assume is to make an ass out of you and me”. It’s incredibly true. I assumed that my life was perfect because that’s how it was feeling at the time- it most certainly is not. I assumed that my weak stomach Friday night was just nerves or stress about something. The argument with that friend happened because she assumed I wanted something that I didn’t. As a result of that night, other things have been assumed about me that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The question we have to ask ourselves after we’ve presumed untrue things is “Can I admit that I’m wrong?” and also “Can I take responsibility for that & try to correct it?” If you can’t answer ‘yes’ to these, then you’re shortchanging yourself and often, someone else too. Where does that leave me after all this? I hope for all good things but regardless, ‘this too shall pass’, obladi, oblada & so on : )

'this too shall pass'... as everything does.

“There comes a time in your life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama & the people who create it. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard you forget the bad & focus solely on the good. After all, life’s too short to be anything but happy.”


Sunshine?

9 Feb

February 9, 2010- Today is my dad’s birthday– I REALLY wish I could be with you today, Dad!! I got some new sunglasses in the mail the other day and the sun has YET to shine so I can sport them around town. Thus, my inspiration for my photo of the day. C’monnnnn, sun!!

I'll take an order of sunshine with a cup of sugar to sweeten my day, thanks!

 

What else, what else. I’ve got nothing. Maybe some of my music I’ve been listening to while working on my business cards? Pray for Spring!!

“Go On Say It”- Blind Pilot

Photo Journal

9 Feb

 

I’ve said over & over again that I’m trying to keep up on my blogging & I haven’t. I’ve finally found the solution. I’m going to keep a photo journal & everyday I will take one picture representative of something about me or what I’m doing. In no way can I take credit for this idea- that goes to my friend Kenzie Joy. I’ve been watching her do this on facebook & it’s inspired me to do the same. It’ll force me to keep up on my blogging AND my photography, since my class & this dull winter weather are definitely not doing it for me.

Of course, when I have something to post other than my daily photo, I will do so. But at least this way, anyone who’s curious can stay entertained in between those times.

Since i just decided this & I’m lazy, though, tonight I’ll share a photo I took a couple weeks ago for a project in my 318 graphics class. Gosh I’m lame.

peppermintini, anyone?

Helloooooo Twenty-ten

20 Jan

I’m about halfway through my second week of the new semester & I can say this much: I was right. I have a lot of work on my hands with these classes. However, I know I really let my blog fall by the wayside while I was home for break so I’m going to make a conscious effort to stay up-to-date with it now, even if it kills me (or just cuts off an hour of sleep). It shouldn’t be that bad though, considering I’m trying to adopt the “old lady” habit & only going out one night a week instead of two…. Three… Wait, isn’t that called acting “grown up”? My apologies to any elderly I may have offended.

Well I can definitely say that I FEEL older. I definitely don’t have the crazy energy I used to have. I have little-to-no tolerance for listening about petty fights & stupid gossip/rumors. I’ve decided to take up sewing as a new hobby. OH, and the number one reason why I feel older: the most exciting thing coming to me in my life right now is the cat I plan on adopting. Other than that, I’m the same old Ashley. Promise : )

I took very few pictures while I was home. That’s always more of a time for me to lounge, nap with my dog & hang out with my mom. Don’t worry though, now that the semester’s started again, you won’t be seeing a lack of photos for much longer!

My little bruva, Ty Dwight

 

We played in the snow one day & I got these close-ups : )

 

post-new years, packing up the decorations until next year!

 

And of course, I can’t resist showing off my mom’s Christmas tree. She works so hard on it every year : )

O Christmas Tree

Last Minute Final

3 Dec

I couldn’t be happier that this semester is coming to and end- it’s put me through enough already. Here I am & it’s not even 8 am yet & this is the only time available that I have to blog today. Okay, I’ll be honest, a lot of that is because tonight is my job’s employee Christmas party & I’ll be spending a good portion of the evening getting ready for that & the majority of my day studying for my menu test for said job- which I have to take tomorrow & I haven’t the slightest clue how I’m going to pass it with only one day of studying :-/

My photography final series is due this morning at 9. I did a portrait series & I asked my subjects “How do you feel about the approaching Marquette winter?” For those of you who don’t know, Marquette winters are INTENSE (as is winter all throughout Michigan’s U.P.). It gets insanely cold & before I moved up here, I’d never seen such high snow banks in my life. Once my subjects decided how they felt about it, I asked them to make a facial expression according to how they felt about it- it was hilarious to watch them make it as exaggerated as they could!

I printed a series of 5 photos, which are the first 5 I’ll show. Matt’s and Gene’s are a little out of focus, which I couldn’t tell by looking at my camera’s screen. Only once I loaded the images onto my computer did I realize that but by then I had no time to go back and reshoot. Like my title describes, it was pretty last minute.

Cecily: excited, thrilled

 

Matt: annoyed, frustrated (he's lived up here for too long!)

 

Cara: scared

 

Gene: ecstatic, euphoric

 

Jesse: angry, pissed off

 

Then I edited just a couple extras because they were fun : )

Cec- she loooooves the snow!

 

Cartoonish Gene. He doesn't like color selection in a photo but I say he can just get over it.

Meet Me Halfway

1 Dec

Okay, it was my Thanksgiving break and that’s why I haven’t posted in a week- my apologies. It’ll probably be another week after this one for me to post again thanks to the massive amount of work I have to do for school and for my job. I rode downstate for the holiday with my friend, Chris and while we weren’t dodging satellite dishes or picking fights with slow cars we had to follow, we got to listen to some sweet tunes : )
Did I get some good photos while I was home? You betcha. A lot of them? Nope. Just a few randoms. Mother nature decided to lay a blanket of fog everywhere the day I had to ride back up to the Great North. I wish I could have stuck around and snapped a lot of pictures but I got ONE sweet shot of an old, deteriorating barn on my grandma & grandpa’s old farm!! Leave it to the day we I return to the U.P., though, for the snow to start flying. Winter’s coming on in full force up here now, snowing every day this week except Friday.

"911, what is your emergency?" chris: "um yeah, around mile marker 164 in the middle of the road, there's a satellite............. dish." <-- actual phone convo on the way down haha

 

The last of the fall colors before everything turns to winter white

 

Alexa Rae, Mary, me, Dad, Ty : )

 

The old run-down barn on my grandma & grandpa's farm on a foggy morning : )

 

And while it’s REALLY hard to choose just one song for him to sing, if you see Chris, ask him to belt this one out for you ; )

GR bound!

23 Nov

Holy wow, when I said I had a busy weekend ahead of me, I had meant it. I’ve neglected this for 3 days & now I’m squeezing this post in between packing & cleaning before leaving for Grand Rapids for my Thanksgiving break! I’m so excited to see my family that I haven’t been able to sit still for days. My friend Chris & I will be making the trip downstate & I’m playing DJ so I hope he’s prepared for my awesome music selection!

So… My weekend. I had the chance to take some fun photos of my friends Kim & Shannon for a Christmas gift for the their parents. I haven’t had a chance to get really far into the editing process but I started on a couple of them last night so I’ll let you take a look : )

Also, this was the weekend of New Moon, in case you didn’t figure that out before with me running my mouth about it. I saw it Friday night with my best friend, Michelle. AMAZING. I loved it so much that I went to see it again last night! (SPOILERS– skip the rest of this paragraph if you haven’t seen it yet & don’t want details) Kristen Stewart finally convinced me that she was Bella & I’m really pleased with how well they followed the book. Favorite scene? The wolves chasing Victoria through the woods/Bella’s cliff jump/Harry Clearwater’s heart attack all-in-one. Cheesiest scene? When Alice ‘sees’ Bella becoming a vampire & her vision shows her & Edward frolicking in the woods together, for lack of a better word. Pfffffftttt give me a break! I said it last night though, screw all of this ‘team’ business. If I had my way, I’d take Edward AND Jacob & Emmett, Jasper & the werewolves too. I’m sure I’d find a way to split my time between all of them!

Okay, enough of that. There’s some more work to be done on them & a lot of others to edit but here are some photos from this weekend…

Kim & Shannon : )

these ones were sweet. i can't wait to edit more

Leapfrog!