December 6, 2013
1. i am thankful it was a short work week & that today is friday. it was a short week since i went on vacation last weekend & took monday off. it was lovely to have a day to myself. i slept it, actually did a craft, hung out with my mom, & went to a family party. (had three holiday parties this week! phew!)
2. this weather (as much as i hate commuting to work in it) just makes me happy! the mountains are magical. i love the pine trees all flocked white with snow. even though it is freezing cold i get some sort of true happiness of bundling up in my coat & seeing my breath in the air. utah is beautiful.
3. i get all sort of excitement out of setting new goals for the new year (hollar 2014!) and have been trying to set a new type of budget plan for the new year when i came across this one. i am giving it a try this month and so far so good (i know, it's only been six days) but still! that's a new record. me and budgets have a hard time getting along. here's to another week.
4. i have been thinking about how grateful i am for my health. if you know me i get sick in the winter months quite often (knock on wood) and i have been blessed to not be sick for almost a whole year! yay!
5. i am hosting a black & white party next week for my annual drill team reunion that i host. and i am VERY excited. i love a good party, especially when it's themed. check out my pinterest inspiration board here. it will be great to see old friends.
6. i have only had 1 diet coke & 1 dr pepper this week. new record people.
7. & i'm digging these posts: this this & this.
December 2, 2013
One of my favorite traditions as a kid was that my mother always made chili the night of Halloween. My friends would come over and we would enjoy chili before we headed off trick or treating. Then we would come home eat more chili with cider & doughnuts. Since I have moved away I have always kept the tradition of making chili the week of Halloween. It's is too delicious not to share on the blog, so you can thank me later!
1 lb. hamburger (lean to extra lean)
1 onion, chopped
1 can white northern beans, undrained
1 can red kidney beans, undrained
2 cans pinto beans, undrained
1 pkg. chili seasoning
1/3-1/2 bottle chili sauce (such as Heinz)*
1/2 an 8 oz. can tomato sauce (more if preferred)*
salt and pepper to taste
Brown hamburger and onion together. Add remaining ingredients and simmer on low for 10 minutes. Taste and season accordingly. I recommend just having salt and pepper at the table for each individual to season themselves. Delicious with cornbread.
*Notes: I use all 8 oz. of tomato sauce and probably 2/3 of the chili sauce. I taste as I go to make sure there is a nice vinegar tang to the chili. If not, add more chili sauce. Serve with cornbread.
November 25, 2013
When I was fifteen my boyfriend at the time gave me a burned CD and had written "Dashboard Confessional" on the top of it. Being the sappy fifteen year old I was I think I listened to that CD more than any other CD in high school and Dashboard quickly became my favorite band. (and still is to this day) I learned every word, fell asleep to their albums every night, they were my first concert, and needless to say I became obsessed. I think all of my friends can pledge for this especially because now on occasion I will get a text from someone saying that they listened to a Dashboard song and they thought of me. I quickly fell for the lead singer, Chris. Even right down to his sleeve tats I thought he was a major babe. Through the years I have been to many of his concerts and have followed him closely. The last concert I went to was back in 2011 when he was on a solo tour. I was sad when he hadn't had news of having a new album released in the past couple of years so needless to say I was ecstatic when I was browsing on Facebook one day and came across Dashboards Facebook page saying that Chris had started a new personal project with a new band called Twin Forks. I did some research and saw that they were coming to Salt Lake City! I messaged my friend and bought the tickets. We knew it would probably be a smaller concert since they weren't too well known yet but that us loyal Dashboard fans would be dying to go. One week before the concert I posted a picture of Chris to my Instagram with the caption "I get to be serenaded by my lover Christopher next week. To say I'm excited would be an understatement. Also, If I get to take my picture with him..I think I may faint. #andsuddenlyifeelfifteenagain" The concert was absolutely wonderful and I was SO close to Chris the whole time I was sort of freaking out. Naturally he played a Dashboard song. ("Stolen") I really like his new EP Twin Forks Album! Don't worry that after the concert he was at the table where they were selling t-shirts and he started to take pictures & signing autographs. Melissa and I stood in line and my fifteen year old self was star struck. I was shaking. (I'm laughing about his as I write this post but I really was! So pathetic but it's the truth!) As we got closer to the table I had this genius idea to take off my phone cover and let him sign my white iPhone. When it was my turn I said something along the lines of "Hi Chris!" in my shaking voice and then told him that I had been a fan for a long time. When I told him that I wanted him to sign my phone he was like, "Are you sure! I feel bad" I told him that I was sure. He tried to sign it and the dang marker wouldn't work on my phone! I was a little sad. Until he was like hang on a second, grabbed his schedule out of his bag and wrote "Thanks Ashley! He drew a heart and then signed his name -Chris Carrabba +Twin Forks. Then I took my picture with him. Chris put his arm around me I couldn't believe this was happening. Especially since the week before I had joked that it would be a dream come true if I could actually take a picture with him. And it was actually happening! He then gave me a little side hug & I walked away. It was the most magical night.
And that my friends was the best $12 dollars I have ever spent
*also don't mind the poor picture quality. poor lighting and with my iPhone. sad i didn't bring my camera.
|and i just had to post this one again because I just love him.|
November 23, 2013
Kiest and Chris finally got married! Yay! She was the most beautiful bride and I couldn't have picked a better match for her. So happy for them!
Cart and I on our way to church in our Sunday best.
I think I have drove the canyon more this fall then I ever have before. This picture was on my way up to Cascade Springs. I had the most stunning bridal session their! I cannot wait to post about it. It was my very favorite bridals so far.
Homemade Mac n' cheese is perfect for fall.
|I love this cute Halloween banner my roomie made!|
Movie night with my ward peeps. Just love them.
Cider & SBTB before bed.
Met up with my college besties and their hubby/boyfriend and we all went out to dinner at Teppanyaki. I even caught the shrimp!
The SLAB.. never gets old.
These are just some of the fun times from October that won't get their own post. These were just some good times & favorite moments in between all the hustle and bustle of two full time jobs.
November 22, 2013
Sometimes you realize you have become just like your mother when you look at your drink & your lipstick stains your straw. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Sometimes you find the perfect winter coat for $25
Sometimes you get new tires on your car and suddenly you wish you weren't an adult.
Sometimes you find old pictures on your ipod from your first year of college & you die of laughter and realize how young and silly you were.
Sometimes you start Breaking Bad & become severely obsessed.
Sometimes you go to Swig three times in one week. yikes.
Sometimes you remember why you hate commuting to work when the weather starts to be bad.
Sometimes you finally have your ipod cord to your car fixed after a year. and it's like Christmas.
Sometimes you crave Disneyland.
Sometimes I miss my room at my parents house.
Sometimes (okay every night) I fall asleep to SBTB. And I fall for Zack Morris all over again.
November 21, 2013
| My greatest victory has been to be able to live with myself, to accept my shortcomings. I’m a long way from the human being I’d like to be, but I’ve decided I’m not so bad after all. |
November 20, 2013
Swig & The Slurp are easily becoming the best things to happen to Utah County.
This boy came to visit me before he left for Eurpoe.
Em and I out for our usual P712 date. Also, just in case you were wondering I pretty much crave this salad on a daily basis. I am so glad Em and I have been friends for 25 years. I just love her!
My old roommate Whitney got married in September and I was lucky enough to do her wedding! I love when I get to work with friends and hang out with friends all day long! Gracie and I made a fun day out of it and since her wedding was later in the day we went up to Salt Lake early & walked around city creek. Whit also had me do her makeup in the morning! I heart weddings. I miss having her around.
Meeting up Tracie and her cute little girl Kinley.
Who needs a boyfriend when you have shopping?
Just a usual Sunday of visiting my bestie and her puppy (not so little anymore) Maya. I never thought I could love a dog again after mine passed away in the 8th grade. But Maya has done it for me.
So this one time my car started steaming and almost blew up driving on a busy road. And of course Daddy saved me and so did AAA. What would I do with out them? Dang radiator.
These two happened to be in town at the same time from Texas & Nevada so we were lucky enough to be able to get together a few times while they were here.
They just built a Starbucks around the corner from my office. Bless my bank account this winter.
Cart visiting me one random day when I was working from home. When i get home form my day job this fall I was spending a lot of time at my desk editing and I secretly loved when my friends would come and visit me so i could take a little break.
The college roomies & met up for a girls night at City Creek one evening. There is nothing I love more then meeting up with us three. We have the best of times. I cannot believe it's been over 5 years since we were roommates. It seems like yesterday we were all sitting on my bed until the wee hours of the morning procrastinating studying and having the times of our life's.
My neighbor Bre & and on a Sunday drive up the canyon!
The Slurp with Baby C & Allie.
General Conference with these two! Love being there in person and feeling the spirit of our wonderful Prophet.
Mexican night out with the neighbors. Love them. They keep life lively.
My sweet Grandma Edith passed away. I was lucky enough to go visit her before she passed. She was the ripe age of 94. I love that she always has displayed & wore her lipstick (bright colors I might add) perfume, brush & a beautiful picture of her mother on her dresser. She always was so fancy & glamorous. I hope to follow in her footsteps.
Kiersten and I had one last single Diggity Diva night out before she tied the knot the next week. I am so thankful for her friendship and feel so blessed to have lucked out with a wonderful first roommate who would before one of my best friends & life long friends. Those are rare. And I treasure her friendship.
This is my neighbor Callie. She is awesome & has the most amazing hair & style. One day I will do a photo sesh of her. I love my neighbors.
Sometimes this happens at work? Weird.
One thing I adore about being a photographer is meeting so many wonderful people that become good friends. This was Emily & I after my photo session with her and her hubby. We talk on a daily basis. Our snapchats have got to be pretty darn hilarious some days.
Gracie and I one night after me working for 13 or 14 hours. Glad I have roommates who love me even when I go a little work crazy. And who love to get fro-yo with me :)
Utah has outdone herself this year. (did I just refer to Utah as a girl? yup.) Fall is amazing. Glad I got to drive up the canyon several times a week the past few months and enjoy the beautiful canyon!
That my friends were my highlights of September and October. Phew! It just had to be a big post with being so behind. And because I can.