Last Christmas, I got Brian tickets to Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I had found secondhand tickets that were in the sixth row, so we were SUPER close (actually, a little TOO close)!! The show was pretty awesome 🙂 TSO is a “progressive rock band,” that includes a few former members of Savatage, an 80s heavy metal band. And since Wikipedia explains everything better than I can, “the band’s musical style incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal.” Lots of lights, pyrotechnics, energy, and Christmas music – what more could you want? If you’ve never heard of or seen TSO, here’s a brief bit of the concert Brian & I went to: Happy Xmas! BLOG ▪ ETSY SHOP ▪ INSTAGRAM ▪ TWITTER ▪ FACEBOOK ▪ PINTEREST

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Well, summer is dying down, and I’m really hoping to be able to get back to blogging more regularly! I hate being crazy busy/exhausted/lazy all the time o.0 I’ve got lots of posts to make here about what I’ve been up to in the last few months, but I’ll start small and tell you about my new new bike. Anyways, I had to return my birthday bicycle. It wasn’t riding right. And instead of just exchanging it, I ended up finding a different one instead. Brian and I have been out on only a handful of rides, but I’m really enjoying them. Sometimes, I feel like I’m going to die (I am SO out of shape…) and I want to rip off Brian’s head. Eventually I get over it though. Haven’t died yet. MORE RIDES TO COME! haha I haven’t fallen yet either!! (MIRACULOUSLY!! *knockonwood*)

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I finally got around to getting a new bike. I’ve been stalking them at stores, Craigslist, and Amazon; I finally decided on where to buy (Meijer) and went to pick one out the other night. Brian offered to pay for any difference between one I wanted and my budget – I ended up choosing one about $30 after tax over what I wanted to pay. At the register, Brian said “How ’bout I just buy it?” haha So, to celebrate my new bike, here’s a Vine video: I am infatuated with this little video mostly because I never know what my voice sounds like to other people – hahaha!

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It would seem that almost anyone that I become friends with plays D&D… only, no one has ever played with me. I’ve always wanted to try it though. I’ve expressed interest with a handful of people, and at first everyone is all “Cool!” and “Yeah, well let’s set something up!” and even a few times people have started to make characters. BUT, every single time, something falls through, and we never play. So, as I’ve said, I’ve never played D&D. Brian used to in high school, but hasn’t since he lived in Texas (circa 2005). So naturally, he and I have been talking about playing for a long time now. And I think we’ve gotten to the point where we’re gonna start forcing people to play with us 😉 Anyways, what I mean is, this time, it’s going a little more seriously. Before, it’s always been like those times you…

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A few weeks ago, I made a trip to Ikea with my friend Michelle, and I ended up buying a cute little bamboo plant & a vase for it.  But I didn’t buy the bag of rocks they had with the displays, because I knew I’d never need that many. I asked The Boy if he had any way of getting a few pebble-sized stones, and he suggested that we just go fish them out of a creek. So we went to Stoney Creek trail and spent some quiet time wading around in ankle-deep tranquility 🙂 My little bamboo plant is now happily residing above The Boy’s headboard. xo Ashley

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One of the things we did last Saturday was revisit the Dixieland Flea Market.  It’s one of my favorite places to go because I love looking at all the wares, even if they never change.  The flea market is a great place for me to pick up some inspiration here and there too – all of those insanely miscellaneous items are sure to make me think up something! The Boy used to work at the Walker Knives booth way back in the day (like a decade ago), and the past two times we’ve visited, the booth’s main attendant was either out of town or had the day off.  We finally ran into him and the two of them spent some time catching up. I didn’t end up leaving with any new purchases; though I am mentally storing away some items for future spaces. xo Ashley

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Last Saturday was sort of a big date day.  The Boy & I ended up doing a bunch of stuff throughout the day together – eggs for breakfast, flea market, coffee, duck-feeding, mini golf, & Thai food.  It’s nice that there’s a day of the week that we both have off 🙂 xo Ashley Pictured above… 1: At the Stuffed Bun for breakfast; 2: The Boy demonstrating how fitting his shirt is; 3-7: At the park feeding the ducks; 6: At Willow Creek for mini golf; 8: Thai food dinner.

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Saturday afternoon, The Boy & I stopped at Cook’s Dairy Farm, in Ortonville, for some ice cream.  I’ve heard the name thrown around time to time, so I went in knowing of their good reputation.  Looking further, I’ve found that they have fantastic reviews on Yelp as well.  Review highlights state that the cows are “all-natural,” “no hormones.”  I looked for non-pasteurized milk while I was there, because I’ve always wanted to try it, but I didn’t see any.  After leaving, I saw on Foursquare someone mentioned that they do have some, so I may have to head back! When it came to ice cream, I got the caramel apple – delish!  I was too busy enjoying it to even get a taste of The Boy’s (I even forget the name of it). After we finished the HUGE cups, I absolutely had to go visit the local farm animals.  An aisle…

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