HAPPY AUTUMN!

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Temperatures have fallen to the 40s & leaves are dying all over – fall is here! The Boy & I visited Rochester Cider Mill over this past weekend for cider, doughnuts, and caramel apples ♥  We stopped in back to visit his cousin and take a peak at the doughnuts being made (fresh!).  Behind the mill is a small barn with goats, sheep, and chickens – and they love snacks ^.^ If you’ve never been to the Rochester Cider Mill, go.  Now.  Everything there is absolutely delicious!  Guaranteed to be a fun trip too 🙂 xo Ashley

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KELSI TURNS 1!

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My niece’s first birthday was this past week, and her birthday party was on Saturday.  Awhile ago, I had picked her up a zebra print dress that she happens to fit in right now, and my sister themed most of the party around it!  There were zebra banners, streamers, and a zebra cake!  The best part?  My niece was the most well-behaved one year old I’ve seen – never fussed, was awake for the whole party, and played with everyone.  Too cute! xo Ashley Pictured above… Holding Gma’s hand; her own personal birthday cake; opening presents with Mommy & Daddy.

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HOUSE HUNTING.

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The Boy & I haven’t had the best of luck house-hunting these past few months (going on four months of dead ended searches, oy!). We’ve seen more houses than I can count, and a few (fruitless) offers have been made on a handful as well. We’ve grown exhausted, frustrated, and hopeless at times. More than once, one of us has uttered “what’s the point?” Yesterday, however, we saw a near perfect-for-us home, and an offer was put in today. I really like the house, and I feel extremely good about it. I really want to say “this is the one” but past downfalls are keeping me hesitant. But nevertheless, I’m already planning room layouts and choosing materials in my head. Without saying it out loud, this is as close as I’ll get to saying THIS IS THE ONE. Hopefully, this is it. Hopefully, after failed attempt after failed attempt, we’ve…

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BOOKS: ENDER’S SHADOW.

I’ve finished my first whole book since my birthday in July – book one of six done! Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card is the first book in the secondary series of the Ender saga.  It follows one of Ender’s “jeesh”, Bean, through his story parallel to Ender’s Game.  I think I like it better than Ender’s Game, but only because it feels as though the author found a more cohesive stride whilst writing this.  In Shadow, he was sure in his intent as well as the finished product, while Game feels more like a “Let’s try it and see how it does.” I’ve already started the next book – Shadow of the Hegemon – and I feel that Bean’s overall story is already more captivating than Ender’s. xo Ashley

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SOME PHOTOS.

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So it seems I’ve found myself pretty low on personal time o.0  But some things that I’ve managed to do in the past week or so include working, working, and oh working.  Lots of awesome seniors equal long days.  But it’s good times ^.^ I’ve also managed to get a really bad 24 hour bug; go to an art show in Detroit; go shopping; and play some board games with The Boy. xo Ashley Pictured above… apparently San & I sleep alike (I had sickies that day); San wanted to play Sequence her way; my new boots; The Boy making faces for me ♥

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FUN THINGS I’VE LEARNT ABOUT HAVING PINK HAIR…

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You will average about one compliment per day (if you go out in public). You never have to do your hair; SOMEONE will still compliment you. You may start off with subtle, peek-a-boo strips, but eventually, you may give in and let the pink take over all your hair. Little kids will likely turn to their mommy to inform them “that girl has pink hair.” Little kids will still stare more at The Boy than at me (he’s a kid magnet for some reason). More people will comment on the pink hair after it’s faded to almost-gone, rather than in its vibrant, just-dyed state. It looks a lot better without roots (dark, new growth hair). Your close friends and family will “no longer notice it” and think of it as normal as blonde or brown. Unless your license has pink hair as well, you will ALWAYS warrant a “OMG, you…

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SOME PHOTOS.

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So it’s the third of August, and I barely feel like I settled into July!  I feel overwhelmed personally, as I’ve reverted to too many of my vagrant tendencies.  I’m trying to move all the bits & pieces of my life forward in the directions I need them to go.  And I’m hitting more bumps than I’d like or anticipated.  But I’m still the person I’ve always been – insanely hopeful.  Even with tough times, I still feel like everything will work out. xo Ashley Pictured above… a tasty martini; a painting I did; San being lazy; + instant prints that make me smile.

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ROCK HUNTING.

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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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DIXIELAND FLEA MARKET.

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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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