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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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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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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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TRY THAI FOOD is complete! Yesterday evening, Brian & I tried Bangkok Crossing in Lake Orion.  We got Thai coffee & chicken satay; I got Pad Thai, and he got Drunken Noodles. Overall, it was pretty tasty 🙂  If I went back, I’d probably get the Drunken Noodles though – I tried a small bite, and it’s like something we’d get at BD’s.  The coffee is amazing, and I must learn to make it at home! So far, I think this is the first thing I’ve completed on my list of 25 things to do while I’m twenty-five.  Yay!


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My niece is one of the cutest kids you’ll ever meet.  I loves her to deaths ♥  She’s just over ten months old and there isn’t a whole lot that she does that won’t make you smile! xo Ashley


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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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This afternoon, I finished the book I was reading, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I bought the book based on one quote I came across on the internet.  The quote I actually found was paraphrased from this book, but the meaning behind it is what really struck me and caused me to hunt for its original source. She wants to know if I love her, that’s all anyone wants from anyone else, not love itself but the knowledge that love is there, like new batteries in the flashlight in the emergency kit in the hall closet. Several small things throughout the book clung to my heart, and I highlighted as I went. You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness. “The boy asked the girl to say ‘I love you’ into her can, giving her no further explanation. “And she didn’t ask for any, or say ‘That’s silly,’ …

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