Wednesday, March 31, 2010

So speaking of dances...

So speaking of my favorite dances this year, the Harry Potter Dance was probably the best. There are only a few people in this world who can come close to loving Harry Potter as much as I do, or who know the same amount of trivia. So dancing with a million other people dressed as Harry Potter characters is my idea of a good time. (And who knew that I could make such a good Umbridge? By the way I just didn't feel like wearing a dress so I just went with the pink theme.

My roommates Lauren and Alicia are in the picture above as Hedwig and Bellatrix. My favorite costume was Mandy who was Buckbeak. If you look close you can see all the feathers in her hair.

And here's all of us. See if you can tell who we are!

Why I go to BYU


So there is this guy that dances in front of the Wilk every Tuesday from 12:50-1 completely by himself in the same white, body hugging pants. If you go to BYU I'm sure you stop by for his dance moves... because they are quite the show. I have book of Mormon with all of my roommates at 1:00 so we all walk by that way every week and are so happy when we get to see him. It's so funny to look around at all the people walking by this dancing man because every is smiling and laughing. When he's done dancing he just picks up his huge boombox and walks off. He has style that man.

I can say I've never been a big fan of dancing that is until this year. Then I met Mandy, my roommate, and I met kitchen dance parties and I was won over! I love going to dances. None of us are good at dancing in any way, except maybe Mandy, but we have a good time.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Color Fest

Every year it seems like I see pictures in the newspaper of the Festival of Colors at the Hindu Temple in Spanish Fork and I'm always sad that I missed it. But this was my year-- the roommates and our brothers wanted to go!

Pictures tell way more than words do..... we had one good time!
Everyone just threw color on everyone else. This random girl walked up to my brother Caleb and threw pink powder straight into his eye and I thought it was going to dye the whites of his eyes. Everything just started going pink.

The sky goes black when you throw all the colors.. its a good time!

Monday, March 29, 2010


If you are wondering what this crazy picture is, it is the proof that I have completed the first item on my list of things to do before I die!
Number Five on the list is Make an entire meal without burning ANYTHING. Check Mark.

Ok so my mom did give me some roast beef she made (it still counts even if I didn't cook EVERY ingredient), so I whipped some beef pot pie for me and my roommates. It wasn't exactly like the home version but it wasn't burned and that was the point!

Here's the rest of the list of things to do before I die:
1. Ride a bike in Europe
2.Live outside of Utah
3.Photograph something cool with an SLR camera, preferrably my own
4. Travel by Train
5. Make an entire meal without burning anything
6. Run a marathon
7.Learn another language
8. Teach English in a different country
9.Visit every state in the United States
10. Publish something (not counting high school newspaper column)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Break

BYU for some reason thinks their students never get burned out and never need a break. I must be the exception.... so I took an Ashley Spring Break this weekend.
It started Friday afternoon at 3:00 and went until Sunday night and it was glorious. Here's a few beautiful moments from spring break:

1. I finally painted my toenails. They've been looking very naked since September.

2.I ate Cafe Rio for free! Yes, thank you parents!

3.I had time to run for a full 45 minutes!

4. I read the travel section in the Newspaper (Egypt...someday I'll get there too) and I watched a Samantha Brown travel show about Stratford-upon-Avon which I will be breathing, smelling, and visiting in a month!

5. And the very, very best part of spring break was going to see the "amimals" at Hogle Zoo with my aunt,little cousin Erin, and my sister. (Ok this technically was biology homework but definitely spring break appropriate) We saw an elephant that danced according to Erin and had mental deficiencies according to my aunt. It would take four steps forward and then four steps back over and over again-- who knows. We saw a real cougar and my aunt made the mistake of saying, "Yeah, she could definitely hurt you," and Erin flipped out and started climbing up my aunt. As I looked at the cougar, I really began to wonder who thought that would be a good mascot for BYU, I mean I couldn't think of anything less Christlike. I think we should be the BYU Bunnies-- it's even an alliteration. It just rolls of the tongue. Just kidding.

So if you think you need a spring break, you're right you do! So just take one, it's glorious!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


So my half birthday has officially passed. It was March 9... which means I only have 6 more months left of being a teenager. I'm definetely starting to feel old. 40 is going to be a rough one for me, I think. So I've been thinking of some of the crazy things that has happened while I've been a teenager. Here's a few (let's hope the parentals haven't found my blog yet haha)

1. The day me and my friend Lynne were heading to cheer practice at 5 am and when we got to the intersection which was a red light, I decided to look both ways and then go right on through. I was wondering why Lynne was yelling and a truck was honking at me and didn't realize what I had done until after we had made it through. Whoops it was a little early...

2.Making fettucini with my friend Lindsey and making so much it was spilling out of the pot and it looked pretty good until we took a bite. We tried persuading my mom and sister they should eat some...while we were eating peanut butter and jelly for dinner instead.

3. Snowball fight last weekend at 1 am.

4. Sliding into curb and a bush in my car one slippery winter day when I was in a rush to get to piano lessons. I just decided to park it there-- sticking straight out into the road-- went into my 45 min. piano lesson and then my teacher and her husband pushed me out. Whoops again.

5. Finding echoes with my roommate Mandy. There's one in our kitchen if you open up the cabinets in a certain way and one on campus by the JFSB.

So what's coming? Hmm six more months to live it up!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A few things that make me happy!

So I read this blog (well I used to before I met college) called the Rockstar Diaries. Every week the girl who writes the blog posts a list of ten things that makes someone happy-- it's usually one of her readers who writes the list and so I decided to make my own. Reading all those lists of happy things just makes me happy. Maybe you should try it sometime.....

Ten things that make me terribly happy:
1. When something unexpected happens. I'm way too good at planning everything.
2. Graham Cracker Ice Cream at the creamery on 9th.
3. When I've run long enough that it starts to feel good.
4. My doggy Ginny.
5.Studying by a window when it's sunny outside.
6.Thinking about new places to travel.
7.Having a great conversation with someone you just met.
8.Laughing so hard your eyes leak with roommates...usually happens after midnight
9.Sunday afternoons
10.Reading something someone else wrote and knowing you've thought the same thought.

It's hard to only think of 10 things that make me happy... maybe I'll add on someday soon!

PS I took this picture in Hawaii last year-- speaking of somewhere that makes me terribly happy!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

North and South

For everyone who loved the little taste we got of North and South in class here is the famous train ending. I love it! Over Thanksgiving break I watched this scene 5 times in a row... believe me its that good. But you should watch all four hours to get the full effect you know. Best four hours I've ever spent....

Monday, March 8, 2010


So Thursday after class my
roommates convinced me to go with them to see
Alice and Wonderland at midnight. (I decided to ignore the fact that I had to be at work at 8 am the next morning and take a french test..)
I've been thinking though, about the discussion we had in class about the rating system and the prophets asking us not to watch R- rated movies, and not being naive and I've come to some conclusions for me. I'm definitely not saying this goes for everyone, but this is what I think.
I think its really important to be aware of the world. Only watching Disney Channel isn't the answer for keeping yourself away from degrading things. It's important to face the reality that there are awful things that happened and are happening in the world. I don't think the prophets want us to be unaware of what's going on. They want us to be involved and aware. How many times a week is President Monson traveling to different parts of the world? Of anyone, He sees and experiences the happenings of the world. I believe then, that we are told not to watch rated R movies because they have elements in them that aren't going to better us as a person.
If movies were the only way receive information about the world, I could see that it would be justified to watch movies like Schindler's List. But it's not the only way or necessarily the best way to become aware. We have the Internet, newspapers, journals, books, airplanes, telephones... a million other ways to know the happenings in the world. I believe that we can find ways of understanding the world that aren't going to expose us to visuals, or language, or ideas that could really be damaging to us.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


So I realized today as I was digging through the dishwasher that I hate using spoons and forks and knives that are too big, or too small or have a weird design, or a black handle. (Our brothers have silverware like this and I just realized that I always avoid using that ugly silverware!) Is this a really abnormal behavior?

There have been many mornings that I have HAND washed a dirty spoon because I can't stand to use the massive ones we have. Can't tell you why... it is a little ridiculous.
But I will have perfect silverware one day in my own house. Or I might go a little crazy. Maybe I already am.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Playing Primary

I love little kids. We have this little neighbor girl named Emmie who always comes over. One day she came over after church when I was playing the piano and she just bustled down the stairs to see what was happening. She found a little music stand we have and set up a hymn book on it and dragged it across the room. And then she would yell across the room which song she wanted me to play. I stopped playing for a second and I heard her saying" Welcome to Primary boys and girls" and I couldn't stop laughing, which made her mad, but it was hilarious.

So I was home on Friday to teach piano lessons, and she came over after I was done. As soon as she saw me she said "Ash, let's go play primary." So we did. Somehow I have a bad habit of never playing the song she wants.... you can only play I'm a Child of God so many times..... so I was playing a song she didn't want me to play and I said, "Emmie, have you you heard this song before?"
Then a few minutes later she says, " But I'm getting used to it."
I love when five year olds whip out comments like this.