all these lines fall short of what I had in mind
May. 8th, 2011
therosser.com is making me nostalgic for so much. Looking forward to Cleveland time this weekend.
Apr. 2nd, 2011
10:21 am - 4/2/02
Honestly each one has been getting easier. I'm not sure what that means. I guess the rest of my life is just making it easier to forget. I'm grateful for that.
Nov. 17th, 2010
09:02 pm - December soon?
Wow, I don't even know where the time has gone.
October was, in fact, delightful. Chicago was super neat and we crammed as much as possible into 3.5 days. 500+ pictures thanks to Kyle the paparazzo. It totally gave me the traveling bug- I wish we would have made it to DC for the rallies, but we were too broke/burnt out from Chicago. Halloween has been more enjoyable the past few years. A makeshift bat costume and a few games of beer pong made for an enjoyable evening. Feeling old though, I believe we were home by midnight.
So November is here. The past weeks have gone by quickly enough and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I will not be making it up north, which I guess is just kind of normal now. Thankfully I have somewhere to go (which is nice, but still odd. But yes, very very nice). Jenny's birthday and the Michigan game should make that whole stretch of days super enjoyable. I don't love the holidays, but when you look past the commercialized stuff and the overplayed songs, there is a certain energy that you can't help but enjoy. I'll be back in northeast Ohio for Christmas, but my visit will be super abbreviated. I'm hoping for an annual Christmas Day reunion in Kirtland, people please tell me this is a possibility!
I'm planning on running a half marathon in May, in Cleveland (for all of you Clevelanders- feel free to come cheer me on!) with the sisters + Kyle. It's nice to have something to work towards, a goal to strive for. Keeps me in check. I'm reading books and waking up far too early, but it feels good.
Friendships feel different these days- despite the distance and the time between e-mails/phone calls, I still feel close to people. I like that. I wish I felt closer to some, but everything ebbs and flows.
9p is basically bed time. Super neat.
Sep. 30th, 2010
10:34 pm - tomorrow
I think October is my favorite month of the year.
This one looks promising.
Sep. 14th, 2010
11:17 pm - this breeze isn't strong enough
I'm quite tired, so this will be brief. I just wanted to write.
I'm surprisingly ready for fall to come and every morning when I leave my house and I feel how cool it is outside I think that is has arrived. But alas, 8 hours later I emerge from my windowless office and realize it's still hot as hell out. I have acquired many new scarves recently and look forward to wearing them.
The kids will be flocking back to campus soon (already are, actually) and I cringe a little when I think about that. I'll readjust to the overpopulated area, but it's been so peaceful around work lately (dead quiet, really) that I'm just not ready.
I don't know where the time is going. I mean, I really just don't know what I'm doing. I think I spent 5+ hours playing Uno this weekend. That's normal, right?
I need to clean and do laundry super badly. Basic tasks that I've been putting off for way too long. Maybe next week...
I've found myself having really great moments lately, like being inside of it and realizing that it's one of those things I'll remember years from now (if that exists) and I've been able to actually appreciate them while they are happening. With so many other things it's taken me too long to notice. I've missed the moments and only caught on after the fact. I like that I'm in the now, or what have you.
meow. I'm trying to make a cat join me in bed. She's still undecided (actually I think they are hunting a bug...)
Sep. 2nd, 2010
10:56 am - aaaaand again!
I forgot to throw in the fun little fact that I finally have a legitimate couch! It feels like adulthood! (except it was acquired, not purchased, and is technically a loveseat...). My apt is actually overflowing with furniture as K. and the cats have guilted me into temporarily keeping the crappy futon. "but look how much they like it! it's like they have a couch and we have a couch." 'They' are felines and don't need their own couch, geeesh.
It's officially football season again here in Columbus OH and it brings back LOVELY memories (or lack there of..) of shattering my arm. Neat. (it also reminds me that I should probably start paying those medical bills...). I'll be doing significantly less tailgating this year. And hopefully not making any trips to the hospital. It's crazy how much good and bad was happening at the same time in September '09. The good was really good though, enough so that I almost start to forget the bad (the giant scar on my arm reminds me though).
A year ago I never would have guessed that things would be like this right now, but to be honest this is pretty much exactly what I remember hoping for. I feel like that was jinx-y to say, but true. So true.
three day weekend, super neat.
Aug. 31st, 2010
02:29 pm - 25.
I can feel the end of summer fast approaching. Birthday came and went (and was slightly unnoticed by most, thanks to my temporary lack of facebook) which is always a reminder that fall is right around the corner. 25. I'm not so concerned about the getting older part but just the fact that I REALLY hate the number 25. Oh well.
Anyways, my favorite months have always been June-October so I'm still enjoying the fluctuating weather (last week we had a high of 72 one day and a high of 90 another, thanks Ohio) and rocking my cutoffs and tank tops while looking forward to scarves and sweaters. My fall forecast is positive as I am filling my time with trips to different cities. Finally (finally!) making it to Chicago in October and oh em gee are we in full on planning mode (that's how I spend most of my day at work). So much to do in such a short time! Definitely looking forward to museums and food (and watching K. run through the streets of the city and then literally climb over a bus) and music and time spent out of this city. Our to-do list is insanely long but personal suggestions are certainly appreciated. Also planning a trip to Syracuse to check out Al & Eric's new digs and celebrate and early Thanksgiving (since I once again won't be making it up north for the real T-day). And of course I'll find time to visit Cleveland (and I'll have another stop to make in Shaker Hts.!) and Philadelphia is high priority on my travel list (2 of my best friends + vegetarian Philly cheesesteaks and a cupcake truck? sign me up!).
Things are good. I find myself feeling more and more home here. I get my urges to live in another city or state or doing something better, but dare I say I'm actually content right now? Of course I'd prefer a bit more money and cats that didn't shed, but I've found an odd (okay, not odd for most but odd for me) sense of comfort in feeling established and settled. I'm still sorting out the "What's next?" part of my life but doing my best to enjoy the here and now.
I keep meaning to write more here but I so rarely feel like I have something to say. I shouldn't let that stop me though.
Jun. 20th, 2010
I'm starting to feel lonely in this city. Maybe lonely is not the right word. I feel like I've suddenly outgrown this place, not in the sense that I need a bigger city, but in the sense that I just need something new.
May. 17th, 2010
10:12 pm - Oy with the poodles already!
I need to set a bedtime, that's supposed to help alter irregular sleep patterns. a strict bedtime. that'll never work. I'm not really dying to increase my sleep time, as I've been having these nightmares lately. Not a fan.
in typical Ashley fashion, I just perused all the years of livejournal to see what I was thinking around this date of each year. I encountered a few gems (being reminded of 'irr-Ashley' was nice) but mostly I realized that I NEED to stop doing this. It doesn't matter where my head was at in 2005, I need to figure out where my head is at now. Geez.
Saturday felt like summer. I was sitting outside and the sun was burning my legs (stupid dark jeans) and I could feel the tan lines forming. I can't wait for back to back days like that.
I'm making plans in my head again. I have ideas. I'm not quite ready for follow-through, but I'm happy to be thinking again.
People get so caught up in life, I do the same, we've all moved on. But wouldn't it be great to be chilling in Ross' basement and making excel spreadsheets of all the things we're going to do this summer? Naturally, we'd accomplish none of them and never again open said spreadsheet. It would still be worth it.
7 years ago we were gearing up for high school graduation. Prom planning ( 5/23/03, right?) and whatnot. Oh how far we've come (right?)
May. 13th, 2010
this morning, driving to work, all the lights were green.
the big dipper is currently right above me.
these have to be signs, right?
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