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Friday Fives: Songs I Like To Sing Loudly And Badly When No One Is Around

Guys! Jeez!! Why haven’t I done a Friday Fives in about 8 billion years?!?!?

Ok, maybe it hasn’t been 8 billion years, but it’s been a while and that’s kinda no fun. Sometimes coming up with topics, or 5 different things I want to talk about can be hard, but I still enjoy doing this posts. Especially since I like to keep it super broad, instead of just limited myself to “Friday Favorites” like a lot of other people like to do. Haha it gives me a little more wiggle room to talk about pretty much anything I want. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like to ramble about random things, if you haven’t noticed. Haha but that’s more exciting than only talking about running all the time. Or at least I think so.

Anyways, instead of running I wanted to talk about another one of my favorite subjects; music!! Specifically, songs that I like to sing loudly and badly to myself. I know there’s no way I’m the only one who likes to do this!!! I mean, sometimes when I’m home alone I just can’t help but belt out some of my favorite songs. And really the only reason that it’s bad is because I have absolutely no talent for singing whatsoever. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But dammit if I don’t enjoy doing it!!

So, here are 5 songs that I just can’t help singing along to, loudly and badly, when no one is around. Sometimes awful dance moves may or may not accompany this little hobby of mine. But that’s something that’s gonna stay between me, myself, and I. ๐Ÿ˜‰

1. Saturday Night –ย  Misfits

OOOOOOOO OOOOOO Whoaaaaaaoooooooooo noooooooo oooooooooh THERE’S 52 WAYS TO MURDER ANYONE, ONE OR TWO ARE THE SAME, AND THEY BOTH WORK AS WELL. I’M COMING CLEAN FOR AMY, JULIE DOESN’T SCREAM AS WELL……I WAS THINKING ABOUT YOU, THERE WAS SOMETHING I FORGOT TO SAY, I WAS CRYING ON A SATURDAY NIGHT…….

I desperately want to put this song on one of my running playlists, but I don’t trust myself…the second those oooooo’s start I can’t help but sing along. And I’m not entirely sure that this is a good song to be belting out in public. I don’t think all of the very friendly, but a little bit older, and kinda old fashioned people who live in my neighborhood would appreciate me yelling “there’s 52 ways to murder anyone” or “now I’m watching, watching you die”. Especially the ladies at the Baptist church that I often run by. I get disproving looks from them sometimes. My guess is it’s the tattoo’s, facial piercing, and dyed hair. So I’m thinking they wouldn’t appreciate this song….

(I feel like I need to mention that I’m actually on really friendly terms with a lot of the people I see on a regular basis when I’m out running/walking dogs/whatever. A good majority of the people I live near really are older and kind of old fashioned (I live in a small town in a kinda rural part of Kansas, so that’s unsurprising), but they’re all super nice and I enjoy talking to a lot of them. I just don’t think they’d appreciate the Misfits like I do hahaha.)

2. Sugar We’re Going Down – Fall Out Boy

I was 14 years old when this song came out. Jeez Louise I can’t believe this song is so old… Do you guys remember back in the day when punk/pop punk/emo/that basic genre was super cool. Everyone loved it and was super into everything that went with it. Like, everyone I went to grade school with wore skateboard shoes (guilty! I has a sweet pair of Etnies.). Safety pins. So many safety pins. Every girl had a crush on Billie Joe Armstrong, Brendon Urie, Pete Wentz, and that dude from Sum 41. We all watched Jackass and every guy wanted to be Johnny Knoxville or Bam Margera. We all argued about who’s music tastes were better and adamantly denied that we liked country music (even though we were all brought up on it). We brought our GameBoys and Pokemon cards to school (my class actually got all of that banned from my school hahaha) and battled/traded Pokemon at recess. Our school had skate nights at a local roller rink where we all showed off our sick roller blade moves, played wipe out and did the Cha Cha Slide, and ate frozen pickle juice (it was a thing at this roller rink!). We all thought we were a bunch of bad ass 8th graders, but really we were just a bunch of Midwestern kids who went to a private, Lutheran school in Illinois and didn’t know shit about the world. Those were the days…

So yeah, this song brings out the 14 year old girl in me, and I love it. Also, I like to think that my 14 year old self would think that me now at 26 is pretty freaking cool. ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. Come On Eileen –ย Dexys Midnight Runners

How can you now?!?!? That’s literally all I’ve got for this one. How can you not?!? Such a good song. ๐Ÿ™‚

4. She’s Out Of Her Mind – Blink-182

Fun fact; I’ve literally never listened to an entire Blink -182 album. Actually, as a general rule, I don’t exactly like Blink-182. Now, you might be wondering “But Ashley, doesn’t Blink-182 sound a lot like Green Day??”. Yeah, I guess, kinda. And that’s kinda part of my problem with them. Mostly it’s just that I’ve seen a few interviews with Tom Delonge and I don’t know man, there’s just something about him that I find ridiculously off putting. I don’t know, I’m just not a fan…

That being said, I listen to quite a few Blink-182 songs for someone who doesn’t exactly like them haha. And when there new album came out in 2016 I found this song and was pretty much hooked. Now I can’t stop listening to it. It gets stuck in my head all the time. I find myself singing it a lot. I’m not supposed to like Blink-182! Send help!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

(I know that my bias against them is kind of unfair and a little bit ridiculous, but dammit there’s just something about this band that I absolutely hate and I’ve yet to take the time to figure out what)

5. Oh Sherry -Steve Perryย 

*lots of dramatic arm flailing* OH SHERRY OUR LOVE HOOOOOLDS ON HOOOOOLDS ON!!!

Haha I find most 80’s music to be super cliche and over dramatic. But that’s what makes it so much fun right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ But seriously, how can you hear the refrain of this song and not want to sing along? Because I find it to be very necessary hahah.

Ok seriously though, I know I can’t be the only one who does stuff like this. What songs do you absolutely have to sing along to when you’re alone??

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Thursday Things

Ok, first and foremost, I am so super duper stoked about Honey Stinger’s new snack bars!!!!

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I’m totally on board with anything to do with nut butter, chocolate, or honey. Put all three of them together and I’m one happy camper! Seriously though, I can’t wait for these to come out! They look soooo good! But the don’t become available until April, so I guess I’ve got a little bit to wait hahaha. But you can check out Honey Stinger’s blog for the rest of the details, if you’re interested. ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about new, healthier snack before. Becoming a runner changes people in weird, awesome ways like that haha.

Anyway, enough about snacks for now. Lets talk about dogs!!

Today is Lily’s birthday! Yay! Our baby turned 8 years old today! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The birthday girl, this morning! Haha I don’t know if it’s sad or impressive that I’ve made her sit and stay on the porch for photos so often, that at this point she know’s exactly what I want.

Lily is one of the most awesome and special dogs ever! I might be a little bit biased though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But she was my first border collie. The first dog Luke and I ever owned together. Farm bred and raised, she is 35 pounds of pure bad ass. She’s not afraid to stand nose to nose with a 1,000 pound steer. Hell, she actually enjoys it! She’s the only dog I own that has any kind of herding skills/experience. She’s lived on a farm, in what I can only describe as “the hood”, in an apartment, and now in a house in a small town, and has taken it all in stride. She’s also pretty well traveled for a dog! She’s lived in Illinois and Kansas, and has traveled with Luke and I to Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado, and all of the states in between. She’s helped load cattle onto trailers, has climbed a (small) mountain, can track/hunt, has helped raise two puppies, can be trusted around small children (even when they’re taking her bone that she was chewing on away from her), trekked through countless amounts of woods, is a fantastic guard dog, incredibly loyal, and was even the ring bearer in our wedding. Lily is one awesome bitch.

If I could breed her to Finn I totally would. They’d make fantastic puppies. But she’s getting older, Finn’s still too young, and when she was 6 months old she got hit by a car and had her hip broken, and her vet at the time didn’t think she’d be able to give birth without complications. So that kinda sucks. I think a Lily/Finn cross would result in some really great dogs. They both have great instincts, working drive, temperaments, and are both pretty healthy (although if and when the breeding of two dogs happens under my watch I’d make sure to get their hips and eyes checked first. bad hips and eyes are two things that tend to be cause for concern in border collies that you don’t want to be passed on, but that’s a whole thing that I don’t need to worry about right now). But oh well. Lily’s good genetics are just gonna have to end with her. Finn might end up be a different story though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh man, my dogs are my pride and joy, and I could talk about them for days on end hahaha. But I’ll stop for now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Yup. I’m that crazy dog lady who gets weird looks, because I insist on taking photos like this. BUT LOOK AT HOW CUTE AND SMART AND WELL BEHAVED MY PUPPIES ARE!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, tomorrow is grocery day, and oh boy can I tell! Haha we are kinda running low on pretty much everything as we usually are the day before we go on our shopping adventures. So that means I have to get creative with my meals. So today for lunch I threw together some canned goods (corn, stewed tomatoes, and black beans), fried up a couple eggs, put that all on some brown rice and topped it with some guacamole. Kinda random, but it actually ended up being one of the most delicious lunches I’ve had in a while! Just proves that it definitely pays off to get creative sometimes! ๐Ÿ™‚

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There’s always at least one border collie under my feet…Today there were two.

Breakfast and dinner definitely weren’t that exciting though! All I had for breakfast was coffee (which I add soy milk, honey, and coconut oil to) and a Honey Stinger waffle. Breakfast of champions right there haha. And dinner is going to be a bowl of boring oatmeal. Not exciting, but hey, I made it work. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m pretty excited about grocery day though. I LOVE grocery shopping haha.

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My not-so-exciting breakfast. Bubbles was unimpressed.ย 

Haha like 90% of this post has just been me going on about food. But I mean, who doesn’t like food talking about food?!? I know I sure do. Food, dogs, and running. I think that sums up my life quite nicely. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Although I didn’t do any running today. My legs are kinda sore and tired from a workout I did on Tuesday. So I gave them a little break and spent some time on my stationary bike instead. Boring. But it got the job done. Followed that up with some stretching and foam rolling and my legs were much happier after that.

Anyways, I suppose that’s all I’ve got for today. I know I don’t really have anything all that exciting going on right now haha. But I’ve got a few things I’m gonna start working towards very soon. I’ve got a 5k coming up in May and I’m actually going to train for it! The only two other 5k’s I’ve ever done I didn’t train for at all. I knew that I could cover the distance and that’s all I cared about. But now I have a time goal in mind and I’m going to need to train specifically to get there! But I’ll talk more about that later. ๐Ÿ™‚

For now,

Happy Friday eve!

~Ashley

Thursday Things

I feel like there was quite a bit of good feminine vibes and womanly comradery on the post about periods I wrote on Tuesday. It was pretty great! I deffinitely think that’s something that needs to be talked about more! Although one person didn’t seem to like the quote from Billie Joe Armstrong that I included in the post. This one, to be exact!

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I don’t have the exact source for this photo, but I found it on Pintrest. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ah, I love it! It’s one of my favorite quotes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, someone called it “crude” and stated that they don’t think Billie Joe Armstrong will be remembered as a musician. Not gonna lie, I kinda laughed to myself about that. Billie Joe is the singer/song writer/guitarist in Green Day, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, with over 85 million records sold world wide, andย  who just so happened to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2015 during their first year of eligibility. So you’re right, Billie Joe Armstrong wont be remembered as a musician. He’ll be remembered as aย legendaryย musician.

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Source.

Haha I’m well aware that making that argument is kinda pointless and that it really doesn’t matter. But I like talking about Green Day and I’m gonna jump at any opportunity I have to do it! They are my favorite.

But anyway, the point I want to make here is that obviously everyone is different. We all have different tastes, opinions, and feelings about certain things. And that’s totally awesome! Yay for being different and unique individuals with our own personal thoughts and feelings! I really don’t care if you don’t like Green Day, punk rock (and I’m warning everyone now, I refuse to get into the argument about what is or isn’t “punk”, so don’t try to start it with me), and the rebellious “fuck ’em all”, “give ’em hell” attitude that comes with things like that. I think it’s fucking great and it feel right and real to me! But that just doesn’t do it for some people and I get that! But I don’t understand the point of making negative comments about the things other people like just because you don’t like it (unless the thing that person likes is causing actual harm to someone, but that’s a whole other issue). Seriously! Why?? I don’t get it. You know what I’m not a fan of? Cheesy romance novels. But I’m not gonna go around telling people who read and enjoy them that they’re terrible books and that it’s a shame that they talk about them.

Whatever. The other point I’m trying to make here is that I’m not going to change what I like, do, or post here onย my blog, just because someone doesn’t like it. Not gonna happen. I’m gonna keep doing me, and if you don’t like it, you can kindly fuck off.

I know that came off kind of aggressive, but come on, Iย hadย to do it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously though, if you don’t like what I talk about or post here, then don’t read it. I feel like it should be as simple as that.

Anyways, We’ve been having some kind of weird combination of winter and spring going on here in Kansas. Earlier this week we got a little bit of snow, but today it’s 50 degrees and sunny and I already miss the winter…Although I can’t deny the appeal of a warmer sunny day, at least not all the time. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I didn’t end up running today. Mostly because yesterday it was in the 30’s and I was super excited about that, so my run ended up being a little bit harder than it should have been haha. Luckily that didn’t seem to re irritate my sore foot so that’s great! But I also didn’t want to push it haha. So I ended up spending a lot of time walking my dogs instead. Obviously that made them all super happy, so that was a definite win for today!

I also spent a little bit of time on my yoga mat, stretching and rolling out some sore spots. Not my favorite thing in the world to do, but I always feel so much better when I do it. Plus like I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to do all of the little extra things to hopefully prevent me from obtaining any injuries. Because oh man am I good at getting those! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I probably should have done a little bit of strength work as well, but eh, I’m gonna stick with one boring thing at a time.

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40 minutes of stretching/foam rolling goodness.

After that was done I spent the rest of my afternoon working on a few other blog posts and attempting to clean my house. Haha if you saw my post about mud a few days ago, well, most of my house still looks like that. Well, kinda. It’s notย asย bad anymore. But my backyard is currently a huuuge, muddy disaster, and the dogs just bring it all inside. Especially Finn and Dean. They like to spend most of their time outside running around, wrestling and herding each other. So they’re just covered head to tail in mud and dirt…Sometimes I legit just want to build a kennel out there and just have them live out there whenever it gets gross outside. That probably won’t happen though. Doing stuff like that can get expensive. Plus they would probably spend all night barking at the stray cat that likes to wander around in the easement behind our backyard and I don’t think our neighbors would appreciate that haha. So yeah, when it’s muddy outside it gets muddy inside, and I end up spending an absurd amount of time sweeping/vacuuming/mopping up mud.

Along with dealing with all of that, last night Luke and I also started cleaning out my brother-in-law’s room since he doesn’t live here anymore, and boxing up all of the stuff he left behind (and there was a lot of it for some reason). And then we moved the rabbits and ferrets in there, and at some point Luke also wants to move our gecko in there as well. So now we have a whole room dedicated to our petting zoo haha. It’s kinda nice having them all in one place and all of their messes contained into a single room though. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I also had to do some hardcore scrubbing of the floors where their cages used to be. Whew! It definitely feels good having all of that taken care of! And now we have more room in our bedroom/kitchen since there aren’t animal cages in there anymore, and that’s pretty sweet!

Alrighty then! I think that’s all I’ve got for today!

Happy Friday eve!!

You’re Green Day obsessed, partially purple haired, totally punk rock (yeah probably not hahaha), blogger friend,

~Ashley

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Mud

This is why I laugh when people tell me to just wipe their feet before they come inside. No amount of foot wiping is going to keep mud out of my house when itโ€™s gross and muddy outside. ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘

I just felt the need to share that with everyone. That’s all I’ve got for today.

I hope your having a great Saturday and that your house doesn’t look like mine….

~Ashley

PS,

I gave up on the blonde. ๐Ÿ˜‰

January 12th, 2018

This morning I woke up tired, sore, and unmotivated to do pretty much anything. Initially I was super frustrated with myself. I mean, it wasn’t all that long ago when I could do an easy 4 miler like I did yesterday, and wake up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the day and tackle another run. But I took a minute to take a step back and really look at what’s going on. I did kind of do a lot yesterday! I braved the elements and did an almost 4 mile run (it was 3.89, but that’s freaking close enough hahaha) with ice under my feet and pretty harsh wind gusts which where sometimes at my back and sometimes at my face. It was slow going (it was more slipping, sliding, walking over really bad patches of ice, and stopping for cars), hard work, and most importantly, a lot of fun!

And then later in the day I did a 30 minute yoga sequence and spend 30 minutes on my stationary bike (and it wasn’t 30 minutes of me just fucking around on the bike like I sometimes do, I was actually putting in some work hahaha! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). And that was all on top of me being sick last week, and being crazy busy with Christmas stuff the week before that, so no freaking wonder I don’t feel like doing anything today!

Sure maybe at one point I could have done a hard workout after everything I did yesterday. And yes, compared to what some people can do/are currently doing, I did hardly anything yesterday. But comparing myself to other people or to what I could do at another point and time is literally going to get me nowhere. It doesn’t getย anyoneย anywhere.

So, this is where I’m at right now and that’s ok. I’ve got some really big goals I want to accomplish and I’m going to have to work really hard to make them happen. But right now I need to focus on even getting to the point of being able to work towards them. I can’t just jump right back into what I was doing several months ago and think that will work. It won’t. More likely than not I’ll just end up burnt out or hurt, and I’m already super injury prone haha. I need to work back up to where I was and then build from there. And if that means having to skip out on a run here or there to rest, then so be it. For me today, not running is a win. ๐Ÿ™‚

I know this post is kinda just one big “note to self” thing. But if you take anything away from it, let it be the fact that it’s ok to be where you’re at right now and to work with that instead of comparing yourself to someone else or to your past self (something that I’m super guilty of), and then trying to do too much, or getting frustrated and giving up on whatever your goal happens to be. You’ve got this. I believe in you. Which is also a good “note to self”. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you have a fantastic Friday!!

~ Ashley

December 19th, 2017

I don’t really have a lot to talk about today, but I just wanted to quickly mention that I’ve been very much enjoying my little break from running, strength training, food tracking, hitting my step goal, and all of that stuff. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s been really nice to just sit back, relax, and do anything and everything that’s not related to running haha.

It’s barely been a week, but I’m already feeling rested and rejuvenated, so I’m slowly starting to get back into the swing of things. Yesterday I did a little bit of cross training, worked on walking and moving around a little more (gotta place well in those Garmin step challenges ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰), and today I’m putting a little more thought into making good food choices. It all feels right again. ๐Ÿ˜

I think I might even start doing a bit of running tomorrow! Haha I probably would have today, but they’re redoing a bunch of gas lines in the city, and the gas line to our house is very out of date and not up to code (along with several other houses in my neighborhood), so apparently the city is paying to have them a redone which is pretty neat! But they’re coming to do ours today and they’re going to be here for most of the day, so I’m pretty much gonna be stuck here. It’s all good though, but I am looking forward to slowly starting to run again. ๐Ÿ˜„

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

~Ashley

I Believe My Streaking Days Have Come To An End

And like, 2 days after my optimistic and yet slightly delusional “half way there” post. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

But oh man, this morning I woke up feeling pretty miserable. I mean, I was just so exhausted that I legit woke up at 7 am and just sat on my couch doing nothing for 2 hours. At that point I decided I should probably do a little bit of soul searching, take inventory of my body and mind, and decide if this is something I should even continue do.

After doing a little bit of thinking, I realized I’ve kinda been tired for a while. I’ve also felt sore and achy in some places I normally wouldn’t considering what I’ve been doing. I’ve been constantly hungry and look like I might have gained some weight (although I think most of that just might be water retention).I feel like I might be coming down with a cold. I haven’t been sleeping well and for the last week or two I haven’t really been able to run more than 3 miles. Sounds kinda like symptoms of over-training, right? Haha yeah, well my stubborn ass didn’t realize that until this morning. And even then (and now) I was kind of unsure about whether or not I actually need a break from running, or if this is something I should continue to work through. Especially since I really haven’t done all that much running over the last two weeks. But after I decided that I was going to take a short break from running I didn’t even feel upset or disappointed about ending the streak. I felt relived. And that pretty much told me everything I needed to know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So did I learn anything during this crazy streaking adventure? As a matter of fact I did! I learned to push through physical discomfort in a way that I hadn’t before (and what kind I should and shouldn’t try to run through ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I learned not to use long, busy days as an excuse not to run. I learned that cross training really helps with recovery and soreness and my legs actually felt a lot better the day after I did it. And possibly most importantly, I’ve learned that, at least at this point in my running career, that streaking is not for me haha. I need at least a day or 2 off from running every week in order to recover and be able to function properly. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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So now it’s time for a break! A break from running, tracking food, workout scheduled, and goals! I kind of already did that in November after my half marathon, but now seems like a good time to do it again. Especially with all of the holiday festivities going on. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do need to figure out and come up with goals I want to work towards in 2018, but I’ll worry about all of that later.

Alrighty then! Now that’s all taken care of and figured out, lets take look at my top 9 Instagram posts of 2017!

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Haha oh man, my hair’s been on quite the journey this year! It started out the year super long and natural colored, with my signature blonde streak. Then I cut it super short. Then I dyed it black. And now it’s more medium length hahah. Oh yeah, and I did some running stuff too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Funny how a photo from my half marathon last year made it into my top 9, but one from this year didn’t haha. Probably because I looked much happier to be at mile 11 last year than I did this year. Seriously though, lets compare…

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Mile 11 of the Longview Half Marathon, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Let’s play a fun game called “guess which years I was having fun and which year I was not!” I like to think it’s pretty obvious. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I’ve finished that damn half 3 years in a row and I plan on continuing to do so! At least I’ve managed to keep that streak alive and will hopefully be able to continue to for years to come. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well that was a fun little trip down memory lane, but I think I’m done for today. I have a full day of doing absolutely nothing in front of me and I plan on taking full advantage of it!

Happy happy happy Thursday!!

~ Ashley

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