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Fall Is Almost Here, Two Short Runs, An Injury Update, Compression Gear, and Another Furry Friend

First and foremost, #ThrowbackThursday anyone? πŸ˜‰ Ah man, throwback Thursday never ceases to amuse me. I just think it’s fun to take a look back at past life experiences, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant they might be.

So, since fall is almost here and I’m so super duper excited about that, I went perusing through the camera roll on my phone this morning looking for the photos of my jack-o-lanterns from last year, because they were pretty darn spiffy if you ask me!!

 

 

 

I was so super excited about how the 13.1 pumpkin turned out! I was kinda worried about it because I thought it was going to be hard to tell what it was, but once it was lit up it looked pretty good! And look at all the hair I used to have!! Haha not gonna lie, looking back I kinda regret cutting it all off. But it was sooo much nicer not having to deal with all of that hot hair over the summer. But anyways, now I’ve got to figure out what I want to do with this years pumpkins! Haha obviously I’ve still got some time, but I take this stuff very seriously! πŸ˜‰ We’re starting to get close to my favorite time of year and I’m so super stoked!!

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TRUE!!!!!

So now that we’re into the middle of September we’re starting to experience a bit of fall like weather in the morning/evening. The highs in the afternoon have been in the 80’s though so that still kinda sucks, but we’ll get to the colder weather eventually. πŸ™‚ But anyways, the nice weather in the morning is really reallyΒ reallyΒ making me miss running. Fall running is the best running (except once winter rolls around, then I’ll spend all season telling you that winter running is the best πŸ˜‰ ) and right now I definitely feel like I’m missing out!!

I have managed to do two very short runs this week. 2 miles on Monday and 2 more miles on Wednesday. That’s definitely not the kind of running I should be doing considering that I’m supposed to be training for my 3rd half marathon, but at the moment it’s the only kind of running I can do. And it’s still totally better than not running at all!!

 

 

 

Unfortunately the 4 miles that I’ve run this week were not pain free miles. During both runs my knee started to ache a bit during the second mile and on Wednesday I felt it a little bit in my shin as well. That was no bueno…but it’s still not as bad as it was last month and I like to think it’s finally starting to get better. Healing this whole situation has definitely been a slow process, but I’m glad that it seems to be getting better without the help of a doctor. Because IΒ reallyΒ didn’t want to have to go see one haha.

So I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been taking R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation) very seriously in order to get this thing taken care of. Obviously the rest has come in the form of not running, but I’ve also been trying to take it easy and walk a little less if it starts bothering me. I was icing it for a while but that doesn’t seem to be doing anything for it anymore. And honestly I’m pretty sure icing is really only effective for the first like, 48 hours or something like that after you’ve been injured (I’m not entirely sure about that though, so don’t quote me on it. πŸ˜‰ ). So that brings me to compression and elevation. As far as elevation goes, I’ve just been propping my leg up with a pillow in the evening whenever i’m sitting down watching TV, but my compression game has definitely been VERY strong!

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I’m sporting a very old compression sock and a very new compression knee sleeve in this photo.

So Luke’s just as determined to get me healthy again as quickly as possible so he’s been making me experiment with some new gear haha. First he got me the knee sleeve pictured above. Oh boy does that thing work! I didn’t realize that my knee was actually hurting while I was walking until I started wearing this thing around haha (this right here is why I have to be super careful when it comes to injures. I have a ridiculous pain tolerance and sometimes I don’t notice that anythings going on until after it goes away and I start feeling normal again…). And after wearing it for about a week I was able to do my two short runs this week, which was obviously a huge improvement over not being able to run at all. πŸ™‚ So because I had quite a bit of success with the knee brace, Luke thought hey, if a little bit of compression worked, why not go with EVEN MORE compression. So he came home with a pair of full on compression tights for me the other day haha. I kinda wish he hadn’t spent so much money on me for this stuff, compression gear (especially these tights, holy shit) isn’t cheap…but I mean, they are some super spiffy looking tights. πŸ™‚

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I’ve only worn them once, so at this point there’s really no telling if they made a difference, but they’re still super spiffy. πŸ™‚

So all of that actually came about because I had ordered myself a new pair of Zensah compression calf sleeves (like I said, my compression socks are really old, and I’ve had to cut the toes off of both pairs that I have because they make my toes uncomfortable, so I figured sleeves were the way to go. πŸ˜‰ ) and a sports bra at some point last week, I think? The only problem with that is that Zensah’s warehouse is located in southern Florida so they had to close up shop and evacuate because of hurricane Irma, so I guess they’re not entirely sure when they’ll be able to ship out anything. And like, obviously that’s totally understandable and I don’t mind waiting, but Luke is not a patient person and apparently that applies to me as well, and that’s how I ended up with even more compression gear hahahahaha.

 

 

So like, I know compression gear is one of those things that some people absolutely swear by and other people just think is a placebo kinda thing, but it’s always seemed to work for me so I’m just gonna roll with it! πŸ™‚

Whew, alrighty then! Last on my agenda of this to talk about today is our newest furry friend! Everyone, meet Alfred!

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So kind of on a whim I guess, Luke decided that our other ferret, Bruce, needed a friend. So he went and got him one last night. Hahaha if you haven’t noticed, once Luke sets his mind on something he just goes and does it. And that’s how we ended up with another ferret. It’s really funny because everyone thinks all of the animals were my idea (because I’m the huge animal lover who was raised on a farm), but aside from the cats and Lily, Luke’s the one who went out and got the rest of them haha. I mean, I’m not complaining though. πŸ˜‰

At first we were both a little wary about introducing them to each other. Luckily we have two ferret cages so if it didn’t go well we could have kept them separate, but it looks like that’s not going to be a problem. They pretty much liked each other right off the bat and are already becoming fast friends. So I guess Luke was right, getting Bruce a friend was a good idea. And I mean, what good is Bruce Wayne without Alfred Pennyworth? πŸ˜‰

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Okey dokey then! That’s all I’ve got to talk about for today! I’ve been doing a terrible job at keeping up with everyone lately, so what’s going on with you? Are you excited about fall? Any up coming races, spiffy new gear, new furry friends,new PR’s, or are you sidelined with an injury as well?

Anyways, I hope everyone has a happy Friday eve, a great Friday tomorrow, and an even better weekend!

~Ashley

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I Suck At Sleeping, Apparently

Alright, I probably don’tΒ actuallyΒ suck at sleeping, but the past couple of nights I just haven’t slept well and it kinda sucks. I’m thinking maybe I shouldn’t have just jumped right back into my training scheduled after skipping a long run and then taking a week off for an injury (ok, I know I shouldn’t have done it, but I’m stubborn), but what’s done is done and I’m pretty sure my body is pissed at me haha. Meh, I also think I’ll be fine in a few days. Garmin told me that it was going to take me 4 days to recover from my long run last Sunday and I’m beginning to think that wasn’t an over exaggeration.

 

So, I literally did nothing but sit on my couch yesterday. I got a lot of reading done though (I’ve got about 8 thousand books that I need to read but just haven’t gotten around to yet), so go me!! Aaand after waking up tired again this morning and looking at my sleep chart, I’ve decided that another day off from running is probably a good idea. So, after I’m done with this post I’m probably going to go do some yoga and stretching and foam rolling. Thanks to the ice bath I took on Sunday after my 9 miler, my legs actually feel really good! But it’s probably still a good idea to give them some more TLC. πŸ™‚

Also, just a quick shout out to the person on Instagram who commented about how much worse their night of sleep was. Gosh I hate “one uppers”. That is literally one of my biggest pet peeves. Like, just because you had it worse doesn’t mean someone else isn’t entitled to complain about something going on with them. That shit drives me crazy. And so does unsolicited advise, which is also something I got on Instagram today, when someone else told me that my sleep chart actually looks normal. Like, no dude, that’s totally not normal for me and since you don’t know me there’s a good chance that you wouldn’t know that, and therefore you’re “helpful” comment just irritated me. I know I probably shouldn’t get so worked up over stuff like that, but it’s just sooo annoying. I very much believe that unless someone is explicitly asking for your advice, you shouldn’t just go around handing it out, because in most situations there is probably a good chance that you don’t know 100% what’s going on with the other person. And one uppers are just super obnoxious…

(Haha I was so annoyed that I posted a very unsuccessful rant on vidme. Finn makes a guest apperance. It’s great. πŸ˜‰ ).

Oh and I’m pretty sure the meter man opened the gate to my backyard because the dogs were barking at him while he was in the easement. I made them come in once they started doing it, but once he made his way across the street to one of the neighbor’s yards, I let them back out (what can I say, they like being outside). Well seconds later I see Finn, Dean, and Ace running across my front yard, so I called them back inside (luckily they’re all trained well and come the second they’re called). So I checked the gate and it was wide open and pushed inwards. 1. The dogs have never opened that gate before. 2. Even if they did I feel like it should have been pushed outward and probably not opened all the way. And 3. I know for a fact it was shut before hand, because the dogs had been in the yard all morning. So I’m pretty sure he opened it…Jokes on him though, because they went running after him when I let them back out haha. Luckily though I noticed them before anything bad could happen.

Anyways, aside from my not-so-great night of sleep and annoying people, I’m actually in a pretty good mood today! It’s beautiful out, the temperature is starting to go down a little bit, and you can just barely feel little hints of fall in the air. It’s great!! I’ve been telling Luke that I think it’s going to be a short summer and so far it’s definitely looking that way! Later this week the and over the weekend the highs are supposed to go back up into the mid/high 80’s but then after that it drops to the mid/low 70’s. Haha I sure hope that happens, and then that trend continues and that fall gets here fast! I’m so over summer and am very ready for fall running!!

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Plus my knee (the reason I had to take a week off) is feeling much better! I was worried about how it was going to hold up during my long run on Sunday, but it did very well! There was a little bit of pain in the beginning but around mile 4 it started feeling much better and by the time I had finished it actually didn’t hurt at all! Yay! Now hopefully it will just stay fine because I’m not entirely sure what I did to hurt it in the first place haha.

But anyways, that is all I’ve got for today so I’m off to do some yoga! Happy Tuesday!

~Ashley πŸ™‚

 

 

Weekly Recap: August 21st-27th, 2017

Monday:Β 

  • 1.8 miles

The weather was insane on Monday!! Haha I woke up to a rainbow but no rain (at that point), then a whole bunch of rain while it was still kinda sunny out, then the sun came and it stopped raining, which is when I went out for my run. But a crazy thunderstorm with some pretty intense lighting developed right on top of me so I high tailed it home before I even hit two miles haha. Oh well, my knee/leg still hurt so a super short run was probably a good thing. Oh and lets not forget that the Great American Eclipse happened Monday afternoon. That was pretty awesome. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Tuesday:

  • Intervals
  • 25 minutes of blogilates
  • 20 minutes on my stationary bike
  • 10 minutes of foam rolling

Haha I didn’t really realize how much I did on Tuesday until I typed it all out. Started my day with a mile warm up followed by two miles of interval work. My leg hurt for the first few minutes but it eventually worked itself out for the most part. Haha I probably should have taken it easy, but I really wanted to go a little bit harder. Oh well, for the most part my leg felt alright. After my run I did some blogilates, then in the evening I spent some time on my stationary bike then foam rolled a bit. I really need to make that more of a habit. I don’t do it nearly enough…

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Wednesday:Β 

  • rest day

My leg was actually feeling pretty good on Wednesday, but after all the work I put in the day before I didn’t want to push it too far, so I skipped my easy run and walked the dogs did some yoga and iced my knee instead. Haha that was probably a good idea anyway, I was pretty darn tired on Wednesday, so I probably needed the day off from running. πŸ™‚

Thursday:

  • 1 easy mile

Probably maybe should have taken another rest day and given my leg as much rest as possible, but I needed to do something so I did haha.

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Friday:

  • Intervals

Did a mile warm up followed by 3 miles of intervals. And some of those intervals were pretty hard too! At least until it really warmed up outside haha. I’m a huge wimp in the heat… Anyways, this run was simultaneously one of the most fun/most awful runs I’ve ever experienced. Running is the only thing I’ve ever done where I can experience that kind of feeling. πŸ˜‰

So according to my fancy Fenix 5, I improved both my VO2 max and my anaerobic fitness. I sure hope that’s actually accurate! I suppose we’ll find out at the end of this training cycle though. Oh man after I got done with this run I was crazy tired and got absolutely nothing done for the rest of the day haha.

 

Saturday:

  • Rest day
  • 10 minutes of stretching/foam rolling

Was supposed to do my log run on Saturday, but I had trouble falling asleep the night before and I knew it just wasn’t gonna happen. So I took a rest day, worked on hydrating, eating well, and I even did a little bit of stretching. πŸ™‚

Sunday:

  • 9 miles

Oh man, I really didn’t think this run was gonna happen today. Yet again I didn’t sleep very well so I woke up late, and I seriously considered skipping my long run. Again…But obviously I came to my senses and got a run done! The plan was to do 10 miles, but I honestly didn’t even think I was going to make it to 5, so I’m still pretty darn proud of what I accomplished even though I was a mile short. πŸ˜‰ My run was fueled by Honey Stinger, punk rock (I listened to a lot of Rancid and Green Day haha), and pure stubbornness. Once I got out there I knew I had more than 5 miles in me and there was no way I could go 3 weeks in a row without a long run. Anyways, I even took an “ice bath” (I didn’t have any ice so it was just a super cold bath, it was still just has miserable though haha) afterwards. My legs always seem to recover faster after an ice bath, so I guess they are really worth the torture. πŸ˜‰ Anyways, at some point I’m gonna stretch and foam roll and hopefully me legs wont feel too bad tomorrow.

Total Weekly Mileage: 18.93

Not bad!!Β After two not so great weeks I feel like I’m finally back into the swing of things! My knee seems to be getting batter! It held up very well on my long run and it seemed to get better the farther I went. πŸ™‚ So hopefully I’ll finally be done with that and that I’ll be able to stay healthy until November haha.

Happy Sunday everyone!

~Ashley

 

 

I Am The Happiest Of Campers

Oh man you guys! Green Day was absolutely amazing last night!!! It was a fucking awesome show, the crowd was amazing, and it was an all around great experience! It looked like the band was having just as much fun as the crowd was! And right after the show, Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day’s frontman) got onto Facebook live and talked about how awesome the concert was, how much fun they had, and how great this tour has been. That was pretty awesome!!

 

Anyway, I’m exhausted emotionally and physically (haha sometimes I forget how much I can relate to some of their songs and how emotionally invested into their music I am.), I feel like I’m hungover even though I didn’t have anything to drink, but I’m still currently riding the high from last night! Haha I feel like those post concert blues are going to hit me at some point. They’re very similar to post race blues, actually. πŸ˜‰ But for now I’m the happiest, physically/mentally battered person you’ll ever meet. Haha I guess that’s pretty similar to finishing a hard race as well!


That’s all I’ve got for now. I’m going to go threw the photos I took, look for better photos on the internet, find the set list from last night (at this point I could tell you want songs they played, but not the exact order haha), gather my thoughts, rest, hydrate, shower, probably run, shower again, an THEN I’ll work on a full recap of the show.

We were kinda far away, so I didn’t get many good photos. But in all fairness, I wasn’t trying very hard haha.

Anyways, I hope your Friday was as amazing as mine was! I’m so happy right now! EVERYTHING IS GREEN DAY AND NOTHING HURTS!!! But if it wasn’t, smile, it’s Saturday! 😁

~ Ashley

Things I’ve Thought While Running

Yesterday Luke and I were talking about my half marathon training, weird encounters I’ve had with people/animals/terrifying drivers, and just all things running in general. I ended up making him laugh pretty hard about some of the things I’ve thought/said to myself while on the run, and once he calmed down a bit he told me I need to start writing this stuff down and sharing these thoughts with you guys, because some of this stuff is super funny! As it just so happens, I have actually written a bunch of this stuff down! I was just never sure that anyone would find it as amusing and entertaining as I do. Especially without any context (although some of these thoughts will have a little bit of context because they wouldn’t make any sense otherwise). But Luke sure did, so at his insistence, here is a sample of some of the things I’ve thought while running. πŸ™‚

(Just a side note; Luke’s not a runner himself and I don’t think he particular finds the subject very interesting to discuss. But he humors me by talking to me about it. The same way I humor him by talking to him about his softball stuff. I swear that is the key to a happy, healthy relationship. πŸ˜‰ )

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  • *Sees a guy loading a Ford Falcon onto a trailer and stops to admire the car* “Dude, sweet car!!! I wonder if he’s noticed me standing here. He probably thinks I’m a creeper…I should probably continue on my way now.”
  • “Fuck this hill and whoever decided to build a road on it!”
  • “Is it weird that I enjoy running through the really old, slightly creepy town cemetery? Probably.”
  • “Headbanging and running do not mix.”
  • “This guy is giving off some hardcore creeper vibes. Better smile and say hi to him.”
  • *Getting slightly nervous because it’s getting super dark even though I’m almost done with my run and close to home* *Sees a nice looking couple out for a walk* “That man is definitely carryingΒ at least one loaded firearm on him right now. There’s no way he’s not. Now I know who to go find if shady shit goes down.”
  • *Smiles and waves at every police officer I see* “I feel like it’s good to be on friendly terms with the cops in town. Even if they don’tΒ actually know me, they’ll probably recognize me as the friendly neighborhood runner if I ever need them.”
  • “Was that a fellow runner?! It had to be! Only a runner would wear shorts that bright and obnoxiously colored.”
  • “My bright teal shoes definitely match with my even brighter orange shorts. I am so good at matching colors.”
  • “Cows!!!!”
  • “I wounder if the farmer knows I run down here just to look at his cows.”
  • “I don’t like the way that cow is looking at me right now.”
  • “Maybe I shouldn’t be singing along to Hollywood Undead while running past a park full of children.”
  • “Did I put on moister wicking socks? Because these socks don’t feel like they’re doing any moister wicking.”
  • “Fartlek fartlek fartlek fartlek….” (all sung to myself in a weird voice)
  • “Running fucking sucks. Why did I get myself into this?”
  • “I wonder if people around here recognize me as the crazy person who’s always out running. I sure hope so.”

There’s a lot more where these came from so I’m thinking this is going to become a series here on therunningrebel.com. πŸ™‚ I’ll probably try to write a post like this around the end of every month, so keep any eye out for that!

I sure hope you enjoyed these weird, random thoughts of mine!! What are some things you’ve thought to yourself while running? I wanna know!!

~Ashley

 

Half Marathon Training Day 2Β 

I started off half marathon training with a rest day! Yay hahaha! I like it when training plans start off with a rest day. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, today was the first actual run of half marathon training! Unfortunately it wasn’t as exciting as it sounds, and it didn’t go well at all…

First and foremost, because I was just sick. And even though I feel a lot better, I probably still have/am recovering from the flu. So I didn’t actually feel sick while attempting to get my run done, but my legs just absolutely did not want to move. Like, they weren’t really sore or heavy or tired, I just couldn’t get them moving. So what was supposed to be an easy 35 minute run turned into a mile.

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But that’s not the only reason that my short little run sucked. A combination of being sick and drinking copious amounts of orange juice a few days ago has made me develop a canker sore. Yesterday I accidentally bit that canker sore a few times and I think I might have bitbit a few more times in my sleep last night. Well because of that my lip is crazy swollen and uncomfortable. It seriously looks like I got punched in the mouth, and now eating and drinking is hard…

 

And like I said, I think I might have bit it a few times in my sleep and I think that might be part of the reason why I slept like shit last night. It was pretty bad. But after my shortened run and a quick shower, I went back to bed and managed to get two ish hours of much better sleep. That was really nice. πŸ™‚

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After my little “nap” (if you can call two more hours of sleep after 40 ish minutes of being away a nap haha) I got a few chores done and then did 30 minutes of yoga. I’m hoping that helped loosen up my legs a little bit and that tomorrows run will go a little bit better.

Now that that’s done I’m roasting some veggies for lunch! I figure if I make a point to start out this training cycle with good nutrition (like I should be doing anyway πŸ˜‰ ), I’ll stick with it through the harder/longer runs when I’m more likely to give into treats and what not.

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This is actually a photo of my lunch from yesterday, but I’m making the same thing. πŸ™‚Β 

Anyway, that’s all for today I suppose! Hopefully tomorrow’s workout will go better for me! πŸ™‚

Happy Monday everyone!

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~Ashley

Florida Vacation: Day 2

We were gone until 10:30 pm last night, so I didn’t have a chance to write out a blog post about what we did yesterday, so there may be two Florida vacation recaps today. πŸ˜„

Anyway, before we did anything yesterday I got a very hot, very sweaty, and very slow 5k done. πŸ˜„

On Sunday my sister in law gave me one of those virtual 5k packet thingys. Apparently she’s subscribed to FlexItPink and gets a new virtual race every month, but they had sent her 2 of the same one, so she gave one to me! 

Not gonna lie, I’m not into the whole virtual race thing. I mean, if I’m gonna pay for a race, I want to get the whole race day deal, ya know? Closed course, water stations, other runners, and actual finish line, and all of that good stuff. Haha I’m actually not trying to diss virtual races or anything like that though. If you enjoy them that’s cool! It’s just not my thing…. Anyway, I figured I might as well “participate” in this virtual thingy since my sister in law was kind enough to give it to me. Plus it was kinda nice to have a little bit of extra motivation to get out the door and do a 5k in this crazy hot, crazy humid Florida weather. πŸ˜„

So yeah, I’m pretty sure this ended up being the slowest 5k that I’ve ever done in my life.  It took me almost 45 minutes to get it done. But the weather was just killer today. It was 77 degrees with 94% humidity when I started and it only got hotter as time went on. But I did it and that’s all that matters! πŸ˜„ And the views were really nice, so that was a plus! 

After my run I showered ate, and then basically just waited for everyone else to wake up so we could start our day. The plan for yesterday was to go to the beach, so I was very excited about that. 

Luke got up around 8:40 am, so at least I had someone to hang out with at that point haha. Everyone else started getting up and moving around 9:30-10 ish. Haha all of these super late mornings are kinda driving me crazy. I’m used to getting up at starting my day around 7 am (or earlier if I’m running that day), so sitting around and doing nothing all morning is kinda weird for me. 

Anyway, around 11 am Luke’s mom had to run to Walgreens and once she got back we all got packed up, slathered in sun screen (haha Luke and I don’t want to burn before we get tattooed), and ready, and packed. That was a whole ordeal. But we were finally on our way to the beach at 2 pm. 

But then we got stuck in traffic…What should have been a two hour car ride ended up being a 3 hour car ride. But we did finally make it to the beach! 

Unfortunately this beach trip didn’t exactly go well. Everyone was moody after being in that damn bus again (I mean we spent 20 hours on it just a few days ago), there was trash everywhere, the water in the swimming area was only waist high, and there weren’t really any waves to play in. When we were told we were going to a beach we thought that meant something like cocoa beach or clear water beach where you’re actually put in the ocean. This beach was in a man made cove and it was no fun…

Anyway we all stood in the water for maybe 30-40 minutes, then we sat on shore for a while, packed up the bus, and spent waaay to much time trying to get food, gas, and then back to the house. Haha yesterday wasn’t exactly fun, but at least I ran. πŸ˜€


Hopefully today will go a little better, but so far I’m not sure. It’s 9:40 am and people are just starting to get up. Oh well, I guess we shall see. 

Happy Independence Day! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

~Ashley