29 June 2012

Thursday Music

I'm not going to talk about anything serious today. I'm not. Because if I did, I'd end up using a long string of bad words directed toward the government, and I just don't have it in me today.

* Sigh *

Bob Dylan - 'Lay Lady Lay'

Bob Marley and the Wailers - 'It's Alright'

I can't tell you how much I love Bob Marley. Unfortunately, Reggae absolutely destroys my ability to concentrate on anything other than the music. It's the only stuff I can't multi-task to.

And, you know, I think that's kind of the point.

Airborne Toxic Event - 'All I Ever Wanted'

I've recently developed a very strong affinity for this song.

I can tell you that you're
All I've ever wanted, dear
Through the din of your breathing
While you're sleeping here
You wake and you ask me
If I'm gonna be here 
Forever, forever, forever

Your face so twisted
And your eyes alight
I wanna tell you I can change you
When you cry at night

But I'd be lying

Sometimes . . . sometimes all you've ever wanted isn't something that's any good for you to have. And that's when you've got to be strong and walk away.

The Limousines - 'Very Busy People'

ADULT CONTENT ALERT! Ahem. So, I hope you read this before you turn it on in front of young children or those sensitive to . . . well . . . those sensitive. The worst of it is over by 1:06, though, if you want to skip through.

Tegan and Sara - 'My Number'

This is one of those songs that makes my mother look at me sideways and ask, "Where do you find your music?"

Love always,
Ashley Irene

14 June 2012

if i had studied psychology, maybe i could explain this.

The human mind is a strange thing.

I went hiking yesterday. And not just normal hiking, but fully-loaded-giant-backpack hiking. Just to see if I could make it.

(I didn't really doubt I could, since I'm in pretty good shape. But I figured there was no reason not to do it . . . etc.)

About 1/3 of the way through my hike, just after the time of the day when one sits in the shade and changes one's socks and partakes of protein bars and tasty little salty snack-packs and re-applies one's sunscreen (also commonly known as 'lunch'), I came to a hill.

And when I say hill, I don't mean a little slight incline like the kind you'd have to use a parking brake with in a car. I mean, like:
This is obviously not the hill I'm talking about. This is a picture I found on the internet for demonstrative purposes.
And I was like, Ah, CRAP.

The integrity of my photocopied topographical map was obviously compromised. Not all of the little lines had carried over. I checked the original once I got home and there they were in all their glory showing the horror that was this hill. But I hadn't used the original when planning my route.

So I was like, Ah, CRAP. That is a really steep hill.

This is were the strangeness of the mind comes in and gets all screwy with us.

If I came across a hill like that walking around the city on a normal day, I would say, Screw this. I'm going home. I wouldn't do it. Too steep, too long, too hot outside for this kind of nonsense. Gonna go home and do laundry instead.

But not yesterday. No, yesterday, laden with a pack that probably weighed almost as much as my nine-year-old brother, in ninety-degree weather, I mounted that hill. With gusto. Very tired gusto, but gusto none the less.

It was rather exciting.

Love always,
Ashley Irene

P.S. - And I only got stuck in two trees yesterday. I think that's pretty good.

11 June 2012

Cool. Not Cool. Undecided. (because I'm only an inept blogger, not a willfully non-conformist one)


This 1990 Ensign article. (I know. I'm linking to lds.org. Woah.)




I still haven't been able to fix my bathtub. Grr.

And I think my arches are falling. The arches of my feet. Which means, since I spend most of every day up very actively on my feet in the same shoes, I'm going to have to get some kind of arch-supporting inserts. Because I have enough pain to deal with without adding pain that I could do something about. And I refuse to re-word that sentence so that it's grammatically correct.


My dad sent me a link to this video last week . . .

. . . and I can't decide if it's funny or just plain stupid. But the animation is cool.

Love always,
Ashley Irene