Thursday, January 31, 2008

Arts and Crafts with Kara and Ashely

Hi, there. I’m Ashely. Neon colors, puffy paint and a plethora of pictures. Tomorrow on “Arts and Crafts with Kara and Ashely” we’ll celebrate memories when we create a bulletin board out of everyday items like paper and glue. You can make one, too, in just 24 simple steps.

Also, we’ll dive into die-cutting using a star pattern that’s sure to be out of this world.

Oops – that one was a little too close. Ha, ha, ha.

So, join Kara and I and our special quests, Mr. Malpass’ class from Room 205, as we explore innovative ways of capturing your announcements and activities while incorporating our love for paper and design.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Can I have some ketchup?

There's this one guy that works at the Chick-fil-a near my office that drives me berzerk! He normally is in the drive thru and I'll say "Can I have some ketchup?" And it never fails. He always gives one packet. Yea, thanks buddy. One packet is really going to do me some good. Maybe I should start saying "Can I have five packets of ketchup?"

Sunday, January 27, 2008

"We Put the Nuts in Doughnuts" ~ Chad

Krispy Kreme Challenge, January 26, 2008

THE CHALLENGERS: Chad, Heather, Justin, Mark, Lori, Ashely and Brantley

1. Run two miles from the NCSU Bell Tower to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

2. Eat one dozen doughnuts (12 Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Doughnuts).

If you're interested, that's 2400 calories, 1200 fat calories, 144g of fat, 36g of saturated fat, 60mg of Cholesterol, 1140mg of sodium, 120g of sugar and 24g of protein.
*The girl's did the casual runner category where you could eat as many or as little doughnuts as you wanted. Heather and Ashely had one. Lori had two.

3. Run two miles back to the Bell Tower.
4. Do all of this in under one hour.
Some were victorious!

Some were not.

Friday, January 25, 2008

A Word to the Wise

Here is my lesson learned for today.

1. Do not talk about others (even if it is just joking). In particular, do not suggest Celebrity Death Match-esque battles between your co-workers and your Client's co-workers.

2. If you must talk about others, do it verbally versus via email.

3. If you must talk about others and it must be via email, do not copy your Client. They might not find the Celebrity Death Match-esque idea funny.

4. If you must talk about others and it must be via email and you do, in fact, copy your Client, be prepared to feel totally embarrassed, have an apology ready and make sure to instate damage control.

Lesson Learned: No more funny business via email!

I think I have a problem….

For the past two nights, I have left my computer at work. It’s been a very difficult thing to do. I leave the building feeling agitated, anxious, fatigued and feeling as if I should go back inside and grab my computer and rush it home with me. I feel as though I’m going to get home and need to do something and not have my computer with me and that really stresses me out. I did research and a lot of these symptoms are signs of crack withdrawal. Has my computer become my drug of choice? Has it become a necessity? Does it control me and not the other way around?

On the flip side, I did read five chapters of The King of Torts and watched 3:10 to Yuma. All of which would not have probably happened if I had taken my computer home. Maybe I should leave it at work more often. Hmmmm…..

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Go Green!

My friends Sonya and Thayer have moved to Portland where shopping without reusable bags will result in extradition from the city. Recently, when they were in town, we discussed the reusable bag and how easy it is to bring your own bags to the local grocery and do something good for the environment at the same time. I decided that using my own shopping bags instead of plastic ones was going to be a mini-goal for 2008.

So, imagine how excited I was today to hear that Whole Foods was giving away free reusable shopping bags today as part of their BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) campaign! Plastic bags will no longer be available after April 2008 in the store. Unfortunately, I arrived after the promotion ended, but still bought two cute bags for $4. Super cheap and super great for the environment! Yea! Go Green!

Monday, January 21, 2008


Sunday night, some of us Colonial kids attended Anthem at Apex Baptist Church. It was a super awesome praise and worship good time where we just lifted our voices to God in praise. I've spent some time thinking about the word anthem and what it means. When I looked it up online, the first definition I came across defined anthem as being a song of devotion or loyalty. I pray that the song of my life is just that - actions, thoughts and words of pure devotion and loyalty to God and that I embrace the words of the anthems that I sing not only with my lips, but with my whole being.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord
All the earth
Make a joyful noise to the Lord
All the earth

The flowers of the field
Are cry'n to be heard
The trees of the forest
Are singing
And all of the mountains
With one voice
Are joining the chorus of this world

And I will not be silent
I will not be quiet anymore

Running through the forest
Dive into the lake
Bare feet on beaches white
Standing in the canyon
Painted hills around
The wind against my skin

Every ocean
Every sea
Every river
Every stream
Every mountain
Every tree
Every blade of grass will sing
~David Crowder Band

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Grains of Sense: Weekend Edition

What I learned this weekend:

1. The Duchess no longer reigns supreme as having the best hair in the ACC.

He was over-thrown by Bambale Osby.

2. Not every day is a happy day for the Tar Heels.

3. Snowfall allows one to wear super unattractive footwear around town and get away with it!

4. One should always be on the lookout for photo bandits that run loose and ruin a perfectly good picture.

Friday, January 18, 2008


A co-worker of mine was in a heated conversation with his college aged daughter as she had gone over her text message limit for the month. He said “All you wrote was b-r-b and I have to pay $30 extra dollars a month!?!?!” I love that he actually said brb! LOL!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hi Ya'll!

Welcome to my blog!

I’ve spent the past few weeks telling people I wanted to start a blog and pondering what to write in my first post. After much debate and coming to the realization that it is in fact a new year and we’re off to a fresh start, I’ve decided to share with you my goals for 2008. Goals? That’s right, goals. Some say it’s my way out of being held accountable as they are not resolutions. I say resolutions set you up for failure and that just ain't good for the soul.

So, grab a glass of sweet tea, check out my bio for more info and stop by often to see what I’m hollerin’ at ya! I think it’s going to be a great year and we’ll revisit this post in January ’09 to see if I am right!

Without further ado, here are my goals for 2008 (in no particular order):

1. I need to be more conscientious of my spending. I make plenty of money yet I never seem to have plenty of money. I’m not sure where it all goes, but I have a feeling the managers of Sushi Blues might.
My goal: To review my budget/spending each month and make a good effort to adhere to it. So long, Spicy Tuna!

2. My teeth are slowly rotting out of my head. It is hard for me to talk about as I am terrified of looking like Jethro’s sister. My driver’s license picture already looks like the most wanted poster of a woman on the run from embezzling money at the local Piggly Wiggly.
My goal: Make Dr. Bolus proud and stop drinking soft drinks! (There will be a memorial service for the Pepsi-Cola.)

3. We got a BOGO!
My goal: Start that blog I keep saying I’m going to start. Start my bucket list. WHOOT! WHOOT! Half a check mark here!

4. To build on the farewell of the Spicy Tuna.
My goal: To cook dinner more often and eat out lunch only once a work week.

5. NEW YORK CITY! Wait - been there, done that.
My goal: Visit one new place in these here United States.

6. I can’t find my…..
My goal: Clean out my closet! And by clean, I mean organize, straighten, and be able to find stuff when I need it. Maybe if I do that, I’ll find Scott who mysteriously disappeared two years ago after he said he was going to call. Hasn’t been seen since.

7. Get into the Word. I am a Christian and my personal time with God is important to me. However, I never seem to have enough time. How can you grow a relationship if you don’t spend time with someone?
My goal: To be more committed to my daily personal time and my personal bible study.

8. So, home girl needs some guns.
My goal: Hit the gym at least two times a week. Hey, Atlanta wasn’t built in a day! Baby steps ya’ll!

9. Music begins to play (Chariots of Fire).
My goal: In 2006, I ran my first marathon. Two years later, I’m itching to do another. Those happy exercise endorphins are like crack or something.

10. I like to read chick lit and Grisham books. Maybe I can educated myself with some of them there smart people stories.
My goal: To read two classics that I haven’t read before.