Saturday, March 27, 2010

My Name Is Memory

I decided I wanted to check my e-mail, So I picked up my computer. To my boyfriend that means I'll be on the computer for hours (I think he knows me better than I know myself) so he decided to play his modern warfare on his xbox. Now me being the loving girlfriend that I am didn't want to prove him wrong... so I decided to stay on my computer for hours. :) So what does a book worm do when she has to waste a couple hours on the internet, she book searches on Barnes and Noble!! Through many book and author searches I happened to come across Ann Brashare's new book (coming out in June) called My Name Is Memory. It reminds me of one of my favorite books, Reincarnation. I'm so excited for it to be released! I'll paste the synopsis below, along with an excerpt and the link to her web page. 

Synopsis: Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory", the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short. 

Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel's unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now "Lucy" in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together. 

A magical, suspenseful, heartbreaking story of true love, My Name is Memory proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be.

Well. It's a strange thing," I explained. "With each birth your body starts out fresh and mostly blank, but then you print yourself on it over time. You hold onto old experiences: injuries, injustices, and great love affairs, too." I glanced up at Sophia. "And you hold them in your joints and your organs and wear them on your skin."
"You do." She was giving me that same look of indulgence, but it was less confident.
"We all do."
"Because we live again and again?"
"Most of us."
"Not all of us?" Her indulgence showed more signs of genuinely wanting to know.
"Some live only once. Some a very few times. And some just go on and on and on."
I put my head back on my pillow. "That is hard to explain. I'm not sure I really know."
"And you?"
"I've lived many times."
"And you remember them?"
"Yes. That's where I'm different than most people."
"I'll say. And what about me?" She looked like she wasn't going to believe the answer, but slightly feared it anyway.
"You've also lived many times. But your memory is just average."
"Clearly." She laughed. "Have you known me for all of them?"
"I've tried. But no, not all."
"And why can't I remember?"
"You can more than you think. Those memories are in there somewhere. You act on them in ways you don't realized. They determine how you respond to people, the things you love and the things you fear. A lot of our irrational behavior would look more rational if you could see it in the context of your whole long life."
It was amazing the things I was will to tell her if she was willing to listen, and she was. I touched the hem of her sleeve. "I know enough about you to know you love horses and you probably dream about them. You probably dream of the desert sometimes and maybe taking a bath outdoors. Your nightmares are usually about fire. You have problems with your voice and your throat sometimes--that was always your weak spot . . ."
Her face was rapt. "Why?"
"You were strangled a long time ago."
Her alarm was a mix of real and pretend. "By whom?"
"Your husband."
"Awful. Why did I marry him?"
"You didn't have a choice."
"And you knew this man?"
"He was my brother."
"Long dead, I hope."
"Yes, but bearing a grudge through history, I fear."
I could see by her face, she was trying to figure out where to put all of this. "Are you a psychic?" she asked.
I smiled and shook my head. "Although most psychics, if they are any good, do have some memory of old lives. And so do most of the people we consider insane. An asylum is about the densest concentration of people with partial memory you will ever find. They get flashes and visions, but usually not in the right order."
She looked at me sympathetically, wondering if that's where I belonged. "Is that what you do?"
"No. I remember everything."

Friday, March 26, 2010


I added a new page to my blog. :) It's a page of some of my favorite quotes. Right now it's all movie quotes but I hope to add some from books and poems and things as the page grows. 

Mobile Posting

First posting from my cell phone!! :)

Ashley Joke of the Week

In a high school civics class, they were discussing the qualifications for becoming President of the United States. The requirements are pretty simple. The candidate must be a natural born citizen and at least 35 years old.
A blonde girl in the class piped up and began complaining about how unfair it was to require the candidate to be a natural born citizen. In her opinion, that made it impossible for many qualified people to run for the office. She went on and on, wrapping up her argument with "What makes a natural born citizen more qualified to be President than one born by C-Section?"

*These Jokes are in no way meant to offend Ashley Hogarth :), She did not actually do these things, they are just Ashley jokes because she is blonde. 

The Luxe, Rumors, Envy and Splendor

      If you are looking for a good series to read you should look into the Luxe books. There are four books in the series and they are wonderful. They are about 4 girls living in New York in the early 20th century. Love, scandal, status, and greed. They are great!

Sneak Peak of Taking the Stage Episode 10

Vladmire Kush

One of my favorite paintings by my favorite artist. Surrealism at its finest. 

Puppy see, Puppy do

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


This week is just one of those gloomy mucky weeks where you just don't want to leave your house. All you need are comfy pjs, a good book and a boyfriend to cuddle with. I've been incredibly lazy this week, didn't go to work, in my defense I was sick, and I skipped ballet twice. Fail! This week has just been one of those weeks where I don't want to do anything productive. Luckily the rest of my day should be very relaxing, choir, walmart to pick up prescriptions, reading a good book, cuddling up to Chris. Sounds pretty awesome. Off to choir so I'm not late. :) 

Friday, March 12, 2010


I love my boyfriend so much! I didn't even realize I could love someone this much. It's so amazing. I just want to be with him all the time. I don't even care if we're on the phone not saying a word, because I can hear him breathe and I just feel safe. When I see him, I feel like a little 12 year old with butterflies in my stomach. I can't believe that I found the one I want to spend the rest of my life with, but if you think about it, it is so obvious. We actually met 2 years ago, while we were both fighting with your current significant others. Then we both happen to (re)meet only weeks after we both became single again. We both just happened to be at the same party. I knew right when I saw him that he was special. It was really funny actually, I didn't want to start a conversation with him because I didn't want to embarrass myself in anyway, but every time he would ask me a question, a little glimmer of hope flickered in me. yup I'm a dork. Anyway, I couldn't be happier now, everything about him is amazing. I love my life right now, and it's all because of him. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Medium Mocha, Please

I thought that since I can't actually have a caribou coffee right now
an image of a cup would at least make me a little less tired... I was 
wrong. At least it was worth a try.... hmm... now I just want one more, 
bad plan. 

I'm Calling it an Ashley Joke

A man was in his front yard mowing grass when his attractive blonde neighbor came out of the house and went straight to the mailbox. She opened it then slammed it shut and stormed back into the house. A little later she came out of her house again, went to the mailbox and again opened it, and slammed it shut again. Angrily, back into the house she went.

As the man was getting ready to edge the lawn, she came out again, marched to the mailbox, opened it and then slammed it closed harder than ever.

Puzzled by her actions the man asked her, “Is something wrong?”

To which she replied, “There certainly is!”

My stupid computer keeps saying, “You’ve got mail!”

School Worksheet Fail

Submitted by Samantha R.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Security Blanket

You only live once right, so you should try and accomplish all of your dreams while you're here right? Why is it not that easy? Why do people second guess themselves? Why is jumping into the pool so much harder than slowly walking...?


Off to work... I hate Tuesdays!


Poor Kid!

Beauty and The Beast Tour

Have tickets and so excited to go!!!!!!!!!!

The New Phantom

Ramin Karimloo sings 'Till I Hear you Sing' from Andrew Lloyd Weber's newest production Love Never Dies, the sequel to phantom. I hope I get to see it someday, anyway the song is amazing.


I don't want to go to work. Not that this is unusual for me, I never want to go to work, but this week is different. I would much rather come home and spend time with that boyfriend of mine that I'm not going to get to see much of next week. :( But no, instead I have to go wonder around the store for 3 and a half hours, trying to find something to do... not fun. Plus...I'm tired.

I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing

Favorite song from my favorite movie!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Sneak Peak

Next weeks sneak peak for My LIfe Is Liz, airing next Monday. I'm so excited!

My Life As Liz

My Life as Liz, Monday nights at 9:30 pm on MTV!
Watch it! It's my favorite show of the moment. Bryson
and Liz! Woot! I'm watching this weeks episode now,
it never disappoints, which is weird for an MTV show.
Until next time, or like 5 minutes which seems to be
the pattern for the evening. :)

A Riddle

A lady shoots her husband.
She then holds him underwater for over 5 minutes.
At last, she hangs him.
But five minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together.
How is this possible??

This is what I did this past Sunday. Buffalo Wild Wings, Caribou and dozens and dozens of pictures, with Laura, Kayla, Chris and Joe. It was a blast, Can't wait to do it again!!! Chris and I will have to do it when he comes to visit next Thursday in Minneapolis. So excited!


Awww!!! I'm so excited Perchance to Dream the next book in the Theatre Illuminata by Lisa Mantchev comes out on May 25th and the cover was recently released. So excited!!! If you haven't read the first one, Eyes Like Stars, do it. :) Not to be demanding or anything though. Laters!

Avoiding Homework

Facebook is ridiculously addicting. I have one paper out of 3 finished it's 9 o'clock and I've been working since 7...problem!Chris is sitting next to me playing Modern Warfare 2, probably thinking i'm actually doing my paper because i'm typing so much. muhaha he would be so wrong. Things are pretty great in my life right now. Chris and I are 2 and a half months into this relationship and I don't think i could be any happier. It's just so easy to be with him. I never thought i'd be lucky enough to meet someone who I just work so well with. I had pretty much given up. It's so funny to think about how much things have changed since we met, Halloween. Which just happened to be my most recent X-boyfriends birthday. I just think that's funny. I wonder how long it will be before he even realizes i have this blog. I've had it for months I just hadn't used it yet. I can't think of anything else that's really new. I don't know how I feel about auditioning for the musical theatre program here, I just don't know if this program is for me. I don't know we'll see how things go over the next couple of months. I just am sick of cocky people who brag about how talented they are all the time, and then when they have time to show it they choke, and suck. There is way to much of that in this department. English majors don't suck. :)