Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Randomness

So to start out the morning, I had a cup of coffee. Because if usually if I don’t have coffee, I don’t have a very good day. It just doesn’t work very well in my favor.
Interestingly enough, if you know that we’re Disney fans in this house, you’ll know why I used this particular mug. But as I was drinking out of it, I realized just how weird it would probably look to a random person just walking by or who just happened to see me drinking out of it.


So then we did school, of course. I had a couple of things I needed to get caught up on and I did just that.


When Mom came home from the post office, she brought home this:
thereyoullfindmeSMThis book hasn’t even come out yet, but Mom asked for a review copy of it, so we got it early. I can’t wait to read this and see what happens! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Jenny B. Jones. I can only HOPE to be anything like her as an author someday!

Then later, Mom and I dropped Gracie off at her orchestra practice and did a little bit of shopping. Because shopping is just a lot, lot, lot of fun! I got a pair of jeans. I think that’s it.


Then I came home and decided that before we ate supper, I was going to play my guitar. I haven’t been playing it much but the last two days I’ve played it. My fingers hurt because I haven’t played enough but it’s nice to get back into the swing of things.
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That’s my Monday.
And the rest of the week is going to be JUST as busy.


Friday, September 16, 2011

My Senior School Year

First, Mom and I worked on my blog template and made it something more 'me'. I love my new topper and my new template. Let me know what YOU think of it! :)


Next, I thought that I would post what curriculum I am using for my senior year of high school. We started a couple of weeks ago with school and I've been really liking my senior year, even though it's...well, um, hard?

  • I'm doing a Study of Proverbs for Bible.
    This particular study is really interesting and I love digging deeper into the Proverbs as they are one favorite books of the Bible.
  • Business Math
    I am not one of those 'math people', actually I hate math. But last year I did consumer math, and I'm ending my school years off with business. Something practical and easy to work with.
  • Anatomy
    I'm not a science person either. But when I was finished with my science credits in 10th grade, I decided to pick some fun science courses that I was actually going to like! I did Marine Biology last year (which rocked!) and this year I'm doing a study of the human body. Loving it so far too.
  • Greek
    I've tried to do a couple of different languages and have really disliked all of them. I prefer English. :) But I like Greek.
  • Lord of the Rings Study (all the books)
    I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this particular study because I don't really like fantasy books that much. But as soon as I started the book I was completely drawn in by it, and am loving the books! I am still in the first one but can't wait to see what's going to happen in the books to come!
  • Mystery of History: Volume 1
    We've already done this when I was in maybe 8th grade. But this time around, I'm doing the teaching (reading it to Gracie and myself). I love the way the book is set up and it's easy enough to understand that I don't sit in front of the book and go 'uh, what?'
  • Critical Thinking
    This is more of just an extra.
I'm actually kind-of sad that this is my last year of school because there is so much more to learn. I don't plan to go to college, but I will definitely try to keep educating myself.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Things On My Blog

I don't know if you noticed but I added pages at the top of my blog.

There's an About Me page, which pretty much speaks for itself. It's a little bit more about myself so that if you're just visiting my blog for the first time, you're not completely confused by me and my randomness.

There's also a page I called My Other Blogs.
I share two blogs with my best friend, Kylie. We have Ashen Sky Books and then we also have Beautiful in Christ.
Ashen Sky Books is where you can keep tabs on current writing projects that Kylie and I are working on.
Beautiful in Christ is a blog where we encourage teenage girls to stand up and follow Christ. We remind them how beautiful and valued they are by their Savior, the Lord, Jesus Christ.

The last page is called My Writing Projects.
I just redid this page this evening so if you have already checked it out, be sure to go back because I added a lot more and it's more detailed than it was earlier.
I have been a writer since I was about 10 years old but my writing has become more and more frequent in the last couple of years. I'm not great author but I do love to write as much as I possibly can.

Be sure to check out my new pages and let me know what you think of them! :)


Saturday, September 10, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge Day 10

Day 10: Your Special Someone

Like Katie - the girl who runs the 30 Days Blog Challenge - I do not know who my special someone is yet.
Someday I'll meet him and we'll fall in love and then we'll get married, but until then, I'm happy being single.

Friday, September 9, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge Day 9

Day 9: TV Shows

  1. Psych is my all-time favorite TV show. I can watch it anytime and never get bored with it.
  2. I also really enjoy watching Monk.
  3. Charlie's Angels
  4. Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries
  5. Full House

Thursday, September 8, 2011

30 Days Blog Challenge Day 8

Day 8: A Picture of Your Friends

*Kylie and me* – she’s my writing buddy and my best friend.

*Natalie, Sam and me*

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*Julia and me*

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

30 Days Blog Challenge Day 7

Day 7: Favorite Vacation



For some reason, my computer will not let me add any more photos, which really stinks. But I think you get the idea of what place I love more than anywhere else. LOL

30 Day Blog Challenge Day 6

Day 6: Movies:

Like Katie did, I am going to do it in categories so I don't just have to pick out a couple that I really love. :P

Favorite Chick Flick: Letters to Juliet or Leap Year
Favorite Disney Movie: Tangled
Favorite 80's Movie: Some Kind of Wonderful
Favorite 90's Movie: Mmm . . . I can't think of one that I really love.

30 Day Blog Challenge Day 5

Day 5: A Picture That Makes You Happy

30 Days Blog Challenge Day 4

Day 4: Family

(This is me as a baby with my Mom and Dad. Dad was sure rockin' the mustache. And the um, hair. Now he has no mustache and little hair.)

(I was an only child for the first 7 years of my life. Here my parents and I are at Disney World, my first trip. I was 5 here.)

(Dad, Mom, me and Gracie. I think that Gracie was almost a year old here, so I would've been about 7.)

(Here my family is with Steven Curtis Chapman. Ian had arrived about a year before this happened.

30 Day Blog Challenge Day 3

Day 3: Tell Us About Your Job

I got my first job in March of 2011. Of course, I had some odd babysitting jobs over the years, where I would be called up randomly and asked if I wanted to babysit for this person or the other, but I never really had a 'real' job, that paid well, 'real' money.

But in March of 2011 I started working. My grandpa told me that I should put an application in for the place where he works - to get some work in the office.

I did, and I got a job there. After working there for almost 7 months, I have done more office work then I ever anticipated. I went from putting files in filing cabinets to entering data onto the computer to answering phones and being a receptionist.

Because I'm still in school, I only work once a week. During the summer I was doing more than that, but since school started back up, I thought that I needed to focus my time and attention on that and not on my job.

30 Day Blog Challenge Day 2

Day 2: Tell Us About Your Blog

What is the meaning behind your blog name?
Nothing creative.
Just my name and the year I was born.
The end.

How long have you been blogging for? What made you start blogging?
My first blog was started in the beginning of 2005. My first blog was called CrazyAboutMonkeys, then I moved over to 01charger and then I moved to blogger a couple of years ago and decided with my ashleystrawser1993.
So I've been blogging for 5 1/2 years.

What are your favorite things to blog about?
About my writing. Which usually takes place over at Ashen Sky Books, with my best friend, Kylie.

What is one tip that you would give a new blogger?
Be yourself. And post whenever you want to. Don't set a schedule. It's hard to keep and you'll get discouraged if you try to.

30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 1

There are going to be about 7 posts up today, because I forgot that I wanted to do this, but I need to get caught up.

Day 1: Introduce Yourself

  1. I'm Ashley
  2. I'm almost 18
  3. I'm a senior in high school
  4. I love school, and hate to think that this is my last year. Sure, I complain about it, but I really do like it.
  5. I'm homeschooled
  6. I don't plan to go to college
  7. I love reading
  8. I love writing
  9. I love watching movies with my family
  10. I love hanging out with my friends who live in different states.