December Photo Dump

This is. Needless to say. This is way, way, way.

Way.

Overdue.

Happy belated Christmas/New Year/All the holidays! Y’know how they say be careful what you wish for? Yeah. I wished to be busy surrounded by what I want to do and that’s pretty much what happen. Now if we could add a full time job out of state that makes me happy and feel fulfilled we’d be complete, but hey. Rome, a day, etc. Everything happens in time when it’s supposed to. Patience is that virtue I never learned, but I did learn hard work and dedication so. It levels out, I suppose.

Anywho. I do have some good content lined up for the next few weeks to make up for my break, however in the mean time enjoy this photo dump of my month of December.

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The 90s threw up on me, but gee wilikers my cat eye sure was on point.

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We got a relatively heavy snow the first weekend of December. It cancelled a networking/leadership conference I was really looking forward to, but it did look pretty on the lights. So.

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My reddit secret santa came through and gave me Sailor Moon ornaments<3

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Happy Christmas is a good but strange little film.

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Had a mini Sephora run. The Urban Decay lipstick was on sale for $9 (it was ultimately returned because while the color was gorgeous, the build up was not only very quick but really gross and uncomfortable so.), the beauty blender cleaner was my 100 point perk because I don’t know restraint, and the perfume I had a coupon for a freebie so. I fell in love with this sent recently and I don’t see myself turning back.

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Pusheen blind boxes are my weakness.

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Star Wars season.

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I got my normal 99 cent advent calendar from Trader Joe’s, and then I tried to be fun and got a tea advent calendar this year from World Market. It was great except for the fact that most of them had mint of some variation (I have a severe allergy). 😦

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Christmas Parade.

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I keep meaning to see this exhibit, but I’ll probably end up seeing it when it’s gone.

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I made a cold brew caramel cheesecake for Thanksgiving. It was great, however I must have misread the container because I was expecting the caramel sauce to be more creamy and less looking like excrement.

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My dreams came true and I finally got my own Marc Jacobs bag. Life is good.

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Bob and the Peanuts keep me company while I bake.

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I made some bread and watched YouTube. Leigh Ann got engaged!

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I finished this book that I bought on my birthday, and it was so fantastic. I need to do a Book Chat for it.

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Ulta’s birthday present for 2017 was definitely an either you loved it or you didn’t. I really dug it. A full sized, pigmented palette for free. Thanks.

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However, Sephora’s made me fall in love with Tarte. The blush especially is perfect, but I have to remember to apply with a light hand. Still forget. OOPS.

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Yum diddly yum.

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Austin needs this pillow.

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Toasted White Mocha is on point.

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Bygones on point as usual.

Till later,

– Ash

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October Hits and Misses, October/November Picture Post

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Hey everyone!

So technically October has been over for about three weeks now, and I meant to have this significantly up sooner than later (I guess that means this will be in November’s minuses, womp), but this is a kind of two for one post. Pictures I’ve had stowed away for about a month, and hits and misses from October. Things that went well, things that could have been better.

October Hits

  • Created/attempted a month long creative writing challenge
  • Tried a new bakery (WPA Bakery, loved it)
  • Successfully accomplished an incredibly long desire to cosplay as Lydia Deetz (animated edition) for Halloween. Halleloo.
  • Grew significantly with improv

October Misses

  • Did not complete said creative writing challenge (but that’s okay, because now I know how to tweek it for next time so that it is successful)
  • Did not pack lunch nearly as often as I wanted to (but have successfully been doing so so far this month)
  • John Green’s much anticipated new novel, Turtles All the Way Down was fucking. horrible.

Luckily I don’t think that October overall had too many misses which is great. Overall, pretty good month!

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Nikolai sent me this picture of Bruce posing. ❤

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This meme.

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World’s tiniest, cutest apple.

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So much disappointment. Ugh.

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I refound this shirt and I was sooooooooooooo happy.

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Finally got to try Lunch.Supper! Was pleased.

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Canvassed at 9a. Was exhausted, but cute.

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Bones was the only one home. The only one.

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MY BAG BROKE. COOL.

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I stress bought a massive Porg. Yay.

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I need these pants.

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snort.

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I am the only one who enjoyed this and that is okay.

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Friends don’t lie.

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I’m a bat. Duh.

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This was really good, and hot chocolate is severely hit or miss for me.

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Though I know I should be wary, still I venture someplace scary.

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Do the Bartman (at Black Hand Coffee).

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I have missed you, sweet prince.

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This yard, though.

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This was on November 2nd. November. Second.

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This was the same day, tbh. #thatchestnutprailinelife

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Bruce’s Tinder picture.

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Hey, Lu<3

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I really love the designs for Starbucks’ holiday cups this year.

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Poshmark’s app randomly sends you sayings like this and honestly I’m not mad.

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Kayla invited me a couple weeks ago out to The Circuit with her and her friend and boyfriend, and it was so great. You serve yourself your own drinks (kind of, they give you a card and you return it to close your tab), and for $5 you get 20 tokens. All and all for what it is it is super decently priced. I spent most of the night playing pinball honestly. I really can’t wait to go back.

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Improv show was so great. And not just because I got curry fries at a British pub afterward. Although that helped.

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Best $5 spent.

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This is ocean holly, and it is gorgeous in its own creepy way.

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As much as I just bitched about it, the decorations at Short Pump Mall this year are really, really pretty at night. I’ll admit it. I’m in the mood, now.

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Bygones lives to impress and I love it.

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Toasted White Chocolate Mocha with dried cranberry pieces. Soooooo good.

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Okay, I’m officially ready for Christmas, now.

I love you all, and hope you had a great month. Here’s to the holidays!

  • Ash

 

This is 29.

So this is well over a month late, but hey it’s here. My birthday was about a month ago, and me being me I really just wanted to be alone. Where better to be alone than continuing my love affair with Washington DC? I did just that. I woke up that Saturday, left the house at about 8a, stopped at Starbucks to get my free birthday drink (with extra espresso shots and light ice please and thank you), got my podcasts going (and my external battery ready) and off we went. This is what happened.

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This was the night before, but still. When you have the option to go to My Noodle & Bar and get a Thai iced tea, you go to My Noodle & Bar and you get a Thai iced tea.

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I had coffee after this.

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Continuing the theme, Thai food at Mai Thai in Dupont. was for lunch. Wasn’t bad, wasn’t my favorite.

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Kramer’s is my favorite place. Ever. In the history of the world.

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Second Story Books. Gave me the honor of standing in the same room as an original manuscript of one of my favorite stories. Ever. Humbling.

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Fantom Comics. Very neat, very cute little comic shop. And a Subway. Not as cute.

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If you have the option to go to a La Columbe Cafe at any point in your life. Do it. Do it now. Thanks.

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This will make a return in a few moments.

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YO. BIRTHDAY TRUFFLES.

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I still have no idea what was going on with these balloons or whatever, but they sure as hell made for a great picture. Thanks, District.

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I FOUND BECKY.

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Tired.

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Dolcezza Gelato is INSANELY GOOD. Also, this Stumptown Coffee looks super questionable, but it was remarkably refreshing.

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I don’t know who/why a Walt Whitman quote was chosen for this exact location, but somehow it is very appropriate.

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I love a good Christopher Walken pun tbh.

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Dupont Circle will always be my favorite place. Always.

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I’m coming back, gimme a minute.

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I went to Ezme. I can now say I’ve had octopus in my life. Enjoyed it.

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I keep hearing Scott Thompson’s voice in my head. I ain’t mad.

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My optometrist’s office isn’t nearly this fancy. Get it together, Dr Gates.

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I came back. I told you I would come back.

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The Gin Gatsby.

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Bridget Jones’ Daiquiri.

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I will always stop in Trader Joe’s wherever I am. Always. Because I have a severe problem and probably need help.

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This is one of the best books I have read in awhile.

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WHY IS THERE AN ESCALATOR IN THIS TARGET. WHY. WHERE ARE THESE CHILDREN’S PARENTS.

 

And scene. This is a small portion of my day in DC. I’ve been driving up to DC for as long as I can remember to the point that I genuinely don’t need a GPS at this point, and really just bring it for in case of emergency. Because I’m superstitious like that. I did significantly more than was shown here (the Sephora there is 30000x better than mine. Meh.) but I kind of try to live in moments as opposed to take 5000 pictures of it.

Here’s to when we meet again.

  • Ash

Flashtober Day 5

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For Flashtober Day 5 I decided to do a switch up to make it interesting. Through a prompt I found on Pinterest, I decided to do an acrostic. An acrostic is a line poem where when completed, the first letter of each line vertically spells out a word. Considering I’m not the biggest fan of poetry, I decided to reach outside of my comfort zone.

Prompt: Halloween Acrostic using SPOOKTACULAR.

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