Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Captain Kirk

I recently vacationed with the Cartledges in Ponte Vedra, FL.
Not only had I not seen the coast in 2 years,
but the ocean was a first for Marley.

Marley is sporting a swamp vest that keeps dogs cool and protected from the sun.

Soak vest in cool water and your pup is ready to go.

Campbell looking for sharks teeth,
very similar to Where's Waldo on steroids for adults.

A little game of bocce ball.

Some off shore fishing with Captain (the man) Kirk!

Just reeling in my shark....


Translation anyone?

There he is...the Captain.

And just maybe some drinking and a competitive game of charades occurred later on.
(with costumes...)

Kung Fu Panda


I would cut off both arms to have pics of:
Devil Wears Prada
The Tourist
Cast Away

In my memory though and will never forget Andrew's lady skills!

[Florida] [Beach Trip]

Monday, August 22, 2011

Moody Mondays

It's that time again
and I must admit,
this has been real therapy.
There is solace in knowing
someone out there is nodding in agreeance.

1. Littlest is not a word people.

Used in an ear-screeching sentence:
"Those are the littlest ninja turtles I have ever seen!"
Used in an intelligent sentence:
"Those are the smallest ninja turtles I have ever seen!"


[littlest] [Moody Mondays]

Friday, August 19, 2011


Happy Birthday to my pup Marley.
Officially three years old today!!

[Marley] [HappyBirthday]

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Aunt Campbell

This past weekend at the beach we celebrated Campbell and Marley's birthday while all together.
Marley felt bad for Campbell  since she didn't have a birthday dress as cute as hers
so she picked up a matching birthday hat.
One of the many reasons Aunt Campbell loves her niece, Marley.
Today is Campbell's official 24th birthday and this year I predict she will:
1. Learn to love red lip gloss
2. Put away her one piece suits for a rainy day
3. Get a ballin job in Atlanta with her immense fashion experience from New York
4. Fall in love with a boy
5. Spend more time with her close friends and family

On another note...
Stella & Dot just released their premier handbag line, the Soho Collection.
All bags are made in the same factories as Coach, Prada, Burberry & Kate Spade.

I am most excited about the Waverly Three Way Bag
made with premium New Zealand lambskin.
Folded as a small clutch.

Under the arm as a large clutch.

Iconic Stella & Dot pattern inside fabric.

Inside compartments, removable chain and customized zipper in an antique nickel finish.
Have you been noticing the tassel zipper trend this fall like I have?

Lastly, I saw The Help last night
and must say the movie is one of the select few films as equivocally moving as the novel.

Mae Mobley is precious!
"You is kind. You is smart. You is important."

"There is no trickier subject for a writer from the South than that of affection between a black person and a white one in the unequal world of segregation. For the dishonesty upon which a society is founded makes every emotion suspect, makes it impossible to know whether what flowed between two people was honest feeling or pity or pragmatism.(Howell Raines's Pulitzer Prize winning article "Grady's Gift")-Sockett admired this quote and used it in her summary..."
— Kathryn Stockett (The Help)

[Campbell] [HappyBirthday]

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Moody Mondays

You know how Wednesday gets confused with Thursday on vacation?
Well I just got back from vacay and let's just pretend that's what is happening here.

My moody Monday occurred yesterday as I went for a run at a local park.
I just don't understand why people do not apply the same rules of the road to running/walking.
Whether at the park, on a sidewalk, street, track, etc -
you should run in the direction and side that you would if you were in your car.
Understanding why they think the opposite makes any sense might cool my frustration
but I can't think of one solid reason unless they are European?
It's unAmerican!

[UnAmerican] [Move Over]

Monday, August 8, 2011

Shore Thing

And I'm off!

Today I travel to the beach for a much needed vacation with the Cartledge fam.
Moody Mondays will have to wait until next week
because this has got to be by far one of the best Mondays!

Yall have fun at work this week!

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[Beach] [Family Vacation]

Sunday, August 7, 2011


Do you have Spotify?
If not, then now is the time to change your life.
Here's why:

1. No more syncing.
Whether on your account via computer or mobile device,
added songs, changes to playlist, etc. instantly updates in both places!

2. Share.
Via facebook, twitter Delicious or email.

3. Friends.
Import your facebook friends
and immediately see their published playlists.

4. Drag and Drop.
You're in the car or at a gathering and listening to a playlist right?
Someone asks, "hey, do you have that song, so-and-so?"
Simply open your Spotify account,
search the song,
drag and drop into the playlist you are listening to.
Person pipes down and backs-off your playlist.
(Is it obvious I don't like when people do that?)

5. Mobile.
The Spotify free app allows you to listen to your account anywhere.
No need for internet.
Your account works offline and works just like your iPod.

6. Playlists
Add, edit or create on the go.

7. Artist radio.
Listen to similar artists.

8. Unlimited.
All the music you want for $9.99 a month.

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[Spotify] [Spotify Spotify]

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Caroline: "So where all are you going?"
Cosby: "I leave on Friday and will go to H.K. first."
Caroline: "What is H.K.?"
Cosby (very matter of fact): "Hong Kong"
Caroline: laughing only, can't speak.
Ashley: "I'm pretty sure people don't abbreviate Hong Kong like they do L.A."
Cosby: "Yes they do. I'm going to a facebook party and that's what they say."

Precisely why I love him.
To Cosby, who's one of a kind 
and has kept me laughing for 4 years.

I love you
and I can't wait to hear all about H.K.
(and the facebook party!)

[Cosby] [Hong Kong]

Monday, August 1, 2011

Moody Mondays

If you know me at all,
you know I have specific rules for how I function,
how I think other could function more efficiently
and specific things I fixate on which others are oblivious to.

So let's face it, Monday is typically the hardest day of the week
so if there's a day where I hone in on my rules for life and frustrations,
today is the day!

The majority of Moody Mondays will always tie back to efficiency.
People just move SO slow for the most part if you really stop and think about it 
and this is something I don't understand.
I can cut old people some slack
but I'm physically incapable of understanding the expression,
"I've got nothing better to do."

But I'll stop why I'm ahead and let Moody Mondays begin!

Escalators create anxiety for me instantly
and take me to a close call when my shoelace got stuck
but how about those people who stop right in front of the bottom!
Not only is this a safety hazard which I'm all too familiar with
but it backs up traffic.
You can't clog the bottom of the stairwell.
People gotta move.

Typically fast food restaurants have the self-serve drink machines to the side.
All the cashier needs to know is whether you are getting a water or a fountain drink.
No need to debate with yourself if you prefer a Dr. Pepper or a Sprite.
No one cares.
The importance of the "what do you want to drink" question
is simply asked to properly charge you for your liquid of choice.
You're holding up the line.

If you have a paper cut, 
a small bruise,
a minor scratch,
a hangnail,
please don't show it to me and tell me how bad it hurts.
Man up.

Are yall like this?
Sure would make me feel better if you shared your quirkiness!

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[Efficiency] [Moody Mondays]