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Pet Peeves

Today, as I was navigating my cart through all of the soccer moms and out of control children at Target (back to school shopping is clearly too difficult to handle). In the midst of it all, I realized that one of my biggest pet peeves is parents who take no control over their children in crowded places (and let them push their full cart around, ramming into the back of my legs. NO, I am not your mother, stop thinking that I am. I’m sure your mother would not appreciate you ramming her with the cart either…). So here is the list of my top 3 Pet Peeves.

1. Jeans/other pants that are almost long enough for your legs, but just don’t make the cut. Look, I’m sorry if your legs are super long and you have trouble getting pants that are long enough to cover your entire leg. There ARE stores (surprise!) that sell pants in Long, and Extra Long. Check it out, I’m sure you can find a few.

I could not find any acceptable pictures of jeans that are too short, BUT, this depicts my peeve perfectly. BUY SOME NEW PANTS!

2. Hair that isn’t perfectly straight. Those of you who know me know that I take pride in making sure that when straightened, my hair has no bumps or imperfections. I realize that straightening the back of your hair is difficult sometimes, but if I can find a method to get every last strand, I’m sure you all can too. Have a friend do it if you have to, but flat iron bumps on the back of your head REALLY bother me. I feel the need to take a flat iron and fix them myself (but obviously that is not a rational solution). Next time you do your hair, do me a favor and use a mirror in the back so you can look perfect too 🙂

I find it completely baffling that someone could walk out of the house like this and not feel the need to fix the bumps on the back of her head!!

3. Being Late. I was always raised to be on-time, or early for appointments, events, parties, work, etc. Maybe being OCD about organization, and planning has something to do with it now, but I have been taught that it is completely unacceptable to keep other people waiting because I was stupid and did not leave enough time to get where I needed to go. Now, we all have our slip ups once in a while, and thats completely okay, BUT, for those of you who are consistently late (or don’t show up at all), you are one of my biggest pet peeves!

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Errands, errands, and more errands

Today was filled with lots of running around to get things together for the trip on Friday! I got up early with my brother, and went to drop off some job applications, and pick up some last minute things at Target. By the time we got home at noon, we were both so exhausted and ready for a nap when we were sent out to pick up some more things, and Corbin wanted to get some new video games for the car ride down (14 hours is going to be loooong). Finally picked up our cornhole set to bring to the beach with us! So excited to have lots of things to keep all 20-something of us busy all day while we crisp up in the sun 🙂

I finally have everything straightened out for classes this fall (except for a parking pass and a student ID card…), which is a relief since this particular college is a pain in the butt to deal with! I’m eager to begin this new phase of my life in a few weeks!

Tomorrow is going to be crazy, but completely worth it once we get into the car at 5am (yikes!) on Friday morning!

Goodnight!
xx
Ashley

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Busy, busy couple of days

What an eventful few days it has been! Such a change from the last few weeks!!

This past weekend, a few friends from VT came to visit, which was such a nice treat! I picked up Carrie from the airport and went to get Lesley in NYC from the BoltBus Stop near Chinatown. It was definitely an adventure getting down and back, but luckily, my Dad drove, so I did not have the opportunity to get us seriously lost or even killed, haha! We got back to my house and obviously immediately started the festivities of pong on the deck, and catching up. It felt so wonderful to actually have people my own age around (not that I don’t love the company of my parents), and be able to just have fun! It was a late night, but completely 100% worth it!

Early Sunday morning all of us headed into NYC to have lunch and take Lesley back to her bus. The trip downtown was great, and we got there quickly, however, the return trip was not as easy. We ended up walking over 5 miles around NYC looking at shops, and little restaurants, getting Lesley back to her bus, and then attempting to find a subway to take us back to Grand Central. All of the uptown 6 trains were not in service unless you wanted to go on a wild goose chase to find one, so we attempted to take a cab, which ended up sitting in traffic for $5 worth of our time before we realized we were going to miss our train anyway. At that point, we took our time wending our way back uptown. Stopped at Magnolia Bakery in Grand Central for cupcakes, and finally got on the train. Getting home from that point was uneventful, but since we had missed our early train, we had to rush to get back down to LaGuardia to get Carrie to the airport! Luckily, the drive down was quick and easy, but, I had no such luck on the way home. It took almost 3 hours to make the drive that usually only takes about 40 minutes. So not fun. Needless to say, I was completely exhausted when I finally got home, and went straight to bed!

Yesterday was the 3rd week of my internship at the rehab hospital. Every time I walk out, I realize how much I love this field. The feeling of being rewarded everyday is something that I look forward to when I finally get through grad school and get a full time job. I was lucky to be able to pick which unit I wanted to observe in! I love the spinal cord and brain injury unit, so I jumped on the opportunity to stay there for the morning. The first patient I saw (with the CUTEST OT ever! such a crush!) was an elderly woman who had had a stroke in 1994. She did not have the ability to speak, and she was definitely not all “with it.” The OT fitted her for a brace for her hands, because her brain is not sending the right messages to her hands to let them unclench on their own. Therefore, her hands are stuck in a fist position and she cannot really move them on her own without having someone stretch them first. The brace that we ordered was one that would allow doctors and nurses to stretch her fingers, and then place the brace on her wrist and hand so that her fingernails would no longer be digging into the palm of her hand causing breaks in the skin, and eventually infection.

The second patient I saw had suffered from a heart attack and was in a coma for almost two weeks before he came out of it. He was in OT to work on his balance and his endurance while standing, walking, and doing other daily activities that he would need to put himself back into the community. It was remarkable that he had only been in rehab for two weeks and he was making such progress. We did activities like sliding across a bed in order to build upper-arm endurance, as well as stepping on a block to build the endurance in his legs. I could visibly see how tired he was after each of the tasks, but he was determined to finish so that he could be healthy enough to go home as soon as possible!

The next patient I saw had a flare up from his MS. He had lost almost all of the feeling in his right hand (mostly his fingertips) and it was his first day at the rehab center, and I worked with the OT to do diagnostic tests to see where he was at, and compare his right and left sides to see what needed to be worked on. We did a timed test to see how long it took each of his hands/arms to grab 9 pegs and place them one by one into slots. He was timed on each side to compare the coordination. In his case, there was not much difference, which was good for him. He was then given a test where he had to close his eyes and we placed different objects in his hands and he had to feel around to see if he could figure out what they were. In his left hand, he was able to identify every single object, and pretty quickly (they were mostly easy things, such as a key, or a coin, etc.). However, his right side was not so great. If things were placed in an area where he had lost feeling, he could not even feel the objects in his hand. The final test was for him to close his eyes and he had to decide whether we were poking him with the sharp side of a pin, or the soft side. It was incredible to see how different his responses were depending on which arm/hand we were working on. He was quick to respond to everything on his left hand, but he had a lot of hesitation on the right side.

I really really love going to my internship every week. Like I said before, I am SO excited to be able to do this for the rest of my life (provided I actually get into a school somewhere!). I just wish that I could do this NOW and I did not have to go through all the applications and standardized testing and pre-requisites before I could begin on this journey!

Today was also quite busy, getting everything together for my classes at community college this fall. I’m taking an Anatomy & Physiology I course (and the lab) as well as Intro to Sociology. I had to gather tons of different documents for registration, so I spent most of the day doing that. The afternoon was spent with Corbin running errands and getting things together for our vacation on Friday!! I got a new iPod Shuffle so that I can use it when I run (the iPod Touch is SO inconvenient for exercising!), so I’m excited to get back to that routine! Tomorrow is going to be spent running even more errands and getting more things together for vacation! For now though, I’m beyond exhausted!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!!

xx
Ashley

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Productiveness

Today had to be the most productive day I’ve had in a LONG time. Woke up early, got to the gym at a reasonable hour (and stayed for a large amount of time.. gotta get my life in order for the calories that will be consumed via alcohol this weekend), ran tonssss of errands (including getting a “really good price” on running shorts.. except for the fact that I got children’s instead of women’s.. woops! No wonder the price was so “good”!), a trip to walmart, finally finishing the picture wall in my room, and cleaning the house for my sisters to come tomorrow! I even finished the FIRST chapter (out of 15) of my Medical Terminology class! Overall, I think I did pretty well!

Other than running around all day, nothing exciting enough to write about went down. I’m so excited to have visitors this weekend and to get this upcoming week over with so I can go to the BEACH! Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

xx
Ashley

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Sunny days

This morning, I woke up, and my first thought was “I’m going to be productive today.”

WRONG.

I meant to go to the gym. That never happened.

I wanted to get through 2 chapters of Medical terminology (28 pages). I got through 5 paragraphs.

I needed to go get more picture frames to hang pictures in my wall. Didn’t get any.

I got 2 gallons of paint from Home Depot for my brother’s room, and a new case for my cell phone. Hooray?

I really need to find some motivation to actually get my life together and start completing things in my to-do list each day. Tomorrow I’m going shopping in the morning (yay!) and the rest of the week is going to be spent getting ready for the weekend visitors! I’m going to (hopefully) spend a few hours tonight with my textbook studying for my class so that I don’t fall too far behind!

xx
Ashley

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I need a beach vacay, pronto!

I tried to study today. I’ve gotten through 8 pages of the 452 page book that needs to be done by December. Each page has AT LEAST 20 terms that I have no idea how to even begin going about pronouncing. I need to get my ass in gear and get it done.

I also took a week off from the gym (counting stripping wallpaper, painting, sanding, etc. as my workouts for last week) and now I’m way off my schedule, and I don’t like it!

What I really need, is to get away. Hilton Head cannot come soon enough. I feel like I have been evaluating my life alot recently, and I think I need to just sit and “be” for a week to get everything in order. I have so many things that I want to get done, or need to get done, and I’m so overwhelmed that I just don’t know where to start. Once I can get everything organized, I’m sure my mind wont be running all over, and I’ll actually be able to start getting things done!

As for today, I really didn’t get much done (other than buying a shower curtain, some shelves, a towel rack and going to the gym…). I had high aspirations to study outside (now that the heat wave has finally broken), clean my room, and finally hang pictures on the wall. None of them got done. None. Whomp.

Now, I’m going to go keep wasting my life away watching trashy television before I can finally go to bed! Goodnight!

xx
Ashley

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Sunday Funday

I can honestly say that after this summer, I have absolutely NO desire to paint a room ever again. My bathroom was FINALLY painted today, and I have to admit that I’m super excited to start decorating it! It’s a pea-celery green which is a huge change from the ocean theme that it was before (whoever let a 4th and a 1st grader pick out wallpaper was seriously insane!). I’m getting a black and white designed shower curtain and getting black and white gerbera daisy prints to put over the towel racks. Then, I found a great idea for the bathroom (seen here) with a backboard painted black with a pink, yellow, and white gerbera daisy in the mason jar, these shelves (from Target) to put the radio, and all of my hair products (and I guess some of my brother’s stuff) above the toilet, and finish it off with some big, fluffy black bath mats! I’ll be sure to post pictures when I’m done!

Besides home improvements, I may have scored a second internship at a pre-school down county. It would be working in the Occupational Therapy department within a community center, which would give my applications for grad school a little diversity. I would love to have the experience of working with adults, children, medical settings, community settings, etc. when writing personal statements this fall. Hopefully this opportunity will work out, and I’ll be starting that on Tuesday!

I’ve got lots of things to look forward to this week, but a lot of work has to be done before then! I’m off to clean my room, aka find the floor. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

xx
Ashley

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