I'm just in a thinking mood.

It's a little rainy today in SD, and that always puts me in a writing mood. And I absolutely adore the rain!

It was nice to get out this past weekend--I went to L.A. with my old roommate Ali to paint the town purple (which is better than red) and go to her aunt's 60th birthday party. I truly hope that when I'm 60 I can look back at my life and know that I lived it with gusto and passion.

Besides the birthday party, there was something else that happened over the weekend that got me thinking about life. Ali's cousin Tami, whom I've met and hung out with several times before, had tragedy strike her life. She lost her dad to a heart attack; she's only 20 years old. On top of that, Tami had already lost her mother 10 years ago. Obviously, this makes her an orphan.

I am so damn lucky to have my parents in my life still. So damn lucky. Especially when my dad had, and beat his cancer 2 years ago. So lucky. There are times in your life when you really learn to cherish that. This is one of those times.


  1. One of the things I like about you, Ash, is that you always seem to appreciate life and the people in your life.

  2. I know what you mean about thinking. I just found out today that a third girl I graduated HS with has cancer. We're only 27 for god sake!! It's really scary, but you can't let it paralyze you, you know?

  3. well, seeing as how i've flooded before, i can't share your love for the rain, but a smacking high five for the peachy outlook. me and tragedy share each other's misery, but i'll have to try that positive attitude sometime.

  4. I keep pestering my dad about his health. We have a big ol' family history of heart problems and I try my best to encourage him go ride bikes or go for a walk whenever I'm home (and even when I'm not home). I know plenty of people who've lost their parents early, and I would really like to not be one of them.

    Also, Ali's the cute one I like, right?

  5. My parents are approaching 60. I am very lucky as well.

  6. Same sort of thing happened to my friend (I guess that's the right word, though we dated a few times over the past 10 years). When we started hanging out senior year, I said, "So, do you still live with your dad?" "Um, no. He died 2 years ago." Then about 3 years ago his mom died too. And to top it off, I had a teacher that looked just like his mom. I managed to run into the teacher about once a month or so while I still in school and it was awkward as hell.

    My dad has a crazy high metabolism, so he can eat hot pockets for dinner every night and drink Pepsi all day (literally) and still stays at 140lbs. While I haven't weighed myself in months, I know I weigh more than him. I am kind of worried that at some point that's all going to catch up with him, especially since he smokes about a pack a day as well.

  7. Wow, you are a really lucky girl. The special thing here is that you are lucky because you know that you are lucky! (Get it?)


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