First of all, I changed my header picture to a beautiful medieval scene by the wonderful artist Eyvind Earle. I am a HUGE HUGE fan of his work, and my dream is to have some in my home (even if they're prints...). He did a lot of the concept work for the Disney film "Sleeping Beauty." I am fascinated with medieval art, but I love how he uses a modern line in his work. Look him up. I'll do a longer post about him when I have more pictures downloaded of his work. I'm trying to track down a coffee table book about him, but I'm not sure one exists.
Speaking of medieval, I went to Barnes and Noble yesterday and bought two pieces of fiction about Anne and Mary Boleyn (Anne was a wife of Henry VIII) and Catherine of Aragon, his wife that was from Spain. I was so frustrated because I couldn't find an actual nonfiction biography about Henry's wives, but these pieces of fiction are by Philippa Gregory and she is known to do thorough research. Also, I wanted to read her book "The Other Boleyn Girl" because it will be coming out as a movie soon. Can you tell I love that period of British history? One of my very favorite places that I went to when I studed in London was Hampton Court Palace, which was originally built by Cardinal Wolsey. Wolsey was the Archbishop and Chancellor during Henry's reign, and got a little too big for his britches. Henry had made comments about how large Hampton Court was, and fearing for his life, Wolsey offered the palace to the King. Interesting, huh? I'll post pictures sometime. I'm sure everyone is thoroughly bored, but I am fascinated by this period and the wives that made this story so interesting.
On a completely different note, here is another fun survey to fill out. Copy it and do it for a post...I would LOVE to see your answers!
1.) If I were a doll, the accessories packaged with me would be?
Cell phone, purse, a Coke, and a piece of vintage jewelry. Oh, and my wedding rings.
2.) I have an irrational way of:
Holding on to past hurts. But I'm getting better. And I am irrational about associations. For instance, I don't like certain cities because of bad memories.
3.) What type of food do you eat at your grandparents house?
Yummy food! But we aren't from the South, so it's not a "Paula Deen" type spread. It's just really good food.
4.) What weight were you when you were born?
I have no idea, but I'm POSITIVE I was dainty :)
5.) What would you do if you were stranded on an island with the person you hate most?
Do a lot of praying.
6.) What would you do if you found out you had been cheated on?
7.) Do you stalk anyone on myspace?
I think stalking is a strong word.
8.) The last text I got from someone:
"ok" from Erin
9.) Next door to my house is(are):
10.) My nails are:
Done by a fabulous manicurist, Judy. I adore her.
11.) The last person to call me was:
12.) Your dream job:
To be a performer on Broadway or a European traveler for the Travel Channel.
13.) Know how to cook?
14.) I am annoyed with:
People who just don't GET it. You know? They just dont get life.
15.) What is the worst way you were dumped?
A guy broke up with me and listed off the reasons. Sidenote: they were all ridiculous.
17.) What sea creature scares you?
Anything that could kill me.
18.) What color hair do most of the people you are around have?
Brunette. Well, my sister is blonde and Liv and I have reddish hair, so all colors!
19.) What object have you broken most recently?
None that I know of.
20.) Name one of the Spice Girls.
Baby, Posh, Scary, Sporty, and Ginger. why name one when i can name all five?!
21.) Last thing that made you cry?
Being sick and wanting my mom. True story.
22.) What are the stems on wine glasses for?
I don't drink wine....but I imagine it's engineered for taste reasons.
23.) My favorite shoes are?
Black heels. They go with everything.
24.) Can you use chopsticks?
Yes! Very well, in fact.
25.) Do you prefer beaches or forests?
Forests to me are more romantic.
26.) Who's your third text from?
27.) Who knows a secret or two about you?
My husband, I suppose.
28.) Have you ever burned yourself?
With my Chi straightener.
29.) Who is probably talking about you behind your back right now?
I would hope no one, but I'm a pastor's daughter. It could be happening! :)
30.) Who is your hero[es]?
My dad, two grandfathers, my mom, and my aunt who battled breast cancer.
39.) Where is your sister right now?
They are probably both out and about.
40.) Do you believe in things that last forever?
41.) What are you listening to?
Nothing. It's quiet.
42.) What do you smell like?
Just myself...I'll smell like Burberry London when I get dressed and put perfume on.
43.) Are you married?
44.) Does anyone regularly tell you they love you?
Yes! Many people do thank goodness. Even my 15 year old brother tells me that after every phone conversation.
46.) Do you have any bad habits?
47.) Have you ever wanted to be a teacher?
Yes. After have Mrs. Downey for English Literature and Mrs. Curry for American History, I wanted to change lives like they changed mine.
48.) What is one thing you've learned about life?
To take care of yourself. Don't live your life like everyone expects it to be lived. Do what God has told you to do. AND...God provides The One when you least expect it!
49.) What's your favorite color?
I truly love all colors in their own way.
50.) Have you ever been stuck in an elevator?
No....I would absolutely freak out from claustrophobia.
51.) What does your dad call you?
Ashley Dashley and Ash. And Little Girl.
52.) Has anyone told you that they like you more than a friend?
Yes. Usually that's always awkward.
53.) What are you looking forward to?
When Kurt and I go to North Carolina to see the Biltmore. I truly can't wait.
54.) How are you today?
Blessed and content :)