Who is Ashley…..

Well, I’m sure some of you are wondering exactly who I am..

Here’s some facts about me…
1. I was born and raised in Wisconsin and have lived in Omaha for the past year and a half
2. A proud graduate of Marquette University (GO GOLDEN EAGLES)
3. I work in advertising, marketing, public relations
4. I absolutely love dogs…my parents have three (a cockapoo, golden retriever and yellow lab). When I moved to Omaha, my boyfriend (Brandon) bought me a maltipoo (my dream dog). She’s a 5 lb, white little princess with a name twice as long as her size, Giavanna.
5. I’ve competed in pageants since I was 7. No, not the toddlers and tiaras kind and my parents never pushed me to do it. It was my decision and, like all of my other activities, I could only continue to participate if I had good grades. I know it’s because of pageants that I am the woman I am today-I love public speaking, love interviewing, all life skills I learned from participating.
6. I have a part time job with a national pageant system called National American Miss. Check it out and you’ll see there are other pageants out there other than the glitz ones and NAM is one. I’m an emcee and choreographer at 7 states over the summer (AZ, NE, IA, MO, MN, IL, WI) and during spring I travel on the weekends as a regional coordinator doing marketing and recruiting girls for the program. It’s the best job ever…
7. I can twirl fire baton….two at the same time.
8. Since I was 6, I’ve baton twirled. I started ice skating at age 8 and dancing when I was 3.
9. My guilty pleasure….gossip magazines.
10. My indulgence….shopping.
11. My weakness…carbs and candy.
12. I met the love my life at a pageant…I know, I never thought I’d meet a guy who understands a passion of mine. We’ve been together 3 and a half years and I adore him more than anything..
13. I’ve had personalized license plates since I started driving…watch out on the road if you see the ISK8DVA!
14. I secretly wish I could open a cupcake store/bakery
15. One of my the most exciting moments of my life happened last June. I was in New York getting headshots taken by famous photographer, Fadil Berisha. That same day, he was also shooting the Jovani Spring 2010 Prom line and he asked ME to model!! I modeled 4 dresses. I also had the opportunity to head over to the Jovani showroom where designed Stephen Yearick (designer of wedding dresses and pageant dresses, he’s even dressed a number of first ladies) helped me pick out some cocktail dresses. You’d only understand how amazing this day was if you’re a pageant girl!
16. I own 150 pairs of shoes….and it’s growing everyday….
That’s about it for now…I’m sure there will be more later :)
P.S. HAPPY WEEKEND!

Happy Early Valentine’s Day!


Well, a happy early Valentine’s day to all! Mr. Brandon and I decided to go out to dinner tonight rather than on Sunday. We originally wanted to go on Saturday, but everywhere is booked up! B chose The Melting Pot…a place I absolutely adore. It’s not only a fabulous meal, but it’s a great dining experience. Perfect for Valentine’s day. That above is the famous chocolate fondue desert. It was absolutely delectable!

Blessings….Chaos

I’ve been meaning to write since the new year started. It was one of my New Year’s resolutions to start to blog on a more regular basis. But I started a new job immediately after the New Year and chaos was brought to my family this past week….

On Tuesday evening, I began seeing friend’s facebook status’ about keeping those in Haiti in mind. I saw on the news that there was a massive earthquake….later that night I received a call from my mom telling me that her cousin’s daughter (my second cousin) was down in Haiti on a mission trip and no one had heard from her yet.
At that moment, so many thoughts went through my head. I had a sleepless night worrying about Missy wondering if she was ok or if she was stuck in the rubble. Wednesday day and night went by and all of us were clinging onto hope and prayers that she would be ok.
Thursday morning we received word that Missy was ok and later that night she was back safe in the US.
It’s events like these, although tragic, that really make you sit back and realize how blessed you are. The problems and stress in my life seem like nothing compared to what those in Haiti are experiencing.
Please continue to pray for all those in Haiti. Missy was one of 6 that were rescued from her school and some are still missing. Please pray for all those affected and those there helping to save the country

Tis the season….for travel delays…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!! I wish each and everyone of you a very happy holidays…and hope you can get to your destination safely.

With a blizzard approaching the Midwest, I have already seen numerous Twitter and Facebook status’ about cancelled flights. With Christmas always being a stressful travel time, B and I have opted, as always, on a road trip back to Wisconsin so we don’t have to deal with the headache of having to deal with delays and cancellations.
Here’s to hoping the meteorologists are wrong and we won’t get as much snow as anticipated and that we all can be home for Christmas…

A new day….

For real…

I promise to start updating my blog….tomorrow.
I really mean it this time-cross my heart!

Been awhile…

I know I told myself I was going to get back into the habit of writing my blog.

OOPS.
Well, as you can see..it’s been awhile. And it’s been a busy few months.
Pretty much I was traveling all summer as you can see from the previous post. It was a tiring summer that went by way too fast. Lots of blisters and swollen, tired eyes..but an endless amount of fun, hard work, laughs, dreams coming true and memories made with my besties..
I’ll update more tomorrow. I’m a tired little lady and tomorrow is a very busy day. Lots to do before leaving Thursday to head back home for my sister’s wedding!

Been awhile….

I know…it’s been awhile!! Life has been super hectic!! Pageant season has begun and I’ve been super busy traveling. My week nights are filled with making calls for NAM and on the weekend I’m off to open calls! First week, was back in Wisconsin, then was in Iowa the following weekend….followed by a weekend at home….then I was lucky to have a weekend off. This past weekend I was doing callbacks in Iowa and I am finally home and so tired! All those presentations really tire me out, but I would not change it for anything in the world. So much fun and I love meeting all of the girls. A few girls today wanted their photo with me afterwards. I told them I was a nobody-but they made me feel super special since I’m not even a queen.

I’m anxious to have this next weekend off. I have so much around the house that needs to get done. The following weekend I’m back in Wisconsin for workshops….can’t wait to sport my pj’s for the pajama party with these girls! The last weekend in April I have off and then…..I’m gone for 16 WEEKENDS IN A ROW! That’s right. I’m gone every weekend from May 2 all the way through the third weekend in August. Then I have two weekends off followed by a pageant. Then two weekends off and then my sister’s wedding! In case you lost count, that’s…..well a lot of frequent flier miles, lots of time of being in the car, not enough sleep but a whole lot of fun making a difference in girls lives and makes lots of memories with my besties. If you need to know where I am, here’s my schedule to keep up with me!

May 3-5 Iowa Workshops
May 6-my birthday and Wicked!
May 8-22: back to Wisconsin with Gia
May 22-25: WI NAM in Madison
May 29-31: Nebraska Open Calls
June 6-7: Iowa NAM in Grinnell
June 11-15: Mississippi NAM (helping B out with Top Model)
June 16-21: Nebraska Callbacks
June 25-28: Minnesota NAM in St. Paul
July 4th-ok I guess I lied–one weekend off in there!
July 10-12: Nebraska workshop
July 15-20: Arizona NAM (that’s a 22 hour drive for a total of 44 hours of me and B in the car–and maybe Gia too!)
July 25: ok I guess I’m off here too..I could have sworn I was busy here though
Jul 31-Aug 2: Missouri NAM in St. Louis
August 8-9: Nebraska NAM in Ralston
August 13-16: home for my sister’s bridal shower
two weekends off…
September 4-7: Illinois NAM in St. Charles

two weekends off….

September 24-27: my sister’s wedding!!!

so that’s about it for now. I have this weekend off which means lots of cleaning around the house. It’s also supposed to be nice out so a long walk with Gia is definately in order too.

Next weekend I’m back off to WI for workshops, then one weekend off and then it’s May and the adventures begin!!

Wisconsin Vs Nebraska

So…I was starting to think about things I miss in Wisconsin and what I like about Omaha and vice versa…here’s what I’ve come up with..

Wisconsin
1. I miss Kopp’s
2. Mamma Mia’s…and other homemade pizza places for that matter
3. Macy’s
4. closeness to Chicago
5. Culver’s on every corner
6. everyone knows what a bubbler is
7. it’s soda there
8. you can get whatever you want in one trip to one mall
9. horrible wisconsin twang accents
10. people know how to drive in two inches of snow

Nebraska
1. there’s sonic here…and pepperjacks
2. no custard at all…culver’s doesn’t count
3. there is a culver’s here but it’s far away to get to when you want a good burger
4. chicago is a short plane ride away….there’s always Kansas City, but only if you go to the plaza
5. everyone calls a plastic bag a “sack”…it bugs the heck out of me
6. everyone calls is pop….again, drives me bananas!
7. I love how everyone refers to it as “the river”…they try to make it out to be a lake
8. to get what you want at a mall, you have to visit all 4 to get all the stores you want
9. everyone here makes fun of my accent and knows exactly where I’m from when I talk
10. people here have no idea how to drive in the snow….one time it took me an hour to go 20 blocks, and it was barely snowing with only an inch on the ground

more to come when I think of it!

Almost the weekend!!

Well….would you believe that on Tuesday I get to take Gia to the vet for the 7th time in 7 weeks?! You betcha! Apparently, they need to check her ear one more time. They found some more icky stuff in it, then tested it and it turned out just to be dirty skin cells (and may I remind you that I clean her ears everyday now!) So, they think the problem is that between all the cleaning and medicine the past three weeks that it’s just very irritated now. We have to wait a week which means no cleaning or meds for her. That makes Gia very happy that I don’t have to pick and prod at her every night now! I’m crossing my fingers that this is the final vet visit for awhile…..well at least for two week because then she gets shots!

Yesterday was a beautiful day too. Almost 60 degrees-woo hoo! But today it’s cold, yucky and gray. I can not wait for spring to come as I am so tired of looking at my sweaters.

Otherwise, not much else exciting…..7 days till I get to go home!! :)

Happy Fat Tuesday!!

I remembered this morning that one year ago today tomorrow we had a HUGE blizzard back in Milwaukee. I was stuck in my apartment all day with classes cancelled-which is a rarity in Milwaukee! I remember at about 3 pm I went out to dig my car..and well my car was completely covered in snow, from tires to the top!!! And now tomorrow, here in Omaha, it’s supposed to be 63. WWOW!!

Tonight I have to venture to the vet, yet again, with Miss Gia. This is the 6th time in 6 weeks that she’s been there. She used to love the vet and now she puts the brakes on the second we try to walk through the door. I am hoping that her poor little ear infection is finally gone because I hate trying to get the medicine in her ear. Especially when she squeals; that just breaks my heart!

Other than that, I am getting very excited to go home…only 8 more days! I made my mom promise me that Thursday night she’d take me to Kopps. There’s no custard or butter burgers out here in Nebraska!! Friday my mom and I are having some bonding time…breakfast at the pancake house (another thing not in Omaha :(), followed by some shopping and then going to see the story of our lives, Confessions of a Shopaholic. I absolutely loved the books and have been waiting to see this movie. Then after all the fun, it’s time for open calls the rest of the weekend. Makes me excited that pageant season is here and I get to see my besties finally!!

until next time! later gators!