I wouldn’t say I’m easily aggravated, but… A lot of stuff bugs me. So much stuff that back in 2005 my co-workers insisted that I blog it all or they would, because sometimes I can be kind of funny I guess. So here I am. Sometimes it’s actually “stuff that bugs me”, sometimes it’s “stuff that doesn’t bug me”, and sometimes it’s photos or random thoughts.
You can call me Ashley. I used to be an interaction designer at the big G (Google). But now I’m a full-time crafter, blogger, & sometimes designer. I run two shops on Etsy: owl&pear and snarkylark. When I’m not doing things related to design & crafting, I take pictures (here’s my flickr photostream), explore our neighborhood, and cook.
In September 2002, when I was 29, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I went through 4 months of chemo in 2002/2003, and I had two years of follow-up treatments: 3 days of Rituxan every six months. In September 2007 I reached the “five-year point.” That’s a BIG milestone. A lot of people with NHL relapse, but if you haven’t in 5 years, the more likely it is that you won’t. As of August 2010, I have a clean bill of health.
Back in May 2006 when we were dating, my (now) husband John and I moved to San Francisco (from San Antonio, Texas) to start our new jobs. We packed up and sold the two 1200 square foot houses that we owned, and moved to SF where we rent an adorable 900 square foot house for more than we both paid in mortgages back in San Antone. We have miserable landlords, but we do have the house to ourselves, it’s in a great, bustling neighborhood, and we have a sizable backyard. At one point we took on the major several weekend project of upgrading the backyard. It was more like a renovation. It’s now an outdoor paradise that we rarely get to use because at the base of Twin Peaks it’s almost always too cold, windy and foggy.
Our little household includes our cat, Mercury, a 7 year old grey tabby of unknown provenance, and our dog, Winston, a 15 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso who’s now blind and deaf.
What else… I LOVE food, and I was raised on chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes (“with TWO sticks of butter!”), so naturally, I struggle with my weight. I have blonde hair and rather large breastesses. I have major anxiety issues which I no longer take medication for. I make a mean bowl of onion-mushroom dip. I used to wear chunky black glasses, but then I got LASIK, and now I don’t look like me anymore. My mom died in 2005 and it still makes me cry. I think deep down I want to be a writer, but I’m too scared to even try. I have a short temper. I love reading, listening to music, watching movies, and sleeping. There is nothing better than a good afternoon nap. Except cheesecake.