breviloquent.Hello visitor! Somehow, some way, you have stumbled upon Ashley's - my - "about me" page. Woe is you. There is a bunch of
This section is a summary, and will probably tell you most of what you need to know without having to read further - if you do not feel the need to know the intimate details of my life. I am not particularly interesting in my own opinion, but hey. You never know.
My name is Ashley. I am also known as Ish, Ash, and Ashes. I am twenty-eight years of age, ie: so old to be on the Internet. I currently live in North Carolina, in the big city of King. I'm MARRIED to a wonderful guy named Johnathan (Johnny, or J); we were married on December 13, 2014. Yeah. 12.13.14. I am a little OCD.
The Internet and everything on it have been my primary hobby since I was eleven years old. I've also enjoyed gaming, comics, TV, movies, and books since I was very young, which sufficiently classifies me as a nerd. I still do all of those things daily and enjoy them very much. I will expand on this subject a bit later, under my 'hobbies' category on down the page.
preferences.Wow you made it past the first section? Cool. c: This is the part where I tell you some random things that I like, and some things that I don't like. Enjoy.
- Homemade Tacos.
- Steak. ♥
- Shrimp & Clams.
- Mexican. ♥
- Mac & Cheese.
- Potatoes. Any, but mashed is best.
- Tuna. ♥
- Green Beans.
- Any fruit really.
- Sunflower Seeds. ♥
- Beef Jerky. ♥
- Biscuits & Gravy.
- Water. (All I drink 90% of the time.) ♥
- Starbucks, specifically mochas.
- McD's Shamrock Shake.
- Skim Milk.
- Chocolate Soy Milk.
- Protein Shakes.
- Homemade Smoothies.
- Sweet Tea.
- Orange Juice.
- Hot baths in winter.
- Bonfires (especially at night).
- Movie night with people I love.
- Alone time.
- Sleep in my pillow-top bed.
- Reading fanfiction.
- Working out.
- Dogs. I like cats, but infinitely more of a dog person.
- Cold house inside, warm weather outside.
- Accents. Unf. (Esp. Scottish)
- Medicine & Anatomy.
- Baby animals and people.
- Horses, livestock, and the smell of leather. Because I grew up on a farm.
- Jeans and t-shirts. That is my wardrobe.
- Masculine postures. They are more comfy.
- Scented candles.
- PENS, NOTEBOOKS, PAPER.
Do Not Like
- Mayonnaise. Period.
- Being stinky or having dirty hair/teeth.
- Waking up before I want to. Sometimes I like to get up early, depends.
- Being ignored.
- Fandom shaming.
- Being too tired to play a game I want to play.
- Catty women.
- Having anxieties about stuff.
- Anime, generally. Long story.
- Politics, feminism, whatever. Leave me out of it.
hobbies.I have lots of hobbies. Most of them are nerdy in nature. Actually, probably all of them are.
GamingI have been gaming since I was around 10 years old (in 1996). The first system I played was the SNES. The first system I owned was the Nintendo 64, and it is still a very beloved system to me. I also used to play arcade games, my favorite of which was Frogger. I currently own a Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Playstation 2, Wii U, GameCube, PSP, 3DS, DSi, and a Gameboy Advance SP. I also do lots of PC and browser gaming!
Gaming is a hobby that is sort of inconsistent for me these days. I will go periods of months where no games will interest me and I will be into other things. And then there are periods (like I've been having lately) where I will be playing 4-5 games at a time, and it is all that I do in my spare time. I play many games and many genres, but my favorite genre is RPGs.
I also am dearly and forever in love with the Final Fantasy franchise. A demo of FFVIII that came with Brave Fencer Musashi was my first, and I have played all of them since then. VIII, X/X-2, and XII are my absolute favorites.
I have a Steam account and a Raptr. My gaming history is extensive, so I'm not going to list the games I've played here. My Playfire has a nice list of games I've played, but it is currently incomplete.
* I am playing this game the most right now.
Web DesignI've been web designing amateurly since I was 13 years old. I got started by making various sites on Geocities. I originally started because I roleplayed on Yahoo chat, and I was asked to make a website for an RP club I was in. I slowly taught myself how to code HTML and CSS, and I found a friend [Lindsay] who taught me to use Paintshop Pro to make graphics and layouts. I discovered the world of fanlistings sometime around 2002-ish, and I once owned quite a few of those. I eventually tired of that scene, which led to me taking breaks from web design on and off. I picked back up with ash-kat.net in 2009.
I've had countless websites in my history: fakedream.com, black-rain.org, nekoki.net, dark-sky.org, cactuar-island.net, pyre.nu, musicalgao.net, and many, many others. I am a domain addict. I currently own
ReadingI used to hate to read when I was younger. The first book I remember liking was Hatchet by Gary Paulsen; I read it in the 9th grade. From then on I discovered that I had a true affinity for reading and began reading much more. My favorite genre is fantasy, but I do read other things as well - mostly fiction, but a little nonfiction here and there. Admittedly reading is not a priority for me unless there is a book out that I am very excited for. That is especially true lately, because I have been gaming a lot. I do have a Goodreads account if you would like to see what I am reading, and have read. A (very) few of my favorites are The Good Earth, Harry Potter, and Outlander.
TelevisionWithin the past couple of years I've become much more interested in television. I think it's because of my
MoviesI love going to the movies. And I love seeing my favorite books adapted into movies, which has been happening quite a lot! I used to collect movies, but that has become sort of a moot point with Netflix, Redbox, and online streaming. I just don't watch movies the same way as I used to. Anyway, since I am a supernerd, all the superhero movies float my boat: Avengers, Batman, Spiderman, etc. I also love Disney movies, chick flicks, horror movies, documentaries, and countless other stuff. My favorites are all listed over at my fandom list!
The InternetThe big one. I'm always doing something online, be it tumblr, reading fanfiction on Archive Of Our Own, playing a game, browsing my daily websites, blogging, other social media, coding a website, or whatever. I'm a sucker for some social media (mostly tumblr and twitter). All of my TV shows I watch streamed online (NO COMMERCIALS AND NO CABLE BILL for the epic win). Most of the games I play are played online. Pretty much all of my hobbies can be done at the computer, on the Internet. I suppose that is the age that we live in. At this point I've spent most of my life in this digital age - we got a computer when I was 11, and I've kind of been stuck to it since.
relationships.Here I will tell you about the most important relationships I've developed in my life thus far. :D As far as my online friends go, even though we've never met, I feel like I have forged a couple of the strongest friendships I've ever had with them. Distance means nothing.
In Real Life
- Husband: I am bound to a manly man named Johnathan, who is both the bane of my existance and the complete love of my life. He both understands and tolerates me which I am sure is no mean feat. He's a wonderfully intelligent, kind, nerdy cinemophile. I have never felt so wholly accepted and loved by anyone else in my entire life. I don't give him nearly the credit he deserves on a daily basis. We have been through so much together, and been through more as a couple than any other couple I know in such a short time. WE JUST GOT MARRIED on December 13, 2014. It's so cool. Our life together grows more amazing every day.
- Family: I have two sets of grandparents that are still kicking, two aunts and two uncles, two cousins on each side. Not a very big extended family. All of my family lives within a 1.5 hour drive of me, except for my two cousins on my father's side. My mom and dad live 60 minutes from me (right now at least), and my brother still lives at home with them. I only have 1 brother, he is younger, and his name is Jonathan. He has a career in some kind of water chemistry stuff that I don't understand, and is currently engaged to an awesome lady named Alicia. Of all my family I am probably the closest with my mom. She's honest-to-God the most amazing, unfailingly kind person I have ever had the privilege to know.
- Dog: I have a lovely doggie named Emma. She is a golden retriever mix. When I moved out on my own for the first time, I wanted a dog to keep me company. I was headed into town to look at another dog at the pound, and stopped by the grocery store. Lo and behold, there was someone giving away puppies in the parking lot. She was filthy, stinky, flea and worm-ridden, and I brought her home and got her healthy. She is the sweetest, smartest, and most obedient dog I have ever had. (And I've had quite a few dogs in my time.) She is currently 5 years old (born October 13, 2009), approximately 75 pounds, and is my constant, loyal, lovable companion. ♥
- Kelli: My oldest and longest-lasting Internet friend. I met her so many years ago. It must be nearing 10 years now. She made websites and I made websites and we had so very much in common. I stumbled on her website one day and we quickly became friends. I talked to her daily for the longest time, followed her journals, played games with her, Skyped, made YouTube videos together. We've grown apart in recent years, but we still talk every now and then.
- Chase: We met on MapleStory years and years ago, probably back in 2007 or so. He's been a constant thorn in my side (lol jk) ever since. I literally can't get rid of him. Honestly though, he's one of my best friends. We've been through a lot together. Our main modes of communication are texting and twitter these days; we used to do a lot more Skype and chatting. P.S. you're a buttface.
- Lost: Not using her real name because I'm sure she wouldn't want me to. We actually met online, on my LiveJournal, and it turned out that we went to the same college. We met in real life after we found out, and we forged a friendship that has since stayed mostly online, because she lives pretty far away from me. We mostly see each other over at tumblr these days. But she is sweet, and she listens to me whenever I need to be listened to. And makes really cool arm-warmers. c:
- Learn American Sign Language and 1 other language.
- Be happy.
- Read 2,000 books.
- Be financially stable.
- Reading: [Still] Witch & Wizard
- Playing: GPX+
- Listening To: Imma Be ; Black Eyed Peas
- Watching: Star Trek (original) & OUTLANDER
- Downloading: Nadda
- Feeling: Great actually.
- Eating: Nadda
- Drinking: Water
- Saving For: King Sized Bed
- Anticipating: Bowling with friends tonight!!
career.When I was young my mother tried to convince me to be a nurse. Growing up (and even now) my mother was very sick, and I used to take care of her. She always thought I would make a good nurse. When I was 17, I got my CNA license. I worked at a nursing home on the weekends during my senior year of high school. It was very hard work for minimum wage.
I went on to college into the nursing program after I graduated, and I flunked out. To stay in the program you had to maintain a C average. I had a D average, because I was in so very many classes my very first semester of college (I think like 15 credits worth?), I quickly became too overwhelmed. This was new to me. I had always been a very good student.
After I dropped out of nursing, I switched majors to education. That lasted for 1 semester before I figured out that I really did want to do something in the medical field. The only other option that I had at my college was physical therapy. So I took physical therapy.
I ended up absolutely loving it. It was, as I realize now, in large part due to my classmates. I had the best time with them. We all worked so hard together. I aced everything, graduated in 2008, passed my licensure exam on the first try, and started practicing about 10 days after I graduated.
Ever since I graduated I've been doing mainly pediatric therapy (working with kids). Due to the highly versatile nature of my first job, I have also done outpatient work, home health, pool therapy, and nursing home rehab. When I got married, I had to leave my job with the county school system working with children and move to North Carolina, where it was imperative that I just get a job doing whatever I could. I got a job by walking in and dropping off my resume at a small local hospital, where the patient population is mainly [much] older people.
While I don't exactly hate my work now, I am currently