Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Just call me Pam

Listen to this anecdote and just try to tell me it is not like a scene from The Office...

The other day I was at my desk chatting online with a coworker about our project. We have an instant messaging tool that we can use to chat with coworkers. This particular coworker happens to be foreign and therefore English is his second language.

About half way through our conversation, my coworker begins typing in his native language. A language that I don't know or understand. I am completely caught off guard. Apparently he doesn't realize he is doing this because more and more is coming in this other language.

I try typing "What?", "Ummm... I think you may have the wrong window." None of this seems to work. I guess he looks at his hands as he types instead of his screen. This is another time I am thankful for my keyboarding classes where they cover the keyboard with cardboard forcing you to look up as you type.

Finally, my coworker types "Oh. sorry. wrong window." But it is too late. My curiosity has already gotten the best of me. I am copying phrases into Google Translator. I'm embarrassed to say that I even got a coworker to come over and help me decipher. This, of course, is the scene from The Office. Two employees diverting their working hours to the investigation of an online chat session.

Of course I was looking for translations like "Ashley is the best. I really like working with her." , but alas it was about gas prices. And apparently, my coworker is not a very good deal finder because he paid $3.95/gallon. I've been getting it for $3.75.

Monday, September 22, 2008


Adam ran 22 miles on Saturday and it was great. His average speed per mile was faster than what his goal is for the marathon - yea!

The morning was beautiful - roughly 60 degrees. I even wore a long sleeved shirt. Our friend Barret inspired us for the first 10 miles, but had a craving at the McDonald's so he split off. Barret just loves fast food =)

I'm so proud of Adam. We have 5 more weekends of long runs before the big race. Adam's goal is well within reach and it is because of his hard work. Here's how the long run schedule looks:

9/27: 16 miles
10/4: 18 miles
10/11: 20 miles
10/18: 14 miles
10/25: 10 miles
11/2: Race - 26.2 miles

Happy Birthday to me

My Bday was a little over a week ago. Adam got me the oh so cool Ipod Nano. He had loaded all my songs and stuff on there. Just days before the Bday, Apple announced the new Nano. The new Nano had twice the space for the same price. So Wonderful Adam immediately called Apple and exchanged the Nano for the new Nano. The day the new Nano arrived, he used his lunch break to load my songs and bring the new Nano to me at work. Awww! See my pretty new Nano!!

The only sad thing is that in the exchange we lost the inscription which Adam had put on the old nano: Ashley + Ipod = Reba

Throw Pillows

The throw pillows on my couch are the same ones on Carly's couch. Carly from the TV show iCarly. I noticed this yesterday when I was watching the show and I got really excited. I used our DVR to rewind and fast forward and pause so Adam could see. Yup - definitely the same ones!

P.S. Yes, I watch iCarly sometimes. And, yes she is a teenager, but she has a great sense of style so I am not at all embarrassed that we picked out the same throw pillows for our couches.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Closed Case

Remember my post about my secret admirer? Well the mystery has been solved. My secret admirer is a sweet older man across the street who is obviously a Clemson fan. He and his wife have a gorgeous rose garden in their backyard.

Yesterday he walked over to our house and handed me a beautiful vase of orange roses. I feel so special!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bible Study and Softball

Bible Study and Softball started Monday night. I'm in the Bible Study and Adam's in the church softball league.

While at Bible Study, I will be praying for no injuries. An injury could be devastating to Adam's training.

Adam's team lost Monday night. The teams he has played on over the last several years sure do have a lot of heart and that's all I will say about that.

My Bible Study is reading through the book "Lord, I want to know you" by Kay Arthur. It's a study about God's character and it was suggested to me by my mom-in-law. I'm really excited about it.

Clemson WISE

Last night I gave a presentation to the Clemson WISE club - that's Women In Science and Engineering. I was so excited about going because I would get to see my brother who is a freshman there.

The presentation was a recruiting presentation for my company's IST department. After the presentation, Bud and I grabbed dinner together. It was so nice to be back there and to see my bro. Go Tigers!!!

101 years (not dalmations)

Today Mama turned 101! Mama is my great grandmother. Please note the pronunciation is not momma, but it is maw-maw with an emphasis on the second "maw".

Mama lived by herself until she was 98. She is very with it. She will even remember the things you want her to forget. Mama doesn't see or hear too well anymore and as you can see in the pictures, she broke her wrist a couple of weeks ago. Other than that, she's doing alright.

When I was little, my cousins and I used to run from Mama hiding from her endless hugs and kisses. Somewhere around middle school, I stopped running and I began enjoying her company. I still don't know near enough about her. I haven't asked her enough questions about her amazing life. Hopefully I will have many more years to do that.

My nephew Anthony was a little scared of Mama. As we were leaving, my sister told Anthony to give Mama a hug and tell her "Happy Birthday". He cautiously walked over to her, gave her a hug and whispered "Happy Birthday Mama". Mama excitedly said "I heard him!" It was a tender moment.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Hanna, Ike, Josephine

For those of you living under a rock, Hanna, Ike and Josephine are storms and/or potential hurricanes heading our direction. Since I work for a power company, these things are pretty big news. We could possibly have power outages in our service area. I am a Storm Team Responder Level 2 for my company. This means that I could be called to leave my regular post at work to serve the good people of this area by manning a call center or delivering meals. I feel a theme song coming on. Maybe the Ghostbusters theme song. Citizens, I am at your service!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Aunts and Uncles a Second Time

Adam and I met our second nephew on Sunday. Adam's sister Amber has a new puppy Tucker Marvin Beam. On Sunday, Adam's whole family went to the lake to ski and ride in the boat. Adam and I loved playing with our nephew pup, but were glad he was only our nephew when he started puking in the car on the way home from the lake. I guess he didn't like the boat ride. The pics below are before the puking incident occurred.

Tucker is playing with a string on Adam's shorts.

My Best Friend's Wedding

So after running (riding) 20 miles, Adam and I had approximately 1 hour to get ready for a wedding. We rushed to get ready and ate a scrumptious breakfast made for us by my parents. Here is a picture of us leaving for the wedding. I made my dad take this because he had taken so many pictures of us all sweaty during Adam's run. I wanted one of us looking good.

The wedding was in Newton, NC - a 2 hour drive from my parents house. A 2 hour car ride is difficult after you have just run 20 miles. Adam's legs were STIFF, but he was a great sport. He talked it up with the bride's cousin who is a race car builder for a NASCAR team.

My sister and I reminisced with the bride. The bride and I were best friends at age 6. We were inseparable until my family moved when I was in high school. We also started to let my little sister hang with us somewhere around middle school and the 3 of us would have a great time.

I'm really glad we got to go to the wedding. I enjoyed seeing old friends and I especially enjoyed hanging out with my sis on the way up and back.

Paparazzi follow us to 20

Adam and I are famous! A camera man followed us as Adam ran his 20 miler this weekend. Ok, so it was my dad, but we joked the whole time that he was our paparazzi. We were visiting our families this weekend, but Adam stayed on the training schedule. We created a route in my parent's hometown. My dad would drive to a location, take pictures of us as we passed, and then jump in his car to drive to the next spot. Enjoy some of them below.

Here is one of us coming up beside the town sign. Fountain Inn is actually the town Adam grew up in. I grew up in Simpsonville. The towns are right next to each other.

This is a good one of us in action.

Look at the determination in this face. This is Adam's Game Face.

I love this one. You can just barely see us coming over the hill.

And this is after we are done. Can you tell that I am actually pulling back a little from Adam's hug? He was really sweaty!