Working Two Jobs..

As of right now, I’m currently working two jobs. I work at a warehouse about 32-37 hours a week and at a sub shop, the hours depending at the warehouse, but usually between six-twelve.

Why am I working two jobs?

Too put more money into my savings, though to be honest I’m kind of crap at saving money. I basically get paid every week because both jobs are opposite pay weeks. Without being said, I do have a good few bills though and the sub shop helps with me having money on hand.

I know that working only six-twelve hours at the sub shop doesn’t seem like much but it actually comes in handy. I also get tips and though it’s not much, I save them and it adds up quick!

I was asked by one of my warehouse coworkers how I’m not killing myself working two jobs and I jokingly said I was. All in all, I’m only working a little 40 hours a week sometimes so it’s not too bad and I like to work; I feel at use. It’s not that I’m really a workaholic because when I’m off, I’m so lazy, lol.

I have two jobs for a reason and that’s to mainly save. Does that happen all the time? Absolutely not but I’m trying to be a better budgeter and to be honest, I’ve gotten better so far this year!

I wasn’t expecting having two jobs to go this smoothly but since starting my second job in July, I feel like it’s going well! It keeps my mind busy!

I’m not really sure what the point of this post. I think it was really for me BUT. If you’re thinking about getting a second job, I would recommend it. It might not be for everyone but don’t knock it until you try it!

Until next time! -Ashli

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30 By 30

Savannah had made this idea on channel (You can check it out Here) and I thought it was really neat so I thought I’d make a post as well. I’ll be turning 28 in July and this is a list of 30 things I want to accomplish before my 30th. I have two n half years so hopefully I’ll get around to it!

  1. Pay (majority) of my car off
  2. (Finally) Get my own place
  3. Finish some of my big books
  4. Get my next tattoo(s) ideas
  5. Go to another concert 
  6. Lower my to-be-read shelf
  7. Be a more positive person (show the light of Jesus) — especially at work!
  8. Visit Disney World
  9. Drink more water and less soda
  10. Give more attention to my pets
  11. Budget better
  12. Finally see Harry Potter world at Universal
  13. Get a bigger TV (plus DVD player)
  14. Hopefully get married
  15. Visit Tennessee once again
  16. Read my Bible and pray more
  17. Try to read off my Kindle, not just my physical books
  18. Be more organized/stop being a messy person
  19. Get more of the movies I want to own
  20. Organize my scrap book
  21. Finally finish One Tree Hill the second time through
  22. Be more outspoken
  23. Go to a Broadway show
  24. Get a puppy or a kitten (and train them right)
  25. Start journaling again
  26. Work on my short story
  27. Understand the signs of my mental health more
  28. Listen to sermons (when I have to work on Sundays and can’t go to church)
  29. Go on a road trip with friends — hopefully will happen in June!
  30. Have my first kid

I hope to accomplish all of these goals and I know some of them might seem pretty minor to you all but to me, it’ll be a challenge. I hope you’d find my list interesting nonetheless! Until next time!

-Ashli

TDA: The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare: Trilogy Review

So, I finished this (whole) trilogy in December and I’ve been wanting to do a review! I’m a big Cassie Clare fan so I thought doing a review great!

372670eec29aab67370f91b71d17842f3.5 – The series as a whole

This isn’t my favorite series/trilogy from Cassandra Clare. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m older now or because the original The Mortal Instrument trilogy will always have a special place in my heart; I’m not exactly sure.

I love Cassandra’s writing. She has this writing style that makes you want to keep reading and makes you on the edge of your seat. I think my favorite part of this whole trilogy (besides the beautiful covers!) was the mystery aspect; you didn’t get that from her other books. I thought it was interesting that she wrote the trilogy surrounding Edgar Allen Poe’s poem ‘Annabelle Lee’ because that’s one of my favorites and I grew up learning about it.

Sadly enough, I didn’t absolutely love any of the characters. I really did enjoy Livvy’s character and I loved the fact that Cassie gave Ty autism because my younger brother has it as well so I thought it was neat that she added that representation. I loved Ty’s and Kit’s friendship as well as Christina’s and Emma’s. I disliked Zara, her father, and all those side characters with a passion.

One of my other favorite part of this trilogy was seeing the other characters from the previous books. One of my least favorite characters used to be Alec but I actually liked seeing how his character grew. He was mature and well respected. I’m still not the biggest fan of Magnus.

I do plan on giving spoils at this point so if you haven’t any of the books or the didn’t finish the series, I’d stop reading now.

Lady Midnight was pretty good and a very excellent first book and while everyone seemed to enjoy Lord of Shadows less, I actually enjoyed it the most out of the whole trilogy.

Honestly, one of the things that kept me reading was the mystery aspect because I wasn’t the biggest fan of any of the characters. I did enjoy Livvy and when she died at the end of Lord of Shadows, it hurt. I hated the fact that it was Malcom who was behind the whole thing in Lady Midnight but I hated it because it made sense and I thought it was a big shocker. I did enjoy Emma’s character later as the story progressed but more so her witty comments.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Julian at all and I didn’t care or like his and Emma’s relationship. The fact he even asked Magnus to take away his feelings – and the fact that Magnus agreed to it – pissed me off because it started acting like a poop head to everyone he claimed to love and I wasn’t having it.

I mentioned before that I liked seeing all the other characters and that’s true. I absolutely loved seeing Jace, even though I was a Simon girl. Jace, even though he was still his cocky, witty self, grew up into such a mature man and I loved it. I enjoyed seeing Jem and Tessa again and fact that Tessa was pregnant made me so happy.

I liked really liked Christina’s and Emma’s friendship but Christina herself was just meh for me. Mark was okay and I started to like Kieran a little bit more as this story progressed. Their relationship though? That was a big no no for me. I’m not into polyamory relationships. It was just weird to me.

I thought ‘Queen of Air and Darkness’ was an okay conclusion to the trilogy, thought it did leave it open for the following series. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the beginning (mainly because of the whole Julian acting like a dick) or even the ending per say. My favorite part of that whole book – to be honest, the whole trilogy – was the middle it, when Emma and Julian were in the other dimension. I thought it was interesting to see that ‘what if’ scenario (what if City of Heavenly Fire didn’t end the way it did). I actually wanted more of those scenes but it didn’t happen.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of what happened to Julian and Emma turning into Nephilim. I thought it was really stupid and on top of it, I thought it was even more stupid how they turned back. I thought it was really cheesy and that it wouldn’t have happened.

Overall, I give the trilogy a 3.5 stars! I enjoyed the writing and plot and the fact that it was centered the poem but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the way Cassie ended things with Emma and Julian or majority of the characters so there was that.

I’d still recommend the series, not just the whole the Dark Artifices but the whole Shadowhunter Chronicles in general!

Until next time!

-Ashli

 

19 Books I Want to Read in 2019

I restarted my YouTube channel and to be honest, I’m really rusty and awkward but here you go if you still want to watch it: YouTube video

I want to make a post anyway and write the list of the books I do want to read – focus on – this year!

  1. The Youth Trib Force books 1-3 by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
  2. IT by Stephen King
  3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  4. Paper Towns by John Green (and some of his other books)
  5. Night Film by Marisha Pessel
  6. Illumane by Amie Koffman and Jay Kristoff
  7. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  8. From the Mouth of Elijah by Bryan Davis
  9. Third Starlighter by Bryan Davis
  10. Three Weeks with my Brother by Nicholas and Micah Sparks
  11. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  12. The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
  13. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  14. AfterWorlds by Scott Westfield
  15. The Loch by Steve Alten
  16. Monument 14 trilogy by Emmy Laybourne
  17. The Martian by Andy Weir
  18.  Room by Emma Donoghue
  19. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Well, there you have it folks! I hope you enjoyed this post! Until next time!

-Ashli

January Ipsy Bag 2019

Here is my January Ipsy bag! It was an okay month! I wasn’t disappointed! Here we go!

fileassetThe bag is pretty plain. Definitely not my favorite but it’s still kind of cute nonetheless.

jan1Apparently this clears face dead skin and I’m very interested in this! I have very dry skin so maybe this will help me with my dryness.
jan2I got a clear lip gloss. I love me a good lip gloss!
jan5I got this loose eyeshadow. I was received this color (I was hoping for the blue) but this color actually looks different in person. Weirdly enough, it looks there’s a pink undertone to it. Anyway, I’m excited to use this!
jan3I got a contour brush! I’m pretty excited to receive this! I’m hoping it’ll blend well.
jan4I only ever got a sample of a mascara from Ipsy (I haven’t tried though) so I was pretty excited to get another one to my collection!

Well, there you have it folks! I hope you enjoyed this! Until next time…

-Ashli

Show Review: Smallville

Ten seasons

217 episodes

2001-2011

I had been meaning to watch Smallville for ages and I finally got around to it in 2018 (I even finished the very last episode on the last day of 2018!) I remember when the first episode aired for the first time; my brothers and I had tried to watch it because the concept sounded so cool. I was 9, 10 at the time though and if you’ve seen the series you know that the first few seasons were kind of teen drama. With that being said, as a kid it wasn’t what I expected or what I thought it was going to be so I never got through the first episode.

Now as an adult, I had been meaning to watch it and so I finally did!

The first four seasons were pretty cheesy, not going to lie, but like I said it was aimed more to be like a teen drama show; Clark Kent being in high school and everything that comes with that territory.

To be honest, the first few seasons I had a hard time connecting to the any of the characters, even Clark. For the longest time, the only characters I even cared for were Martha and Jonathan Kent, Clark’s parents.

I started liking Clark way more season 5 on; he became one of my favorites and man did I find him attractive, dang. Lois was one of my favorite characters, I definitely preferred her over Lana; I think everybody did. I do have to say, I think I liked Lois’ character more-so later on when she matured more. I like how she was badass and independent and she wasn’t whiny about Clark’s trust like Lana had been.

I really loved Oliver’s character. He was great and hilarious and I loved his backstory. I never was a huge Chole fan. I was a big Jimmy fan though and him not making it to the end hurt my heart (also Clark’s dad, especially him). I didn’t realize that Lex wasn’t in seasons six-ten and I was kind of disappointed in that. I had my issues with him but in the end, I was hoping he would redeem himself. I actually shipped Lex and Lana together, not Lana and Clark. I loved the qualities that came out when Lex and Lana were together.

One thing I wish they had done was keep Jason. I liked him and Lana together as well. I wanted more from his character and I feel like they could have done so much for him. They wrote him into a whole different character than the direction I thought they were going to go and I absolutely hated that. They kind of killed him without him getting a chance to redeem himself. (I might be biased because Jensen Ackles is mighty fine and I love his acting).

Also I was kind of confused about when Julian died, nobody in the right mind seemed to care at all and that didn’t seem right. Another thing I was kind of disappointed that they didn’t bring Helen back. I felt like they could have done so much with that backstory and it felt like open chance for her to come back when she disappeared when she did. I was excepting that storyline to pop back up but it didn’t and that was disappointing.

As for the writing, it was really cheesy at first but later on, it did get better. It wasn’t cheesy in a bad way though. I mean, the show did last ten seasons for crying out loud. I just feel like the writing got better later in the show. I’m not sure if it was even the writing got better to be honest, maybe it was just because the characters got older that made it better.

AND CAN I JUST SAY TOM WELLING AGED LIKE FINE WINE ;D

Anyway, I know I mainly talked about the characters but I sometimes feel like that’s what makes a show. I hoped you liked this review nonetheless. I definitely recommend Smallville. Just get through the first bit of cheesiness; it gets better lol!

-Ashli

 

 

New Year Book Tag

I’m doing this book tag that Heather over at Bookables made up a bit ago! It seems like a fun tag so I decided why not?! There’s only seven so let’s get started!

1. How many books are you planning to read in 2019? I’m striving for 100 books this year!

2. Name 5 books that you didn’t get to this past year but want to make a priority in 2019. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield, Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens, Three Weeks with my Brother by Nicholas and Micah Sparks, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseni

3. What genre do you want to read more of? I want to try to read more adult books or even comtempary or mystery/thrillers books because that used to be my favorite genre.

4. Name 3 non book related goals for 2019. Finally get my next tattoo, pay more off my car, go on a road trip with my cousin and my three best friends to Bush Gardens! (and hopefully the latter will happen!)

5. What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read? I have so many books that I’ve had forever! What comes to mind is the Series of Unfortunate Events books and even the three books I have of The Youth Trib Force series.

6. One word that you’re hoping 2019 will be: Happy

7. Tag a friend! I’m tagging Savannah over at Just Getting Through I don’t know if she’d do this or not but I’ll tag her nonetheless.

Well, that was a fun tag! I hope you enjoyed this! If you decide to do this, put your link down below!

Until next time!

-Ashli