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-six years of age, ie: so old to be on the Internet. I currently live in southwest Virginia in a teeny town with the population of approximately 3,000 people (though I cannot see how we cram that many people into this itty-bitty place). I am currently trying to move to North Carolina to be closer to my boyfriend, who lives an hour and a half from me. My house is newer, but very uniquely styled (built in 2006 with a Victorian style and strange floor plan, but it suits me very much) so nobody wants to buy it. Sad face.
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.
- Broccoli & Cheese.
- Biscuits & Gravy.
- Water. (All I drink 90% of the time.)
- Starbucks, specifically mochas. Any coffee really. ♥
- 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 okay, but defo 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.
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. Used to be very much into it but I got tired of predictability and repetition, and stopped watching it cold turkey.
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. 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 3, GameCube, Playstation 2, PSP, 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 4 domains: ASHPLAYS.COM, FATED.US, LAZYSHAD.COM, and my main one, ASH-KAT.NET. A couple of them aren't that active at the moment.
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 boyfriend. I've always liked it, but before I met him I tended to lean toward cartoons and anime. Now I am the exact opposite, and tend to lean toward the real-life shows. We watch TV together, which is why it is currently one of my favorite activities. It's something we can do together even when we aren't physically together, due to him living an hour and a half away. As for specifics, at this point I think it is actually safer to assume that I watch a show rather than assume that I don't. I have a TV schedule on my website that keeps up with the shows that we are currently watching. I also have a fandom list that is basically a list of all the fandoms I belong to. Yes, I am a SuperWhoLockian. ♥ And many other things.
MoviesI love going to the movies. And I love seeing my favorite books adapted into movies, which has happened quite a lot in the past 5 years or so. I used to collect movies, but that has become sort of a moot point with Redbox. I use Redbox a lot, and I love being able to rent movies straight from Amazon and stream them. Since I am a supernerd, all the superhero movies float my boat: The Avengers, Batman, Spiderman, etc. Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Boondock Saints, and countless others. My favorites are all listed over at my fandom list!
The InternetThe big one. I use Skype to talk to my boyfriend every day after work. I spend way, way too much time on tumblr. I read fanfiction on Archive Of Our Own. I'm a sucker for social media (mostly twitter, FB is dumb). I download all of my TV shows or watch them streamed online. The game I'm playing right now is an MMORPG, so it's 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. I enjoy it very much.
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
- 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 30-minute drive of me, except for my two cousins on my father's side. My mom and dad live 15 minutes from me (at least until I move to NC), and my brother still lives at home with them. I only have 1 brother, he is younger, and his name is Jonathan. He graduated from college 2 years ago, and is currently engaged to an awesome lady. Of all my family I am probably the closest with my brother. He is extremely similar to me in that he is also a nerd. We grew up liking each other because we always liked the same things.
- Boyfriend: I am involved with 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 are working toward getting married, but we have obstacles to overcome yet. He currently lives 1.5 hours from me, we met on a dating site, WE'RE FINALLY ENGAGED (as of December 31, 2013) and we've been together now for 3 years! c: Our anniversary is April 30, 2011.
- 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 kindest, smartest, and most obedient dog I have ever had. She is currently 4.5 years old, approximately 60 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: The Devil In The White City
- Playing: Pokemon X
- Listening To: Emma dream-barking. Lolol.
- Watching: Teen Wolf (Alison just died. Sadfase.)
- Downloading: Chozen
- Feeling: Productive
- Eating: Nothing
- Drinking: Water
- Saving For: The Big Move™ (Moving to NC to get married!)
- Anticipating: The Big Move™
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. Right now I work for the county school system, which consists of around 12 schools, and I visit each one and do therapy with disabled and developmentally delayed children. I never want to do anything else. I love it.