On Being Engaged

So, as it turns out, I'm rather good at being engaged. I'm good at planning and organizing a wedding. I'm good at spending time with the fiancĂ©. I've got a playlist in the works, several magazines, and a binder. 

What I am NOT good at, is doing things that are non-wedding related. School? Pssh. Work? Well, I'm still good at that, since it pays for the wedding I'm good at planning. So mainly it's school that I'm not good at any more. I'd say it's because of engagement-brain, but I think that it's really more likely that it's senioritis, a chronic condition facing students in their final year of school. 

Also, when I get new batteries for my camera, I'll put up ring pictures. Squee!

President's Day

So, I had a to-do list that was 17 items long. I did all but one of them today. You know what I didn't do? 

Image from Google 

Speaking of, I want this room when I grow up. So many storage spaces. Even the clothes and bottles match the room. Oh, I wants it. 

The Proposal

Alright friends, as promised, here is my very own proposal story. Be warned, it's long. 

Really, it all began a few weeks ago, when we went to Luke's house for the weekend. While we were there I spotted his skateboard, and thought that learning how to board would be a fun date idea. So we brought it back with us. 

A few days later, we talked about how to celebrate Valentine's Day. Last year we did kind of a traditional thing, so this year I wanted to do something a little different. So I suggested we go skateboarding. And then maybe see a movie and get some dinner.  He thought that sounded like a great idea. So it was planned. 

Monday (V-Day) comes around, and since he and I are both in school, we had to get that out of the way.  He comes and picks me up around 4, and I'm still deciding what to wear. I don't want to look like a loser in front of the skate park kids. So I find something and we take off. Luke did some research on where the closest skate park was. Turns out it's in Sandy, which is a good 20 minutes up the freeway. We take off. And we talk and laugh the whole time. And he tells me he's planned a little picnic, which makes me happy. We only got lost once trying to find it. When we get there, there are people everywhere. And shy little me doesn't want to be watched as I learn how to do this. So we head off down the sidewalk. 

Just so we're all clear, I suck at skateboarding. Luke was so patient with me. But I'm horrible.  He was good at it, though. So after some practise, he went and tried a few tricks in the park. And he did really well. Once he'd had enough we headed off for the picnic. Which he tells me is going to be at the Oquirr Mountain Temple. Now up until this point, I figured it was just another Valentine's. But say 'picnic' and 'temple', and you can't help but figure that something's coming. I didn't say anything though, in case that wasn't what he had planned.

We got lost trying to find it, but we got there eventually. We get out of the car, and he pulls out two bottles of Sobe (our favourite drink) and two cupcake boxes from my favourite cupcake place.  We go and find a place to have our picnic. The rest went something like this: 

Luke: "Here, this box is yours"

Ashleigh: "Okay" *what if I really wanted the other one?*

I open the box. There's a cupcake, and a little black velvet box. 

A: "There's a box in my box."

L: "Yeah"

A: "Can I open it?"

L: "Yeah"

I open the second box. Inside is a beautiful sparkly ring. 

L: "Will you marry me?"

A: "Yes!"

And I didn't even cry! Okay, maybe I cried a little. We sat there for a while, and I stared at my hand. Then ducks flew overhead, so it was pretty much the perfect moment. Eventually it got too cold and to dark to keep staring at my ring, so we went and got back in the car, and went out for pizza. 

It was the perfect day, the perfect proposal, and the perfect man. I'm so happy. 

P.S. That red velvet cupcake with chocolate frosting was the most delicious cupcake ever. 

The Announcement

So here it is. Ready?


I'm going to save the engagement story and ring photos for another post when I'm not so tired. But here's the facts: 

- it happened Monday night
- I wasn't expecting it at all 
- cupcakes were involved 
- I'm incredibly happy

Also, I'm sure some of you are going to want to know details about the planning stage, because let's face it, it's fun (and stressful....). So I'll be posting about wedding stuff. But not all the time. 

Did I mention I'm really happy? Because I am.  

My Mantras

"The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt"
          - Sylvia Plath 

"Be a scholar, rather than a student" 
          - Me 


This looks awesome. If you're in Provo, you should come. 

Food Diary, Day One

The Women's Services office here on campus is having "A Week of Mindful Eating" workshop. Every day there's an activity, a goal, and journal questions to answer. The goal is to have a better relationship with food by the end of the week. Now, true to who I am, I'm a day behind, so today I'll be doing two entries. 

Today's goal was to take a quiz about my eating habits. I scored a 33, which puts me in the healty eating category. Yay! THen I matched myself with a specific eating type. I found that I fit into a few different categories. I'm a chaotic unconscious eater. That means I'm so busy, and have so much going on that I don't sit down and enjoy a meal. I eat on the run, or squeeze it in when I can. It also means that eating becomes a part of multitasking; it's just one more thing to do. The other type I am (at least, the one I'm trying to be) is an intuitive/mindful eater. People who are this type focus on when they're really hungry, and what it is that they really want to eat, and they don't feel guilty about it. I've been trying to do that. Once, a saw an ad in a magazine about eating disorderes. There was a girl at a table, with a caption that said
Eat when you're hungry. Stop when you're truely full. Eat exactly what you want. Do this, and it is unlikely that you will ever have an eating disorder. 
At the time,  I wasn't sure if I believed it. But the more I think about it, the more sense it makes. Eat what you want, when you're hungry, but don't overeat.  Because I have found that if you withhold the food that you want, you'll only rebel and eat more of it later. I've been trying to really pay attention to my body, and what it needs. I'm not the best at always eating a balanced meal, so I'm really trying to listen to what my body is telling me when it craves certain food. And you know what? It's working a lot better than any other died I've ever tried.  

When it Gets Cold......Go Shopping

Utah pulled a nasty trick on me. Instead of slowly getting warmer, it has decided to take a drastic turn for the cold. So, in order to keep my spirits high, I've resorted on online shopping. Much warmer than going out. My wishlist so far: 

A British themed Thermos

A book about Audrey 

Kinda goes without saying....