Felis Påsgua to All

Current City: Dededo, Guam

Hope everyone had an amazing Christmas this year. Daniel and I enjoyed Christmas morning together with Christmas tree cinnamon rolls, a muddy and exhausting ride on the quads at the track and finally a lovely dinner with new friends! Very eventful and memorable Christmas.  How did everyone else celebrate this year? Any traditions new or old? I know we’re looking to start a few more through the years!
Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Blogging my Ashleigh

Coffee and Coconut Trees

GabGab BeachCurrent City: Santa Rita, Guam

Tuesday adventures with Lynn are always a treat! After sharing a delicious batch of freshly French pressed coffee from Rivera’s Coffee we headed on down to Gab Gab beach located on the South of the island on the Navy base. This place was like walking into a screensaver, so gorgeous! Spent a nice afternoon there complete with a view and a show, we enjoyed watching some tactical practice going on complete with men hopping out of helicopters. I even got a kick out of the flying fish, granted I wasn’t in the water with them! My first beach day on Guam was definitely wonderful.

Happy days,
Blogging my Ashleigh

Sea Stars and Spirits

Current City: Santa Rita, Guam

IMG_4174 (1)Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween (and Nevada Day)! I bet you’d never guess that I went as the little mermaid, Ariel of course! Side note, I totally underestimated what an adventure it was going to be to find a sea star for my hair while living on a tropical island. But, I actually spent most of my holiday working, yup thats right, I’m employed! I’ve held off sharing just to make sure that it stuck, didn’t want to jinx myself.

I’m having a go at the craft of bartending and am thankful for the opportunity, especially with how difficult it is to find a job out here. It has also helped me meet a lot of wonderful people out here already, which I am even more thankful for.

Working nights has pretty much destroyed whatever sleep schedule my body had become accustomed to, but it works out when talking to family and friends back home. Got to have that silver lining!

IMG_4158 (1)I got the awesome opportunity to join friends in taking a quick tour of the USS George Washington during it’s short stay in Guam. Other than the torrential down pour we endured, as the photos show us in our drowned rat best, it was a great time. I had forgotten how massive the air craft carriers truly are when you’re right next to them as they tower over you. It reminded me of the tour my family and I took of the USS Midway back in San Diego, a must for anyone even remotely interested! But it was a wonderful day of rain, exploring, coffee and puppy cuddles. A few of my favorite things!

Our house is still not together yet; we’ve really dropped the ball, but once it is you better believe you’ll be hearing all about it!

DSC01287Now that Halloween is over, holiday antics will be running wild for Christmas and poor Thanksgiving, the red headed step child that gets trampled over every year. Definitely going to be a bittersweet year, celebrating the holidays with my new husband and my first holiday season away from my family. Going to need a little extra help really getting into the spirit this year.

Hope everyone else is getting along swimmingly!

Blogging my Ashleigh

 

 

 

P.S. A little shot approaching the USS George Washington.

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Transitions and Settling In

Current City: Dededo, Guam

I’m sorry I don’t have the before and after photos as promised! The pieces are still slowly coming together and I can’t wait to share the finished product. We’re still covered in a sea of cardboard boxes and packing paper, which I crunched through to get the only fill I’ll be getting of walking through fall leaves this year!

Rain, rain, everyday.

Rain, rain, everyday.

But I can’t get over how awesome it is to make a nice cup of coffee at home to get my day going, and be able to cook in our kitchen! We’re trying to get used to living in a concrete house and the obstacles it presents in decorating our home.  We’re also learning the time it takes when it comes to shipping to and from the states, lots of practice with all the special October birthdays! Hopefully this trial run went well and we could be a part of all the celebrations, especially for my dad’s big 5-0!

Night view from Bayside while we were hotel hopping.

Night view from Bayside while we were hotel hopping.

There’s a family friend in town for work, pretty shocking for the both of us, that we’re hoping to see before he leaves.  Just a reminder that even when we fell a little isolated on the island that it really is a small world. Our typhoon scare, Vongfong, was just that, a scare, but my heart goes out to those in Japan that we’re affected by it. Vongfong was daunting simply because we didn’t know what to expect.  Especially with the earthquake shortly after we arrived we’ve been reminded just how different and unfamiliar the weather, and well everything is, from home for the both of us.  The learning experience continues!

The journey continues,

Blogging my Ashleigh

Short, Sweet, Simple Sunday

Current City: Tumon, Guam

In celebration of overcoming jet lag, well not really just wonderful timing, we went out on the town our first weekend on the island! One of Daniel’s friends, native of the island, took us out to show us some of the local music scene. It was an amazing time, really enjoyed hearing some wonderful reggae.

Enjoying my generously borrowed coffee and a book on the balcony.

Enjoying my generously borrowed coffee and a book on the balcony.

Also, the other day while Daniel was at work I ventured down to the bistro here at the hotel and popped in for a cup of coffee to go. Unfortunately it was a no go, but they offered to let me borrow a cup and saucer if I would return it later. Just a small bit of kindness that made my morning, enjoying it on the porch with the slight drizzle of rain, my definition of perfection.

Well, off to check out Guam International Raceway. There are some bike and quad races going on that Daniel wants to scope out so he can join in next season.

Enjoy your Sunday!
Blogging my Ashleigh