Welcome Twenty Fifteen!

Warning from the future! The zombie apocalypse is upon us! Save your families, save yourselves, heed this warning! 

Okay, okay, sorry I had too! …ahem.. I mean…

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Daniel and I overlooking the firework display as it rang in 2015. Captured by: Lynn Corcoran

Daniel and I overlooking the firework display as it rang in 2015. Captured by: Lynn Corcoran

Current City: Dededo, Guam

Happy New Year friends! It’s amazing the difference a year can make. Last year was filled with so many life changes and amazing adventures. It the span of 365 days, I married my husband twice, made new life long friends, lost very important souls in my life, traveled to amazing places, moved half way around the world, finally completed my BA degree and so much in between. It’s kind of overwhelming to think about in a nutshell. So very curious to see what 2015 has in store! We had such a wonderful time ringing it in with new friends and my forever midnight kiss on a rooftop in Tumon watching all the fireworks shooting off in the bay.

So of course with the new year comes new resolutions, the big ones for me this year are to get back on track with being healthy, become a better photographer and blogger and to be more in the moment. I’m guilty for the typical healthy resolution! I just want to get out more, go hiking, running, prepare more nutritious meals and try and get the most out of life. When it comes to photography and blogging, I know I have so much to learn and am excited to do so! So please be patient with me on that, I’m always open to suggestions and helpful tips! My resolution to be more in the moment stems from wanting to be more present with life around me, putting down the phone and enjoying the real world around me, so that I don’t miss those little moments that are so important. Wish me luck!

What is everyone’s resolutions? Celebration plans? Best of luck on your adventures ahead!

Cheers!

Blogging my Ashleigh

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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

Shaken Up

Current City: Tamuning, Guam

Daniel and I are becoming quite the gypsies of Guam, once again hopping hotel to hotel. It’ll make getting into the house even sweeter, being able to stay put! But we have an address now, and an ever-changing move in date.

Colorful Bus Stop

One of the colorful bus stops that decorate the streets of the island.

Yesterday we had our world rocked when a 7.1 earthquake rocked the island. Ironically the day before I was checking out the site of a fellow blogger from Guam and reading about an earthquake that had hit them a few months before our arrival. I thought to myself that I hadn’t even considered earthquakes here, mostly only typhoons. About a half an hour later, cue the quake, rocking me on the third story hotel floor. I was confused at first until I realized what was happening, trying to remember what to do. “Get in the bath tub? We don’t have a bath. No wait, that’s tornadoes, right?” Standing in the middle of the hotel room, dumfounded, and then it was all over. Children screaming down the halls and a call from Daniel who was up in Northwest field. He told me it seemed like the Earth was rolling.

It was definitely a crazy experience, a first for us both. Luckily it didn’t trigger a tsunami and all was well. Chalk it up to one of our many new experiences on the island!

Stay Safe!

Blogging my Ashleigh

Exploring, Waterparks and Wet Noses

Current City: Tumon, Guam

Well unfortunately we had to do some hotel hoping and our move in date has been pushed back once again. It’s been quite the process and a quite frustrating, but I’ll leave it at that. At least we know we have the house and will be able to make it our first home in the very near future. The past week has involved a lot of hurry up and wait, and me practicing my weak virtue of patience. A giggle for anyone that knows me well!

Inarajan Sunsets

Unfortunately for me, Daniel is off leave for house hunting and is back at work today. We did manage to get a lot done in that time and have fun. Including a trip to Inarajan for some beautiful sights and a taste of Chamorro culture right before the sunset, Daniel played photographer. We defiantly would like to visit and explore the area some more when we have more time available. We enjoyed some wonderful treats at the Tea District. Iced milk tea with boba for me was such a pick me up! Daniel enjoyed strawberry cheesecake in a drink for his giant sweet tooth. Very delicious for our search for bedroom furniture, we can’t wait until we get in the house and our stuff finally arrives off the boat.

South Views of GuamWe also made another trip to G.A.I.N. (Guam Animals in Need), a shelter that has captured my heart and love for animals on the island. Daniel points out a testimony to my passion with the fact that I looked up the shelters and animal groups before we even got to the island and proceeded to seek them out before we were even here a week.

We’re hoping to adopt a puppy once we’re settled; Daniel knows nothing brings a smile to my face quite like animals do. But until we’re settled and can provide a pup with a structured home and time we find ways to help animals in other ways as often as we can.

As much as I’m falling in love with my new home, animals have my heart and I am bothered by what I see here and would like to do as much as I can, even if it’s a small dent. The concept of having a pet here is much different than how I was raised and I feel is unworthy to these souls. With the large amount of strays and animals along the side of the road, seeing them tied up with no water breaks my heart.

Inarajan ViewsI’m not saying that this is the case with every pet owner or animal on the island; it’s just a lot more prevalent and eye opening from anywhere I’ve lived before. But to subside my rant, I know participating to make even the smallest difference is going to be a priority during our time here.

We had a wonderful time this weekend at Onward Waterpark! I haven’t been to a waterpark in I don’t remember how long, maybe since the first Wet N’ Wild for all my Las Vegas natives! But I know that lines were a big part of my past experiences, not at Onward! We went on every slide as many times as we wanted, and just had a wonderful day full of smiles that was warmly welcomed! My favorite slide had to be the Manta! I know we’ll defiantly be making more trips during our time here!

Wishing everyone a wonderful week and hope to be updating you from our house next time!

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

Hafa Adai Guam

Current City: Tamuning, Guam

We made it to Guam! Right off of the plane we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the men Daniel will be working with and their families. They took us to dinner at Vitale’s in Tumon before taking us to our hotel that we would be staying at until we found a home. Maybe it was the jet lag setting in, or how hungry we were from the journey, but it was some of the best pizza I’ve ever had! Once we got to our hotel room it had set in that this would be our new home, right around the same time we passed out since our bodies were still believing it was four in the morning.

The view from our hotel balcony the first morning in Tamuning, Guam.

The view from our hotel balcony the first morning in Tamuning, Guam.

The next morning we woke up early and were able to watch the sunrise and walk to get some breakfast, and more importantly coffee for me! It was nice being able to see some of the island, the night before I wasn’t able to see out of the windows due to the thick layer of condensation. Also, upon getting out of the car for dinner that night, my glasses instantly fogged up, a far cry from the dry heat of the desert that I am so accustomed to! We had a good laugh about it, a “we aren’t in Kansas anymore” moment not thirty minutes off the plane.

Walking back from breakfast we noticed all the street art, miles and miles of green popping up everywhere and slugs racing their way along the sidewalk. All these things so little, but were noticeable to fresh eyes.

That night we were lucky enough to get a quick tour and some insight on the major parts of the island from our relator. Including some amazing places to eat, and beaches to explore.

Our first glance of the island from the plane.

Our first glance of the island from the plane.

After our little driving tour he took us to Chamarro Village where every Wednesday evening they have a gathering filling the grounds with food and pop up vendors representing Guam. The food and the atmosphere was thrilling, I can’t wait to go back again and check it out when have some time to mosey around and explore everything it has to offer. I guess I’ll have to add it to the growing list of places we need to visit while we’re here!

We’ve been truly blessed with the generosity from the men at the shop helping Daniel get situated at the base and even letting us borrow a truck to do some running around on our own. Which with no surprise lead us to check out the motorsports track, which I was delighted to see looks like a track I’ll be able to enjoy with Daniel. A big sigh of relief since we brought our ATVs to the island, a hobby we are both passionate about.

Things are slowly starting to fall into place as we get settled, we were able to get working phones, looking to get a ‘Guam bomb’ of our own before Daniel’s truck arrives from California and will be looking at houses today. Wish us luck!

Happy Travels!
Blogging my Ashleigh