Photo A Day|| February Part Two.

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Hi!

I am kind of in a reading slump right now, which totally sucks. I haven’t been in the mood to read anything for the past week or so. I’ve been watching a lot of TV, which is fine. I mentioned how I was so far behind on TV shows as I am books. Hopefully I get out of this slump ASAP, because I have a lot of books I want to read. Like a ton of ARCs that I need to get reviews up for. Since I don’t really have anything to talk about as far as books goes, here is another photo a day post with pictures from the last few days.


I’ve been taking part in monthly photo a day challenges on my Instagram account (heyyitsashley) and I’ve been having a lot of fun with them (when I don’t fall behind on pictures). I figured I would also cross post them to my blog as well. I think for the purpose of blogging, I will post 3-5 per blog post that I do throughout the month. That way I am not spamming my blog with a million photo a day posts back to back. You can follow me on Instagram (linked above) if you want to see them daily though! Some of these pictures will be taken with my Nikon. There will also be some taken  with my iPhone.

It’ll be a little different this month and I won’t count the actual days of the month, because I missed a lot of days this month. I totally forgot the challenge even started toward the beginning of the month.

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Instagram Caption: “sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong.” 🖤 || photo a day • black & white. 
Camera:
Nikon.

I LOVE this picture. I love taking pictures of fences. I took a few different ones that day, but I really liked how this one came out. I also really love the quote I decided to put as the caption.


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Instagram Caption: throwback to flying over arizona back in 2016 when we were on our way to california. i need another vacation, asap! ✈️ || photo a day • travel.
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Throwback picture to mine and the hubby’s vacation to California in 2016. This is one of my favorite pictures that I took. I want to go on another vacation, on another plane, so I can take more pictures from the sky! I also really want to go back to San Francisco, because I didn’t get to do all the things that I really wanted to do.


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Instagram Caption: hollywood beach 🌊 | photo a day • in the details.
Camera:
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One the side of the outside wall of a restaurant on the beach, there is this really cool mosaic picture. I always like taking pictures of it and it’s so detailed and it went perfectly for the topic this day.


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Instagram Caption: 🌊🌴☀️✌🏼 || photo a day • stripes.
Camera:
iPhone.

This picture was also taken at the beach in the parking garage. I thought it looked cool being able to see the beach from the little window and it ended up going perfect for “stripes”. I have another picture from the parking garage too that isn’t through the slatted window. I’ll have to post that in a picture update post at some point.


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Instagram Caption: “my only goal in life right now is to be genuinely happy.” ♡ || photo a day • time.
Camera:
iPhone.

This one is just a totally random picture. It probably doesn’t really go with “time”, but I used a quote that could go with it as the caption. I am LIVING for the quote I put as the caption. I took it this morning right before it was TIME to go to work though, LOL. So I decided to just post it anyway. I also really love it even though it is completely random and I was just messing around waiting for my sister to finish getting ready.

In case you missed it;
Photo A Day|| February Part One.
WWW Wednesday #46.
3 & 3.5 star reads of 2017.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Adventure & New Books.

Hey! 🙂

I hope everyone is having a good weekend! I woke up super early today, because the boyfriend and I had to take my younger sister to work. We were also going to go to the mall to go to Books-A-Million. It was really early, so the mall wasn’t opened yet though. We decided to cash in my piggy bank change that I’ve been saving up at Publix and it ended up being $50! I also got a chocolate frosting sprinkle donut from Publix. It was probably the best donut I’ve ever had. Publix seriously has the best stuff though.

After Publix we went to this park that was close by to kill time. It was pretty cool, because the entire park was on huge hills. There were different levels of the hills with different things in the park. The section we went to had a model airplane launching pad and we watched people fly their model airplanes for a little while and then just chilled passing time.

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^^*that’s the boyfriend and our car* ^^
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We decided to go to the mall an hour before the stores opened and walked around. OMG I’ve never realized how many people exercise in the mall before the stores open! It’s totally a thing!! It was mostly older people, but so many of them walking around in their running shoes, workout clothes, and holding water bottles. It was pretty crazy! I can totally understand why though, it’s empty when stores aren’t open and you don’t have to suffer in the Florida summer heat to get exercise in!

I was actually really disappointed with Books-A-Million. It wasn’t any better than Barnes & Noble in my opinion. I still spent a ton of money that I probably shouldn’t have. I also didn’t see any new releases from this week, which was a huge disappointment! Sigh. I think I’ll stick to Amazon and Book Outlet from now on. It’s so much cheaper and I can get all kinds of books.

Anyway!! I did get five books from the bookstore though. I only had to use $10 over what my piggy bank was, so that was not too bad. I was saving my change, so I could buy books. Below are the books that I got…

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Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Starters by Lissa Price
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Even though I wasn’t exactly happy with the Books-A-Million store itself, I’ve been really wanting these books, so I am glad that I got them. Hopefully in the next few weeks I can get the ones I didn’t see. I’ve been trying really hard not to spend so much money on books like I have been over the last few months. So far I’ve been good this month…so much better than usual!

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Overall it was a pretty good morning! It’s so nice when the boyfriend has a Saturday off work. I wish it was more often, but I guess I’ll take what I can get! We also got Steak N Shake for lunch (which I haven’t had in so long). CHEESE FRIES! Modern Romance and catching up on TV shows with the boyfriend.

Check out some of my other posts from this week! You know you want to! 😉

Friday Finds #20 & Random Blog Talk.
The Disney Book Tag.
Bloggers’ Book Club: June.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend! BYE! 🙂

Book Haul, Adventures, & Pictures.

Hi 🙂

Remember when I said I was on a book buying ban? Yeah….I suck, lol. There is a Goodwill literally 5 minutes walking from my house, so I decided to drag my younger sister on a walk to the Goodwill with me. I was really going to look for a jar there for the book jar I wanted to make, but of course I had to look at the books too. I failed to find a jar, but I left with a bunch of books. Together they only cost me about $10 though!

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Walking isn’t too bad, but since I live in Florida it is so dang hot! WHERE’S THE SNOW THOUGH?! The walk wasn’t bad though, thank God. It could have been worse had it been a further distance. The Goodwill is across from a railroad track that is at the end of the street that my house is on, SO CLOSE!

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This is the railroad, of course. I love that there are flower bushes along the side of it. I live on the other side of those bushes; well toward the end of the street anyway, but close enough. I also have one of those bushes in my backyard, it’s pretty.

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My sister and I found this pretty neat mirror at Goodwill. If my apartment was bigger, I probably would have wanted to get it. I’m the one with the colorful TOMS on and she’s the one with the black shoes; well those are our legs anyway, lol 😉 Onto the books and then some other random pictures from today and this week.

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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Ashes of Twilight by Kassy Tyler
Chasers by James Phelan
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
The Long Wait for Tomorrow by Joaquin Dorfman
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

So, those are all the books that I got! They were all in great condition! I couldn’t pass up on the Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox. It’s the sixth book in the series, but I want to eventually own and read them all, so I had to buy it. I already read Water for Elephants, but I really loved the book, so I wanted to own it. The rest of the books I have never read and they all sound like good books. I had Thirteen Reasons Why on my TBR list, so it was nice finding it. There is a picture of ColbyJack chillin amongst the books. He really just wanted to lay on the plastic bags.

I printed off my entire TBR list from Goodreads on Excel and I plan to do the book jar soon! I have seven books I want to read before I start the jar, so I printed off extra pages, so I could fill out new books that I add to my list. I know I’ll probably end up adding tons more books before I actually get a chance to do the jar (like all the books I bought today). I wrote down the seven books I want to read before, so I can check off from there. I am thinking about doing two jars; one of books I own already and one of books I don’t own yet. That way I am not constantly having to spend money on books and I can also get the books I own already read.

Okay, so other than Goodwill, my younger and older sister and I went to the pet store. My younger sister has gerbils, so she wanted to get some bedding for them. There was a snake at the pet store that some lady was holding. It felt so cool. They also had this cute little bird that my older sister and I really wanted, but it was over $100! That’s my sister’s arm in the picture with the snake. And my older sister bought me this to hang in my apartment; she knows how much I HATE cleaning, so it’s perfect.

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Earlier this week I posted how I got a ton of Bath & Body Works in the mail, well this week I also got some new TOMS and my book light. I am in love with both so much! The TOMS came with a pretty awesome bracelet!

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And here are a couple of random pictures that I took this week. Purple flower in my backyard and tree branches and leaves that I thought looked pretty cool.

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Anyway, that’s all for now! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Just in case you missed them, here are a couple of the last posts that I did.

  • Book club post about the book we read in March; The Glass Arrow. – Random Excitement: Kristen Simmons tweeted me a smiley face, lol. 
  • Friday Finds – some of the books I added to my TBR list this week, because you know, it’s never-ending and I can’t stop.

Bye! ❤

Weekend Happiness.

Things that made me happy this weekend (kind of picture heavy):

Doctor Who references in a book I was reading.
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Dax’s 5th birthday (feb. 8) and I would be lying if I said I remembered. I didn’t realize until I got an email from the vet saying Happy Birthday. BUT hey, I put a birthday hat on him and he was happy, so it was a win.
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Random adventures and pretty scenery.

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My kitten being his strange little self. It never gets old when he climbs into these.

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And when he decides it’s cool to eat his food out of the container instead of waiting for me to put it in his bowl.

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Chill Friday nights with a book and my furbabies.
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And some more scenery that I am in love with. I love going to the tower at this park. It’s so high up and you can see the tops of trees and it’s the best.

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I love random adventures and amazing scenery. All these places were literally right down the road from where I live. I love the area I live in because it always has great places to go and just relax and take in the beautiful of the world. I think most people live busy lives and forget to just look around and appreciate life and everything around us.

Were you able to do anything exciting or nice this weekend? Even jumping into a new world in a new book is great too! 

Saturday adventure #2.

I love living in Florida because the beach is always a good idea. It was super windy today and kind of chilly, but it was perfect. I decided to grab Ender’s Game to try to finish at the beach. It’s my last book for January, so I have to finish it today! I have family visiting from out of state, so I didn’t read much yesterday or today. I took tons of pictures at the beach, so here are some of the pictures I took. 🙂

IMG_2099Stopped by an observation tower before heading over to the pier. I climbed to the top and snapped some pictures.

IMG_2158The water at this particular beach was so beautiful! The color of it was so pretty. I loved it here. It was a really nice day out, so it was great.

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IMG_2161Pelicans everywhere and they got really close. There were tons of people fishing on the pier, so they were probably hoping they got lucky and got some fish or bait. hah 😉

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Using my Doctor Who bookmark. It was a tag from my TARDIS hoodie 🙂 lol
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Overall it has been a good Saturday. Off to finally finish Ender’s Game and get ready for a cookout with the family. I was having fun taking pictures that I didn’t get to read that much. I got a chapter finished, oops! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and getting lots of reading done or having tons of fun! ❤

Saturday Adventure and Weekend Reads.

One day on the way home from work, my boyfriend and I turned down the wrong road and ran into a library! It looked fairly close to our house too and I was pretty excited about that. Today I decided to walk with my younger sister and my niece and nephew to the library.
2015/01/img_1952.jpg We came across this pretty awesome sidewalk on the way. That’s my nephew skipping down it. And just so you know…the library wasn’t as close as I thought it was! We walked for what seemed like forever. I guess it seemed close because I was in the car last time I seen it, lol.
2015/01/img_1953.jpg I also seen this really cute mailbox! Just in time for Valentine’s Day? Or maybe it’s their everyday mailbox. Who knows! It’s cute though. ❤ We finally get to the library and I was kind of disappointed with the size (it was such a small library) and the book selection. This is the second library I’ve been to in my area and both experiences weren’t that great.
2015/01/img_1951.jpg Once we left the library we decided to get something to eat at Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant and that was pretty good, but kind of pricey. You get a lot of food though, so I can see why it would be as much as it was.
2015/01/img_1950.jpg 2015/01/img_1941.jpg On the way back the walk was not as great. It started to rain and we were carrying books and leftover food boxes! Not to mention we were all stuffed from lunch! We took a different route home and it still felt like forever to get there. Finally made it home and crashed on the couch.

In the end, I left the library with these two books to read over the weekend!
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Ender’s Game & Artemis Fowl

I am pretty excited about reading them because they’ve been on my TBR list. It’ll also be a change reading an actual book. I mostly read on the Kindle app on my iPad, so it’ll be a change. I’m 90% sure that reading so much on my iPhone and my iPad is what caused me to now need glasses.

What are some of the books on your weekend reading list? 🙂