This certainly isn’t a photoblog and I’m certainly not Peter Parker, but I’d like to open with a picture, with your permission, of course.
You don’t mind? Thanks. I don’t care what your ex says, you’re the best.
This is Ashley and her killer smile.
Ironically, Ashley is a writer but her smile speaks volumes. Still, I think it only appropriate that I share a few details about Ashsappley before we get to the good stuff. (That’s what the privileged elite in her inner circle call her. Please, don’t be so jealous, it’s embarrassing.)
- So talented, even her “funky, wrestling-with-depression” posts put a smile on my face.
- A work-in-progress. (I love that.)
- Wonder Woman with crimson locks. Seriously, her self-awareness and raw talent is exceeded only by that winning smile.
Admittedly, I don’t know Ashley all that well (for all I know, she could be a serial killer or worse, a Kardashian follower), but she’s impressed me so far and I’m sure you’ll agree… the girl can write.
On a personal note, I’ve been pretty frustrated with my writing “career”, parenting (it’s difficult to inspire your child when part of you has given up on your dreams), and life in general, but Ashley’s inexhaustible optimism has given me hope.
Now, on with the show.
1) Your favorite beach on this plane of existence is located…
I had the wonderful fortune of spending a lot of money to go on a cruise to the Caribbean last year. Though I am pretty sure Bora Bora would end up being my favorite when I run away to live in a box on the beach, for now I will have to say St. Maarten was stunning. I had to be dragged away our last day because I was convinced I could live there. There may not have been a lot of logic involved, but I was going with what my heart wanted. I’m told that’s what matters.
2) Is it true your smile contains 1.21 gigawatts of raw power?
Oh, that is absolutely an inaccurate measurement. Perhaps your smile-o-meter needs re-calibrating, but the correct amount is actually 1.20 gigawatts. Just shy of causing blindness in others – consider yourself lucky! There have been many of close-calls, but as it stands, my smile is still within legal standards.
(Come to think of it, my smile-o-meter has been on the fritz lately. That’s what I get for shopping at Mel’s Bargain Smile Shack.)
3) Awards shows: Worth your time or an exercise in mental self-mutilation?
Award shows are a waste of time for me, especially because I don’t have cable and would therefore only be staring at a blank screen. However, I do find the commentary of other viewers via Twitter quite amusing. It’s a snarkfest, which I am always game for.
4) We’ve all become obsessed with celebrity/political meltdowns lately. If you could say one thing to Rob Ford, what would you say?
I had backed away from paying attention to celebrity, particularly political, mishaps because I noticed that I would work myself up into an Ashley frenzy (not healthy for anyone). However, Rob Ford was hard to not hear about, so I did learn about his love-hate relationship with scandal and particular substances. Because he is running again with the promise to “continue doing the job he was elected to do”, I would probably only say to him, “I don’t think that job means what you think it does if history is an indicator.”
5) You’ve made quite a journey across the web in your blogging career. Is there a site left that you wish you could contribute to?
That is very kind of you to say. I think my next stop should be Oprah. So if she’s ever giving out spots on her website for bloggers (it’s possible; I hear she likes to give things away), that is where you’ll find me.
Told you she was cool.
I want to thank Ashley for slumming today and for brightening everyone’s day – again. I’m going to let the lady see us off with another winning pic…
See you in the lobby, kids…