Fluffy Thing Friday – Motivational Kitty Sketches

First off…..have we all read Text from Dog?  If you haven’t.  You should.


So apparently the guy who is the owner of said Dog has started leaving little motivational cartoons for people to find on the train to work.  I find this awesome.  On so many levels.

motivational-sticky-notes-cartoon-cat-october-jones-1 motivational-sticky-notes-cartoon-cat-october-jones-10 motivational-sticky-notes-cartoon-cat-october-jones-14 motivational-sticky-notes-cartoon-cat-october-jones-15I have so much love for this.

These are just my favorites.  Here’s the rest of the series.




Return of the Insomnia Monster

As anyone who has problems sleeping can tell you, insomnia is a total and utter bitch.

I’ve been lucky the past few months that I’ve only had the odd night here or there where I just couldn’t seem to sleep.  But apparently my luck has run out and my insomnia has returned with a vengeance.  We’re talking Jason in Friday the 13th levels of vengeance!  UTTER DESTRUCTION!!

Pretty much!

For the second week in a row, I’ve been running on an average of 3 hours of sleep a night.  Last night was night 11.

When you have insomnia, you tend to focus on numbers.   Like if I fall asleep right this SECOND, I can get 2 hours and 27 minutes before my alarm goes off.   You start to calculate how late you can actually set your alarm and still make it to work on time and ya know, still look like a human being.  Then you start negotiating with yourself and determining what parts of your beauty routine can be skipped.   Because honestly, if you don’t dry your hair or shave your legs you really can sleep for another 20 minutes.  PRIORITIES PEOPLE!!!

I find insomnia to be a vicious  cycle.  I sleep badly so I drink more coffee during the day to keep me going so I have a harder time falling asleep that night.  It’s cumulative, so when I finally get some sleep on a weekend I sleep later than I should which again makes it that much harder to fall asleep at a reasonable time.  By then I’m a zombie who looks like she stuck her finger in a light socket because all attempts at managing my hair become non-existent.

And the longer you go without sleep, the more obsessed with sleep you become.  All day you think about going home and going to sleep.  How much sleep you did or didn’t get tends to be an ongoing dialogue in your head.  Which makes it that much more frustrating as you lie in bed and stare at the wall.  That’s when the anxiety starts to set in.  How long will this last? How am I going to function at work tomorrow?  Why can’t I sleep?  And guess what?  That just makes it all worse.  And there’s no meditation or aromatherapy in the world that will help.

Trust me!  Last night I had a nice hot bath with camomile and lavender essential oils.  I soaked and was practically dozing off in the water.  But by the time I rinsed off, fed Jasper and got into bed I was wide awake again.  I’m not big on taking pills to help me sleep and honestly I find they don’t necessarily help that much.  If anything they make me feel like I have a hangover in the morning.  Speaking of that….BRAIN FOG.  Brain fog is a huge issue when I’m lacking sleep.  You know that feeling like you’re talking in slow motion?  Like you literally have to walk through water just to go to the copier and pick up something you printed?  Brain fog makes everything harder.  If denied enough sleep I am fully capable of misspelling my own name. You think I’m kidding?  Yeah I’m not.

So here’s to hoping that I sleep tonight.  If I don’t I’m probably going to pick up a natural sleep aid and pray that it helps.  I was going to go to the gym tonight and literally go till I drop but honestly, the very thought of it was so horrifying to me this morning that I left my gym bag at home.

So what do you do when you can’t sleep?  Speak up my fellow sleep deprived people!  Honestly I’m willing to try ANYTHING.



nyereadathonimage1LOL this has also happened in the past.  Not at the moment because literally, the words swim on the page in front of me but yeah, totally guilty of this.



A Note on Unplugging

Let’s face it…..I’m an introvert at heart.   I am perfectly content to hide away from the world with little more than a pot of tea, a stack of books and my cat.

Sadly, that’s not a possibility other than then on the odd Sunday afternoons.

Out of necessity for my job I can actually fake being an extrovert fairly well.  This comes with a downside though.  On a daily basis it takes more mental energy than is typical to deal with the onslaught of people I have to encounter.

I constantly have to be “on” with clients, co-workers and a variety of other people whose sphere I orbit regularly.  Add to that dealing with friends,  family and people on public transit and it can be pretty exhausting.

Case in point, aside from this blog, I actually manage the company I work for’s Blog, Website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

On days in the office where we have large meetings I deal with not only our 30+ staff members but anywhere between 5 to 50 clients.

More often than not, dealing with that many people for longer than an hour makes me want to hide in my server room with my nice calm, quiet computers.

Yeah right!  I’m lucky if I can go to the bathroom without coming back to someone waiting at my desk for help.

And although we’ve been busy, my stress levels have been fairly low because not only am I dealing with it pretty well, but (knock on wood) there haven’t been any major catastrophes for me to deal with.  Just business as usual.

But back to the idea of unplugging.  Being an introvert, I don’t thrive in these surroundings.   Large amounts of people suck the energy right out of me, and faking it on top of that is even more difficult some days.  In case you forgot how introverts work…..read THIS.

What I’m trying to say is right now, my mental energy bucket is empty and I want to go hide in my little hamster ball.

But I can’t.  Because life goes on, work continues, and most people don’t understand that it’s not that I don’t WANT to hang out or talk to them, I just CAN’T.  I mean really, I can’t.  So I’ve been trying to unplug.  I haven’t been blogging as much.  I haven’t been on Facebook pretty much at all and I’ve been limiting my social engagements to deal with one of two people at a time.  Brunch with a friend?  I’m there!  Huge party at a bar?  Not so much.

So attention all introverts!!!!!  How do you cope?  How do you recharge?  How often do you just need to unplug?!?

I want my zen back, and I don’t know how to do it right now and keep everything else afloat.



For a laugh: Secrets Introverts Won’t Tell You

#12 people!  Because sunglasses, headphones and a book is pretty much the universal symbol on a train for FUCK OFF…..and yet here you are talking to me.


Text Message Breakups

Ok I’ve never been broken up with by text.

I got dumped by email once…..while I was at work…..by a guy who then proceeded to tell me he took it all back when I called him to tell him he was an asshole for dumping me AT WORK.  But anywho….

Dumping someone by text is only really appropriate for those, you only went out once and don’t want a repeat kinda dumps.  Anything more than a date or two really deserves a phone call.

But despite that, I found these text message break-ups kinda hilarious in their creativity.


Heartless but funny.


That’s just shitty.


Priorities dude.  But seriously, hope his X Box is ok.

On the flip side, we have the text message pick up.


Happy Friday!


Crafty Christmas

As some of you know from last year, I decided to expand my craft repertoire and make handmade gifts for some of my friends in place of store bought crap.

It was such a hit that this year I’m planning early for the Great Christmas Crafting Marathon of 2014.  I call it a marathon because like all procrastinators, I left last years knitting to the last minute (because Thanksgiving it totally early enough to start…..not) and I spent a 3 week period knitting and crocheting like a FIEND.

Seriously, it was eat, sleep, knit.

But unlike last year, this year I’m going to simplify things.  Which means that everyone is basically getting the same thing.

And that thing is MITTENS!!!Quick_Mittens_medium2

I found the pattern, I found the yarn, people just need to submit color requests.

We are talking a very simple mitten, using multi-colored chunky wool.


Do YOU want mittens for Christmas?

Made with love from Ash?