Ashley’s A B C’s

A B C’s

A is for age: 28

B is for breakfast today: Some odwalla juice, and my weight in carrots and pineapple.

C is for currently craving: The peanut butter Cliff Bar in my desk. Is that bad?  Of course, I tell myself I can’t eat them and it’s all I want now! I should probably just throw them away. . .

D is for dinner tonight: Let’s go with last night’s dinner.  Salad, half a veggie burger with cheddar cheese, some steak and carrot chips.  YUM

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E is for favorite type of exercise: Running and yoga

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F is for irrational fear: This is going to sound completely cheeseball, but I have to say losing those I love.  It’s something that I’ve always worried about, ever since I was a kiddo.

G is for gross food: Hmmmmm….I’m a texture person.  So anything gooey.

H is for hometown: I grew up in Glen Carbon, IL but was born in Granite City, IL.

I is for something important: My families and my health.

J is for current favorite jam: Oh man, that’s tough.  Let’s just go with my hubbie and I’s song, since our wedding anniversary is coming up.  I Won’t Give Up, by Jason Mraz.

K is for kids: Do fur babies count?

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L is for current location: Denver, CO

M is for the most recent way you spent money:  Buying a HOUSE! I had no clue how much money I would spend…

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N is for something you need: Once again, I know this is going to sound cheesy, but bear with me.  For the last few months, I have been PRAYING for change.  And I am finally at a point in all this craziness that I think I can honestly say I don’t feel like I NEED anything.  I feel incredibly blessed with my family, house, and (new) job! <—Catch that?  Details soon 🙂

O is for occupation: Currently Case Manager for homeless or at risk of being homeless, but new things to come!

P is for pet peeve: I HATE when people repeat things. I k now this sounds super weird, but bear with me.   Think you’re in the middle of an argument and somebody keeps saying something repeatedly to get under your skin.   Anybody with me on this one?

Q is for a quote: “good things happen to good people”

R is for random fact about you: I’m a pretty laid back person in general, but have serious anxiety when it comes to getting seats when I’m eating out.   Yes, I am very weird, but it’s a joke between Zach and I that I will run over small women and children on my way to get into the door of a busy resturant.

S is for favorite healthy snack: Right now, fresh fruit.  I’m loving pineapple and strawberries cold from the fridge!

T is for favorite treat: Oh sweet lord?  This is a tough question.  I am a cookie girl and ALWAYS love an M&M or Monster cookie the size of my head 🙂

U is for something that makes you unique: I’m 5′ nothin’

V is for favorite vegetable:  Carrots!  But really I love em all

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W is for today’s workout: 30 minute strength routine focused on my upper body this AM, planning a hot yoga class tonight.

X is for X-rays you’ve had: I’ve had a bunch on my back (damn gymnastics) and lots of my mouth for oral surgeries.

Y is for yesterday’s highlights: A good run with the hubby and nice afternoon dinner and glass of wine enjoyed outside with my family.

Z is for your time zone: Mountain

Hit me with your favorite letter!

Funny Links

So I’m a nerd and LOVE to look at the stats for Chocolate Medals often.    I love to see where everyone is viewing from, what websites link to my page, which posts are most popular…etc.


This was just funny. . . and it’s what came up when I typed funny links. Love it

Lately I have been LOVING what searches have BROUGHT people to my page…there have been some pretty epic ones.   I thought it might be fun to share some of them with ya!


  • song deja vu reeses peanut butter i do–  ❤ reeses…and songs?
  • pay my bill for yogaholic — i am a yogaholic
  • running on my birthday medal — we SHOULD get a medal for running on our birthdays
  • great pizza challenge race photos — i need to find this race
  • does sweat fry your hair — if it does I’m screwed
  • i miss you all comment — miss you too
  • 2 metals in chocolate — yum
  • tomorrow is monday again — hate this
  • can a little chocolate help you sleep  — yes.
  • just starting the pick ups. do you think you could bring my pink jacket from piper it has my gloves — sure can?!
  • just tried an ice bath don’t recommend it  — they are painful
  • say something 2 your best friend — will do.


  • i get married tomorrow — awwwe I ❤ weddings
  • happy birthday zachary — HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABE!
  • rock and roll st louis half marathon 2013  — great race 🙂
  • treat others the way you want to be treated — darn straight
  • run for chocolate blog –story of my life 
  • christmas tree with race medals — such a cool idea
  • thank you chocolate medals — you’re very welcome

I’m not sure why but I’ve been having a few good laughs from these lately 🙂  Hope you all enjoy the randomness as much as I have!

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Question:  Bloggers:  what is the funniest thing that has sent someone to your page?  Non-bloggers – I also LOVE me some auto-completes on Google search.  Any funny ways Google has completed your thought?

Fun Food and Fun Fact Round up!

You all know I don’t post all the foods I eat, but I do highlight some of my favorites for you to drool over enjoy!

My favorite bites of the week!



The gnocchi and bruchetta from  Stella’s Trattoria were out of this world.


The breakfast sliders from Sassafras American Eatery were a perfect mix of fluffy eggs, rich cheese, spicy sausage and amazing homemade biscuits.


My Healthy Raspberry Crumble Bars were gone in about 48 hours!


I LOVED the granola from our Nature Box


Our  Homemade Pizza is always a highlight of the week




Everything from Root Down lived up to the hype!

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Introducing Noosa! back into my life 🙂


Can’t forget the Box cookies!

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And finally, my breakfast sammie from Masterpiece

We ate out more than normal this week, but that sure did bring some yummie grub!

Fun Fact Friday

I am still very new to this blog thing.  You guys have been GREAT about welcoming me with open arms and I feel like we’re all bff’s already :). But I wanted to give you all a chance to get to know me better, so I figured once a week I can give a fun fact about myself so you all get to know me a little better!

Today’s theme is “Would You Rather?”

1. Would you rather be 4’7′ or 7’7″

I would rather be 4’7, considering I’m not TOO far off that at 5′ flat!  I’ve always been pretty tiny and actually don’t mind it most of the time.   I know as a kid who wanted to ride all the roller coasters it was a bummer, but as an adult it’s OK 🙂

2. Would you rather date a rich workaholic or a poor guy with plenty of time for you?

The biggest thing for me, honestly, is balance and happiness.   Black and white, I would prefer a poor guy with plenty of time with me. . . but in reality and practice, I just want my partner to be fulfilled and enjoy what they do.  Sometimes Zach has to work more than he likes , but it’s not because of money, it’s because he is being challenged and he takes pride in his work. Zach is the breadwinner in this little family, but he makes SURE to make time for the family.  As long as work and career doesn’t take precedence over family values, you’re doing fine by me 🙂

3. Would you rather have piercings or tattoos? 

Well…I guess I have both.  I have my ears pierced multiple times, and I’ve had my belly button pierced more times than I can count (long stories, but I’ve lost a couple).  I also have 2 tattoos (a clover on my hip and 13.1 on my foot).  I feel like the piercings were a passing phase, but my tattoos still have meaning for me, so I’d go with tattoo.

4.  Would you rather be fluent in all languages or master of all instruments?

I am going to have to go with fluent in all languages on this one.  I face language barriers at work often and it’s something I really struggle with.  That’s not even mentioning or acknowledging when I travel or am out of my own comfort zones.  Communication is so huge in every aspect of life, and I think it would be AMAZING to speak with every culture!  We’d know so much more about one another!

5.  Would you rather have a rewind button on life or a pause button on life.

I REALLY liked this one.  I think I would go with pause button.  I don’t necessarily want to change anything in my life, because ultimately it has made me who I am today.  BUT, if I had time to pause and think about things sometimes, I might make more informed and logical decisions to begin with.

So that’s five fun facts about me that you all probably didn’t know 🙂

Question of the Day:  Your turn! Answer any of these Would you rathers?