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A Few Random Things About Me

Here are a few things you may or may not already know about me.

ghanoush playing in the grass and clover

My first guinea pig

Ghanoush and her sister Baba were my very first guinea pigs. I got them from a pet store, since I was too clueless at that point to think of going to an animal shelter. The pet store told me they were boys, which I accepted at face value, and I didn’t figure out until after I got them home that they’re actually girls. I did at least check that they looked the same in that vicinity before taking them home.

Ghanoush loved to munch on grass and clover.

This is where I live

I have a condo in a building that’s basically a hollow rectangle, with a courtyard in the middle. I face into the courtyard, which is nice and peaceful, with lots of birds. Although not so peaceful during crow nesting season; their nest is in the tree shown in this picture or one of its neighbours. This picture is looking south at sunrise.

This is a tail feather from the woodpecker that’s been roosting on my balcony for the last 3 or possibly 4 years.

author standing in pointe sshoes

These are my pointe shoes

I did a bit of ballet as a kid, but I learned to dance en pointe as an adult. It hurt like hell, but pointe shoes just look so darn cool. Now my balance is really crap and I’m far too chunky to hold myself up en pointe, so this is me in particularly poor form using my dresser as a barre/hoist.

plant with leaves running down a bookcase

This plant I haven’t managed to kill

I kill plants. Always have, always will. Except this one. When I bought my condo in 2005, my realtor gave this to me as a gift. At the time, I didn’t know gifts from realtors were a thing, but from what I learned later, the realtor cheaped out.

The basket initially included a couple of other plants, but it was just this one (which may or may not be a philodendron, I really have no idea) that has stood the test of time. In the last couple of years it’s expanded its territory quite a lot.

author's phoenix tattoo

I have tattoos

I have three tattoos: a dolphin on my right hip, Chinese characters on my left hip, and this phoenix on the left side of my torso. It was very painful to get, but I like it, both visually and for the symbolism.

Vancouver Canucks t-shirt circ 1993

The article of clothing I’ve owned the longest

I used to be a huge hockey fan when I was young. My team was the Vancouver Canucks. This t-shirt is from circa 1993. It’s probably 20 years since I last wore it, but it’s a good memento from happy times.

I was at least reasonably certain that I was going to end up marrying the team captain someday. The fact that he was already married wasn’t a barrier at all.

I am lion, hear me roar!

I took a picture of this dude while on safari in Tanzania. I was safely ensconced in a vehicle so he couldn’t eat me. A framed print of this picture is right above the girl guinea pigs’ cage, watching out for them.

Thanks for coming along for a stroll through my world!

52 thoughts on “A Few Random Things About Me”

  1. I loved reading more about you, Ashley, and I quite like the look of your building. I’ve also always loved the idea of a balcony, though preferably without anything roosting in it.
    Wow, that’s an amazing close-up of the lion. I’m glad this was zoomed in and you weren’t actually standing a foot away from him! Do you know what that guy from the Vancouver Canucks is doing these days? Maybe he got divorced and now’s your chance πŸ˜‰

  2. Wow, it’s fun to learn all these things! After I saw the lion, I expected to scroll down and read, “Meet my new pet, Fifi.” I guess in retrospect, I’m glad that didn’t happen! Yikes!

    I took ballet too!! We did pointe at age 12 up, and I was always terrible at ballet in general. If I could go back in time and change one thing, I’d use more cotton in the toes. The teachers were always going on and on about how true ballerinas don’t use much; but I shoudl’ve known I was in it for the exercise and been kinder to my toes!!

    Wow, your condo building looks like a luxury retreat!! Nice! I’m envious!! What fun!! I hope that plant keeps growing and takes over like the Audrey 2! HA HA HA!!

    1. Luckily, learning as an adult, the teacher didn’t really care what we did. I had gel inserts and also had s system with athletic tape and cotton. πŸ€ͺ

  3. Such fun photos πŸ™‚ I like your building and the plant seems really nice. I didn’t know woodpeckers had so much red in their tale feathers, I never seen one that close. Also the piggies had gorgeous names and she looks so cool on the picture with her long hair.
    It was nice to see pictures of where you live and to have a glimp into your life.

  4. Lovely post Ashley. I love the names of the guinea pigs. Regarding plants I don’t have them because the results are opposite to that of lacking a green thumb. They grow beyond huge and take over the place. Loved this post. Thank you!🌱

  5. Our newest hobby with Older Child is identifying plants and animals using google photo app. The app has reverse image search, which we used on your plant. While it could be heartleaf philodendron, it might also be a plant known to Wikipedia as, β€œgolden pothos, Ceylon creeper, hunter’s robe, ivy arum, money plant, silver vine, Solomon Islands ivy, marble queen, and taro vine. It is also called devil’s vine or devil’s ivy because it is almost impossible to kill and it stays green even when kept in the dark.”

    What a beautiful photo of the woodpecker feather! Google lens thinks it’s a Northern Flicker feather. That is a woodpecker.

    Your Phoenix is dope! Wow!!

    We wanted to learn tap dance. Not so nimble now either…

    We played hockey for our youth starting at age 6. Last played in our 20s. Got hurt a lot

    Love to you. So fun to learn more about you.

    1. I think it would be very hard to play hockey without getting hurt a lot!

      Yeah, my phoenix is pretty cool. It took a while and hurt a lot, but it was worth it.

      And yes, that is a Northern Flicker. That’s the predominant woodpecker species in my area.

  6. I love the name(s) of your guinea pigs… brilliant; love that you kill plants, too… awesome, go black thumbs; am an avid fan of tattoos… yours is beautiful; and am so envious of your world travels, and astounding education. You are nothing short of amazing, M’Love!

  7. Goodness what fun! And aren’t you amazing? Safaris, tattoos, taking up ballet again as an adult and oh my your building looks amazing (a balcony *sigh*) and yes I do believe that is a philodendron – I had one that just wouldn’t die ( I too have a black thumb) even when my cat pulled that thing (which had grown to epic proportions) down off the top of a cabinet, I just stuffed it back in the pot, put it back on top of the cabinet and it just continued on like nothing had happened.

    1. That sounds like something I would do! I have a bamboo plant that seems to be in limbo, unsure if it wants to grow or die, and the damage inflicted by a cat several years ago is still visible.

  8. Some fun facts πŸ™‚ Impressive about keeping the plant alive. While I do pretty good outdoors, I can never keep plants alive inside. I have an aerogarden where I’m growing some herbs at present. So far, so good, but I’m sure I’ll accidentally kill them eventually πŸ™

  9. Amazing picture of the lion! 🦁😍 I love them. Your plant is beautiful and I love where you live. I bet you have beautiful sunsets over there.

  10. I love all these pictures! πŸ™‚ Your courtyard looks so nice. And your phoenix tattoo is beautiful!! I love the symbolism of phoenixes too. Or caterpillars/butterflies! Being reborn into something better. I do ballet (or did…I suppose I haven’t really in the past year or so), but I’ve never tried pointe because I’ve been afraid of it hurting or damaging my ankles or feet. The shoes do look cool though. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you learned how to do it. πŸ™‚

  11. Great to learn a bit more about you Ashley. I love your building and that pic is fantastic. The ballet shoes were not expected at all – great pointe, definitely not something I’d try lol.

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