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Good morning! It's Friday and I got to sleep in until 6:30 this morning with only 3 interruptions between 5am and then! In my book, that's pretty sweet. I've got some Yogi Tea to sip on (free sample from like 6 months ago) and some bread I baked yesterday. How's your morning?

For no apparent reason, I am in a really good mood. The dogs were quiet for almost 7 hours, which is awesome, and yesterday I woke up feeling like I'd recently been hit by a deer. But I got some good knitting (one of the socks has a heel!) and reading done, and I saw the newest episode of Project Runway, and all in all it was pretty low key and recovery-oriented. I am still feeling really sleep-deprived from last weekend, and there's no respite in sight, but I'm beginning to understand just how important it is for me to get to bed at a decent hour to compensate. The early mornings were kind of a bust this week, and that's fine. Maybe next week. On today's docket is getting heels on both socks, updating some of my sidebar stuff right here on the ol' blog, and venturing out to put up some fliers... because...

...in great big giant potentially life-changing but definitely life-enhancing news...

My website is live! And it features a cute birdie I made! And, you know, all my business stuff.

Which means... I'm open for business! And I am stoked. Client-less so far, but stoked.

(In case you're new here, I'll add that my business is editing.) (And there's something on there for bloggers who want to build their street cred.)

The direct link is www.ashleydaoust.com and I would LOVE it if you would visit and let me know what you think. I still tweak it a little bit most days. And right now there are two unadvertised offers for those of you who might be interested in my services:

1. Mention that you found my site via my personal blog (aka right here) and I'll cut you a deal.

2. Tell me why you hate dook (that's Duke University for those of you who don't follow college sports) and I'll cut you an even bigger deal. (GO HEELS!)

Self-aggrandizement over. On to this week's Small Things! Don't you just love the names Rachel comes up with? Playing with matches, ha! When I read that post's title I had an instant flashback to my childhood, at a time when my brother and I played with matches - the bad kind - and I ended up accidentally lighting the edges of my (very long) hair on fire. Ooops. My teenage candle obsession diminished a little after that.

(Yes, we were teenagers at the time. Old enough to know better, for sure.)

And...guess what! Maybe this is why I'm so pumped today...I did EVERY small thing mission this month! I felt a little lost and misdirected after the holidays (who am I kidding - I've felt that way for like 3 years) and I clung to the Small Things with an iron grip as a way to find some kind of focus and keep moving. It's been really fun. One of my first thoughts upon waking consciousness is usually I wonder what today's small thing is. Yes. My life is THAT exciting.

One more thing. So you know how there's this giant ice storm moving across the country? It is going to be sitting on top of Nashville, which is fine except Brian is supposed to fly out of Nashville at like 5:30 tomorrow morning, and I would like him to be able to make that flight. The storm will be hours gone by 5:30am, but I don't know how adept that airport is at recovering overnight from an evening snow/ice storm. And then the storm moves to NC where it's expected to hang out all day Saturday, where my mom and her husband are supposed to hop on a plane to Denver (that's where I live) and...well...we Southerners don't always know how to react to snow. And I don't know that they'll be able to make it out, either. So really, my weekend plans are all up in the air (or not) and I would like everything to work out with too many tears shed.

So I think I asked you this before, but I'll ask again: how was your week, and what are you up to this weekend?


  1. Congratulations on your website being up and running! :-)

  2. 1. I LOVE good moods for no apparent reason.

    2. I am cracking up that you are cutting dook haters a deal.

    3. website! cute bird!

    4. I am sitting in NC awaiting the ice and snow like your family. I hope it comes, for myself, but I hope it doesn't affect your family's travel plans. That would be sad.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

    Your little birdie on your website is so cute!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. I like your website a lot! Very cute birdie! Thanks for sharing it - gonna bookmark your site. =)

  5. Ashley, your website looks fantastic--friendly, but professional. I have to commend you on your openness regarding prices. I think that transparency will bring you lots of work! Best of luck to you!
    Thanks, too, for stopping by this a.m. Hope your weekend is restful and reviving.

  6. Congrats on your website! I can totally relate to the excitement of your life wondering what the small thing is. That was my December! Unfortunately January was not so hot for me in the small thing department, but February is right around the corner. :) Have a great weekend!

  7. Oh..weather can be such a bummer..(I think I'm dating myself)....I also hope to go to my son's house on Sunday but if there's snow flying around then we can't go.. :0( I hope your wknd plans work out for you!

  8. I love your website! Congratulations!

  9. Congrats on the business! That's very exciting. I hope your husband will be able to make the flight out. Yikes! We've been having rain lately, but nothing major over here in Northern CA. It was a pretty boring week over here. Sometimes boring is nice though.

  10. Congratulations on your website and your business! Best wishes for success. I agree with the above comment that being forthcoming about pricing is so important and definitely draws me in.

    I feel so lucky that this huge storm is not coming our way - that is one thing that will have to go in my gratitude journal. Great idea, thanks for the inspiration! :-) And I hope your husband doesn't have any trouble with his traveling.

  11. Congrats on the website, how exciting! I would like to give you good news for your hubby, but we live two hours from Nashville and our town is SHUT DOWN! We got about 6 inches of snow today and more sleet is expected tonight. Not sure how well the airport copes but around here...they don't! HOpefully he will get home soon! Blessings!

  12. I like your blog, and I will check out your new website. Safe travels for all your loves ones. Enjoy your weekend.

  13. Ok-I looked at your website. Oh how I needed you two years ago, when I was finishing grad school. I like the simplicity of your site. I can't wait to see you grow your business.

  14. Congratulations of your website - I hope it goes well for you! I hope you weekend plans run smoothly, or that something even better than you imagined happens instead!

  15. Congratulations on your business! It's a great feeling isn't it? I hope everyone in your family gets to where they are going this weekend.

  16. Congrats on your website, and thanks for the encouragement this morning. Will you send me the link for FLYgirl?

  17. Wow. EVERY small thing???? I'm so proud of you! Seriously. I wanted to do every thing but just lost my way somewhere in the middle of the month. I managed to do quite a few though. You're inspiring me though!

  18. Congrats on your business! Hope you have more clients than you can deal with soon.
    I'm in awe...every single small thing! Awesome! I wanna be like you! :)
    Have a great weekend!

  19. Ashley, GREAT JOB on your website! I love it: it's clean, clear, worded perfectly well, and no spelling or punctuation mistakes. :) Seriously well done. Did you get the idea for proofing blogs by wading through my posts every day? Sometimes I go back and realize I labored over commas and apostrophes only to miss glaring spelling mistakes. Oy. Now that I know you're a profesh, I will have to step up my game. :) Or hire you.

    I have a feeling you will be very successful with your business.

    Wow! on the Small Things! Way to go!

  20. Congratulations on the new website, it looks great; really clean and to the point.


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