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Ashley’s Favorite Things

August 27, 2014

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I’ve decided that the blog needs a little more input from people other then myself, because really who wants to just hear/read their own words and ideas all the time. Not me! So let me introduce a new feature to the blog….. Favorite Things! 
I’ll be asking different people from places near and far to tell me some of their greatest discoveries, moments, places, etc, and I hope that it will inspire someone else to try something new, go somewhere they’ve never been, or make some awesome memories that will become one of their new favourites.

My first contributor is one of my oh-so-lovely sister in laws. So here we go!

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Name: Jennifer Ashley Krenz Dobson. Everyone calls me Ashley. My parents didn’t want me being called A.J. and J. Ashley looks so fancy.
Age:  um…28
Where you currently live: The “Old Boomhouer” Place, or the Old Perkins Place, depending on what age group you are talking to. (Paradise Valley, Alberta, Canada)

Your favourite…. 

Place you’ve visited: I am a big fan of PEI (Prince Edward Island, Canada). I have been there 4 times with family and have managed to see an Anne play each time, some the musical version and others not. The biggest draw was the pop in glass bottles. And it was just so pretty.
I also fell in love with Old Town Quebec (Canada). I am a sucker for places that have been inhabited for more than a hundred years. I often worry that something in my brain will pop if I ever go to Europe and see buildings that are thousands of years old.

Thing to do out of the house: Silly why go out of the house…. I like shopping. I can shop all day and not buy anything and I am happy. I am happier when I am buying stuff on sale, but I love it.

Store/restaurant/coffee shop/boutique/market/etc: I am in love with Albert’s European Bakery in Lloydminster, Alberta. I am eating one of their cinnamon twists as I write. So amazing.
I also enjoy fall shopping on Whyte Ave in Edmonton (Alberta) or shopping in Wainwright (Alberta) with my Mom. It’s a pleasant day of visiting and shopping.

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Thing to wear: Nothing.
Seriously living in the middle of nowhere has turned me into a nudist or at the very least a minimalist in clothes. Since it gets chilly here for most of the year though, and I have to wear clothes, I really enjoy boots, boots of all sorts. Boots don’t care if you have gained a couple pounds they love you no matter what. I am also very fond of my parents old parka’s from the 70’s that I found. They may be a bit dated but they are so very warm on those -40 days when you need to go outside.

Quote: “If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand”
I have a thing where when I am upset I look up quotes. It seems maybe funny but I find it calming. This is one I found the day my Grandma died.

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Thing you’ve cooked: I have made some pretty impressive things. I don’t really have a favorite. The best had to be cooking a turkey on the BBQ on a houseboat with my boyfriend’s family (later the in-laws). I had never done one before so at one point I was standing on tip-toes on top of the bar on the top deck to get reception to call my mom for advice. It turned out great.

Person that you don’t actually know: The Queen. That sounds cliché I know, but she has been an amazingly strong figurehead, and she might get shit on for some of the stuff she has done, but she also is fighting to change a world where traditions have been set for hundreds of years. After the wars the world started changing, and at such a young age she had to figure out a way to change along with that. There has been many bumps along the way but she seems to have figured out a way to navigate it. Also, hello, stylish! Yes it is easy to be stylish when you have that many jewels but still she always looks amazing and I love her silver shoes she wears to all formal events.

Thing in your house: My teddy bear

Personal fave: My books. I cannot stress the importance of reading. And reading GOOD books. Don’t read shit like 50 Shades of Grey it’s not worth your time. I just finished Fyodor Dostoyevsky The Gambler.  Reading turn of the century Russian literature may not sound like everyone’s favorite thing, but that isn’t the point. It was a good book. It showed a different world. I walked away feeling good, not that I had wasted my time on another murder mystery that’s put out every month. My favorite things are classic books. No, you don’t have to read Russian literature, just pick up classic children’s books. Alice in Wonderland, an annotated version, will show you that an amazingly brilliant man wrote that book . Peter Pan, Wind in the Willows, Anne of Green Gables, go read these books or listen to them when you are driving.
My favorite book is The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman. It is book one of a must-read trilogy. I first read it when I was 12 and it has changed my life. A good book should do that. It is my Catcher in the Rye because I cannot seem to go into a used bookshop without coming out with one. Handy since I am always giving them away to people so that they can read it. Go read it and the other two books, and while it might not change your life, hopefully it will make you think a bit.

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P.S. anything in italics was added by me afterwards

P.P.S. if you would like to contribute your favourite things to a future post on The Lovely Things, just send me an email at !

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