Thursday, February 24, 2005

Novant will pay!

They are going to pay Ashley to be a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit beginning March 28th at Forsyth Medical center in The Dash. Ash is going to work the night shift, but she is happy about it. Working at night will be an adjustment, but she is a young, resilient, beauty capable of conquering giants. Ashley loves taking care of the lil' babies. Still waiting to hear from BB&T on my job. I think it must be one of those tough, busy weeks for the hiring manager. I may not hear until next week, but mad props to Awesome Ashley for hooking up a job at Forsyth.


Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Biggest Mistake of our marriage

Last night the results of Ashley's biggest mistake of our marriage were realized. 'It' was something that happened as a result of a choice she had made several weeks ago. Patty Griffin sings a song about how we as humans are fragile and must be handled with care. The name of the song is "Be Careful" and Ashley just wasn't. Ashley does not normally make mistakes of this magnitude, but several weeks ago, 'it' happened. I could not believe it whenever I found out around 7:30 last night and I have thought about 'it' many times since then. I have found it in my heart, and by the grace of God, decided to forgive her. She has since promised that she would try to never do 'it' again.

I will try to articulate exactly what happened(as best I remember) so as to try and spare all of you from making the same mistake. I guess the mistake originated about 8:15pm on a random night in early February. Ashley had to work and was going to be getting home about 7:45. I had prepared a spaghetti dinner for us to enjoy as soon as she got home. I love to make dinner for my wife and have it ready when she gets home from that long 13 hour day. We use Angel Hair pasta for our spaghetti(so I guess we actually made "Angel Hair" because isn't spaghetti just the type of noodle...I guess it has evolved to the name of a meal over time) Anyway, we use angel hair pasta. I put the noodles in to boil as soon as she got home. I realized then, we were going to be a few angel hairs short. I opened up a new box of pasta and put a few more angel hairs in the pot. I then served up an Ashley-sized portion and a Blake-sized portion promptly. We ate dinner, had a nice conversation recapping the day, and then began to clean. This is when 'it' happened. I normally wash the dishes and Ashley does the miscellaneous cleaning(wiping down the table, throwing away trash, saving unused portions, etc.) On that fateful night at about 8:15pm, after I closed up the Angel Hair box, Ashley put it in the pantry UPSIDE DOWN!!!!!!

Last night, that dreadful mistake was realized. We had decided to have spaghetti, or Angel Hair if you'd like, again. Once more, Ashley had been gone over 13 hours and I was eager to have a good meal ready for her when she arrived to our humble abode. It was time for me to get the noodles out. I reached into the pantry and casually grabbed to pasta box. I lifted up the box, but the noodles did not come with it-----instead gravity grabbed hold and pulled those noodles straight through
3 flights of wired shelves plunging straight into our soup stash and the half-full Pop Ice box. I had to spend the next 13 minutes of my life making up for my wife's biggest mistake of our marriage. We discussed it, made amends, and are now more in love than ever.

Moral of the story: My wife is freakin' AWESOME!!!!


Tuesday, February 15, 2005


Now is the time for my rant on the importance of a blog. Everyone should get a blog. The reasons everyone should get a blog are numerous.

One. Bloggers are cool.
Two. Blogging will be the next big thing.
Three. Blogs are more efficient that AIM.
Four. Blogs make the world smaller.
Five. Blogs allow people to stay up-to-date on one another's lives.
Six. Blogging is fun.
Seven. Blogs encourage creativity.
Eight. Blogs make one more technologically savvy.
Nine. Blogs are free.
Ten. Blogging challenges the mind.
Eleven. Blogs allow you to share your life experiences with others.
Twelve. Blogs are cool.
Thirteen. Blogs save you time.
Fourteen. Blogs are powerful for communication.
Fifteen. Blogging is good for sharing ideas.
Sixteen. Blogging can be a forum for artistic expression
Seventeen. Blogging is cool.

If you read all seventeen, you are convinced. If you read ten or more, you are probably going to do it. If you read between five and ten, then you are on the fence. If you read less than five, then you should go back and read some more.

I recommend It is owned by google and allows you to post pictures, audio, and choose from many layouts. Also, a neat feature is which allows you to call a phone number and leave an audio post if you are away from internet access. Just call the number, enter your password, and speak. Twelve seconds later, your blog will be automatically updated with an audio post.

I hope you are now well on your way to starting your blog. If you have any questions, email me, leave a comment, or give me a call. Whatever you do, GET A BLOG!!!!


Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Here we go

Team Blash is excited about our relocation to the great Dash. Winston-Salem is going to hear from Blash soon, but we don't know exactly when. Our hope is to be there by the end of March, but it may be April. If you do not know where you want to settle down, consider Winston. Ashley and I would love to have more friends in Winston. Ashley will be working at Forsyth Medical center and I will be working anywhere that will hire me. We are really excited about getting back to the ole stompin' grounds. Anyone who wants to hang out...send us an email.

Also, there is a concert in Greensboro on Sat., Feb., 26th. A Michael Jackson cover band, Who's Bad (, is playing at McCullah Castle at 10pm. We are trying to get some folks together to go. Should be fun. I've heard they're awesome and an acquaintance of mine from high school is in the band. Check out the website and email us if you want to go.