Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Outside reading post 6

Part A:
Congenial pg.242-agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character

Part B:Ashley went on a date with Patrick.
The next morning at the coffee shop Patrick and Ashley were both taking it cool and acting like nothing had happened the night before. Patrick talked to Ashley and told her that he was going to go back to Ireland to visit his family. Ashley had no idea what to say to him when he told her this. Patrick asked her to come with him to his friend's cabin in Lake Tahoe, and that his friend wouldn't be their. Ashley said that she would love to go so she picked him up at the train station. They went up to the cabin, and they celebrated Ashley's birthday their. When Patrick got up in the morning he made a cake for her and he could only find ten candles and he knew that she wasn't turning ten, and asked how old she was really turning. Ashley said that she was turning nineteen. "He almost dropped the cake." And said "You're only nineteen!"
When Ashley and Patrick returned to their normal lives after spending the weekend at Lake Tahoe the two of them couldn't stop smiling at each other. Malcolm was the only person who noticed and he sat down and told Ashley that she didn't know what she was getting herself into with Patrick and that she should stay away from him.
Ashley was having a normal day at the coffee shop except for when the crazy book came in splashing what Ashley thought was holy water around the coffee shop. Then the crazy man lit a match and started the place on fire. Ashley was trying to get the crazy man to stop it, but when she couldn't get him to stop she rushed everybody out the back kitchen door. Ashley grabbed Sophie a little girl that Bella is nannying. Once Ashley got everybody out of the burning coffee house she sat down in the side of the road coughing really heavily.
Ashley went home to the camper and went to bed because she was feeling really drowsy. Ashley would sleep, dream and cough during the period she was at home because the coffee house was closed. One morning after sleeping for many hours she ran outside to use the gas station's restroom. When she was coming back from the restroom she saw saw Nicole's mom filling up her BMW. Nicole's mom said that she was dating Phil who use to be dating Ashley's mom. Ashley didn't know what to say to her si she just ran back to the camper.
Ashley kept coughing during the night and couldn't catch her breath. Earl was walking by and her wild coughing, he knew she wasn't doing good so he called officer Strobel. They both rushed her to the near by hospital where they pronounced that she had a collapsed lung and Bronchitis. Ashley had many visitors while she stayed at the hospital.

Monday, December 10, 2007


Where I have seen and participated in debate:
At home
In the car
Listening to the radio
With cousins
With parents
With siblings
When I am babysitting and the kids want to stay up a little longer
On vacation
With friends

outside reading blog post 5

Part A:
pg. 225 Tapas- Any of various small, savory Spanish dishes, often served as a snack or with other tapas as a meal.
pg. 178 Insomnia-inability to obtain sufficient sleep, esp. when chronic; difficulty in falling or staying asleep; sleeplessness.
pg. 188 Infatuation-extravagant passion or attraction.
"Earl?" "I called, struggling to keep my terror under control.""Oh God Earl!" "Can you hear me?" pg.197 This quote is important because it shows that Ashley treats and acts like Earl is her friend. Earl was hardly ever there for his daughter and now he thinks that he is helping and listening to Ashley because he was never their for his daughter and he is doing it for karma. Ashley felt like she helped someone by "saving" Earl's life and that she has a friend that she can help.
Part B:
In section four of My Lost and Found Life Ashley goes through motions at the coffee shop. She talks with the regular customers and she is even starting to flirt with Patrick, who reads and writes with Malcolm.
Ashley meets a man named Earl who works the night shift at Phil's gas station. Earl is very nice to Ashley he talked to a man who could give Ashley four tires for $300. Ashley also goes and talks to Earl about her problems and what has happened to her and her mother. Earl listens really well to Ashleyand what she has to say.
At the coffee shop the phone rang, Ashley picked it up and the woman on the phone asked for Patrick but Patrick told Ashley to tell the woman to leave a message. After Ashley hung up the phone Patrick told Malcolm that once a woman meets him she starts to make wedding plans (which he doesn't want) and Malcolm said to Patrick that he leads the woman on, and that it is his own fault.
After being in the camper for a few weeks Ashley laid down and found the knife under her pillow that she keeps there in case of an intruder. This was a smart idea in Ashley's case because a ma came and tried to get in the camper but couldn't luckily because the door was bolted shut. Instead of just leaving the man went inside the gas station and tried to get the money out of the cash register, Earl let him have it. The man wouldn't leave after getting the money he had to try and lock Earl up in the bathroom but instead of doing that he crushed a few of Earl's ribs and cut his head open. Ashley rushed in the gas station to make sure that Earl didn't gt hurt as she was walking in she saw the bathroom door open and she walked in and saw Earl laying in the middle of the floor soaked in his own blood. Ashley called 911 and an ambulance came and took him away.
Officer Strobel (who knows Ashley because they have talked about her mother Diane and her embezzling millions of dollars), started to question Ashley and what she was doing at the gas station at this hour, and how she knows Earl?
Ashley goes to free book readings, she went to one and she saw Patrick (who is a regular at the coffee shop) their and they talked for hours about different movies, and books. Patrick and Ashley were talking about movies they had seen and which ones were their favorites. Patrick said that he would have to take Ashley to see one of his favorite films (which was in black and white.) Ashley met him outside the theater at 6:00pm. After the movie which Ashley really liked they went to go eat dinner at a Mexican restaurant near the movie theater.

outside reading blog post 4

Part A:
pg. 143 uproariously-making an uproar; confused and noisy,characterized by or in a state of uproar; tumultuous.
pg. 159 armoire-a large wardrobe or movable cupboard, with doors and shelves.
"Your mother wouldn't want you to be living in a camper behind my station." pg. 137 This quote is a really good place that the author put in the book because it shows that Ashley is in a really tight spot in her life and that she is willing to live anywhere, including Phil's camper behind his gas station. Ashley is not thinking about what her mother would like be to be doing or living.

Part B:
Ashley has found herself with very little money. Her home is slowly being taken away from her. Ashley has to find a place to live before it too late and she is living on the streets. Ashley thinks about the people she could go live with, and she comes up with one person Phil. Phil use to date Ashley's mom. Ashley persuades him to let her sleep in his camper outside the gas station he owns.
Ashley started to work at Malcolm's Mad House Coffee Shop. Ashley realizes that she only gets paid $8.50 an hour, which is very little. The plus side is that she can eat and drink there for free. Soon after working their Ashley realizes that there are many goofy, and strange people that come in to the coffee shop everyday. One encounter that Ashley had on her first day was mistaking a little boy who was dressed up like a princess for a girl and his mother said "playful cross-dressing is a normal stage of any child's development."
Ashley's friend Tattie is working at a strip club. Ashley doesn't think that Tattie should be doing that in front of all of those men, and Ashley says this right to Tattie's face.
In conclusion of this section Ashley has started to work at Mad Malcolm's coffee shop, Ashley is starting to live in Phil's camper and Tattie is working at a strip club.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

outside reading blog post 3

Instigated pg. 119-to cause by incitement;
Befuddlement pg. 121-to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments

All of Ashley's friends have continued on with their life. Nicole, her best friend is going to Boston where she is going to be attending college and wishing that Ashley would come with her too.
Instead of going off to college which is what Ashley really wants to be doing she is going in for a job interview at a really expensive and Tres chic furniture store. Ashley thought this is just the kind of place I like. Ashley was having an interview with the store manager and he asked how much retailing experience Ashley has had and she had to sadly answer none and she knew from that point that she wasn't going to get the job.
After the interview was over she left the building to go to the end of town where they would have fruit smoothie’s and they would be cheap. As Ashley was leaving she saw a little coffee store called Mad Malcolm's Cyber café. As Ashley drove by she saw "Help Wanted" sign so she walked in and saw a Asian man with a shaved head and a tattoo of a dragon on his arm. Ashley said "Hi I'd like to apply for the job!" The Asian looking man reached under the counter and pulled out a raceme and handed it to Ashley. Ashley filled it out and even drank a latte to show that she was really into coffee. She handed it back to the Asian man. The next day Ashley woke up to a phone call and it was Malcolm Merriman from Mad Malcolm's Cyber café and that he was looking for Ashley that she has got the job and that she should come in around Nine O’clock. Ashley asked Malcom what she should wear and he said “wear clothes because this ain’t Starbucks darlin’.” “Wear whatever you want. But I wouldn’t recommend anything too short unless you want customers looking up your skirt every time you bend over.”pg.134 Ashley said great I will see you tomorrow at nine.