Monday, December 31, 2012

After The Ball Drops

Hope everyone has a blessed and Happy New Year!
Hope everyone has a blessed and Happy New Year!
A long, long time ago last week I was relieved to learn the Mayan's were wrong and thank God because I wasn't done yet.  So, since everyone is so focused on what went wrong in 2012 or what topped the list of worst this or craziest that I figured I would make my own list.  However, instead of focusing on the past, I'm going to focus on the future.  No not like Marty McFly in his Delorean time machine, but the way the Greek Girl wants to see things in 2013.  Well that is besides me getting a record deal (since we all know that is the top of my list, every list). 
10.  Dunkin Donuts invents a protein/fiber blended coffee smoothie that allows me to live off of nothing but coffee. 
9.  Mr. Brick's children's book series "The Rat Pack of Hollywood" make it to NY Times best seller list. 
8.  The UFC doggie-fighting ring between my dog Bobo and the new rescue Pepe comes to an end at my house. ;)
7.  Congress passes a law that bans all puppy mills, and the sale of animals in pet stores. 
6.  My sweetie gets funding and begins production on the first of his many feature films. (I wonder if I can canoodle him into writing a part in for Greek Girl).
5.  Lady Gaga, Bieber, Katy Perry & Rihanna, Kathy Griffin, and Perez Hilton are all cast on a Gilligan's Island remake and are lost at sea and are never heard from again. 
4.  Chevy decides to start making the Bumble Bee Camaro in a diesel version with amazing mileage like the VW TDI, so I can finally buy one. ;D 
3.  American Idol, X Factor, The Voice, America's Got Talent and all other annoying reality TV Talent shows that milk the saddest stories are cancelled and replaced with actual scripted TV, aka Real Entertainment. 
2.  John Rzeznik offers to produce my next album and I get to go on tour as the opening act for the Goo Goo Dolls. (sweet - way to kick of the new year)
1.  There is a recount and it turns out Obama didn't win the election after all. (hey this is my list, I can wish what I want).
Seriously though, I just want to wish you all a happy and wonderful New Year.  I hope all of you find your dreams come true or at least some of them in 2013.  
Blessings, Love & Music~
Ava xo

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Muckery

santa gets arrested and target is overrun by crazy people at christmas because of neiman marcus selling marc jacobs purses and everyone wants a black friday deal
All I want for Christmas is - people to stop acting like the world is going to end!
I know this is "supposed to be" the season of peace, joy, love and giving - yadda, yadda.  Well, for some reason some people in my neck of the woods sure didn't get the memo.  I don't know if it's the economy, Hurricane Sandy or that Obama is still the president and either some people are pissed and others are still high on wacky weed and claiming residency in Colorado but still living here or what.  All I know is that little thing known as "The Christmas Spirit" sure has been missing round here.
What am I talking about?  Well, let's put it this way, I was quite literally accosted the other day while walking into the post office.  Yes you heard me right.  Picture this.  My sweetie drops me off with arms full of packages and cards to be shipped when all of a sudden a guy in a large SUV starts backing up and almost hits our car.  Next thing you know he's jumping out of his car screaming at us and calling me everything under the sun.  For those of you who know me, you'd be proud to know I just sat there and grinned while I waited for my sweetie to come back and join me to get in line.  But then this jerk decided to jump in my face and almost knock me over while calling me the "C" Word.  Then I flipped and had to do something ( I mean he was an inch from my Greek noggin and flailing his arms in the air like he was going to hit me...)  So I kicked him in the shin of course, he had it coming and besides I had to get him away from me.  I mean what in the Heck in the World is wrong with people?!?
All I know is Christmas is not what it used to be.  Sure, I'm not a kid anymore but really, when did Christmas become all about ruining Thanksgiving and starting 24 hour shopping hours before the turkey was even carved?  Don't forget the week-long black friday and cyber monday deals, X-Box lines and Neimen Marcus at Target?  Seriously, this is insane!!  Who in their right mind cares about Neimen Marcus at Target?  Anyone who waited in line overnight to buy a Marc Jacobs glitter purse from Target needs to get their head checked.
It's like you would think the world were coming to an end and they had to get the last deal of their life.  Newsflash - the Mayan's were wrong people!!!  Get over it already.  Life will go on regardless of if you get that Nook or Kindle.  This just begs the question, Where is the fire?  It's like there are a bunch of mind-numb robots on crack driving like they are in a Nascar race in the Target Parking lot.  Which is what caused my mom to blurt out in frustration, "What is with these stupid Christmassholes!?!?"  Which caused me the Greek Girl to choke on my coffee and nearly get in a car accident; yes another one!  That would be the last thing I needed this Christmas.
So this Christmas we are in protest of this nonsense and how chaotic and out of touch everyone is.  Instead of a Christmas wish list and musically choreographed Christmas lights we decided to not put up a tree or do any sort of decorating.  Instead we are just spending time with family and remembering to stay away from the muckery at the malls.  But most of all, we are keeping in mind the most important thing, that JESUS is the "REAL REASON" for the season people.
In the meantime if you want something to help put a smile on your face and break the monotony of the Christmas muckery, here is the "Ava The Diva" Christmas Cartoon episode for your viewing pleasure.

Blessings, Love & Music ~
Ava xo

Monday, December 17, 2012


these are handmade angels set outside the sandy hook elementary school vigil after the horrible massacre that took 26 lives in New Town Connecticut
Sandy Hook's Angels
My heart was very sad to hear about the unthinkable events that unfolded a few days ago at an elementary school in Connecticut.  When I sat down to write this weeks blog which is usually full of all sorts of "muckery" (aka funny stories about the episodes that are my life),  my first thought was to try to lift people's spirits with some humor and totally avoid the subject.  However after a few drafts about other topics, all I wanted to do was to share what was on my heart about the tragedy.
So many people are asking "why".  They are horrified that this kind of violence could hit so close to home and take so many innocent victims.  The pundits are quick to yelp for tighter gun control laws, to argue, to point fingers here there and everywhere.
I don't think any of those things are going to have productive results.  Nor do I think they will curb the violence that is plaguing us.  I think as a society we need to ask ourselves a much deeper question.  How did we get onto this track.  Could it perhaps be that something is broken?  Could it be that the invisible lines that people should not and do not cross have all but been erased from society and life as we know it.
Something keeps running over and over in my mind ever since this happened.  A video that I have seen on youtube many times.  It is a speech from the Great Paul Harvey, which  was done back in 1965, set to a video with images that are chilling.  It is titled "Warning for a Nation".  The idea that he was talking about these things back in 1965, and to see the effects of the removal of the word God from practically everywhere in our country has resulted in so much chaos and confusion, it really scares me.

It scares me not only because of how accurate his predictions were and are, but I wonder how many more innocent people will leave this earth before society wakes up to the reality that when there is no moral compass to guide people, when family units are dysfunctional and falling apart, when mediocrity is not only celebrated but glorified, when people are conditioned that we should and can and deserve to have everything "Now", and that everything has to be fair, that you can not discipline your children, when sex and violence are glorified and celebrated, when we make idols out of reality TV stars, and I can go on and on and on.  When we continue to do these things, to teach these things and to encourage these things, we should not be surprised when we have sick individuals popping up left and right that do terrible acts that get worse by the event.

The moral compass in our society in our world today is broken.  In order to stop this madness we need to fix it.  I do not have all of the answers and I am not an expert.  It is just my humble Greek opinion that we need to restore the Moral compass back into our society in order to stop the insanity.  Evil exists, it is real and right now in our world today it is overshadowing the light.
My heart goes out to everyone who was so tragically effected by the events of this past week.  My prayer is that people will begin wake up to what is going on and that we be able to repair what is broken.
Ava :D xox

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Reason For The Season

ava aston's blog  the reason for the season is not about being a grinch
He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME! Somehow or other, it came just the same!
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more."
Christmas is only sixteen days away... Yikes!  Normally I love to decorate and usually start before December rolls around.  However thanks to an unusually large dose of muckery in the last year, Greek Girl has decided to go Grinch this year and not decorate.
I know what you're probably thinking, "whatchutalkingaboutwillis - not decorate for Christmas - that's sacrilege" well maybe not that exact phrase, but maybe something like it.  Well before you go imagining a mean old Greek Girl - it all started when my sweetheart and I were rear ended just over a year ago by an SUV who was going about 50+mph while we were stopped at a stop light (in a vw jetta I might add).  Wasn't fun as you can imagine, has resulted in multiple surgeries for my honey, and multiple herniated disks for both of us.  To make matters more interesting, just as we had started heading towards the upswing from the first accident, we were rear ended again in late March.  I did warn you there has been a whole lotta muckery going round the Aston house this year.  Did someone put a curse on me or something?... hmmm starting to wonder)
As if we didn't have enough going on, the Pekingese Rescue where we got our beloved "Bobo" from called in early October asking if we could foster a Pekingese needing to be jail broke as we call it from the Harlem Kill Shelter in NYC.  Ever since, Pepe-(laden) as we like to call him has been wreaking havoc around here.  He and BoBo act like they are UFC Fighters.
all of ava aston's halloween dogs dressed up in costume for trick or treating
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Yes you do see five dogs. Notice little Pepe' Laden dressed in the back as a "jail-bird".
Speaking of decorating, just as we were about to decorate our fur kids for Halloween, Hurricane Sandy decided she would have a party with Paul Bunyan in our yard along with practically everyone else's yard in our area.  Seriously it looks like they had a drunken brawl out back, and during the storm a giamungo tree fell onto our house and deck.  It left a hole in the roof, and the deck partially destroyed.  It was fun, no heat, no water (as we have a well) and five fur kids, two of which want to kill each other... lol
Needless to say there has been a lot of cleaning up to do.  I also have a tendency to let my HGTV genes takeover at times, and since we've been doing so much clean up, I have also painted, and rearranged, a bunch of rooms.  Add into the mix trying to keep up with auditions for acting and continue to work on my music the entire time.  Sometimes things just have to be pushed back, and you know what - that is OK.  With all of this I just decided that with only a few weeks left before Christmas it is silly to decorate this year.
ava aston and her doggies dressed up for christmas
Christmas Past with the Aston Doggies (pre Pepe' Laden)
I mean of course I will decorate the dogs and yes even little "Pepe- Laden" since he is still with us until he finds an approved foster home through the rescue, or he and Bobo decide they can get along and he stays with us forever.  Either way, Christmas is not about the Tree, or the decorations.  At the end of the day it is about the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus.  Having your heart filed with the true miracle of Christmas and with the love of Jesus is what it's all about.
So call me Grinch if you like but hey, everyone needs to take time to rest and relax.  It sure has been one heck of a year or so for us here, but I know that God is in control.  With Jesus on my mind and in my heart, I know that the next year will be better than the last.
Blessings, Love & Music,
Ava :D xox

Monday, December 3, 2012


impossible quote audrey hepburn
Warning: True story alert.  For people who have been reading my blog a while, you know how the Greek Girl rolls.  I call it like I see it and do not accept the "status quo".  So for people who are perfectly happy to accept things as they are, well this blog might be a little uncomfortable for you.  Anyone else grab your favorite beverage and read on.
The past week had been well... let's just say I've had better weeks.  I'm sure you can relate.    Everyone has at some point or another experienced times when the road to getting to where we want to go can be a bit difficult.  Normally when people tell me no, or that something can't be done, I just stuff my ears full of cotton balls and go "la la la la la"...  Onward and upward.
However in this instance it just irked me.  I was considering new representation for my acting (and my music or so I thought).   Well... what else is Greek Girl going to do while Mr. Bricks is off doing his "Rat Pack of Hollywood" books?  Someone has to bang down the doors to get me my record deal dangit.  So anyway I was having a phone conversation with a manager I met through a friend.  Not an A list guy, but definitely a step in the right direction.  To make a long story short, the following is how the conversation went:
Manager: "So how old are you?"
Ava: "How old do you want me to be?... (laughing) well, how old do I look - you have seen me in person up close.  Do you want my real age or my actor age?" Then I tell him my real age.
Manager: "Oh, wow I wouldn't have guessed that."
Ava: "Thank you."
Manager: "Well, I can't do anything for you with music.  You are too old, the gate keepers do not allow new artists to be your age."  "So I would rather focus on your acting, then after you get some notoriety, then maybe that can open up an opportunity." 
I'm sure you can imagine what my inside voice was saying.  Seriously... "Do Not Allow" Um when did people start "allowing" anyone to do anything anyhow?  Are we talking about pre school here where we have to ask permission?  Note to such "gatekeepers".  People who buy music (you know the ones who are not buying the crap you keep putting out artist after artist) they do not give two flying flips how old the artist is who is singing the music.  If it makes them feel something, they like it, it's that simple.
Why not look for music that makes you feel something first, then worry about how to market it.  Putting the package ahead of the talent is the downfall of the entire music industry.  Setting up this unspoken rule that no new female artists are allowed above the age of 28 is utter insanity.  I predict that if the music industry continues to churn out, use up and spit out the same thing year after year, it will not only continue to see losses, but it very well could be it's undoing.  When "executives" who do not know their ___ from their elbow, are sitting there making decisions, meanwhile grammy wining producers are selling jingles to make a living because they can not even get a meeting at a record label these days...  that is a problem.
Needless to say I did not sign with the new manager.  My point in telling you all this is so you can have an idea of what was going on inside my noggin when I saw the video I'm about to tell you about.  So the following morning I'm scrolling through my facebook newsfeed when I see a video titled "Never Ever Give Up".

By the end of the video I was in tears.  Not only because it light an even bigger fire in me to reach my own goals, but because it reminded me that nothing is impossible for anyone.  No matter what you desire (for me a record deal) but it could be a new job, a mate, fly a plane, be a ballerina, be president, run a marathon, get out of debt, be cured of cancer, whatever you can imagine... and yes even to lose over 140 lbs, if you have it deep down in your gut.  If you know like you know like you know you know, and you believe in yourself, it IS possible.
I've been at this a long time, and I am not about to let anyone tell me that it is not possible.  All of us can do whatever it is that we put our minds to.  It all comes down to your will.  How strong is it?  Do you hang in there when the going gets tough?  When everyone tells you that is can not happen, it's been too long, you do not have the right contacts, the right background, the right this, the right that, blah blah blah.... I want you to do like I do.  Stuff you ears full of cotton balls and go  "la la la la la I can't hear you".  
I wrote my newest song "I Don't Even Care" because if this exact thing.  A few lines: "Don't let them tell you what you're gonna be or gonna do - don't make a left don't make a right just look in front of you".  The message is simple: Don't let other people tell you what you can or can not do and keep your eyes focused on the goal.  Just like the man named Arthur in this video, a Military Veteran.  He tapped into his will and was able to defy the odds and do what everyone told him was impossible.  Everyone had given up on him, and he had listened to them for so long, he had even given up on himself.
But because of one man, a professional wrestler and yoga teacher named Diamond Dallas who believed in him, Arthur started to believe in himself again.  He found his will and focused on his goal until he reached it.  I wish that more people would be like that yoga teacher.  To be the one person who believes in someone even when they don't believe in themselves anymore.  Help someone to see that nothing, no matter how big is impossible.  Hope you have a beautiful day!
Blessings, Love & Music ~
Ava :D xox