Sunday, February 28

Day 59

Happy Birthday to Allen! :)

I can't believe it's already Sunday night. Sometimes (most of the time) I really dread Sundays as all I can think about is Monday morning and how it's slowly but steadily creeping up on me. Mark my words, one day I will be self-employed and no longer answer to "The Man." I'd gladly pay the extra self-employment taxes in exchange for making my own hours, doing something I love, and feeling some sort of self-fulfillment. One day! I think when Danny goes back to school I'll use that as an excuse to take a few extra classes myself. Maybe I'll just suck it up and get my Master's. We'll see.

Is 10/10/10 too cliché? I kinda like it. :)

Saturday, February 27

Day 58

Today was unnaturally busy for a Saturday. Sometimes I try to fit too many things into too few hours, but lately I HAVE NO TIME it seems so I do what I can, when I can. This morning I met Brooke & Kevin (and Koola!) at Edwin Warner Park to do a photoshoot of Kevin. It was fun and exciting and kind of scary, because quite honestly I have no idea what I'm doing. Kevin was a good sport though and I feel like we got some money shots. I quickly realized I have a lot to learn however, but I'm excited and can't wait for more experience-gaining opportunities.

The rest of my day was spent having an amazing Five Guys burger, meeting up with Olivia to discuss wedding things (also to meet their adorable new dog, Petunia) and now spending quality time with You-Know-Who (not to be confused with the Dark Wizard in Harry Potter world).

Life is busy but good.

Friday, February 26

Day 57

Tonight we were craving sushi again (seriously, when am I not craving sushi?). After going to a new place we had never been to, waiting 5 minutes to be seated, then 15 minutes for someone to just take our drink order (water is hard to come by these days it seems), another 20 minutes for our sushi to come out, and then the sushi not even being what we ordered, we decided we had had just about enough. We looked at each other and knew it was time. We strolled right out of there with their stupid sushi just chillin' on the table and never looked back. It was a good feeling.

Pictured above is Danny, sitting in the booth of Sushi Restaurant #2 of the night. This one fared a lot better than the first - after 3 rolls and 2 pieces of salmon Nigiri, we were both pretty happy, and Sushi Restaurant #1 was just a distant, bitter memory.

In other news, it's the weekend and I honestly couldn't be happier. Tomorrow I have my first photoshoot ever with Kevin, Brooke's husband who's an awesome musician. We're going to a park and I think it's got the potential for some fun and creative shots. I'm a little nervous as this is my first "real" photoshoot, but here's hoping I keep it together and don't completely screw it up. ;)

Thursday, February 25

Day 56

This is not the picture I was intending for today's blog. Yes, the sunset was especially pretty tonight, so much so that I felt compelled to snap a photo one-handed through my windshield as I barreled down the road in rush hour traffic.

My plan however, was to take a picture of my cousins Jessica & Allen who we met for sushi tonight. I had every intention of capturing them on camera at some point in the course of the evening, and it just completely slipped my mind. The time flew by with fantastic sushi, laughs, awesome conversation, and before I knew it we were already driving back home. Allen & Jessica are beautiful people and I feel absolutely honored to know them, even more so to be related to them. It was a spectacular way to spend the evening, and my only regret is that we haven't actually hung out with them before now. :)

The only thing I have left to say is: TGIF. For reals.

Wednesday, February 24

Day 55

I spent the evening with lovely Brooke. This is her and Kevin's dog, Koola bear. He's a boggle (I think?); part Beagle, part Boxer. Maybe I've got it mixed up.. Part Beagle, part Boston Terrier? One thing is for sure: he's part Cuteness and part Craziness. That dog has A.D.D., I swear. But he's awesome. I can't wait to have my own dog. One day.

Tuesday, February 23

Day 54

5 days ago, my best friend in the world asked me to marry him. He got down on one knee, ring in hand, and said that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. Earlier that night he had convinced me to go take pictures with him on the walking bridge downtown, and I reluctantly agreed even though we had family and friends over at the time. We parked at the bottom of the bridge, got out, and walked across it to the other side. It was cold, and I remember worrying about my camera (haha). The lights from the bridge make it look really beautiful at night. I was fiddling with the tripod and camera settings and started taking pictures of the bridge, without really turning around to see what he was doing. Finally I got the camera settings just right, snapped a perfect picture, got really excited and turned around to show him. He was down on his knee with the ring out...and the rest is history. :) The ring is perfect and beautiful and timeless. I couldn't have picked out a better one had I looked at them myself.

The truth of the matter is that he could've put any ol' thing around my finger, and I still would've said yes. <3

Monday, February 22

Day 53

This is what my evening is going to consist of. These are the first wedding magazines that I've bought in my entire life. The lady that was ringing me up at Walgreens asked, "So are you planning on using these or just lookin' at them?" I replied "oh I'm definitely using them!" to which she replied, "Well, congratulations darlin'!" She then proceeded to remind me that picking out my shoes was the most important part of the entire process. I didn't have the heart to tell her I'll probably be wearing flip flops.

I love having random moments like that with complete strangers.

I also love the fact that I'm marrying my best friend.

I can't believe it's only Monday.

Sunday, February 21

Day 52

I should really just call this blog "365 days of food and babies" because let's face it, that's kiiiiind of what it is most days. I'm alright with it though, and my 18 (GASP) followers seem to be alright with it as well. What can I say - I live to please.

This weekend was full of some of the most amazing weather we've had in months. Plenty of sun, blue skies, and 60 degree temperatures equals a Happy Emily. I immediately broke out the flip-flops in typical Florida girl behavior. I also realized, while rummaging for something to wear that was not made of itchy sweater material, that my spring/summer wardrobe is severely lacking. Add to the fact that I've lost almost 16 pounds (and counting!) and hardly any of my clothes fit right anymore; I guess I shouldn't complain about that though, eh? I sense a shopping trip in the near future. And I won't enjoy it.

Is it really Sunday night already? Where did my weekend go?

Saturday, February 20

Day 51

As this blog has made plainly evident, the weather has a direct (and for the past three months, extremely negative) effect on my mood. So I'm sure you were all just as happy as I was when you ventured outside this morning (when, not if, because not going outside today would've just been a crime) and felt the glorious 58 degree temperatures, the sun on your face and realized there wasn't a cloud in the sky. IT WAS AWESOME and it reminded me that beautiful seasons are just around the corner. I hope.

We spent the day:

+Dropping my ring off at the jeweler's to get it sized down
+Standing in line at Pancake Pantry for half a minute before realizing we didn't want to wait an hour
+Driving instead to Noshville and parking in the Whole Foods parking garage even though we were not WF customers (we're such rebels//I hate Nashville's lack of parking)
+Eating a delicious breakfast of omelets, sausage, pancakes, and coffee
+Polishing off breakfast with the best popsicle ever from Las Paletas
+Hanging around at Corner Music playing guitars and leaving wishing I had $2k to spend on a Gibson acoustic
+Coffee at Fido and inquiring about cakes
+Playing poker in Centinniel Park
+Picking up my ring!
+Watching V for Vendetta and once again realizing what a fantastic movie it is
+Ordering and devouring a pizza from Sal's (we got a vegetarian + sausage and pepperoni, oh the irony)
+Food coma

Tracy & Santi ended up leaving tonight, but I think we made the best of our time together, don't you? :]

Friday, February 19

Day 50

Tracy & Santiago are in town. [insert happy comment here]

This is Santiago, listening to some jazz through Danny's tube amp. Obviously enjoying himself.

I'm sleepy and I almost missed posting today because it's close to midnight! Where did the time go?


Thursday, February 18

Day 49

No words, as I'm sure you can figure out for yourself. :)

Wednesday, February 17

Day 48

Life is beautiful with friends like these. [pictured above: Stef, Brooke, myself, and Olivia]

Tonight, we met up for dinner at Local Taco, where the only thing 'taco' about their food is the tortilla. I'd never been before, but it was awesome. I tried the fish taco and the BBQ taco and they were both amazing! [No, your eyes are not deceiving you; I did just say BBQ taco] Also, lately I've been on a guacamole kick. As in, I crave it all the time. Brooke was generous enough to buy some for the whole table, and I'm pretty sure it was my favorite part of the entire meal. Mmmm, mmmm.

I think I could eat some form of Mexican every day of the week and not get tired of it. Ever. Never ever.

Tracy, my best friend / twin sister from another life will be visiting in less than 48 hours. I'm unbelievably excited. <3

Tuesday, February 16

Day 47

Is it just me, or do gas fireplaces sort of seem like cheating when it comes to building a fire? You know, the whole lack of actually building the fire, thing.

I don't have much to say, except that today I tried king cake for the first time. All you Mardi Gras participants understand the significance of this moment.

My life has been forever changed by the deliciousness I experienced today,
and I just realized that deliciousness is actually a real word. I love Google.

Monday, February 15

Day 46

The bridge of this guitar reminds me of a Mario mustache. As in Super Mario. There's a little 90's flashback for ya. I don't know about you, but Super Nintendo was always my favorite of the Nintendo family.

I'm keeping my anesthesia-induced boyfriend company at the moment. I feel like I should have a video camera in hand, if you catch my drift. Poor thing.

I'm sure you're all sick of me posting about the weather, so you can disregard this if you like.
Tennessee - I have a warning for you:

If you do not lay off of the snow and ice and get your butt kicked into spring-gear SOON, I will forever boycott you and move away as soon as I possibly can. And then you will have the wrath of my family and friends to deal with (not a pretty sight, I assure you!)

You have one day.

Sunday, February 14

Day 45

There's just something about getting flowers for Valentine's Day. Or maybe it's just that I'm a sap for that kind of stuff. Either way, I got red roses, and they're beautiful.

I hope you're all having a wonderful Valentine's Day. <3

Saturday, February 13

Day 44

This was the view from our cabin in Jasper, GA.

edit: apologies, the quality is for some reason crappy. i'll fix it at some point.

Friday, February 12

Day 43

It snowed today.

Thursday, February 11

Day 42

I know, I know.

I post too many pictures of food.

Tonight, I have an excuse. Danny and Justin cooked an amazing dinner for me and Rachel as an early Valentine's Day present since we'll all be driving home on "actual" Valentine's Day. Filet mignon (Kobe beef), asparagus, and salad. It was delicious. I think I might be going into a food coma.

Today was super relaxing. I'm pretty sure I could stay up here here for a lot longer than a few days and not even realize it. I think everyone should do this at some point. :)

Ok, time for more hanging out/etc. I think I need a nap.

Wednesday, February 10

Day 41

What's that?! Emily is blogging for the day and it's not even 8 o'clock yet?! That's right folks, it's 2pm and I'm blogging. Why, you ask? We are about to begin our venture out of Nashville and into the great mountains of northern GA. I've been told our cabin has wireless internet, but I thought it would be safer to go ahead and blog before we left...lest any disasters occur (i.e. missing Day 41's post - how humiliating)

I left work at noon today, came home to finish packing/cleaning out my car (some people would call me messy, I prefer to call it "organized chaos"), and then spent the last hour making this delicious batch of Peanut Butter Cookies. I've spoken of these in a previous post; they're so easy and so delicious. They are flourless. FLOURLESS! And they are amazing. Four tiny ingredients (five, if you add the vanilla extract; I've made it both ways and don't really taste a difference). I love baking vs. cooking. Maybe because I'm more experienced in one over the other..hmmmm.

I'm sure today will be the day that I will capture the most AWESOME PICTURE EVER on our road trip. And I've already blogged, and won't be able to share it with you guys. That would be just my luck.

Maybe I'll cheat and post it anyways.


Tuesday, February 9

Day 40

This patch of blue sky, albeit small, is like a breath of fresh air amidst this cold and dreary winter day. I long for spring.

I must apologize for yesterday's post. I heard from several people that they could really feel the bitterness seeping through the typed words. In my defense, this is a daily project and I'm pretty sure I don't know a single person that doesn't have a bad day once in a while. :)

Tomorrow at noon starts my vacation and it couldn't come a minute sooner (well actually, it could! but I must work a half day, alas...)

It appears as though our cabin tucked away in the mountains comes equipped with wireless internet. I hope this is true, as I really do not want to be scrambling down some treacherous mountain road at 11:45pm looking frantically for a Starbucks or McDonalds with internet so that I may blog.
Never fear though, faithful readers...
If that's what it comes down to...
I will not fail.

I'm off to watch Lost and embrace another theory-discussing, forum-reading, mind-boggling, question-pondering week.

Monday, February 8

Day 39

I'm fully aware that this picture contains no thought, no creativity, no real composition, no anything. I don't care. I'm positively disgusted that it's snowing again. I drove to Danny's and about halfway here the roads started getting really icy/slick and I decided since I was already halfway there, I may as well go the rest of the way. Well - maybe it's just because I've never driven in ice before, but I'm pretty sure I left dents in the steering wheel from how hard I was gripping it. Scariest drive ever - and I still have to drive home in a few hours. You may say the safe thing to do would've been just to stay home, but in my mind I think this was my way of rebelling against the weather. It's been so adamant about ruining my plans and I'm just tired of it.

Tennessee, I am sick of you ruining my plans with your stupid random snowstorms.

I can't even describe to you how much I'm sick of it.

I have no words.

Sunday, February 7

Day 38

Some days it's hard to get Caiden to smile for me - when he does, I'm always excited to catch it on camera. He's got quite a unique little personality. I honestly can't wait until the kid starts talking; I'm constantly wondering what's going on in that brain of his.

Today, we finally stopped and bought some boiled peanuts from this guy who sells them down the road from me. He's there pretty often but I've just never taken the time to stop and buy some. Today we did, and it was awesome. I'll save that story for another blog post however, because I plan on becoming a regular and eventually learning his story and taking his picture.

I've got a pretty long list of things I want to photograph. All of them are outside coincidentally, and it's been 30 degrees out for the past 3 months. I think I'll wait for warmer temperatures.

I can't believe Monday is already (almost) upon us. I'm just glad I only have to work 2.5 days this week. Hooray for vacation!!

Saturday, February 6

Day 37

These days, the overwhelming mass of gray and brown colors is really starting to get to me. Everywhere I turn there's a big, ugly, extremely dead-looking tree staring back at me with its branches pointed straight up to the sky as if to say, "hey God, when am I going to look pretty again?"

This tree happens to grow in our backyard and it's being completely suffocated by this vine/ivy-looking stuff (with my luck, it was probably poison ivy..of course). I was just happy to shoot something outside that didn't resemble the color of death.

Tennessee has the ugliest winters known to man.

In other news,
Danny and I decided to run all of our errands today and it took the better part of four hours. Four hours of driving all over Nashville, fighting traffic, and dealing with rednecks and overcrowded stores. Why do we always pick the worst day to venture out? Needless to say, we'll be staying in for the rest of the evening (us? antisocial? Nah). I feel a House marathon coming on!

Friday, February 5

Day 36

Tonight I found myself at the Willis house, for a belated birthday dinner for my beautiful cousin Molly (Molly's blog). And if you know me at all, any day I get to spend around my family is a good day. They are the most amazing, unique, talented group of people I know. It's really a joy to be around them. We ate a delicious Italian meal (compliments to the chef, Aunt Amber), watched Molly open a few gifts, and ate cheesecake. I don't think people really appreciate the importance of a good meal shared at the table together with the people you love. It's an experience I grew up with, and I'm thankful that I did.

Pictured above is my baby cousin Jonah (I'm obsessed with taking pictures of this kid, can you tell?) and his dad, Allen (Allen's blog)

Next up: Quality time with my favorite person and best friend.

Sometimes I'm struck by just how tremendously blessed I really am.

Thursday, February 4

Day 35

Things I miss about Florida:

+The beach
+Lack of cold temperatures
+Flip flops year round
+Palm trees
+Playing poker
+Friends (obviously)
+Moon River Pizza
+Seafood Kitchen

I'm so ready for the weekend, and then vacationing with Justin & Rachel next week, and then Tracy & Santiago visiting the weekend after that. Many things to look forward to this month! We (my coworkers and I) were chatting today at lunch about all the places we want to visit and I'm definitely going to start making a list. Chicago and NYC are obviously at the top.

Wednesday, February 3

Day 34

I love my TOMs. I need to buy a second pair before these get too worn out - but seriously, these shoes are so comfortable. And they come in a bazillion different colors. And, when you buy a pair, some poor child in another country also gets a pair of shoes. Win win win. :)

Oh, for all you Losties out there - I've been reading forums and discussing theories pretty much all day. And I am nowhere closer to figuring out what the heck is going on. I mean really, what the heck is going on? I feel like I need to go back and re-watch all the seasons (for the third time) and create an ongoing timeline of all major events in order to keep everything straight. Otherwise I just get completely...well, lost. heh heh. I'm so clever.


But really.

Best. Show. Ever.

Tuesday, February 2

Day 33

Today I had lunch with my awesome friend Rigo. He's a pilot and his job has him fly all over the U.S., and today he was in Nashville! We ate at Jalisco (this fantastic Mexican place across the street from where I work) and chatted about our jobs, all the cool things he's seen on his travels, portable guitars, motorcycles, and how doing your taxes is the legal thing to do (ha). I went through this phase a couple years ago where I thought it would really be cool to be a flight attendant, and listening to him talk today made me wish I had followed through with that dream. I can't think of anything cooler than a job that pays you to see the country.

I also got my hair cut tonight - Amanda works wonders. I will seriously never trust anyone else with my hair again.

And now, time to finish watching Lost - which is, coincidentally, blowing my mind. I've been writing this during commercial breaks. :)

Monday, February 1

Day 32


sometimes your day just doesn't turn out like you thought it would. there's always tomorrow, right?

[i swear the food posts will stop eventually. sometimes i just don't have time to take a photo of anything else.]