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Wednesday, June 30

Day 181



Brooke and I saw this movie tonight. SO GOOD!!! I know...I know. But this one seriously blew the first two out of the water. Fanfreakintastic.

Overall, good night. I'm sleepy. Excited for this weekend!

Tuesday, June 29

Day 180



I just need it to be Friday, thanks. and yes I know this is another food picture.

Monday, June 28

Day 179



(Ice cream of the future)

I'm so excited about visiting Florida for the 4th. I bought a dress from Target today, just in preparation of the blazing temperatures. I also got a cute bathing suit in the mail..but I'll be wearing shorts with it anyway. Sigh.

I know this is short and relatively thoughtless, but my brain hurts and I need some mind-numbing tv with my fiance who's been out of town for the whole weekend. Arrested Deveopment now. Good night. :)

Sunday, June 27

Day 178



Today, the Hydes graced us with their presence - oh, and Molly and Kyle showed up, too. ;) I kid, I kid...We were so excited to see the four of them. I haven't seen the twins since they were born so of course I showered them with photos. The photo of the day, however, is of Kyle so that he'll stop nagging me about it. Ha! But really, it's mostly because I couldn't pass up the adorable father-son moment as he stares lovingly at his son Caleb - or was it Jack? I'm really not sure. Haha.

Family and friends came over this afternoon for Bethany & Shadrick's wedding shower. It was fun, and they got a lot of cool stuff. I'm excited for them!

The only thing I've done this weekend is successfully watch an entire season of Veronica Mars. And the only wedding-related thing wasn't even for my wedding, it was for my cousin's. I am SUCH a slacker.

Less than a week to go, and then it's roadtrip and friends and fireworks and such :)

Saturday, June 26

Day 177



Today has been wonderfully lazy. Tonight was Kevin's show at Ugly Mugs (great job as usual!) and then we all went to Battered & Fried for dinner. And then the sky fell. And we waited. And waited. And it seemed like it was never going to end. Finally we just made a run for it to our cars. Then, on my drive home, I witnessed two (count 'em - not one but TWO) waterfalls teeming over the side of the cliff, onto the highway. THE HIGHWAY. Then we drove under an overpass and everyone had to slow waaaay down because it was already starting to flood. I was freaking out at this point, because all I could think about were all those poor people that were stuck on the highway when Nashville flooded last time. I have no idea what I would've done had that been me. Panicked? Probably.

Overall though, really good evening spent with dear friends. I need more of that.

I promised myself I would clean my room today and it just..hasn't...happened. So there's that.

I miss Danny. Come hooooooooome!

Friday, June 25

Day 176



It's been a gloomy, blustery evening. I've spent it cooped up watching Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince..trying to give it another chance. I just can't, man. They ruined a perfectly good book by changing way too many things. I mean, I'm not so much of an idealist that I hope against hope they won't change anything (compared to the book), but I certainly don't expect the movie to be wildly disproportionate to its original form. I thought maybe I just hated it because I saw the midnight showing (nerd alert), got stuck in the 2nd row so that I had to crane my neck upwards for 2.5 hours just to see a larger-than-life Daniel Radcliffe, all the while dealing with a bunch of loud/obnoxious teenagers. But nope; it was just a terrible movie. Ok, to be fair, as a movie itself it was pretty OK. A lot better than the first and second films, I'll tell you that much. But as a true lover of the books.....disappointment reigns.

Ok, so that's about all I'll say regarding Harry Potter. I'm sure you're all sick of hearing about it. I would be.... Ha.

In other news, Danny's having a "guy weekend" in Illinois, last minute, so I'm kind of suddenly looking at a very free and open weekend. I should probably spend that time cleaning, organizing, and crossing things off the Wedding To-Do list...I worked on our invitation a bit tonight, though. My graphic design talent is less than awesome...ha. But I'm learning.

NOW....Veronica Mars. Depending on your interests, this has been either a very good, or very bad, night of television for me. I say good.

PS. I'm trying to be a more active Twitter-er. Whatever. Tweeter? Twitter User? anyways, feel free to follow me @emily_lester. That is all.

Thursday, June 24

Day 175



So we went to McKays tonight and ended up perusing their vinyl collection. I scored some Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Wagner for $3.11. "What an incredible value!" ..but seriously. I'm excited to listen to it all. First thing Danny said when we walked in, in a completely serious tone, "Do you want to check for your Harry Potter audiobooks first?" Awww. I <3 him. And how he puts up with my inner nerd. It's ok though, because I put up with his WWII and German history obsession. Although I guess that's a bit more refined than..Harry Potter. Whatever, they're both European. Ha...ha.

We also drove around and looked for apartments/places to rent. That was kind of nice. I can't wait for him to move out of where he's at now. I'm tired of driving to the ends of the earth just to hang out, as I'm sure he is too.

This week has just felt really, really long. I'll be welcoming the weekend with open arms. <3 Or as Scott Stapp prefers it, with arms wide open......oh I kill myself. And probably most people, with that reference...

Wednesday, June 23

Day 174



Time, it seems, is slipping away by the weeks and even months. I'm utterly floored that we're over halfway through the year, that we're only a week away from July. JULY. Crazy cakes.

Today was "Digital Day" for Thomas Nelson employees, and it was pretty insightful to say the least. I think it's safe to say that the publishing industry is currently in an age of change - and denial of that will only cause you (as a business) to fail. I'm pretty interested to see how things go in a few years...and if I even have a job. Ha, only halfway joking there.

This may be selfish, but I really hope the oil doesn't reach as far as the Bahamas. What a bummer. I know they're trying, but man I just don't understand why it hasn't been contained yet.

If I hear one more conspiracy theory about Google, I will die.

Tuesday, June 22

Day 173



Apparently these tubes are used in MiG-25s (fighter jets)... haha. And my fiance owns some. Yeah, they came from his buddy Oleg in the Ukraine. What's it to ya?

Today was just...long. trying. busy.

I'm at the very end of Harry Potter (book 7) and it's just as good and suspenseful as the first time around. I can't wait to read all the books again....and see the movie....AND GO TO HARRY POTTER WORLD AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS OMG OMG OMG OMG. Someone please go with me to this. Please. Seriously. Dream come true.

Monday, June 21

Day 172



Would you believe I took 13 photos of squash today, none of which I was entirely satisfied with? Yeah, I know.

We got an A in premarital counseling, which we finished tonight! Yay! Also, getting $60 off our marriage license is pretty sweet itself. Ha HA!

I really, really, REALLY want to go see Toy Story 3. Seriously, Toy Story will forever remain my favorite Pixar movie and I've heard nothing but good things about the 3rd one...SO STOKED. I think we might go see it in the drive-in theater. How cool is that?

Time to go...my mom and Danny are playing horrible 80s music videos on YouTube...MUST STOP.

Sunday, June 20

Day 171



Another day where I'm scrambling for a photo, and end up with one of us driving. Ah, well. I meant to take a photo of my dad at dinner and just completely forgot. I like this one though because my little point & shoot autofocused on the sun's rays coming through the window rather than our faces. Turned out kind of neat, I thought.

Today is Father's Day, obviously, and we spent it going to church and then going out to eat for dinner later tonight. Dad's choice, Olive Garden. It was fun except for our totally creepy waiter. I can't even describe to you how bizarre this guy was. But we all enjoyed our meal anyways (not to mention the lemon cake afterward, mmmm) and it was nice to go out with just us and my parents. My dad is the best dad anyone could ever ask for, even with his ultra-corny jokes - that's what makes him who he is. :) I know he reads this, so just know that I love you lots Dad! I appreciate everything you do for me, and I hope I can return the favor some day...ya know, when I strike it rich. HA!

Other than that, we watched Alice in Wonderland, part of The Assassination of Jesse James (until we almost died of boredom) and then part of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Oh Leia, you and your bronze bikini just makes me ill.

OH! We made a list of everything we could think of that needs to be done wedding-wise. Even as I write this, I can think of 2-3 things that I forgot to add to the list. Oops. But seriously, we're at like..30 things. Although every time I log into The Knot.com, it tells me I have 150+ things overdue on my checklist - that I choose to politely ignore. Way to give me a heart attack.

Saturday, June 19

Day 170



We've spent the majority of tonight listening to Danny's new turntable and his ever-growing library of vinyl. He swears that it sounds so much better than regular stereo/CDs and even though my untrained ears can't really hear the difference, I'm hoping one day they will. :) Either way, it's been a pleasant evening of Radiohead, Elton John, and Andrew Bird.

I bought two new shirts today, size MEDIUM at Gap. Yaaaaay for getting smaller.

I ate Frosted Mini Wheats Big Bites for dinner tonight. Now, I love that cereal, but I have to agree that it's kind of an oxymoron..Frosted MINI wheats... BIG bites. Just say Frosted Big Wheats and call it a day. Seriously.

Only 24 more hours left of my weekend. 7-8 of which I will spend sleeping. LAME.

Friday, June 18

Day 169



Tonight has been reeeeally great.

I don't have much to say. I think I should start writing my blogs during the day so that I have something meaningful to post at night. Hmm..there's an idea.

I'm so happy it's the weekend!

I need to buy an acoustic guitar so we can make muuuusic.

I'm craving Rita's Italian Ice.

OK NIGHT!

Thursday, June 17

Day 168



Happy 13th Birthday to my beautiful cousin, Hannah! I can't believe you're a teenager. I must be getting OLD.

I feel like things are sort of coming along for the wedding, now. Everything felt at a standstill there for a while, but we're pretty much decided on a reception venue, my BM's are ordering dresses (which apparently it takes 10 weeks to order from Alfred Angelo, what kind of crap is that?), I've got sort of an idea that I'm working on for our invitations thanks to a) my creeping/copying skills and b) Stef's creative help. Oh and we've got our honeymoon planned to the Bahamas, which of course is what we're both looking forward to the most...second only to gettin' hitched. Haha.

This weekend I'm hoping we get to sit down and make a list of everything that still needs to be done, even the little stuff, just so we can start crossing things off and feeling accomplished. Would anyone with artist skills like to draw me a cute sunflower? Anyone?...I also am pretty excited to start making our playlist for the reception. Josh generously offered to be our 'DJ' for which I will be eternally grateful. I'm excited because that's totally his thing, man. He'll do an awesome job.

I'm listening to Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows right now in the car. Dude, you just don't understand if you haven't read the books. I'm already getting depressed at the thought of finishing it (for the 3rd time). It's like I want to limit the time I drive so I can make it last, but at the same time I just want to keep driving because I don't want it to end. It's just SO GOOD. When the preview for the last movie finally premiered, I watched it over and over. Can't. Get. Enough.

What else, what else. Happy early birthday to RACHEL (it's tomorrow)! Sorry I can't be there to celebrate with you. :(

Most random post ever. Perhaps I'll start writing like this more often.

Wednesday, June 16

Day 167



I decided to not be lazy tonight and actually forced myself to take some photos of random things. Yay.

I really should quit waiting until night time to post. I have absolutely nothing to say. Or perhaps I do, but I just don't have the time/energy to put it into words.

Danny started a blog and I really enjoy reading what he writes about. You should too. click here.

Tuesday, June 15

Day 166



A little Office quote for ya.

Stopped by the Musgrove house tonight. Caiden is the cutest little thing ever, seriously.

I don't have much to say. Goodnight!

Monday, June 14

Day 165



Today was one of those days where I just struggle to get a good photo. Most of the time (such as today) it's just because I forget to take a photo of anything significant, and then suddenly 9pm is rolling around and I don't have an ounce of inspiration left. Not to mention we ate at Pei Wei again tonight (yum) yet I'm pretty sure if I post one more photo of chopsticks or fortune cookies, you'll all hate me. So, I happened to snap this out my window as I was driving to Danny's house, and it is what it is. The second half of my trip to Danny's is a nice little drive through the country and I rather prefer it to the lights and traffic that is Old Hickory Blvd.

Today was also one of those days where I seriously just had NO motivation. None. I blame it on my lack of Diet Dr. Pepper. I'm trying to kick the rather expensive habit of buying one of those from Walgreens every day so now I just feel lethargic without my daily dose of caffeine... sigh. What's a girl to do.

Sunday, June 13

Day 164



After church today we ended up at an impromptu lunch at Applebees with most of the Musgrove and Willis family. I love my family for many reasons, as I'm sure everyone who reads this blog knows. They're honestly the best people to be around and I find myself completely losing track of time when I'm with them. Unbeknownst to me, however, my dear family has a running joke about my blog and certain, erm, negative aspects that may present themselves at one point or another. My Uncle Allen actually has an impression dedicated solely to "Emily's Blog" so today's post is for YOU, Uncle A. May its positivity simply blow you away.

This weekend was fantastically awesome. Booked our honeymoon (TO THE BAHAMAS), ran some errands, sat around and relaxed, discovered a new band (Isbells, checkthemoutdoitrightnow), and now we're about to go finish the newest season of House (finally). :)

Lastly, I'd just like to point out that, unbeknownst to me, "unbeknownst" is actually not a word. So naturally, I needed to use it multiple times in this post. Grammar rebel.

Saturday, June 12

Day 163



I bought new sunglasses today. Sweeeeeeeeeeeet.

Friday, June 11

Day 162



Date night! Fulin's and Marble Slab. Fulin's has got some seriously good sushi. The volcano roll is my personal favorite...holy moly. That stuff is good.

So let me just tell you about a little island called Spanish Wells. 'Cause I'm preeeetty sure that's where we might end up for our honeymoon. It is the definition of relaxation and (my favorite part) the opposite of tourism. 6 total restaurants and 3 grocery stores. 2 miles long. Everyone drives golf carts. I was there when I was like 13 and I remember it being awesome. All I want to do is spend time on the beach, swim, snorkel, kayak (yes, I said kayak) and eat seafood. Oh, and pretend like I don't have to return to the real world anytime in the next century.

So yeah. There's that.

Thursday, June 10

Day 161



Tonight, Bethany and Shadrick bought the most amazing dessert. Seriously, your life will never be the same. Behold:
Frozen
Chocolate
Covered
Cheesecake
On
A
Stick

I'm telling you...it'll change you forever.

Anyways, above is Caiden making his "cheesy grin" at me right after diving in for a bite of said cheesecake. Look how happy he is. Don't you want to try some?

In other news: I have the best fiance/best friend. I'm surprised my craziness doesn't drive him crazy all the time. I love you.

I also have the best best friends. They went bridesmaid dress shopping for me tonight and went to a lot of effort to try on dresses, take photos of them, make notes of the colors/prices...AND send me a swatch board with all the colors to look at. Seriously. What more could a girl ask for?

And on that note... Good night.

Wednesday, June 9

Day 160



Apparently the tree in our backyard produces some sort of pea pod..thingys. I wonder if they're edible. Ha, ha.

I don't think I've ever been more sick of doctors, dentists, etc. than I have this week. I dunno how hard it is to call someone back. Apparently REALLY difficult.

Back to eating healthy tomorrow. I've seriously fallen off the wagon the past two days. Gross.

Bo-ring.

Tuesday, June 8

Day 159



And here is the underside (is 'underside' even a word?) of Danny's lamp, or as I like to call it, the Vortex of Death. Can you tell I didn't have many photo opportunities today? Yeah, me either.

So Danny and I have been looking for places to go for our honeymoon, which basically means doing extensive research on the internet, which mostly consists of staring longingly at gorgeous, colorful photographs of serene beaches and crystal clear water - all day. It's a wonder I haven't hopped a plane yet.

In other news, Stef took some engagement photos of us and I have to say, they turned out WONDERFULLY. She's such a talented photographer and I'm honored that she wanted to take some photos of us! Check them out on her website. :-)

Monday, June 7

Day 158



Today has been the definition of BORING.

Like, literally. I have nothing useful or important or interesting to say right now.

My head is pounding. Is it really only Monday? aslkdfjhalsdkjfhaslkjdf

Sunday, June 6

Day 157



Take-out BW3's. Dinner of champions.

I'm proud of myself though; being the fat kid that I am (ha,ha) I used to be able to down 12 wings like it was nothing. Today I was full after like, 7! YES. The road to being skinnier is coming along nicely.

Today has been wonderfully lazy.

I'm completely unprepared for Monday. Sigh..

Saturday, June 5

Day 156



Tonight was another one of those evenings where a positively gorgeous sunset happens and I'm, inevitably, driving with no means to take a good shot of it. So I took this with my Canon, at a red light, through the passenger window. And you know what? Even if I hadn't been driving, and did have my better camera with me, I don't think I would've gotten a better shot. It's hard to take a good sunset photo when you're surrounded by trees, power lines, buildings, did I mention power lines? because we've got enough to arm an entire country, seriously. Although I WILL point out - I didn't mess with the coloring in this photo, at all. The sky seriously looked like it was on fire - and it was awesome.

I think we might go to the Exuma islands in the Bahamas. Oooooooo.

Friday, June 4

Day 155



Today I tried a crawfish for the very first time. Tasty, but WAY too much work for a tiny bit of meat. For reals.

This flower is seriously popping up everywhere, including our backyard. Not sure what it is, but it's probably something obvious that I'm just unaware of. HA.

Tomorrow we're going to AAA and to the jewelry store. Hopefully going to accomplish at least two things. AND I'm going to look at BM dresses. I've got to start making some decisions, yo.

We split the Strawberry Balsamic cake at Fido tonight....oh how I wish they made wedding cakes. <3

Thursday, June 3

Day 154



Danny gets a ridiculous amount of comments on this tattoo. It is pretty cool, I admit.

Today was so frustrating. I tried not to let it get to me but I'm afraid that it did anyway. So, sorry.

It's almost the weekend again. Cheers.

Wednesday, June 2

Day 153



This little rainbow decided to poke its head out of the clouds, outside of Brooke's apartments tonight. Cuteness.

Spent the evening trying to make cute fabric flowers/headbands with my ladies. I realized I have A LOT to learn. I can count on one hand the times I've tried to sew or create something. Definitely not my forte... but I'd love to learn.

Today was hot. I won't complain though. 90 degrees is ALWAYS better than 19. I will take humidity over snow and ice ANY DAY. SERIOUSLY.

I'm rambling.
I didn't eat so healthy today.
BUT I think I'm almost back to the weight that I used to be...3 years ago. YES.

Tuesday, June 1

Day 152



Not NEARLY the awesome photo like what I took at McKays, but seeing as how that one got accidentally deleted and we only went to Borders today...this is all I've got. Also, just want to point out my obsession. I don't think it'll ever go away.

We took photos with Stef today. It was so much fun, even if it was ridiculously hot outside and we all almost drowned in our own sweat. Haha. Stef is amazing at what she does and I'm so grateful to her for sharing her talent with us!! :) Check out her website; she rocks.

I am once again pining for the weekend. And SOMEHOW I've managed to get myself scheduled for an eye appointment, dentist appointment, and doctor appointment...all within the next 7 days. How did I let this happen? Never again.....never again.