Thursday, January 31, 2013

why i blog

we all know (or maybe you don't know) that it started
as a way to document my wedding plans. and it has been that!
but it's also grown into so much more...

even though i'm still new to all of this,
and i'm still getting used to custom designs, domains, advertising, etc.
i already appreciate the blogging community so much.

they are real people behind each of these blogs,
and whether you write about food, fashion, kids, or a little bit of everything,
i say "more power to you!"

i want to be someone who supports her fellow bloggers,
rather than competes with them.

i want to be someone who doesn't care whether she gets
15 comments on a post, or 0.

i want to be someone who writes about what truly interests me,
not what i think people will want to read.

...i'm not saying that i'm going to be this person 100% of the time,
but at least i can try!

also, i want my readers (all 70 of you... insane!)
to know that i appreciate you more than words can say.
when i started this blog, i honestly couldn't have imagined
just how much i would grow to love it.

so THANK YOU for caring even slightly about my little space,
and please let me know if there is ever anything i can do
to make you feel more welcome!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

bachelor breakdown #4

first one-on-one date
the boxer brief shots!!! - ashley greene's twin gets the first date and already mentions having babies - leslie is crying... - 110 lbs? i'm not sure i believe that. - "i feel puffy, so... this should be interesting" - how do they get down???

group date
amanda is smiling a lot and it scares me - this show just gets weirder and weirder! - i didn't even know catherine was on this date... - seeing tierra jealous makes me happy - why does she dress like a hooker? - so many angry faces when he grabbed that rose

i also found this gem of a twitter account

second one-on-one date
i don't think you get to keep them, sweetheart - why does she keep saying "batman"? - does neil lane do anything besides the bachelor franchise? - i do feel sad for her... - the dramatic rose dropping!!!

cocktail party / rose ceremony
robyn's most awkward kiss in the history of the world - "i just want to apologize for how you attacked me" - for once, daniella understand what's going on - catherine talks through her teeth - the rose ceremony music gets me everytime - why are there 2 episodes next week?!?

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

i'm getting fancy


the wonderful marquis made it for me,
and i have never been so happy in my life.
(except for the day i got engaged... hi babe!)

but seriously, do you guys love it or do you guys love it?!?
because i'm in love.

i think it perfectly captures everything that i want this blog to be:
 a place to chronicle my and andrew's adventures.

gosh, i think i'll stare at it for the remainder of the night...
and then the remainder of the week...
and then the remainder of my life.
(if you haven't noticed yet, i like to exaggerate) that's all i wanted to post about.
please feel free to grab a button (yeah, i have those now)
and tell your friends to come check me out!

is it obvious that i got a healthy boost of confidence today too?

alright, i'll stop bragging now.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

weekend update

...with seth meyers.

okay, i actually had a veryyy eventful weekend!
which means i couldn't be more depressed that it's over...

it all started with me flying to georgia on thursday night,
getting picked up by andrew, and brought home to flowers and cake :)
(he knows me so well... i was starving)

on friday, we had brunch with his mom,
visited with my sweet friend hannah, and then it was wedding time!

a couple of his high school friends got married friday night,
and it was so much fun to see everybody!

doesn't he look handsome all dressed up?!?

then saturday came, and things started to get a little weird.
in the morning we had our second dose of premarital counseling,
but then we decided to start afternoon drinking by taking "shots of beer"...
yes, you heard it here first.

after that, we headed to get mexican food, naturally,
and i saw one of my besties... shelby!!!

isn't she the cutest???

a pitcher of margs later, we headed to a bowling alley
for some quality, glow-in-the-dark bowling.

takes you back to middle school, right?

now, maybe i'm just really passionate about the sport of bowling...
but i did, in fact, end up like this:  

thanks, andy, for pulling me back to my feet

...can you blame me? i thought i deserved a strike!
instead, i lost every game... oh well.

we ended the night with more shenanigans, and some selfies... just for good measure.

he's sooo thrilled to be taking this

basically, it was one of the most fun weekends i've had in a long time!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

once you go blonde... never go back.
isn't that the saying? ;)

yes, this is a post solely about coloring my hair.
no, i'm not sorry.

basically, i was a hot mess long overdue for a root touchup,
and i couldn't be happier with the results!
kelly (stylist)  is my hair angel

foil on my head, but don't call me a foil head

i also sent the above selfie out during the process...
to andrew, my friends, pretty much anyone with a phone.
do any of my fake-blonde sistas know how i feel???

p.s. i'm flying to georgia tonight for a wedding
and (more importantly) to see my boo,
so you won't be hearing from me until monday!
i'll try to get some good pics :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

bachelor breakdown #3

stream of consciousness, ready, go...

first one-on-one date
lesley is a cute girl - grabbing his hair, yikes - so awkward... her butt cheeks are about to show - they zoomed in on him grabbing her butt - she can't look him in the eye - she has a man voice

group date
what bathing suits are they wearing? - daniella is comic relief  - the producers matched the teams so evenly! - wedding dress girl has redeemed herself, surprisingly - amanda is the devil - kacie b is gross looking (crooked eyebrows)

yes, this is a picture of my tv from my phone... i just couldn't resist

second one-on-one date
tierra is a sneaky one - i would not want to be in heels and a dress at a theme park - i think ashlee is a grandmother, but she's so sweet and humble! - sean cried... love him - they're all "falling in love with him" already... this could get ugly - SHE IS AN ANGEL

cocktail party / rose ceremony
tierra's eyebrows are out of this world, literally - the dog thing for one-armed sarah was really cute - these girls are feisty! - nobody cares, kacie b (in your biker jumpsuit) - she drives off in a van... - did he call desiree last as a joke? #confused - does anyone else feel like he called them in reverse order? - he's definitely not making any decisions based on looks, woof

what did you guys think of the episode???

Monday, January 21, 2013

the facts of me

  • i'm emma & i'll be 23 next month
  • i'm engaged to andrew (who turned 23 last month)
  • we're getting married on july 20, 2013 - eek!
  • i'm the daughter of nancy and bill,
    who just celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary!
  • i'm the big sister of anna (19) and william (15)
 this is how we all still look
  • i work at mutual of omaha as a sales assistant
    (w/ the lovely kendahl!)
  • i've been blogging for 3 months and this is my 22nd post,
    but i'm trying to post more often
  • my favorite bloggers so far are taylor, whitney, & helene
  • my blog title comes from the fact that i'm moving
    to austin, texas when i get married
  • favorite movies: inception, across the universe, 127 hours
  • favorite musicians: ellie goulding, john mayer, taylor swift
  • favorite tv shows: the OC, friends, how i met your mother
  • i'm incredibly lucky to have a really close group of girlfriends
    from my hometown (hi LBFG!)

  • i also have one from my college
    (phi mu till we die mu!)
  • i'm a christian and my faith is a huge part of my life
  • i love coffee, tea, & hot chocolate
  • i can be super serious or i can be super weird
    (mostly weird, though... just ask my office! haha)
  • i love dressing up... like seriously, i love it
  • i also love talking about myself,
    so this post couldn't be more perfect!
...i'm glad you're here and i hope you stay awhile!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

rule of three

3 favorite kinds of food: chocolate, cereal, rice (all carbs)
first 3 things you do in the morning: brush teeth, wash face, pick out a work outfit (yuck)
last 3 things you do at night: brush teeth, wash face, call andrew :)
3 tv shows you never miss: SNL, how i met your mother, modern family
3 places you want to visit: australia, hawaii, napa valley
3 people you can always count on: andrew, my mom, my dad

Friday, January 18, 2013

i confess...

i confess...
  • that i went to a concert last night and officially felt like a grandma...
    i was yawning the whole time and only had one drink.
    what has become of me?
  • that i have absolutely no plans this weekend,
    besides hanging out with my 15-year-old brother.
  • that the previous two confessions definitely make me sound like a loser,
    but i'm okay with that.
  • that i check my phone & blogger obsessively throughout the day,
    even though i usually have no notifications.
  • that i'm starting to realize "dieting" may just not be for me...
    it's way too hard.
  • but that i do want to look good for my wedding in 6 months.
    dilemmas, dilemmas.
  • that i still have no idea what i want to be "when i grow up"
    and maybe i don't need to yet?
  • that i wish there was i was a way i could get paid to lounge...
    i'm pretty sure eating, napping, and watching tv are my strengths.
what do you guys have to confess???

Thursday, January 17, 2013

bachelor breakdown #2

i'm not going to lie to you guys,
this week's episode had me less than enthused.

all examples from ben's season
tierra is obviously being cast as the villian (courtney),
desiree is the super sweet one who he can have fun with (lindzi),
kristy is the obnoxious, self-obsessed model (also courtney),
lesley is the slightly awkward, smart one (emily)...

okay, maybe i'm being cynical.
but is it just me, or are all the seasons starting to feel the same?

what i want is someone fresh, original, real...
which (if "sources" are correct) may be catherine.

she seems very cute and sweet,
although her "i love the beef" joke was not the best.

basically, i just want a couple to last for once,
and maybe that's too much to ask, but i can't help it!

i'm a true romantic at heart :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

binders full of wedding

this is one of my first wedding posts (sorry, folks)
and i am so excited to share!

this weekend i put together my wedding binder... finally!
please view it's amazingness:

basically i have it organized by categories,
  • budget
  • venues (rehearsal dinner, church, reception)
  • attire (all - mine, bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc.)
  • paper (save-the-dates, invitations, programs)
  • music (song lists)
  • flowers & photography (vendor contracts)
  • scheduling ("day of" timelines & checklists)
  • other
am i missing anything?
i'd love to hear from some ladies who have been there!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

become another person

sooo it's a little known fact (or maybe it's not)
that i love to dress up.

any excuse that i have to do so, i will be found in a costume.
and it's not fun if you don't go absolutely insane all out, right?

here are some examples...
(over the course of the last 7 years)

not really sure what i was going for here...

yes, this was a school dance. (corsage, anyone?)

who doesn't dress up as as baby for halloween?

m&m. classic.

now you see me, now you don't...

gangsta squad, represent

risky business?

a little slutty... sorry, mom!

i'm not afraid to frighten children.

just call me pocahontas!

you can't live in orlando and not own a fanny pack...


wingardium leviosa!

a glimpse into the future...

as you can see, my outfits involve a lot of colored tights & cut-up t-shirts.
even a few flower necklaces, for good measure.

yeah, it gets crazy. but i don't mind the stares/comments/etc.
in fact, they're part of the reason i do it ;) any of you guys love dressing up as much as i do???

Monday, January 14, 2013

thyroids suck least mine does.

you know what else sucks?
having your endocrinologist on speed dial...

 (don't mind andrew's very clever name)

why, might you ask, am i talking about any of this?
because, my dears, i got my thyroid killed on friday.

whaaat? why would anyone do that?
well, let me throw a little knowledge your way:

hyperthyroidism: a condition where the thyroid creates too much hormone.
symptoms: fatigue, heat intolerance, increased appetite, dry/itchy skin...

basically, it was negatively affecting my life in many ways.
so i decided to get rid of it!

 in order to do that, i took a pill,
became radioactive for the weekend, and it was dead!

sounds simple, right?

after that, i couldn't be around other humans for 3 days,
lest i infect them with my radioactivity.

it was a strange, relaxing weekend though...
i watched a whole lot of netflix, cleaned my room, and took a few naps.

was it worth it? we'll find out in a few weeks!

Friday, January 11, 2013

bachelor breakdown #1

if anyone knows me, they will know that the bachelor
(and bachelorette) are my favorite tv shows of all time.

i'm obsessed... like, way too much.
i just can't look away from such disastrous human behavior! i decided that it will a tradition for me to analyze
monday night's episode every tuesday.

except that yesterday was really busy so now it's wednesday... don't hate me.

here goes nothing:

1. did anyone else think his hangout sesh with arie was extremely awkward/uncomfortable?
i'm definitely not convinced that they are "great friends" in real life.

2. the 50 shades girl... wow. even before she started acting all drunk & slutty, i knew she was crazy.
she said the words "i actively look for a boyfriend" and that's just not okay.

3. something about this show that always baffles me is the freshly watered cement.
 i'm pretty sure they hose it down right before people arrive.

4. the wedding dress girl... yikes. equally as drunk and stupid as the others,
she managed to slur out "gimme a kiss" and it was really quite sad.
5. i just love chris harrison. his job is so incredibly pointless,
but i wouldn't want anyone else to do it.

6. overall, slim pickings in my opinion. all the girls are either crazy, stupid, or both.
except for a few... taryn, anyone? at least she's beautiful.

7. lastly, and most importantly, i'm pretty sure sean is still in love with emily.
and so far, he's got no one who even comes close to her.
...what did you guys think???

Thursday, January 10, 2013

why i love andrew

aka my future hubby
(only 191 more days!)

he played the role of (super handsome) fiancé in an engagement photo shoot
...what guy wouldn't want to do this???

he lets me call and wake him up every morning while i drive to work 
(at 8:15, even though he doesn't have to be up for hours)

he doesn't think i'm crazy for starting a blog
...and actually reads it! i think ;)

he treats me like a princess, even when i don't deserve it.
which, i'm pretty sure, is most of the time...

he is an incredible cook, and doesn't mind making meals.
i seriously devour everything he serves me!

but most of all, he loves me unconditionally.
it doesn't get any better than that! am i right?

so, there you have it... why i'm crazy about my guy :)
i just can't wait to be mrs. emma james!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

hey, it's okay!

i can't think of a better way to start 2013 than to say hey, it's okay! take 2+ weeks off from blogging to enjoy the holidays. spend new years eve at the beach for the 4th year in a row. watch pitch perfect 3 times in one week and laugh/cry just as hard every time. have the same new years resolution as every other girl: lose weight. be aware that you have a complete & total caffeine addiction. complain every day that you have "nothing to wear", even with a closet full of clothes. hate working out (but attempt to do it anyway)! not know anything about blogging, but pretend like you do.
...or to start a blog about wedding planning, and then post about everything else.
...or both of the above ;)
...even to change your blog name a few times. right, kendahl?

can anyone feel me on these???