Wednesday, April 27, 2016

She Gets Too Hungry For Dinner at Eight

Every night around six thirty as we are sitting in the window eating dinner, a little bunny rabbit comes out to join us.  He sticks to the clover and leaves outside, just munching away as we watch.

Lastnight, after the rain, he came out for his evening meal, but instead of hanging out by the bird feeder like usual, he frolicked over to the sidewalk.  He didn't want to get his feet wet!  Clearly, this bunny is my spirit animal.

(photos by e.hunt)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Miles and Miles of Netherworlds I Roam

You've probably noticed all of the nature-y pictures lately.  It's just been so lovely outside that it's hard to resist documenting all of the bloomy delight.  And with that in mind, go outside this weekend and take a walk.  Take in all of the fresh (but pollen-filled) air, smell the just-cut grass, and gaze on all the colors of nature.  Yesterday was Earth Day, after all.

We celebrated by walking down to the local Mexican food joint.  We had margaritas, chips, salsa, and guacamole, and a delicious meal.  And we ate it all, as evidenced by this before and after.  Happy Earth Day, every day!!

(photos by e.hunt)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Memories of Everything, Of Lemon Trees On Mercury

There are pretty trees and flowers and blooming things everywhere right now.  Our yard looks like we had a little spring snow!

(photo by e.hunt)

You And Me And the Weekend

Here we are, another week.  It comes on the heels of a lovely weekend though.  I had three days off work in a row at the end of last week, including Saturday!  I got full nights of sleep, ran some errands, worked on my paper, and Mom and I had a few dinners out.  Dad was out on tour so it was just us girls.

Another lovely happening is that it's been in the seventies and sunny the last few days, which also means it's getting real hot up in the loft. I had to go buy another fan because one of them didn't work when I got it out of the storage room!  It sure is causing some beautiful flora and fauna though.

On Saturday we celebrated Aunt Debby's birthday by going to Maggiano's for some delicious Italian food.  I got the zucchini appetizer for my meal and had the whole plate to myself!  Afterwards, I went to a house party with an old sorority sister, and it turned into a regular Drury reunion!  It was quite fun catching up with people I haven't seen in years, and some I've seen more recently.  And because of the nice weather, we spent the majority of the party hanging out on the patio in the fresh air.

And now I'm on day two of five openings at work in a row!  I'm pretty sure I will be a zombie by Saturday.  Hope you all have a wonderful week planned with an outdoor activity or two, as it seems that the spring weather is here to stay this time around.

(photos by e.hunt)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

You Are Made of the Sea and the Stars

Happy Thursday my fellow people of the internet!  For me, today is the start of three days off work in a row!  This never happens, and I plan on taking full advantage of it.  My room (and closet) needs a good spring clean, I have to run a few errands, study for a history test, and work on my giant research paper.  And of course all these things will be punctuated by full nights of sleep, a necessity that is often disrupted by my work schedule.  And another thing, the weather is supposed to be a glorious 65-70 and slightly cloudy all three days!!

What luck!  I will also be trying out some of my new makeup samples.  Two months ago I signed up for this subscription bag called the Ipsy Glam Bag.  I filled out a questionnaire upon subscribing about things like what kind of skin do I have, what color are my eyes and hair, and what is my overall style, etc, so they can put together a personalized grouping of samples for each bag.  They come in a cute little zipper bag that is a different design each month.

Last month's contents were ok; a few different creams and primers, and an eye shadow color that I never would have picked out in the store but actually looks pretty good.  That's really why I wanted to try this out.  I enjoy wearing makeup and like trying out new things, but it's so expensive to buy something new if you don't really know if it will work out or not.  These bags (that are only $10 a month!) fix that problem.  This month's bag had a few more exciting things - take a look!

(photos by e.hunt)

Monday, April 11, 2016

To Be Totally In the Moment

What a busy weekend!  We had a full house here from Friday night to this morning.  Andrew and Juliana came in from Nashville for a wedding, and Taylor came home from KU to join the festivities. We figured out that it's been a year and a half since we were all home at the same time.  On Friday night, Mom and I went up to Schlafly to hear Dad play music, and that was where the Nashville folks met us for the last few songs.  Taylor would have gotten there too late so he just met us back at the house.  After a brief catch-up we all went to bed.

The next morning I had to work so I missed out on the traditional family trip to Kaldi's for morning coffee.  It was ok though because us kids ended up going the next day while Mom and Dad were grocery shopping.  That afternoon we hosted an extended family get-together to which everyone came.  It was a bit last minute so we were surprised at the attendance rate, but it was quite fun.  I had just seen everyone a couple weeks ago at Easter brunch but they were all excited to see Andrew and Taylor.  It's not often that we're all together at once, especially on a non-holiday-or-birthday occasion.

After everyone left and it was all cleaned up, most of us were exhausted and had short naps before heading down to Dewey's for a late pizza and salad.  Juliana had never been so we had to introduce her to the favorite.  On the way home we stopped to rent the so-called "new" Star Wars movie.  We are all pretty against this new version of A New Hope, but felt that it was necessary to see it again and reaffirm our opinions.  While Andrew and Dad were on the fence of liking it, Taylor and I held staunch in our beliefs that while well-done, it is not a good movie at all and a disgrace to the Star Wars name.  

And then this morning everyone packed up and left.  Taylor and I were going to go to Kaldi's so while waiting for him to get ready, I decided to make a cup of Keurig coffee, only to find out that someone broke it before leaving!  This led to Dad, Taylor, and I taking pretty much the whole thing apart (which was quite a process), cleaning the water hose out, and then putting it back together.  When it was back up and running I finally got to have my pre-coffee coffee!

(photos by e.hunt, and collected from images-cdn.moviepilot)

Hello Spring

The next day we staked out a spot on the front line bright and early, and I got right to work on a sandcastle.  Bringing the big shovel was a good move.

It was tiring work.  I usually don't help too much on all the pre-work like digging, packing, and water injection, and it's a lot to do all on your own.  After letting the pile sit for a while, we started the carving and forms.  Shelby helped me on the double-stacked forms by holding the bottom tower while I dropped the smaller form on top.  And on the last one, Shelby made the drop!

After this I thought it really needed some tunnels so Shelby, Alyssa, and I started digging, each from a different side.  It became quite the undertaking, with all of us up to our shoulders before breaking through in the middle.  I really wanted to have someone take a picture of all of us like that but it didn't end up happening.  After helping carve a little bit more, the girls lost interest and went back to their books, so I moved on to stairs and detail work.

In the middle of all this detail, the tide started to rise, which meant disaster would come to the front side if something wasn't done.  The moat was working beautifully so I didn't want to stop that, and decided on digging it out again and making a blockade in the front.

And it certainly did the trick!  At this point the castle was starting to gain some attention from passersby, and the friendly couple sitting behind us.  They asked if I had taken some sort of sandcastle class or something!  I replied with the usual, nope, just years of practice and creativity.

That night we went out for seafood and drinks at a club in Destin.  It was quite fun, but as a result, we all were moving pretty slow the following day.  It was also chilly and windy on the beach so it turned into just a relaxing day.  After another round of seafood, I wasn't feeling so great so I had an early night in the room while the girls went out again.  The next morning we decided to leave because it was supposed to rain pretty heavily later in the day.  Even though it was just a few short days, it was absolutely lovely to get out of town and on a beach.  I had a wonderful time catching up with Shelby, who I don't get to see as often as I would like, and it was also fun meeting someone new.

(photos by e.hunt)

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Whole Day Flopped Around

Shelby and Alyssa got into St. Louis around 1:15am on Sunday night.  I was napping on the couch before they arrived, but luckily, Alyssa was still hopped up on coffee so she said she would drive the first leg.  I got a couple more hours of sleep before switching with her.  We got into Nashville around 6:30 and stopped for gas and more Starbucks.  It was here that I found out Alyssa used to work at one too; go baristas!

We continued the drive, taking turns in the back seat for nap time.  And then we made it across the Florida line!

At this point we were too excited to sleep so we started chatting and pointing out palm trees and Spanish moss and other southern, Florida-like things.  We arrived at our hotel around 2pm and went straight out to the beach.

It was absolutely lovely: clear skies, a bit of a breeze, and even though the water was pretty cold, it was clear and refreshing.  I went for a nice, long walk which was much needed after so much time in the car, and then built a small sandcastle.

After heading in for the night, we decided that a grocery store run, sandwiches, and a little tv before going to bed sounded like the best plan.  And that way we could get up and be on the beach nice and early for day two!

(photos by e.hunt, and s.zook)

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail

Back from the beach and right back to work!  It was a nice, quick trip and I'm working on photo editing now so stay tuned for more detail.

Back to a week ago, before the trip, it was Easter Sunday.  I had a short opening shift at work and therefor was able to go to the Hunt family brunch!  I eschewed my dairy free-ness for the meal and ordered the stuffed french toast: it was glorious.  I had a lovely time catching up with the cousins and extended family, most of whom I hadn't seen since Thanksgiving.  They wanted to know all about Europe and I got filled in on all of their exciting job news and whatnot.  It was a very nice way to spend the morning before going home to nap and pack for the beach.  Happy late Easter!

(photos by e.hunt, and r.hunt)