Thanks to my friend, Kelly for making this photo-op a reality. And as always, all Awkward Smoking Pictures were taken by the one- the only, Emily Dean Photography.
Let me know you want more Awkward Smoking Pictures by sharing them with your friends. Click HERE to see them on Pinterest, or HERE on Tumblr.
A million thanks to the Nolensville Running Club for their full participation, as well as being great sports rather than sore losers. “Eat my smoke, NRC!”
As always, photos by the photographically gifted, Emma of Emily Dean Photography.
*Note: The pink words (they’re actually salmon, I hate pink) that appear in the text are actual links!! Click on them and have a looky-loo.*
My plan was to wrap up this week with a Friday post containing more Awkward Smoking Pictures. However, considering the tragedies that have unfolded this week, my funny has been broken. The pictures that I had planned on sharing today were made with the help of the Nolensville Running Club right here in my home town of Nolensville, TN.
When I asked the NRC if they’d be willing to participate in Awkward Smoking Pictures they not only agreed, but they came out in full force. Emma, of Emily Dean Photography and I were overwhelmed with their kindness and willingness to take part in our shenanigans. We had a wonderful time at the shoot and I look forward to bringing you those photos next week.
However, there’s another story about the Nolensville Running Club that needs to be shared.
On Monday, eight members of the NRC participated in the Boston Marathon. All of them crossed the finish line safely less than twenty minutes before the first bomb went off. The entire town of Nolensville breathed a collective sigh of relief when we heard that our runners and their families were unharmed.
|NRC members at Boston Marathon (left to right)
John Lovell, Megan Brazill, Amy Klotz, Scott Alexander, David Cañas
Just a few hours after the bombings NRC member, Shawn Berkau organized a 2.62 mile tribute run here in Nolensville, TN to honor all of the Boston Marathon runners, specifically their fellow NRC members, and the bombing victims. Click HERE to watch the news video.
I am honored to be a part of such a tight knit community.
I’ve been a little silent since my announcement of the Easter bonnet competition last week, not because I’ve been gloating, (I have) but because last week was more than busy. My husband, Brantley, went to Memphis to work for a couple of days. The plan was that he would return home for three days, and then go back to Memphis for two more. However, his car broke down while he was there and the mechanic had to order parts to fix it. Instead of being gone for two days, he was gone for seven. This placed a major kink in my week.
As previously mentioned, Emma Nathews of Emily Dean Photography was coming into town to shoot more Awkward Smoking Pictures. (Be patient. You’ll see them soon.) Since Brantley wasn’t here to watch the offspring, I had to ship him to the grandparents mid-week. Maybe all kids are this way, but my son requires a pretty strict routine in order to maintain his, and my sanity. However, routine was nowhere to be found last week. Much like the shingles on my roof.
A storm from the week before had blown away large sections of shingles. After calling our homeowners insurance company, they put us in touch with a roofer. I called Brantley in Memphis, “I need you to talk to the roofers. I’m not going to know what they’re talking about.” He interrupted, “Lori, I can’t do that. I’m busy. You can handle this. I know you can.”
What was I thinking? Of course I could handle that. I’m Lori Wescott for crying out loud.
Imagine my surprise when the insurance adjuster told me that I had to use the specific roofing company that came out to do the estimate. “But, why?” I asked. “The roofer said five times that what he wanted me to sign WASN’T a contract.” Guess what? It was a contract. I’ll let you fill in the blanks on what happened next because it involves a lot of bad words.
After a lengthy, ugly cry I picked myself up and shook it off. There was no time for crying. I had to prepare the house for company. About thirty minutes prior to Emma’s arrival, I realized that I had forgotten to put fresh-cut flowers in the guest room. Our guest room is drab and a little cramped, so I always do my best to punch it up with some fresh cut flowers, a new issue of Us Weekly or People, and some candy. I had done none of this.
I called my next-door neighbor, the flower whisperer, and asked if I could cut some flowers from her yard. She told me that she really didn’t have anything vase-worthy at the time, so I decided to use what I had in my own yard- one sad little patch of Johnny Jump-Ups with one inch stems. They would have to do.
About an hour later I got a text from the flower whisperer saying she had left a spring bud vase on my porch that I could sneak up to the guest room. She must have had a gut feeling that my version wouldn’t be up to par.
Bet you’ll never guess which vase was created by me.
|The phrase, “Nailed it,” comes to mind.|
|Photographer, Emma Nathews|
Still need more proof that she’s a camera magician? Ok, fine. Below is a photo taken of me with my own camera, followed by one taken by Emily Dean Photography.
Let me know you want MORE Awkward Smoking Pictures by sharing them with your friends!!
Photo by Emily Dean Photography.
Hello to everyone and I hope you are well. The Loripalooza blog redesign is complete!! If you’re reading this in an email format, please venture over to the site and check out the new look created by Andrea, at AKay Web Design. Andrea was a dream to work with and I highly recommend her for all of your website/blog needs.
I’m also excited to tell you about a new project that I co-created with my best friend, Loren Leigh Baggett. “Awkward Smoking Pictures” are soon to be released and pretty much speak for themselves. Normal activities become not-so-normal when you add a lit cigarette to the scenario. We were lucky enough to score uber photographer Emma Nathews of Emily Dean Photography. She generally operates out of the Birmingham area and does beautiful work. Is this job beneath her? Yes it is, but I can be persuasive.
So get going to the website and let me know what you think!