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Aundrea Pye  Jesus | Music | Travel | Laughter 🏑 Savannah, Georgia

I remember the first time I ever heard @hollowcoves β€” it seemed so significant for some reason. I’ve heard countless new songs and artists over the years, but can’t recall when I first heard any of them. Except for Hollow Coves.
I was heading home just past midnight, passing under the stop light and merging into the on ramp of the interstate at exit 104. I heard the opening music and by the time the first verse had ended, I was in love with whoever Hollow Coves was and Spotify for playing it. I listened to Home on repeat the whole 40 minute drive home. β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”
I had no idea that less than a year later I’d take this photo back stage at the Seattle show. Life is funny, in the most wonderful ways sometimes. When I look at the backstage photos like this one, my mind immediately goes back to that first night in my car. I can’t help but get one of those β€œbig idiot” smiles stuck on my face.

I met @austinbasham when he and his wife were models for a photo shoot at a photography workshop two years ago. He mentioned music and I immediately looked him up on Spotify. I was a fan when at the moment I heard the first song, All Is Well. Austin is super talented and he’s a goof ball, always making faces and cracking jokes. He’s the type of guy you become friends with instantly. You know, that β€œolder brother friend” type. So happy to call him a friend and thankful for him letting me come along on the tour some! Go give his music a listen if you haven’t already.

@hollowcoves The kind of band that sounds perfect on their recordings. @hollowcoves The kind of band that somehow manages to sound better live than on those perfect recordings. @hollowcoves The kind of band you should be listening to.

3 awesome nights photographing the beginning of the North America tour of @austinbasham and @hollowcoves was simply not long enough. I would happily go on tours forever. But alas, I just boarded the train to start the long trek home, daydreaming and scheming β€” the usual. More photos to share once I’m home to my computer!

Hunter + Emily’s surprise latte art proposal at @wakeupcoffeeco is on my bloggity blog. You can read a little about the story, too!

Hunter + Emily’s surprise latte art proposal at @wakeupcoffeeco is on my bloggity blog. You can read a little about the story, too!

Hunter + Emily’s surprise latte art proposal at @wakeupcoffeeco is on my bloggity blog. You can read a little about the story, too!

Hunter and I have been friends for years. We’ve had those talks where we dreamt and wondered about our futures β€” like the people we’d end up marrying. Last Thursday, I was filled with feelings of pride and honor getting to be part of his surprise proposal to Emily at @wakeupcoffeeco β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” To witness a friend find someone, fall in love, and then get down on one knee to ask for forever together? I’m a big fan of that. β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” And yes, the man did in fact propose via latte art, in the coffee shop he used to work at, while I requested they play Landon Pigg’s Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop throughout the place. ❀️
Can’t wait to finish up these photos and share a little more about how things went down!

If you know me well, you know I’m a sucker for old school things. Handwritten letters, mixed tapes, music from the 40s, and have more than once whined about why we ever switched from cute glass bottled milk dropped off on your door step. β€’ β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” β€’
Last week I was grocery shopping and found @homesteadcreamery unexpectedly. The milk comes from cows in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and has no artificial hormones added, bottled in glass, and can apparently be returned to your grocer for a deposit back (that means $$). So, if you’re into old school things, #zerowaste lifestyle or being more #ecofriendly, mindful of added horomones to our food, and like to save money check them out.
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So, today I popped some @ghirardelli brownie mix into a doughnut tray to bake while I ate lunch. And now I’m going to enjoy a glass of milk, a doughnut brownie, and a few episodes of the Office.
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Edited to add: I just read that some of these bottles have been in rotation for over a decade! First of all, think of how many plastic bottles that eliminates. Secondly, how cool to think that the bottle I’m pouring milk from in my home in Georgia today after baking brownies for myself may have been in another home, somewhere else, years ago. Maybe by a newlyweds making breakfast, baking a first birthday cake, or poured by little hands to leave milk and cookies for Santa. I wonder how many homes this bottle has had the honor to be in. The lives it’s witnessed. I think it’s pretty cool.

I got my first box from @plated this week! Today, I made the saucy meatball sliders with a caesar salad. It was delicious and fun to cook the whole meal β€” even the salad dressing!
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The smallest plan is for two servings, but fear not fellow single friends: LEFTOVERS. I love leftovers, LOVE them. So, maybe you don’t have anyone to share the meal with and that would normally make you sad, but not today! My first meal from Plated has me seeing the bright side of being single, because I get to eat the second serving for lunch again tomorrow. πŸ’πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜† β€’ β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” β€’
Next up: Cuban chicken rice bowl with mojo sauce and pineapple salsa. πŸ˜‹

They called it weird.
They called it overtime.
They called it too much.
But it was poetry seeping out of my pores.
For too long it’s been suppressed. .
My thoughts are deeper.
My emotions richer.
My words longer.
My brain connecting feelings to thoughts to words like an intricate web. .
Because they can’t see the connections, they call me weird.
Because they can’t string along the sounds, they call me chatty.
Because they can’t express truth of what’s inside, they call me an over-sharer.
They try to silence me.
And I try to silence me.
But these surges of one liners and page fillers can’t be stopped.
I have words that are beyond small talk.
I have words that have no music to dance along their serifs. There are no stanzas or patterns. These blocks of words don’t seem to fit.
I don’t seem to fit...
They joke poet and didn’t even know it.
But I really didn’t know it.
Until one day I shared, one called it a gift. Another called it phenomenal.
Which I called phenomenon.
Then I heard him speak.
My heart recognized rhythm in his heart.
My soul rattled.
My light flipped on. .
Poetry. .
I’m sorry that affection is weird for you.
I’m sorry your mind only skates on shallow surfaces. While mine risks the cracks in the deep.
I’d rather drown in truth should the deep claim me than never see β€œjust blue” is actually made of many hues. .
But I won’t be sorry when my words have meaning. When my stories have intermissions. When I choose to skate in the deep. I will no longer apologize when you can give only one sentence and what I give can’t be said in anything less than paragraphs. .
I won’t call it all β€œjust blue” like you, when what these β€œjust blue” eyes see is aqua, sky, indigo, and navy. Just because you’re color blind, doesn’t mean I should be too.

Before I share pretty photos from the surprise proposal I shot today, I’m going to share these low-light, crap-quality, fun-filled, Love-filled, iPhone photos. Because they matter too. ❀️
β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” Spontaneous roller skating tonight with the family! I’m going to be super honest... I said (and sang) β€œsh!t” so much everyone likely thought I have Tourette’s. But hey, I didn’t fall! SO MUCH FUN. Sorry for cussing, Jesus. πŸ˜‚

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