January 22, 2012

Man down.

I don't know what happened to my immune system. It has literally just shut off.

I've been sick more this season that I have in two years. It makes NO sense. Yes, I babysit small children who have yet to learn the importance of hygiene, but still. You'd think I'd be okay by 20 years old.

It snowed today. Maybe I'll get a picture tomorrow. I don't know when I got such a disdain for snow...I know it happened at Mt. Zion (now Summit), but...I'm just not sure WHAT turned me off to snow.

Maybe the bitter romantic in me resents it. Maybe all my body remembers when I see snow is negative degree wind chill freezing me to the bone.

Well, no maybes. I can't think of other possibilities. Those two reason are why I don't like snow. Bad memories of being so dang cold at school, and being sad that I have no love life to make snow romantic.

=_= I'm really pathetic when it comes to romantic things. I'm really trying to not talk about it, though.

Are those walls that I'm building? Yes. I know. Leave me be.

On a side note (literally), my 365 over there --->
isn't as cool as I wanted it to be. It's a picture I took a couple days ago, but then today I thought of a cooler shot..I didn't try it. Maybe I will and then post it anyway. I can do what I want.

January 20, 2012

Ve ah going to pahmp you ahp.

Well, first off, I think about my blog often. I don't know much of what to write about (as I've stated before.) Yesterday and today were mildly eventful, so as I post my pictures I'll think of what to say.

In case you didn't notice (which you probably didn't), I'm way behind in my 365s. SO. Here they are.

Day #17: Water

Day #18: Something You Bought (Skillet's Awake album. I've really enjoyed the songs I've heard on Pandora and such, but, unfortunately, not an ultimate favorite so far.)

Day #19: Sweet (He loves to play phone call, so I told him his mom was on the phone. He goes, "Hi, mom!")

And, finally, Day #20 is Someone You Love. It's over there --->
And, if you're someone who doesn't know me at all and wondered into my blog, those are my parents :) I love them.
SO. Yesterday and today.
Yesterday I babysat and contracted a cold (again!) From there, I went to sit in Starbucks for a couple of hours while my dad was in his meeting. I enjoy sitting at Starbucks alone, but the past two times have been particularly dull because I haven't brought a book. I love my phone and all, but there's something about being THAT techie that is a put-off to me - at least concerning myself.

I had no book, so my options were to text, go on Facebook and people watch. People watching is okay to do in coffee shops if people are moving in and out frequently...not if they're sitting around for a long time, which most of last night's customers were. There is one fellow is is particularly intriguing and odd.

The past few weeks when I've gone into SB, there's been a man sitting in some corner, on his laptop (with a plethora of gadgets around him), editing pictures. I never knew until last night that ALL of his pictures are of cats >_> Just a little bit odd, but hey. Whatever floats your boat.

Eventually, near the of my stay, my friend Jessica came to visit. Turned out she was at the church down the road.

Today was another humorous encounter with the essence of "dude." When GIS shut down for the afternoon, Dennis (trainer) and Billy (the infamous) began working out. Now, I don't know if it's because I never had brothers, or never hung out with guys to personally until college (even then, not much.) but when I watch these guys work out, it just cracks me up! I honestly don't know what it is...Maybe because it's a women's club, maybe because hearing them get their Macho on is just...funny.

At one point, Billy walked into my office and said, "If you hear Dennis and I talking to each other like Hans and Franz, just..disregard it. Just ignore it."

Billy will talk like Hans and Franz every once in a while. And just the idea that this younger guy and this older guy are talking to each other while they work out in a women's gym in these voices....it's a mind's eye thing that puts a huge smile on my face. Boys will be boys. Forever.

January 16, 2012

Late Pictures.

Well, I'm behind a bit in the Photography 365 project, but I don't think I have anyone anxiously awaiting what comes next, so it's no big deal.

Today (the 16th)'s picture is over there --->
Yesterday's is here:

The topic was "Happiness," and peanut M&Ms happen to bring me much joy. There's also a fun history with them. My last semester in college, my campus chore was cleaning the staff offices. All us girls in that particular wing would snatch M&Ms (sometimes peanut, sometimes plain) from (now former staffer) Malachi. He had a jar on his desk and we girls would raid it every night! We cleaned him out several times and had to give him money sometimes to keep our addiction satisfied. When times were hard, we needed candy! And Mr. Malachi was always kind enough to satisfy our need for tiny bits of chocolatey goodness.

There were some great times cleaning those offices :)

Now, today's picture. The topic is "Morning," so I took a picture of...the ceiling :) When I wake up in the morning, I see the ceiling. And my curtain. It's obscure, but hey. That's how I roll.

P.S. On a side note, last summer I got a bunch of new nail polishes. I've only tried a few and today, I branched out and painted my nails "jade". I really like how it looks, my mom likes it, but my dad is against. I'm hoping to win him over, lol.

January 14, 2012

Crooners in my head.

I put my Pandora on Quick Mix or whatever, and it played crooners. So I Have Ella in my head.

Note about my 365 over there --->
I'm not really reading anything right now, but I bought those books a few days ago. I'm excited about reading them.

What are you reading? Do you recommend anything? I don't read enough, so I'd love some suggestions.

January 12, 2012

A longish post about my day.

I work part time as a secretary (basically) at a women's fitness club called Get In Shape For Women. I got the gig by going in on a whim and asking if I could use their machines in exchange for free labor. Cleaning, etc. Well, the manager, Billy, invited me into his office and we had a chat. He said he'd call me back the following week - yeah, sure, I thought. I didn't expect to hear from him again. However, he DID call back. Two days later! He had me come in a couple times to just work out, and then I started working.

Here's the thing: I got the whole package. I'm not walking on a treadmill for free. I'm doing their program for free. Which is amazing and such an obvious gift from the Lord that I am STILL in awe when I think about it. I mean, it was an idea. I had the thought for almost two months before I finally went in.

I love it, too. Billy is great. He's a middle aged guy who loves Motown and has a ponytail for goodness sakes! But he is super nice and just a quirky Guy. Today, while I was cleaning the place for their open house, Billy comes to me in the middle of his workout and says,

"Lets watch and see what this lady does with her shopping cart. She'll either A, leave it. B, take it back or C put it somewhere in the middle."

Totally random and I didn't even know that we would actually talk about it, lol! But sure enough, I'm walking by and he says, "It was A." Then we shared a couple stories about people who tried to get away with dumb things like leaving shopping carts in the lot.

OH! Another story from today. Yesterday, Billy found out that I've never seen any of the Rocky movies. He was literally like, "What?! I have tell Dan!" (By the way, Dan is one of the trainers at GIS. The "main" trainer or whatever. Two other guys come in a couple days a week.) So he tells Dan, and Dan's all, "I've have all of them. And I've seen them about 100 times." I'm like..."Uhhhh...my bad?"

Anyway, so I go in today, the guys come out of the office and stand around me. Billy says,

"Hannah, Dan and I were just having a meeting and we have an assignment for you. This Saturday, you need to take some time and watch the first three Rocky movies. At LEAST the first two. Then, next week, when you have some time, make your way through 4 to 6."

We had a good laugh, and it made me smile. I'm the only female staff at GIS - there's four men working there, so things like, "You haven't seen Rocky??" are hilarious because it's such a DUDE flick. All I know is that sometimes my job feels like a TV sitcom and I love it.

This is my office (Well, Dan's business cards are on the desk, but he's not in there very much.)

On a side note (literally), if you check out the Photo365 over there --->
you'll see the current contents of my purse. Now, nix the shoes because I'm wearing them. The shoes were to change into after soaking my uggs in an inch of slushy water from walking to work. My wallet, my keys (that FINALLY! have a car key on them!!), rags to clean from cleaning at GIS, my camera with an adorable Calvin and Hobbes button that I got from the best year of SoulFest ever, and some loose change. It's emptier than usual. McAllen says I carry bricks in my bag..

Only sometimes.

January 11, 2012

I figure I'll just keep saying stuff...

...until I figure out what the point of this thing is.

New Photography 365 over there, btw (I'll try to post tomorrow's sooner than I did todays...--->

I don't know if anyone reads my blog. There's not much to look at, but maybe that's just me. I don't have much to say right now, and that's okay. I don't want to force myself into doing something super impressive with this thing. It's not like I have my own family, or a business or am doing any major projects. I'm just living my life, waiting to see what's coming my way.

The unfortunate thing is that because I'm advertised this thing on Facebook, I can't be as brutally honest on here as I'd like. Or rather, as I would normally (same thing, I guess.) I suppose that's good because if I make it too ranty or too uber personal, it's not going to draw anyone's attention. That's been my problem in the past. My posts would be long tirades about whatever, or blah blah blahing about me me me. Borrrrring.

We'll see. There's time.

January 10, 2012

Day Eleven

If you look over there --->
You'll see a section about my Photography 365/ The subject today was "Where I Sleep." The picture is of my quilt. Now, I don't have any particularly heart-warming story about my bed sheets, but they are special to me. I bought them especially for college - I was in the very beginnings of my "trying to be classy" stage (I'm making progress, but I can't deny that I just love being reallyreally comfy.)

My mom was like, "You can use it later", blah blah blah. I liked the set, and it matched some throw pillows my Aunt got me off of eBay quite perfectly.

Well, for almost four years now, those sheets, pillows and the quilt have been on my bed. They went through Bible school with me. They didn't go through internship (which is fine by me. They were better off in the school's storage!) I've had sleepovers in those blankets with my best friends. I've cried in those blankets. I've had side-splitting laugh attacks on those blankets. I've had late night talks about boys with my roomie on those blankets. I've played games on them. I've prayed on those blankets. It was on those blankets that the Lord helped me realize that I could be satisfied with His love.

And now, I'm home. Back from college. I've still had many moments on my bed. On those blankets. They're special, and I look forward to keeping them forever...

Though, they are twin size, so unless I stay single, they may go a few years without use.

Short and sweet.

I'm going to work soon, but I figured I'd put out a quick update.

Last night, we had a belated family Christmas with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins. We also got to meet Annaka, the new beautiful baby! She is literally one of the most wonderful babies ever.

I'm hoping to have a direction for my blog. I'm not quite sure exactly what it's going to be...my problem is that I find these role models, as it were, and I want to be somuchlikethem, then I realize I'm not...and I don't know exactly what it is I have to offer. I can't just copy people.

We'll see what happens. I'm not exactly a well of insight right now :P That's okay.

Photography 365 #11 coming later today :)

January 8, 2012

Photography 365, Days 1 - 9

1. A picture of me. Check! It's at the top over there --->
2. Breakfast. Coffee is a must every day :)

3. Something I adore. Okay, okay...it's two pictures, but I can't leave either one out! I babysit these two cuties and love them.

4. Letterbox (or mailbox). Well, I don't have that, but I do have a picture of a Christmas card :\

5. Something I wore. I love my baby blues.

6. Makes me smile. My bff Jane! (Actually, Allix. She's coming to visit in 17 days!)

7. Favorite. Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite...

8. My sky.

9. Daily routine. I make coffee everyday (okay, so this is kind of a cheat...)

Hooray! I've caught up (and I think these ARE all from January 2012! Except for the sky, cookies and Allix.) Starting tomorrow I'll have a little photo feed over there --->
and we'll all have a good time.

Photography 365

I was browsing on Pinterest and saw that my cousin Beth pinned a 2012 "Photo A Day" schedule from a site called The House of Smiths. I personally have not looked around this site, but when I was reading through the list of things to photograph, I said to myself, "Hey..I'm gonna do this! Why not?"

I figure, since it's a year long project, I'll keep a space over there --->
just for my "Photo #[insert number here]", and if there's anything significant about the photo that day, I'll blog about it :)

I'm a few days behind, but better late than never! I'll do a little stream through of pictures that I have to make up for it. (No, they wony all be from this year, but I'm okay with that, so you should be too.)

I'll be trying to make it so much more.

I love this song. It says exactly what is in my heart concerning myself, my life, this year.

So far, I don't have anything too insightful to say, so I'll just leave it at this song and we'll see what happens.

Why pancakes.

If you're curious, my title is based from a line in the movie Stranger Than Fiction (one of my favorites!)

The dialogue is such:

Dr. Jules Hilbert: ...Harold, you could just eat nothing but pancakes if you wanted.
Harold Crick: What is wrong with you? Hey, I don't want to eat nothing but pancakes, I want to live! I mean, who in their right mind in a choice between pancakes and living chooses pancakes?
Dr. Jules Hilbert: Harold, if you pause to think, you'd realize that that answer is inextricably contingent upon the type of life being led... and, of course, the quality of the pancakes.

It is after this point in the film that Harold decides to throw away his current life of nothingness and DO things. That aspect of the movie has always been one of the things that connects me to it, and it's how I feel right now.
I want to DO life. I want the quality of my life to be so amazing that I don't even think twice about resorting to proverbial pancakes - no matter how tasty. I've had my time of awkward transition, I've had my time of nothing, of emptiness.

No more. It's a new year, and by the grace of God, I'm not going to waste it or the opportunities provided through out it.