Thursday, April 19, 2012


So a year, eh? Good thing no one is sitting on the edge of their seat gripping the laptop, knuckles white, awaiting, with baited breath of course, the next thing I have to post.

It has certainly been a year of changes. From my mother's kick-ass overcoming of her breast cancer, to my (current) search for a new job and apartment(I think Devin and I found a magical one!), to my sister starting Junior High and my new über talented bf... yeah definitely a lot of change. Spanning the range from marvelous to borderline tragic- never a dull moment that is for sure.

My friend Devin and I are looking for our dream apartment, that can be afforded by two 24 year olds, one of them with no job at the moment(me)... Who knew we had such crazy standards? Well I guess we did, that's why it's been so hard to find a place. So many places that realtors have taken us to see are just so... Sterile... and flat, with no Life to speak of. Or they are meth lab type tiny spaces for dirty college students... Is a little vintage character(with high ceilings and hardword floors and a space to make an art studio) too much to ask for Chicago?!

I also really would enjoy having a job... I know, I know... I'm asking a lot, so greedy Hannah... you want a place to live(that's super rad) AND a job? Who do you think you are?

Anyways, just a brief update, mostly for my own benefit, so that when I am old and senile I can look back and remember a few minor details about my life at this age.

I really am going to try and start posting interesting things... I have some cool things to share, some rad people who make cool art, etc...

Friday, April 8, 2011

Happiness Project

The only way I have been remotely consistent on here is in just how utterly inconsistant I have been. And I would almost venture to apologize but wont for 2 reasons 1) no one is reading this and 2) no one cares, with the exception of myself. With that said, I will carry on.

I recently began reading a book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and let me tell you, in no uncertain terms, it has seriously changed my life. And not in an Oprah Book Club kind of way... But in a practical "oh I can totally do that" and "woah, that is definitely me" kind of way.  It takes the reader through a year in Gretchen's life in which she decides to make choices that will lend towards increasing her Happiness. She doesn't pull an Elizabeth Gilbert and run away from all her problems to "find herself", she simply adapts and alters her way of life towards a happier and healthier one. Much more realistic approach. She researches what the ancient and modern experts have to say on the topic, and combines all that with her personal experiences.

She has 12 over-all goals and breaks them down to accomplish by month, and with in those broad monthly goals are small things that fall under them. So here I go on my own Happiness Project. I am still working on my goals and trying to figure out what things I can improve upon in my own life to increase my Happiness, but as soon as I do, you can bet I will post them on here. I know its all a little "Julie and Julia" but mine involves no famous people I am trying to impress or impersonate, no lofty stress inducing tasks to overcome(well depending on what I make my goals, I suppose there might be a couple)... And I didn't start out to blog it, I just knew I hadn't updated in a while and thought I would use this as a nice place to keep track of it all.

Here goes nothin'.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Miss Emma and I met by chance, and I am so glad that we did. She is so much fun and Im so happy that she and I became friends during my time here! A little while ago she agreed to let me photograph her so we met up at her house and to my delighted surprise she lives in the coolest place ever! It is her grandmothers old home, and on an enormous amount of property, full of farms, dogs named Sam and some quality old cars. We even were able to convince her brother Ian that he wanted to let us photograph him for a few shots as well. 

Long Time Gone...

So I haven't written or posted anything in quite a long time, and to be quite honest my inconsistency doesn't surprise, but it does disappoint me. I only have 3 nights left as a California resident. Im getting really down about it actually. Sure I am looking forward to seeing my friends and family back home, but part of my heart will remain here. When I decided to move to California I thought it was going to be long term. I expected to put down some roots and start a life out here, and it feels a little bit like I failed. I know that my going home has nothing to do with Failure and what started out as a rash decision turned into something that I need to do for family reasons... But still. A small part of me has let myself down.

There are so many amazing things about living here. So many fantastic people. Just this week I made some new friends that I wish I was going to be able to spend more time getting to know. But this is life. People get shuffled about and its all an Adventure. So it is all I can do to participate by looking forward to my next Great Adventure.

She looks for 
where ever she goes

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

E&H: Best FF's

This past weekend Erica Tighe came to visit me and I can honestly say neither of us have laughed as hard as we did this weekend in a L O N G time.

We adventured around Sacramento and made a day trip to San Francisco. SF held many mis-adventures that, while stressful at the time, lead to some good laughs after the fact! I will miss her terribly as she leaves on her mission to Brazil, & I was so glad that we got to have one last amazing weekend together!!

Miss you already E!

Thursday, September 16, 2010