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Let’s Go to the Movies… Again!

Hello, everyone!

I had the experience of returning to our neighboring drive-in movie theater Wednesday night, where they were double-featuring Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University. This time around, I had the pleasure of hanging out with a couple of friends I haven’t seen in a while, along with my cousin from last time, who dared to brave the bugs with me again.

Side note: Speaking of bugs, my cousin did find that rubbing dryer sheets over your skin wards off the mosquitos. Its true! We came out looking like ourselves, instead of the polka-dotted pattern we sported last time.

ImageAfter several laughs, a few tricks, and way too much food it was dark enough for the first show to begin: Despicable Me 2. Gru captured my heart all over again with his amazing accent and half-villainous half-softy personality. The girls were adorable as ever, especially little Agnes, who madeImage me laugh just as much this time around as the first one. The minions, which I adore!, are incredibly comical and actually play a bit of a bigger role in this film compared to the first.The storyline, though easily predictable as you go along, brings out the best in all the characters, even more so in Gru who we get to see as more of a fatherly figure. All in all, I highly recommend Despicable Me 2 for kids and kids-at-heart alike!

Monsters University came next after about a fifteen intermission. I Imagedon’t know if it was because I was getting pretty tired or distracted by my friends, but I didn’t enjoy MU as much as I thought I would. Like I said, it could be me. Because trust me, I really wanted to like it. But by the end, I felt like the characters were just a tad bit cheated when it came to their personalities. Sully started out as an overly Imageconfident student  and Mike was a wide-eye wanna-be. To me personally, it just didn’t feel like the characters. Not throughout the entire movie, but through most of it. Despite my dislike for how the creators portrayed Sully and Mike, I did enjoy the evolvement of their friendship. Sully ends up being the huge but cuddly monster we know and love, and Mike the trusty side kick. The beginning gave a peek into Mike’s past and a good look of just how adorable he was as a youngster. The middle had its highs and lows but over-all lacked the charisma and hilarity of the first. The ending wasn’t nearly as glorious as what I imagined it would be and to me, made the whole story line rather pointless when it came down to how the two got to Monsters Inc.

Of course, all of this is just my own personal opinion and speculation. It doesn’t mean that I hated MU or that Despicable Me 2 didn’t have a few of its own flaws. I would even give Monsters University a second chance once it comes out on dvd. I just hope sharing my thoughts and feelings relating to any movie I blog about will help if you’re unsure about taking the time and money to go and see it.

-skip the next paragraph if you’re uninterested in reading about a few crazy things that happened after the movies were over… Its too hilarious not to share!-

I must say, though, before I wrap this up, that after the movies were finished and we were all packed and ready to go my car died! It was the first experience I’ve had of my car battery dying and of course we were out in the middle of a close-to-abandoned field at 3 in the morning! Long story short, we were able to find someone with jumper cables and we left to go home. The unfortunate events didn’t stop there though. My friend remembered that she left her phone so half way home we turned around and had to search the empty field for it! After successfully finding it, we left for home again. Halfway back, we forgot that my friends’ car (with all of their stuff inside) was parked at the building next to the drive in. So, we turned around yet again. But no, it didn’t just stop there. When I dropped off my friends back at their car, one of them broke their flip flop! Not that it wasn’t easily fixable, but at 3:30 am we were all slap-happy and saw it as yet another catastrophe. We all finally made it home, but of course had to finish with just one more problem… As we were unloading our things, my friend’s wheel off of her wheel chair popped off! Thankfully, it was a simple solution. Clumsy with sleepiness, it took a minute to get it popped back on. We ended up going to bed around 4 Thursday morning, and when I eventually woke up it was hard to believe that it all hadn’t been a dream!

Have you seen either movie yet? What are your thoughts and feelings about them?

Have a wonderful day and many blessings to you!

Hannah

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Chapter 4: You Can!

Hi, guys! Image

A little motivation for you all today!

For the past three-four weeks I have been trying to fall into a pattern of walking and running and (attempting) to eat healthier. I’m not going totally cold turkey with it, but at least trying to cut back and choose a little more wisely.

Today I stepped up on the scale and to my chagrin, I’ve gained two pounds since last weighing, and I honestly felt like throwing in the towel. I went on my walk/run and ate perfectly the rest of the day and tried to shrug off my disappointment. I was beginning to wonder if it all was even worth it when my mom happened to be flipping through the channels and American Ninja Warrior was on.

I have only heard about the show but never have actually sat down to watch it. I believe I was Imagemeant to watch it tonight, though. A young man, Kyle Cochran, was a competitor through the show and come to find out, he is a diabetic like I am. When it first showed him, I was blown away. For one, he looks amazing. I mean really, he’s in excellent shape!

Through a little background research, I’ve found that Kyle and I aren’t that much different when it comes to diabetes. (That’s about where it ends, though! Ha!). I’ve had several people tell me what they think I can or can’t do. I’ve been told not to eat this, but to only have this. (Not even by doctors mind you…By fellow co-workers of mine). There was once when I was in high school where a girl pointed out that I was eating in class (due to low blood sugar). Thankfully, the rest of the class understood but I felt a bit embarrassed, considering she knew I was even a diabetic.

ImageKyle has had a similar experience, and has determined not to let any of it stop him. To break the barriers between “normal” people and diabetics. To never sit on the sidelines from doing something he wants to do due to the fact that he is a diabetic. (He is a climber, paraglider, skier, soccer player, gymnast, dance and cheer instructor, an active member in his church…yeah.)

To get an idea of how in-shape this guy is, someday check out American Ninja Warrior if you haven’t already. This obstacle course, which for the fit of the fittest, is something I can only admire people for trying. But to have a young man conquer not only the (majority of the) course, but his obstacles with diabetes makes me all the more inspired, and truly proud of him for going out there with a vengeance!

Even if you’re not a diabetic but struggle with staying on track of being healthier, let this be an inspiration for you. If you are a diabetic and have been held back by the label like so many of us, let this be an inspiration to you. If you are someone who is letting something hold you back from fulfilling your dreams… Let this be an inspiration to you.

Because what I have learned from Kyle’s story is that we can. I can work hard to obtain my goals, not only health wise but future goals as well. You can do the same.

I strongly encourage you to check out more of his story, and hope that this was as great of encouragement for you as it was for me!

Blessings!

Hannah

Chapter 3: Let’s Go to the Movies!

Hi, everyone! I know I haven’t posted for a few days and I’m truly sorry! But here I am, and I’m excited to dig into today’s topic!

My family and I have the pleasure of living only a mile and a half away from a drive-in theater. If you never have experienced a drive-in, it is definitely worth the bugs and occasional humid conditions to at least go once.

Last week as I was passing by, I saw on the drive-in’s sign that the new “Man of Steel” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness” were going to double feature, and I’m not joking when I say that I screamed because I was so excited! ImageFirst of all, I fell in love with Star Trek: Into Darkness when I first watched it with my mom a few weeks ago and second, Man of Steel was something I have been anxious to see as soon as I first heard about it. I mean come on… Its Superman!

So I convinced my cousin to come with me and let’s just say I was a bit overly anxious… We got there two hours before the drive-in even opened. Yeah. Pathetic, right? (But give me this, I didn’t know it opened at 8, not 7 like I originally thought so partially not my fault.) But still, we sat there until the owner waved for me to pull forward to lead the line of two cars into that beautiful field so we could wait another two hours before it got dark outside.

My poor cousin… He handled it all without complaint, although he was getting pretty hot. But the poor kid had to sit with me for four hours before Superman even started! He may need some therapy.

Despite my window shield being unbearably foggy and the mosquitos -who were having a buffet on my feet-, I had a blast! Three 16-oz cans of diet Mountain Dew kept me running through both movies until 2:30 am this morning when I got home, and I wish I could do it all over again! Yes, even the four hours of worthless waiting that I did. (Hey I thought all the geeks like me would flock to such a showing!)

I really enjoyed Man of Steel and have discovered one my new favorite super heroes (no one can top Batman for me…But Mr. Kent was pretty darn close). To me, the visual effects were amazing (but it really doesn’t take a lot to amaze me) and the story line was pretty interesting and easy to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed Henry Caville’s depiction of Clark Kent/ Cal-el/Superman, along with the supporting actors of Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Russell Crowe (Superman’s father), and Kevin Costner (Superman’s human father). I was touched not only by Mr. Kent’s love for humanity but by the paths he took, the questions he asked, the determination he possessed as he grew to who we see as Superman.  I have already heard the typical mixed reviews for this movie, but I think you gotta see it for yourself to develop your own opinion. I personally think it was a good starter for the (more than likely) other Superman movies that will follow along after.

And then re-watching Star Trek last night… this morning… whenever that was… just gave me a firmer Imageresolve in my love for the characters and, of course, Spock and Kirk’s amazing bromance they have going on. I just can’t get enough of it, and I’m sorry. If I could just give them both a hug, though, my life would be complete. That entire movie is incredible and I am on the edge of my seat (already!) waiting for it to come out on DVD and I’m also anxious to hear when and if there will be more movies (There will be more, right? There has to be!)

Have you gone to see either movie yet? Like them as much as me? Have you had any fun experiences at a drive-in theater? Share your thoughts! Always love to hear from you all!

Thanks for reading and much love!

Hannah

Ready for a Challenge?

Hey guys!

Since becoming recently unemployed, I’ve given myself mini challenges to complete in a matter of time… Be it days, weeks, etc. Partially to grow and enhance myself as a person, partially because I’m bored…. And so I thought I’d let you guys in on one of the challenges and see if YOU can complete it!

I have a list of 50 words. Hard words. Words I’ve never used in my life, and have the most difficult time pronouncing. In 50 days, see if you can use all of them. That’s it. But beware, its a little challenging! Have fun! (And if you’ve used any of these words before, good for you! You are officially my hero!)

1. Foibles– minor weakness or failing character, slight flaw or defect

2. Superflous- being more than is sufficient or required; excessive, unnecessary or needless

3. Abscond- to depart secretly

4. Caterwaul- to make harsh cry or screech

5. Chicanery- the use of trickery to deceive

6. Recalcitrant- resistant of authority or control, not obedient or compliant, refractory

7. Roborant- restoring strength or vigor

8. Nympholepsy- a frenzy of emotion as for something unattainable

9. Satori- sudden enlightenment

10. Sward- the grassy surface of land; turf

11. Propinquity- Nearness in place, proximity. Nearness of relation, kinship

12. Askance- with suspicion, mistrust or disapproval

13. Lummox- clumsy, stupid

14. Beserk- violently or destructively frenzied, wild, crazed, deranged

15. Milieu- surrounding, especially of a social or culture nature

16. Thanatopis- a view or contemplation of death

17. Mendocity- a tendency to lie, untruthfulness

18. Eidolon- a phantom, apparition

19. Teratuid- resembling a monster

20. Pyrric- victory gained at considerable cost

21. Delate- to inform against; denounce or accuse

22. Acephalous- without a leader or ruler

23. Recusant- a person who refuses to submit, comply

24. Assoil- to absolve, acquit, pardon

25. Demulcent- soothing or mollifying, as a medicinal substance

26. Fulgurant- flashing, like lightning

27. Draggle- to soil by dragging over damp ground or in mud

28. Tardigrade- slow in pace or movement

29. Fracas- a noisy disorderly disturbance or fight; uproar

30. Hamartia- tragic flaw

31. Refractory- hard or impossible to manage, stubbornly disobedient

32. Utile- useful

33. Bungle- to do clumsily or awkwardly

34. Mordacious- sharp or caustic, biting

35. Spang- directly, exactly

36. Logomachy- a dispute about or concerning words

37. Paltry- ridiculous or insultingly small

38. Pernicious- causing insidious harm or ruin, hurtful

39. Swivet- a state of nervous excitement; haste or anxiety, to flutter

40. Tranche- any part, division or installment

41. Spelunk- to explore caves, especially as a hobby

42. Statuesque- like or suggesting a statue, as in massive or majestic dignity, grace or beauty

43. Petrichor- the smell of earth after rain

44. Deterrent- to discourage or restrain

45. Inundate- to flood, cover or overspread with water

46. Innocuous- not harmful or injurious, harmless. Not likely to irritate or offend

47. Yaff- to bark, yell

48. Orts- a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal

49. Ninnyhammer- a fool or simpleton, ninny

50. Aleatory- pertaining to accidental causes of luck or chance

Good luck!

Love, Hannah

Going to New Heights… Literally

Greetings from a super sore girl!

Not only am I recovering from Monday’s 5 mile jaunt, but I had the most interesting experience yesterday afternoon as I was helping my cousin set up for her wedding reception in her fiancé’s barn…

To start out, I’m really not a well-balanced person. At all. Tell me to do a lunge, and I’ll lose my balance after ten seconds.

Secondly, (is that even a word..? It is now!) when it comes to heights I get a bit dizzy. Its not that I’m really scared or anything I just don’t think my brain can handle the rise in elevation. Don’t know why, but it just can’t.

Well. Of course my cousin, Beth, calls me up yesterday to help her string Christmas lights high up in the rafters of the (approx.) 20 ft. high barn. I’m the one who likes to think I’m brave and awesome when really, I’m shaking out of my shoes!

So I get over there and we monkey our way up this platform thingy that’s held together by  metal poles, and all the way to the top where there’s a board around 5 feet long and only a foot wide. Yeah. So not only did we have to string up the lights, but put the bulbs in as well.

No, I’m not typing this in the hospital after plunging to an almost certain death. But I will say I clung on to those poles for dear life for the hour we were up there, ESPECIALLY whenever my other cousin pushed us around all over that barn.  I really didn’t want Beth to have to try hide a body before her wedding, not to mention hiding any stains I might’ve left behind after hitting the concrete floor.

So basically, my calves are super sore from squatting so many different times to miss the countless instances I could have hit my head against those beams. I’ve been walking around today like a wooden soldier!

But it was definitely a new experience and something I wouldn’t advise for the too faint of heart. I feel like got out of my comfort zone (way way WAY out of my comfort zone! haha) while helping another person. So all in all, I feel rather accomplished even though it wasn’t like a did a whole lot.

What about you? Have you tried something that wasn’t within your comfort zone?

Am I the only one whose body just likes to go against the flow of things and messes with you when it comes to heights?

Thanks for reading and can’t wait to hear from you!

All my love,

Hannah

Chapter 2: Let’s Go!

How’s it going, friends?

I’m sorry it’s been a few days since I’ve last written but I am still here! Quick side note before I jump in: My last day of work went well, though a bit emotional, and I’ve been keeping super busy since (as you’ll notice when you keep reading) so that has helped a ton! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!

But to get into what’s really on my mind… (drum roll, please)

Running.

Yeah. I’m not just talking about the exercise kind of running, either. I’m talking about 7 am wake up and you’re running as soon as your feet touch the ground. You see, my sister and I are volunteering at our church, Sherwood Oaks Christian Church (Bloomington, IN near Indiana University) for VBS and boy… Although I just finished a job working with two year olds, I never knew how crazy church kids could be!

crazy again

I’m talking cheese-its thrown all over the table and floor. And refusing to pick them up. Hitting a volunteer smack dab in the face with a ball. Maneuvering through removable barriers in front of the stage where all the band instruments are to have a miniature concert.

That may not sound too bad but whew.. that’s barely just scratching the surface of the day! So the running just kept going throughout the day…

All the way to the track outside our local YMCA. So here I am, the girl who loves food yet tries to throw in the occasional exercise to make up for what I do eat. So here it is. A Monday. The start of the week to hit it off right. And even though I ate (over!) my share of Arby’s for lunch today I was determined to at least get a little bit of exercise in for the day. As I said, went to the Y and set a goal. Two miles of alternating between running half a mile and walking half a mile. And I discovered something possibly ground breaking for myself and perhaps you:

Set goals you can accomplish. That way, when you are able to surpass your expectations, you will have a confidence boost like no other.

Because you see I did not just two miles. Or three. Or even four. That’s right. I was able to get in FIVE miles, alternating between running half a mile and walking half a mile. And this comes from the girl who hasn’t run like that for at least 6 months. (I will say I have biked pretty consistently so this might factor into how well I did, but still…)

So. If you are at a limbo with some stuff, be it exercise or just what to do with life in general here’s what I learned from today:

Try. Try something new. Try volunteering if you haven’t before. (Beware of church kids 😉 jk! jk!) Try setting small daily goal and watch yourself surpass it! Because if you don’t try, you’ll never know what could be. What chances might open up for you. What accomplishments you’ll make.

Needless to say, I feel excellent about today because I feel like I conquered the world… At least, my world in a sense. No I really don’t know what my next move is job-wise but that’s ok. I have a feeling something will come along and point me in the right direction. But until that happens, I’ll keep my feet going in what I think is the right way and see what happens from there!

So… Let’s go, guys! Let’s try!

Many blessings!

Hannah

One Day More

Hey guys!

If you are a Les Mis fan, you’ll recognize the title of my post for today. It has a double meaning for me tonight as I’m dreading tomorrow… My last day at a daycare where I’ve been employed  for close to two years now. We are shutting down due to low funds and I’ve already had to say goodbye to around 10-15 kids so far. The rest of my farewells will be tomorrow to approximately 45 kids. And even though I’m ready to move on for several different reasons, I do not want to go through those goodbyes. 

And so, of course, running through my head are the sad songs from the saddest movie/play I’ve ever seen… Les Mis. (I have said in previous blogs most anything in my life I can bring back to something from a movie, book or music!) I can hold my emotions in check pretty well but tonight its been a struggle. 

I am ready to move on but please do keep your thoughts and prayers for me and about 20 other of my fellow employees who will be without a job after tomorrow. Thank you so much!

All my love,

Hannah