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Another Week

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Well, my blog post calendar/schedule slightly failed. It’s been 12 days since I wrote my last post. However, if I get as far to hit publish on this post, I will have outdone last month’s count. This week is Spring Break, meaning there is no cap on my hours at work. You can sure as heck bet I am working the full 40 hours. Talk about a vacation.

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The weather is finally starting to warm up. It’s been raining off and on the last two days. My peonies and daffodils poked their heads above the cold black dirt early last week. The leaves have been raked, and the trash from all these filth bucket college students has been disposed of. To say I’m ready for my favorite to season to be begin would be an understatement. I have always had an affinity for spring, likely because it’s my birthday season, but also because I love watching the world bloom. And it’s certainly not just nature, I think even people start to poke their heads out of the dirt.

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I’ve been focusing much of my time on my professional future. Mostly by obsessing over my resume, following the leads of a few people who have been so kind as to offer advice and connections, and a lot just down right whining with my new found friend, Brooke. As May 7th creeps ever closer, you can’t help but feel the serious pressure of adulthood. I know I’ve said this many times, I am feeling both excited and terrified, and the degree to which I’m affected by those feelings changes daily. Today, I’m hopeful that this week I will perfect my resume and get it into the right hands before the end of April.

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I’ve been feeling a little rough around the edges. With all the ‘get out and there and adult’ stuff, it’s easy to find comfort in candy. I’ve totally plateaued in the weight loss world. Not that it’s all about losing weight, but I was on a roll for a while. I think now that I can ride my bike again, if I can just avoid emotional eating, I will kick my 25 Before 26 goal, no problem. But, for more immediate results, I went to see my dear friend Jac at the salon yesterday. Four hours later and…

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I couldn’t be happier. Jac is a hair Goddess. If you live in the area, make an appointment with her at Hair Biz on San Marnan.

-Saturday at the post office, the old boxes are my favorite
-There’s something for everyone at the thrift store
-Catching a UNI game at Toads with Mom, I went for the company and chips
-Babes out on Main
-Sunset bike ride with Brynn
-Lunch on the roof of the Union with the bros
-Breakfast nachos, a new regular
-Silver hair wasn’t built in a day, but stage one sure is pretty

So Long Summer

My summer is officially coming to a close. Monday brings the start of the fall semester, the first day of my internship, and the beginning of my final year as a college student. Holy. Crap. The next 9 months will require some serious dedication and passion. It’s mostly all good feels as I dive head first into the future, but there is a very big part of me that is absolutely freakin’ terrified. I’ve worked my ass off for this, and at the end is supposed to be this magical glorious thing where all the hard work will pay off, the puzzle pieces will fall into place, and all will be right with the world (of Hannah). But.. I can’t help but think, HOLY CRAP what if it doesn’t go as planned?! What if I suck!? What if I totally screw this up!? What if I HATE the ‘future’ that is supposed to be the rest of my life?! But I have to do it. I want to do this. And it’s all going to be okay. Best case scenario, folks.

Phew, that was a little overwhelming. With that being said, here are some photos from summer that got lost in the shuffle.
















An attempt at propagating succulents.. they all died. That week when my house was bursting with peonies. Practically every night of summer offers an amazing sunset. Did a little volunteering at the College Hill Arts Festival. Lost photos from the car show, the family sailing day, and lots of fun nights with great friends. A sunset from Ragbrai, and a photo with the newest addition to my pack of babes, Brynn (major girl crush, she’s cool as hell). A plant that I didn’t kill, cherry tomatoes. Beach, and a different beach. Zinnias from seeds gifted to me by Sweet Marie. Lastly, full grown baby yellow tomatoes.

Over the summer have I had added beach comber, flower photographer, and sunset time lapse junkie to my list of titles. My Dad gave me a Joby GorillaPod a few years ago, and over the summer I have finally mastered it’s versatility. I use a small mount for my iPhone 6 and then attach that to my tripod. Works like a charm. The video above was taken on my phone while attached to my bike handle bars.

For more photos, time lapses, and frequent updates in general, check out my Instagram; @sweethannahpea. Thanks for the memories Summer 2015.

I Will Never Be An Accountant

Phew! I just have some rambling to get out about the events that consumed the majority of my day. It has been a sort of rollercoaster-y up and down, mostly down, which I think would a pretty crazy rollercoaster because at this point you’d probably be underground, kind of day. My day has been down because I dove into my second round of summer classes. Two online courses, one is a humanities course, Russia and the Soviet Union. The other is Accounting. The up, the Russia class. The down. The way down. The took-the-rollercoaster-underground, in the dark, the sounds-cool-but-it’s-really-terrifying down, Accounting. I am just not a numbers a person. Even the language used has me all worked up.

I used to not care about grades, or really even education in general. I always saw it as something that wasn’t for me, that I just couldn’t do. Don’t get me wrong, if I enjoyed a class, I would absolutely go and listen. But attendance, and studying, and getting so worked up over something as small as a score on a test that wouldn’t even matter when the class ended, I didn’t get that stuff. But here I am, a 25 year old woman, totally freaking out over studying, and that one single test score.

Perhaps it’s that in the last couple years, I have realized the opportunities that working hard on an education can potentially give you. Or that the people who are offering up these pearls of wisdom are actually smart people, who happen to have a wealth of knowledge over a topic that can benefit me in some way. Or that I finally appreciate the opportunities that my freaking amazing, **appreciation tears welling up in eyeballs** beautiful, magical parents have given me. Overall, I would say it definitely has something to do with all of those, and most importantly, finding your niche.

So today, while working on something that is absolutely not, and never will be, my niche, I broke down. I was at work, alone thankfully, and just lost it. Started crying, and thinking that I might literally be the dumbest human ever. After a few minutes I realized that I was at work, and that anyone could walk through the door, so I needed to get my shit together. But I also remembered, hey, yo gurl, this isn’t your thing. It’s going to be hard. Ask for help, even if you don’t even know what kind of help you need. Don’t just break down crying because when your credit and debits worksheet is wrong the stupid website you’re using says “Um, you’ve answered wrong so many times we are just going to give you the answer so you can move on to the next problem.” WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO TEACH ME, WEBSITE?!

So tonight after some Audrey talks, and some Mom talks, and a little more crying, and some ice cream, I am not just giving up on Accounting (although that would be awesome, UNI, can we just do that?). I did however put it away for today. Tomorrow Audrey is going to see if she can help me. And then hopefully next week I will find a unicorn of a tutor who can help me understand whatever the heck accounting actually is.

I know I won’t get an A. And no matter how much I learn from this class or use the knowledge in the future, the textbook will never be worth the $200 spent on it. But, maybe I will come out of this class with a high C. Then I can say to myself, you did it! You practically crushed it! You should still always higher an accountant.

 

Sick Days

Not this past Friday, but the Friday before that, Jessica, Becca, and I went to Becca’s house to watch scary movies, carve pumpkins, and maybe practice our zombie makeup for the zombie walk. After we carved our pumpkins and watched Carrie, I was snuggling with that guinea pig, Chicken Nugget, when he took a giant wee all over my pants. I thought he was just happy to be snuggling, making his cute little guinea pig noises. Nope, he was warning me he couldn’t hold it any longer, and then there I was with pee covered pants. It was pretty funny. But that meant no zombie makeup practice.

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After I got home and cleaned up, I decided to enjoy some hot chocolate, and wait for Audrey to finish her closing shift at the bar. After a couple of hours, I started to feel really warm, and weak. And that’s when it began.. I went right to bed, and woke up the next day not feeling much better. I have this problem, especially when I’m sick, where I just can’t stay home. I suck at it. So I risked the undead lives and went to the Octopus to see everyone all zombified. I was only out about half an hour, when I realized I really needed to be on the couch.

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I went to the doctor on Monday and was prescribed a 5 day antibiotic. The last day of the antibiotic my ear was KILLIN’ ME! So, being the daughter of a teacher of the hearing impaired, I was back to the doctor Friday afternoon. Sure enough, ear infection. Now I’m on a 10 day antibiotic. Thankfully I felt a little better the very next day, so I was able to enjoy myself this past weekend.

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Saturday morning Audrey and I had some tasty breakfast burritos from La Calle. I spent a good portion of the afternoon making myself look pretty. Audrey says I look like this all the time.. HA! Audrey, Walter, and Graham played some Peas and Carrot songs as California Medley (LOL) at their friend’s wedding. I got to be their plus one, and had a great time. After the reception Audrey and I went out on The Hill, just the two of us. I’m not actually sure we’ve ever really done that. We had so much fun spending some time alone together!

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On Sunday our local Historical Society hosted their annual cemetery walk. Volunteers learn the history of local dead folks, and then you walk from grave to grave learning a bit about each featured person. It was very informative, although I wish it had been a little more thrilling. I guess there have not been many unsolved mystery victims, or convicted murders, buried at Fairview Cemetery. My Mom and I spent the rest of the afternoon shopping. It was a fairly relaxing Sunday, that ended with hollandaise sauce, because Audrey is amazing.

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The last two weeks have been crazy. Yesterday was the official midterm, hooray! I’m fairly happy with how my classes are going. I’m an account coordinator on a pretty big group project in my PR class that I’m really excited about. On Saturday I am interviewing my awesome cousin, Jenna, for another big project in a different class. Other than Econ, this semester has been really good to me. I schedule for next semester in November, and I’m hoping for no 8:00 am classes.

This weekend is going to be a blast and half! Peas and Carrot releases their EP, Big Girl Shoes, on Saturday, and Audrey’s birthday is Sunday. If you are a local reader, I hope to see you at Octopus for the show!!

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Have a happy weekend!
Sweet Hannah Pea

Weekend Wrap-Up: Leaves and Stuff

You might notice a change in the quality of my photos. I was putting so much pressure on myself to have good pictures, as in.. lighting, content, etc. that even though I wanted to blog more, I wasn’t. Yesterday Audrey and I were talking about her birthday, and I had to ask what I did for my birthday this year. I’m sure if I had thought about it for more than 5 seconds I would have remembered what a wonderful week I had, but I just have so much in my brain it’s hard for me to remember things. Well, that just proved to me I really need to blog as often as I can so I don’t forget all the wonderful things that I do!

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I ended up catching the bug that had infected Audrey last weekend, so I was feeling pretty run down throughout the week. I stayed home from school on Thursday. Friday I was supposed to go to this awesome E-Media/PR workshop the University was offering, but I couldn’t stop hacking. I didn’t think coughing up a lung while prominent professionals give over hour long presentations, and looking a bit clammy and gross, was the best idea, so I ended up staying home.

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On Friday afternoon I was starting to feel a bit better, and was OVER sitting on the couch, so I cleaned out my closet. The skater dress is a vintage piece I bought, sometime.. I’m not actually sure I’ve ever worn it. The little red jersey dress with the peter pan collar is from my sweet friend, Becca. It was too big for her so she gave it to me. A reason to be happy I’m an XL! I found several other gems in my closet that I am looking forward to pairing with leggings and sporting all winter long. The best part about cleaning my closet out though.. all of my hangers are now white. Yep. Shout out to anyone reading this that color organizes their closet and knows how exciting it is to have all one color hangers!

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Audrey took me to the Olive Garden for lunch/dinner. Despite Olive Garden being an Americanized version of Italian food.. Who can say no spaghetti and chicken parm!? And endless salad and bread sticks!? yum, yum! I also always love a little date with my lady, she is the absolute best.

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On Saturday morning I woke up and made myself some breakfast. Thursday when I was sick Audrey made me purple potato soup and cheddar bacon scones. I had half a scone with my breakfast, and then headed outside to do some yard work. I was feeling a lot better, and thought some fresh air and exercise might really help, it did!

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The yard had not been tended too in .. a long while (not my responsibility.. cough Audrey cough Walter cough). We have a monstrous walnut tree so I spend 2 hours raking all the walnuts and leaves into manageable piles.

That night I went over to Becca’s house for some girly time with her and Jessica. They are so much fun! We started making plans for Halloween. Last year we all got together before going out, so we decided to do that again this year, only at my house. It’s going to be one big babe party, complete with candy corn jell-o shots, and I’m probably going to invent some sort of ridiculous Halloween game. I can’t wait! I also got to hang out with my two favorite guinea pigs, Kuro and Chicken Nugget (Tibbers is CN’s real name, but he looks like a giant chicken nugget, so..).

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On Sunday morning I went to breakfast with Audrey and Walter. I am officially obsessed with hot chocolate. It’s just the best cold weather drink, second to apple cider and rum though… That afternoon my Dad dropped off the wheelbarrow and I started raking up my leaf piles and moving them to our soon to be compost pile down by our creek. However, I gave up after 2 hours though, so there are still some piles to be moved. Oops.

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I ended my Sunday eating left over soup and watching The Good Wife. In maybe 2 weeks I’ve gotten through 4 seasons. It’s safe to say I’m addicted.

Here I am at the end of this blog wondering if that is really all I did on Sunday. How sad it that!? Yesterday was an absolutely crazy day. I had class, then work, then class, then I met with some of the Sturgis Falls Board at Far Reach. They built our website, and help us with other marketing stuff. I stuck around after everyone left to ask a few questions, and I am really looking forward to working more closely with them. THEN I had a group meeting to work on a project for PR. So by then I was obviously ready for a little fun. We headed over to The Broken Record for pizza and drinks. Despite the crazy day, I was in bed by 10:30. Priorities!

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Today has been a very roller coaster day and I might as well be honest about it. I started my day off in my News Reporting/Research Methods class getting a quiz back, got a B+! Hey, great job self! Then I got to my PR class and got another quiz back, it was an A! My first A in very very long time. And then I went to Econ.. dreaded Econ. I suck at math, and math concepts, and money, and just generally things not related to being creative and talkative.. I got my 1st exam back with a big on D on it. There were some tears shed when I got to lunch with Audrey. But you know what, it’s fine! It’s one test. I can get a tutor, and my stellar grades in my other classes will totally make up for it. As much as I’d really LOVE to be a straight A student, it might just not be in the cards for me. And you know what, past Hannah and all future college students who probably aren’t reading this, THAT’S OKAY! If you try your best, put yourself out there, and stay positive, everything will be fiiine!

Alright so that’s the end of my motivational speech for today. I’m going to pick apples after work, and Audrey and I bought ravioli for dinner!

Have a wonderful week,
Sweet Hannah Pea