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Seeking A New Normal


Whoa, what. How has it been almost 3 weeks since my last post?! Also, am I going to say that every time I have an unexpected gap in my posts? Probably. Look, I moved 1800 miles to one of the largest cities in the US. It’s a lot to handle. And I’m going to milk that as an excuse for as long as possible.


What’s happened in August? Well, like I mentioned in my last post, I got an apartment. I moved in, along with my suitcases and my mattress. Then, I got another job. Omg, what? Yeah so that whole woodworking amazing dream job thing was a little too good to be true. Turns out if you want to live somewhere that costs money, you have to make money. I was just a little too.. anxiety ridden.. to not have a salaried job. So, I took a salaried job. It’s at an amazing advertising agency that is likely going to be a perfect fit for me, but clearly I better not speak too soon.


My AMAZING, like two heaven sent angels, parents came to LA! In tow, all my shit. Literally all of it, INCLUDING my cats! We moved everything in, and my Mom and I unpacked and decorated my room/apartment all last week. My Mom did so much while I was at work. I mean, when I become a Mom it is going to be SO MUCH WORK filling her shoes because she is the absolute best. I can’t tell you how good it was to see them after a very long 3 months. That might make me sound like a baby, but I really like my parents and clearly they’re pretty freakin’ cool. My Dad is here for an extra week, so this weekend I will be hanging out with him. He’s been staying up in Silver Lake which is why I haven’t seen him during the week like I could with my Mom.


This past weekend myself, my parents, and my half (but I feel like we can stop saying that now) brother, Sye, went for a little exploratory journey around South Bay. I wanted to show my parents my favorite light house, Pointe Vincent. On a bathroom break Sye discovered they have a museum! This was like the best news ever to me, all thanks to a whiz. The museum was surprisingly good for going so easily unnoticed. So good I might have to do an entire post on Pointe Vincent.


We then aimlessly made our way to San Pedro. We discovered this really cool pagoda with a massive bell, which turns out to be one of the largest bells in the world. The beautiful display was given to the US from South Korea in 1976. In celebration of the bicentennial, the bell serves as a sign of friendship and trust between the two nations. Have you ever seen a massive bell? Well, I can tell you the number one thing you think is, I really want to ring this bell. We didn’t, but the bell is rung five times a year, and one time is August 15. Yep, the day before yesterday. We missed it by ONE DAY! But I am so planning to go the next time it’s rung.


Other than that, I haven’t had time to do anything else to tell you about. But now that life is starting to settle down a bit, be a little more normal, I SWEAR I will be here and entertaining and informational. If there is anything in particular you’d like me to write about or a place you want me to go see, please let me know in the comments below, or shoot me an email at sweethannahpea@gmail.com


Family Sailing Day

While the California family was visiting, we drove over to the cape to spend the day sailing and catching lobster. Just kidding. But I assume this is as close as it gets when living in Iowa. My Dad absolutely had to take our visitors out on his sailboat. Nigel, my cousin’s husband, is well versed in sailing. The two of them especially enjoy spending time on the boat talking shop. So, on a warm sunny Tuesday, our family headed down to Pleasant Creek State Park, picnic lunch in tow.

In addition to sailboat rides, Petra and I splashed our feet in the water off the end of the dock, saw some bird and bugs, and even caught a crayfish (which was way more difficult than I remembered it being). While everyone kicked back in the shade for the picnic, the founding members of the Peterson family shared stories from their days on the farm. I wish we had been doing things like this together for years, but.. better late than never!

Above is a picture of my Aunt and her niece’s; fabulous ladies.

I had a great time with Petra, and all of my family. I felt like a little kid, determined to catch that crayfish, but a little nervous it was going to pinch me. I finally worked up the courage to hold it, and that’s when P snapped that shot (talent!). I’m hoping there will be many more days like these in my future.


On Saturday, the 27th of June, Audrey’s Dad and his fiance were married! We drove down to Des Moines to celebrate with the two of them. It was a beautiful day and they were so happy. Not to mention I had the best steak of my life. That Sunday Octopus put on a benefit show for a kids Lego League. It was the cutest show to ever happy at the Octopus. Peas and Carrot played, so my family got to enjoy their musical stylings, which was certainly a highlight of their trip.

1. Ines and I
2. Ines, Audrey, and Myself
3-4. Classic Audrey and her Dad
5. Ralph and Amelia a.k.a. World’s Best Father-Daughter Team, checking out No Banana’s. Amelia was the host of the evening, and she did a phenomenal job.
6-7.My family taking over Octopus, and watching PnC.
8. Family from both my Dad and my Mom’s side, I’m #blessed.

Michigan Photo Round-Up


Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been the best here. Tomorrow, my Mom and I are headed to Wisconsin to stay at my cousin’s house overnight. Then Wednesday we will head home. To say I am ready to be back in Iowa with Audrey, the cats, and all of my wonderful friends, would be an understatement.

1-3. Snowshoeing with Mom.
4. A Christmas gift from my Uncle Jim and Aunt Sue.
5. Old cigar advertising.
6. Family portrait.
7. Traditional Italian dinner.
8. Opening a Christmas present.
9. Hot cocoa.
10. Best french toast I’ve ever eaten.
11. Just past the swing is a lake.
12. Solo trek up a snowy hill.
13. Grammie.



Thanksgiving was amazing. We were so lucky to share it with my Mom, Graham, Graham’s brother Matt, and his girlfriend Julie. The food was insane. My favorites were the mashed potatoes, my Mom’s famous buck corn, and the best cranberry dish ever. After our feast Audrey and I went to a hockey game with Matt and Maranda. I think Audrey really enjoyed herself on her favorite holiday, and that was the best part (that and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade).

I wanted to share a quick list of the things I am most thankful for over the last year.

First and foremost, Audrey. She is the most kind person, who loves and supports me unconditionally. Every day is a little adventure. We have shared amazing food, seen great live music, and had so many laughs. She has introduced me to so many new things, and I know this next year is going to be even better!

I am thankful for my amazing house. All of the little (and big) projects we’ve been working on have been so much fun. This space is truly our home, and I hope everyone that comes in feels at home too. The location has allowed me to walk almost everywhere I need to go, which despite my bout of sickness, I think has made me much healthier. We are in a great neighborhood with so many friends nearby.

School is going great. I am so thankful for all the support from my parents, and my friends. I feel like I’ve finally found my professional niche in the world. I have learned so much, and gained so much confidence.

And of course my amazing parents, my very best friend Jessica, my cats Max and Sally, pizza, and sugar.

Alright, well that the quickest little list, but I don’t wan to bore you with all the details. I am off to put up my Christmas decorations! I can’t even tell you how excited I am to finally be able to spread my crazy lady holiday cheer!

Have a wonderful weekend

Sweet Hannah Pea