Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thievery!


I have an iPod Touch. Strike that. I used to have an iPod Touch.

I was having coffee with one my volunteer leaders at Starbucks the other day and my iPod was stolen out of my purse. Neither of us noticed the thief taking it, but take it he did. I have figured out who it was and when it happened, but that doesn't make me feel better. Now I just miss my iPod - the music, the apps, the wireless ability...

As I have been living an iPod-less life for more than a week now, I have been reflecting on how attached to the technology we have all become. When my iPod got stolen, it caused me to see how addicted to it I truly was. I listened to it A LOT, and I used the apps quite frequently as well. The thought of not having an iPod is strange and slightly debilitating. Do I just run out and get a new one? Should I wait until I get an iPhone (most likely in March - though there is hope on the horizon that I could I get it in January!)? If I am getting an iPhone, does it make sense to have an iPod at all?

Ten years ago there was no such thing as an iPod and we were all fine. Even cell phones were still rising in popularity as opposed to being assumed, as they are now. Again, we were fine. I remember driving to school every day my senior year of college and not once making a call or shuffling through over 1000 songs to find the perfect one and it did not faze me.

Are we really that dependent on technology now that going a few weeks without is so strange? Apparently yes. I could spend time waxing poetic about how we need to become less addicted and take time to go without our many devices... but that would just be a lie. Instead, I think I will surf on over to the Apple site and drool over all the iPod possibilities...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Great TV Shows


The other day a few of my kids were at my apartment and they mentioned that I must really love Friends. They noticed I had the DVDs of all ten seasons. I also own the entire series of Sex and the City, Felicity, and Ally McBeal. What I love about having a whole series is how I can pop that DVD in and be guaranteed either 30 minutes or an hour of great TV.

Today's shows are good, but I am not sure there are any that I feel that strongly about. A different student recently said that How I Met Your Mother is his generation's Friends, only better. Now I enjoy HIMYM, but it does not make me laugh as much as Friends does. Not only that, Friends was clever and the writing was great. While I think that is sort of true about HIMYM, often I think they just go for cheap and easy laughs by being dirty.

The best show on television right now, in my opinion, is Friday Night Lights. Its in its final season, but since I don't have DirecTV, I won't see it until this spring. What about you? What are your favorite TV shows?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Double Life (or reasons I haven't been blogging)

Well, what do you know? 2010 is almost over. If you scroll down a bit and look in the right hand column you will notice that I have blogged a total of 8 times this year (including this post). By far, this has been my lowest blogging year. Why you ask? Well, you probably only ask that if you don't know me, but that is okay...

I have two words for you: Grad School. I have two more words for you (one is a hyphenate!): Full-Time Job.

Hey, guess what is hard? Being a student and a full time youth worker! I go to school with some people who, like me, work full time, but unlike me, also have families. How do they do it? I always remind myself of them when I start to feel overwhelmed.

Anyhow, the lack of blogging this year is due to school. It is super hard to keep up with my classes and work. At the end of the day all I want to do is curl up in front of the TV, but I usually end up doing assigned readings in Greek. True story. The end of the quarter is this Friday and I still have work to do, but the end is in sight! Who knows, by the end of 2010 I may have blogged 10 or more times! Here's hoping!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Letter to Advertisers

Dear Subway Ad Department,

Here is a note for you - the buzzing of an alarm clock is one of the worst sounds known in the world.

Apparently you don't know this because you are using that sound at the beginning of your commercial for your new breakfast foods. Here is the thing, I have no idea what the food is that you are selling. All I know is that when that sound comes on I dive for my remote and fast forward through it or press mute if it's on live TV.

Essentially, your commercial is turning me into someone who can't stand Subway breakfast foods because of how irritating this commercial is.

You may want to consider that when making ads. I am just saying...

Thanks, Hannah

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Book Review

I just finished a very interesting autobiographical book called I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced. It is about a little girl in Yemen who is forced into marriage, is beaten and assaulted by her husband and somehow finds the courage to seek a divorce, even when no one in her own family will listen to her. Whenever I read books about injustice toward children it stirs up horror and frustration within me. How is it possible that a girl who is still a child, in every sense of the word, could be forced into marriage to a man who is 25 years her senior? do we really live in a world where that is still possible? Apparently so, since Nujood was divorced in the spring of 2008.

The book is well written (by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui), creating vivid pictures of modern day Yemen as well as a colorful cast of characters from the judges and lawyer involved in Nujood's case to her family and her terrifying in-laws. One of the most tragic moments in the book for me was after Nujood is married. Even in the midst of her horrors, she asks her husband if she can please go and play with the other children her age in the village. He won't allow it. How can this little girl be a wife when all she wants is to go and play with other children? Awful. While the court system is filled with judges who want to fight for Nujood and a female lawyer who takes the girl under her wing, I could not help but wonder that the same government of those courts was also the one that allows for marriage to children. How does this double standard work? In the epilogue Minoui writes that a new law has been passed in Yemen raising the legal age for marriage to 17, a vast improvement, but one that the president has not yet begun to enforce. The book is provocative, thought-provoking, and very much worth your time. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it for you.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Delight-FULL


Have you ever watched a movie that maybe like, 20 minutes into it, you already know that you love it? I am only half way through it right now, and I already want everyone I know to see (500) Days of Summer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a delight! He was a child actor, and so often they struggle to become great adult actors, but I already know that I will want to see most of the movies he makes.

Here is the thing, I downloaded this movie on February 12, (incidentally, that was also that last time I blogged, hmm...) and it has sat on my TiVo "now playing" list for just about a month and I have not wanted to watch it. I have heard only good things about this movie, but still... I just never really had the urge to select it for viewing. I only turned it on tonight because it was going to expire on Friday, so it was basically watch it or lose it. Now, I spent money on it, so I thought, why not? I will just watch it.

It is quirky, funny, charming, painful at times, and just... well, it makes you want to be in love, that's for sure, even while it is brutally honest about how hard relationships can be. I mean you root for Tom, the main character, even while you are laughing at his pain. Then you are suddenly aching right along with him, because rejection sucks.

I have finished the movie now, and it was just a treat. Just go get it, right now, and watch it! I promise you will love it.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Coming Up For Air


I can't believe the last post I wrote was before I went to visit Ashley! When I scheduled my trip to see her I knew full-well that I would be coming home only a few days before my middle school winter retreat. At them time, I had decided that I would just be prepared for the retreat early. Why do I do that? I am in my 30s and I act as though I have never met myself. Me, prepare weeks in advance? Yeah, right.

Basically, here is a run down on my life since I got back from my trip. Work like an insane person, go to class, work more, class more, work more, take Greek mid-term and feel super under prepared due to aforementioned work-load... The truth is that I love both my work and my classes, so I am motivated to do both and disinclined to give either of them less than my best. Unfortunately, since my work involves caring for teenagers and my classes involve my own edification and education, it is my classes that take the hit when I get overwhelmed.

Over the past six weekends I have been out of town for three and headed to class on the other three. I am ready for a break, but don't really see one in sight. Thankfully, I won't be heading out of town again for a little while. I am really excited for some down time. Perhaps I will find time to blog more frequently. Until then, stay tuned for some long overdue updates!