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I’ve ended up with about 30-40 minutes of “free time” that I wasn’t expecting. So I thought … I am near a computer and the internet, so I’ll blog! I’ve had quite a few things buzzing around in my brain to blog about over the last few weeks. Now that I’m sitting down to blog? I’m drawing a blank. I believe this happened the last time I tried to blog. 

I thought I’d answer a question that perhaps you’ve wondered on this rarely updated blog: why do I even keep a blog? That’s a good question, which I’ve recently thought a little about.

The reason I started my blog was to keep people back home updated when I went to Italy in the fall of 2007. Side note: I can’t believe it’s been almost 5 years since I hopped on a plane in San Francisco, completely uncertain of what was at the other end of that plane ride in Venice, Italy (or how long I’d even be there). Hmmm, I feel another blog post brewing. Back to the current broadcast…. I thought blogging would be the best way to keep family, friends, supporters, and such in the loop. Email blasts can be … obnoxious. Let’s just be honest here. We are all on mass email lists that we wish we weren’t on but we feel like it’d be too rude and awkward to request being taken off. Well, I didn’t want to do that to anyone. A blog on the other hand is something that people who want to follow my life can choose to do so. Those who don’t are under no obligation. It’s really a win win situation for everyone involved. You may be thinking (when I accuse you of thinking something, it’s basically because I’ve thought and asked it myself), “Well, of course it’s cool to follow a blog of someone living in Italy! We get to see pictures of cool Italy stuff! But you’ve been living back in Cali for almost 5 years. It’s not that exciting.” Excellent thought. Because I lived apart from my family for a few years in SoCal, it was still a good way to keep them posted through stories and pictures. And once I moved back to Sacramento, I had people from Southern CA who wanted to keep up with me. So the “keeping people updated that I don’t live near” reason is still valid.

One of the main reasons I blog is actually this: I enjoy writing. I’m “that girl” who actually missed writing papers after graduating from college. Crazy, I know. I actually wrote a professor my first summer out of college explaining how I sort of missed writing papers. (He gave me an assignment, and I gladly took him up on it. Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t exactly a research paper. It was simply a 2-4 page paper describing my summer and how I was doing. But it was a writing assignment from a professor nonetheless. And I enjoyed it.) Speaking of missing college papers, I must confess something else I miss: school and learning. But that’s another blog post too.

So I don’t really have this crazy long list of why I blog … I just like it. I think it’s kind of a habit too. An infrequent habit, I admit. I think it’d be weird to not have my blog anymore. And today, I was discussing blogs with someone and she told me she reads mine … and then she “scolded” me for not updating my blog very often (thanks Rachel! and I know you weren’t really scolding me, but saying you scolded me just sounds really funny and so not you hehe).

So, I’m not out to get Freshly Pressed and have hundreds of readers everyday. I just enjoy writing and keeping a few people updated on Hannah’s Happenings … mundane as those happenings may be. But hey … real life is about the mundane. So welcome to my real life!

I am here to announce that I have no more excuses to not blog. As of Saturday, I have the internet at home! I know … welcome to the twenty-first century, right?

Along with the internet, we got cable. And I must confess … I think I’m becoming addicted to Chopped. Scratch that, I am addicted … because I can’t pull myself away from it even though it’s recorded and I can come back to it at any moment!

I’m happy to inform you all that my sweet mamma bought me this on Black Friday! (Yay for sales at Target. Gotta love that store)

It's just so wonderful and Christmasy!!

We decorated the house too, and it’s so festive and pretty. Christmas is officially here! 🙂

Lately I’ve been mulling over a few things … God’s comfort, how we comfort others, God’s love, God’s faithfulness, God’s wisdom, God’s timing, God’s goodness. So I guess I’ve basically been pondering the attributes of God. 🙂 I’m very thankful that God’s faithfulness to us does not depend on our faithfulness to Him. He remains faithful even when we are faithless. So I just wanted to quickly share a couple things.

First up – Pastor Bob Childress and Church of the Canyons. I am so thankful for the time I was able to spend at this church under Pastor Bob. I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate him – his shepherd’s heart, his love for the Lord, the way he handles the Word. He’s a blessing to many. His sermon on waiting from the life of Moses in Hebrews 11 was such a huge blessing when he preached it in March that I listened to it again this week (and that wasn’t the first time I’ve re-listened to this message). You can listen to it here (the March 13, 2011 sermon).

I’ve been listening to Pandora this week and was introduced to a new song that I LOVE. I shared this with my mom last night, and I can’t tell you how many times she’s listened to it. 🙂 The song is called “Promise of a Lifetime” by Kutless. I wanted to share the words on here, but I think it’s under a strict copyright or something. Everywhere I found the lyrics online had them blocked, and I couldn’t copy them. So … go to YouTube and listen to this beautiful song. I just think this song is such an incredible expression of the heart of someone hurting. It’s “brutally honest,” as a professor of mine used to say. And it brings hope by pointing to the unfailing promise we have from the Lord … He is with us and will not leave us nor forsake us. I was blessed by Psalm 66:20 this week: “Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!”

Along the lines of music … I’ve also been enjoying Andrew Peterson this week (thanks to Chris and Mindy – so awesome to see you guys!).

 

Every year, I allow myself to splurge and buy a new Christmas album. This year, I had already planned that I would add this to my collection:

AKA - "The Christmas Album of my Childhood"

You see … I love the Carpenters’ Christmas Portrait CD! I grew up on it. What proves I grew up on it? The fact that our copy is a cassette. Yes, that’s right, I am that old. 😉 So I’ve wanted to get this beloved classic for some time … but I haven’t. Well confession time … it didn’t happen this Christmas either. Because when I went to Wal-Mart last night, who gave me a surprise greeting in the Christmas music section?? MICHAEL BUBLE!!! I was so excited I could hardly stand it! I have been waiting for a real Christmas album from him. No, his 6-song CD entitled “Let it Snow” did not count. You have to have more than 10 songs on a CD in order for it to be legit in my not-so-professional opinion. So the long awaited album is here. This is like … right up there the day the Josh Groban Christmas album came out. Well, almost. 🙂 I have pretty much not stopped listening to it since last night. I am totally loving it, and I think you should go buy it. And who would’ve thought … Michael Buble and Shania Twain?! Amazing combo!

Excuse me a moment while I talk to Polly … I totally thought of you when I first heard the album and especially their version of “White Christmas.” I believe you’ll love it. Oh, and it also took me back to your single days when I was your roommate and we would blast “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet” in your car. Those were the days … but guess what, you met him! (actually, you knew him while we were singing that song) No more single days for you … CONGRATS. 🙂

Back to our originally intended broadcast … actually, that’s all I got. Go listen to this great, old school Christmas album!

YAY for Buble and Christmas!

Some random, perhaps not-so-well-known facts about myself that I’d like to confess …

1. I was a cheerleader … for a year. Should I be honored or concerned that most people are shocked to learn or be reminded of that?

2. I used to love horses – I had them on my walls! They are not there anymore.

3. I learned to show dogs. Yes, show dogs – you read it right the first time. Do you know how to properly hold your arm and how to hold the leash, trot alongside a dog and control him/her, or how to set the dog in the correct stance for the judge to look at them (and did you know you have a very short amount of time to get them set?)? Yeah, I didn’t think so! And do I remember those things now … not very well. It was a short phase.

4. I LOVE sushi! My current favorite place is PK Sushi in Rocklin. So D-to-the-L-to-the ICIOUS! The waitress and I are now on a first name basis – it helps that she wears a name tag. Tried a new roll last night – Double Shrimp. I’d call it one part shrimp, two parts deliciousness-in-my-mouth!

5. I don’t love weddings. Did you just gasp? I know … how un-girly of me, right? Now don’t get me wrong (especially those of you who are about to get married – YAY – and those who’ve had me in your wedding). I LOVE weddings when my dear friends that I love are getting hitched! And I enjoy being involved in weddings and helping out at receptions and all that jazz. I’m just not the type of person to randomly drop in on a wedding of people I do not know … unlike some people I know, and even call dear friends. 😉

6. I was blogging because I was counting down the minutes until I could print my boarding pass!!! 🙂

On a bit of a more serious note – these blog posts found their way into my inbox a few weeks ago. Thank you, Desiring God Ministries. I thought they were a good read, and I appreciated them. Enjoy if you so choose to read them: John Piper’s explanation of why he exercises Part 1 and Part 2.

 

OK, I’m just a wee bit excited about this here update. It has probably been the highlight of my time home, because as anyone who really knows me knows … I LOVE JOSH GROBAN. I have a bit of a story to tell about getting tickets to see Josh Groban at the Power Balance Pavilion (can we please take a moment of silence for Arco Arena … sigh … so many fond memories there … you’ll forever remain in my heart. OK, touching moment over).

So I wanted to buy tickets to see Josh Groban MONTHS ago – like the day they went on sale. But I didn’t know who I’d go with, there was a slight possibility of me moving to Sacramento so I wasn’t comfortable buying tickets for the LA show, yada yada yada. Well obviously, I moved to Sacramento. So I thought, perfect, I shall see him here. By the time my mom and I finally landed on going for sure and which tickets we wanted (floor seats), they were sold out. It was a couple weeks before the show after all. So I began my Craigslist adventure. And let me tell you, I was scared to death! But I found what seemed to be legit floor seats and I realllllly wanted them. So I contacted the guy … concluded he was a normal person (at least on the phone) and picked a place to meet to purchase said tickets. I mentioned to the guy putting our floors in that I was buying tickets on Craiglist for a concert, and I asked him if he had done anything like that. He proceeded to tell me about the last time he bought tickets to the Kings vs. Lakers game – he got to the game only to find out they were fakes. This did not give me courage to go buy my Josh Groban tickets! I was literally a wreck. I was so scared they were gonna be fake or the man was going to kill me in the parking lot of Jack in the Box. My sweet mother came to my rescue so that at least we’d both be killed getting the tickets instead of just me. Thankfully, the guy was totally nice and not a con artist and very patient with my craziness of trying to figure out if he was a convicted felon. I believe this all occurred one week before the concert. Fast forward a week.

My mom’s back went out; we were devastated that she couldn’t go. My cousin Heidi ended up getting to go with me, which was such a blast! We attended our first Josh Groban concert together at the Staples Center in LA when we were in college. So, once we got through the door and I knew my tickets were real, I had such an amazing time! And let me tell you, never again will I sit anywhere but the floor at a Josh Groban concert. Oh boy … he’s just such an amazing musician … and comedian. 🙂 But the coolest part (ahhh) … he was like 5 feet away from me at one point! I could have tackled him (not that I would ever do something like that because that’s just ridiculous, but … just sayin’ … I could’ve!). And the dude who sold me my tickets? Yeah, he was 2 rows behind me on the aisle and he shook Josh Groban’s hand. And what did I do? Shook the man’s hand afterward, duh! So that’s right, I have shaken the hand of a man who has shaken the hand of Josh Groban! I didn’t wash my hand for … about an hour. 😉 Oh and I realized what I want to be when I grow up … an amazing musician who plays in Josh Groban’s band! How fun would that be?! OK, I’m really starting to sound like a crazy stalker fan … and I promise I’m not. I’m just gonna let the pictures do the talking now …

Opening act over ... can't wait for Josh to make his appearance!

Our seats - so great!

He came so close! And he took the old couple next to us up on stage!

Good-bye Josh ... we love you!

The degree of separation between me and Josh Groban was narrowed by about a million. I shook the hand of a man who shook Josh Groban's hand!!!

Which shirt would YOU buy??! Haha, just for clarification ... I DO NOT and NEVER WILL own a tshirt with Josh Groban's face plastered on it.

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