Saturday, March 27, 2010

the top 10 reasons I love Matt Damon

****Disclaimer: Yes, I am, in fact a creeper. I know far too many facts about Matt Damon...only ten of which will I actually list here. Oh and, Matt, if you read this, I really think I might actually be your biggest fan...minus the stalkers. Under all the stalkers, I'm your #1 fan.****

10. he somehow managed to maintain credibility after this cheesily posed movie cover.9. he is....well....Matt Damon.
'Nough said.

8. He dropped out of Harvard 12 credits short of graduating to pursue acting...risky move, but he knew his place. Some would call it foolish...but he stopped wasting time doing something that wasn't right for him, and I totally give him points for that!

7. In 2007, People magazine named him their Sexiest Man Alive....
...for obvious reasons

6. He's a Sox fan.
If I didn't live in Houston, I would be a Sox fan...and then Matt and I would cheer at games could happen

5. He starred in the film version of All the Pretty Horses which was, without a doubt, one of the most influential books I read in high school...and probably ever. It's not the most moral piece of literature...but it's all about choices, consequences, and coming of age...

4. He and Ben Afleck have been best friends
Take a moment to shamelessly *giggle* and *aawwww* here. Really, it's ok. They're adorable.

3. He's married to a woman no one's ever heard of. She was a bartender in Miami and they got married in 2005 in New York City's City Hall. No scandal. No tabloid mess. Just married with three little girls (one from her previous relationship). Just Matt and all his girls :) I love it!
In an ideal world, I would be their #1 babysitter....this too, could happen

2. "You've given an aging suburban dad the ego-boost of a lifetime."...his response to being named 2007 People's Sexiest Man Alive. And then I melted...and smiled for about a week. He has to be one of the most humble actors out there. Here's a few more things he's said... :)

"Ask anybody on the street which actors starred in the "Ocean's" movies, and they'll tell you it was George [Clooney] and Brad [Pitt]. I'm 'support' in "Ocean's." As I was in "Saving Private Ryan" - Tom [Hanks] carried that movie. You could accuse me of piggybacking on other people's brilliance more than anything."

"If anybody wanted to photograph my life, they'd get bored in a day. "Here's Matt at home learning his lines. Here's Matt researching in aisle six of his local library". A few hours of that and they'd go home."

"I'd love to be a dad. I hope I'd be great at it. That's every man's fear, yet his most important job."


1. Does it really need any explanation?
So yes, I am pathetic, and do, indeed, love Matt Damon. And despite every negative thing I heard, really liked Green Zone and really can't wait to watch him in the remake of True Grit!

I'm officially hopeless. ;)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I just can't harmonize....but maybe I can be a harmony

I can't harmonize.

I can't.

I would love to have that talent. I think harmonies are beautiful...gorgeous...and I am ridiculously jealous of people that can pick out harmonies for any song. So jealous.

But I just can't do it.

Maybe it's because I was always a Soprano in choir and we basically always sang the melody.

Maybe it's because I've always been in Baptist churches where the melody's all you can hear.

Whatever the reason....I just can't harmonize.

I was reading the little info booklet in a cd today (I always read those...the whole thing), and this is what I found:

Kelsey Taylor laid her sacred harmonies down in every song.

Laid down her sacred harmonies.

Never. And I mean never. Have I wanted to be able to harmonize more than I did in that moment.

I just sat there thinking..."I wish someone could say that about me...that she laid down her sacred harmonies"...if only....

and then....

I got it :)

I cannot harmonize. I can't. It's never going to happen.

But I can be a harmony:

"the simultaneous combination of tones, especially when blended into chords pleasing to the ear"

My life can either be a beautiful harmony to the bigger, more beautiful thing God is doing...or I can be a mess of noise that totally throws it off.

I want to surrender my life in a way that complements who God is, what He's doing, the story of salvation, the testimony of His work in my life, the proof that He's real, the evidence of His hand, His power, His love, His truth.

I don't want people to look at my life and think "that's a pretty song" (metaphorically, of course)...I want people to see instead that I'm just a little, tiny part the much bigger, beautiful, exquisite symphony that is our Savior.

I so want to one day hear my Father say:

Hannah laid her sacred harmonies down in every song.

Laid down her sacred harmonies.

I really. truly. just can't harmonize....but maybe, just maybe :)

I can be a harmony

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. Hebrews 13:15

Monday, March 22, 2010

Every sandal has a story.

Hello my name is Hannah and I'm one of the newest ambassadors of an amazing company called Sseko Designs! :)

Through Sseko, you can purchase a pair of pretty adorable sandals and help fund the education of a girl in Uganda. How cool is that? Fashion conscious. Social Justice. All in one.

These girls....(minus the white one...that's our fab leader, Liz) ;)
these sandals...
so people like you...(yes you)...can buy a pair....look fabulous like this...
and help those girls go they can be leaders in their community and part of the change in their country!

Girls are a part of the Sseko program for nine months before they go on to school and more girls take their place. These young women will not be making sandals forever. They will go on to be teachers, lawyers, social workers, doctors, writers, and more. They will help bring change and unification to a country wrecked by poverty and war.

Who doesn't want to be a part of that? You can be a part of these girls' stories! How?...

-by ordering your own pair of Ssekos! :) (with as many interchangeable straps as you want. It's like 5 pairs in one!)
-by hosting a house party (like an Avon party...but with shoes!)
-or by helping me pair up with local events or concerts to get more people informed/involved with Sseko!

If you have any questions/suggestions or if you'd like to host a house party, just let me know!

Your lovely neighborhood Sseko Ambassador

Friday, March 19, 2010

Riding a Bike...and my Summer Song

I want to learn how to ride a bicycle. (I also want to learn to crochet, but that's another post entirely)

I don't know how and I want to learn.

When I was younger I had balance issues, partly because of health issues and partly because well...I have balance issues.

Anyway...I have recently re-fallen in love with the song "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae. I want to learn how to ride a me and all my friends can ride around singing this song and looking absolutely adorable. could happen...

Bike-riding or not though, this song just makes me happy. It puts me in a summer mood and gives me the urge to drive around with my windows down, big sunglasses on, with the song blaring and on repeat. I may or may not have done that today ;)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 yourselves

Ok....I need some new blogs to read.

I love the ones I read now, I just need to expand my reading list :)

So if you're a blurker, I would like to blurk you back. I think it's only fair.

And if you are a fully identified, comment leaving, following friend, I want to hear about your favorite blogs too!


And here's a few updates.

-There are only 6....yes, SIX! sleeps until my bestie is here. I'm getting impatient.

-It's only that possible?

-The air is so thick in Houston today....I seriously need gills.

-One of the older ladies in my office told me she can tell I'm losing weight. Um....PTL. I knew I felt better, but it is SO good to hear that it shows!

-Green Zone, with Matt Damon, comes out on Friday. I'm so excited. Basically it's going to be Bourne 4....and I'm totally ok with that.

-And I'm a fan of old friendships getting rekindled. Not the bad ones that really just need to stay in the past...but the good ones that just kinda fell off. That's happening a lot lately and I love it. LOVE it!

Have a happy, trust-filled Tuesday!

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, o LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10

Monday, March 8, 2010

full disclosure...

Does anyone else just wish they could freeze time and say what they need to say? I mean, really. How great would it be to just get it off your chest. Am I alone in this? Is it just me?

Maybe it is.

I just know that I have so many things I'd love to say to people. Not all bad things...just things that common sense and self-control won't let out. I know how to keep my mouth shut. I'm not actually going to say any of them....but I still wish I could.

"I can't figure out why we're not friends anymore."

"Remember when (insert situation)...that really hurt my feelings."

"Remember when (insert situation)...that meant more to me than you'll ever know."

"I don't even know who you are."

"I can't figure out where I stand with you. One day everything's fine....then the next I feel like I did something wrong."

"I'm pretty sure that we would be perfect together....too bad you don't see that."

"You changed my entire way of thinking....I've yet to decide how I feel about that."


It would feel good to say those things. It would be great to get them off my chest, BUT only if the person didn't actually hear me. If they did, in fact, hear me...I would turn 48 shades of red from head to toe, run away, hide, and cry...and cry...and cry. Because some things aren't supposed to be said. Some things aren't meant to be put into words. They're just supposed to be felt. Felt and kept inside. Or scribbled passionately in a journal. Or violently screamed into a pillow. Or whispered in a prayer of surrender.

I'm so grateful that the God that controls the universe also controls my heart and my tongue. And even though I can't say all the things I want to...He hears them just the same.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

13 days till the bestie comes

Can I just say....that I need Spring Break?

I mean really....this girl is checked. out. Today during class, I sorted through 600 emails and labeled them all by category. I'm not motivated. I'm not focused. I'm out.

And impatient. :)

My best friend in the world will be here in 13 days!

Next Monday I will pick her up at the airport and Bestie Week will begin! To say I'm excited, would me an understatement of enormous proportions. We haven't had 5 straight days a looooooooooong time. I absolutely cannot wait!

So far, these stops/plans are on our list:

1. Rodeo!!!! We're seeing Lady Antebellum on the 15th!
2. Photo session with Sarah! In almost 10 years of friendship, the only pictures we have, we've taken's time to change that!
3. The Book Stop! It's a Barnes and Nobles...nothing special....except for the fact that it's in an old movie theater...which makes it amazing!
4. Fioza's.....amazing coffee place :)
5. Taste of Texas :)
6. cupcakes
7. James Franco marathon! (we always do this...he's not really even our favorite persay, but the tradition has stuck)
8. homemade enchiladas...mmm :)

and I'm sure there's more I just can't remember.

Any suggestions you think I should add to our list?