Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Celestial Haven

I'm sitting here with my computer open trying to think of something clever to write. All us kids are back at our beach house while the adults finish up our extremely unfair and biased wallyball tournament. Halfway through the trip, and we're all kind of exhausted. Instead of trying to be witty and entertaining I'm just going to highlight some of the best parts of the trip (mostly for you, dad!) before it's time to head back to the beach.

- Paige got stuck in the World's Largest Hammock
- Playing in the ocean for hours, and then going back for more
- Kayaking on the sound right behind our house
- It was raining and pouring, so instead of sitting around the house we went into the hot tub, where we all sat in the downpour getting soaked. Since we were already wet, we decided to run down the pier in our swimsuits with the thunder and lightning flashing all around us.
- More rain again this morning, and we were sick of sitting around inside. So we jumped on our bikes wearing nothing but our swimsuits and rode down to to beach with our boogie boards. In the storm we rode the waves until the current was too strong.
- Laying in the sun at the beach
- Searching for sand crabs
- Running around with the cousins
- World Cup breaks at 2:30pm

I'm kind of exhausted. But this trip has been one of the best, and I'm glad it's far from over. More adventures to come!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

"sounds like a personal problem"

By the time I found myself washing my face and cleaning off as much as possible in the Welcome to Kentucky visitor center bathroom, we'd been on the road for over 24 hours. As Paige and I stumbled out of the car, a little girl next to us stared at Paige and said to her mom, "that girl looks crazy!" True we'd all hit a low point in the hygiene area, but who in the world is this little girl?!

Utah. Colorado. Kansas. Missouri. Illinois. Kentucky. Tennessee.

We're currently outside of Nashville, having stopped to watch the USA world cup game (which we lost, by the way. But that's a different topic that I cannot get into without spewing for hours) and get some real sleep before the final 12 hour push to our destination in North Carolina.

Between the Kentucky bathroom and my now-showered state in this Tennessee hotel room we had quite the adventure. We were all getting tired, so as we came up to Nashville we decided to turn off the freeway and explore the city a little bit. Just as we began our self guided tour of a place none of us had ever been to before, it started pouring rain like I've never seen. The streets were almost flooding as we inched our way through downtown, shouting things like "drop me off at that bar so I can watch the world cup with my fellow Americans!" and "I wanna see some real legit country stuff" etc etc. We were squinting out the windows looking at some metal towers when lightning struck right by our car. All five of us screamed. Lightning! We were almost struck by lightning! Mom took that as our cue to leave, and we drove back to the freeway in search of a hotel that had a pool and free wifi.

Between games of Factory or City?, screaming Miley Cyrus while driving through Kansas City at 1:30AM and taking jumping pictures at almost every state sign I'd say we've been making pretty good time.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hosking World Domination 2010

And by World Domination, I mean Domination of the I-70.

My mom, siblings and I are packing up and driving across the country. Why? Why not. Knowing us, it'll be an adventure filled with obnoxious singing, hilarious inside jokes and less bathroom breaks then we'd like. My mom, Paige and Abby are already on their way from California to Utah, where they'll pick up Jake and I. We've made the drive between California and Utah more times than I can even count, but a cross country roadtrip is something we have yet to conquer.

Since something entertaining is bound to happen across those 3,000 miles I figured I'd better blog about it. Starting tomorrow, look forward to annoying pictures I've taken from the front seat (yeah I just called it) that aren't funny to anyone but me, quotes from Jake and a list of songs we've been screaming along to.

Abby and I will also be tweeting more than necessary. Follow us!@hannahetoile & @MissAbbyCadabby

Midwest America, get ready.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

i am a contradiction.

How come as soon as I'm getting everything I've wanted, I don't want it anymore?

I swear, I'm never satisfied.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

no need to say goodbye

Leaving Provo is always hard.

Cleaning out my desk drawer, sifting through movie tickets, sticky notes with funny quotes and to do lists and old pens with no ink left. Throwing away tests and papers, gum wrappers and receipts from one too many trips to get ice cream.

I'll miss my friends. I'll miss campus. I'll miss Y mountain and waiting at the light to cross University Ave. I'll miss my crappy apartment, not knowing anyone in my ward and laying by the pool all afternoon.

But, I know I need a break.

Summer belongs to Potter, not Provo.

It's Potter season. The Infinitus Google doc, booking flights and creating packing lists. The "I'll see you soon!" comments on facebook are flooding my news feed. We'll be at Hogwarts in less than a month.

Monday, June 14, 2010

because most of the time, i just want to be a mom

"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."

Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Friday, June 4, 2010

Awkward Times in the Laundry Room

I hate the laundry room. People always seem to walk in right as you’re pulling your undies out of the dryer. I hate making awkward conversation with random acquaintances, and I hate it even more when I’m washing my clothes.

Today was no different. I was pulling my undies out of the dryer (see, timing is everything) and he walks in. EQP is beautiful. I like to refer to him as my husband. He has been in my ward at church since August, and we’ve yet to have a real conversation – but that hasn’t stopped me from being “madly in love with him” because I totally am. I didn’t see him at first, but then he walked past me (again, as I’m pulling out my undies) and says hello.

EQP: Hey.

Um, why are randos talking to me in the laundry room? I turn around. EQP YESSSSSSS BUT WHY NOW.

Me: Oh, hey.

EQP: Hannah, right?

Me: Yeah. And I know I’m suppose to know you’re name, but I don’t…

Good job Hosking. Try and be smooth. I’m totally lying, and he knows it. I creep on him every Sunday and sometimes during the week, of course I know his full name. First, last, middle. I’m good.

EQP: It’s ____ (what if he’s secretly in love with me and stalks my blog? I CANNOT REVEAL THIS INFORMATION. Well. I could.) Nice laundry, Hannah.

Crap. The undies.

Me: Haha, well thanks. You too I guess?

EQP: Haha I guess.

Me: Well, have a nice day.

EQP: You too, see ya.

I grab my laundry bag and sprit out of there. Did I mention I was barefoot? Maybe that makes me seem ~down to earth. No, you’re right, it just makes me a crazy girl.

We’re so meant for each other, right?

i get by with a little help from my friends

You know what's funny? You meet people, and you just assume they'll be temporary friends. You know what I'm taking about, those few people you stumble across by chance and you figure it'd be nice to have their company for a while but doubt they'll stick around.

That happened to me once. I "met" some people in a chatroom (insert dirty old men comments here) and I hardly even knew their real names. I didn't think they'd be around for very long, and I'll admit I called them my "fake friends" for quite a while.

Well, I just booked a flight to go spend a week with those "fake friends" in Florida this summer, five years after we first met. They're helping me get there because they genuinely love me. I'm actually sitting here at my computer in tears because I am so grateful for them, for YOU. Do I deserve this? Not really. I'm sure a lot of good could have been done with that money, a lot of people need help. But I am so blessed to have the friends that I do.

I've been struggling recently with some of my friends here in Provo. People leaving, people being shady. I just assumed the people I've met over this past year would be in my life forever, and while some of them will be most of them won't. But life is a funny thing - who would have guessed that my rando internet friends would be better than some of my "real" ones?

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some Potter Con planning to do :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

summetime so far

The perfect playlist.
Biology homework by the pool.
Reading ten books since the end of April.
Dresses from Target.
Sunday dinner in the grass.
Open windows.
Planning epic adventures.

I cannot get enough of the sun.