Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Time of Coats, Hot Chocolate, and Flying Leaves

Photo from Google Images - Seoul Tower, South Korea

Yes, it's that time of year... again. 
      Autumn has come so quickly this year! In the next few weeks, the leaves will be almost gone; and it's only October 1st.

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. The time to pull out those stylish, wonderful coats, sip at hot chocolate like I did last night, sitting by the fire, listen to the wind blow outside. It's the time to watch those fiery leaves let go with a last sigh, drifting to the ground; to let the cold wind kiss your face and fill your heart. It's the time to snuggle down in your favorite hoodie and crack open that journal, write away.
     These are the days I want to walk down a sidewalk with Eric (my Prince Charming - don't ask. I just call him that! ^.^) and go to a quiet cafe; savor wrapping my arm around him and share a soft moment. Yes - I'm being romantic - I'm in the mood. ^.^

These Autumn days.

I love them.

It's the best time to enjoy the warmth of your house, the place God has given you to rest. I was laying in my bed last night, looking down on my room (because of my elevated position on the loft bed...) and was thinking, "My room is so great. I love having this little heaven of my own."

I'm convinced that God's favorite colors are green, blue and brown - but He likes a change; thus the seasons. Fiery reds, yellows and oranges, white blankets when the snows come. Yes, we can see what His favorite colors are.

And friends.

Tomorrow, friends come over after Life Chain Sunday. I get to share warmth with them and a cold Autumn day.

Yes, friends. Near the end of this month, I'll share an amazing time with my Best Friend in Georgia. Indeed.

Autumn: warmth, hoodies, socks, cracking fires, hot chocolate, bright leaves, biting winds, journals, and spilled ink.

Life is good.

- Hannah

P.S. Since tomorrow is Life Chain Sunday, I'm posting this video... they can't defend themselves - we'll do it for them.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

National Coffee Day!!!

photo from Google Images

Yes, you read that right.
It's National Coffee Day! For all you coffee lovers - you'd better get out there and take a hand in this great deal.
The stores:

7-Eleven convenience stores: The deal lasts until 11 a.m., but many locations have free coffee, while supplies last. The deal at 7-Eleven gives customers a free medium coffee, cappuccino or latte between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Krispy Kreme retail stores: Head to Krispy Kreme and get a free 12-ounce cup of House Blend Coffee. And get this -- no purchase necessary. The offer is good all day, while supplies last. 

Caribou Coffee stores:  The national coffee house chain offers a "buy one, get one free" deal all day. The offer is valid at participating stores, one per person.

Don't miss your chance! Sadly... though I'd love to... I won't be getting a free coffee 'cause there's none of those stores around here! *pout* I s'pose I'll just have to make my own... *sniff*
Oh well.

Alright, Loyal Coffee Drinkers! Get out there and get yourself a brewed cup of heaven! If it's as Fall-ish as it is up here right now, take a moment to watch it steam - that's gotta be one of the best parts. ^.^
And - FALL IS HERE! Tomorrow's the last day of September - ALREADY! *dead faint* The leaves are flying from the trees here; it's absolutely gorgeous. God creates such beautiful artwork for us to see - enjoy it! 

(And as a random PS - go look at the "favorite youtube videos" page - I added one that is hilarious...)

And to participate at least a smidgen in this - since I can't get a coffee - I'll post an excerpt from Cafe, my story that smells like coffee beans when you open the pages...

photo from Google Images

The alarm clock buzzed. Jung Su rolled over in the tangle of sheets, moaning as his hand blindly sought for the loud noise. Finally finding it, he silenced it with one brutal pounding. Still half awake, the noise of rain against the window drifted into his senses, and forcing himself to raise his head, he glanced at the glowing numbers – 7:30.
His head hit the pillow again. Suddenly, after a moment, he shot up.
"7:30!?" he shouted in Korean, grabbing the clock from the floor to double check.
"Oh, no, no, no NO!"
He scrambled up off the mattress on the floor and tripped when the sheets wrapped around his legs. Kicking them off, he picked his jeans up from the corner and tugged them on, cursing at himself for sleeping in.
"Aish!" he mumbled, running to the bathroom and splashing water on his face. "Don't sleep in, Jung Su – that's what I told you, idiot!"
Grabbing a towel and burying his face in it, he finger combed his hair quickly, turning around to grab a shirt. Once he'd tugged it on, he turned back around and saw his reflection in the mirror. With a gasp, he grabbed the sink rim, staring at himself.
"Your hair," he hissed, mouth agape. "What the... aaaaish! What amma gonna do with you?!"
Looking around for a solution, he found his comb and tried brushing it down, but it stuck right back up. Growling, he ran to the corner of the room and dug through his bag of clothes, tossing them all over the floor. Finally, he found what he was after; a black and white stripped toboggan. Tugging it over his head, he pulled his jacket and shoes on, shoved a few bracelets on his wrist, and ran out the door. Seconds after it had slammed shut, it flew back open again, and he stumbled in. Grabbing up the wallet on the empty counter, he disappeared once more, the door slamming closed with a bang.

The misty drizzle had now transformed into a light rain, and the fog had abated into a less intense thickness. The ticking clock on the wall read 8:00, Erica noted as she glanced up at it, picking up a rag and walking to a nearby table. She wiped it off, tucking a long strand of hair behind her ear as it fell into her face. Glancing out the window, she watched the people walk by, and couldn't help but put a hand over her mouth to stiffle a laugh when she saw Jung Su. He was standing on the other side of the street, impatiently wishing the light to turn green. Without waiting, he suddenly took off at a reckless jog across the road, narrowly missing a car and doing a fantastic hop skip to keep from getting hit. Erica practically burst into laughter, trying in vain to keep a straight face before he came charging in. She had to turn her head away for laughing so hard as he slowed his pace near the window, glanced in, and regained his composure, tugging his jacket straight and adjusting the toboggan. Taking a breath, he opened the door, and walked in casually.
"Oh, hello," he said with an air of faked surprise when he saw Erica. She managed to keep from laughing as she turned around to face him, playing along.
"Ah! Goodmorning, Jung Su," she smiled. He ducked his head in a brief bow as he came on in, taking off his jacket. Without a word, he slipped to the back and hung it up, replacing it with the apron. As he came back around the corner, tying the strings behind his back, he glanced over at her, obviously blushing.
"I'm... uh... sorry I was late," he said shyly, biting at his lower lip. Erica set some cups out, looking up at him. To his surprise, she laughed, shaking her head.
"It's fine, silly; don't worry about it."
Jung Su gave her a strange look, rubbing the toboggan on his head.
"Uhm... okay. Sure. It's just – I set the alarm wrong; it won't happen again."
Erica smiled, tossing him a rag, narrowly missing his head.
"Forget it! Clean off those tables, would you?"
Slowly, a smile spread across Jung Su's face. He then grinned, waving the rag.
"Yes ma'am!" he saluted, marching over to the tables. She smiled to herself as she turned her back, pouring off the last bit of coffee and starting a new pot.