Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I am Glad

I am glad for many things,
Pretty shoes and silver rings.
Magical sunshine, soft white snow.
And music to fill my heart and soul.
Parents who love me, and siblings too.
I'm also glad I can go to school!
I'm grateful for friends who care about me!
And all the water in the blue, blue sea.
I'm glad for my 8 aunts :)
Especially the ones that make cheese balls just for me ;)
And my 7 uncles! (who are HILARIOUS!!)
My cool, cool cousins! all 31 of them!!
My i-pod, my laptop, and unlimited texting.
The love I have for Olive Garden dressing!
My fuzzy socks I wear when its cold
The fact that I'm not afraid to be BOLD!
Harry who taught me to fight for what I want,
Hermione who taught me to think things through,
And Ron who taught me to NEVER FOLLOW THE SPIDERS!!
(Only the butterflies!)
My passion for performing, and my love for the stage
The fact that I get to be in the school play!
The American flag, with its red and white stripes
And all the stars in the dark night sky!
The sunsets that always compel me to dream,
The wonder and goodness of Bavarian cream!
My favorite color, and my favorite person
They are both always changing, depending and ranging.
I'm glad for mistakes, and medium steaks!
I'm glad I could play Lady MacBeth
She taught me to go on, even if I'm a mess!
I'm glad there are no "Re-do's"
life would be so boring if there were!
I'm glad I'm alive, I'm glad to be me.
I'm glad for the world, because it makes me, ME!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

School...What Is It REALLY For?

 So lately I have been thinking (I know! Great idea huh?). Mostly about school, and the future, etc... First off, grades...sure colleges look at them and your parents ground you if they aren't high enough, but WHAT are they? What do we work so hard in school for? I have found the answer. We work our butts off for a stupid LETTER!! A's to F's (No H's? COME ON ;) ) and they mean...? Oh jolly good! You earned a letter! You have been awarded a piece of the alphabet! That's a load of crap! I can get a piece of the alphabet in a bowl of soup! (Campbell's Alphabet Soup to be exact.) I don't need to be classified into a system by the friggin' letter I earned in my math class!

Of course I will still go along with this system seeing as I want to go to college and REALLY learn something that I actually have an interest in. Which brings me to my next point. I understand the need to know how to write and communicate, and that is why I am interested and invested in my English class. But when it comes to science, now I know the layers of the atmosphere, I don't really care to know more. Sorry, but that's how I feel. The electives (classes I CHOOSE to take) I am taking this year are mostly performing and creative arts. The stuff I want to do for the rest of my life, like singing, acting (I <3 Theater!), and sewing. I feel like these classes I really enjoy and I'm excited to go to school, be there, and learn! When I am forced to take a class I don't want to take...I get nasty...and you don't wanna deal with me when I get nasty! ;)

Gym class...I am forced to take it, and I HATE it. Don't get me wrong! I love exercise and do it all the time...I just hate it when someone who doesn't even know me is yelling at me to run faster. When I am determined to do something I do it! When I could care less...It usually doesn't end up well. But what can you do about the stupid system we have all been forced into? Honestly, I don't have the answer, but there is always that one person that comes along and changes a nation because they spoke up. Like Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

Change, yeah that would be nice! I feel like I do the same thing every day. Wake up, do my make-up, hair, choose an outfit, eat breakfast (if i'm lucky), and get to the bus stop by 7:30. I get to school, I walk the same way to my locker as I always do, I open my locker, put my stuff in, get my binder and go to class. Everyday the same...Sure the inside jokes change, and so do crushes (ssshh! don't tell my daddy ;) ), but really nothing much happens. It would take an earth quake to shake up my routine right now! But as the Beatles said..."Let It Be." Ok fine...maybe It will get better soon. :) Here's hoping!

I should follow what Gandhi said...change the world, and I know I can, and I will. But right now, I feel like I have enough on my plate :). But still...if anyone on the school board reads this.... :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Today was the closing night of my theater class' production of "Dinner Theater: A Night Of Shakespeare." And I honestly have to say, doing a show like this makes me want to perform and be on the stage for the rest of my life! The experience has been amazing! I was trusted with the role of Lady MacBeth and I have to say...playing a psycho lady is kinda FUN! haha! But really, I have learned a lot over the past month. One of Lady MacBeth's lines is, "What's done cannot be undone." And saying it over and over has made me realize that it's true! What you have done, what others have done, cannot be undone. And for good reason too, life would be awfully boring if we went through it with no mistakes!
The cast has been amazing!! I have to say I have had SO MUCH FUN becoming better friends with all them! Practically living at the school, goofing off, and performing with them has been such a wonderful experience! The funny, extraordinary, CRAZY cast has made all the hard work worth it :)
Now, my AMAZING teacher, Mrs. Loureiro has to be one of the strongest, smartest, and COOLEST people I know! She has taught me so much! I am so grateful that she has been my theater teacher :) She is so, as Ronald Weasley would say, bloody brilliant! haha :)
I just have to say that this past week has been one of the best weeks of my life! I have had SO MUCH FUN and I can't wait for the next show (Aida) to really get going! I am really glad that theater came into my life, and I hope it never leaves!

Friday, November 11, 2011


Today, I made a 11:11 .... on 11-11-11...cheesy I know...but in someway...inspiring. This day only comes around once in a lifetime, if ever, and I just have to say it has been one of the best days of my life.

Today marks the end and beginning of so many wonderful things...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released on DVD today. An amazing, yet sad moment occurred for me when I realized something. I have literally grown up with Harry Potter. The very first book was published on July 30th, 1997...just 4 months and 15 days after I was born. It really has been my whole life. And to have it all end 14 years later is almost surreal. I went to the midnight premiere of the last movie with 3 friends, and I know that night is one of the experiences I will be telling my kids about when I'm "all grown up." I can tell them about how I got 3 hours of sleep and drove all the way to Logan the next morning, and how I was only able to stay awake because the adrenaline from the night before was still coursing through my veins...haha. But really, I honestly cannot express the amazing lessons I have learned...from a book and saga...about an ordinary boy, who had nothing, and became a man who had all he needed. I don't know what it's going to be like...not having another Harry Potter book to read...or not having another midnight premiere to look forwards too. But I do know that I am grateful that I had this story placed in my life. And whether they like it or not, my kids are gonna read these books...and they are gonna learn something from them!

ANYWAYS...back to 11-11-11

11:11 a.m. 11-11-11 happened today during lunch at school. Me, Alex T., Emma C., and Anna E. all held hands (like us crazy jr.high girls do!) and each made a wish. In the moment, we all felt kinda silly to be holding hands and closing our eyes as tight as we could in the middle of the lunch room. But looking back on it, it really wasn't that silly...This day was never going to come around again...and so we made the best of it! What I wished for...I will not say. But I will say this...Even though it may seem silly...there is something about making a fool out of your self (mind you we weren't the only ones being should have seen it.) because of a date and time...that is almost magical...You feel like nothing could ruin that moment. And that no matter what happened, you were going to look back on that moment and be glad you did it. I'm glad I took time to notice, even though it was small, the amazing effect that time has on us as humans. We make a huge deal out of a bunch of # 1's in a row...Yet that is what makes us human right?

This day has been one of the best in my life...I can truly say I am happy with my life and where I am heading. I can truly say that my friends are people that make me a better person....and make laugh till I cry in the process... I can truly say that my family is not perfect, but that's what makes living with them so hilarious! AND I can truly say that 11-11-11 has made me realize that, 1) Being human is not just being on top of the food chain, It's about noticing the small, special things that make us who we are. 2) Magic is out there...waiting to be discovered...even if you only feel a glimpse of it for 60 seconds on a certain day. And 3) Its about time I put a Dumbledore quote on my bathroom mirror like,  "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." -Albus Dumbledore....or something cheesy yet so true like that :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


A friend of mine wrote this...not me (I wish I were smart enough to have come up with this..haha). And I think it's pretty much it is!
You know when you were little, you were always like, "I can't wait until I'm a teenager! Then I can be all cool and stuff!" And those adults are always saying, "Yeah, the teenage years were the best!" Sorry...WHAT? Being a teen sucks. I mean, "Oh yay! Braces!"...NOT. Sure, you'll get to drive. And also get a job to pay for it. Then...the people. Hey "Mr. Gangster-wanna-be." PULL UP YOUR PANTS, MAN! And all you Twilight fans - No one but you guys cares if its Edward or Jacob, honestly. Hey there Justin Bieber fans..."Bieber Fever", eh? But as they say, it's just a fever, right? They'll get over it. And what's up with all this "drama"? It's junior high, people. What do mean, "Like, OMG! He totally broke up with me!"...Define "going out". You can't drive yet. What, did  you have your mom drive you to McDonald's and then play Mario Kart later? Seriously. And there's all the pressure. Peer pressure, pressure for good grades, and most of all pressure to look good. You have to look good when someone's watching...and someone's always watching. Not that I'm excited to grow up, either, just...Whatever. Life makes no sense.


So this pretty much sums it up! Being a teenager sucks...though I have to say there are some fun moments... :)
Just thought I would share this :) It made my day the first time I read it :) Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Over Played Music

You know how when you first hear a song and you totally LOVE it and then after about 2 weeks it becomes SO overplayed (because everyone else likes it too) that you're sick of it and you hate the song? I have this problem! For example (if you like these songs please don't be offended in any way...I just have to have an example here...) Moves Like Jagger and Stereo Heart...both sung by the same artist...And I use to love these songs...But if I have to listen to them one more time I think I may just flip out or something... It just ruins a song when you hear it over and over again! I think listening to music would be more enjoyable if the song comes on every once and a while...the fact that it surprises you and you think "HEY!! I love this song" makes the song more enjoyable than if you have heard it for the billionth time that day and your like "OMG I am  SO sick of this song!!" Sometimes I almost feel like these over played songs are stalking me...because they are playing EVERYWHERE I go!

haha. Pardon my rant... but it just had to be said! :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

If Only

I just got off the phone after an hour and a half of talking to one of my very close friends. We started out talking about one thing that lead to another and another...after she hung up I was thinking about what we had discussed and I just started typing.

This rant/poem/what ever you want to call it is from the top of my head. And if I do say so myself...for being this tired and being this late at's pretty darn good :)

If only people didn't depend on their popularity
If only people use their brains instead of their looks to get what they wanted in life.
If only people took more time to notice what they were saying instead of what they were wearing.
If only people weren't so rude, self centered, and arrogant.
If only people could get off the internet into the real world.
If only people would go back to simpler times of laughter and love
If only the world could be at peace for a day.
If only the world could be accepting of itself.
If only the world would stop for a moment and think.
If only the world would stop for a moment and sing.
If only we could come together as one.
If only we could realize that we are all so different, yet exactly the same.
If only we stopped, and all held hands.
If only we tried to love one another.
If only we gave what we had to each other.
If only we could see where we will go.
If only we gave all that we could give, so that there was no hatred left on the earth.
"If" is a wish." Let's" is an idea, but "WE CAN" is the promise the will and the right.
If we will only put up the fight WE CAN all do whats right. Be proud of who we are.
And although who we are is not perfect, only time can tell. How close to perfect we can be.
If we become each others brother if we, take the road less traveled, if we all put in the effort:


~Hannah Riley Hancock
October 18, 2011


Hey! I'm Hannh! And this blog is pretty much gonna be me talking about whatever... :) Thoughts and opinions I have and what I think about the world ETC!! So ready or not HERE I AM!!