November 29, 2015


Good morrow, Hanlin family!

I hope y'all had a lovely and blessed Thanksgiving filled with family and/or friends and delicious foodstuffs! Life has been exceedingly lazy on my end of the world for the last few days and I've been relishing (almost) every moment of it, though to be honest I can only maintain my sanity for so long with nothing to do. All the Christmas presents I've gathered so far have been wrapped, the kitchen has been cleaned (a few times), and many episodes of Phineas and Ferb have been watched, but now it's safe to say that I'm looking forward to the work week's beginning.

Anywho, my roommate Rebecca and I took another Saturday excursion into town amid the beautiful first snowfall of winter, and I spent Thanksgiving afternoon with my parents. That's this week's vlog. Enjoy!

November 24, 2015

Easy Peasy Mac'n Cheesy (peas optional)

Hello, Hanlin Family!

One of my all-time favorite meals as a child was my mom's from-scratch macaroni and cheese - it was necessary for survival and almost wholly responsible for my physical development into a semi-functional teenage human, and I happily rediscovered it a few weeks ago. So today, I thought I'd pass this recipe on to you, my dear readers, with a few of my own modifications.

Cast of Characters:

November 14, 2015


Salutations, Hanlin family!

I am out of town this weekend, so I have a different sort of video for y'all this time around. On our way to Grand Haven for Memorial Day Weekend back in September (you may remember this trip because we vlogged the whole thing), Aemelia and I decided to film a "best friend tag," since we were stuck in a car for three hours and we'd been meaning to anyway. Annnnnnd, I've just had the chance to edit it. Kids, life gets "totes cray" when you become an adult. Brace yourselves.

Hope you enjoy! (Apologies for the background noise... my vehicle is ancient and grumpy.)

November 8, 2015


Hello, Hanlin family!

Welcome back to my wee corner of the internet.

Rebecca and I have been mostly settled in our new (I think it still counts as new) apartment for about three months now, and our lives have finally slowed down just enough to have a house-warming party of sorts. Basically, it's just an excuse to have some friends over for drinks and finger food. And by "slowed down," I mean that in all of September, October, and November, we had one weekend when were were both definitely going to be home at the same time.

Anyway, it was a load of laughs, and I vlogged it.

November 5, 2015

The Martian (PG-13) 2015 | Movie Review

Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 2h 22m
Released: 2 Oct 2015
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Sebastian Stan, Kate Mara, Chiwitel Ejiofor, Sean Bean

A few weekends ago, Jacob and I went to see Ridley Scott's new film, The Martian, a film that I personally had been anticipating since the trailer was first released.

Caught in an unexpectedly fierce storm on the surface of Mars, a team of astronauts scrambles to blast the Ares III shuttle away from certain death, when botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is struck by debris and sent flying. The crew reluctantly - and that's a mild word for it - leaves him behind, presuming him dead.

November 2, 2015


Hello, Hanlin family!

I hope you all had a lovely Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day! My week/weekend was full of wine, friends, and soccer. It was fun. ;)

October 24, 2015


Hello, Hanlin family!

This weekend, I present to you the final (and my favorite) vlog from my and Amelia's long weekend in Chicagoland. Technical problems have been solved, so you won't be missing any images or have any awkward silences this time. ;) Jouir!

October 21, 2015


Helllooooo, sweeties.

Here's the second vlog of Aemelia's and my trip to Chicago last weekend. Things are a wee bit crazy on my end of the world, so I'm a little behind, but I'm beginning to edit some of my personal projects little by little. A few problems with my computer are putting a damper on things, and there's a few clips and music missing from this video, but I hope you enjoy it all the same... Apologies in advance for that. #technology

October 19, 2015

Hanlin Meets A Boy

I met a boy last June - he was the best man at a friend's wedding and I was the photographer.
He had a beard and an Iron Man T-shirt on under his tuxedo, and I thought he was cute - a fact I mentioned to the bride a month or so after the wedding.

October 14, 2015


Hello, Hanlin Family! Welcome back to my wee corner of the inter webs. Last weekend was a tiring one, but a fantastic one.

On Saturday afternoon I was off on a train to Chicago with Aemelia - the main purpose of our trip was to venerate the relics of St. Maria Goretti at St. John Cantius Catholic Church, but we decided to stay a couple of extra days at a friend's house a few minutes outside of the big city. True, Maria's relics were in our home state just before they were moved to Illinois, but... why not go to the Windy City when you have a perfectly legitimate justification to go to Windy City?

So, we went to Chicago. And vlogged it. And had lots of fun. Here is the first half of our trip. Enjoy!

October 7, 2015

Camp Takota (NR) 2014 ~ Netflix movie review

If you've ever been anywhere near me or my blog, you will know of my deep passion for visual entertainment - namely YouTube, movies, and Netflix. So, when I saw that one of my favorite Youtube personalities, Grace Helbig, scored a roll with her two close YouTube friends in a full-length feature film, I was stoked. And then I forgot about it. Until I saw the thumbnail on Netflix the other evening. So I watched it, enjoyed it (for the most part), and wrote a review. Here it is:
It's true: best friends are found and made at summer camp. I met Aemelia at a Christian girls camp called Pine Hills, and Elise Miller (Grace Helbig) met her two best friends at Camp Takota, a summer camp for teen girls in the mosquito-ridden backwoods of somewhere, USA.

Elise Miller (played by the hilarious Grace Helbig), dowdy and awkward Maxine (Mamrie Hart) and boyish lesbian Allison (Hannah Hart, no relation to Mamrie) were a tight group back when they were campers at Takota, but the camp friendship between Elise and her compatriots ended when she landed a job in Chicago and life in general got in the way, while Maxine and Allison stayed at Takota as director and chef.