August 1, 2015


Hello, Hanlin family.

Oy, the last two weeks have been a whirlwind of ups and downs, so this vlog is another short one, but in the interest of consistency, I thought I'd make a little video anyway.


July 24, 2015

HORSE PHOTOBOMB | vlog (Answer me This, Vol. 9)

It's vlog time, folks!

Every August at the Hanlin Family picnic, we have a standing horseshoe pitching contest, and every year, my dad and I participate. He's always been a decent pitcher, and I won the trophy with an uncle at a different Hanlin party about five years ago now by a wild stroke of luck (a story for another time), but I've never had a talent for the sport overall.

This year, my dad and I decided to try and do something about it.

(This week's Answer me This entry is below the video.)

the problem with pets

The problem with having pets is that eventually you love them.

And eventually you have to say goodbye.

July 20, 2015

Street-erview with Lit - STREET NEWSPAPERS (video)

Street + Interview = Street-erview. I don't know.

Last week, as you know, I went to the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair and had a grand time. And while I was there, I had the opportunity to speak with a vendor for the street newspaper, Groundcover News. I did include this wee interview in last week's video blog, but I thought I'd put it in a standalone video, just for fun, and for those who didn't watch the vlog (I know it was a long one).

I am hoping in the near future to interact with more vendors in interview form and discover more about them and their business, but for now, if anyone has any more curiosities towards the legitimacy of the vendors, here is their code, copied directly from an issue of their newspaper:

July 18, 2015

SO MUCH TALENT \ Ann Arbor Street Art Fair 2015

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is one of my favorite places to be in the summertime. I'm always amazed by the amount of talent out and about during that half-week: musicians on street corners and the vendors whose booths line over 30 blocks of downtown Ann Arbor. This year was the 56th year, and I spent as much time there as possible. Aemelia and I went on Wednesday afternoon and spent some time catching up together and wandering around after an amazing Potbelly sub, and Erin and I went together on Thursday evening for a meander and some girl time. Bless my dad for telling me to bring bikes... they were so much fun, and saved our feet some grief. ;)

And of course, I vlogged it!

July 11, 2015


Hello, Hanlin family!

I hope you all had a lovely 4th of July weekend, whether or not you celebrate Independence Day. My family and I met up for the downtown parade in the morning, and then I spent the rest of the day at pet jobs. I didn't mind having to work though, because I was able to spend most of the time outside, and the weather was parfait.

I also participated in Kendra's Answer me This link-up again this week, so if you'd like to read a story about the one time I became miserably lost in the middle of the night in the middle of Detroit, read on below the video.

June 28, 2015

ANSWER ME THIS (vol. 7) | vlog style

Hello, Hanlin Family!

On the blog Catholic All Year, Kendra hosts a link-up called "Answer Me This," a fun way to get to know people in our wee internet communities by answering a handful of random questions every week. I had a lot of fun with this one, so please let me know what you think and if I should do something like this every so often.
This week's video blog is a little different than the others because I did barely anything this week other than work (which seems to be a pattern here. #adulthood), so instead of a life-y vlog this week, I have a sort of lazy Q & A for you. Also, grad parties rock.

So. Here we go. Rock on.

June 23, 2015

Instagram Round-up, 2nd Quarter 2015

As some of you may know, Instagram is by far my favorite social media platform, followed closely by the YouTubes (subscribe to my channel if you haven't already and you'll be in for some neat vlogs - if I do say so myself). It's a terrific way of sharing your photography - even shots that have been taken on a professional camera, and transferred to your smartphone by various means - and I must admit that I probably use it a wee bit too much.

Anyway, I've seen a few different bloggers have an "Instagram roundup" of sorts every so often, and I thought I'd jump on that bandwagon every few months and share some of my favorites.

Here goes!

June 20, 2015


Hello, Hanlin Family!

Last week was a smörgåsbord of really great days and really... not great... days. One terrific thing that happened is that Emily (or Bluebird), my bestest friend in the whole wide world, officially survived her twentieth year. We celebrated her twenty-first birthday on Friday evening!
 With pasta. Because how else is one to celebrate an Italian's birthday? Happy birthday, Bluebird!

And now, for this week's vlog.

June 16, 2015

Chocolate Berry Smoothie / Ice Cream

Hello, Hanlin Family!

I have another recipe for you today, and yet again I have the G's to thank for it. You may remember that my parents and I spent an evening at the G's house a month or so ago where we exchanged recipes, and before we left, the man of the house made us all a chocolate berry smoothie that was out of this world. It was amazing... Y'all know I love me some berries. My only regret from that night was not eating more of it - it was late and I knew that I'd never get to sleep if I had a whole serving. It would've been worth the insomnia.


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