Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Patrick the {insecure} poodle.

{patrick, my poodle.}

tonight at dinner as patrick sat
with his head on our laps,
patiently waiting for any scraps to fall,
i expressed how
i wish i could be patrick just for a day, so carefree & fun loving.
my dad's response,
"well, patrick is very insecure."

who knew--insecure poodles?
next thing you know we will have
paranoid hamsters.
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i feel like charlie brown.

{via: overflowing.}
today has not been so swell.
i have
- made a fool of myself during a presentation.
- eaten a not so delicious lunch.
- worked on Math101 {which will be the end of me.}
- held back tears multiple times.
- become disgruntled by some situations.
oh, well...

i realize that i should not take even the worst of days for granted-- there is so much for me to be happy about.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

{Quote of the Week.}

week {Sechszehn};
{via: tumblr.}
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i received this darling postcard about a year or so ago from my dear German friends Goetz & Bastian. I miss them a lot, & i'm bummed i will not be seeing them this summer as i had previously planned.

so instead, i must live through little mementos like this. admire the pictures which i had taken on my last visit, and pray that although we are thousands of miles apart, our friendship will always remain.

--with every moment remembered, and every ponder whispered to the wind.
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Friday, April 24, 2009

Alas, tis Friday.

{via: weheartit.}

thank goodness. this week seemed to be particularly long.
i hope the weather is warm this weekend so i can venture
on a run. ; )

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ich bin ganz begeistert!

a few weeks ago my sister Katie sent me an email telling me about an adorable german-inspired blog she came across called Baroque Babies.
katie knows me well--
i immediately fell in love with it & searched for many more german blogs, and i became so excited as i found a plethora of cute blogs {listed below} created across the big blue sea!

Twins Garden
Frau Liebe

aren't they so amazing?!
i love the blog-o-sphere
oh so very much!!

{who knows, maybe along with admiring these sites i might also improve my german! ; ) }

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

One day...

{via: nordy's.}

when i grow up and can afford to buy fancy outfits like this for work--i will.
because tomorrow i have an important interview and i am not loving anything in my closet.


o well, i suppose there are more important things to worry about.
{but it doesn't hurt a girl to ponder, does it?}
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009



I have an announcement that may cause some of you to fall out of your chairs...

I am going to try and start running.

You see many might be surprised while i absolutely, positively, hate running. So much that i distinctly remember the mile run in kindergarten; the outfit, the route, the tears, and the pain. Why they insist you run the mile once a year every year of public school is beyond my knowledge; but all i know is that it ruined many days for me.

I suppose there must be something incorrect about my "form" (recently fixed from physical therapy) or something because whenever i even think of running my side and heart feel like they might explode.

If runners felt the pain i do when i run, they would never be runners.

But being the youngest of four and having shared in my siblings horror stories related to their mile run, we chalked it up to just being "allen's". So ever since then, we have embraced our inability to run and focused our attention on exercising in other various ways... like math contests, and brain teasers...

But last summer it all changed--
My sisters Emily and Katie both began running and they both did it without having their hearts explode or crippling over from pain. They had busted the age old myth of "Allen's are not runners." And while i am a little peeved that they have not only gone on to prove this scapegoat wrong, i'm even more annoyed that i now feel encouraged to do the same.

So blog-o-sphere today we shall embark on the day i announce my plan:
i, anna, no matter how awkward i look, or however much i resemble the giraffe in the picture above, am going to learn how to run.

& since i did saw this on the blog-o-sphere, it makes me that much more pressured to follow through, oh blogging peer pressure.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Mutti!

{my mom & dad with some of the grandkids circa 2006.}
“Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.” -Kate Douglas Wiggin

i love you more than words could ever express.
love your {favorite} daughter-
Anna Banana

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{Quote of the Week.}

week {Fünfzehn};
{via: Etsy.}
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

the Newlyweds.

One of my dearest cousins Jenny married the love of her life yesterday, Mike.
It was such a beautiful wedding & every minute was filled with happiness & true love. I am so happy for them & their wonderful future together.
{Congratulations} lovebirds.
i'm so happy for you both.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Here Comes Treble.

Happy Friday!!

I hope you all have a splendid weekend!
I'm going to be taking part in my cousin Jenny's wedding!!
Woop! Woop!
hooray for weddings...& the Office!!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

what i currently Fancy.

{1.} Campus in Spring.
{2.} this little contraption.
{3.} big hats.
{4.} sweet montages.
{5.} typography.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

who won a $25 itunes giftcard??

this girl.
yup folks, thats right. the trivia game/raffle i try for every week has finally resulted in a win...
{after 20 weeks trying... minor details.}
i've never won a raffle, for anything exceptionally useful-- but last week i hoped and hoped i would get this one.
francine must have put in a good word. ; )

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Monday, April 13, 2009

{Quote of the Week.}

week {Vierzehn};

{via: lelove.}
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A beautiful piece of truth.

{via: tumblr.}

The day you read this.
by: iwrotethisforyou.

On this day, you read something that moved you and made you realise there were no more fears to fear. No tears to cry. No head to hang in shame. That every time you thought you’d offended someone, it was all just in your head and really, they love you with all their heart and nothing will ever change that. That everyone and everything lives on inside you. That that doesn’t make any of it any less real.

That soft touches will change you and stay with you longer than cold ones.

That being alone means you’re free. That old lovers miss you and new lovers want you and the one you’re with is the one you’re meant to be with. That the tingles running down your arms are angel feathers and they whisper in your ear, constantly, if you choose to hear them. That everything you want to happen, will happen, if you decide you want it enough. That every time you think a sad thought, you can think a happy one instead.

That you control that completely.

That the people who make you laugh are more beautiful than beautiful people. That you laugh more than you cry. That crying is good for you. That the people you hate wish you would stop and you do too.

That your friends are reflections of the best parts of you. That you are more than the sum total of the things you know and how you react to them. That dancing is sometimes more important than listening to the music.

That the most embarrassing, awkward moments of your life are only remembered by you and no one else. That no one judges you when you walk into a room and all they really want to know, is if you’re judging them. That what you make and what you do with your time is more important than you’ll ever fathom and should be treated as such. That the difference between a job and art is passion. That neither defines who you are. That talking to strangers is how you make friends.

That bad days end but a smile can go around the world. That life contradicts itself, constantly. That’s why it’s worth living.

That the difference between pain and love is time. That love is only as real as you want it to be. That if you feel good, you look good but it doesn’t always work the other way around.

That the sun will rise each day and it’s up to you each day if you match it. That nothing matters up until this point. That what you decide now, in this moment, will change the future. Forever. That rain is beautiful.

And so are you.

this is simply wonderful.
iwrotethisforyou is such a genuine blog.
you should read it. right now.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

{Frohe Ostern!}

{via: tumblr.}
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Friday, April 10, 2009

"Be happy for this moment is your life."

{liz & me, april 2009}

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

love & happiness.

{via: flickr.}
this picture makes me want to gather up my nieces & nephews, one by one, and sit with them on the floor, reading to them for hours. i would listen to every question and comment each had to offer about every-other-word i read. i would fill up juice cups in between stories and i would pour endless amounts of goldfish crackers into tiny bowls--all the while hearing stories of "when i was 3," or "when i was a baby", trying not to laugh at their silly quips.
& i would love.every.minute.
{fall 2008}
i wish i could see them everyday.
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Monday, April 6, 2009

{Quote of the Week.}

week {Dreizehn};
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Rock Chalk Champions; an ode to 2008.

{my nieces, the future jayhawks last spring.}
{The "Miracle" shot.}
{Mass street mayhew celebration.}

{repost from april 13, 2008}
rock chalk, jayhawk...
last monday, april 7, to be exact, KU won the NCAA 2008 Men's Basketball CHAMPIONSHIP.
the happiness which resulted after their 40 min duel against Memphis is not even possible to describe. you could feel it, along with hear it, through all the cheers laughter, running, and hugging. i don't know why, but tears began escaping, and sliding down my cheeks when the buzzer erupted after the final second on the clock disappeared. i had tears after the 2003 championship game, when we lost to syracuse. its easy to conclude the reason for those tears, but this time it was different. i know i didn't contribute anything to the game itself, but i saw something happen that i could have never imagined. we had won the NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP. along with the obvious emotions of jubilation, it dawned on me that our team was done. atleast 5 of our players won't be here anymore & most likely 2 will also depart. it was a great way to end, but it... ended.
i love the game. i only played for 4 years, & i was only 9-12, but i have experienced basketball for a greater part of my life. i don't remember a time in my life when i didn't know what basketball was,yet alone, who the ku jayhawks basketball team was. I remember watching SportsCenter every morning with Jon & Geoff before school, getting off the school bus and running to play 21 after school, & going to the Holiday Basketball Clinic, & multiple treks to LATE NIGHT. basketball has always been there. ... ku basketball is not just a tradition, its a family. and this being my first basketball season as a ku student, i was in some way, inducted. its about more than the game, its a way of life. i won't only remember the scores of the games from this season, i will remember the hours upon hours i spent camping out for seats, the quirky comments written in the free for all about darrell arthur's daily parking tickets, the 2 hours before gametime we would sit and watch the walk-ons warm up, how the band would start warming up exactly 47 minutes before the game started, tearing up newspaper for confetti, (sneaking in more than the "two sections" of the newspaper alloted,) but above all, i will remember the chills i got, everytime Allen fieldhouse exploded when the players were announced and the rock chalk chant echoed. the warmth i felt before the game, while i swayed back & forth singing the alma mater, can never be created anywhere else...the energy felt on Mass Street the night of the championship quickly reminded me of the present & my tears of happiness/sadness disappeared & the celebration proceeded. it was a night i will honestly never forget.--

i can't believe its been a year already.
so nostalgic.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

A reminder for all:

1. At least 5 people in this world love you so much that they’d die for you.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. Every night, someone thinks about you before they go to sleep.
4. You mean the world to someone.
5. Someone that you don’t even know exists; loves you.
6. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone..even if they don’t like you.


{list via: oneshouldreadeverything.}
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

why hello there, Mr. April.

{Carolyn, Easter 2006--in the dress i sewed her!}

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. -william shakespeare.

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