Thursday, January 19, 2012

Time is of the essence

  The first week of school was a long but good one. We had two days of orientation and then we jumped right in. Classes started on Wednesday and by Thursday we met and started dissecting our cadavers! We really hit the ground running. It is exciting and nerve raking all at the same time. The next 28 months are going to be a challenge, but I am looking forward to it. It seems so thrilling/terrifying to think that in two and a half years I will be seeing patients! 

  For our first weekend in Potsdam we tried to spend as much time together as possible. Time is of the essence this year. We made sure to watch the Syracuse game, walk the dogs at the park, and we even discovered a new favorite restaurant! Can't wait to spend another weekend with you T! See you soon.

Enjoying his Mexican food.

Cheers dahhling.

Chips and salsa! Our favorite.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hannan Family Christmas

A celebrity guest post by my sister MK:

You know that standard conversation with co-workers post holidays? The one where everyone tries to trump each other with a story about how craaazy and/or dysfunctional their respective families are? I always find myself winning that war. I have several go-to stories in my back pocket that somehow always bring that conversation to an end.

Did your mom steal a sign from the first fairway of a golf course in the dead of night and then give it to you for Christmas? Didn't think so. 

The day started out fairly typical, meaning we were running about 1.5 hours behind schedule. About half the family had arrived and my cousin Tommy had already changed into his bathing suit and gone swimming in the river. The first polar bear plunge and we hadn't even started yet! Things picked up quickly as 33 people poured in to Mimi's living room. Plus one dog and also Scout (who counts as part dog, part cat, part small child). Wrapping paper was flying everywhere. Babies were crying. "Who ate all the deviled eggs?" Wine and Bloody Marys were being poured. Meatballs. Cheese and crackers. Mimi's default appetizer: Cheetos. "Grab me another blue." You know, the typical scene.

If there is one other thing I can tell you about our family it is that we LOVE our traditions. This includes our annual ham salad contest. We had a new entrant in Uncle John, plus Billybob made not one but TWO batches of ham salad. Tommy emcee-ed the contest with a little help from John Jameson himself. The plot thickened as there was a discrepancy in the results. "He who has a doctorate in MATH? MISCOUNT?" The tension was palpable. It was like the 2000 Presidental Election recount all over again. Brooke helped straighten things out and Tommy announced that BILL and JOHN had TIED for first. Mimi and Kathy, the queens of ham salad, usurped from the throne.

Quite dramatic, I know.

There was also three more rounds of various men/boys swimming in the river. Yes, three rounds. My father calls it his annual cardiac exam. I call it sick. He likes to maintain his position as 'the oldest who has gone swimming the most consecutive years' or something to that effect. His personal claim to fame within the family - and nobody seems eager to contest him. But the real shocker this year was Travis. Last year Trav brandished his 'but-I-was-deployed' card as an excuse, albeit a very good one, and we let it slide. This year, he finally took his inaugural dunk in the icy river. A baptism into the family. We welcomed him with opens arms and a warm towel.

The night grew rowdy and we somehow convinced Mimp to make popcorn. Danny took notes and even called dibs on Mimp's pot! I think we ate three whole batches of popcorn. That stuff is beyond words. I don't know what makes it so special, but there really is nothing like it.

Kinda like our family. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ready or not

“You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world." 

{Tom Brokaw}

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The big move.

  So the past 3 days Travis and I have been super busy with the big move up to NY. We separated, organized and packed everything in Harrisburg, made a quick stop in Syracuse to load a few more items, then have been busy cleaning, organizing, making Wal-Mart trips and unpacking in my new apartment! If you know me well, you have witnessed the numerous bags for a simple weekend trip. Now try and imagine packing for a year or two and trying to fit it all in a 500 square foot apartment! That is no easy feat. Good thing I have Travis here to help me. Not to mention trying to spend and soak up as much time as we can together. Only one more day before the rush of school hits and Travis heads back to Pennsylvania. Better go and enjoy it.

Disclaimer to family and friends living in the North Country: I love baked goods, home cooked meals, I prefer red to white wine, and I love visitors! Just don't come in a bunch, my apartment can only hold about three people. No, but seriously.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012


  Over the holiday break I had the chance to watch two Syracuse basketball home games! Even though they played Bucknell and Tulane (not much competition there) it was still a blast to watch the team. They have a very deep bench and are still undefeated at this point! I have a feeling this is going to be a great season. 

There is nothing better than cheering on the CUSE with 28,000 of your closest friends!

Eating a dome dog and drinking a blue light. 

Not to mention talking basketball with your Dad. 


Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas Recap

Our tree!

Dad putting the angel on the tree. 

Trav and I

MK and Lauren 

My adorable parents. 

Decorating the tree

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year

A year in sunsets

On the drive to California. 

Finally together again.


Sisters on the west coast. 

Watching the sun go down. 

Travis in Oceanside. 

View from our balcony. 

Travis and Jameson. 


Another night from the balcony.

St. Lawrence River

Bolt Castle - Alexandria, NY

The night before the big day. 

The girls. 

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