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  1. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    My happy lights now include knowing that you have light at the end of the tunnel. Your last month and stresspants stress have concerned me greatly! Others? The usual combination of books and tea (hot, hot tea to warm my cold, cold hands) and chocolate and dates (the edible sort, not the activity sort) and books again.

  2. ck

    I think you and I need to meet up for a coffee some day and I need to share with you my official ‘older person who has been there, done that and then got a life’ observations of the reasons why people should not work the hours you regularly refer to on here and on facebook. I have views formed through experience (mine) on not only why people should not do the hours, should not be required to do the hours, but also what it is about people who do them that it becomes habitual for a variety of reasons, no matter what job the person ends up in. There are some jobs where it is required and ‘the norm’, but I suspect you are not in one of these jobs. Clearly you are not comfortable with it, because if you were, you would not so regularly refer to it. So, I would really like to give you some insight into why you do it, why you shouldn’t be doing it, why there’s a good chance that you will keep doing no matter where you work, and hope that unlike me, you can break the cycle before you are too old and become a) worn out and b) bitter. Unless you are working these hours because you are a partner in a top tier law firm and earning $300k plus per annum, or a medical intern, emergency doctor etc etc, I truly believe there is no reason to be working unreasonable hours on a regular basis and your employer should not require or allow you to do so. You are only young once and I have no doubt you can think of other things you would rather do outside of normal working hours. I cut my hours to normal person hours and it is the best thing I ever did.

    1. Emma

      I’m not an older person who has been there or done that, but I agree wholeheartedly with these statements. I would have so quit this job weeks ago. But that’s just me, and I value free time more than anything.

    2. Whispering Gums

      Well said cheezyk … Short bursts are ok but as a general rule such work habits are anathemas to the soul (including I think for poor underpaid medical interns and residents)

  3. leaf (the indolent cook)

    I’m happy that you have happy lights but agree with ck above that if you can cut down your work hours (if it’s an ongoing thing) that would really help. Stress sucks.
    My happy lights this week – getting a delicious takeaway lunch for only $5, having a nice long walk with the boyfriend in reasonably decent winter weather, and somehow getting some blogging done despite the insane amount of weekend procrastination and laziness.

  4. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    yum! My happy light involves leaving in 5 days!! crazy town. too much goodness to handle. I hope work becomes much kinder soon. You need more Hannah time!
    Heidi xo

  5. Lou

    Ha, my new Happy Light is the picture of your doggies nose. I’m cracking up. Also I want your raw cauli/pumpkin creation mmmmmmYUMMo. Hope the work crazies calm down for ya x

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Now that is one post title! LOL at the retro recipes. Do you think that people will look back on ours 40 years on and think we were nuts? Perhaps! 😛 I hope it’s July for you soon Spay Lady! xxx

  7. Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today?

    Your dog is a cute. And my light is a morning coffee, I know it’s simple and not that special, but after one I feel like a goddess and I can do anything.

  8. Iron Chef Shellie

    ahhh that is totally me right now, but I still have my boots on 😛

  9. Lexi

    That’s way too much work, Miss. I agree with peeps above, and I hope what you’ve been doing translates into holiday coupons (money). My Happy Lights this week included a wonderful meeting (canyoubelieveIjustwrotethat?) with my new(!) employer(!), sitting on the couch with my vintage bonnet hairdryer on, rereading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and cuddling with Quincy on freezing mornings. I would really feel better if I had some of those TJ’s sunflower seed drops, though.

  10. muppy

    oh my thats alot of work, i hope you have some time off soon….

  11. Johanna GGG

    the idea of your dog reading your blog make me laugh – maybe that would explain that look 🙂

    Hope the work lets up soon (though I sort of envy you being able to put in the hours you need – I used to but just can’t these days!)

  12. L-Engineer

    And here’s me thinking that our dear old dog couldn’t jump even that high any more!!

  13. Whispering Gums

    She’s not sleeping … She’s feeling very guilty because she knows that’s me chair and she’s not allowed on it. Only on me on it … Sometimes! She’s going to get a rude shock very soon!

  14. Whispering Gums

    MY chair … Not ME chair!

    1. Mike

      Oh my oh me.

      1. Mike

        Or is it: oh me oh my?

  15. Gabby

    I’m sorry to hear you are so stressed but it looks like you have lots of bursts of brightness too! Your posts always make me smile 🙂

    And that rice sounds awesome! I hate when lighting doesn’t cooperate…

  16. hungryandfrozen

    Hannah I’m so happy I’ve finally got time to catch up on your blog – although ‘catch up’ is far too clinical a term, so I’m going to say nuzzle into your blog – wait no, that sounds not only too familiar but also WAY WEIRD, even for me. Okay. I’m going to read it with interest, interest I say.

    Old-timey food photography cracks me up. I know things were different back then but surely no one actually looked at that cheese shortcake (what the what?) and said “mm, delicious”.

    So curious about processing cauliflower into ‘rice’, sounds rather delicious.

    That photo of your dog is hilarious! Her sensitive ears might pick up my high-pitched giggles all the way from here, did you think of that?

    Finally: Blerg, hope work falls back a bit with the responsibility and the late nights and the reports and whatnot! Stay cool, Hannah!

  17. Emma

    So, as embarassing as this is to admit (even more so than the buffy thing…) I actually used to make myself adult-sized babycinos at work to have alongside my espresso. I knew that I couldn’t possibly be alone…
    and of course kudos to you for more raw vegan goodness. going raw for the summer starting tomorrow!! xo

  18. CheezyK

    My dear if you want an adult sized babyccino you just ask for one! Better yet, ask for a soy cappuccino with no coffee and extra choc on top and then take a photo of your barista’s face for me! 😀

    So very glad to hear that there is light at the end of this tunnel you’re traveling at the moment, life should not be all about work but it is oh so very easy to get sucked into that trap. You asked in my last comment what a lunch break is … it’s the few minutes I take for myself in the middle of a day, no matter how stressed or busy it is, because when all is said and done no-one’s going to die because I stopped for a break, but I just might if I don’t break some of the really bad over-working habits that I’ve developed (hint, hint, sound familiar? and that’s the end of my lecture because you seem to have a few here already).

    Dawwww, I love the close up sleepy photos … and then that sleepy look you get when they half open an eye wondering what in the world is so important that you have to disturb their sleep, they only get 20 or so undisturbed hours in a day you know!

  19. Emma


    Dearest Hannah, I must know. Is that magazine a Ladies Home Journal from November 1961? I bought that very issue a little over a month ago at a thrift store, because, as I can see from your picture, the featured article is a short story (partially) by Daphne du Maurier. However, I’ve gone through my copy, and I don’t see that advertisement anywhere… I wonder if it’s different because it’s an Australian edition or something?

    The ads are fantastic in mine too, at any rate. I especially like the “Bakeless Wonder” recipe ad, and the advice column featuring a verbally abusive husband, a busy mom, and a boy who beats up his sister. Lovely.

  20. theresa

    Dog close up photos are totally a happy light.

    And dog snuggles and dog walks and kitty purrs and tropical fruit.

  21. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    OMG girl you’re working WAY too hard! you’ve gotta slow down! You should not be working on weekends! Hope you get some rest~ those chocolate covered sunflower seeds look quite yummy 🙂 wonder if I can get them here ~

  22. Sarah

    I hope the tunnel light gets closer for you soon. Man, you are one busy human! Dogs know how to live the life:)

    I’d love to try those sunflowers seeds. I bet they are magnificent!!

  23. Sig

    You have no idea how much it makes my heart glad to know your light is there, not too far away.

    And these little happy lights are truly joyous. I LOVE the doggie photo – it’s something I’d do hahahah and then cry – just a little.

    Fun fact – I’m quite amused that your packet of black salt has the Hindi words on it. Kala Namak literally translates to Black Salt – Kala = Black, Namak = Salt (Which is pink. What?!). You HAVE to try a little bit of this on watermelon – it’s something else – a little tangy, a little spicy but yum 😀

  24. Hotly Spiced

    Oh dear! That’s not good about your workload. What sort of work is it you do and who is it you work for that thinks that’s reasonable? I hope you’re invoicing them for every hour and remember, time and a half after hours and double-time on weekends! What a gorgeous old girl and I’m sure she’s a great companion. I did maths all the way until Year 11 too! xx

  25. Gary

    I love the image of your dog. Yes, it’s a good thing she cannot read 🙂

  26. Choc Chip Uru

    Awww is your puppy not just a huge cutie pie 😀
    And digging those sunflower choc seeds – excuse: ‘but they were healthy!’ 😉


  27. Adrian (Food Rehab)

    aw no, I hope it’s all slowing down for you so you can “Breathe Again, breathe again” Insert (Toni Braxton voice)

    I agree with the KOKO Black hot chocolate, they rock this mama out. IN fact, I think you’ve inspired me to get one tomorrow. I’m serious., I’ve set an alarm for it so the forgetful me doesn’t forget LOL

  28. Vien

    Your dog is INSANELY CUTE!!! Can I cuddle her to sleep??????? 😛
    Do take care and rest well k? 🙂 and yes! adult-sized babycinos should exist!!!

  29. Kath Lockett

    Awwww, that lovely black nose! LOVE a close up a goggie’s schnozz! (see, my writing has descended to luvvy wuvvy drivel….)

  30. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Yeesh, no wonder you’ve been all stresspants. Happy Lights? None for me. Cat has an upper respiratory infection and someone hit my car this morning while I was at the vet with him. Bastardo! But, I did get to calm myself down by eating the last slice of the wedding cake I made and feeling rightly proud of it. So there’s that.

  31. Silvia

    That cappuccino looks great! More like a hot chocolate….

    And your dog is just too cute!

  32. Caitlin @ livelovenyc

    ooh i always see Trader Joe’s Chocolate Sunflower Seed Drops and wonder if they’re good. thanks for letting me know 🙂
    ps – your dog has a super cute nose!

  33. SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa)

    Sweet baby cheeses… that sounds like SO much work! Bless your heart. Glad you’ve got lights in your tunnel… and I love that a raw vegan dish is a light for you!

  34. Catherine

    Love the contrast between the zucchini and the sweeties. And your sleeping dog in every way reflects what you should be doing. Watch your eyes! Mine are destroyed by too much screen time..
    Best moments : meeting a lovely American writer/blogger in Venice and happening upon a bar that did PERFECT Campari spritzes. (Sending you one)

  35. Libby

    By golly, I thought I was working too hard but when I read what crazy hours you were doing, I almost fainted! I hope there is a well-deserved holiday in the not too distance future? 🙂

  36. Winston

    Yikeszo…! Your schedule is unbelievable glad you had little things like these that brightened up your day and kept you going. Really sweet post. And yay that by now, you would’ve finally got the chance to get the R&R you deserve. Rest well, eat PB and Nutella straight from the jar cause you deserve it! =)

  37. Hannah

    Anything I can do to brighten your day even the slightest is a big win for me. You deserve so much more happiness, but in the meantime, hang in there. Things can only get better from here. <3

  38. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Oh wow, you’re having such a busy time! I’ve recently had as well, but now things are fortunately a little easier. I’m happy to see that you’re still meta, and take some time to enjoy food. 🙂

  39. Louise

    I guess there are more happy lights just at the moment? I’m a bit intrigued at the raw vegan pumpkin cauliflower rice thing. Can you really eat raw pumpkin and raw rice? How is that? Whilst I’m a bit inquisitive and brave, it sounds scary to me. Such a cute dog photo too.

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