About Hannah, Author at Literally, Darling
This Tuesday we are putting aside our twenty-somethingness and simply taking some time to be thankful for our Thanksgiving traditions!
There are so many things I love about Thanksgiving, as it is arguably my favorite holiday. The dishes that can only be prepared by certain people—Aunt Kaye is the only one allowed to make deviled eggs—the camaraderie, seeing my cousins and catching up on what we’ve missed, and the discussions. In my family there are three talking points: Alabama football going back to the beginning, the government and how we’re screwed or not, and God. Even with all this, my favorite thing is that after our big meal me and my cousin Katie will go to her →
Slight spoilers ahead!
Catching Fire may be one of my favorite book-to-screen adaptation to date. Here at Literally, Darling we love books, and we love reminding people that “the book was better” even more, but I left the theater thinking that the movie was just as good, if not better, than the book itself. This cast is flawless together, and often scenes from the book were directly quoted on screen. It is refreshing as a fan of both the book series and the movie franchise to see the great care and attention to detail that went into creating the film. “Catching Fire” is a win win for both the casual movie goer and “Hunger Games” super fan.
In 2005, my love affair with podcasting began. My dad introduced me to a podcast where some priest discussed Harry Potter, and I never looked back. I bought a tiny white MP3 player that was eventually held together by scotch tape, because it took such a beating. I’d download episodes of MuggleCast and PotterCast and The LOST Podcast with Jay and Jack, and take notes on every episode as they followed my favorite series. I even spent some time on my own podcast, which hopefully will remain undiscovered in the depths of the Internet archives forever. I have listened to dozens and dozens of different shows, many of them making short appearances on my weekly must-listen list. Below are →
Despite that now we are six, we still have moments we’re as awkward as a Pooh Bear with his head in a honey pot. (If you don’t get it, educate take a trip back to your childhood immediately). In addition to our usual dose of weekly awkwardness from our writers, we have an honorable mention from a local news segment near LD HQ.
Kirstie: At Least We Saw The River
I went on a trip to NYC this weekend with a friend. Like most, we had to take the subway everywhere. Easy enough, but when you are not from New York, the subway system can be very confusing. After carefully planning the route we would take →
On the six-month anniversary of Literally, Darling‘s launch, our writers came to us and said, “We want to tell everyone why we love LD.” As a platform for twenty-somethings to speak their minds and say what they believe in, regardless of how popular or unpopular an opinion it may be, we could hardly say no! Straight from the source, here’s why some of our writers chose to join and write for us for the last six months.
Our love of Harry Potter around here is no secret. The Boy Who Lived comes up and most of us just turn into bizarre machinations of ourselves and instantly start breaking down everything we’ve ever known about the guy. Therefore, when it came time to choose what we wanted to do on Halloween, it was a no-brainer: We wanted to decorate the Great Hall, float pumpkins over the tables, stuff ourselves with Butterbeer, and trade Chocolate Frogs. Sadly, since we haven’t quite pinpointed the exact location of Hogwarts, and we’re about twice the age of when we should have received our acceptance letters, we have to resort to our imaginations. After all, what else is Halloween than proof of Thoreau’s quote, →
Halloween is just days away, but never fear, we’ve scoured Pinterest for the best pumpkin carving tips and tricks so you don’t have to! Those stupid plastic knives they give you when you buy a carving set never work, and how often have you accidentally cut off the teeth while trying to carve the perfect classic pumpkin smile? We’re here for you. These pumpkins are so easy even I could do them, so happy decorating, darlings!
Use a drill and varying drill bits to create elaborate patterns in just a half-hour.
2. Push Pin Pumpkin Create this push pin pumpkin with supplies you’ve got laying around your →
The beautiful thing about religion, and something I believe is often a misunderstanding about Mormons, is that the outward appearance does not always accurately reflect the goodness or worth of the soul. I know a lot of strong, faithful Mormons who look and live nothing like me, and I think that is a good thing. But this is a small glimpse into what it looks like to be me, Hannah Panek, as a Mormon. This is my story.
“Wait, you’re Mormon?!” is a question I occasionally get from strangers and acquaintances alike. It’s like people are surprised to see me in normal clothes talking about normal things. Yeah, I’m Mormon, and I’m about as Mormon as it gets. →
Who says all our role models have to be real? Books, movies, and TV shows are portraying some pretty BAMF ladies these days. So we decided to expand upon our original list of badasses and look at some of the best fictional female role models that, through their unique philosophies, are helping us stay on track.
While each new female CEO weighs in on whether women can or can’t have it all, we find ourselves torn. An important topic about women and glass ceilings seems to have become a media buzzword and corporate publishing moneymaker. But what does it really mean, and is it as important as they make it out to be? Furthermore, why doesn’t anyone ask men if they can “have it all?” Is the “all” of the older generation even relevant to our own?
As a group of young women gearing up to climb our own career ladders, we thought we’d throw in our own two cents. We’re not all of the same mind and often disagree with each other about it, but it’s time to start talking about it outside of another C-level interview.
For the last couple of months I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about social media and my online presence. I hardly post on Facebook anymore, and my Instagram feed is filled with the occasional filtered Washington Monument and that’s about it. I scaled back my social media use heavily after I started working full time, hoping to fly under the radar and not be discovered by current and/or future employers. But somehow not raving about how precious and awesome and Pinterest-worthy my life is, I feel like it doesn’t really “count.”
I grew up on the Internet, in AIM chatrooms and message boards. Since I was 14 I’ve blasted my life for the world to see via →
It’s that time of year! Autumn is officially here, and while Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is good (okay, great) there are many more things to enjoy about fall than just that. Cooler temps bring the LD staff joy in many ways, but here are our favorites.
Wearing sweats everywhere is acceptable.
People are nicer with the holidays approaching.
If you decide to spend a night (read: weekend) at home alone on the couch watching Netflix, it’s now considered “cozy” instead of “lame.”
Let’s face it, we all look WAY better in sweaters and jeans than we do in shorts and tank →
Good morning, darlings, and welcome to our 10th Literally Links! Every Sunday, members of the Literally, Darling team conspire to bring you the best of the World Wide Web, sharing our favorite corners of the Internet. As eclectic as we are, Literally Links has been bringing you the coolest of cool since day one. Thanks for joining us this week, and keep coming back.
Welcome back for your weekly dose of awkward. Apparently we shouldn’t be allowed to interact with the opposite sex this week (or we wish they wouldn’t interact with us!). So gird your loins and read on at your own risk.
In some respects, half of your twenties is devoted exclusively to college. You start your twenties in college and then spend the next few years trying to figure out how to make your way in a world you might feel unprepared for. In hindsight, there are countless things you’ll wish you’d known or had considered at the time. So today on “Twenty-Something Tuesday” we bring your our best advice of things we wished we’d known about college.
I posted this article a couple of weeks ago as a little reminder that we’re all doing OK. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re smarter now than you were five years ago… right? We were discussing this in our super secret super special Literally, Darling writer’s Facebook group for the rest of the afternoon. “Am I really smarter than I was five years ago?” “Is there any way I could write an essay on anything I even learned in college?” “What’s a derivative? I don’t even remember.”
Five years ago, I was a sophomore at Brigham Young University and diving headfirst into my academic love affair with philosophical powerhouses Soren Kierkegaard and William James. I justified my →
Good morning, darlings! We’re wishing you a relaxing Sunday filled with crossword puzzles, crisp fall-is-coming-soon air, and some really eggscellent brunch food. We’d also like to just take a moment to remind you that this is happening. We’re already counting down the days until the magical world of J.K. Rowling returns to the big screen.
Read on for a few links to what captured our writers’ intrepid minds this week, and have a lovely day. Enjoy!
Yesterday, Warner Brothers and J.K. Rowling announced a film inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was published in 2001 as a Hogwarts textbook and Harry Potter series companion. The film will be an original story following Newt Scamander, the author of Fantastic Beasts, and is Rowling’s screenwriting debut.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling in the announcement on Thursday. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has →
Some of us were 8. Some of us were 18. It was the most beautiful September day you could possibly imagine, before the world changed. September 11 will live on in our generation’s memory, the motion of that day permanently imprinted upon us. Just as our parents remember JFK’s assassination, or the declaration of the Vietnam War, this is something we will remember forever. On that day, our hearts and prayers went out to New York, D.C., and a lonely field in Pennsylvania.
I was a freshly minted 13-year-old and in the eighth grade. My memory is a little fuzzy about the specifics of the day. I was sitting in art class. Someone (I think →
There are two universal truths: 1) Your twenties are rough, and 2) GIFs make everything better. So today on Twenty-Something Tuesday we’re combining the best of both worlds and summarizing our life in our twenties through our favorite medium: GIFs.