Sweet Musings with a Bitterly Sharp Wit

Monkey Business


Smash! Crash! Bang! Howls of laughter erupted from the room next door, following the most incredible cacophony to ever reach my ears. After such destructive sounds, I could only imagine some macabre scene lay on the other side of the wall, desks and dressers splintered into irretrievable shards, much better suited as tooth picks than furniture. Eyes darting about in the darkness, I wondered if perhaps the whole building might in fact be collapsing, or maybe some bomb had just gone off in the hall. Slamming doors and merry shrieks continued to fill the air, well into the wee hours of the AM. Tossing and turning, jamming my head into the depths of my pillow, nothing would muffle the noise. Should a lull drift in and quiet the conversation, music would shortly follow, the bass pumping and making all the windows vibrate. My head spun, heart raced, and I could scarcely believe my feet would be met with the ground anymore should I venture out of bed.

The night broke and morning came, and yet the racket still carried on. Sun filtered in through the cracks in the window shade, prompting me to give up the fight; The day was here, and it was time to go meet it. Staring blankly out into the courtyard, I saw that one of my neighbors had relocated and was still partying away outdoors…

That crazy guy, monkeying about high up in a brittle tree branch. Still in a drunken stupor no doubt, he carried on with joyous shouting and slurred songs. The lack of sleep didn’t seem to bother him one bit, but then again, you probably could have cut off his arm and that wouldn’t even register in his addled mind.

So many classes await me now… And I am so utterly exhausted. It’s going to be a long day.


Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

15 thoughts on “Monkey Business

  1. Hannah, are you sure you aren’t living in the dorm I had to suffer in, last year? haha. Cute monkey!! Try to enjoy classes!


  2. That is adorable. I know a few little girls who might be getting monkeys for their next birthdays.


  3. Hang in there, Hannah! Tough out those classes. You can do it!!!! (Also, earplugs at night to drown out the party animals are helpful too!). ;) Your monkey is adorable – love his outfit!


  4. AUGH! Crochet cute monkey! A drunk monkey! How cute is he?


  5. you poor thing!! I agree with Teeni. Ear plugs are your friends! I love that monkey! I dont think I am good enough to make one, but he sure is cute!


  6. I never lived in a dorm during college and it seems like I didn’t miss much! Love the monkey.


  7. Oof, I can only speculate this has to do with life at school. I hope things improve! xo.


  8. such a lovable looking guy!


  9. So, cute! Wish you nothing but the best with your classes!


  10. ah! that sucks! partying like that on a tuesday? dorms sound a little tring to live in… hang in there for classes, though!


  11. I remember those nights in college dorms….. I promise all those sleepless night will pay off (heck, they already have!).


  12. Hi Hannah. I’ve only recently discovered your blog but you’ve really inspired me. I love the way you write and I hope you keep doing it for a very long time.

    By the way, you’ve been tagged! Check out the rules here:


  13. Hannah!
    I just finally got a copy of your book! It just arrived on my doorstep…. ooooooh! What fun! Lucky for me, I am in charge of vegan dessert for a baby shower this weekend (this life phase comes about 10 years after college) – so I have an excuse to get baking right away. I *love* that you included a doggie cake! My doggies will be so psyched.

    I’m sorry about the crazy jungle ruckus that drunken monkey caused. I lived downstairs from some lunatics addicted to ONE rap song with a thumping bass for an entire school year. Ooooh, it was not the happiest of times!

    Good luck! and thanks for the super cool book!


  14. Hi Hannah, I love all the crochet stuffs you made. You are so ingenious!! You make me feel like taking up crochet too. Hee… anyway, you look sweet in that photo you posted on your 2nd blog anniversary entry. =) Great knowing ya!


  15. How did I ever miss this post? The most adorable monkey ever! This pattern is one I’ve had on my “to do” list forever!! Your crochets are perfectly done, the entertaining stories just send them right over the top!


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