CURRENTLY // AUGUST 2020

Reading // All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda, Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, The Night Swim by Megan Goldin, Normal People by Sally Rooney, The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn, Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Planning // October weekend getaway to Traverse City, Michigan, browsing homes for sale in Toledo, Cleveland, and Ann Arbor areas, for a successful September whole30

Watching // Cleveland Indians baseball, too much Tik Tok let’s be honest

Eating // southern butter pecan ice cream, pork chops with granny smith apples and caramelized onion, tomato chorizo frittata, lots and lots of BLT salads – Kyle’s new obsession is BLTs now that he has a cast iron bacon press, deli sandwiches from Garden Harvest

Cooking // Healthy Little Peach’s chicken bacon ranch stuffed sweet potato, Half Baked Harvest’s instant pot crispy carnitas with chipotle peach salsa (salsa 10/10, to die for, would make again), Half Baked Harvest’s herby tomato soup

Drinking // Biggby’s 24 ounce black iced coffee (no joke, 5 times a week at minimum), Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Wheat, Rhinegeist Slangria

Pinning // fall dessert recipes, recipes with cherry tomatoes, travel guides and blog posts in up state New York, reading challenges

Crafting // brewery stickers into temporary magnets for our wet bar mini fridge, planner spreads, blog post reflecting on my One Little Word document

Going // day drinking at a coworkers with yard games (including relay pong on our closet door, Kyle was so happy to be reliving his college days), neighborhood walks and runs, Biggby per always

Loving // Goodreads, Toledo library pick up, the park that surrounds my local library, weekly COVID tests for peace of mind

Dreaming // of international travel

Feeling // sad but understanding in the decision made by the BIG10 to cancel their college football 2020 season, hopeful for professional football 2020 season, excited at even just the thought of browsing for homes, disappointed in having to give up the prospects of a fall road trip to up state New York, proud of my on going dedication to daily exercise and weight loss journey

Listening // Podcasts: new to me this month was You’re Wrong About and I really enjoyed episodes about Going Postal and Stockholm Syndrome, also loved the conversation Michelle Obama had with her friend Michele Norris which gave us this advice, “don’t reach for normal, reach for better

Listening // Spotify Playlists:

Celebrating // 1k profit in stocks, brother and sister-in-law bought their first home in their dream neighborhood, new lowest weight on 161.6 lbs, yet another custom wheelchair approved and delivered to a long term care resident

Supporting // UPSP, Black Lives Matter

Buying // anniversary gift for M and T from Giften Market, new thriller The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard, wire plant stand from Crate and Barrel, purple and grey face masks for a September wedding

Current Events // via wikipedia
[1] Chinese IT company ByteDance agrees to divest from US branch of TikTok
[7] two people die of bubonic plaque in the region of Inner Mongolia, China
[8] MAC announces cancellation of fall football season
[11] former Vice President Joe Biden selects Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, she is the first black woman and first Asian-American vice presidential nominee
[11] Big Ten announces cancellation of fall football season
[18] California Governor declares a state of emergency as 27 wildfires as raging across the state, exacerbating a stifling heat wave
[24] Ohio representative John Becker draws up 10 articles of impeachment on Governor Mike DeWine over his COVID-19 orders
[26] all 3 NBA playoff games are postponed as the 6 teams involved sit in protest after shooting of Jacob Blake
[26] NBA announces agreement between players union to convert franchise-owned-and-operated arenas into voting facilities for resumption of NBA playoffs
[28] Chadwick Boseman dies of colon cancer at the age of 43

Monthly Mood Board //

Until tomorrow, Meryn


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