CURRENTLY // MAY 2021

Reading

Planning

Memorial Day weekend in Cleveland, weekend in Pennsylvania for 4th of July pig roast, Traverse City or Detroit for birthday in July, GART planning is slowing down, we’ve secured like 90% of our campsites, permits, and hotels

Cooking

Kyle’s favorite Alton Brown meatloaf for mom’s birthday, HBH corn, tomato, and avocado pasta salad, HBH browned sage butter chicken pot pie for Mother’s Day

Eating

Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor, Royal Docks Brewing Co, Harvest, The 27 Club, Beerhead Bar and Eatery, Stone Made Pub, lots of salads at work and for dinners

Drinking

Earnest Brew Works, Jolly Pumpkin, from the tap at Harvest, The 27 Club, Southern Tier, Butcher and the Brew, Phoenix Coffee Co

Going

Ann arbor, Up North for Leeann and Anthony’s wedding, Canton, OH to visit #girlgand, Cleveland for Memorial Day Weekend, back to Planet Fitness with emphasis on stair climbing and incline treadmill walking to prepare for our hikes

Loving

Ann Arbor in the spring, free little library find – The Maidens, dog sitting, parents new cat Alley Cat, air brushed make up, thriving house plants

Dreaming

Moments of calm and serenity surrounded by beautiful landscapes and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, the next chapter, together

Feeling

Incredibly proud having ran 10 consecutive miles (!!!!!!!!!!!!!), highly annoyed at the crack in my windshield (second incident in two years), excited and nervous to quit my job, overwhelmed by my June reading plans

Listening // Books

Listening // Music

Albums: Justice by Justin Bieber, SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo, Let Go by Avril Lavigne
Songs: 1 step forward, 3 steps back and happier from SOUR, MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) by Lil Nas X, Kiss Me More by Doja Cat and SZA
Spotify Playlists: Today’s Top Hits, 2020 Half Marathon Jams

Celebrating

7 year anniversary with Kyle in Ann Arbor, the wedding of Leeann and Anthony, parents 35th wedding anniversary, securing a Glacier hotel reservation

Learning

About white fragility and how to be anti-racist, to love my body for what it is capable of (running 10 miles) , not for what the scale reads (167.0)

Buying

Went hog wild buying camping gear and new clothes during the REI anniversary sale (30% off), tshirt and national park stickers from Keep Nature Wild (Memorial Day sale), Canon point and shoot camera – PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Monthly Mood Board

Until next time, Meryn


CURRENTLY // APRIL 2021

Reading

Planning

Anniversary weekend in Ann Arbor, weekend in Cleveland in May, weekend in Pennsylvania for 4th of July pig roast, Traverse City for birthday in July
Road trip: campgrounds, back county permits, hotels, continuing to tweak the schedule/itinerary, coordinating with friends and family

Watching

Booktube: Ellias, Gabby (gabbyreads), Kayla (booksandlala), Sabine (Sabine’s Book Nook), Jack Edwards, Joel (fictionalfates), Noelle Gallagher, Reagan (PeruseProject), Sydney (Syd Bookworrom)
Beauty Youtube: Kelly Gooch, Jessica Braun
Instagram: Hayden Cohen of @hayderz
Other: REI virtual class Exploring Crater Lake National Park, NFL draft live from Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Indians games

Cooking

meatloaf, Mexican cabbage soup (The Defined Dish recipe), cabbage soup, Greek chicken meatballs with Greek salad (The Wooden Skillet recipe linked here)

Drinking

Market Garden Frosty, Olipop strawberry vanilla sparkling tonic, King KoKonut from Avon Brewing Company, local kombucha from Boochy Mamas

Going

Ye Olde Durty Bird, Gathering Volumes independent bookstore, Flying Joe’s coffee shop with BFF, hammock hangs and reading in Oak Openings, dress alterations for MOH dress, lots of walks and hikes at Secor Metropark

Loving

Mike’s macaroni and cheese pizza, audiobooks, long runs to clear my mind and challenge myself, prioritizing time outside in nature weekly if not daily

Dreaming

breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, beautiful landscapes, freedom, lightness, togetherness, new beginnings

Feeling

very ready to quit my job and take a break from patient care, nervous for another new boss and another brand new PTA, excited for our road trip and our next chapter together

Listening // Books + Podcasts

Books: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho
Podcasts: Thank You For Asking

Listening // Music

Albums: Fearless (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift, Justice by Justin Bieber
Songs: MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) by Lil Nas X, Runaway by Aurora
Spotify Playlists: Today’s Top Hits

Celebrating

Independent Bookstore Day at Gathering Volumes in Perrysburg (3 book purchase), new personal best: longest run of 8.25 miles, over 34 miles ran in the month of April, 1 year of investing with 4.5k gain, Easter with family I haven’t seen in over a year, Earth Day by picking up trash around the neighborhood, the lives of the 18 lost in the past 6 months at Wauseon

Learning

various National Parks as we plan for our GART, camping food prep, how to be anti-racist, always, running is therapy as much, if not more, than it is exercise

Buying

active wear from Nebraska brand Little Movements Apparel, sunscreen from Sephora, hotel reservations for GART, spring dresses from Petal and Pip, spring colored athletic shirts for work

Monthly Mood Board

Until next time, Meryn


CURRENTLY // MARCH 2021

Reading

Planning

Logistics of quitting our jobs in July, our 10 week, cross country, Great American Road Trip starting in August (blogs to come)

Watching

Chef’s Table with Ana Roš (season 2, episode 5), movie I Care a Lot starring Rosamund Pike, March Madness basketball games

Cooking

Homemade meatballs, chicken salad, quick and easy weeknight meals, mini ground chicken meat loaves

Eating

Panda express, Jolly Pumpkin in Detroit, Bon Bon Bon, Delanie’s Grille

Drinking

Starbucks new spring drink iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso, personalized non-alcoholic cocktails at Sugar House, craft cocktails at Cleveland Speakeasy

Creating

Starting and updating my reading journal, book cover collages, bookstagram content

Going

Detroit, Livonia, Garden Harvest, neighborhood runs, Defiance stops for spring cleaning

Loving

Running outside, I feel like a different, better human being returning to running outside! The Toledo Public Library, I don’t think I can express how much I love requesting and borrowing books from the library (21 of the 24 books I’ve read this year were library books!)

Dreaming

Of the satisfaction that will come from pushing send on my resignation email to my regional managers, of the amazing collection of postcards I’m going to gather during our trip to make the post amazing keepsake and conversation piece

Feeling

Beyond frustrated with the headache that is managing my health insurance coverage with my company (long story short, they had my hire date incorrect so I was uninsured in the month of February which left me to cover the cost of a pelvic US and f/u appt to check my IUD placement)

Conflicted about having a hand in getting a boss fired *grimacing face emoji*, equal parts excited and scared for the unknowns that come with quitting a stable job to spend 10 weeks on the road, supported by friends and family regarding our GART plans

Listening // Books

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Listening // Music

Of Monsters and Men’s My Head Is An Animal album, my 2020 Half Marathon Jams playlist, Justin Bieber’s new album Justice (favorite songs include As I Am, Holy, Unstable, Ghost)

Celebrating

Kyle’s 1000th transport, National Meatball Day, daylight savings time aka day light at 7:30PM, Women’s History Month, BFF’s bachelorette party in Ann Arbor at Vinology followed by Blank Slate ice cream, the joy of running 5 miles, $1,400 stimulus check, country wide vaccinations!

Learning

Life’s too short, it’s now or never to explore the country while we have so little responsibilities in terms of pets, home ownership, and no children

Buying

Bath and Body works hand soaps, Wax Buffalo candles – hummingbird and oatmeal stout, bachelorette lingerie from Aerie for a BFF, Osprey pack from REI

Monthly Mood Board

Until next time, Meryn


CURRENTLY // FEBRUARY 2021

Reading

Planning

To quit our jobs, move out of our apartment, road trip across the US for 4-6 weeks, and then move to Cleveland or Ann Arbor

Watching

Super Bowl LV Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated Kansas City Chiefs 31–9, Noelle Gallagher of booktube channel (link), Sabine’s Book Nook booktube channel (link), this tik tok on repeat:

Cooking

Pork carnitas and homemade pico for the Super Bowl, Half Baked Harvest 4 cheese sun-dried tomato pasta bake, Half Baked Harvest kung pao chicken, spaghetti squash with meat and tomato sauce

Eating

Mike’s mac n’ cheese pizza (a little too often this month), big freakin’ donut from Holey Toledough, chicken nachos at Wolverine State Brewing Co

Drinking

Sippin’ Pretty by Odell Brewing Co, HOMES Brewery in Ann Arbor, Wolverine State Brewing Co in Ann Arbor, Tiramisu Brown Ale by Maumee Bay Brewing Co, Grand Mimosa by Ciderboys, black iced coffee from Biggby, Starbucks pistachio latte

Pinning

Beautiful home libraries and bookcases, bullet journal and book journal spreads, gallery wall inspiration, kitchen inspiration, white bean Greek salad, buckeye brownies

Making

Finally finished lettering the addresses for my classmates save the dates and mailed them back to her, repotted my house plants

Going

First house viewing in Westgate, second house viewing in Old Orchard, Ann Arbor to visit BFFs and pick up an item at REI, dinner at cheers with a coworkers, the library like 2-4 times a week

Loving

Blue skies and 40 degree plus weather, hammock stand, The House in the Cerulean Sea, compliments on my skill, integrity, and clinical reasoning and decision making, methodology in my career, mentoring and learning from my new grad PTA

Feeling

Devastated with the unexpected news of losing the Wauseon building, pissed off having only been given 1 weeks notice, hopeful for the end of quarantine, excited for spring, euphoria running outside again, appreciated and seen by my colleague and mentor

Listening // Books

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe, The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Listening // Music

Of Monsters and Men’s My Head Is An Animal album, Taylor Swift’s evermore album, my 2020 Half Marathon Jams playlist, Summertime Sadness and Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray, Driver’s License by Olivia Rodrigo, 8 Letters by Why Don’t We, Heather by Conan Gray

Celebrating

Pre-approval for a mortgage, 812 credit score, Valentine’s week which concluded with the gift of a hammock stand (Kammok), running outside, beautiful blue skies and 40 degree weather

Learning

Big Bird has cousins (see below), cute and simple hairstyles from Tik Tok, George Washington didn’t have wooden teeth, no no, he had the teeth of his slaves

Supporting

Black authors only with February BOTM selections: NK Jemisin, Nancy Johnson, Bryan Washington

Buying

My own copies of The Night Tiger (50% off) and The Ghost Bride (second hand), foaming hand soap from Bath and Body Works

Mantra

Every emotion that I feel throughout the day I accept, because it’s what makes me human

Monthly Mood Board

Until next time, Meryn


CURRENTLY // JANUARY 2021

Reading

Planning

For the year of 2021, scheduling time off for weddings, weekend getaways, short trip to Nebraska in October, purchasing our first home, financial successes

Watching

News coverage regarding the attack on The Capitol, Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, Booktube’s favorite books of 2020, beauty Youtube’s 2020 favorites, news regarding Reddit’s impact of GameStop stock

Cooking

Romaine salads with weird toppings like green beans, hash browns, chicken sausage with ranch and/or barbeque sauce, various chilis and soups, taco salads, pork carnitas stuffed sweet potatoes, potato crusted frittata, hot cocoa cinnamon rolls with marshmallow icing

Eating

Afternoon appetizer’s at Manhattan’s Pub ‘n Cheer to celebrate coworker’s last day

Drinking

MAAANGO! IPA and Azaccazilla Hazy IPA from Zipline Brewing Co., iced black coffee with occasional coconut milk from Biggby

Pinning

Home interiors and inspiration, mid century modern design, ideas for book bullet journaling, chocolate, peanut butter, and coffee desserts, monthly habit trackers, beautiful home libraries

Making

Hand lettering wedding envelopes, 2020 half marathon jams Spotify playlist, reviewing 2020 finances

Going

To the library 2-4 times/week to pick up new books, Kroger about once a week, Biggby like 2-3 times/week still sipping on that iced coffee, a few neighborhood walks (it’s still way too cold)

Loving

Listening to audiobooks during my daily work commute, Toledo Public Library, buddy reading sci fi with my brother, Bernie Sanders inauguration sensible mitten meme (linked here)

Feeling

Embarrassed to be an American with the attacks against our Nation’s Capitol, pissed off by a 2% wage cut, empowered to negotiate a better rate, I thought I’d feel proud when I argued a higher rate but I felt kinda slime-y inside, but I also hate management of the companies I work for so screw you

Listening // Podcasts + Books

Book Riot: Episode 422 Our Favorite Reads of 2020, Episode 426 2021 Spring Preview
Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall, So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, and Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Listening // Music

Driver’s License by Olivia Rodrigo, Good Days by SZA, Save Your Tears by The Weeknd, Paradise by MEDUZA, Lana Del Ray, The Kid LAROI

Celebrating

Second dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine, Cleveland Brown’s winning season 12-6 and play off appearance, preliminary steps for getting pre-approved for a mortgage, successful negotiation for a $3/hour raise (“During a panny? A panorama? During a Patricia? In this ECONOMY” source here)

Learning

Online CEU: Imaging in Physical Therapy Practice: Medical Screening & Integration with Clinical Decision‐Making, about the life and legacy of Hank Aaron, how to purchase a home as a first time home buyer

Supporting

My own mental health and well being, creating boundaries and upholding them, choosing not to overextend myself for a company that doesn’t outwardly express gratitude for my flexibility, dedication, skill, and reliability – we aren’t here for that in 2021 hunny

Buying

Board games and card games with Christmas money, domain name for this blog, candle from Handzy Shop + Studio and sent to California as a late Christmas gift, maid of honor dresses from Lulu’s for May wedding

Monthly Mood Board

Until tomorrow, Meryn


CURRENTLY // DECEMBER 2020

Reading //

Planning // reading plans for Kayla’s #buzzwordathon 2021 (blogpost linked here), goals and intentions for 2021, TBR list for 2021

Watching // marathoning booktube content from Kayla of BooksandLala (youtube channel linked here), dipping my toes in fellow Canadian booktuber Ariel Bissett (youtube channel linked here), The Bachelorette finale spoilers and highlights, Jessica and Tyler Braun’s vlogmas content, Amber Burns’s vlogmas content

Cooking // Half Baked Harvest chipotle cheddar corn chowder, Half Baked Harvest 4 cheese sun-dried tomato and spinach pasta bake, dutch baby, funfetti mug cake, The Defined Dish black pepper chicken

Eating // Mancino’s baked potato pizza

Drinking // drinking Nebraska and Colorado craft beer from James and Rikki for the First Annual Frey Family Beer Exchange

Crafting // 2021 family photo collage for mom’s holiday card, wedding envelope lettering practice, book cover collages

Going // to watch Kyle play indoor soccer at the sports dome, Red Cross blood donation (COVID antibodies not detected)

Loving //drinking tea in the evenings while reading, muji 0.38 fine tip pen, Taylor Swift’s ninth studio album Evermore, flipping through my One Line A Day journal

Dreaming // of a fresh new start with a new year, my second COVID vaccine dose, Cleveland browns Super Bowl

Feeling // careless and stupid for rear ending a van on my way to work (hit a patch of black ice), tears of joy receiving my first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine , accomplished having read 56 books this year, proud of my 30 pound weight loss this year, impressed with my finances and year end net worth, above all else, hopeful for 2021

Listening // Podcasts: Book Riot, Books Unbound

Listening // Spotify: Taylor Swift’s new album Evermore (top 3: coney island, no body, no crime, and long story short), Michael Bublé’s Christmas, Today’s Top Hits playlist, my 2020 Half Marathon Jams playlist

Celebrating // FDA approval of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine and mass delivery out of in Portage, MI, two more custom wheelchair deliveries, surpassing reading goal of 30 books with a total 56 this year

Learning // Airbnb IPO set for 12/10, intubation protocols from Kyle, Kamala Harris’s political and personal history through her autobiography

Supporting // local and small businesses for the holiday season: Paige Poppe artist, Flourish in Fibers fiber art, Wax Buffalo candles, Peripeti candles, MAME soy candles

Buying // board games and cards games with Christmas money, Ohio City Oatmeal Stout, new Whole30 book Cooking Whole30

Monthly Mood Board //

Until tomorrow, Meryn


CURRENTLY // NOVEMBER 2020

Reading //

Watching // Regan of PeruseProject on youtube, Tik Tok creatives collaborating on the fictional Ratatouille the Musical, Cleveland Browns 8-3 baby!

Cooking // homemade cornbread, Buck Naked Kitchen Thanksgiving turkey meatballs, Half Baked Harvest beer bread, Half Baked Harvest carnitas, homemade meatloaf and mashed potatoes

Eating // traditional Thanksgiving Day grub from work

Drinking //

Going // Slow Brew at the Toledo Zoo (unlimited samples from local roasters and coffee exhibitors)

Loving // cute thank you letters at Thanksgiving from local students, first snow fall of the year, borrowing books from the Toledo Public Library, posting on my MerynMade Instagram – lots of book stacks!

Feeling // frustrated after being mandated to work the COVID unit after the building realized the lost revenue, like a true healthcare hero – finally, mildly depressed being alone for Thanksgiving, defeated with 100% of patients testing positive for COVID19, hopeful, we have to be, thankful for my health and the health of my family, friends, and coworkers, love-hate relationship with new responsibilities as a telehealth PT

Listening // Spotify: This is Lennon Stella, artist Dua Lipa, Adele, Normal People Official Playlist

Celebrating // President elect Joe Biden and Vice President elect Kamala Harris, announcement of a new Biggby on Airport Hwy

Supporting // local fiber artist Flourish in Fibers (Instagram, Etsy), Garden Harvest Marketplace and Deli (buying local Ohio and Michigan beer for family Christmas beer exchange)

Monthly Mood Board //

Until tomorrow, Meryn


CURRENTLY // OCTOBER 2020

Reading // The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle, Urban Jungle by Igor Josifovic, The Mothers by Brit Bennett, The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

Planning // potentially to quit our jobs early to mid next year, an epic 2 to 3 weeks roadtrip out to Seattle and back

Watching // Bachelorette season 16 with lead Clare Crawley, Normal People tv drama series on Hulu, 2 tik toks that literally had me crying – I’ve watched each over 10 times, the feel good ABCs of careers, beat boxing-kid-edition linked here, Amber Burns youtube videos

Cooking // bacon triple cheese grilled cheese, shepherd’s pie, Primal Gourmet’s chicken meatballs with sun-dried tomato cream sauce from his cookbook (similar recipe on his blog here)

Eating // Holey Toledough donuts, brunch at Fowl and Fodder downtown, Taproot Cider House, North Peak Brewing Company

Drinking // Taproot Cider House, North Peak Brewing Company, Right Brain Brewery, Silver Spruce Brewing Company

Crafting // the absolute bare minimum anymore, I don’t decorate my planner at all, I haven’t kept up with my fitness planner in months, reading has occupied all my free time

Going // weekend in Traverse City with Kyle, hiking Mission Point lighthouse at the end of the Old Mission peninsula in TC,

Loving // my beautiful and thriving house plants, time spent with Kyle’s cousins

Dreaming // of Donald Trump out of the White House, a less divided country

Feeling // nervous but excited for the end of this election, heart broken for my residents contracting and dying from COVID-19 (pt count 2, 4, 6, 7, then up to 19 this month, our isolation unit had to become a COVID unit which became an entire wing of the facility), loved by my partner and friends during tough times, surprised how every sect of media is encouraging people to register to vote this election, from Instagram to Facebook, from Credit Karma to small and local businesses, relief and crying tears of joy when patient’s have moved off the COVID unit having recovered

Listening // Now That’s What I Call Music Volume 6, Normal People official soundtrack, Today’s Hits playlist on Spotify, huge decline in listening to podcasts, I’ve been really leaning into playlists on Spotify, also listening less and less to the radio

Celebrating // national physical therapy month and 2 years as a SNF PT, Kyle’s 27th birthday, running 8 miles, then 10 miles, then 2 weeks later, running a half marathon in 2 hours 41 minutes, having read 40 books this year, surpassing a net worth of 100k, brother and SIL home purchase

Supporting // postcards to swing states, a program encouraging registered votes to vote in the Nov. 3rd election (I personally sent 150 handwritten postcards to South Carolinians), independent bookstore Horizon Books in Traverse City

Buying // new jeans from H&M since most of my pants don’t fit having lost over 30 pounds this year, new battery for my car, 3 ARCs from the independent bookstore in Traverse City

Monthly Mood Board //

Until tomorrow, Meryn


CURRENTLY // SEPTEMBER 2020

Reading // We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda, The Whisper Man by Alex North, Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Verity by Colleen Hoover, The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim, Final Girls by Riley Sager, blogpost on white silence and white privilege linked here

Planning // blog post reflecting on what I’ve learned in my first 2 years as a PT, blog post about inspirational and influential black people, weekend trip to Traverse City, MI in mid October

Watching // “rating things my grandma says wrong” parts 1, 2, and 3 on tik tok, also, too much tik tok, professional football – GO Browns!

Cooking // Half Baked Harvest herby tomato soup, Rachael’s Good Eats stuffed peppers, Primal Gourmet kung pao lettuce cups, The Defined Dish whole roasted Greek chicken with potatoes, Paleo Running Momma stuffed acorn squash sausage and rice

Eating // Forage Public House in Lakewood, OH, Lagerhaus No. 5 and Eastern Market Brewing Co. in Detroit

Drinking // Biggby’s black iced coffee (it runs through my veins), Starbuck’s pumpkin cream cold brew, Biggy’s sweet foam caramel cold brew, Maddie & Bella’s iced pumpkin spice latte

Pinning // fall desserts (puppy chow, s’mores, coffee cake, twix bars, chocolate chips cookies), sweater inspiration, acorn squash recipes, road trip itineraries for Montana and Wyoming (a girl can dream), reading challenges, pilea plant care

Crafting // not much these days other than a cohesive merynmade Instagram feed

Going // walks around the library, pumpkin hunting at Hoen’s Garden Center, Detroit Institute of Art

Loving // curbside pick up Toledo Public Library, new house plant pancake (pilea, Chinese money plant), spending time with an old college roommate, BOTM subscription

Dreaming // of a pre-COVID world, 2021 travel opportunities

Feeling // upset for Breonna Taylor, accomplished having read 30 books since April, annoyed by mandated COVID CMS trainings, excited for time off in October

Listening // Songs on repeat: September by Earth, Wind, and Fire, Dynamite by BTS, my ex’s best friend and I Think I’m OKAY by MGK, Holy by Justin Bieber

Celebrating // Kyle’s high school classmates wedding in Elyria, OH, 30 pound weight loss, longest run of 7 miles, fastest mile of 9’17”, do you remember, the 21st night of September?, first day of fall, the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supporting // local library, promoting mask/facial coverings

Mood Board //

Until tomorrow, Meryn


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