LIFE LATELY // Q1 2022

Reading
Planning

PT license renewal, monthly family dinners in Defiance, spring break trip to Cincinnati and Mammoth Cave National Park, Kyle’s return to college courses, financial successes

Watching

Completion of NFL 2021-2022 season, Super Bowl LVI where Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 23–20 in Los Angeles, Olympic Games Beijing 2022, NCAA March Madness, Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing

Cooking

Beef stew, cottage pie, frittatas, Dutch babies, BLT salads, tikka masala, chili, shakshuka, chicken pot pie

Eating

Exclusively Whole30 in January

Drinking

Always and forever black iced coffee from Biggby

Creating

Winter Igloo, the occasional book related Reel or Tik Tok, reorganizing my bookshelves, bookstagram pictures

Going

Weekly trivia nights (Blarney, The Casual Pint, Beer Barrel, Home Slice), Twin Oast, Uncle T’s 50th birthday party

Loving

Bamboo ladder plant stand, new plant friends → Frittata the fittonia and Linguini the snake plant from Hoen’s Garden Center, Wordle and it’s spin offs (Waffle, Quordle), winter sunsets, NCLA sage green nail polish

Dreaming

Of my first 6 figure year

Feeling

Thankful for the financial freedom and consistency in my PRN jobs
Excited for the warm weather and sunshine of spring
Lost with plans for our wedding
Nervous for period of transition with another new DOR (second this year)
Suspicious that the pandemic is over

Listening

Audiobooks, And Her Books podcast

Celebrating

Valentine’s Day dinner at Mancy’s Italian Grill, The Ultimate (Taco) Twosday 2/2/22, the occasional 1st and 2nd place trivia win,  the joys of running outside + up to 5 miles

Learning

From exclusively black authors in February, 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

Buying

Used books, Glacier National Park Rumpl (REI on sale), Nikon 7500, 2 lens, and tons of accessories from Camera Mall in Ann Arbor, books from Book Depository as Valentine’s Day presents, bird enamel pins from Etsy for Kyle’s new camera bag (Blue Jay and Cardinal), KENDALL + KYLIE jeans from TJ Maxx, Lodge cast iron reversible griddle/grill, collapsible camp kettle, handmade pottery (mug) from MCNP

mantra

You are not the work you do; you are the person you are. Toni Morrison

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 // MARCH 2020

Reading // Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero, Governor Mike DeWine’s tweets for Ohio COVID-19 coverage

Planning // the first posts of my new blog, Goodwill donation (never happened), to vote in the primaries absentee ✔, to complete the 2020 census online ✔

Watching // Tiger King on Netflix, classic Disney movies (Beauty and the Beast, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella), Patrick McDonald’s “Coronda Chronicles” on Instagram (article by Travel + Leisure here), COVID-19 news coverage, DeWine’s daily 2PM press conferences, Tik Toks (fell down that rabbit hole real quick during self-quarantine)

Cooking // Half Baked Harvest 5 ingredient beer bread, The Defined Dish tomato basil soup from her cookbook, The Food Lab lasagna (similar recipe here)

Eating // all of our meals at home, meatloaf, chicken stir fry, corn beef and cabbage, salmon, soup on Sundays

Drinking // iced coffee from Biggby, Key Lime La Croix, Black Cherry Waterloo, my own creation of vanilla almond milk foam with cinnamon poured over hot or ice coffee with a drizzle of honey

Pinning // content about starting a blog, Whole30 foods and recipes, color palettes

Crafting // coloring Paige Poppe printable coloring pages, blog posts, weekly happy planner layouts, at home workouts

Going // only to work, Kroger, Biggby and Arby’s drive thru, on lots of walks around the neighborhood, also Oak Openings and at the local reservoir

Loving // time spent with Kyle, art journaling and writing, stretching after my at home workouts, the consistency and accountability of my daily habit trackers, bubbles and bath bombs, finding hand written notes from Kyle around the apartment, inspirational quotes and art throughout Instagram

Dreaming // for the end of COVID-19 and quarantine, of traveling locally and regionally, of going to my favorite local coffee shops (Maddie and Bella Coffee Roasters, Black Kite Coffee) and restaurants (Fleetwood’s Tap Room, The Heights, El Vaquero) post-COVID

Feeling // scared, anxious, uneasy, fear but also hope, pride, strength, solidarity

Listening // Music: Pumped Pop playlist on Spotify, Alec Benjamin, The Fray, Adele’s album 25. Podcasts: The Financial Confessions, Live Free Creative, NPR’s Hidden Brain, The Goal Digger Podcast, The Latte Factor Podcast, Craft a Life You Love, Crafty Ass Female

Celebrating // starting new daily habits (flossing, dishes at the end of the day), purchased my first individual stocks and index funds, starting my blog!

Supporting // Paige Poppe, Worthwhile Paper, Kammock


Until tomorrow, Meryn


Image Sources:
Mike DeWine press conference
#InThisTogetherOhio
Patrick McDonald and Coronda the Mannequin
Painted letter D by Steffi Lynn
Happy Planner quote