Currently | June

FEELING | exhausted by the news and everything going on in this country. If you haven’t read my post from yesterday, consider going back to read (and take action). It’s important.

EATING | grilled everything. Now that we finally have an operating BBQ grill, I’ll see a lot more grilling in our future. (Do I sound like a broken record?)

DRINKING | Radler (beer with sparkling soda). It’s so refreshing. Mountain Dew was a backup option, I usually prefer it with Sprite.

READING | Did you ever have a family by Bill Clegg.

LISTENING TO | Pod Save America. I am trying podcasts again. I’ve listened to this one before, because this is “A political podcast for people not yet ready to give up or go insane.“ That’s where I am at in my life, friends. The last week has had me on the edge. How do you guys cope with everything that is happening?

WATCHING | the FIFA World Cup!

HOPING | that the German football team (we call it football in our house, not soccer!) will win the second group game against Sweden on Saturday. The match against Mexico last Sunday was just a warm-up, because I know they can do better.

ANTICIPATING | the sprouting of the flowers I planted a couple of weeks ago in a couple of pots around the backyard (poppies, cosmos, and marigolds). I hope I wasn’t too late in the season. I will let you know how it goes.

LOVING | all the cute card designs at Trader Joe’s. I sometimes can’t get over the beauty of these illustrations and all at $0.99 per pop. Do you also stock up on cards at Trader Joe’s?

ENJOYING | the moderate temperatures (while they last — not for very long, I hear) and running along the river. Last weekend was perfection and I hope I get a few more moderately temperate days like that before the sweltering summer heat sets in for good.

LOOKING FORWARD TO | the weekend. What else is new?

TRYING | new, easy weeknight recipes. As I do. I instagrammed this Trader Joe’s Dinner Hack recipe yesterday that we tried out and it was so, so good. Please do yourself a favor and give this a try.

What’s up with you currently?

  1. I’ve been trying to stay in the good and positive zone, as I am facing the unknown right now. I found a lump and in the next 10 days will be finding out what’s next.

    1. Oh Maribeth, you’re in my thoughts and I am hoping for a good outcome!

  2. Girlfriend, I hear you on the news, it’s all I can do to just get up and function each day. But in happier news, yay for a grill! They are the best in the summer! And I have never tried Radler – it sounds very refreshing!

    1. Oh, you should definitely give Radler a try… it’s so refreshing! (I’d use a lighter beer and sprite)

  3. The news is definitely exhausting and upsetting. I’m going over to read your other post now. We’ve been having a very rainy week, so the grill hasn’t been out here, but that sounds delicious…as does that beer. Hope you have a great week/weekend.

    1. I hope you had a great weekend, too.

  4. The news is definitely horrid and exhausting, but I imagine what we feel is nothing at all compared to what those poor families and children are going through.

    I’ve also been watching world cup as I always do every four years. I get super addicted to it. No idea why.

    You’ll have to take a photo of your plants when they bloom!

    1. I know my friend… I am definitely not comparing myself to the people who live these horrible news right now :(

      So happy to hear you’re also into the World Cup. It’s so fun.

  5. I’m glad you’re enjoying the nicer weather while you have it! Always a good thing to do. Everything going on in the country – and the world – is so upsetting. It’s easy to WANT to give up, but we can’t. We have to fight back however we can.


    1. No, we can’t give up, even if that seems like the easy thing to do. It will only get worse if we are complacent.

  6. To be honest, m coping strategy what is going on in the world is basically just ignoring the news. This sounds ignorant I know but it keeps me sane. I skim the headlines so I am at least in the loop but besides that it is
    On another note yeah for World Cup fever. Excited for tonight’s game and still wondering if I serve some Swedish dish.
    Happy weekend

    1. I’ve definitely dialed back on the news watching at night… I definitely still get the scoop of the day, but I used to watch 2 hours of news every night and I just can’t right now.

  7. I’m glad you are loving your grill. We love ours and get so much use out of it in the summer and fall. Lucky you – you can use yours year round!!

    I’m exhausted by what is going on in our country, too. It’s just so depressing. I hope the awful things that have happened will result in change in the mid term elections.

    I’m currently feeling extra tired because Paul has not been sleeping well. But I am excited to spend 5 days at my parents lake home over the 4th of July. It will be nice to see extended family and have some extra help. Phil has to work but he will join us for the weekend.

    1. Ha, I guess you’re (almost) right… we can use our grill year round. Didn’t think about that because I still associate it with summer.

      I really hope to that the midterms will bring a lot of change, sigh. Good change!

      I am so excited for you that you’ll be at the lake with your family next week. Have so much fun!

  8. This may not be a popular suggestion, but I can tell from your recent posts that the news is really wearing on you mentally, which is why I might suggest taking a break from it for a little while. You can still take action without following every little thing that happens and getting frustrated by it all. Take a break from Twitter, take a break from the news, take a break from Pod Save America even. Even just for a few days… just allow yourself some space to center yourself and so that your every waking moment isn’t spent in despair.

    1. Thanks friend. I really appreciate your concern for me and my mental health regarding the current news cycle and your thoughtful suggestion. I have definitely scaled back the amount of news I consume and it has helped (you still never miss the big stuff, I guess).

  9. I LOVE Pod Save America! Those guys are so funny. I have a crush on Jon Favreau. Did you know he is a classically trained pianist?

    1. I did not know that Jon is a classically trained pianist! Now I like him even more :)

  10. I tried really, really hard to get into Pod Save America, but I just couldn’t get into it. I felt like it was a bunch of white boys telling me how to feel about things and I didn’t like it, but I think I just prefer my news to be a bit more balanced, so I can make up my own mind. Not that balanced news is really thing, but still. :)

    1. Huh, didn’t look at it that way but can understand where you’re coming from… I just feel because they have experience in the last administration they can so eloquently comment on what is going on in the current one.

      Obviously, they’re no substitute for balanced news.

  11. I love Trader Joe’s everything. That dinner hack looks amazing. I bet you could substitute vegan sausage or even polenta and it would be delicious. Thanks for sharing! And I never thought to purchase cards there, but at 99 cents, you can’t go wrong–those are adorable!

    Man, Germany kind of stunk this year, eh? I heard the team wasn’t really working well together, which was apparent watching them play unlike in previous years. That’s such a shame, but there are a lot of other teams I’ll have to start rooting for (maybe even Sweden, I heard they’re great this year).

    Ugh…. the news is hurting my heart something fierce. Thank you for sharing the podcast. I dunno what to do lately. I watch news and I get angry, I don’t pay attention and I feel hopeless. I don’t know how to make any of this better, but inaction is never the answer.

    XOXO and hope you’re having a great week, my sweet. Please forgive the delay. I have been horrible at reading blogs, and I’ve missed you terribly! Excited to get caught up today :)

Comments are closed.