Updates, News, & What’s Up Next

I’m back! I have been on a month-long hiatus after I realized I kind of just needed a mental break from everything and a chance to reset. I was feeling kind of run down the whole month of July, so I decided to just take some time off and do my own thing for a while. I also recently started watching Shameless, so that has taken up a lot of my free time as of late. (Talk about an addicting show.)

What I’ve been doing…

During this past month, I decided to take some time off work to spend time with family and visit some friends. I went camping with some family members for a weekend, then spent a few days in northern Indiana at my friend’s lake house, before taking a little road trip over to Chicago where I spent a few more days with some other friends from college. It was a nice little getaway for me, and I got to spend some quality time with some of my family and a few of my best friends. (I even did a little babysitting for the cutest little girl ever!) It was really nice to just be able to hang out with friends and family and not have to have anything to actually do. Sometimes that’s all you really need to do to get back on track with everything.


Camping near the Current River in Missouri.

campfire cooking

Campfire cookin’ by Chef Ellen: Foil burgersstinging nettles

Fun fact: This is what a stinging nettle rash looks like. Ouch.

nap with dogs

Summer afternoon nap with the pups.

biscuits and gravy

Biscuits and gravy breakfast.

paddle boarding

Morning paddle boarding excursion.

Greek food

Greek night! (Chicken kebabs, homemade tzatziki sauce, Greek orzo salad, and grilled corn on the cob)


Sweet potato breakfast hash, eggs, and homemade blueberry muffins.

lake life

I officially love lake life.

dock on lake




wine tasting at Eataly

Wine tasting at Eataly! (We had to get a SMC ring pic hehe)

rooftop pool

Rooftop pools are the best.

What’s up next…

I’m leaving for a Colorado backpacking trip in a few days! And by a few days I mean two. That’s another reason I’ve been away so long. I have been super busy planning and researching everything that I need for this “expedition”. I’ve never really done a backpacking trip of this magnitude, so I have been busy preparing physically and mentally for it. Here’s the rundown: Some friends of mine and I are going on a week long trip to Colorado where we will be backpacking/hiking the Chicago Basin area of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. We are doing the whole base camp thing where we hike in, set up a camp, and then summit different peaks throughout the week. Apparently, some of the routes are pretty difficult and can be somewhat dangerous. (I even had to buy a climbing helmet since one of the routes is a class 4 difficulty which is apparently very technical.) It’s definitely going to be a challenge, and I’m not really sure what to expect, but I’m excited (and nervous) about the whole thing. I think it’s going to be a really cool experience. Either that or I hate it so much I never go backpacking again. I guess we will see.

As for the not-so-immediate future, I have no real plans for any trips or vacations after this backpacking excursion to Colorado, so hopefully I will have plenty of time (and inspiration) to work on some new blog posts. You can expect at least a few posts on my backpacking trip, and maybe some back-to-school type of stuff. And then it’s pretty much fall which makes me happy because it’s flannel and pumpkin spice latte season!!!

Hope everyone is having a good summer!

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