Thanks to Bailey & Gerrod of Franklin Focus, we have some amazing photos to share!
Lake Salamonie, In. We are camping Oct 5-10th. I will update this post as the days progress.
Day 1: (Tues) Set up camp and ran to Walmart for a few forgotten things. Ate at ‘Ninja Sushi’ because we were hangry. Josh got me ‘campsite pumpkins’ because #fall .
Meriah’s goals for this week:
- Plan sermon series thru Easter
- Plan music & specials thru Easter
- Plan Sunday school
- Plan kids min ideas for specials
- Read for enjoyment and for my spirit
Josh’s goals for this week:
- Cook from the dutch oven
- Nature trails and identifying plants
Day 2: (wed) woke up around 8am. Did some organizing in our camper. Sat by the fire. Went into town (Huntington) for some supplies (yes including 1 more pumpkin), started details for Fall Harvest OCT 31 and ate at a tasty Mexican restaurant! Now I’m sitting at the fire planning an Advent sermon series.
Josh is currently hiking while I work.
day ended with me convincing Josh to watch my favorite Bollywood film
Day 3: (Thurs) I cooked us breakfast (pancakes, eggs, bacon). Ran to Walmart (wabash) for supplies for Josh to go hiking Saturday. I read a lot of scripture!
Josh made us burgers for supper.
Day 4: (fri) Josh got up early and sat by the fire while I slept in. He went for a walk and I cooked breakfast (waffles & bacon). After breakfast, we talked about life goals and where want to go. Our conversation led to exciting projects and cool ideas to look forward to in the future. Josh and I then picked out music for sunday’s through Christmas.
We went for a walk on a 1 mile trail before running to Fort Wayne best buy to look at laptops. (no success) we did find a biaggis (italian restaurant with great gluten free food).
i cracked down on work: finished planning sermons and basic details through February (transfiguration Sunday).
Meriah’s goals for this week:
Plan sermon series thru Easter (currently through epiphany)
Plan music & specials thru Easter( currently through Christmas)
Plan Sunday school
Plan kids min ideas for specials
Read for enjoyment and for my spirit (some)
Rest (lots of sleeping in)
Cook from the dutch oven☑️
Nature trails ☑️and identifying plan⏰
Day 5: (sat)
Josh is gonna hike a 14.1 mile trail. HE DID IT!!!
While he hiked 1/2 a marathon, I showered, did dishes, cleaned up our camper, cooked bacon for our sandwiches, read all RCL lent passages, refilled our water jug. I also did some panicking when his phone died on mile 10/14.
when he got back i made him an Ultimate Mac N Cheese sandwich and then we bought his trail patch. We drove into Wabash for slushies and ice cream. On our way back to camp we drove by the Salamonie Dam.
last campfire and a little bit of campsite tear down before we worked on a song rotation through epiphany.
Since Tuesday i have read all 4 RCL passages from Oct 31st- April 10th. I’ve made graphics for fb and ppt slides. josh and i have picked out songs from now through epiphany. i got time to pray, read, walk, fish, cook, and rest.
Day 6: (sun) Come home
Today has been a full day and it’s only 3pm (at the time of writing the list)
1. Pets to groomers at 8:15 am
2. Breakfast at Frittatas
3. Aldi for camping stuff
4. Walmart for a gift and fall stuff
5. Pet smart & online orders for target
6. Goodwill – new dog blankets and flannel shirts!
7. Pf Hendricks- silicone rings, a yeti, & 2 shirts
–Home- groceries inside, open up camper and put stuff inside
8. Dogs from groomers 2pm
9. Home- bouncing between sermon and scroll saw project!
The day is still young and the project list is endless
July 2nd we left IN at 5:30am EST. We arrived in Willow Lake, SD after 14+ hrs of driving. We met my parents, my brothers, and Lizzy at ‘the farm.’ (Pam & Denny’s farm in Willow Lake, SD)
July 3rd was the family fish fry. It was good to see some people I haven’t seen in 10+ years. We also drove to Watertown, SD for a fireworks show. Didn’t get to bed until late but it was fun!
July 4th included ATVs, side by sides, smoked sausage & smoked chicken, plus some kid friendly fire works.
July 5th Josh and I went to Sioux falls for a day of friends. I had breakfast with some female pastors– we chat weekly on zoom. Then we met for lunch with our South Dakota friends: Zach, Andrew, Alex, Mike, Deandra (And her corgie puppy), Sam, Jesse, & little Ellie.
July 6th we slept in then did some shopping before having Chislic for lunch. We picked up my parents for more shopping and then a delicious dinner at Minerva’s.
July 7th left SD at 5:30am CST and arrived home 8pm EST. Oof! Long drive but great time with family and friends.
I saw this little TV survey while wandering the interwebs. I thought I would check it out and reflect on it.
How LOW can you go? Lower than me???
My score is : ___ out of 100🤦🏼♀️
You never realize how much/little TV you watch until you fill out a list. Put a 💜 by the shows of which you have watched MORE than ⭐10⭐ episodes.
**I’m adding a ⏱️by the ones I plan to watch some day.
1A. Gen Hospital:
1. Grey’s Anatomy: 💜
2. Stranger Things: 💜 (ALL OF IT!)
3. The Vampire Diaries:
4. The Walking Dead:
5. Fear The Walking Dead:
7. American Horror Story:
8. Orange is the New Black:
9. A Million Little Things: :
10. This is Us:
11. The Simpsons:
12. New Amsterdam:
14. How To Get Away With Murder:
15. Breaking Bad:
19. The Good Doctor:
20. House of Cards:
21. Once Upon a Time: 💜 I got distracted, may rewatch
22. House: 💜💜💜💜
23. True Detective:
24. Dr. Pimple Popper:
27. One Tree Hill:
29. Family Guy:
30. Santa Clarita Diet:
32. Pretty Little Liars:
33. Secret Life/AmericanTeenager:
35. Criminal Minds:
36. The 100:
37. Chicago Fire:
38. Chicago Med:
39. The Resident: :
40. Game of Thrones: 💜 (let’s ignore season 8, shall we?)
41. The Big Bang Theory: 💜 I used to love this show, not so sure now
42. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia:
44. The Sopranos:
46. NCIS Los Angeles:
47. NCIS New Orleans:
48. Law & Order SVU:
49. Gossip Girl:
50. How I Met Your Mother:
51. Blue Bloods: ⏱️I’ve seen a few, it’s on my list to watch
52. Two Broke Girls: ⏱️
53. The Office: 💜 (I’m just meh about the US office)
55. Full House: 💜
56. Fuller House: meh
57. Downton Abbey:💜💜💜
58. Hawaii Five O:
59. Big Mouth:
60. Last Man Standing:
61. Six Feet Under:
63. Friends: 💜meh
64. That 70s Show
65. Girlfriends Guide to Divorce:
70. Better Call Saul:
72. Rescue Me:
75. Letterkenny: I’ve seen 5 episodes, not for me
76. Kitchen Nightmares:
77. The Masked Singer:
78. Robot Chicken:
79. Vikings: ⏱️I’ve seen a few episodes and want to watch more.
80. Mind Hunter:
81. New Girl: 💜I used to love this, I don’t know if I would anymore if I revisited it.
82. The Good Place:
83. Black Mirror:⏱️ only 3episodes.
83. Lucifer: ⏱️
84. Peaky Blinders:⏱️
86. Parks and Rec:⏱️
87. Brooklyn 99:
88. Handmaid’s Tale: ⏱️
89. Modern Family:
92. Gilmore Girls: 💜 loved it but also can’t think too hard about it or I’ll hate it.
94. Private Practice:
95. Lost Girl:
96. True Blood:
99. Mad Men:
Tv shows not listed that I love:
- BBC Sherlock 💜💜
- BBC Doctor Who💜💜
- BBC Victoria💜💜
- West Wing💜💜
- Madam Secretary💜
- Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles (anime)💜
- Avatar The Last Airbender💜💜
- The Great British Bake off💜
- The Crown💜
- The Umbrella Academy💜
- Queer eye💜
- Salt fat acid heat💜
- Star Trek (original)💜
- Dr Quinn Medicine woman💜
- The Mandalorian 💜💜💜💜💜💜
- The falcon and the winter soldier ⏱️
- Good eats 💜
- Once upon a time 💜
- What we do in shadows 💜
Tv shows not listed with mixed opinions indicated by emoji
- Bridgerton 😏🤭😶🌫️
- Cobra kai 😱
- Arrested development 😴😴😴
- Anne with an E 🤔🧐😤
Honestly, I don’t watch much tv any more. I spend most of time watching YouTube videos while working.
I catch myself quite particular about my entertainment. I don’t like violence or excessive gore. I don’t like horror, suspense, or jump scares. I naturally gravitate towards rewatching my favorites rather than trying new things.
This silly adventure in a survey may show how much of a predictable creature of habit I am.
We all did something weird to our hair in 2020. Some skipped haircuts. Some grew out their body hair. Others did home haircuts or funny facial hair.
I tried Overtone.
I bought the Ginger overtone last spring and was excited to try a washout color depositing conditioner.
I am SUPER blonde. I have only once before done an all over color on my hair. That was a washout in 2006 and… I looked like little mermaid!
This “washout” faded to a rose pink colored and stuck with me for 6+ months.
The only thing that helped was old school “Sun In”
I had experimented with my hairstylist and permanent dies on the under part of my hair but never did a full on color.
We got married January of 2020 and I wanted my hair ‘normal’ for our big day.
2020 was starting out to be an awesome year. We stared it with our commitment to each other and were planning an awesome honeymoon to England…. and then COVID hit.
But this is about hair. Not our lack of honeymoon. Just before COVID really rocked our world my husband and I got haircuts.
I am not sure what convinced me to finally try Overtone but I had been snooping on their website and reading reviews and getting ads for a while.
I bit the bullet and bought their Ginger kit. My paternal grandmother was a red head and I thought I would channel her with this color adventure.
Most of the reviews I read said to keep the color mask on for a long time. The box says 10-15 minutes. Other people were saying 1-2 hrs.
So naturally I listened to the internet & not the box. 2 hrs & 1 movie later, I was GINGER.
I LOVED it! It was beautiful, looked like what I was hoping for and it was way cheaper than going to a salon.
I maintained this color through Overtone products from May 2020- October 2020.
The last three times I refreshed my hair I used the golden brown with an attempt to darken my hair a little for a friends wedding.
The ‘golden brown’ didn’t really change the GINGER at all.
If I’m honest, I’m a lazy person when it comes to hair and general appearance efforts. I love sleep way too much to get up early. Also night showers are the bomb.
I maintained Overtone from May 2020 to October 2020. And then I stopped.
But the color didn’t go away.
I finally accepted my fate. This color wasn’t coming out on its own. So I sheepishly contacted my hairstylist and confessed my hair transgressions.
We set up a 2 – 3 step plan of bringing my hair back to blonde… Mostly so I can be lazy again.
Yesterday was step 1.
After 3.5 hrs and trial and error about what method would remove the Overtone color, we had to bleach it and tone it. The orange-y look is gone. It’s now somewhere between a light brown and strawberry blonde.
This is only step 1. We will repeat the bleach & tone steps over a span of time.
Reflection: while I LOVED my ginger look at the height of my maintenance, I hated maintaining it. When I wanted to move on, my hair was stained with color that wouldn’t fade out. Perhaps this would be different on a brunette? But I’m going to be more gunshy with washout hair color in the future.
Recommendation: Blondes, if you plan on making a permanent change to your hair Overtone is cost effective and easy to do at home. However don’t expect a quick change to be available.
Use with caution.