#weekendcoffeeshare: Jan. ’21 Edition

#weekendcoffeeshare: January ’21 Edition

January was a hopeful month for me. Here’s some highlights:

  • Blue October came out with a new album last year and it’s fantastic.
  • I let my sister knit a bit of the blanket I’m working on.
  • We have a new president of the United States!!
  • Trump is banned from social media, which makes my life even better.
  • I bought some new yarn, & am working on my own Fisherman’s Rib blanket. (Fisherman’s Rib is where you’re knitting into the stitch below, so it makes this nice thick ribbing overall. It’s a very fun piece to make & actually easy to knit!)
  • I created a new bullet journal & finally found a method that works for me. (Yay!)
  • I got engaged to the love of my life, Rory James. He and I have been together for six years & make a pretty good couple if I do say so myself.
  • Mom and I organized & cleaned out my desk. It looks so clean & organized now! (Thanks Mom!)
  • My sister Abbie got the vaccine!
  • Charlie girl celebrated her first birthday. May she have many more golden years to come. (She’s our golden retriever puppy.)
  • Overall, everyone is doing well & staying healthy at our house.

Keep washing your hands, socially distancing, & please please please get the vaccine when you can.

Have a fantastic February everyone,
Meghan B.


From the blog knittingplugged
Taken by Melinda, Rory’s mom. Left to right: Rory, me.
Charlie, the birthday girl.
My new bullet journal on my desk.

It’s been a while…

Hello, again! (Blows dust off the screen.)

It’s been a while, I realize. Lately, I’ve been getting used to the busy season at work. (I cashier at my local Target.) I’ve been doing my best to catch up on my book reviews, since I’m reading so much so relatively fast. I’m still just as passionate about books and entering new character’s lives as ever as I hurtle towards my reading goal of 40 out of 30 books on Goodreads.

Bullet journaling is my new passion, and while I may not be as talented as some, I still do my best to integrate creativity into my bujo. (This year’s bullet journal is going really well, better than my first attempt in 2018.)

I’m also falling back in love with podcasts. I’m currently finishing up “Nice White Parents,” which is a five-part series done by the New York Times about the struggle to achieve racial integration in one New York school–and the white parents that influence the decisions in this particular school. It’s gotten praise and criticism in its reviews, but for me (as the oldest daughter of two educators) I find this podcast interesting.

I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving, where I’ll be spending quality time with my immediate family. We are still very much up in the air about whether or not we’ll actually be going to my grandparents. Still, my family and I plan to be safe no matter what during this tremulous time.

What’s new with you?

Please stay safe,

Meghan B.

#weekendcoffeeshare June-July 2019 Edition (Family Vacation: Oh Canada!) Part 2

Hello again! Welcome back to my adventures in Canada with my family and some of our family friends from the cities. Going to Canada was a wonderful experience, one that I won’t forget.

The scenery was beautiful, there were people from all over the world. The food was wonderful–I ate a lot of fish, because I love salmon. We hiked, we saw tons of wildlife, including wild bears. I love how naturally there are recycle bins in restaurants. We saw Orca whales gather in a pod, which is still one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

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#weekendcoffeeshare May-June Edition

Got a cup of coffee? Alright. Let’s do this!


May 24th – 26th

Besides working a ton, I had a great time at my friend’s birthday party. Heather is a really sweet girl, and her family is just as nice. My friend, Alex, is also a really nice person. I got to meet both of them for the first time when I went down to visit Rory in the cities. We went bowling–I actually bowled pretty well, considering all the years I haven’t actually bowled. The next day, we went swimming. Because I was the first one up the next day, because I was really tired and went straight to bed once we got home, I got to hang out with Heather’s mom and watch a bit of Downtown Abbey. I had a wonderful time hanging out with my friends and boyfriend!

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#weekendcoffeeshare (April 26th – 28th)

Grab a cup of Joe and let’s get stared!

This past weekend, I had Friday and Sunday off. I worked on Saturday. I spent my days off reading A Song of Fire and Ice: A Clash of Kings, the second installment in George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series. Things are certainly heating up between the three kings: the King in the North, Rob, Stannis, from Storm’s End, and Joffery at King’s Landing. I still dislike how winy and jerky Theon Greyjoy is–which is putting it mildly. Tyrion, Jon Snow, and Arya are still some of my favorite characters. I’m excited to see what Tyrion is building with the many linked chain he’s making.

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#weekendcoffeeshare March 22 – 24

Good morning! Welcome to my latest March #weekendcoffeeshare.

If we were having coffee, I’d choose an Apple Spice from Starbucks. (I keep botching the name, but the girls at work know what I’m talking about.) It’s like drinking apple cider in the fall. It’s delicious!

Because of my work schedule, I have untraditional weekends. I usually work–which I’m used to–but every once in a while I get days off. Let’s recap this weekend, shall we?

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#weekendcoffeeshare: March Edition

March 1st – 3rd

This weekend was really fun, because I celebrated my 28th birthday. Even though I worked, I still had time to eat Chinese food, open presents, and eat ice cream cake for dessert. That Saturday was my cousin’s birthday, so I sent her a happy birthday text. Saturday I worked, and had the day off on Sunday. Usually, when have days off, I just chill around the house.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare (Sun. May 13th)

Hello, dear reader!

Mother’s Day has already come and gone. This year, I went all out. I bought a dark blue Yankee candle and a card. Instead of writing a poem–which I’ve done for each of my parents over the years–I made a list of humorous inside jokes and heartfelt messages.

My mom has taught me so much about manners, caring about other people, caring for dogs, and engaging genuinely with children. She embodies her late mom, my grandma Lucy (Lucille) Bullard in her passion for Kindergarten, the importance of playtime and understanding child development in schools, her mesmerizing way with babies and young children, and her love of dogs. My grandma had a presence about her, even after her untimely stroke when I was around six years old: She was charismatic and loving. (One of my favorite stories about Grandma Lucy is how one of the nurses introduced her fianće to my grandma. She was in Bethany Home at the time. She was paralyzed on one side and couldn’t speak. Well, actually she still spoke, believe me–she spoke with her caring, loving eyes.)

In my life, I’ve been blessed to have such a fantastic mother, someone who goes above and beyond to make sure I am the best person. When I act like a teenager–like staying up a little too late on days I work, not being a morning person–that’s a skill, right?–her scolding (yes, I realize I need a I Can’t Adult Today t-shirt, ‘cus it’s hilarious that at 27 my mom needs to nag me like I’m 13) is her way of reminding that I’m too old to act irresponsibly.

In my defense, this is my way of squeaking in what was supposed to be a time for teen rebellion and laziness. (Ha ha!)

But seriously, I cannot thank my mom enough for her love and friendship.

Happy Mother’s Day!

I love you high as the sky & deep as the ocean,


#weekendcoffeeshare (Sat. April 14th)

Hello, dear reader!

If we were having coffee, I’d be sporting my metal flower water bottle. For the past few days, I’ve been having a pretty wicked cold. (I mean wicked as in ugly, not cool.)

If we were having coffee, I would probably be trying to not fall asleep. I only worked for six hours today–I cashier at Target in my hometown–but I think the cold is getting to me again. Without the much-needed help of DayQuil, I wouldn’t be feeling nearly as peppy as I am with the cold medicine in my system.

I prefer to drink coffee (with cream if I’m at home, something a little fancier if I’m getting something from Starbucks–like a caramel macchiato) in the morning. It helps me wake up and stay focused. I’ll have it with my breakfast, which is usually cereal.

It’s finally snowing here in my part of Minnesota. I thought that we maybe weren’t gonna get anything, even though my sister texted pictures of the crazy amounts they are getting at Gustavus. When the weather’s bad like this, it makes me so glad that I live in town! I can’t imagine trying to go anywhere if I were in the cities–i.e. Minneapolis. I’d probably just stay home, only going out for work or an emergency food run.

I’m a little jealous that my boyfriend (his name is Rory) might get to stay home from work tomorrow if the weather is still really bad. (It’s nice that his bosses are cool with their workers staying at home when it’s bad weather. That’s a plus at any rate.) Cross your fingers!

Lately, I’ve been working on redecorating my farm in Stardew Valley. I once again realized that I had planted way too many trees, so I’m chopping them down and placing the new trees by the paths I’ve made around the standard farm. I also took out some of the fenced-in areas that I wasn’t using for crops. I got rid of the gate for my barn, so that my pig–who I named Peppa, who is not in any way related to the children’s show–can roam the farm. Now a horse owner, Gavin can take me anywhere I need to go! I’m in my fifth year and just got a horse. Silly me! I won’t make this mistake of waiting so long in future play-throughs. I love how much thought and effort went into Stardew Valley. It’s easily one of the most relaxing and charming games I’ve ever played. I know I’ve raved about this game before, but it’s truly wonderful.

I’m curious to see how much snow we get overnight, especially since it began snowing around 8 o’clock. It’s almost midnight now.

It’s time for me to wind down for bed. Time to break out my colored pencils and my coloring book and my Kindle.

Sleep well,


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