Catching Up Over Coffee: July 2021


I don’t think I’ve ever had a busier month than this one. Here’s a breakdown:

On June 30, my parents and I unfortunately lost our Golden Retriever, Sadie Mae. She had experienced 2 seizures within 12 hours, and it was incredibly scary to watch her go through that. Aside from the seizures, she was healthy for a 12 year old dog. My parents took her to a veterinary hospital with a neurosurgeon and he said it could get worse for her. So they made the decision to put her down. It was so hard for all of us, and we still miss her terribly.

I closed on my condo on July 9. It only took about 15 minutes to sign all of the paperwork and then the keys were mine.

On July 15, my mom and I got tattoos to honor and remember Sadie Mae. It was originally my mom’s idea to get one, and then I talked myself into getting one. We had our appointment together for our first ever tattoos.

We both got them on the inside of our right wrists, and it didn’t hurt as much as I thought. It felt prickly from the needle more than anything else.

Since our tattoos were small, it didn’t take more than 15 minutes for each of us. This is a picture of mine, and my mom got the same paw print—her heart is red—and Sadie Mae’s name. I got the pink heart because Sadie always had a pink collar.

My parents got a new Golden Retriever puppy on July 17, the day before I moved out. I joked and said that I was being replaced. We spent a total of 6 hours in the car to get her because of traffic, but boy is she cute. Her name is Lucy and she was 8 weeks old when we got her.

I officially moved into my condo on July 18.

On July 20, I officially had a boyfriend. Yes. You read that right: a boyfriend. Long story short: we met on Hinge in the middle of June and just hit it off right away. We went on a few dates (our first date was 5 hours and our second was close to 4) and the day before it was official, we went to Tree House brewery and I made him dinner in the condo. We don’t really have a cute “we made it official” story; it was more of a mutual thing. But we have the important things in common: beer, sports, and dogs.

His name is Josh, and he knows about my blog and my blog friends. So everyone say hi and be nice! He’ll be making appearances here and there as we do fun things that I’ll write about, like the Hartford Yard Goats game we’re going to on Sunday.

I’ve also been busy with the theater group I volunteer with. They’re doing Shrek The Musical next month, which is pretty cool. My role with them shifted a bit, but I’m still working with the PR committee; I’ve been handling collecting t-shirt orders, putting together e-blasts, and collecting cast bios for the program.

I’m going back into the office next week full time, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet. My commute is going to be a bit longer since I moved, and now I’m completely on my own so I’ll have to do a lot of prepping to try to save some time in the morning. I’m going to take next week to just get back into the swing of things and get into some sort of routine. I’ve enjoyed working from home, and I really like my little office set up I have in the condo. So we’ll see I guess.


I ran my first in-person race for the first time since December 2019 on the Fourth of July. I’m signed up for two 5Ks—one in September and one in October (which has been rescheduled 5 times since April 2020). Now that I’m fully moved in, I want to get back into running in my new neighborhood.


The Red Sox are actually pretty fun to watch. They’re doing a lot better than I thought they would and are currently in first place in the AL East. And the NFL season will be here before we know it.

What I’m Watching


  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Making It
  • Dr. Pimple Popper
  • Good Girls
  • Olympic Dreams Featuring Jonas Brothers
  • Catfish
  • The Olympics


  • Pose


  • Below Deck

What I’m Reading

(This includes books from June and July)

  • Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano: 5 stars
  • The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy by Chris Murphy: 5 stars
  • The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton: 4 stars
  • Persist by Elizabeth Warren: 5 stars
  • The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee: 5 stars
  • The Smash-Up by Ali Benjamin: currently reading

My Questions For You!

  1. How has your summer been going?
  2. What’s one fun thing you did in July?
  3. Any new homeowner advice to share?


  1. WOW look at you and your super busy month!! So sorry to hear about your dog. Having to make that choice is very difficult! But wow new puppy! She is adorable! YAY for new condo life! And first tattoo! And new boyfriend!! Becky that was like a massive update 😂😂 heading back to work can be stressful but you’re vaccinated so that’s good!

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