let’s cover all the basics. 

Oye. It definitely seems as if I’ve fallen off the planet. Let’s play a quick game of catch-up, using some of the photos from my iPhone album as conversation starters. 

I’m pretty much eating all the food, whenever I get the chance. I will say that I’ve been making excellent choices when eating at home though. It’s easy to do when you only buy the groceries you can carry, and fruit and veggies are the first things in the store. 

Isaac (my younger brother) finally moved in. We’ve done an excellent job of not killing each other yet. 

My perfect, Midcity apartment is still not furnished. I’m definitely ready for some beds, I love peeking around the used furniture stores to see if there’s anything I can possibly afford. (Which at the moment, is still nothing.)

I spent Halloween posted up on my air mattress with Scotti and Scandal. Cold rain will keep me inside, but it was a wonderful evening. Olivia Pope is excellent at getting this girl to want to push herself to be the very best, so I plotted out workouts for the rest of the month and did some haircut research. 

I’ll be quick to admit that everything in NOLA is not going exactly as I had planned (like that whole lack of furniture thing) but I am so happy it’s ridiculous. 

moving day photo dump

 I’m still trying to get a grip on the fact that I actually moved. Scotti and I are slowly settling in, and I’m trying not to go stir crazy with the fact I’m still not working. And by stir crazy, I mean have a super freak out. 

I’ve yet to go out and do a whole lot. Scotti and I are going on lots of walks, but he’s still getting used to the noises and the fact he’s not allowed to bark at all of them. Since I’ve got nothing too fun to report yet, here’s a pile of the photos my mom took the day I left Eldora.   

goodbye August, goodbye Iowa

September is a month where magazines and the like encourage us to start over. We can change our wardrobe, our eating habits, apply ourselves to different aspects of our life to just be better. 

And change is good.   
As you’re reading this, Scotti and I are making the 1041 mile drive to our new apartment in New Orleans. I currently have no job (but a few interviews!), and no furniture, but my excitement is overwhelming.


When I first visited New Orleans at the age of 15, I knew that it would be the city I would live in, raise a family in. I came, I left, and for the past five years I have flip flopped on if it was where I wanted to be, but here I go. 

I’m going with the knowledge I have of the city from when I attended Tulane, and the wisdom I got from growing up and working my ass off in Eldora the past few years. 

I have no idea what the next week holds for me, let alone the rest of 2015. All I do know is that I am so incredibly excited for this adventure. 


holy moly

Ayall, I must apologize for completely falling off the face of the internet. The past month has been a blur of working excessive hours, stress and so much more. I’m tweeting, gramming, snapping and blogging at a rate of zero. Let me give you some updates.

  • my computer from high school finally bit the dust. sad face.
  • I 100% fell off the Bikini Body Guide bandwagon.  Health eating and exercise are non-existent at the moment, although I am always getting in my 5 FitBit miles every day.  I did sign up for a 5k when I visit NOLA next month, so I really do need to start peeling myself out of bed in the mornings.


  • Diet Dr Pepper hasn’t been cutting it caffeine wise.  I switched to this and after I powered through the bitter after taste, I think I’ve got this coffee thing down.
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  • After two years filled with anxiety, love and lots of dead yard creatures; Diego went to Heaven.  Saying goodbye was one of the hardest decisions ever, I had always convinced myself that he wouldn’t really bite someone.  I was reminded though that Diego had 2 really great years with a family that loved him and worked with his quirks, and that he didn’t have to spend them in a cage. Scotti is totally loving the freedom that comes with being an only child though.
  • IMG_9801 IMG_9865So. Many. Selfies.  But how can I not when I’m so adorable?

    {Diego and I}
    {Diego and I}
  • I have 46 days until I officially move into New Orleans and get started on something new.  I only have 1/4 of what I wanted saved up, my car will not survive the trip down and I’m already stressing out about not having any employment when I get there.  although I am applying for jobs every day! But the excitement, the thoughts of adventure and starting over-ish override every single feeling of doubt and worry I have.

I promise that I’ll try harder to update more.  Although part of me is wondering if it’s time for everydaymeremaid to be laid to rest while I start totally fresh.  Because the cool thing about the internet is, you can always start over.

post title/I can’t think of a thing

Ok, I keep meaning to post and I feel like my reasons for not are just coming off as a list of bullshit excuses. But now my computer is all out of whack and my work schedule is ridiculous. 

*note to self, get a laptop* 

{via tumblr}
I keep reminding myself that I’m working my ass off for a reason. September 1st will be here in no time.  Seeing it all colored out, I realize that I’m completely ok taking a break from boys for the summer. Because honestly, I’d rather fit in dog walks and workouts over a date with uneventful conversation.  

{my week}
 Like I’ve said, I’ll post here when I have something really good to say. In the meantime, I’m forcing myself to post more to Instagram. Starting tomorrow. 

{tinder Tuesday}

You guys, I’m pretty sure I went on my last tinder date of the summer season on Sunday. 

It was such a let down, at one point I actually fell asleep. le sigh

With my work schedule and everything I need to get done before September, there’s just no time for boys. I’ll be dedicating my free time to playing with Scotti and Diego, working out (running has yet to get easier), packing up and working on getting a big girl life in some sort of order. 

I’ll still be keeping Tinder around. Because I need the attention, and I want it for when I hit up NOLA this August to apartment hunt. Because a girl needs all the help she can get finding a two bedroom that allows two large dogs. 

Will this summer have me feeling a little frustrated? Probably. So this is everyone’s warning:

Meredith won’t be having sex the next 3 months, so do your best to not piss her off. 

This guy is also on Tinder and I’m pretty sure we could have hit it off. His loss.   

pink hair + protection

Last week I went for it and did something I’ve talked about doing for forever.  I dyed my hair pink.  There’s something about a new hair color that just makes everything in my life feel 100% brand new and all the issues seem conquerable.  What better way to kick off the summer where the focus is changing everything?

Sincerely, your favorite unicorn

A photo posted by Meredith (@midwestmere) on

In between conquering one epic to-do list for the summer, and not being allowed to wash my hair a lot in order to keep the color looking super fly, I’ll need all the help I can get looking semi put-together.  I already ordered that black turban…so many plans to channel Elizabeth Taylor.

{Clockwise from top left: Jeweled head piece, black turban, black fedora, mermaid baseball cap, straw hat}
{Clockwise from top left: Jeweled head piece, black turban, black fedora, mermaid baseball cap, straw hat}