Welcome to the Story of a Millennial

Let me introduce myself to the world of the internet: My name is Ri. I’m a mid twenty-something with a dream of getting out of my retail work, and into something different down the road. I have a dreamer’s mentality, while in the midst of working in a small town USA store.

I love all things animals, and have an infinity for the canine family and owls. Cooking is a half hobby, and photography is another work in progress for me. I adore all things planning and organizing, so if you’re in need of any of those things, or to learn about them, you’ve come to the right place.

This blog is my writing outlet, as I want to share life through my own lens, as a rural girl who is interested in just as many things as a dog’s nose is.

Feel free to go follow my social media sites. I post plenty of pictures on Insta and Facebook, and Tweet sporadically.

Book Review: What Have You Done?

I’ve done a lot of reading lately. Well, via Audible. I’m in the middle of a 5 book series, that I’ll be sharing a BIG review on, once I’m done with the series.

This time though, I’m doing one on the book “What Have You Done” by Matthew Farrell. And even though the “about this book” section gives a good bit of info, THAT END THOUGH is something else.

It’s very much a “who needs enemies when you have family” book. Family drama, murder, and revenge cheating.

When a mutilated body is found hanging in a seedy motel in Philadelphia, forensics specialist Liam Dwyer assumes the crime scene will be business as usual. Instead, the victim turns out to be a woman he’d had an affair with before breaking it off to save his marriage. But there’s a bigger problem: Liam has no memory of where he was or what he did on the night of the murder.
Panicked, Liam turns to his brother, Sean, a homicide detective. Sean has his back, but incriminating evidence keeps piling up. From fingerprints to DNA, everything points to Liam, who must race against time and his department to uncover the truth—even if that truth is his own guilt. Yet as he digs deeper, dark secrets come to light, and Liam begins to suspect the killer might actually be Sean…
When the smoke clears in this harrowing family drama, who will be left standing?

Is that not convincing? You can read AND listen to it for free on Kindle Unlimited and Audible (make sure to have the Kindle Unlimited subscription and the Kindle app, and the Audible app. Download the book to the Kindle app, and tap on the book settings, and there you can access the Audible version, which will open up in that app).

The audio book is 9 hours long, which includes credits to the author and storyteller. This is one of the shorter books I’ve listened to, but still rather good.

If you like crime and mystery, you’ll love this book. I forgot how much I missed crime and mystery type books, until reading this and the series I’m still reading.

What books have you been reading lately? I’d love to know, to add to my ever growing list of book inspo!

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Foodie Friyay: Fish Tacos (Lent Approved)

Okay, knowing that it’s clearly not lent season, but HEALTH season, I did want to add, for those who might be visiting during lent season, that this is a suitable Friday recipe. I’m posting this as the first Foodie Friyay of 2019, let alone as a healthy one for those of us focusing on health, since it is January.

I’ll be honest right here, I failed to take pictures up until the end, of the food. But it’s simple enough (I think…If you want pics that bad, leave a comment and I’ll make it again and update this with pics, PLUS add it all on an insta post when I do, to let ya’ll know I updated this post. So make sure to follow me on insta. Comment here or there about the pics!).

Off my Pinterest board, I took the Halibut Tacos, and switched the meat into Tilapia, because I have a 2 pound pack on hand that I need to make a dent in. I didn’t make the slaw, but chopped up a small handful of spinach, and a quarter tomato, and put it all over a taco sized tortilla, with a tad of leftover rice, and ate it all.

I made the full batch of cilantro-lime sauce though, and kept the rest for later, for another recipe I’m trying, plus for future use. It’s not much, so don’t be worried about how much sauce is there.

I put a full tilapia per person in my version. I had made a cup of brown rice the day before (1 cup rice to 2 cups of water, so 2 cups? Idk). I don’t know proper measurments to it, but a little less than a half cup per person, for the tacos.

I did about 2 spoonfulls of the sauce, per person. It was very basic, but that’s the point, and when I can get babe to approve, that means it was good. We know how our men are! Babe loves old bay seasoning, and the fact that it was a hidden ingredient, plus I like to introduce things one by one (hence I left out the slaw at this point…plus I didn’t really look that I needed cabbage…oops), things worked out great!

What’s your favorite Taco Tuesday meal? Let me know in the comments!

12 Days of Christmas: Simple Saturdays

As I wrap up writing this series, I’m battling a winter head cold. The headache, I can’t speak much on if it’s my vision or the cold or both (probs both, let’s be real), but I have the nose going 3 different directions, the cough with the come-and-go tickle in the back of my throat (thank you tea!), and a light dose of fatigue.

While dealing with this, I figured why not talk about keeping a day good and simple. What better day than Saturday, right?

Why Saturday, you might ask? Why NOT Saturday is what I’d reply back, lightheartedly.

Saturdays are no better a day than Sundays, right? Plus, for those who are religious, Saturdays are great, because if we go back to Jewish culture, and outlook (like they don’t still exist…anyway), Sabbath is Saturday. Why do most of us consider Sunday the first day of the week? Because God created the universe in 7 days, and Sabbath is the last day, making Saturday Sabbath.

Another good reason to do Self Care on Saturdays, is that it’s your first day off, typically (lucky you! Mine’s Monday…kind of. 3rd shift makes things weird.). You can go grab all the good stuff form the store, go get stuff to take a good bath and rub some sort of face mask on your face, as you read a book. You can even go get a mani-pedi (or one of them…).

Now, men, don’t think I’m not including you. Try some of these things. As much as it tickles, go get a pedi and tell me you want to walk afterwards!

An odd thing to do, is take some time off from social media. You may not realize HOW MUCH TIME you waste on there. Sure it’s fun to look at the dog pictures, but it can get toxic, fast. I’m doing one now. You can go from limiting it to just an hour a day, to taking a weekend a month off, to a 30 day to even a year off!

Even limit which social medias you constantly turn to. Don’t know what to do in those moments where you’d be scrolling on social media? Look over your goals, break them down into something small enough to do, but able to accomplish. Try something new, or even catch up PERSONALLY with those you’ve been meaning to talk to.

Something else you can do, is to brew a cup of tea (spike it if you’re old enough and want to!), shower and put some conditioner in, braid your hair, and watch a good movie. Even re-runs or the DVR’d episode you’ve been putting off.

A final thing I want to mention, is to get some beauty sleep. Sleep in, go nap 2 hours after you wake up, even nap after you run some basic errands, go to bed early (or at a reasonable time, instead of staying up too late). Sleep is your friend. Have a glass of wine (or drink of choosing), unplug, and read a book, or listen to some non-lyrical but soothing music for a little bit before bed. Set yourself up for sleeping success!

On that note, I’m making myself yawn, so I think it’s time for me to find my wine wine and blankey for a nap!

How do you self care on the weekends? How about during the work week? Let me know, while I go take my nap!

Foodie Friyay: Recipes I’m Trying/Looking forward to this year

So on the back of yesterday’s post, I’m going to share some food I’m wanting to try this year. I hope to share as much of them as I can with you, but I don’t see sharing all those lovely dishes. I have to keep some to myself, right?!

This year I’m focusing on riding my body of anything that helps yeast flourish, due to some health issues I’ve been having the last handful of months in 2018. Please keep that in mind, and I’d love to see your creations of what I share, either now or later on in the year, whether you add something like bread or flour pasta to it or not.

To start off, I’m going to start by sharing the fact that I want to change my drinking habits. Like this whole process, I’ve kind of already started, and it’ll be gradual, to my body’s detoxing process. I’m significantly reducing alcohol intake, and that’s going to be more of a drastic change than gradually. Sodas I’m going to be limiting down to being very occasional, like the alcohol, and going for more teas and infused waters, and smoothies come summer time.

I’ll have a running list on Pinterest, which will be added to throughout the year, as I find and want to try new things, and search recipes. Be sure to follow it and share your creations of what I save!

When I was starting to plan out this month’s food plan, I asked babe what he wanted to try more of. He kind of made me look twice by saying more Oriental foods, because he wants to feel better and loose some weight, like I do, and most of the traditional oriental foods help keep things in balance, and keep their people petite.

Some of the first things I’m trying, that is (not so taste wise, but cooking specialty) out of my usual range, is miso soup, some Indian chicken dishes like butter chicken, tomato-cilantro chicken, and a mild (but not coconut based) curry dish.

Since I’ve gotten babe into more spicy dishes (well, he can handle more heat than when I first met him), let alone more cultured foods (he eats mushrooms and spinach now!), this year will be so much fun, food wise for us, and cooking wise for me.

I’ll be making more fish tacos (because taco Tuesdays is a thing, plus those good ol’ fatty acids that fish provide for us ladies), let alone just regular fish and veggie dishes.

During the colder months, I want to keep doing warm dishes, and make a batch of something in our crock pot or Instapot (we have both, the later thanks to my dad), for work days. I want to make a few soups, turkey chili, a Chinese Beef Stew, and some actual ramen of course!

Come summer months, I want to do more salads and cooler fish dishes, like sushi and sashimi. Other than smoothies, what are some other healthy (non-bread or sugar based!) foods that you like to make? I’ll always take some ideas!

What are some dishes you’re wanting to try this year? Let me know that too!

Travel Thursdays: Where to Travel/Gain Inspo

While watching the Paleo Way on Netflix (they only have season 2 on there right now, but that’s good enough), this is what started some of my interest in places I’d love to visit sometime in my life. I also have the wanderlust while watching Salt, Acid, Fat, Heat that’s also on Netflix (thank’s dad!).

Most people I see, who travel, usually want to go tourist-y, more to the main places, that aren’t usually food. Yet we can’t survive without food, so usually you land up eating sometime each day on your travels. It seems to me that not many people focus on local foods, but that’s how I’d travel, if I could. Sure the churches, the museums or other attractions would be lovely, but trying new food, and meeting the locals through local food, I find makes it all the more memorable.

Think of this, as you plan your travels this year, or over the next while, if you’re like me, and have to save and wait a good while to travel.

Going back to the show I’ve been watching, the Paleo Way, I got inspiration to go to the rain forest area of Queensland, Australia. I also got inspiration to go down a few states from where I live here in the States, to a farm. It’s a holistic farm, that looks like a very neat place to visit, and I think it’d be a great place to search for the restaurants that they supply their animals to.

One place I’d love to go for more family history reasons, is Japan. I’d love to go to Tokyo, but I’d more inclined to go more rural. Is that a surprise though, with what all I just said? haha!

Another long-out dream I have is to ride the Trans-Mongolian Railway, which is similar to the Trans-Siberian Railway. The main difference is what countries you visit throughout the trip. Here’s a website that offers both!

I’d love to visit the Mediterranean region as well. Can you tell I have no set region to visit yet? Most of this is in my dream life, probably in my older years.

Where would you like to travel in your future, near or far? I’d love to know!

Wine Wednesdays: What to Watch 2019

After the heavier posts (although fun as heck!) I’ve written the past few days, I feel like something easy and fun is in order. I hope as well, that you’ll be able to reference this post later on as well, when you need a moment to see what you forgot you wanted to watch!

As you would guess by the title, this is all about what’s coming out this year! Ill break it down by categories, from Movies, standard TV, and Netflix/Hulu/Prime type (exclusives).

Piur yourself a glass, and get ready to make lists!


Let’s start with Movies of 2019:

There are so many live actions coming out this year, from my childhood, and I’m assuming for a lot of yours! If you haven’t watched the original animated versions of them, GO WATCH THEM!!!!

Here’s this year’s animated films:
Aladdin
Dumbo
Lion King

Kids films:
Frozen 2
Lego Movie 2
Toy Story 4
Godzilla: King of the Monsters

More adult films (no not that kind!):
Avengers: End Game
Captain America
Glass
IT Chapter 2
HellBoy
John Wick 3
Men in Black: International




Let’s get into TV shall we? This will be stuff more on cable TV, and not readily available (at least new seasons) for those of us who pulled the plug on TV.

I’m most excited for Game of Thrones season 8 to come out. Grant it, babe and I are only on season 6, but we’ll binge watch it here soon.

Here’s some others:
Big Little Lies (HBO)
True Detective (HBO)
Veep (HBO)
Watchmen (HBO)
Fargo (FX)
Homeland (Showtime)
Peaky Blinders (BBC)
Liar (ITV)



Now, for the streaming services’ part. I’ll disclose what platform they’re on, and if they’re movie or show.

The Crown (Netflix, show)
Mindhunter (Netflix, show)
Stranger Things (Netflix, show)
Conversations with a Killer: Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix, show)
Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix, show)
Lionheart (Netflix, movie)
Girl (Netflix, movie)

12 Days of Christmas: Tarot Tuesdays

You already know what this is, so this needs very little introduction. This is the first yearly outlook I’m doing, at the proper start of the year, sharing it with ya’ll. I did one last year, but on my own.

This time around, I’m doing the spread below, and sharing some insight with ya’ll.

I won’t share all of it, because I’ll be here all day, and so will you! I don’t want to do that to ya’ll, since it’s New Year’s day.

So here’s my spread:

Right before I laid out this spread, I had pulled out a yearly inspo card. This is it:

With this card, I felt that this was meant to be the yearly card, instead of the one in the actual spread.

This last card I pulled, I didn’t really pulled, it kind of fell towards me, and I took it.

So let’s get back to that spread, right?! So my general theme of each month was very much of that actual card I pulled for the general year (not the one pictured in the spread itself for me). That made this spread for me.

This year will definitely be a GYST year for me, even the cards are reflecting that this is gonna be that year.

Of course I’ll be hustling on here, I plan on only showing results this year, not hoping and not so much boasting about those plans.

Each month is an accumulation of manifesting, sticking my head down, and rocking to my own rhythm, as I get ready for what the future has to bring me, closer, one day at a time.

I can’t wait to bring ya’ll with me on this journey, and share the updates that is on the horizon.

This year will be OUR year, right?!

What are the cards showing you this year, if you read?