• Madelynne Juenger

hello! how are you?

Hello friends! Cozy up and settle in! We’ve got lots of chatting to do. (Side note: now would be the perfect time to put on the kettle. When you’re done reading this, you’ll be so much closer to a cup of tea! It’s always nice to have things to look forward to, right?)

I have lots of questions. Most important: How are you doing? Less important: What are you reading? What are you watching? What are you eating and baking? Do you have a dog nearby? If not: here you go. Do you have friends nearby? If not: here’s a reminder to FaceTime or call them later. Have you danced recently? Have you laughed? Do you need a good cry?

Feel free to answer these in the comments below - I’d love to chat and hear about your recommendations and daily household adventures. But also, feel free to answer them in your own head. Or a journal! We’re all about self reflection over here!

I thought I’d go ahead and share what I’m up to, in hopes that something will resonate with you and you can find a bit of joy in it. These are confusing and scary times and I want to carve out a little space of good today. Sometimes we all need a few reminders that good exists.

What I’m Reading:

Here’s a list of things I’m currently reading and/or have read recently.

Anne of Green Gables: I’ve been very much leaning into cozy classics recently. I never read this as a child, but am so happy I’m reading it now because Anne is definitely a kindred spirit. It is filled to the brim with lovely descriptive nature scenes (just the perfect read for an escape) and also overly dramatic encounters. And it includes lovely quotes such as this one: “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” Pretty fitting right now, huh?

Little Women: Speaking of cozy classics! I read this one in December, just in time to see the movie, but am definitely considering re-reading it now. It’s so rare to find a book that so fully resonates with you. And as I’m home right now with my sisters again, it feels especially fitting. (We all agreed that I’m the Meg of the family, though I secretly think I’m more of an Amy.)

Where’d You Go Bernadette: I checked this out from the library and tore through it so quickly. It’s an easy read and a fun page turner. Plus: the characters are wild. I haven’t watched the movie yet, but it’s on my list.

Little Fires Everywhere: Another page turner! I bought this book after reading Everything I Never Told You because I so enjoyed the author’s fluid and descriptive style. I love books where you really delve into a character’s backstory and find out why they are the way they are. (And a bonus! The Hulu series just came out, which I’m excited to start soon!)

What I’m Watching:

Anne With an E: I sped through this on Netflix so quickly, that I had to buy the books immediately after to make sure my adventures with Anne wouldn’t stop. Everything about this show is beautiful. You will fall in love with every single character (except maybe Billy) and catch yourself laughing and crying along with them throughout every episode. And the cinematography is. absolutely. gorgeous. I’m adding Prince Edward Island to the top of my “Post Quarantine Dream Adventure List”.

Every John Mulaney Netflix Special: Okay, I just recently learned that I love standup and I’m sad I didn’t know this about myself before because I've been laughing so hard lately. I’m slowly making my way through the Netflix comedy specials, but my favorites so far are just all of John Mulaney’s shows.

Troop Zero: A story about a spunky group of elementary school misfits banding together to win a talent competition so they can send their voices into outer space? Yes, please. I’m all in. (If you’re not sold: the lead character is an adorable girl named Christmas and the whole cast has cute southern accents. What more could you need?)

P.S. I Love You: Warning: I put this one on here in case you need a good cry. But it’s also beautiful and charming and partially set in Ireland, which again, is on my “Post Quarantine Dream List”.

He’s Just Not That Into You: A lighthearted, classic rom-com to round off the list! The cast consists of half my “Celebrities I Would Like to Adopt Me” list. Aka: Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, and Ginnifer Goodwin. (If you’re interested in the rest of this list, it’s: Michelle Obama, Anne Hathaway, and Reese Witherspoon).

Sweet Home Alabama: Sorry, that was supposed to be the last one, but then I typed out Reese Witherspoon and HAD to include this movie. I watched this recently and was genuinely astounded how the “handsome, rich city boyfriend” was equally as nice and charming as the “handsome, southern hometown ex-boyfriend”. Hallmark has lead me to believe that all city guys are evil, but this movie restored my faith! And I didn’t know who to root for! A genuinely nice change from the usually predictable rom-com. (Okay, so maybe it’s predictable, but it’s still a genuinely entertaining movie. And I love Reese, okay?)

What I’m Baking:

I recently made these chocolate chunk cookies and let me tell you; there is such a difference between chocolate chips and chocolate chunks. Don’t believe me? Bake them, and then get back to me. (I promise, you will be forever converted.)

I then made these blueberry lemon scones. Tip: don’t forget to make the lemon icing! It makes all the difference.

Next on the list is this early gray yogurt tea cake.

What I’ve Been Moving To:

I made you a playlist of my current favorite dance songs if you’ve been needing to move. It’s a little all over the place, but I promise it’s a fun time.

Yoga With Adriene: I tell every person I meet about Adriene, because she is probably my favorite person on the internet. She has yoga videos for practically everything, but here are a few that feel nice right now: Rainbow Yoga, Yoga For After Disaster, Full Body Flow, Yoga For Stress Relief.

What I’ve Been Listening To:

Tea Drinking Playlist: Okay, I’ve been working on this playlist for YEARS. So I deliver to you only the best. It’s a sweet, calm playlist made for (you guessed it!) drinking tea.

And here are some podcasts I’ve been enjoying lately: Creative Pep Talk, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations, The Orbiting Human Circus (this one was recommended by a friend and it is such a magical, fun adventure! I love it dearly!).

And a bonus random plug of my content!

I wrote this poem a couple weeks ago and put it together with some videos from last summer. It is very dramatic and pink, but I hope it makes you feel calm and like you’re watching your very own beach sunset.

Okay, I think you are fully caught up with my current literary, film, food, and sound consumption. I think I might try to do this more often, because I love being enthusiastic about things I love and sharing them with people I love. I hope you are doing well, friends! Please be gentle with yourselves and take care of each other.

Talk to you soon.


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