What’s Up: August 2023

Hi friends, welcome back! August was a big month. I celebrated my 30th birthday with a relaxing day, but the real celebration was our trip to Switzerland. We had such an incredible time and really lucked out with amazing weather. It was hotter than we expected, but we had clear skies every day which is ideal for being in the mountains. I got to paraglide and it was such an incredible experience! I was more afraid of missing a train and being late than to actually paraglide. I thought I’d be a little nervous when it was actually time to go, but when the guide asked if I was ready, I felt so calm and confident saying yes. It was such an awesome way to start this new decade and I’m so happy I was able to do it.

On to my post 🙂 I’ve been linking up with the first blogger I ever read, Shay Shull, for my What’s Up posts. Each month I’m answering the following questions:

What I’m eating: I’ll be sharing my Foodie Friday for July and August this Friday. We haven’t been going out as much lately, but we’ve still been eating some delicious meals!


What I’m reminiscing about: how beautiful Switzerland is! One of my favorite things was the cows just roaming free. They all wear a bell so you can hear them throughout your hike and it was so peaceful. It was exactly how I imagined Switzerland would be.

What I’m loving: these next few months are my favorite and I love all the anticipation of fall with Christmas not far behind

Favorite post of the month: Where to Eat and Stay in Rome – we are really missing the food in Rome, especially our Giolitti gelato.

What I’m Up to: packing and repacking my suitcase

What I’m working on: I’m almost done with writing all my Rome posts, but I’ve yet to start my Amalfi Coast posts. Those will be easier to write because there’s less history/facts, but it’s always so hard for me to narrow down my pictures.

What I’m excited about: September 7th! This date has been on our minds for about two months. It’s the official start of NFL football, our apartment will be decorated for fall, and we’ll be done with our crazy busy summer. This summer has been a lot of fun, but all the travel (today is our 11th flight since May) is definitely catching up to us and we’re excited to relax at home for more than a few weeks at a time.

What I’m watching/reading: We enjoyed The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2, Hard Knocks, Quarterback, and we just started Only Murders in the Building. Virgin River is also coming back September 7th so we’re excited for that show.

Books I read this month: I breezed through quite a few books this month! The long flights helped and most of these books are easy beach reads.

  • 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
  • A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer
  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  • Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

What I’m doing this weekend: we’ll be in Atlanta for Jon’s sister’s wedding

What I’m looking forward to next month: all the fall things, especially decorating the apartment!

What are you looking forward to next month?

37 thoughts on “What’s Up: August 2023

  1. Switzerland is a wonderful country, which seems so close to perfection. I went back last year and I still wonder why we don’t all manage to achieve this level of organisation.

    1. It really is! I wish the subway was even half as efficient as their transportation. I was amazed!

  2. Coincidence! We’ll also be in Atlanta this weekend, for a college volleyball tournament at Emory. Looking forward to the Switzerland posts, because your photos already take me back to our time in Lucerne in 2019. Thanks for the heads-up on Virgin River (great show). Love the Sept. 7th bookmark (go Broncos!) And I just finished Elin Hilderbrand’s “Golden Girl” – have you read it? It’s an interesting plot, especially considering one of the main characters dies in the first few pages, but the story stays with her into the “hereafter”.

    1. Small world! We’re flying out today, hopefully the hurricane doesn’t interrupt our flight. Lucerne was such a charming town, a nice way to start our trip. I’m a Lions fan and I’m slightly optimistic for this season, but it will be a tough start against Mahomes. I think Golden Girl was one of the first Elon Hilderbrand books I read and I enjoyed it. It is an interesting plot.

      1. At least you don’t have Mahomes in your division. The Broncos might as well skip both games and up the loss column by two 🙂

  3. Boy can I relate to the too much travel thing! We’ve got one final trip planned for this long weekend and then I’m looking forward to being a hermit for a while. You’ve had such an amazing summer though!

    1. It has been an amazing summer! We didn’t think it would be so busy, we were told to keep our fall open for the wedding, but then they chose Labor Day.. Being a hermit sounds wonderful! Hope you have a great final trip!

  4. Congrats on achieving your birthday goal Lyssy. Switzerland looks beautiful. I am with you on the busy bit, but typically we never travel in the summer when so many others are out there. Once our kids were grown, we switched to offseason travel. Our CFL football team has been struggling all year, but finally one some games. It could be a much better ending to the season that a start. Have a great Wednesday. Allan

    1. Thank you! I was very happy I got to do it and not have to talk about it another few years. Switzerland was like being inside a painting. I prefer the offseason too, especially when the weather is cooler. Hope your team has a good end to the season!

  5. You two have been *very* busy and I’m glad you had such a great time in Switzerland. Congratulations on paragliding – you’re braver than me.

    1. It was a trip to remember! The paragliding was such a smooth ride, but I know it’s not for everyone.

  6. Switzerland does look just wonderful and kudos to you for trying paragliding! I hope you have the best time at the wedding.

  7. I’m with you, Lyssy! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, and college football starts this weekend – yahoo. I’m looking forward to your posts about the Amalfi Coast and Switzerland.

    1. Very excited for college football too although my Michigan State Spartans aren’t looking too promising this year 😅 hope we get some great fall weather!

  8. Hi Lyssy,
    Your pictures from Switzerland are beautiful. We are planning our trip there and wondered what area you based yourselves out of? It’s hard to decide with all the different trains/cable cars/gondola’s etc to different places (it almost feels overwhelming to figure out which to take to get where) but we are thinking Interlaken or Grimmelwald. I’m interested in getting your thoughts since you’ve just returned. Thanks!

    1. Hi Lisa! I was definitely overwhelmed when I was booking and deciding where to stay. We based in Wengen and loved it. It had the great views and also was super easy to get around. I would say Gimmelwald was very picturesque, but seemed harder to get around. We only took the train through interlaken but it seemed a bit touristy and maybe didn’t have the sweeping Mountain View’s. The transportation in Switzerland was incredible and they time it so when you have connections you only have to wait a few minutes in between, super efficient. We used the SBB app to find the routes and it was very user friendly. Happy to answer any other questions 😊

  9. Switzerland looks so scenic! Looks like you had a fantastic time. I love fall as well and can’t wait for the coming months, although we tend to get a lot of rain here during that time here in Vancouver. Can’t wait for the NFL games as well 🙂

    1. Switzerland was like being inside a painting! I am very over the heat and looking forward to some fall weather. Rain can be cozy in the fall. I grew up in Michigan so I am a Lions fan and I hardly get to see them because they always show the NY teams so I’m extra excited 🙂

  10. Switzerland is the dream, and what a fantastic place to kick off your 30s, especially with paragliding! OMITB is one of my favorite shows, too, and my partner and I tune in every Tuesday for the latest episode(s); I’ll admit, there are a lot more red herrings this season than before! Enjoy the last of the summer, as fall (and everything pumpkin spice) will be just around the corner!

    1. Switzerland was so amazing! I am excited to see how the show will end, we are now three episodes in. Hope you have a great end of summer too!

  11. We’re counting down to the 7th too…snack helmet ready, all team mini helmets on our dresser…we love the NFL 😊 So glad you had the best time in Switzerland, welcome to the new decade

    1. That is so fun! Only two more days till kickoff, although that’s pretty late for you haha. Thank you – 30 is treating me well so far 🙂

    1. Switzerland was such a dream! This is the best time of year, hopefully it doesn’t go by as fast as usual!

  12. How fun to celebrate your birthday while on vacation!! Glad to hear you had a wonderful trip to Switzerland. Looking forward to hearing more about it. There’s always something so special about being in the mountains.

    1. It was such a great time, especially with the beautiful weather. It was so nice hearing the cowbells/roosters instead of the helicopters and horns ha.

  13. Switzerland has to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world! Too bad it’s so expensive. We went to Basel and eat salads at a restaurant that shared space with Subway. Two salads and two soft drinks was $50. 😳

    1. It is so beautiful! Oh man that is so expensive! It was eye opening seeing the prices on the transportation passes and how much the gondolas cost too.

  14. Seems like August was so busy for you – but a good kind of busy! Your trip to Switzerland sounds absolutely amazing, and happy belated birthday! Paragliding is so much fun, and the views must be stunning in Switzerland! Even though I love summer I have to admit that I am starting to get excited about fall and the “cosy months” ahead!

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