We had a heckuva week.

Last Sunday, we moved into our new home! We were blessed with help from over 20 folks from our church and the entire process took approximately 3 hours.

On Monday, our Tri-C classes began. I am teaching three classes this semester and Sheila is taking Painting and Graphic Design.

Tuesday was one of the saddest days we’ve had in quite some time. We cleaned up and moved our last few remaining items out of our beloved apartment in Tremont.


We loved this place from the moment when we first saw the stained glass cross on the front door, and we were thrilled when our landlord selected us from over 30 applicants and offered the place to us during the summer of 2010.


This picture of our empty living room that I took on Tuesday evening is even sadder than the countless Browns losses that I endured in this living room over the past 4 seasons.


When we’re older and we look back on the most memorable moments of our marriage, I’m sure that a significant portion of them will have occurred here in our quaint and cozy apartment in Tremont.

Sheila overcame the painful memories of a life-threatening car accident during her teenage years and became a confident driver. I arrived on the doorstep of our apartment obese and completely out of shape. When I locked the door for the final time, I left as a marathoner who has overcome majorly unhealthy eating habits and lost over 25 pounds. In 2010 and 2011, we awoke at 6:55AM and checked the Ohio Bar Exam results with hopeful hearts and bleary eyes. By God’s grace, we both passed on our first try. We lived approximately two blocks from where we work, and Sheila established Scranton Road Legal Clinic almost two years ago. I could go on and on!

Most notably, this was the place that we lived when we adopted Butters. I’ll never forget our shock when he trotted over to the island in our kitchen and marked his territory after he made his first rounds of the house. What can we say, he was a stray dog!


Butters’ first day in our home – September 25, 2010!

We worked late on Wednesday and Thursday too.

By the time Friday night came around, we were completely exhausted. Nevertheless, both of us were craving healthy food.

I was exhausted and I knew that I had a lot of unpacking to do, but I forced myself to go to Gunning Recreation Center, Thanks to fellow 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Official Blogger Jessica, I learned that Cleveland’s rec centers are free. When I found out that Gunning had an indoor track, I wanted to try it out. I had a great experience, but I’ll talk about that in a future training post.

Toward the end of my run, I remembered that Sheila was making fish tacos for dinner and I started to get excited about the great meal that lay ahead. After enjoying our first home-cooked meal in our new home, I decided that this meal was so delicious that I wanted to share it with all of you!

Sheila typed up the recipe for my followers on Instagram, and here it is:

Fish Tacos With Mango Black Bean Salsa
(inspired by this recipe on How Sweet It Is)

–At least 3 pieces of flounder or another whitefish
–Lime juice
–Coconut milk
–Whole wheat tortillas
–1 can of black beans
–1 mango
–Shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
–1 cup of plain Greek yogurt

1.) Marinate 3 pieces of flounder in 1/4 cup coconut milk, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, and a teaspoon or so of cilantro for about 20 minutes (Joe’s note: Sheila has also used other types of whitefish, such as tilapia, when making this recipe in the past.)

2.) Sautee the fish in the marinade until it is cooked through.

3.) Serve it on whole wheat tortillas with black beans, mango, Monterey Jack cheese, and Greek yogurt mixed with a bit of lime juice & cilantro.

4.) Enjoy a healthy and delicious meal! (Joe’s note: If you want to have seconds, which you know you will, enjoy the filling on its own without a tortilla. It tastes just as good on its own!)


Interested in some of the other recipes that Sheila has used to help aid my weight loss journey? Click here to see her Pinterest board filled with great recipes!