#11 Stickie Note a Car

29 06 2012

I have been looking forward to completing this one for such a long time! I used my Staples rewards to purchase 5000 stickie notes, which ended up being just about the perfect amount. I also bought 2400 small stickie notes, but we didn’t use them, because it would have taken way too long. We had the perfect friend targeted, and he just happened to be going golfing today with my boyfriend, Alex. Alex suggested that they carpool in his car, so as to leave my targeted friend’s car behind, giving me the perfect opportunity to lay on the stickie note attack! I got my friend Stephanie to help me out, and we went to work layering on hundreds and hundreds of stickie notes over the course of a couple hours. People walking/driving by got a kick out of what we were doing and thought it was an awesome idea. When the guys were done golfing, I told Alex that he needed to stall for more time so that we could finish, so they stopped to get lunch.

Two hours into our endeavor, the property manager at the apartment complex came around threatening to call the police on us for trespassing and littering, because we didn’t live there and because 3 stickie notes had fallen off of the car, thereby “littering” their parking lot, and that it would cost them “thousands of dollars to clean up the mess”. I was not about to let all of our hard work go to waste before our friend even got to see our masterpiece, so I politely argued back, insisting that we would clean up every last stickie note after our friend saw it (I mean, it’s not like he can drive away with thousands stickie notes obstructing his view), and that the purpose of using stickie notes for a prank is that we didn’t want to cause any type of damage.  He finally agreed to give us a little bit of time to let our prank play out and to clean it up, so I called Alex to tell him to come over right away. They had just gotten their food, so they had to take it to go, but they thought it was pretty awesome when they saw what we had done! We didn’t have time to finish the back, and we had planned to cover the wheels too, but with all things considered I’m very happy with how it turned out!

If I were to do this again, (1) I would get more people to help, because I had no idea that it would take so long for two people to do, and (2) I would make sure to do it on private property, or at a location where I knew that no one would get mad at us. This was definitely one of the more time consuming endeavors on my list, and I’m glad I got to do it! #11 was definitely a success!


#15 & #8f Wear a Hat & Watch Rain Man

28 06 2012

#15 Wear a Hat For a Day

To most people, wearing a hat for a day probably seems pretty insignificant. But for some reason, I NEVER wear hats. I like hats. I even buy hats. But I don’t ever get around to actually wearing them. That’s why #15 made its way onto my bucket list. Until today, I had a stack of 3 brand new, unworn hats sitting in my room. Now I can officially say that only 2 of them are unworn. =) I happened to be going golfing today, so it worked out that it was even a somewhat useful accessory to my outfit. If you’ll notice, my hat says the year ’08, meaning that I’ve had that particular hat sitting in my room with the tags still on it for 4 years! I can’t say when or if I’ll ever get around to breaking in the other two hats, but in the meantime, #15 was a success!

#8f Watch Rain Man

I had forgotten that I put the majority of the remaining movies on my summer bucket list in my dvd queue on Netflix, so it was a bit of a surprise when Rain Man showed up in the mail today. Tonight was pretty uneventful after golf, dinner, and cleaning my room, so I decided to pop it in and see what I’d been missing for all these years. It was actually really good! I had no idea what it was going to be about or who was in it (Tom Cruise sure looked a lot younger back then!) but it was a really neat story! For those of you who don’t know, it’s about a guy who finds out that his dad passed away and that his dad left nearly all of his inheritance to a long lost autistic brother that he didn’t even know he had. It was a very touching movie, and I’m really glad that I got to see it. Can’t wait to see what the next movie holds!

#56 Paint All Finger/Toe Nails Different Colors

24 06 2012

I started regularly painting my nails a couple months ago because I started going to hour long hard core yoga classes several times each week. Since you spend so much time staring at either your hands or your feet in the different poses, I started keeping my nails painted so that I would have something fun to look at throughout the class. I’ve been trying different colors and styles each week, and that was my inspiration for this item on my bucket list.  Tonight, Alex and I went to a nice happy hour dinner with our friends Taylor and Tyler, then we went back to their new apartment to take advantage of their pool and hot tub! As I was sitting in the hot tub, looking at my week old, chipped fingernails, I realized that it was time to repaint them, yet again. Then it hit me – Taylor has lots of nail polish too, including lots of colors I don’t have! She was more than willing to let me use her polish, and even helped me to paint some of them. I think they turned out pretty awesome!

#80 & #66 Try a New Food & Make Glass Art

22 06 2012

#80 Try a New Food

Today was very rainy and gloomy. We were going to golf today, but decided to go out to lunch first with the hope that the rain might pass by and leave us with a clear afternoon.  A while back I had bought a Living Social discounted certificate to a random cafe called Perugino in downtown Eugene, so we decided to try them out. Alex and I both ordered pesto turkey panini sandwiches, and we decided to try their soup of the day: African Peanut Stew with Yogurt. The idea of a stew being made with peanuts seemed pretty random to me, but the idea of putting yogurt on top really pushed it over the edge. I really have no idea what was in the stew, but it had really good flavor.  There were some interesting looking chunks, and some interesting textures, but overall I thought it was really good! #80 was a success!

#66 Make Glass Art

Since it was still raining after we ate lunch, we decided to use another Living Social certificate I had bought to make glass art at a local shop called The Glass Fuser. This was our first experience with making glass art, and it was really fun! We took a bunch of partially melted pieces of glass and arranged them on a glass rectangle. Once we had our design laid out, we had to glue the pieces in place and fill in the empty spaces with tiny glass particles. It was simple, but pretty fun! I made a garden scene, and Alex made a beach scene. We have to wait a week before they are melted and ready for us to pick up, and I can’t wait to see how they turned out! Our rainy day turned out to be pretty fun in the end.

#23 & #76 Ride a Mechanical Bull & Kiss a Stranger

21 06 2012

#23 Ride a Mechanical Bull

What a wild night! A local bar in Springfield was hosting a night of bikini bull riding, so naturally, I just had to attend so as to check another one off of my list! Of course, I had to take a few shots before I saddled up, and I was quite happily buzzed by the time my turn came around. I’ll let the video do the talking:

#76 Kiss a Stranger

Since I was buzzed, in a bar with very little clothing on, and surrounded by lots of guys, I had no problem checking #76 off of my list as well. I had been chatting with one guy in particular and found out that it was his birthday that very night (I even saw his ID to be sure), he was in the air force, and was currently on a week long break between a 6 year service he had just finished and a 4 year service he was about to start.  He seemed like the perfect stranger to help me accomplish #76! I like to think of it as a small service to my country. And thankfully, Alex was a great sport about it, and even took the picture for me. It was a truly wild night!


#43 Buy Something From a Quarter Toy Machine

20 06 2012

I happened to be walking through the Rogue Brewery in Newport when I saw one of those awesome quarter toy vending machines that were always so much fun when you’re a kid. It was hidden amongst several other candy vending machines, but I found it! Naturally, I had to pull out a quarter and see what my hidden prize would be. I was a bit surprised to find a mini ninja guy with two knives – kinda random. And just what do you do with a mini random toy? This one is going to find a spot on my desk at work to remind me of my childhood, and how something so little and simple can bring so much excitement into an otherwise boring day.

#28 Make Homemade Ice Cream

17 06 2012

When I was creating my summer bucket list, I initially wanted to make this one “Buy ice cream from an ice cream truck”, but then I realized that it’s been years since I’ve heard of an ice cream truck making the rounds in any neighborhood, and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to complete it.  As a comparable alternative, I decided to try my hand at making homemade ice cream instead.  Since today was a warm, sunny Father’s day, I thought it would be the perfect time to check this one off of my list. My wonderful boyfriend, Alex’s parents had an electric ice cream maker, so I asked them if we could make ice cream for our Father’s Day lunch dessert. I have never made ice cream before, but it was a pretty simple process. First, we combined all of the ingredients in a bowl, which included sweetened condensed milk, eggs, vanilla, and some other stuff. We poured it into the ice cream maker container, and added almost an entire half gallon of milk. Then we put in the mixing thing and the lid, and set it in the blue bucket. We filled the bucket with ice and rock salt, and turned on the motor, which spun the canister and turned the mixing thing at the same time. The rock salt helps to lower the melting temperature of water, so that the ice melts faster, and makes the ice cream canister colder. Since it kept melting down, I had to keep adding more ice and salt to maintain the cold temperature. Eventually the motor started sounding sluggish, indicating that the ice cream was starting to get thicker and harder to churn. We unplugged it, let it set for a while, and then opened it up to find delicious vanilla ice cream! It melted really fast, but was really really good. It was a fun, sweet treat for a hot day! I definitely will be making this again someday, and might even experiment with trying different flavors. #28 was a definite success!