#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!

#103 & #8j Carve a Watermelon & Watch Grease

16 06 2012

#103 Carve a Watermelon

I was incredibly excited to embark on this adventure. Most people have probably carved a pumpkin at some point, but how many can say they have carved a watermelon? Since Father’s Day is tomorrow, I decided to carve a nice, simple, “Happy Father’s Day!” message. Initially, I tried cutting a circle out of the top like you do with a pumpkin, but I quickly realized that I was going to have a really difficult time scooping out the insides. I decided to slice the entire top off instead, and to flip it upside down before carving my message on the side. This proved to be an especially good idea, because it gave me a solid base for the watermelon to stand up. Eventually, I managed to get all of the pink out and I moved on to sketching my design. I taped it onto my watermelon, and proceeded to use my pumpkin carving tools to finish the job. I think it turned out pretty awesome!

#8j Watch Grease

My day concluded by watching Grease for the first time. Basically, the only things that I knew about it was that it had John Travolta, and it was set in the 50’s. That’s about it. I had no idea that it was a musical.  I didn’t think that the singers were the best, and the acting was beyond cheesy and terribly unrealistic.  I can’t say that it was my favorite, but I’m glad that I watched it. Like all of the other movies I’ve seen from my list so far, I feel like I will now be more in the loop whenever this movie gets referenced. Thanks to my future sister in law, Ashton, for recording it for me! Another one bites the dust!

#61, #36, #45, & # 34 Beach Glass, Lunch w/Stranger, S’mores, & Forking

15 06 2012

I’m pretty surprised that I actually managed to accomplish 4 things on my list in just one day, but everything just kind of worked out perfectly! Here’s a brief recap of everything:

#61 Expand My Collection of Beach Glass

Alex and I woke up early to go to Otter Rock, where he likes to surf, and I like to pick up beach glass. For those of you who don’t know, beach glass is made when broken glass gets churned in the depths of the sea until it’s smooth, and it eventually gets washed up on the shore. It is typically clear, green, brown, and blue. I have a small but growing collection of beach glass, and it seemed like the perfect thing to add to my summer bucket list! I spent about an hour scouring the shore, and ended up with a decent sized  handful to add to my collection!

#36 Have Lunch With a Stranger (My Treat)

This item on my list wasn’t planned for today, but it ended up working out quite nicely. After 3 hours on the beach, Alex and I were quite hungry for lunch, so naturally we stopped at Mo’s. As I have mentioned before, Mo’s has amazing clam chowder (among other things), and it really completes the experience of going to the beach. The Mo’s that we were at was just an annex of their main restaurant in Newport and had limited seating, so some tables were shared. Shortly after we sat down, a nice elderly couple joined us at our table, and we had a great time talking about where we were all from and what we were doing that day. They told some fun stories that really livened up our meal, and I couldn’t think of a nicer pair of strangers to treat to lunch.  We finished and left before them, so I’m sure they had a pleasant surprise after we were gone!

#45 Make S’mores

In honor of Father’s Day weekend, Alex and I cooked a nice dinner for my family, and I decided that it would be the perfect time to use our fire pit to have s’mores for dessert. Somewhere in the online world I had stumbled across the awesome idea to do different variations on regular s’mores, and I knew that I had to try it!  I set off for the grocery store with the idea to get different flavored graham crackers and a couple different types of chocolate, and we ended up with 4 types of marshmallows (plain, strawberry, caramel vanilla, and chocolate vanilla), 3 types of graham crackers (plain, cinnamon, and chocolate), and lots of chocolate variations (milk, dark, toffee and almond, cookies and cream, Andes mints, and Reese’s peanut butter cups). The 3 variations I tried were (1) chocolate crackers/strawberry marshmallow/cookies and cream, (2) cinnamon crackers/caramel vanilla marshmallow/ Reese’s, and (3) chocolate cracker/chocolate vanilla marshmallow/Andes mints. They were all really good, and it was so much fun trying out the different combinations! Who knew s’mores could be so much fun?

#34 Fork Someone’s Yard

The final item I checked off tonight was forking someone’s yard. I chose to put this item on my list because I wanted to pull a prank that was fun and daring, but without causing any damage. When I initially made my list about a month ago, my sisters Hannah and Haley both really wanted to do this one with me. Hannah had one friend in particular that she really wanted to prank, so we geared up with 200 forks, put our eye black on, and embarked on a stealthy mission to cover a yard with forks. We took caution to remain unnoticed by opening the fork boxes in the car, not shutting the car doors, and agreeing not to talk. We left a note on the front porch that included an inside joke Hannah and her friend had so that she would know it was us, and I added in my blog so they could come check it out if they wanted. We managed to get the job done without being noticed, so I’d say it was quite a success!

#50 Swing on a Swing

14 06 2012

When I was younger, I used to LOVE swings. In my opinion, they were by far the best piece of playground equipment. Forget the slides, monkey bars, and jungle gyms, I wanted a swing. There’s something thrilling about using your own momentum to propel yourself high in the air, and feeling the wind rush in your face and whip your hair around. I also love the view when you lean your head back and the whole world goes upside down. I definitely remember spending whole recesses looking at the world from this inverted point of view, pretending my feet would reach the clouds if I just reached a little bit farther, and looking at the ground to see how close my hair was to brushing the dirt. Swinging on a swing today took me right back to my childhood, which  is why I put it on my list! I hope I never grow up so much that I stop appreciating the magic of swings.