My Starry, Bouncy, Exciting Weekend!

30 07 2012

#59 Attend a Concert

I had a very exciting weekend, which started out with attending a concert on Friday to see Miranda Cosgrove aka iCarly. I had no idea she was even coming to town until a friend posted on Facebook asking who else was going just a couple weeks ago. Since tickets were only $20 and she was performing pretty close to where my parents live, I jumped at the chance to go! I searched online to try to find out if she was going to have a meet and greet but I couldn’t find any information, so I emailed someone on her website asking about it. She referred me to Miranda’s tour manager and gave me her email address, and when I contacted her to ask if Miranda would be doing a meet and greet, she said she’d add us to the list! My sisters and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet her, and she was so sweet and fun in person. She also put on an amazing concert, and eventually I will get around to editing and uploading video clips of her show. Since we got the meet and greet passes, we also got to watch the concert from a fenced in area right in front of the stage, which was incredible, because we didn’t have a crowd of hundreds of people pushing in on us. Her super cute drummer even came up to the edge of the stage and tossed one of his drum sticks to me!  It was a really amazing night!

 

#44 Jump On a Giant Trampoline

The next morning I convinced my dad that we needed to put our giant trampoline up again for the summer, and after about an hour, we had it up and running (or should I say bouncing?). I absolutely LOVE jumping on the trampoline. There is something so thrilling about using your own power to launch yourself high into the air, and then to attempt flips and tricks that you are unable to do standing on dry land. My legs were definitely not in jumping shape though, and I am sure that they will be sore for a long time!

 

#49 Flashlight Hide and Seek

My parents went out to a concert event in town for the evening and my sisters invited a friend over to spend the night. Since we had the house to ourselves, it was the perfect opportunity to play flashlight hide and seek! It really is just basic hide and seek, but we turned out all the lights in the house, used our phones as flashlights to find a hiding spot, and the seeker used a head-light and big flashlight to seek out everyone else. It’s been years since I played hide and seek with my sisters, and it definitely took me down memory lane! Playing it in the dark made it a little bit more exciting though. My littlest sister Haley was the definite winner, because she was only found first once (the last round we played), and she never had to be “it”. Being little has its perks sometimes!

 

#64 Camp In a Tent In The Back Yard & #17 Sleep Under the Stars

My sisters and I had decided to camp out in the back yard, so earlier in the day we set up our giant tent. We had to read the manual and ask Dad for help once, but eventually we got it all figured out. Since it was a perfectly clear night, we decided not to put the rain cover on, and we got to fall asleep with the stars overhead, so I’m going to count this as two things. I’d like to say that I made it all the way through the night, but I’m afraid I didn’t. I woke up at 3:30 and had to pee really bad. On top of that, I never can get comfortable in a sleeping bag. I get too warm, which causes me to sweat, but my head freezes, so I get really cold, and I end up being a sweaty, cold, hot, uncomfortable mess. Since I had to go inside to use the bathroom, I decided to just sleep the rest of the night in my own bed. So I didn’t make it the whole night, but I think I did these well enough. Camping is just NOT my thing!

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#70 Hot Tub + Glow Sticks, #41 Donate Blood, #8k Watch The Borrowers

23 07 2012

#70 Hot Tub + Glow Sticks

I first saw the idea to let kids take a bath in the dark with glow sticks on Pinterest, and I thought it would be really fun to adapt this for my summer bucket list. When you combine house sitting at a place with a hot tub (they’ve assured me that they don’t mind if I have people over), with my Jello shots, and a hand full of young adults, you’ve got the perfect mix to add in glow sticks! I picked up a couple packs in the $1 section at Target a few weeks back, and it was the perfect scenario to bring them out! Unfortunately, it’s hard to take good pictures in the dark, while showing both the people and the glow sticks, but I still got a few decent shots of our excitement. Adding in glow sticks was definitely a fun touch to an otherwise ordinary hot tub!

#41 Donate Blood For the First Time

I have a serious dislike for needles, but I got stuck by them 5 times within 3 days! Since I am starting nursing school this fall, I went in on Friday to get my tetanus shot updated, to have a little blood drawn to prove I’m immune to the Chicken Pox, and to have a test showing that I haven’t been in contact with tuberculosis. Then, I had signed up to give blood at my church blood drive on Sunday, so they got to stick me a couple more times for that! I had never given blood before, but I had always thought that it was a really neat idea. It’s something that almost anyone can do, that doesn’t cost them any money, that can help save peoples lives. I know that if I had a serious injury that required blood transfusions that I’d be incredibly grateful to the donors, and felt like it was something I should try at least once. I was incredibly nervous leading up to my appointment because my wonderful boyfriend (who is a paramedic) was kind enough to talk to me about how big the needle was.  I can do pretty well with small needles, but the bigger ones really shake me up! I never actually saw the needle because I kept my head turned the whole time and it was covered with a piece of gauze while I was donating, but I could definitely feel it going in and coming out! Inside the bloodmobile I had to sit in a chair that elevated your legs, keeping you in a leaned back position. Once the needle was in, I had to gently squeeze a foam ear of corn, and after several minutes (that seemed like an eternity) they told me I was done!  I mostly felt fine afterwards, except that I was pretty lethargic, took a long nap in the afternoon, and felt hungrier and thirstier than usual. Going to yoga this morning was also a lot more tiring that it normally is, but I think the side effects I experienced were pretty normal considering I gave away at least 10% of my blood! The best part was that our local Dari Marts sponsor blood donors by giving them a free pint of ice cream when you donate! I don’t know how often I’ll donate blood, but I definitely could see myself doing it again sometime in the future!

 

#8k Watch The Borrowers

I rented this one randomly with my free kids rental pass from blockbuster, and what a lucky gem it turned out to be! I loved it so much that I HAD to add it to my list so I could blog about it. Is that cheating? Well I don’t really care! I knew that The Borrowers is a book (though I’ve never read it), and that they just came out with a Japanese anime version of it called The Secret World of Arrietty, which I loved, so I decided to try this one out. First of all, it was really neat how they showed the story of tiny people living in our world, and I thought it was really cute how it was set in Europe. But the best part was discovering 3 characters from the Harry Potter movies! This movie had younger versions of Draco Malfoy, Arthur Weasley, and Professor Slughorn! Talk about an amazing surprise! It also had Hugh Laurie aka House who played a police officer, but that wasn’t nearly so exciting as the others. Anyways, it was a cute movie, but if you’re a Harry Potter buff like me, you should totally watch it to see the characters! Little Tom Felton (Draco) playing Peagreen was just adorable! Definitely glad I stumbled upon this one!

 





Mail Updates, #8h Watch The Goonies, #81 Jello Shots, #82 Flavored Cigar, & #108 High Tea

21 07 2012

I’ve been house sitting over the last several days, which has caused me to really slack off on my blogging. Therefore, I’ve crammed a LOT into this post! So without further ado, here we go!

Mail Updates!

I received two AWESOME pieces of mail this week! In May, I sent a couple care packages to our troops fighting in Afghanistan (see my post here) and this week I was thrilled to receive a thank you note from one of the soldiers! The second piece of mail I was delighted to see was a little package from Sarah at Gone With the Summer! I had entered a drawing on Sarah’s blog to win an adorable pair of heart-shaped sunglasses, and  was so excited to find out that I won! Since winning a prize was on my summer bucket list, it was an especially awesome that I got to check it off by winning a prize from a fellow bucket list blogger! Sarah included a super cute note, and I absolutely LOVE the sunglasses! I will definitely have to wear these this summer!

#8h Watch The Goonies

I came across this coupon for a free month pass for kids and family rentals at Blockbuster, and seized the opportunity to rent The Goonies! I had never seen this movie and (like most of the other movies on my list) had no idea what it was about, but I knew that it was set in Astoria, OR, which is just a 3 hour drive away from me! My wonderful boyfriend, Alex, had worked as a paramedic up there for a couple years, and he was getting such a kick out of seeing the town in the movie, because apparently it looks almost exactly the same, and he said he even ran a call in the blue house right next door to The Goonies house! Since the house is pretty close to where I live, I think I’ll have to take a trip up there to see it in person sometime! I thought that the movie was excellent, though I can’t believe that it was only rated PG! The kids said, “Oh sh*t!” multiple times throughout the movie, and there was even a scene where they broke a man’s private part off of a nude statue and were trying to stick it back on! I guess they had different standards of what is appropriate back when this movie was made! Nevertheless, I thought it was awesome, and it’s definitely one of my favorite movies that I’ve watched from my list so far.

#81 Make Jello Shots

I’ve been wanting to do this item on my list for ages now, and I finally decided it was the perfect opportunity to do it while I was house sitting! This particular family has a gorgeous house with a beautiful view of the city and their own private hot tub, and they’ve made it clear that they don’t mind if I throw a party. I’d never really hosted a party before, but it turned out to be really fun! I decided to make the Jello shots extra fun by using two different flavors, which were peach-mango and blackberry pomegranate, and they tasted amazing together! I tilted the tray at an angle to set in the fridge, so that the colors would be slanted in the end. Then I added the top layer and let them chill again. I think they turned out perfect! I definitely could see myself making these again someday, and they really weren’t that difficult!

#82 Smoke a Flavored Cigar

So, earlier this summer I smoked a little bit of a swisher sweet cigar for the first time, and I was thoroughly unimpressed by the taste. I was really hoping that smoking a chocolate flavored cigar would taste better, but unfortunately it didn’t. I can now say I’ve smoked things twice in my life, and I have no desire to try for a third. But oh well, now I can say that I’ve tried it!

#108 Attend High Tea

A dear friend named Jennifer invited me to attend high tea with her at Scatter Joy tea room in Junction City, which is just a few miles away from Eugene. I had never been to a high tea, but was thrilled to try it out! We got to try 2 different pots of tea, and we chose Caramel Creme Brulee and Jasmine Green tea. Both were very good! We also got a dainty little salad, and a multi tiered tray of finger sandwiches, scones, and other goodies! I was so glad that Jennifer knew what she was doing, because I was clueless! I learned that you drop a sugar cube into your tea by letting it slowly slide down the side of your cup, rather than just plopping it in. I also learned that the little tray of yellow goop was not butter, but rather a delicious lemon curd, and that you don’t eat the said lemon curd like a pudding, but rather by putting it on your scones! My favorite was the dessert, which was a homemade pink lemonade cake, and oh my, was it delicious! The tea room was absolutely adorable, with all kinds of dainty little treasures and treats, and I could definitely see myself going back there for another girls day out!





#39 Pick Blueberries for My Grandparents & #106 Buy a Cat Drawing

16 07 2012

#39 Pick Blueberries For My Grandparents

Today was surprisingly cooler than the last week has been, and I seized the opportunity to pick blueberries for my grandparents! They have tons of blueberry bushes in their yard, and every year it’s the same struggle to try to pick the majority of them before they fall off and die. I spent about 90 minutes scouring a large section of bushes and though I ate a few along the way, I still ended up with a whole bucket full! I imagine that I’ll be helping to pick again before the summer is over, but in the meantime, I can consider #39 a success!

#106 Buy a Drawing from iwanttodrawacatforyou.com

So this guy named Steve was on Shark Tank, which is a TV show where startup entrepreneurs can seek investments from the “sharks” aka the people with money, and his business was hand drawing cats doing whatever you want them to do. When I first heard about him over a year ago, I thought he had a really fun company, and that it was a great idea! I mostly forgot about it until Shark Tank did a follow up story on how successful the company had become, and that they had even expanded to other fun ideas, such as iwanttowriteasongforyou.com. Anyways, I love supporting people who are still near the beginning of their careers, because they are so excited for what they are doing, and they really appreciate everyone’s support, and I knew that I had to put this item on my list. I actually ordered this drawing on June 7th, and had been wondering when it was going to arrive. The delivery estimate was 4-6 weeks, and it took 5 1/2 weeks to show up. At the time I placed my order, his website said he was on a drawing in the 5600’s, and my drawing was #7100! So he’s managed to crank out around 1500 drawings in about a month – that is crazy busy! I asked for a girl cat enjoying her summer, and he gave me just that! I think it turned out awesome! I definitely think I need to get a frame for this one!





#109 Float the River, #18 Half Birthday, & #88 Country Fair

15 07 2012

#109 Float the River

Last month, I came across this awesome 2 person inner tube with cup holders and a cooler in the middle on clearance for only $25, and I knew I had to add floating the river to my summer bucket list! Alex and I floated the river maybe 5 years ago, and it was definitely time to try it again. We dropped my car off at a boat landing downstream, strapped the inner tube to Alex’s car, and drove it to a gravel area upstream where we could leave his car and set off in the water. We filled the cooler with a big bag of ice and lots of drinks, and also brought along life jackets (in case our tube popped), and a pair of short oars to help steer our tube in the right direction. It turned out to be a really fun afternoon! We saw lots of wildlife along the way, including fish jumping, lots of hawks, a heron, a vulture, and a deer. We were anticipating that it would only take 2-3 hours, but it actually ended up taking 4 hours! We had such a great time, that I’m sure we will be doing it again many times this summer. I also tried to get a tan tattoo for the second time (the first time I tried was when I carved my watermelon), but it barely showed up at all, so I’ll have to work on that one in the future.

#18 Celebrate My Half Birthday

I have always thought it would be sooooo much fun to celebrate a half-birthday, and since July 14th marked the halfway point between my last birthday and my next birthday, I decided it was time to celebrate! Alex and I ended up hanging out with a handful of our friends in the next town over. We had a barbecue and drinks and I even baked myself a half birthday cake! I made two round strawberry cakes, cut them in half, and stacked them on top of each other to form a 4 layer half circle cake. I then frosted it with an outer layer of white cream cheese frosting and put it in the freezer to chill, which is called the crumb coat. This makes the outer layer of frosting go on smoother. I then added a layer of frosting I had dyed purple, and decorated it with mini M&Ms. It was a really fun excuse to make a cake and have fun times with our friends! I just might have to celebrate again sometime in the future!

#88 Experience the Country Fair

Giant flower pinwheels!

I live in Eugene, Oregon, which happens to be the hippie capitol of the world. Every year, they have the Oregon Country Fair, in a nearby town, which draws people from all over the world. Since I have lived in Eugene for the last 15 years and had never been, I figured it was about time I checked it out to see what all the hype was about. I was absolutely blown away by how extravagant it was, for being only a 3 day event. There were people everywhere, and it really felt like being in a big hippie version of Disneyland (without rides). So many people walked around in costumes, and there were booths with all kinds of crazy things, from “Mind Juice” to wooden children’s toys, tie dyed clothing, handmade jewelry, wood carvings, and so much more. By far the best part was all the people in costumes! Lots of women went topless, and many of them painted their breasts. We even saw one lady who had Spongebob painted onto her frontside, and her breasts were the eyes! Obviously, many of the pictures aren’t appropriate for this blog, but I’ll share a few that are. I can’t believe that it’s taken me so long to finally experience the country fair, and I’m sure I’ll be back in the future!

Rainbow face paint lady and a bubble blowing fairy!

I LOVED her tights!

 

Woodsy dude who had a doll on his back that spun in circles when you cranked it up!

A goddess and a wizard!





#40 Wash Grandparents’ Car

12 07 2012

It’s been so darn hot lately that I’ve been trying to find a time when our driveway was cooler and shaded to wash my grandparents’ car, and tonight was finally the night! Technically, they’re not my grandparents, but they are my wonderful boyfriend’s grandparents, and since I’ve lived with them for the last 5 1/2 years, they are basically mine too. I appreciate how wonderful they have always been to me, and I thought it would be very appropriate to direct one of my summer bucket list acts of kindness towards them. Needless to say, they were thrilled to be on the receiving end of this bucket list item!





#57 & #87 New Hair Style & Waxing

11 07 2012

#57 Try a New Hair Style

My hair has basically been the same style forever. Long, straight, and dark brown. I’ve never dyed my hair. I’ve never bleached it. I gave up layers and bangs a long time ago. So I felt like it was time to try something new. I had been thinking about trying to dye a strip of my hair a different color for a while, but was afraid by the permanence of it. Plus, since my hair is so dark they would have had to bleach it first, and then color it. And then I’d have to deal with it growing out. So I was really excited when I saw a pink strip of color in my sister, Hannah’s hair and I learned the exciting news that you could add color into your hair in just a few minutes with the simplicity of a hair extension! I’ve been meaning to make an appointment for myself to get one put in for over a month now, and I finally got around to doing it. Since my former hair stylist didn’t do extensions and I was long overdue for a trim, I decided to turn to Google to discover a new salon. That’s how I stumbled upon Face It! They were a pretty reasonably priced, really fun place, and best of all, they did extensions! Rochelle was my stylist, and she was the sweetest person ever! And when I told her about how this was an item on my summer bucket list, she offered to do the extensions for free! I will definitely be going back to her in the future! I had never had extensions before, and I couldn’t imagine having a whole head of them, but having my one little strip is really fun. It blends into my hair really well, and adds a little bit of excitement into my ordinary hair style. #57 was a definite success!

#87 Get Something Waxed

Since I was already at a salon, it made sense to check off #87 at the same time. I had never gotten anything waxed before, and the idea somewhat terrified me. Big mean strips of hot wax being yanked off of my body, ripping my poor hairs from their follicles, while they scream at me in waves of pain… Perhaps I’m being a bit dramatic, but I was really afraid of how much it would hurt. Since I pluck my eyebrows nearly every day, I figured that they would be the least likely to cause pain. Applying the wax was actually a really interesting sensation. It felt like a soft brush rubbing warm goo on my face, with the consistency of thick honey. The ripping process was really minor, and felt more like yanking a piece of scotch tape off my skin. Laying on a table with all of the bright lights while getting plucked and trimmed made me feel like Katniss in the Hunger Games. All in all, I was impressed by how little it hurt, and I really like the smooth finish that the waxing left. I just might be going back sometime to get my brows done again, and I might even venture into waxing other areas one day. Definitely glad I overcame this fear and checked this one off of my list!