End of Summer = End of Summer Bucket List

23 09 2012

Since I officially start nursing school classes tomorrow, it looks like the end of my summer is here. I have to say, I am very happy with all that I’ve accomplished this summer! It has been a real adventure, and I’ve mostly enjoyed everything along the way. Here is a quick overview of everything left on my list!

Success: 

#1 Keep a Blog For the Whole Summer – check!

#2 Take at Least 1 Picture Every Day – Before this summer, I was the person who always wished I had a picture of (fill in the blank)… so I really set out to whip out my camera more often and document my daily life. I can’t say that I took a picture literally every single day, but I definitely have more pictures from this summer than the last several years combined! I’d say this item was a success.

#3 Work Out a Minimum of 6 Days/Week – In my head I changed this to 6 “times” per week instead of days, because some weeks I was simply too busy to get a workout in every day, but I would have days where I’d go to 2 or 3 workouts in a day and I figured it would average out. I feel like I made a pretty good effort though, and I saw definite improvements in my flexibility and yoga endurance throughout the course of the summer. I think this item was a success too!

#5 Watch South Park Seasons 3-8 – South Park is my boyfriend’s favorite show, and since I had like most of the episodes I’d seen, I set out to watch a decent chunk of them. I managed to get through almost all of season 6, which is a lot farther than when I started, and now I am starting to understand some of the jokes my boyfriend says. So, I guess I’d call this one a work in progress.

#6 Keep Fresh Flowers in My Room All Summer – This was a definite success! My Fred Meyer sells pretty bouquets for $5 and they last for about 3 weeks! Once I discovered this, that’s all I purchased! It was great having fresh flowers next to my bed, and I’m definitely continuing this one into the school year.

#7f/g Read Heroes of Olympus 1 and 2 – I finished re-reading the first book on my trip to California (I forgot to post about it) and I’m a decent ways into the second book. I also have the third book in the series that just came out a few months ago, so I’m sure I’ll get around to that one as well. I’m pretty pleased with myself for doing a decent amount of reading this summer, so I’d say this series was a success!

#8 Watch 11 Movies – I managed to watch all but 2 of them! I’ve already started another list of movies I need to see, so I’m sure I’ll just roll the last two over.

#19 Learn How to French Braid – My mom taught me how to do this one a few days ago! We used my sister’s hair to practice on, and I watched my mom do one side and then I did the other. It was easier than I thought it would be, but I would have to practice a lot if I ever want to be able to do one on myself!

#21 Learn How to Use a Sewing Machine – My mom helped me to accomplish this one too! She’s was always a great seamstress when I was growing up, making my costumes for Halloween and my school plays, so I thought it was about time I learned how to use a sewing machine too! I got a basic skirt pattern and fabric from a craft store, and my mom showed me what to do. It wasn’t too difficult, but there were lots of little details to know, like which way a thread is supposed to be facing, and which direction to cut the fabric on a pattern. I could see myself getting into sewing at some point, but I think I’d need a few more lessons first. At any rate, the skirt came out great!

#55 Take a Picture With Every Amanda I Meet – This was awesome! I ended up getting my picture with 7 other Amandas!

#67 Paint a Piece of Pottery – I just painted this yesterday, and I can’t post the front side because the person it’s for will be able to tell it’s for them! I’m using it to get an early start on my Christmas shopping.

#98 Handstand – I have practiced this one a LOT this summer, and I can now do a very good HEADstand, and my handstand is improving.

Haven’t Gotten Around To (Yet):

#9 Make a Photo Book of My Summer – I hope I manage to get this one done sometime!

#10 Milk a Goat – I know two people who own goats and have to milk them twice daily, so I thought for sure I’d manage to do this one, but the right opportunity never quite came up. I’m sure I’ll accomplish this one sometime though!

#14 Volunteer – I signed up to help out in my church’s child care as a substitute for when the regular teachers were on vacation, but I never even got called. =(

#20 Make Mar Far Chicken – I actually have a Skype date tomorrow with my uncle in Japan to teach me how to make this family recipe!

#22 Glue a Quarter to the Ground and Watch – Someday I will definitely do this!

#24 Random Chat Generator – Maybe one day…

#25 Carve my initials into a tree – Still looking for the right tree… and a sharp knife!

#29 Write on a Bathroom Stall in a Bar – There is one bar in particular that I wanted to do this at, but I never ended up going there this summer. I’ve even kept a Sharpie in my purse all summer just in case I ended up going there!

#35 Buy Coffee for the Next Person in Line – I tried to do this one a few times, but every time I thought of it, there was never any one behind me! I’m sure I’ll manage it sometime though.

#37 Send a Card to a Random Stranger in the Phone Book – I’m really bad with writing snail mail…

#42 Chalk Mural – I have the chalk sitting right next to me, but I never got around to using it.

#46 Fly a Kite – We tried to do this one a couple times too, but the wind at the beach was just not strong enough!

#73 Create a Dance Routine With My Sisters – Definitely still need to do this one!

#74 White Water Rafting – Alex had a good friend who is a guide and he was supposed to take us out sometime, but it never quite worked out.

#78 Chinese Fire Drill – Still have plans for this in the future…

#83 Bowl Left Handed – I never bowled once this summer, but I’ll do this sometime!

#84 Drive Thru Backwards – One day…

#89-92 Places in Eugene – I’m sure I’ll make it there someday!

#96 Homemade Facials with My Sisters – Still definitely in my future!

#101 Drive a Stick Shift – The opportunity never really came about, because (almost) everyone I know drives an automatic! One day though, one day…

#104 Jump off a Bridge – Maybe next summer…

#105 Leave a Note on a Stranger’s Car – I wanted to leave a nice little card, but I never had one with me, so I never did it. And leaving a simple piece of paper just seemed lame…

 

Gave Up On:

#4 Run 102 Miles – I thought it would be really neat to get into running an average of a mile/day for the course of the summer, but that just simply didn’t happen. After enduring 6.2 tortuous miles in the Butte to Butte on the 4th of July, I threw in the towel on this one. Running is just simply NOT my thing!

#30 Get a Tan Tattoo – I tried to do this one several times, but it just simply didn’t work for me. My SPF 15 sunscreen was just too strong, and my skin didn’t get very tan, so the “tattoo” would never show up.

#31 Get Buried in the Sand – When I actually thought about doing this one, absolutely no part of it seemed like fun. So I decided not to do it.

#48 Finger Paint a Canvas – Why would I want a finger painting that I did when I was an adult? I probably wouldn’t want to hang it on my wall…

#72 Send Fan Mail to at Least 5 Celebrities – I’ve already met most of the celebrities that I really like and would want to send mail to, so I decided not to do this one. I’ve met Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Miranda Cosgrove, and Emily Osment in the last year or so (just to name a few), and most celebrities probably wouldn’t ever read my mail anyways.

#99 Juggle – I’m just not that coordinated.

So there you have it! That’s the summary of everything left on my summer bucket list! I accomplished a lot, I had a lot of fun, and I feel like my summer wasn’t wasted. Although I may not have done everything on my list, I’d still call it a success!

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Summer is Winding Down…

16 09 2012

My summer is just flying by! Only one week left until I start school. =( I just got back from a trip to San Francisco for 3 days and Las Vegas for 4 days, and it was really great! Here’s a recap of the things I accomplished over the last two weeks:

#68 Eat Sushi

A former coworker of mine goes to sushi almost every week, and he and his wife invited Alex and me out to show us the ropes! There’s a really awesome sushi place near my yoga studio, and they have some pretty reasonable happy hour pricing, so we checked it out. We got 3 rolls as well as some potstickers and coconut shrimp, and we were stuffed! It all tasted really good, and I know that we’ll definitely be going back sometime!

#60 Catch a Fish

My mom and her husband go fishing all the time, and I’ve been wanting to go with them to catch a fish for a while now. They wanted to wait til after their wedding so that they’d have more time, and I finally got to go! We were fishing for salmon, and we were going to go in the ocean, but the day we went there was a rough bar report, which mean that it was really rough on the water and the coast guard wasn’t letting anyone go out. So we went in a river instead, and we spent over 8 hours trying to get them to bite! We finally managed to hook one, and I was able to catch my first salmon ever!

 

#63 Take Pictures in a Photo Booth

One day when we were walking around in San Francisco, we came across a photo booth, so I recruited my friend Ashton to help me check this one off of my list! The photo booth we went to was a special one that let us access the video of our experience online, and it was funny to watch! You can access it here if you want to check it out.

#100 Learn to Not Mind the Taste of Beer

My boyfriend Alex LOVES beer, so I’ve been trying little sips of his all summer long. On our trip to San Francisco, we ate at a restaurant called Wipeout, and Alex ordered a bucket of mini Coronas for us to share. I figured that this was my opportunity to really seal the deal on this bucket list item, and a successfully finished a beer all by myself! I can’t say that it’s my favorite thing in the world, and I don’t think I’ll ever order one just for fun, but I like knowing that I can manage to drink a little at a party or a dinner if the occasion calls for drinking one. (As a disclaimer, I am 23 years old and legally old enough to drink alcoholic beverages, and I refrained from drinking until I turned 21.)

 

#107 Party in Vegas 

After a few days in San Francisco, we caught a plane to Las Vegas! It was my very first time there, and I had a blast! We went out to a few different clubs/bars while we were there, and it was a really awesome experience. It was fun getting all dressed up to go out at night. We also did a lot of walking and sight seeing during the day, and I definitely look forward to going back!

#85 Gamble at a Casino

Since we were in Vegas, I naturally gambled a little! I played slots, some blackjack, a big wheel game, and a dice game called Sic Bo that was pretty fun. I didn’t lose too much money, and on my last day I put in a $20 bill and cashed out at $50, so I was happy to end on a positive note.

#94 Nap in the Sun

Our hotel in Vegas had a wave pool and a lazy river so we spent several hours out there. It also gave me the perfect excuse to lay out napping in the sun.





August Adventures

3 09 2012

Since my last post was almost a month ago, I guess it goes without saying that I’ve been severely slacking in my bucket list blogging. The problem is that I spent almost the entire last month house sitting for 3 different families, and was therefore not at home in my usual routine of blogging at night before bed. Yes, I do have a laptop and should have just posted from there, but… well, once you get behind, it’s hard to catch up! At any rate, here is a brief recap of the bucket list items I completed over the last several weeks!

#7a Read A Tale of Two Castles

I started reading this book, only to discover that I just read it earlier this year. I don’t remember when exactly I managed to get around to reading it, but from the moment I read the first few sentences, I realized that I knew exactly what the story was and how it ended. Since my goal of putting books on my summer reading list was to read books that I hadn’t gotten around to yet or hadn’t read in a really long time, I decided to just not worry about this one. Maybe I will have forgotten the story and will enjoy re-reading it in another two or three years.

#7d & #7e Read the Kane Chronicles: Throne of Fire & Serpent’s Shadow

I was really excited to finish out this trilogy of stories from Rick Riordan. I had re-read the first in the series earlier in the summer, and was really looking forward to see how the story ended. It was definitely interesting, and I really enjoyed them, though I was a little bummed that I could pretty well figure out some of the things that were happening before the author explained them to us. I like it when a story line is so complex that I can’t figure it out and I just have to keep reading to figure out how it all works. At any rate they were still great stories, and I’m glad I got around to reading them.

#51 Play a Game at a Fair

A group of my friends were all going to our local county fair, so I seized the opportunity to play a game and ended up winning a prize. I was really blown away by how ridiculously expensive the games were, and couldn’t believe how many people were playing them. It cost me $3 to throw ONE dart at a wall of balloons. Needless to say, I don’t think I’ll be playing very many games at fairs in the future.

#65 Build an Epic Sand Castle

My wonderful boyfriend, Alex and I took advantage of a gorgeous day at the coast to build a sand castle. I don’t even remember the last time I had built one, but I know I was much younger. I remember the flimsy plastic shovels, and only having one sized bucket, so you couldn’t really stack things on top of each other. Since I was determined to build a good castle, I came prepared with a big shovel, and several different sizes of plastic containers. Alex and I decided to build a moat, and to use the sand from where the moat was to build up the castle. Unfortunately, part way through the process of piling up a mound of sand, we realized that we were digging up a bunch of tiny baby crabs! They were smaller than my pinky nail and their shells weren’t hard yet, but they were definitely squirming and wiggling and in our way! I wasn’t interested in starting over, so we ceased building the height of the castle up any more and just tried to make it look even. We added some towers on top, a bridge across the moat, and decorated it with a bunch of nearby shells and feathers. I think we ended up with a pretty awesome castle!

#71 Dress Up Super Fancy

My mom was getting married this summer, so I knew I’d be dressing up super fancy for it. A dress, heels, hair, nails, makeup… I felt like I was getting ready for a prom!

#79 Temporary Tattoo

I was soooooo excited to see my favorite childhood “zebra gum” when I was checking out at a grocery store one day! there are several different fruity flavors, the gum is striped, and the wrappers have temporary tattoos on them! You just moisten your skin, set the paper on, and it transfers the tattoo! Absolutely nothing has changed about this gum since I was a little kid, and it was a huge trip down memory lane to find a pack.

#95 Get a Massage

I bought a discounted massage from a site similar to Groupon, and decided that it would be the perfect opportunity to check this item off of my list. Unfortunately, the lady didn’t push very hard at all, and I don’t feel like very many of my knots got worked out. It was still relaxing though, and I look forward to getting one again sometime. (I forgot to take a picture.)

Whew! It feels great to be all caught up again! This week I will be eating sushi, going fishing, and getting ready to leave on a trip to Vegas for the first time! Sadly, I only have 3 weeks until school starts. =(