#8i, #7c, #93, & #13 Sound of Music, Red Pyramid, Butte to Butte, & Fireworks

4 07 2012

Wow, I’ve really been slacking on my blogging! I accomplished several items on my list over the last week, and worked on several others that are not quite finished yet. For example, I practiced my handstand, worked on a 1000 piece puzzle, tried sipping several different types of beer (Bud Lite with Lime is the one I dislike the least so far), bought new flowers to keep in my room, took a picture with another Amanda (I’m up to 6 so far!), watched several episodes of South Park, and I tried calling into a radio station to win movie tickets, but the lines were busy. Needless to say, I’ve been very busy! And without further ado, here are the ones that I actually finished over the last few days:

#8i Watch The Sound of Music

How did I ever make it so far in life without watching this movie? I watched my sisters in a dance recital on Saturday night and when we were sitting around the house at midnight after the show, my sister Hannah said she was wide awake and really wanted to do something on my list. We looked through the list and she couldn’t believe that I hadn’t seen this movie yet, so she begged me to watch it with her. She told me “It’s only about an hour and a half long!” so I agreed to watch it. 2 1/2 hours later, I sleepily dragged myself off to bed and told her I’d have to finish the ending another time. I couldn’t believe it was a 3 hour movie! Even though it was ridiculously long, I LOVED it! I recognized several songs that I hadn’t realized were from this movie (Favorite Things, Doe a Deer…etc) and I just really enjoyed it. The Anne of Green Gables books and movie are some of my favorite stories, and this was right along the same lines. Anyways, even though I technically still have another half hour to watch, I feel like I saw enough to learn that I loved it and will be watching it again sometime.

#7c Read The Red Pyramid

I had been working on reading this book over the last couple weeks and then I realized that I had copied the audiobook from the library and stared listening instead. I listed to the last half of the story while I drove 2 hours to my parents’ house, 2 hours back home, and a final 2 hours while I cleaned an office on Sunday. I really enjoy curling up with a good, hard copy of a book and getting lost in the story for hours on end, but it’s also pretty awesome to get lost in the dramatic voices of an audiobook too. The Red Pyramid is the first in the Kane Chronicles series, which are written by the author Rick Riordan, who also wrote the Percy Jackson series. I had actually read this book 2 years ago when it first came out, but I had long since forgotten everything that had happened. I remember thinking that it was really good and being anxious to read the next book, but that’s about it. Needless to say, it was really exciting to read a book that I had no memory of, but that I knew was good because I’d read it before. Does that make sense? Anyways, I’m very eager to start the next one in this series!

#93 Run the Butte to Butte

The Butte to Butte is a 10k race that takes place in my hometown of Eugene every year on the 4th of July. The race is very appropriately named because the course goes from Spencer’s Butte to Skinner’s Butte. This year was the first time they offered a 5k option as well, but since I put this item on the list intending to run my first 10k, I felt like it would be cheating myself to take the easier option. The first mile of the course was a brutal uphill climb, but the second mile was downhill, and the last 4 miles were (mostly) flat. I had fully intended to start running several weeks ago in preparation for this race, but I never quite got around to it… and the last time I had run was in January. I was definitely not in running shape, but I managed to finish, and that was my goal! My wonderful boyfriend, Alex, was kind enough to slow down his pace enough to keep me company for the 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 50 seconds that it took me to complete the race. I had to walk a few times and my face was raw from wiping sweat away (I hate the feeling of sweat on my skin), but I did it!

#13 Firework Show

And what would the 4th of July be without fireworks? I’m lucky enough to live pretty close to the Oregon Horse Arena where they hold our local rodeo every year, and they set off an awesome fireworks show at the end of the night. Alex had to take a big test first thing in the morning for his intensive summer biology class, so his mom and I drove down the road to take in the view. Unfortunately, my phone doesn’t do a very good job of focusing on fireworks, and this was the best picture I got. But the show was really awesome and was a great way to end the holiday!

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#69, #7b, & #8a Grill on a Charcoal BBQ, Read a Book, & Watch Star Wars

5 06 2012

I accomplished a LOT today! I started off with finishing 7b, reading The Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion. This is the second book in the Beyonders trilogy, and now I absolutely can’t wait for the third one to come out next year. It’s written by Brandon Mull, who is also the author of the Fablehaven series (my boyfriend, Alex’s favorite book series ever), and he is really an amazing author. His story lines are so detailed and complex, and they have all really drawn me into their world. I highly recommend you check out his books if you like J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan.

And then the real fun began. Until today, I had never used a charcoal barbecue. I’d eaten plenty of burgers off of them, but I’d never actually done the cooking on my own. I was actually quite intimidated by the thought of using one, since it’s not like you just turn a knob to the temperature you want and set a timer. It actually turned out to be considerably easier than I expected. To start with, I dumped in the charcoal briquettes and stacked them up into a nice pyramid. Then I got to douse them in lighter fluid and light a match. Honestly, lighting the match proved to be the hardest part! The box I was using only had 5 matches left and I couldn’t get them to start! The first one broke in half, the next 2 got blown out by the wind, the 4th one just fell off of my charcoal pyramid and went out, and finally, the last match successfully lit the pyramid on fire! Then I got to douse it with more lighter fluid and put on the lid. After several minutes, the briquettes in the center of my pyramid were glowing hot, and I got to spread out my pyramid into an even layer. Then it was just a matter of putting on the burgers, flipping them occasionally, adding cheese, and pulling them off! Easy peasy.

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The night concluded with experiencing Star Wars for the first time. It was a bit confusing, but I mostly enjoyed it. Having heard Star Wars references for my whole life, I had a few ideas in my mind for how I thought things would be. For example, I was really expecting Darth Vader’s voice to be much deeper than it was. When he spoke, he really just sounded like a normal person. I was really expecting him, to have a deeper, angrier, voice. And I wanted Luke and Leia to be cuter. I mean, Leia is a PRINCESS for goodness sakes! She’s supposed to be a knockout! And I thought that the wookie would talk, so I was somewhat put off when I discovered that he could only make annoying wails. But I mostly liked it. I might even watch another one sometime. In the meantime, today was a very successful bucket list day, and you HAVE to check out this little girls recap of the movie!