113. Go someplace new.
When I created this bucket list post I was thinking more on the lines of going to the jungles of Costa Rica. Instead I went to….Boston. And it was nice. Lots of history, beautiful (if cloudy weather) and some really delicious food. It was a fun trip, just not the exotic adventure I was imagining.
Pretty much what I saw in Boston
101. Make popsicles.
I decided to make yogurt pops, as opposed to fruit juice popsicles, because they sounded creamy, fruity, and delicious. Sadly I was less than impressed with the finished project. For some reason they came out tasting bland and now I have 23 popsicles taking up space in my freezer. Next time I will definitely make fruit juice pops.
99. See a
Exactly a week ago my family went on a little day trip to The Sight & Sound Music Theater. The Sight & Sound is hard to describe because they don’t perform normal musicals. Instead they reenact stories from the Bible…in musical form. So yeah it’s a little crazy and not at all accurate, but nonetheless it’s a lot of fun. We saw the story of Noah and the Ark this time and one of the coolest things about it was that they used live animals during the performance. I think it’s pretty darn amusing and everyone should give it a try.
91. Have a garage sale.
I have a bit of a confession to make…we had our garage sale in the beginning of June. I know, I know, I’ve been really horrible about keeping you guys updated this year. And now here we are, the end of summer looming and I’m just now telling you about something that happened in June. Anyway I’d say the garage sale was a success, considering we sold almost everything. However it took 2 weeks of preparation and we only made $450. Oh well, at least our house is a little less cluttered now.
90. Tie dye white shorts.
When my sister and I explored our little “neighborhood” while we were down the beach we came across a little shack called “Island Dyes.” Intrigued we ventured inside to discover it was a tie-dye place. You purchased a white piece of clothing from them and they folded it into the design you desired, then your were free to dye it as you liked. However they did not sell pants so we left and went to one of the many gift shops, so I could buy a pair of white cotton “booty shorts.” The below picture is the end product.
87. Have a fancy tea party.
This bucket list item was actually really fun. My mother and sister and I all got dressed up nice and fancy and went downtown to a historic little tea shoppe. It was adorable! From the floral rugs to the teapots lining the walls the whole thing made me imagine that it was the 1800s and we were in Britain, about to enjoy our afternoon tea and crumpets. Also the tea and food was delicious. I’m not really a tea drinker, I usually only drink it when I have a sore throat, but I had the White Orchard tea and it was absolutely divine. And although we didn’t have crumpets, we did have honeydew cucumber salad, sliced pears, dill slaw, scones with fresh English clotted cream, jam, and lemon curd, watermelon, grapes, a cheese platter, and for dessert German chocolate cake and lemon bars. It was a ton of food, but it was all delicious and so light I just had to eat every bite! I definitely want to go back to try more teas (they even have a chocolate tea!)
84. Get waffles from The Waffle Truck.
Ever since this winter when I discovered my town has a freaking waffle truck, I’ve been obsessed with trying it out. And when I never got around to doing it I decided it would be best if I put it on the bucket list. And let me tell you; these were no ordinary waffles. No other waffle will ever compare (well until I actually go to Belgium and get myself a Belgium waffle) but for now my taste buds are still salivating for more. The only downside is it’s extremely hard to track down the truck, but whatever the waffles were amazing.
66. Start a collection.
For my 15th birthday my mom gave me a little “lucky turtle” charm since turtles and tortious’ are my favorite animal. And thus began my turtle collection. So far it’s relatively small, but I’m sure in a few years I’ll have a nice size collection.
My turtle ring and necklace.
63. Go scootering.
So I found this “scootering tour” online and it sounded entertaining. You go out on a scooter (which is basically a tamer version of a motorcycle) and you have a tour guide lead you around the historic part of my city for 2 hours. To keep it short and sweet: it didn’t end very well.
62. Record a vlog for a week.
Ok so I’ve had a bit of trouble uploading the videos. However I did indeed complete this bucket list item. And it was pretty fun, I just wished I had something better than my iPhone to shoot the videos with.
52. Go to a drive-in movie theater.
This whole time I thought they were called drive-thru movies, when really they’re called drive-in movies. Anyway it was a bit of a drive to get to the movie (haha see what I did there?), but it was worth it. I mean we got to see three movies for 10 dollars! Crazy, right? Plus the screen was huge and the whole setup thing made me think we were in the 1920’s. Also the snack bar was much cheaper and there was more variety (I’m talking ice cream floats, hamburgers, veggie wraps, etc.) However the first movie didn’t start till eight, so we ended up leaving after the second movie. We saw Despicable Me 2 and The Smurfs 2 (the last movie was Grown Ups 2). Despicable Me 2 was adorable and I liked it better than the first one. Smurfs 2 was extremely cheesy, but considering it only cost 10 bucks per car to see, I’d say it was worth it. Anyway I technically wasn’t allowed to take pictures, but of course I did anyway.
46. Make a peach cobbler.
So I didn’t realize until after I had made my recipe that a peach cobbler is something completely different from a peach crisp. And what I really wanted to make was a peach crisp. But nonetheless the peach cobbler was fun and easy to make and turned out pretty good. I just would have preferred a peach crisp. Oh well I guess I’ll have to make it next summer. Word of advice: Make sure not to leave your peaches outside at night or you just might wake up the next morning to a raccoon on your porch. ;)
49. Walk to Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast.
Towards the beginning of summer they opened a Dunkin’ Donuts about a mile away from my house. There’s really not much to say about this other than the fact that I did it. Woo hoo. (No pictures, sorry.)
44. Go paddleboating.
I haven’t been paddleboating in forever, so I was really looking forward to completing this task. And it was just as fun as I remembered. The day was beautiful and the water was packed with fish of all kinds, turtles resting in the sun, and baby geese following their moms around. Plus we had the entire lake to ourselves. Last time I went I remember my legs getting tired after a while, but not this time. We paddled for an hour and it wasn’t hard in the least.
38. Color a pair of white canvas shoes.
I didn’t actually color them, I tie-dyed them. they were really easy to do and they turned out fantastic! I can’t wait to where them on the first day of school. I love DIY activities.
32. Go to the fair.
I haven’t been to fair since I was in elementary school. And my sister would always go every year so I was pretty jealous and decided I needed to go this year. My mother and I went together (because I’m cool like that) and it was nice because we went during the day so it wasn’t too crowded. We got to see all the animals including baby bunnies which were so adorable they didn’t even look real. Then we looked through all the 4-H projects, which was pretty cool as well. Last stop was the actual carnival part- rides, food, games, the whole shebang. We got on a few rides, but of course they were outrageously expensive. What I really wanted to do was play the game where you can win a fish because I am the bomb.com at that game. Last time I won eight fish using 40 balls. This time I won six fish using 20 balls. The boys playing next to me had 40 balls and they thought they were so cool when they won three fish, but don’t worry I made sure they realized I am the supreme queen at the fish game. Last, but not least, we stopped and got lemonades and funnel cake. It was the perfect end to a busy, hectic day.
30. Make a new friend.
I made a new friend while volunteering. Her name is Whitney and she’s similar to me- a little nerdy, very driven, petite, and talkative. I really thought this list item was going to be impossible to complete but it ended up being one of the easier ones. So far Whitney and I have yet to hang out, outside of volunteering but we’re planning on getting together sometime soon.
This year I put in an application to volunteer at the zoo (which is where I met Whitney). The program is open to high school aged kids and is pretty competitive to get accepted into, so I was ecstatic when my acceptance email came. It was incredible. I got to go behind the scenes at the zoo where I got to pet a rhino and zebra, hold a Golden frog, pet a serval, and care for a gecko. Plus we also got to clean out some of the animal cages, worked with the public at education stations, explored the old abandoned Mammal House, saw a goat getting dental work done, and had a chance to meet and talk with the zoo staff. I also learned a lot about animals, conservation, plants, and habitat loss. For me the program really excited me, because a lot of the work the zoo staff does, is what I want to do when I’m older. I really can’t express how amazing the experience was for me and I can’t wait to go back next summer when I can work with the penguins!
A small sampling of the critters I met at the zoo.
25. Do something out of my comfort zone.
This one complies with #25. I knew volunteering at the zoo would require some public speaking, which is one of the things that makes me extremely nervous, so I wasn’t sure how I would do with that. But it turned out fine, and I’m so incredibly happy I stepped out of my comfort zone and was able to have a really awesome experience.
Anyways guys, sorry for the super long post but it was the easiest way to quickly update you on all the things I’ve done. I’m going to be making a couple more of these long posts in order to completely catch you guys up. but for now that’s all and we still have one week left of summer!
May the summer be ever in your favor,