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And as the Summer comes to a close…

I am exhausted.

I’m also excited. And exhilarated. And ecstatic. And elated.

My smile is so wide it boarders on hysterical.

Why?

Because I made the varsity soccer team.

In my rather short and insignificant life this is a gigantic accomplishment. No, it does not compare to winning a gold medal at the Olympics or finding the cure for cancer, but to me this is a huge deal and I could not be happier. Gee, that sounded really lame didn’t it?

Now don’t think I brought this up just to brag, no this actually has to do with the bucket list in a way. Allow me to explain briefly. After learning on Friday that I made the team I decided it was time to celebrate by having a sleepover with my friend. Of course this was to be no ordinary slumber party, but rather a bucket listing one. I made sure to stock up on all the supplies needed  in order to complete five things off the bucket list.

What did I complete?

Well how about a little factoid to begin with? Did you know August 17th is Indonesian Independence Day? Unless you live in Indonesia I doubt any of you realized the festivities that occurred throughout the Indonesian islands, and my house, this weekend. After some researching on the holiday and how it is celebrated (some activities include a parade, games, and a flag ceremony) my friend and I promptly started our own unique little celebration; making paper Indonesian flags and then “parading” around my neighborhood with them, as well as learning the Indonesian national anthem and having a “fish-chip” eating contest, which is supposedly a popular way to celebrate (FYI we used Goldfish instead.)

Then the night really got started when I decided it was time to get a little crazy and have a shaving cream war. However living in a family with three girls and only one male, my house is not stocked full of shaving cream, but using a little ingenuity I simply filled two buckets with the fluffy white stuff and it was on. My friend and I began pelting each other, slopping handfuls of the cream in the desperate attempt to win the epic shaving cream battle, and by the end it looked as if a large flock of seagulls had um…evacuated their bowels all over us and my backyard.

After cleaning up a bit and changing out of our “creamy” clothing I decided to try #57 Plan an awesome prank. Then do it. My plan was to offer my friend an organic dog biscuit that strikingly resembled a chocolate brownie. However Amanda is quick-witted and caught on to my rather rude intention of feeding her to the dogs…I mean feeding her dog food. Oh well, this bucket list is subject to change and I therefore deem this one complete.

Finally in the morning we completed #2 Blow bubbles. Chase after them. Laugh.

Simple? Yes.

Absolutely entertaining? You know it.

Worth the 2.99 I paid for the gallon jug of bubbles? Most definitely.

As for the fifth item I complete, you’ll have to wait because that is a whole other post in it’s self. Sorry about abandoning you guys lately, but if you couldn’t tell I’ve been pretty busy. However this is the last week of summer and I’m going to be scrambling around in order to complete as many tasks as I can before starting high school! About the picture…I found a new photo editing site and got carried away! Enjoy!

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan

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Barefoot with Eggs

If my title didn’t give away what this post is about, then I don’t know what will.

I mean it’s GLARINGLY obvious.

It has to do with the infamous bucket list?

Is this ringing any bells?

No?

Well that’s a big disappointment on my part, I expected more from you guys…

Enough of this jibber-jabbering, Meagan! Move on, these people didn’t come to read your ramblings. They want nice cookie-cutter posts that simply update on your adventures of bucket listing.

If you couldn’t tell I’m still EXTREMELY jittery about the ever approaching first day of school and oh gosh…soccer tryouts. I shudder to think that for four hours tomorrow my soccer skills are going to be carefully examined in front of the more experienced and ever threatening sophomores, juniors, and seniors. It certainly doesn’t help that I look like I should be entering middle school, not high school. Under the harsh critique of the coaches I’m sure to shrivel up and make a fool of myself, tripping over the ball and falling flat on my face, just like I have in my last couple of nightmares. Oh jeez…someone get me an Excedrin, I feel a migraine coming on.

Meagan your rambling!

Sorry, when I’m nervous I tend to babble, but I’m sure you realized this after my last train-wreck of a post. So like I said before, the title should have been something of a hint as to what this post is to be about- #26 Spend one whole day barefoot. and #89 Have an egg war. Being that I never left the confinements of my house/backyard today it was easy to spend the day without shoes. Not really much to say about this one I’m afraid, though it did give me some insight on what it might be like for kids in third-world countries that don’t have adequate shoes. All the more reason to buy a pair of TOMS I suppose. As for #89 lets keep it short and sweet; that poor tree never saw it coming. 🙂

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


Fun with a Capital F

Not only did I complete three things yesterday, I also had a sensational time in doing so. I dare say yesterday was one of my top-5 most memorable days from this summer and most interestingly it didn’t start out as anything special. I was actually  beginning to think it was going to be a dud day until things started to improve miraculously. I would even wager that yesterday taught me an important lesson in the patience department. “Good things come from those who wait.” Seems like a legit message for me after yesterday.

#28 Make something out of duct tape.

If you have stuck with me this whole summer, you may remember that I am a pretty pitiful crafter. (need I bring up the college? how about the pottery?) So I was having some regrets on ever thinking I could possibly make something decent out of duct tape of all things. Never one to turn down a challenge though, it seemed like fate when I was pursuing the aisles in Five Below and came across a whole shelf stocked with a variety of colored and decorative duct tape at the discounted price of $1.99. Grabbing one fluorescent green roll and a pale blue one, I triumphantly walked away with my purchases, thrilled to be on my way towards completing yet another bucket list item. When I arrived at home a quick Google search gave me an excessive amount of tutorials involving duct tape. However with my nonexistent crafter skills I decided to stick with the basics and make a bow. Fifteen minutes later I was beyond ecstatic, because not only had I made a decent bow I had actually enjoyed the process of making it. Energized after my huge success I decided to try my hand at making a wallet. Thirty minutes later, after only a few minor debacles, I was once again pleased with the outcome of my work. With a bounce in my step I headed out to show off to my family my new accessories. They were so impressed they asked me to make them wallets. With my ego boosted from all the praises I can very rightly so check off #28.

#29 Send a message in a bottle.

As I was “completing” this task the voices in my head kept up a steady rant of “CHEATER!” “CHEATER!” This is because I decided not to pollute our already polluted waters with a message in a bottle that would most likely never be found or read. Call that statement cynical, but it’s the truth. Luckily the internet hosts a variety of ways for someone to send a virtual message in a bottle. That’s how I managed to complete this item without littering, with the help of this nifty little website: http://www.oceangram.com/ Keep our waters clean people, resist the urge to throw bottles and trash and do it online instead. 🙂

#60 Go bowling. Try to win.

Bowling in three words is: exasperating, hilarious, and fun. Especially when its mini bowling. That’s right folks, miniature bowling, also know as duck-pin bowling, is played with smaller bowling balls and pins. You also get to roll three times, unlike the two times in normal bowling. Duck-pin bowling is all the fun of regular bowling, just in a smaller size. I took my friend there once years ago and when she asked if we could go again I gladly agreed. Four games, two strikes, and five spares later we were exhausted after our bowling bonanza, which involved a lot of screaming and jumping up and down, so we came back to my house, collapsed on the coach, and watched the Olympics. Somewhere in between we decided that we have the skills to be the next USA Beach Volleyball team. How exactly this happened, I don’t know, I’ve never even played volleyball. That just goes to show how random we are. 🙂

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


My Birthday and Other Important Things

Ok, so maybe my birthday isn’t actually that important in the scheme of life, but one day of the year it’s all about me and I like to use this fact to my advantage. I’ll admit that sounds extremely selfish and it is, but please believe me when I say I am in no way a brat. I will admit I am spoiled, while others don’t have enough food and clean water, I have an abundance of those as well as material items that I don’t really need. I am lucky to have a loving family, a home to live in, and the chance to receive a first-rate education. My family is not rich and I do not get everything handed to me on a silver platter, but like I said before I am extremely blessed and I try to remember this when I have a bad day and feel the need to act like my life is horrible.

So to sum up:

Am I an angel? No, not in any way.

Do I try to remember how blessed I am? Yes.

Do I want to make a real difference in this world? Defiantly. But lets move away from such intense topics and focus on what this post is supposed to be about – my birthday and my bucket list adventures.

Like I’ve mentioned several times before, my birthday was exactly a week and one day ago. I turned the ripe old age of fourteen, which shed some light on the fact that I truly am growing up and will soon start high school. It kind of smacked me in the face, of course I realized all this before, but actually turning fourteen just made everything come into perspective. I’m no longer a kid, but I’m far from grown up. This became very clear when I tried to sign up for parasailing and guess what? I was too young and the minimum weight you had to be was twenty pounds more than I weigh. It was the perfect example of how I am no longer a kid, but am defiantly not grown up yet. Therefore #113 was asphyxiated. Never one to give up easily, I made sure to still have a fantastic birthday and complete some different items after this minor bump in the road.

#76 Make smoothies. Then sit on the porch and enjoy.

Fresh peaches, fresh strawberries, a dollop of Greek yogurt, some ice, and I had my birthday breakfast. Delish!

#8 Eat strawberry shortcake.

Hot cocoa and pumpkin pie are to fall, as strawberry shortcake is to summer. Did that make sense? Anyway what I mean is some foods can only really be enjoyed during a certain season. Hot cocoa and pumpkin pie are to be enjoyed during autumn, while strawberry shortcake, watermelon, and lemonade are enjoyed during the summer. I’m not sure how this came to be: why are some foods forced into exile the rest of the year only to be eaten during their certain season? But whatever the reason strawberry shortcake will forever be a summer staple.

So there you have it, I completed two bucket list items on my fourteenth birthday. But did you think that was really all I completed? Of course not! Just wait and I’ll fill you in on all the other things I’ve been up to while on vacation. Now please enjoy some more photos of my special day and then you can leave this blog and go on with your merry lives. 🙂

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan

PS – Who’s watching the Olympics? Cuz I know I am!


#11 Participate in a charity walk/run/event and more!

This weekend I was able to participate in a charity walk for Crohn’s and Colitis. If you missed the previous memo I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease this past April. To be entirely honest, when I added this list item I was thinking I would participate in something for cancer or AIDS research, not for my own disease since it’s not life-threatening. The opportunity was too perfect to pass up though, being that the walk was taking place relatively near my home and at a time I was available. However it was only a meer 2.5 mile walk, a cinch for me and really I feel like I didn’t get the full effect on this one. So while technically yes, I did complete this item, I’m hoping I will be able to participate in another charity event before the end of summer. Anyway if your interested in finding out more about Crohn’s and Colitis walks near you check out this website: http://online.ccfa.org

Another accomplishment I made over the weekend was to complete #24 Pick an offical summer song. What song did I pick as my anthem for summer? Titanium by David Guetta feat. Sia. Normally I try to stay away from any of Guetta’s cookie cutter pop music, but Sia’s voice is truly something magical. And I haven’t been able to get the song out of my head since yesterday, it’s just that addicting. I also think the lyric’s have a good message behind them, staying strong even when people are criticizing you. Yes, it’s not the deepest song out there, but at least she’s singing about something other than sex, drugs, and partying, which seems to be the norm of songs nowadays.

So overall I’d say this weekend was a complete and utter success, not only did I complete some list items, I also got to just splash around in the pool with friends and soak up the sun. Basically it was the perfect summer weekend. And once again I would like to say thanks to all of you who have read, commented, and supported my blog so far, you guys are so fantastically fabulous!

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


#41 Buy a goldfish.

Meet Frederico Alvarez, beta fish extraordinaire.  Oh how I feel like such a child, picking out my little fishy. I swear it took me an hour just to look at and examine all the fish PetSmart had to offer, before deciding this red-finned glory was right for me. Do you realize there are over fifteen different kinds of betta fish? You have the crown tail, the butterfly, the comb tail, the half-moon, the delta tail, the double tail, the veil tail, the round tail, the plakat…you could write a five hundred page novel just on betta fish. Frederico, however, is a red veil tail betta and he is fantastically entertaining…don’t judge me on that last statement. I had forgotten how exciting it was to have a pet fish, since the last fish I had was over a year ago and ended in suicide (He decided to test the laws of nature and see if he could breathe air. Spoiler alert: he couldn’t.) And the last betta fish I had was years ago…I’m pretty sure she exploded. Surely Frederico’s life will not come to such a terrible demise as his fellow fish friends. There you have it #41 is done, done, and done!

May the summer be ever in you favor,

Meagan

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I know it says buy a goldfish, but I had to get Frederico! No goldfish could compare to the grace and elegance I saw in him!


The Freshness of Summer

The Freshness of Summer

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~Henry James

Happy summer y’all!