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A Super Duper Long Post

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

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.

yay another collage

99. See a play musical.

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.

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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!)

Tea Time

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.

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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.

My turtle ring and necklace.

Little Lucky Turtle

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 IMG_3630 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 IMG_3637first 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.

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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. 😉IMG_3839

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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.

Lilypads Looky at me

IMG_362638. 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. IMG_3584

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.picstitch[1]

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.

29. Volunteer.

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.

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,

Megan

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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


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


Where the Wild Things Are

I’ll admit it – I love the zoo. Well let me back up and start by saying point-blank: I love animals. I’m not the most sociable person out there and at times I would rather stay at home with my dog then go out and be “social.” I’m a bit of an introvert and tend to keep to myself, which sometimes comes across as being supercilious, but really I’m just shy. However I do tend to prefer animal company over human company most of the time and because of this I plan on becoming a veterinarian. It is also the reason I decided to become a vegetarian in fourth grade and due to my stubborn nature I have stuck with this choice and have not tasted meat in roughly  five years. All of this being said you can understand why I take pleasure in visting the zoo and felt that it should be part of my bucket list.

However despite my love of zoos I can’t help wondering if they are adequate substitutes to  the wild. Are they truly capable of giving all the animals suitable enclosures? Can a zoo give an animal a happy life or will they always feel trapped? Do they even realize that they are trapped? I suppose there is no way to truly answer these questions, abeit asking the animals themselves, but I doubt you would get an understandable response. So as I explored the zoo on Tuesday I pushed these dour thoughts to the back of my mind and tried to focus on the positive, whatever that may be. Like the uncanny coincidence that Mei Chang, the female panda, happens to have the exact same birthday as me- same day, same month, same year. Happy 14th birthday, Mei Chang!

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan

PS – If you’ve noticed I tend to have a bunch of pictures all in a straight line down the middle. Is there any way to move the pictures around? Thanks!


Updates Part 2!

#100 Tie dye a bra.

As an American youth, I have tie dyed every possible thing there is to dye – shirts, tanks, shorts, socks, bandanas, sheets, scarves…you name it and I have tie dyed it, with the exception of undergarments. All the different times I have found myself in a tie dyeing situation, not once was the idea proposed to tie dye bras or even panties. With this in mind I knew that this summer I had to complete my tie dye collection to include the abandoned brassieres. While picking up supplies to complete this “mission of justice” my sister and I got a little carried away and ended up purchasing white tanks, socks, and t-shirts as well as the sports bras to tie dye. During our artistic expo into the world of tie dyeing, my friend and I determined that this project could be tweaked for guys as well, whose stopping them from tie dyeing their boxers? At any rate I think it is a form of injustice that undergarments are shunned in the universe of tie dying and I am extremely satisfied that I can truly and justly wear tie dye from head to toe need I feel it necessary.

#111 Midnight swimming.

 This is yet another bucket list item that despite its simple nature the memories I take from this adventure will be treasured forever. I will probably always recall the moment when I looked over to my right and found what  appeared to be a large cockroach swimming straight towards me. As I stood frozen to the spot in fear, squealing like a pig, my obnoxious friend found it helpful to point out that, no that was not a cockroach, it was simply a water bug, and could I please keep my caterwauling to a minimum. This apparently crucial  piece of information, along with the snarky comment about my screaming, did nothing to console my nerves as the hideous pest swam ever closer. Finally I snapped out of my petrified state and scrambled out of the pool, barely escaping the wiggling antennae of the water bug, and vowing to never again swim at night. Of course twenty minutes later I forgot all about my pledge and jumped back in the infested water.

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!


Three Times the Charm

Sunday was one of those hot and humid days when just the thought of going outside is completely and utterly unbearable. Being the sensible person I am, I gladly stayed inside where the temperature stayed just shy of freezing. With an abundance of free time on my hands, I took a peek at the old summer bucket list to see what I could complete from the comfort of my air-conditioned home. #4 Write a complaint/satisfaction letter, seemed like the most reasonable choice. Oddly enough I found it quite hard to find anything worthy of writing a complaint or a satisfaction letter about. Finally I just decided to write a quick letter of satisfaction to the company Sperry Top-Sider. Sperry’s, if you don’t know, are a form of boat shoe which I have recently become obsessed with, thus making them the most reasonable choice to write about. Lo and behold though, after I had finished this task I found a mere fifteen minutes had passed, leaving me with the rest of the day to fill. Once again I glanced at the ever trusty bucket list and picked out two more items to complete- #63 Send messages via snail-mail to my friends and #109 Write a letter to a soldier. I decided to make it into a letter writing day, a bit of a blast to the past, considering letter writing has all but disappeared from this technology driven day and age. Anyway while writing said letters to my friends I realized two very important things:

1. The reason letter writing has all but disappeared is because there is no point in wasting money on postage when you can just as easily send an email.

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2. I don’t know my friends addresses.

This left me in an awkward situation. How was I suppose to mail these letters when I didn’t have their addresses? In the end I had to text them and ask them where they lived, thus ruining the surprise. The whole point was for them to be shocked when they received my unexpected letter in their mailbox. And this is yet another reason letter writing has become extinct. Nevertheless I forged ahead to complete the last letter writing assignment- #109 Write a letter to a soldier. After a bit of internet searching I discovered this website: http://www.amillionthanks.org/, where you can easily send a message of thanks to someone who has or who is currently defending our nation. Because of my family connection to the military, this particular bucket list item means a lot to me and I’m overjoyed that my letter will hopefully bring a smile to someone brave enough to fight for our country.

Well to sum up my Sunday – it was letters galore! Lots of writing, lots of thinking, lots of addressing, and lots of mailing. Sorry this post came so late, but trust me I’ve been crazy busy. Just wait, there’s some super exciting posts to come! 🙂

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan