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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.

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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.

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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


Megan Updates Y’all

#14. Spend a Whole Day Relaxing

This one’s pretty self explanatory. I napped in the sun, caught up on some reading and lounged around the house. Easy peasy.

#10. Celebrate a Foreign Holiday

This item is a repeat from last years list. However I liked it so much I decided to do it again. As apposed to last year when my friends and I celebrated Indonesia’s Independence Day this year I celebrated Bastille Day. Basically Bastille Day celebrates when the French stormed the Bastille Prison on July 14th, 1789. This “battle” marked the beginging of the French Revolution. Of course I’m sure there’s a whole bunch more that happened but that’s about all I learned from my research. Anyway to celebrate I colored a French flag and then went to a French cafe in my area that had a big celebration. Woo.

#1. Go kayaking.

I absolutely love canoeing and kayaking. Sadly I don’t get to do either very often. So I knew I had to complete this bucket list item before the end of summer. It was pretty uneventful but fun. My mother and I went to a lake near our house, rented a kayak for an hour and that was that. Eventually a splashing war broke out and at one point my mom answered a call when we were in the middle of the lake. Oh and I also named the two packs of ducks the Capulets and Montagues since they seemed to dislike each other.

#72. Stay outside for twelve hours straight.

Here’s how that went down:

  • 9:00- 12:00 – went to the beach
  • 12:30- 1:30 – jet skiied
  • 1:30- 2:00 – did bumper boats
  • 2:00- 3:00 – had lunch outside
  • 3:00- 4:30 – mini golfed
  • 4:30- 4:45 – ok so we did have to drive but technically I think it still counts as tweleve hours straight
  • 4:45-5:30 – walked the sand dunes
  • 5:30- 6:45 – had dinner outside
  • 6:45-7:00 – snowcones outside
  • 7:00- 8:15 – watched fireworks outside
  • 8:15- 9:20 – walked the beach one more time

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Megan


Last Day of School Celebration

image[1] (8)My freshman year came to an official end on June 6th, 2013 at noon. I meandered out of my classroom where I had just finished a grueling two-hour history final. To say the least I was in shock. That was it. That was my whole freshmen year. My first year of high school was over and all I felt in the pit of my stomach was a gnawing sense that I had just wasted a pivotal year in my life by worrying about tests and grades, instead of focusing on myself. Isn’t there more to life than the marks you get in school? Was the anxiety really worth it? The answer is no. No, it was not worth it and I most definitely regret some of the choices I made this year. But that’s life and you live and you learn. And I guess you’re always going to have some form of regret.But don’t worry I made sure not to start my summer in a cloud of despair. In fact I did the opposite and had myself a little party of three. And in eight hours, with the help of my friends, I managed to complete four bucket list items.

#86. Spontaneous photo shoot with friends.

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After a quick lunch of pizza and a stop at the frozen yogurt shop my two friends and I arrived at my house. We quickly changed into our bathing suits and headed for the nearest pool. A look at the deserted parking lot and instantly we knew something was up. The pool was closed but we still had hope that another pool would be open. Stop two and we realized it’s a pool for those fifty and older. With sinking hearts we pulled into the parking lot of pool #3. With baited breath we ran to the gate and saw that lifeguards appeared to be setting the pool up. A look at the schedule posted and we saw that the pool was scheduled to open in a half hour. So what did we decided to do for  thirty minutes? Have a spontaneous photo shoot on a playground of course. The pictures scattered around this post are a sampling of the many photos taken. The quality is sub par as they were taken on an iPhone, but nonetheless we all had fun.

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#40. Have a burning party.

image[1] (6)After a half hour was up we walked back to the pool expecting the gates to be wide open. Alas they were not and even worse there was no sign of the lifeguards! With a feeling of image[4]dread I realized there was only one more pool we could possibly go to. With our fingers crossed we headed to the last pool and were met with the glorious sight of opened gates. Success! We swam for a few hours in the freezing cold water and then it was back to my house for a burning party. If you aren’t familiar with the concept, a burning party is not a disturbing ritual involving the sacrifice of baby animals but rather a chance for elated students to burn all their school papers at the end of the year. I suppose it’s similar the book burnings of the second World War, however instead of burning classic literature to suppress the population from gaining too much knowledge we simply burned useless notes, failed tests, and boring worksheets. What’s interesting is that all our hard work and effort was put into those assignments and we were willing, even happy, to burn them without a second thought.  To ashes, to ashes indeed.image[4] (3)

#96. Fluffy Bunny /#99. Make s’mores.

Once again if you’re not familiar with the term, Fluffy Bunny is a “challenge” where you stuff as many marshmallows into your mouth as you can. After each marshmallow you have to say “fluffy bunny.” I’m not sure the point of the game, but I will admit I was intrigued as to how well I would do. Before starting I guessed that with my chipmunk cheeks I could probably hold up to ten marshmallows, however by the time I had three in my mouth I was seriously doubting my ability to hold four much less ten. The marshmallows quickly became a gooey mass in my mouth and sticky saliva dripped down my chin. I hit my limit at six, when my gag reflex kicked in and I heaved the mess of marshmallows up. The sticky lump fell in my hand and I quickly threw it into the fire. Next my friends tried and the results were as followed: 6, 6, 4. After that experience none of us were thrilled at the idea of s’mores, however five minutes later we had forgotten our ordeal and were roasting marshmallows. Let’s just say s’mores are much better than the Fluffy Bunny challenge.

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All in all it was the perfect way to kick off the summer!

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


Bucket List 2013

The 2013 bucket list is up! I’m sorry I’m two days late on posting it, but I’ve been crazy busy with end of the year school shenanigans. Anyway remember summer starts June 1st. So be ready, because this is going to be one heck of a summer.

2013 Bucket List:

  1. Go canoeing or kayaking.
  2. Go to a concert.
  3. Have a massive water fight.
  4. Hula hoop, jump rope, and play hop scotch.
  5. On a rainy day play all the board game classics.
  6. Sticky note a car.
  7. Get a 12 scoop sundae.
  8. Make a smoothie using bike power.
  9. Buy some Vans.
  10. Celebrate a foreign holiday.
  11. Get my splits and scorpion.
  12. Make a glitter piñata.
  13. Get an awesome tan.
  14. Spend a whole day relaxing.
  15. Rock a red lip and sunglasses.
  16. Fork a yard.
  17. Bicycle spokes notes.
  18. Message balloons.
  19. Coke & Mentos experiment.
  20. Play on a slip and slide.
  21. Do yoga as the sun rises.
  22. Take a Zumba class.
  23. Participate in The Thirty Hour Famine.
  24. Superglue a quarter to the ground. Wait and watch.
  25. Destroy a watermelon.
  26. Go paintballing.
  27. Learn sign language.
  28. Have a BBQ.
  29. Do the cinnamon challenge.
  30. Volunteer.
  31. Make a new friend.
  32. Be spontaneous.
  33. Go to the carnival.
  34. Go crabbing.
  35. Go fishing.
  36. Plant flowers.
  37. Create a summer playlist.
  38. Get a JUMBO snowcone.
  39. Color a pair of white canvas shoes.
  40. Have a burning party.
  41. Play messy twister.
  42. Go to an amusement park- ride all rides.
  43. Go rock climbing.
  44. Have a movie marathon.
  45. Go paddle boating.
  46. Go peach picking.
  47. Make a peach cobbler.
  48. Make peach iced tea.
  49. Create a chalk masterpiece.
  50. Walk to Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast.
  51. Get a tan tattoo.
  52. Get a henna tattoo.
  53. Go to a drive-thru movie.
  54. Finger paint on canvas.
  55. Fix my crayon art.
  56. Throw a paper airplane off a bridge.
  57. Train for a 5K.
  58. Pierce my bellybutton.
  59. Have a lemonade stand.
  60. Make strawberry lemonade.
  61. Practice soccer and lacrosse.
  62. Create a music video.
  63. Record a vlog for a week.
  64. Use a Polaroid camera.
  65. Learn how to play poker.
  66. Free Hugs sign.
  67. Plank because why not?
  68. Start a collection of something.
  69. See a midnight showing of a movie.
  70. Wake before 8:00 am every day.
  71. Write something every day.
  72. Stay outside for 12 hours straight.
  73. Do the 5 dollar challenge.
  74. Have breakfast a midnight.
  75. Go hiking.
  76. Learn something new every day.
  77. Make a “Summer Memory Jar”
  78. Sleep under the stars.
  79. No-budget shopping spree.
  80. Attempt the accent challenge.
  81. Attempt new hairstyles.
  82. Take a photo every day of summer.
  83. Say yes to everything for a day.
  84. Go vegan for a week.
  85. Take a midnight stroll.
  86. Spontaneous photo shoot with friends.
  87. Get waffles from The Waffle Truck.
  88. Plan a successful prank.
  89. Go on a picnic.
  90. Have a fancy tea party. Crustless cucumber sandwiches included.
  91. Spend the day doing ridiculous things.
  92. Roll down a giant hill.
  93. Tie dye white shorts.
  94. Have a corn on the cob eating contest.
  95. Watch the sunset and the sunrise on the same day.
  96. Go coning.
  97. TP someone’s house.
  98. When driving shout encouragements to runners.
  99. Make s’mores.
  100. Splatter paint.
  101. Take a picture with a random stranger.
  102. See another Shakespeare production.
  103. Play tennis.
  104. Make popsicles.
  105. Make box cars.
  106. Make dessert lasagna.
  107. Make my bedroom Tumblr worthy.
  108. Dance in the rain.
  109. Run every day.
  110. Release floating lanterns.
  111. Go to the beach.
  112. Swim a lot.
  113. Put soap in a public fountain.
  114. Go rollerskating.
  115. Get iced coffee.
  116. Go somewhere new.
  117. Go ziplining.
  118. Eat cake without hands.
  119. Have fun.

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


The Act of Living Simply

Well there’s not much I can update about, because I’ve been occupied with things other than the bucket list. However #15 Climb a tall tree and #51 Watch the clouds are so simple I was starting to fret that I would end the summer without completing either, in which case I would feel like an epic fail. So that’s what I did. And it was pretty darn fun. 🙂

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan

P.S. – The top of the tree you see in the photo is the tree I climbed. Just wanted to let you know.

P.P.S. – I’m still working on the nonfiction novel…one hundred more pages to go!


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!