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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!


Summer 2012

Summer 2012

Remember when I painted pottery? Well here it is! I finally got around to picking it up.

May the summer be ever in your favor,
Meagan


#114 Make a batch of homemade cupcakes

What is one suppose to do with a book containing 500 cupcake recipes? Use it obviously! Yesterday, while grocery shopping with my momma, I decided to pick up some ingredients and bake my family some homemade treats. Suffice to say they were delicious. #114 you have been completed!

Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try:

1/2 cup softened sweet butter

1/2 cup superfine sugar

1 cup self-rising flour

2 eggs

3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

3/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 small, thinly sliced red apple

2 tbsp. granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C). Place the butter, sugar, flour, and eggs in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and pale, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the applesauce and cinnamon. Spoon the batter into cups and lay the apple slices on top. Then sprinkle with the granulated sugar. Bake for 25 minutes. Enjoy!

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan

 


#25 Have everyone I meet for a day sign my shirt

I’ll admit I sort of cheated on this bucket list item. I know this one sounds slightly daring, asking complete strangers to sign my shirt, but it’s completely normal at the camp I have been going to for the past ten years. Allow me to explain; at this week-long summer camp my sister and I have attended for the past years, everyone receives a camp t-shirt the very first day. On the last day everyone wears that year’s camp shirt and we all bring Sharpies and sign each others shirt’s. So when I noticed this particular idea on someone else’s bucket list, I decided to put it on mine, knowing that even if I failed to complete any other list items, I would for sure complete this one. So there you have it, I have successfully completed #25.

As you can sort of see in the left photo (sorry about the shoddy photography), I managed to get a ton of signatures this year. You can also see that the signatures are mainly composed of some sort of food, character, or object, instead of actual names. This is because at camp you go by your “camp name”, which is basically a completely random name of your choosing. Mine is Finnick, after the most fantastic book character that is. 😉  Because of this, the signatures range everywhere from “Cupcake” to “Werewolf” to “Pickle.” This year I got more signatures than ever before, most likely because this was my first year as a helper, meaning I worked with the campers instead of being a camper, and all the kids love, love, love you when you are a helper. My ego got a major boast this week after the way the kids adored and admired me. Anyway the picture on the right is of a few of my past camp t-shirts. I actually have ten in total, but as you can see this picture only shows four.

Well that’s all for now. I’m sorry that this was the only list item I completed in the past week, but camp kept me completely busy. More to come soon!

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


#42 Carve my name into a tree + Two!

Let me begin this post by saying happy father’s day to all of those dads out there, including my own. Also I would like to warn everyone that this post may become a little lengthy, due to the fact that I completed three bucket list items, on three separate days, yet I couldn’t find the time to write three separate blog posts. So sorry about that!

On Thursday afternoon I found myself with an hour to spare before I had to be someplace. With only an hour and no mode of transportation, I decided to look over my bucket list and see what I could accomplish. #42 Carve my name into a tree, jumped out at me, so I grabbed my handy-dandy carving knife and set out in pursuit for the smoothest tree I could find. After a little searching I decided to etch my name into the bark of a holly tree near my yard. Despite what I have seen in movies, carving ones name into a tree is tough work. I ended up mauling the poor tree’s trunk and the carving is barely legible. Also I think I may have scared my elderly neighbor when he came out to collect this mail and saw me wielding a knife while hacking at a tree. Although I encountered some complications with this bucket list item, it was actually pretty fun and a great exercise for my arms!

#3 Have fun in a photo booth happened completely by accident. My friend and I were at the movie theaters on Friday to see the movie Madagascar 3 (side note: if you like light-hearted comedy, corny jokes, and bright animation, you should definitely go see this movie.) We arrived extra early, since we weren’t sure how crowded it was going to be, and had time to waste before we could find seats.  Noticing a photo booth in the corner of the lobby, I suggested we try it out. Amanda (my friend) eagerly agreed and we hopped inside and proceeded to have fun in the photo booth. It wasn’t till after our photos had printed did I remember that “have fun in a photo booth” was part of my bucket list. I guess its true when they say – the best things in life aren’t planned.

The city near my home hosts a farmers market every Sunday morning. The last time I went was about a year ago with my father. I remember I was in a rotten mood and therefore the memory was tainted, which is why I decided to add this item to my bucket list. So imagine my delight when my father said he wanted to go to the farmers market downtown for father’s day! Immediately after arriving my senses were assaulted with the bustling activity of the different food vendors. The smells of Asian, European, African, and Caribbean cuisine drifted throughout the market, mingling with the smells of the fresh produce and flowers. Street performers added a festive feeling to the air and all about people mingled through the different stalls. Feeling adventuresome, I decided to try something new and settled on a Caribbean vegan samosa. Delicious is the only way I can describe it. After washing it down with a cup of fresh-squeezed lemonade, my family meandered throughout, stopping at different stands to marvel the crafts or purchase fresh fruits, veggies, and flowers. It was a total blast and I’m glad I can replace my ruined memory with such a good new one!

In a nutshell my weekend was filled to the brim with new, fun, and exciting experiences. The summer is finally starting to kick into high gear, so look for more posts soon!

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


#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


#69 Get manicures and pedicures with friends.

Hold on – give me a moment to giggle like a kid at #69. This is what the internet has done, polluted my young, impressionable mind with inappropriate thoughts about numbers! Ok I’m done giggling.

Do you guys remember Micky? If not you should really think about remembering her, because I can assure you she will be mentioned many more times as summer progresses, and I shouldn’t have to describe her every time, because describing someone as unique and cool as Micky takes a lot of effort! Anyway like I said before, Micky is a pretty fly girl and you should check out her blog – http://happycocobutter.wordpress.com/

Now on with the bucket listing! Micky and I made plans for her to come over and walk down to this little nail place in my neighborhood. After a quick 20 minute walk we made it to the “village center”. But alas the nail place was busy and we had to make an appointment for a later time. So then we just chilled at the bakery next door where we  got us some marble cupcakes. They were pretty good, but there was way to much frosting and they sort of fell apart. Then we went to this little grocery store place… some interesting stuff happened there that I’m not going to discuss online… After that it was time for our manicure. We then had to make the very difficult decision of – what color nail polish? Answer: teal for Micky and blue glitter for me. The lady doing our nails was sort of rude and kept speaking in some undetermined Asian language. Then things got awkward when this older man came in and all the nail ladies were like “Hi Bob!” “How are you Bob?” “Nice to see you again Bob!” When he sat down and started getting a manicure and a pedicure, Micky and I freaked! I’m sorry, call us crazy, but men should not get manicures or pedicures . It’s just plain wrong! Then this lady came up to us and was like “Don’t I look nice?” It was just strange and awkward, but at least our nails look good! Anyway that’s how our manicure adventure went…I suppose I would call it a “unique” experience.

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan