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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. ūüôā

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!

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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. ūüôā

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan

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


115. Participate in a Shakespeare production/See a Shakespeare production

Romeo and Juliet is¬† Shakespeare’s most well know play. This tragic tale of star-crossed lovers has lasted the toils of time and proven its worth as a beloved classic.

Sure the above statement may be¬† true, but honestly, at thirteen years old reading Shakespeare in English class was one of the most heinous school tasks I’ve ever encountered, though it did pale in comparison to Frankenstein…gosh I hate that book. Luckily I had an amazing teacher so the experience wasn’t completely awful.¬†But when I somehow got roped into acting in a production of¬†“Much Ado About Nothing” for¬†my town’s Shakespeare festival I was absolutely horrified. I’m more of a behind the scenes girl, more comfortable in the shadows then center stage and was petrified¬†at the thought of acting in front of an audience. However when the time came to actually¬†perform¬†I discovered I have a hidden talent for Shakespearian acting,¬†thus my obsession with this long-dead playwright began.

Obviously after discovering my hidden talent I wanted to put it to good use, but sadly that just didn’t work out and I settled for seeing a performance of one of Shakespeare’s plays. The *insert name of my town* Shakespeare Company was¬†performing Romeo¬†and Juliet, so I dragged my wonderful dear friend Grant out of his oh-so-comfortable home and out into the hot night to watch, what I’m sure for him was¬†three hours of absolute torture. I, however, loved it and now own Grant big-time. #115 has been completed, finished, and enjoyed.

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


#118 Practice archery.

To make up for the lack of photos in my last post, I decided to¬†fill this post with pictures…well that and I think I look pretty¬†cool in these photos and wanted to share. But that is besides the point. The point is that I completed yet another bucket list item; practice archery! And yes, that bow does indeed belong to me. ūüôā

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan