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Wake up, it’s time for School!

School starts on Tuesday (duh) and I realized some of the items on my list were ongoing, so I need to update on how those went! Here it is:

#6. Wake up every morning before 7:30 am.

It happened. Guys, it actually happened. I managed to drag my bleary self out of bed for the majority of the summer before 7:30. Success is sweet!

#19. Do 100 sit-ups every day.

Again, it actually happened. Do I have a six-pack yet? No, but hey maybe one day right?

#71. Walk el perro (dog) every day.

Except for a few burning hot humid days, Aud and me got in a daily walk pretty regularly.

#77. Go to the gym regularly/run regularly to get in shape for soccer.

It happened. Sort of. ūüôā

#78. Take a picture every day of summer.

Completed!

#79. Go to the pool a ton. Perfect my cannonball.

My cannonball is the talk of the town, for your information.

#80. Get a dark tan.

Eh, not as dark as I would have liked, but I’ll take it over the sickly pallor I had before.

#93. Spend as much time outside as possible.

97.6% of my summer was spent outdoors.

#99. Actually do my chores.

My mother is happy that this one worked out.

So there you have it guys! I decided this post would be best if I kept it as short and sweet as possible. Sorry if I disappointed you. As for whether I shall keep this blog going, I’ve not decided yet. We’ll see where life takes me.

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. 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!


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. ūüôā

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan

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


#107 Freeze a water balloon. Beause why not?

 

Originally I had many exciting plans for this week, but life happened and I found myself in the emergency¬†room for the¬†majority of Monday and Tuesday. As my mom always says – “If you want to make God laugh, make plans.” Instead of filling my week with bucket listing, I found it filled with injections, frozen lemonade, and plenty of Disney movies. When I arrived home late Tuesday night, with strict instructions from the doctor to rest and relax the rest of the week, I was sorely disappointed my plans had been disrupted by my health and decided the only thing to do was mope and listen to the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack. A bit of Elvis to soothe my soul. Flash forward to Wednesday and a much happier and healthier me, who decided to make the most of my time on bed rest, which ended up meaning I watched more Disney movies and flipped through trashy tabloids. Alas I did manage to carry out one bucket list item: freeze a water balloon, because why not? Why shouldn’t I spend my summer completing utterly pointless tasks, such as this one? Despite the simpleness of this “experiment” the results were fascinating. I would recommend everyone try this, because it’s incredibly simple to do and incredibly fun. Go ahead have a water balloon fight while you’re at it. ūüôā

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan

PS – I started reading a nonfiction novel, so expect an update on that soon! Also I am going on vacation Saturday and I’m not sure what the internet situation will be, so while I plan on completing many items off the list, the posts may go up late depending on¬†my access to a computer.


#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


#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. ūüėȬ† 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


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!