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I’m Back!!!!!

Whoops as you can see I didn’t follow thru with my whole “I’m going to write a ton of posts now” promise. But today I’m pumped up and ready to write! Let’s do this thing!

#58. Pierce my bellybutton.

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If you followed my bucket listing adventures last year you’ll probably remember my fear of needles. Actually forget fear- it’s a full on phobia. I despise needles and blood and things that poke you. I run away at the mention of shots and hide in the parking lot of the doctor’s office until we leave (true story). If they happen to catch me I scream, bite, kick, wiggle, squirm and just make a total fool of myself. But not anymore. After my diagnoses of Crohn’s last year I needed to be put on a medicine that required weekly blood tests. My doctors gave me two options: A) continue to have symptoms and feel miserable for the rest of my life or B) get over my feel of needles so I could take the medicine and get better. Obviously I chose the better of the two options and I’m now in medicated remission (which basically means I no longer feel bad with the help of medicine. The downside is without the medicine I flare and the symptoms come back, but we’re working on it so all is well). Ok that’s enough back story; the fact of the matter is that I no longer have a phobia of needles. So when my sister went to get her first tattoo (ouch! now that’s something I’d never do) I decided I wanted to be “cool” and get a belly button ring. I was hesitant at first and I wasn’t positive I would even go through with it but then I had a surge of confidence and plopped myself in the chair; ready to get pierced. Of course my belly button had to be disinfected first and while I’m glad she cleaned it thoroughly, by the time she was finished my bout of confidence was lost and I was close to backing out. But then with a quick one, two, three…the ring was in and I was finished! So I’m not going to lie and say it didn’t hurt; because it did, but I’m glad I did it and if you want one I would definitely recommend it.

Anyway I’m off to write some more posts!

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan

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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


#2. Go to a concert.

Losing him was blue like I’d never known
Missing him was dark grey all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
But loving him was red
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My favorite thing about concerts has to be the sense of unity between everybody. I love the way complete strangers start conversing together and how everyone knows every line to every song. I love the way everyone just lets loose for one night.  

ggWay back in December my sister stayed attached to her computer for two hours in order to secure three tickets to Taylor Swifts’s Red Tour. After five months I had nearly forgotten about the concert image[2]until the week of when my mother mentioned our tickets had come in the mail. Anyway if you hadn’t guessed my sister, her friend and I all went to a Taylor Swift concert this past weekend. In order to get to the concert venue we had to take the lightrail. The tram was packed full of people all buzzing about the concert and trying to guess what songs she would sing and what costumes she would wear. After fifteen stops we finally reached our destination and  were greeted with an overwhelming amount of people dressed in Taylor Swift memorabilia. After fighting through the crowd we enter the concert venue and immediately I lost my sister in the crowd. Alone and without my phone I nearly started hyperventilating. However my sister managed to find me quickly and for the rest of the concert she forced me to hold her hand.  To say the least I was mortified. Here I am, nearly fifteen years old and I still need my sister to hold my hand. Despite the embarrassment and the fact that a bottle of water and some fries cost fifteen dollars the rest of the concert was amazing. Ed Sheeran who was the opening act was absolutely FotoFlexer_Photodsbrilliant. And Taylor’s performance was terrific. She performed every song from her latest album as well as some of her older songs. My favorite part was when she got off stage and ran through the crowd to perform on a smaller stage that was literally only three feet away from our seats. Even better Ed Sheeran joined her on the smaller stage and together they sang their song Everything Has Changed. It was one of those perfect nights that I’ll remember  for years to come and I think it was a fanatastic way to start the summer.

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan

(First post for Summer 2013! I’m a little rusty with this whole blogging thing, but I’m sure I’ll get into the swing of things after a few posts.  Anyway just wanted to say thanks to everyone who reads my posts and follows my blog. You guys are the best!)