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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


Happy Birthday to The Summer Games

Happy Birthday to the blog that started it all.

Exactly one year ago I sat down at the same computer I sit at now and started this blog. After a few days of tweaking The Summer Games was born and what followed was a summer jam-packed with incredible bucket listing adventures. Now here I am a year later to tell you that the adventure is just starting! That’s right folks; I’ll be back and better than ever for a whole new summer filled with fresh and exciting experiences.

If you have noticed, my blog has been under some construction these past few weeks. I’ve given my blog a new look, updated my “About” page, and added a “FAQ” page. Also there is now a 2013 bucket list page; however the list won’t be posted until May 12th. I am beyond excited for the summer season and can’t wait for it to start!

So mark your calendars as summer starts: June 1st!

A new summer. A new list. A new girl.

Are you ready to handle the summer heat?

-Meagan


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. 🙂

#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


And as the Summer comes to a close…

I am exhausted.

I’m also excited. And exhilarated. And ecstatic. And elated.

My smile is so wide it boarders on hysterical.

Why?

Because I made the varsity soccer team.

In my rather short and insignificant life this is a gigantic accomplishment. No, it does not compare to winning a gold medal at the Olympics or finding the cure for cancer, but to me this is a huge deal and I could not be happier. Gee, that sounded really lame didn’t it?

Now don’t think I brought this up just to brag, no this actually has to do with the bucket list in a way. Allow me to explain briefly. After learning on Friday that I made the team I decided it was time to celebrate by having a sleepover with my friend. Of course this was to be no ordinary slumber party, but rather a bucket listing one. I made sure to stock up on all the supplies needed  in order to complete five things off the bucket list.

What did I complete?

Well how about a little factoid to begin with? Did you know August 17th is Indonesian Independence Day? Unless you live in Indonesia I doubt any of you realized the festivities that occurred throughout the Indonesian islands, and my house, this weekend. After some researching on the holiday and how it is celebrated (some activities include a parade, games, and a flag ceremony) my friend and I promptly started our own unique little celebration; making paper Indonesian flags and then “parading” around my neighborhood with them, as well as learning the Indonesian national anthem and having a “fish-chip” eating contest, which is supposedly a popular way to celebrate (FYI we used Goldfish instead.)

Then the night really got started when I decided it was time to get a little crazy and have a shaving cream war. However living in a family with three girls and only one male, my house is not stocked full of shaving cream, but using a little ingenuity I simply filled two buckets with the fluffy white stuff and it was on. My friend and I began pelting each other, slopping handfuls of the cream in the desperate attempt to win the epic shaving cream battle, and by the end it looked as if a large flock of seagulls had um…evacuated their bowels all over us and my backyard.

After cleaning up a bit and changing out of our “creamy” clothing I decided to try #57 Plan an awesome prank. Then do it. My plan was to offer my friend an organic dog biscuit that strikingly resembled a chocolate brownie. However Amanda is quick-witted and caught on to my rather rude intention of feeding her to the dogs…I mean feeding her dog food. Oh well, this bucket list is subject to change and I therefore deem this one complete.

Finally in the morning we completed #2 Blow bubbles. Chase after them. Laugh.

Simple? Yes.

Absolutely entertaining? You know it.

Worth the 2.99 I paid for the gallon jug of bubbles? Most definitely.

As for the fifth item I complete, you’ll have to wait because that is a whole other post in it’s self. Sorry about abandoning you guys lately, but if you couldn’t tell I’ve been pretty busy. However this is the last week of summer and I’m going to be scrambling around in order to complete as many tasks as I can before starting high school! About the picture…I found a new photo editing site and got carried away! Enjoy!

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


I’m About to Explode

Two weeks and I start high school. And I’m freaking out. I keep imagining this perfect situation where everything just goes smoothly, but I know the reality is going to slap me in the face come August 28th. This isn’t some teen realistic fiction novel; where the girl starts a new school, makes a bunch of superclose friends, and attracts the attention of the cutest boy, all while getting straight A’s and never chipping her manicure. Nope, the cold hard reality is school, especially high school, majorly sucks. And don’t even get me started about soccer tryout’s. I’m so nervous just hearing those two words said out loud causes me to burst out into hysterical sobs. School hasn’t even started and I’m already on the verge of a mental collapse. Now would really be a good time for me to try some yoga…

Ok, calm down Meagan….

Sorry about that…I needed to vent for a second, but I’ve got myself under control now and am ready to steer this post back to the bucket list. Anyway I finally, finally, FINALLY, finished a nonfiction novel.  I consider myself an avid reader, maybe even a bookworm, but usually I tend to stick to the teen fiction. However I wanted to branch out and actually learn something (yes, I like to learn outside of school) and thought that reading a nonfiction novel would be a breeze. It was much harder to get through then I had expected, to say the least. Anyhow I had picked a topic I knew absolutely nothing about: World War I. In all my years of history classes not once has this topic ever been brought up, much less taught. It’s ironic considering they practically shove information into our brains about the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II, but skip teaching about the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and (as I stated above) World War I. Perhaps in high school history I will be enlightened about these topics, in which case I have, unbeknown to me, done a form of extra credit. But for the time being I have to rely on nonfiction books to educate me on these topics. Sadly these books tend to be dull, drab, and overwhelmingly uninteresting. The task of getting through a meer 190 pages was made all the harder by the monotonous writing, which was tiring and tedious to read. Here I am three weeks later and if anything is uttered about WWI my brain will explode. I just…I can’t write anything more about this…it’s too much pressure on my fragile mental state at the moment…#12 is done, done, and done.

Next up I completed #27 Wreck my Wreck this Journal. If you don’t know, a Wreck this Journal is, well hmmm…it’s a journal…that you wreck. All summer I’ve slowly been completing the insane tasks the book asks you to do, such as- Tie a string to the journal. Go for a walk, drag it.  Bring this book in the shower with you. and Make a sudden, destructive, unpredictable movement with the journal. It was a crazy, pointless, absolutely wonderful adventure, which left me with a ripped up journal that smells faintly of syrup. 🙂

And finally I completed #97 Rock a totally unique outfit. By unique I mean something that isn’t mass-produced and sold at a chain store. The shirt I got at a thrift store, the shoes and necklace from Etsy.com, and the pants were actually jeans from Old Navy, but I’m still saying the outfit counts. 🙂

Anyway I’m sorry this post was poorly written and choppy, but I’m running on limited brain power at the moment and my nerves are pretty fried. Hopefully I’ll get it under control for the next post. In the mean time…

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


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!