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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

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#116. Have an impact on someone’s life.

What does it mean to have an impact on someone’s life?

If you had asked me this question at the beginning of summer I would have immediately answered that to have an impact on someone’s life you would need to do something drastic, something that would change that person’s life forever.

However about mid-way through summer I came to the stunning realization that every interaction I have, in some way leaves an impact. Take the little girls at camp, maybe my impact on them wasn’t life-lasting, but for a week I made something of an impact on their life. Perhaps something I said encouraged them to do or try something new, or maybe my impact was even smaller than that. Whatever the case may be I still made an impact. With this epiphany I had, I realized that my actions have consequences and those consequences impact people I know directly. With this realization I decided to take care and think before saying or doing something I regret. This way the small impacts I leave will be positive and not negative.

However aside from making small impacts everyday I also made an impact like my first definition. You see my family recently started sponsoring a child from Indonesia. By paying only $30 dollars a month we guarantee our sponsor child, named Agung, will receive enough food, clean water, clothes, and the chance to receive an education as well as Bible lessons. We are also allowed to send him letters, which they translate, and small gifts such as stickers. In June I wrote him my first letter, explaining to him about who my family was, what we were doing for him, and reminding him that God is watching over him and his family. Two days ago I received a letter back from his mother (Agung is only six) saying how thankful she was for our sponsorship and telling us more about her son. The letter brought tears to my eyes, to think that our small donation of money was helping our little Agung and his family so much was just truly incredible. I can only hope that our sponsorship continues to help this family in need.

Anyway I hope this post wasn’t too serious for this supposedly light¬†blog! Two more days of summer and I’m not finished, so don’t give up hope on me yet. Expect a long post tomorrow.

May the summer be ever in you favor,

Meagan

*If you are interested in sponsoring a child in need, please check out this website: http://www.compassion.com/


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


Barefoot with Eggs

If my title didn’t give away what this post is about, then I don’t know what will.

I mean it’s GLARINGLY obvious.

It has to do with the infamous bucket list?

Is this ringing any bells?

No?

Well that’s a big disappointment on my part, I expected more from you guys…

Enough of this jibber-jabbering, Meagan! Move on, these people didn’t come to read your ramblings. They want nice cookie-cutter posts that simply update on your adventures of bucket listing.

If you couldn’t tell I’m still EXTREMELY jittery about the ever approaching first day of school and oh gosh…soccer tryouts. I shudder to think that for four hours tomorrow my soccer skills are going to be carefully examined in front of the more experienced and¬†ever¬†threatening sophomores, juniors, and seniors. It certainly doesn’t help that I look like I should be entering middle school, not high school. Under the harsh critique of the coaches I’m sure to shrivel up and make a fool of myself, tripping over the ball and falling flat on my face, just like I have in my last couple of nightmares. Oh jeez…someone get me an Excedrin, I feel a migraine coming on.

Meagan your rambling!

Sorry, when I’m nervous I tend to babble, but I’m sure you realized this after my last train-wreck of a post. So like I said before, the title should have been something of a hint as to what this post is to be about- #26 Spend one whole day barefoot. and #89 Have an egg war. Being that I never left the confinements of my house/backyard today it was easy to spend the day without shoes. Not really much to say about this one I’m afraid, though it did give me some insight on what it might be like for kids in third-world countries that don’t have adequate shoes. All the more reason to buy a pair of TOMS I suppose. As for #89 lets keep it short and sweet; that poor tree never saw it coming. ūüôā

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


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


#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


Barium and Bucket Listing

As you all know, today is what I consider the first day of summer, thus the day I officially start crossing items off my summer bucket list. Despite my dream of spending the day lounging around outside, soaking up some UV rays, that is not what happened. Instead I found myself at the hospital getting prepared for a barium drinking and MRI of my digestive track. For you curious souls out there who are wondering why I was doing such a thing, it is because I was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the digestive track and is highly treatable, if not bothersome. So that is how I spent my first morning of summer, gagging down what is possibly the most disgusting thing in the world and then being injected with dye and inserted into a giant, grumbling, metal doughnut.

On the bright side I did manage to complete some list items! Quite a few actually…

#6 Wake up before 7:30 everyday

Due to the fact my MRI was scheduled at the ridiculous time of 8:00; I was forced to wake before the birds at an astounding 6:30 in the morning. I would appreciate it¬†if you’d groan at my troubles right now…did you groan? Anyway that is how I completed this item…well at least for today.

#19 Do 100 sit-ups everyday

This is my feeble attempt at trying to get¬†some abs for the summer time.¬†So, using my mother’s “crunch bar,” which hasn’t seen the light of day in years, I was successful at this list item also.

#71 Walk el perro everyday.

Meet Audrey, two years old, rumbustious as a puppy, and the sweetest darn thing the good Lord ever made. Her nicknames include, but are not limited to – Aud, Auddie, Auds, Auddie Boo, Auddie Boo-Boo, Boo-boo, Boo, and el perro. If you couldn’t tell she’s spoiled rotten. Anyway being that she always helps me through ruff (did you get the pun?) times I figured this summer I would pay her back by walking her every day. No easy task when you stand 5’1 and you only outweigh your dog by 20 pounds. I survived however and was rewarded for my good behaviour by a sloppy kiss on the cheek at the end of our walk. ūüôā

#75 Get over my fear of needles

I am deathly afraid of needles. I mean I go into full on panic attack mode just at the though of them. Obviously this fear is a major problem when you require monthly blood tests. So what did I do when I walked in that room to find I would be getting an IV and an injection? I stood tall and said “I will do this.” OK just kidding. Really I¬†hugged my mom in fear and turned away, but that’s besides the point because I did it, which means I can do it again, which means I am no longer living in fear of the dreaded needles of the world. Woot!

#78 Take a picture everyday of summer

Frankly I’m too tired to even attempt an artistic photo, so I just dragged my slow butt outside and snapped this real quick. Enjoy.

#99 Actually do my chores

After years of escaping the childhood jobs of vacuuming, dusting, and doing the dishes, I decided finally to¬† take some responsibility and help out around the house. So that’s how I spent the rest of the afternoon, dusting, mopping, and spraying. I hope my mother notices. ūüôā

Overall I’d say it was a pretty productive¬†day – and don’t worry, as summer progresses the updates will be¬†a lot¬†more exciting!

May the summer be ever in you favor.

Meagan