Archive | June, 2012

a life without you is no life at all.

28 Jun

Four o’clock in the morning.
Right hand grasping
a bottle of Crown Royal Whiskey.
Left hand grasping
yours.
Mouths left grasping
for something of substance to speak upon
to cease the silence that fills your old car
like a plague overtaking a village.

The air is filled with meaningless banter
about blood on ceilings
and sister’s new apartments,
all the while subtext
clings to our words like our grasped hands
cling to one another.

Don’t leave me.
I’m scared.
Don’t you know what you’ve come to mean?
Don’t you know what you are to me?
How am I to cope without you?

It’s scary to realize someone’s become your world
only once you’ve had to let them go.

No more midnight trips to Shari’s,
or drunken Thursdays walking hard.
No more delicately deliberating where to eat,
because I no longer have to see wheat as an issue.
Road trips, bar hopping, spring breaks,
all must come to an end,
just like everything else in life.

Change is a scary beast,
and this change we face is a motherfucking monster.

And as we hugged one final time,
until who knows when or where,
upon green carpets and surrounded by hundreds of people,
I whispered words of encouragement into your ear.
A part of me took pleasure in knowing
I was the last goodbye.
I promised you friendships and adventures
and memories,
so many memories,
all waiting for you once your final plane lands.
I would always be there for you,
I told you through a choked back cry,
even if I wasn’t present.

Then you cried.
You’ve never cried.
Not in front of me.
That scared me more than it should.

And then we waved and walked
and you were gone.
Vanished.
Just another memory.
One of the most important memories I’ll ever hold.

What now?
What now?
What now?

Jesus. I miss you already.

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Summer :: CUT ALL THE HAIR

22 Jun

It’s a wonder how just the simple snip of a pair of scissors can change your outlook on life.

It just isn’t summer without a haircut. This is how it’s been for the last three years of my life. Every year, at the start of summer, I go and have a considerable amount of hair chopped off, signifying the start of the humid months to come. The ends of both freshman and sophomore year I had my hair cut just above the shoulders; a length I wasn’t fully accustomed to, but a safe length nonetheless. The summer after junior year I grew a little bolder (mainly because I was trying to impress, gag, a boy) and cut my hair even shorter, just below the ears. Well this summer? This summer hairdo knocks the other’s clear out of the park.

Summer hasn’t felt like summer until today for me, which is ironic seeing as it’s been raining throughout most of the day, as opposed to the rest of this week of ridiculously hot weather. I just hadn’t really been feeling the summer vibe until today, but with the simple loss of some hair? Bam. Summer time is here to stay.

Here’s how I started out this morning:

This is my “Dear God, why did I wake up at 6:30am?!” face.

Hair status: a tad curly (in its natural state), going a little past my shoulders when straightened. Perfect ponytail length, but besides that a pretty bland look.

I was in the car with my roommate (well, ex roommate) yesterday, moving some stuff from my old house to my new apartment, and during a spout of silence I was mentally organizing all the crap I had to get done in the following forty-eight hours. Somewhere during that silence, betwixt trying to figure out when I could go to the bank and if I had time to run out to Bi-mart to buy a silverware dispenser, I suddenly exclaimed, “I THINK I’M GOING TO CUT ALL MY HAIR OFF TOMORROW.” It’s something that’s been on the tip of my tongue for weeks now, and I don’t exactly know why it came out just then.

(Actually, I partially think I made the decision because I’m going camping in two days and taking care of short hair seems much more manageable while ruffing it up in the great outdoors without a shower. This sounds like a stupid reason to make a decision, and I assure you there is more to it than just that, but I do think this played a key role behind the why I finally decided to do it.)

So I stopped by my hair salon (Hair City) and booked an appointment for the next day. I didn’t get my usual guy, Christian, but that was okay. I like Christian and he always turns out great work with my hair, but our sessions are always so… quiet. We never talk, except at the beginning and end, so I decided to go with this lady (Tara) for a change of pace, hoping for a bit more chat.

I showed up at Hair City this morning at 9am sharp, sat in the black saloon chair, and promptly instructed Tara, “I want it all off!” After a run down of the look I was going for and a quick hair rinse, Tara prepped the scissors to begin the session. I had a brief flicker of a moment thinking, “Oh. It’s not too late. This could end poorly. I could stop this all right now. I just have to – ”

*snip*

Tara had cut off a huge chunk of hair on the back of my head.

No going back now.

Having someone cut your hair takes a certain level of trust. They are, after all, only inches away from your face with a pair of sharp scissors, and they could very well demolish every strand of hair on your head. Throughout the haircut, my trust in Tara wavered. She did well with the chatting, though there were still a lot of silent moments (which was okay, as I was half asleep at the time). There were also a lot of moments when I thought “My god, the things she’s doing with my hair look amazing!” and other moments where I thought “My god, she’s destroying it!” and there was even a moment where I thought “My god, I look like Sansa Stark!”

Needless to say, in the end, it all worked out.

Just call me Baberham Lincoln!

I’ve heard nothing but compliments about my new hairdo, which fills me with such confidence. Isn’t that funny? One change to your look and your confidence can either rise like a Phoenix from the ashes or crumble like that time I kicked Nate Spear in the shins in the sixth grade. Not to mention this is the first haircut I’ve had where I actually look like a damn adult.

And y’know? I’m a lot more okay with looking like an adult than I thought I’d be.

sstresstresstress

21 Jun

It’s summer. I should not be this stressed out. Why is there so much to accomplish tomorrow? Why are there so many things I suddenly have to pay for? I am not a fan.

Stress, begone. It is summer.

as the winter winds litter london with lonely hearts.

20 Jun

It’s hard to believe for five months straight I defined you as my reason for getting up in the morning. The reason I was at a computer 24/7; my sole reason to smile every day. It’s not that you aren’t that any longer. You still are, sort of. Not as much though. We just drifted, didn’t we? And maybe I opened my eyes and came to the realization that I know nothing about you. Nothing of major importance, at least. Knowing your favorite television programs and how we both dislike school and both adore Muppets is one thing, but when one has such powerful emotions for another I feel like they should probably know a little bit more about the other’s personal life. And maybe one day you’ll open up to me, and I to you. Maybe we’ll become close again, and then maybe one day our paths will finally cross and we’ll finally have that firework moment, but for now this is probably for the best. You’re still the boy who made me blush, though my heart no longer jumps quite as high when we talk. What a pity.

I never know what to do when I find myself crush-less. I feel awkward. Too much empty space in my mind; too much free time and not enough to think about. How am I supposed to fill the emptiness without a boy to fantasize on? Without a crush, my mind wonders towards poverty, famine, over population, war, intolerance, consumerism, and I become sad and scared. I do not like fearing a world that I crave to be in. My mind longs for the idleness and fluff of a crush to occupy the space. Is that a bad thing? That I’d rather pine after a boy who I have no chance of being with instead of focusing on real world issues? Maybe, but it’s the only way I find that I can truly cope in this life.

I know we live in a day and age where women are strong and empowered. I’m supposed to enjoy being single. I’m not supposed to need a man.

“I am woman
I am strong
I am confident
I am independent
I am omnipresent
I am self reliant.”

But Ilike having crushes. It’s what Iknow. I am always the girl with a crush. When I have no crush to hold onto it’s like I lose a bit of myself. There is almost always someone to offer my heart up to, and when there isn’t I’m left holding my swollen heart in the palm of my bitter hands, watching on as the blood pulses betwixt my fingers, and wondering what I should do with it.

So I’ll tuck my heart back inside the left pocket of my breast and move on. I suppose it’s for the best, but I already said that, didn’t I?

I do not need a man. I know this. I’ve always known this. I get along just fine on my own. I will continue to persevere, this much I know. I do not need a man. I do not need a man. I do not need a man.

But maybe I’d really like one anyway.

Week one of summer: Time to be lazy.

19 Jun

I realize one of the things listed on my summer bucket list is to write an entry in this blog every single day, and so far… yeah, kind of haven’t been doing that. And it’s only been summer for five days.

You see, the first week of summer is always my laziest. School’s out, I have nothing to worry about, and I just shirk off anything I should be doing. It’s a time for lots of sleep, lots of Internet perusing, and lots of television. Plus I just moved into a new place, so the last five years days been mainly devoted to unpacking all my boxes and finding homes for all my items.

Oh, and Breaking Bad. I’ve been watching  a lot of Breaking Bad as well.

But I suppose that it’s not fair to say I’ve accomplished nothing so far this summer, because I most certainly have. Let’s see, so far I:

  • Attended graduation and watched a lot of my friends walk
  • Went to that party where everyone got super depressed
  • Went to Medford to grab my laptop
  • Have watched: Rango, Iron Man, and Iron Man 2
  • Went and saw Bully, then went out to dinner with friends
  • Am currently downloading a heap of new music

And now Zach’s on his way over to start a Sex and the City marathon, then Nick and I are going out for dinner. So that’s something.

Point is, once I get a week or two into summer I pick up in productivity. I start writing more, reading constantly, doing things actually outside, exercising, etc. etc. etc. It’ll be easier to be productive once I’m completely moved/unpacked. It’s hard to feel motivated when you still don’t know where some of your things are. Plus this Saturday I’m headed up to Portland where I’ll be doing a whole mess of things (camping, visiting a Puppet museum, grabbing coffee, drinking with friends while marathoning Disney films, Nancy Drew video games, celebrating my bday, etc.). Yes, summer is sure to pick up soon, I am sure of that.

But for the time being, let me have my laziness.

Roger Waters is Gay.

18 Jun

First and foremost, this has absolutely nothing to do with the lead member of Pink Floyd. Sorry to disappoint, but I know nothing about that dude. (Plus I’m fairly certain he’s not gay.)

This entry has been something I’ve wanted to write about for a while now. I’ve never really had much motivation to start it, but sometimes something in your life happens and you are given that push you’ve been looking for. Suddenly you have to write a piece or you will just die inside; the words choking at the edges of your fingertips, aching to be written. That’s one of the things I love most about writing. You can go from zero to a hundred in a matter of seconds when it comes to motivation, simply because of a single image that you see or a single sentence that was spoken to you.

I called up my dad this morning, what with it being Father’s Day and all. I can’t remember the last father’s day I spent with my old man, so every year I see it as my civic duty to make up for my lack of presence in Portland by having a nice, lengthy chat with my him over the phone. We talked about the normal things: grades, moving into my new apartment, my brother taking him out for a Father’s Day dinner, my cat, OSF, my upcoming camping trip, etc. Then, somehow, we got onto a certain topic. I’m not really sure how it came about, seeing as my memory is incredibly short-term for things of this nature. I think it started when my father began talking about someone I went to elementary/middle school with wanting to host a class reunion. I went to the same Kindergarten through 8th grade school for nine years, where my entire class consisted of thirty students. Not thirty students per class in the grade, I’m talking thirty students in the entire class. Sure, a student or two would transfer out/in almost every year, but for the most part there were always thirty students there (I was part of the core twenty students who were there for all nine years). A reunion would be easy to accomplish, seeing as there are so few of us. Then, as my father and I talked about whether or not I might be in Portland for said reunion, if it were to happen, a name popped up. The name of the guy who I was insanely in love with from second grade until I graduated from eighth grade. We’re good friends with this guy’s family, so it didn’t strike me as odd that we were talking of him. Then my dad said gravely:

“I don’t know if you’ve heard the news…”

I, of course, instantly thought he was going to tell me that this guy’s dad died in a forest fire. Or his mom was bludgeoned to death by a toaster. Or his younger sister was trampled by a rhino. Or his even younger sister was killed in midst of a freak bungee jumping accident. I’m sorry, but when someone says “I don’t know if you’ve heard the news…” in a fucking grave voice, my brain instantly jumps to death. I should know better by now with my dad, seeing as he once called me while I was in a movie theater three times and then left me a voicemail saying “Hey, we need to talk…” in the most serious voice ever, and when I returned the call I learned that he only wanted to ask how I felt about being flown up to Portland to see a national touring production of Les Miserables. I had thought he was going to tell me our house had burned down. My father. The Michael Scott of my life through and through.

Anyway, I replied with the expected, “Um, I don’t think so. What news are you talking about?” and here is what my father then revealed to me:

“I don’t know if you’ve heard… it’s fairly recent news… I’ve only known a couple of months… but Roger Waters is gay.”

First of all, no. The great love of my youth is not really named Roger Waters. Just a pseudonym. A really awesome pseudonym. (Which I’ve now just learned is the name of the main member of Pink Floyd, which was probably tucked in the back of my subconscious when I choose this name, but fuck it, I’m sticking with it.)

Second of all, I freaked the fuck out.

I was flabbergasted; shocked out of my mind. Gay? The boy I spent a third of my life mooning over was gay? What followed was a repetition of the phrases “What?!” and “You’re joking me!”, while also throwing in a couple “Not that there’s anything wrong with being gay!” phrases, to let me dad know that I wasn’t trying to be judgmental of his orientation. My dad went on to explain a bit how the news had come out and it was still a new development, which I listened to… But… Roger Waters… gay? I’ve been in contact with him for a while now and I see him at least once a year. Had the signs been in front of me all along? Had they been in front of me as a child too? I’ve always known I have ridiculously poor gaydar, but man, I’ve known Roger Waters for fifteen years now. I just really did not see it coming. At all.

This photo makes me want to jump into a TARDIS and warn the younger version of myself of this news. It also makes me want to commend my brother for being consistently more adorable than I was throughout our childhood.

You’ve got to understand what I went through with this guy. No, Roger Waters and I were never involved, although sometime in high school he once said he had a crush on me in the fifth grade (which I now somewhat call into question). I spent seven years being unconditionally in love with this kid. I wrote poetry for him in the sixth grade; beautifully awful poetry – which I still have – while I should’ve been listening to Mrs. Robinson’s final period geography lesson. I wrote up diary entries in the fourth grade that generally were along the lines of “I wish Roger Waters would be my boyfriend” or “Roger hugged me today! I’m happy!” I even made him my boyfriend in some of the (awful) fanfictions I wrote in my youth, but only for the fandoms that had no male present that I wanted my OC to be with (here’s looking at you, Star Wars). There have been many a summer spent with this kid and many vacations gone on together with our families (spring breaks in Palm Beach or Bend, summers in Mexico or Seaside, you name it). The first time I ever danced with Roger Waters at one of our many school dances was in the sixth grade to Kelly Clarkson’s ‘A Moment Like This’, which you might think is weird that I can still recall after all these years, but that’s how momentous it was for me at the time. The first sex dream I ever had? Roger Waters and me. Of course, it was the most incorrect sex dream that’s ever taken place, as my fifth grade mind didn’t fully comprehend what else happens once two people were naked and in bed together. Then for months and months, in the sixth grade, I listened to the Les Miserables 10th anniversary edition of Lea Salonga’s ‘One My Own’ and sobbed, all because Roger Waters was dating Angelica  Putcelli (fake name as well) and not me. My little sixth grade heart could not take the idea of Roger Waters holding hands and sharing Baskin Robins ice cream with some other girl after school who was not me. And maybe, even after all these years, Roger Waters would still sporadically cross my mind and I would think to myself with a smile, “Wouldn’t it be the kicks if he and I ended up together someday? After all this time?” I hope you now don’t think I’m over exaggerating when I say that this guy, from age seven to age fourteen, was my world.

All of this equals out to why, after finding out from my dad, I went to Roger Water’s Facebook page and started yelled, “WHY COULDN’T YOU HAVE JUST TOLD ME WHEN I WAS TEN?” And of course he couldn’t have told me when I was ten, because he was also only ten. It’s not fair for me to jump to conclusions about his knowledge of his own orientation at the time of elementary/middle school, but it’s just… it’s just frustrating.

And up to this point you’ve probably thinking, “Chill the fuck out, Julia! You haven’t liked this guy for eight years. What’s wrong with him being gay?” There’s nothing wrong with him being gay and while I haven’t liked him in years… well… you see, lovely readers…

This is not a first time experience.

I have fallen for many a gay male, which was something I often joked about throughout high school, but you see, in the last year it has gone from a hilarious coincidence to something that is just plain fact: I am attracted to gay men. Not all gay men, mind you, and the attraction tends to end once I learn that they are gay, but it has happened far too many times for it to be just a comical coincidence. Maybe my mistake is unsuspectingly falling for guys who are involved with theatre because, as much of a stereotype as it may be, you can’t deny that there aren’t a lot of really attractive, funny, amazing gay men who do theatre. Not counting Roger Waters, in the past I have fallen for nine gay males, all of which are involved with theatre. Roger Waters is the first crush to ever turn out to be gay that is not actively involved in theater, so I guess that’s…. new?

Roger Waters was also the first guy I was ever in love with. Legitimately. A crush that lasts for seven whole years? Even to this day the longest crush I’ve ever had has been only a couple years. Let’s just say there were a lot of deep emotions when it came to my feelings for Roger Waters, or at least as deep as an eighth grader can get. Looking back on every crush and infatuation I’ve ever had, I really think only four crushes have been actual love, and Roger Waters was clearly the first one.

The thing about that though is, the third crush I ever fell in love with? Yeah. He came out to me a little over a year ago. When he did I made it very clear that I supported him and still wanted to be his friend, but the guy had taken me out on couple dates several months back when I had asked him out initially. As happy as I was for him finally coming out of the closet, it still felt a bit like a slap in the face to have been led on in the first place.

But let’s not stop there. Know what else? My first two celebrity crushes that I ever had when I was in the second/third grade? Nathan Lane and Lance Bass. How many eight year old girls do you know of that have crushes on Nathan Lane? None, that’s how many. I’ve had an abundance of other crushes over the years on gay celebrities, from David Hyde Pierce to Neil Patrick Harris, from Alan Cumming to B.D. Wong. The best crush I ever had on a gay celebrity was John Tartaglia, who I ran around sophomore year of high school telling everyone I was going to someday marry after I discovered Avenue Q, until Maddie Standish finally had enough and wrote on my Myspace wall, “You do know that he’s gay, right?” which incoherently broke my heart, because I guess I really thought I had a chance with him… which is dumb on very many levels. Also, John Tartaglia is a very obviously gay man. Oh silly, dumb, fifteen year old Julia. You make me cry laugh.

“Screw you all! You can keep Justin Timberlake and Jack Dawson!” eight year old Julia yelled from the tire swing set on the Holy Family playground. “I’m way too busy crushing on the middle-aged gay man who was in Mousehunt and makes for one sexy meerkat!”

Needless to say, I find it a bit unsettling that I’m initially so attracted to men that, in every way, are unattainable. I will repeat, I have nothing against gay men and I’m not saying that they’re using some form of gay magic to trick me into falling for them (although…), this is really something that makes me worried about, well, me. That I am so consistently falling for men who have no desire to be with me in the way I want to be with them. It’s happened so many times that it can’t be coincidence anymore.

So, that being said, let’s examine my relationship with the homosexual male.

Looking back on my life, I’m not exactly sure when the term “homosexuality” or “gay” entered my vocabulary. I’m pretty sure slash fanfiction was my introduction to gay culture, which is sort of a terrible way to be introduced (especially since the majority of slash I read in middle school was for Newsies and involved the guys having lots of really hot sex and… yeah, okay, that was really it). Actually, y’know, I think the episode of The Simpsons – I think there was a Santa Robot in it? –  where Homer has a gay friend might’ve introduced me to the idea of same sex relationships… which actually, y’know, isn’t the worst introduction ever. Think about it. Homer freaks out when he realizes his friend is gay, but in the end comes to terms with it and is totally fine with his friend’s orientation. For all I know, Simpsons could be the very reason I’ve never been homophobic. Thanks, Matt Groening, for making me a well rounded person! (I guess my parents, who are/were the most tolerant people I’ve ever known probably had a hand in it as well… but screw it. I’m just gonna chalk it up to Matt Groening.)

What I do know is that by the time I reached high school I thought gay men were the bee’s knees. This probably came from all my hours of watching Will and Grace after school, which then led me to believe that every gay man was exactly like Will or Jack. (I actually remember my brother going on a long spiel about how I was going to grow up and live with David Hyde Pierce, which resulted in him saying “He’ll be the Will to your Grace!” a lot.)  I became obsessed with the idea of having a gay best friend someday when I was in high school, and I talked about it nonstop. Needless to say, I was a strange teenager, and when I grasped an idea I would not shut up about it, so if you knew me in high school chances are my perception of gay males was a bit… terrifying.

I mellowed out in college and, while I never did gain a gay best friend (unless there’s something you’re not telling me, Nick!), I have gained plenty of gay friends. I do not, as I would have in high school, obsess over their orientation and drag them to go shopping with me, because I understand now that they are people and I cannot mold them to fit an idea, or, rather, a stereotype. Not every gay man is a Will, and not every gay man is a Jack. I even know some gay men that I find positively unpleasant, which probably would’ve blown fourteen year old me’s mind. I also learned that one of my cousin’s was gay about two years ago, which then resulted in me being grumpy as all get out with my family for leaving me to figure it out on my own. I am, as always, the last person who knows anything in the Allegretto family.

That being said, why is it whenever a guy in a TV show is introduced as gay he becomes my favorite character? Why do I always go on about wanting a gay son someday? And why am I so attracted to gay men?

Firstly, I think the reason gay characters in TV shows tend to be my favorites are because of how they’re written. Or at least how they were written in the shows I watched throughout high school. They’re usually sassy, funny, and have interesting plot lines, and more often then not they’re made into the comedic relief of the show, which I tend to have a soft spot for. Before I had ever met, or been aware that I’d met, a gay male back in high school, I tended to think that every gay guy in life was like Marc from Ugly Betty, Jack Harkness from Doctor Who, or, again, Will or Jack.

As for wanting a gay son, well, I’ve also planned out wanting to have twin boys, a geeky daughter, and an adopted daughter. It’s more just me wanting to have a diverse, large, happy family.

And why am I so attracted to gay men? Well, I do have a type of guy that I like. I like guys that: can make me laugh, can hold intelligent conversations, are clean, have a great personality, and are more talented than myself. Every guy I’ve liked in the past, I don’t know, ten years or so has fallen into all of those categories. All other things I like in a guy (can sing, arm muscles, geeky, etc.) are perks, but not exactly something I’m specifically looking for.

I’d like to think the reason I keep falling for gay men is because of these qualifications and not because I’m subconsciously terrified of commitment, which I don’t think I am. All the gay males I’ve fallen for generally fit into these categories of what I look for in a guy (except one, who is the messiest motherfucker I’ve ever met). They just simply happen to be, in my mind, the makings for the perfect boyfriend, which sucks for me, but at least they’re going to make some other guys really happy someday.

And I just shouldn’t be angry at Roger Waters. I’m sure he spent a lot of times debating his sexuality, and it’s not like I didn’t struggle with my own throughout the second half of high school, only to get to college to realize I’m very much into guys. But those two years of high school were scary. I remember being terrified as to how people would react if they found out. Nowadays Emma Stone is the only Lady Love for me… well, drunk me would probably disagree, seeing as she tends to have a thing for making out with girls at parties.

Nothing says “good theatre” like watching two girls mack on stage.

The thing is, while I’ve fallen for many a gay male and had my dreams dashed many a time, I don’t regret any of it. Lots of great friendships have come out of these crushes. I’m good friends with over half of the gay guys I’ve liked in the past, and consider many of them very important figures in my life. The friend that came out to me a year ago, the one who I was in love with, is now one of my closest friends in the world. I’m really happy and content with how my relationships turned out with all of them, in the end, even if I was pretty miserable at the start.

And you know what? Roger Waters most likely did not know he was gay in elementary school, or even in middle school. Or maybe he did. We went to a Catholic school, where coming out probably was never an option for anyone that’s ever attended that school. But even so, holding any angry feelings towards Roger Waters is just not fair to him. And maybe being in love with Roger Waters for seven years of my life wasn’t a waste of time. Maybe just the expression of the love I had for him helped me grow as a person; helped me understand heartbreak, as well as understand what it’s like to love with your whole heart. Maybe that feeling of flying as I got to stand on the spokes of his bike and put my arms around his shoulders, which was the happiest moment of my life for the longest time, was a gift that I still cherish to this day. And maybe if thirteen year old me were present she’d want to slap the shit out of Roger Waters, but luckily twenty-one year old me (going on twenty-two in 2.5 weeks) is a little more mature than that. I’d very much like Roger Waters to be happy, for him to find love, and for him to be able to feel comfortable coming out to everyone that he knows. We shouldn’t have to live in a day and age where people still fear the repercussions of expressing who they do and do not love. Love is love. It’s the twenty-first century. We should know this by now.

So good luck, Roger Waters. You deserve every ounce of happiness in the world, and I sincerely hope you find it.

Now let’s just hope Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul isn’t gay and would like to marry me.

The Summer Bucket List.

16 Jun

Since sometime in high school, I’ve started every summer by writing up a summer bucket list, and every summer I manage to never fully complete said list.

EVER.

That being said… well… honestly, I doubt this year will be an exception. I always write up a list of hundred things, and as I am a fairly lazy individual, I’m lucky when I’m able to finish twenty things on the list (most of which are usually television related). This year I’m aiming my sights on completing at least half of the list. I tried to make this list a little bit more, shall we say, doable. So. Fingers crossed.

SUMMER. LET’S BEGIN.

Let’s Enjoy Life, Shall We?

  1. Watch a sunset
  2. Watch a sunrise
  3. Go on a hike
  4. Go to the beach
  5. Write a message in a bottle and send it out at sea
  6. Throw a themed birthday party
  7. Meet up with a fellow Tough Pig-er
  8. Have a picnic with friends
  9. Go out dancing
  10. Paint a picture
  11. Go to Emigrant lake multiple times
  12. Do a photo shoot
  13. Go stargazing
  14. Go horseback riding
  15. Build a fort with blankets and pillows
  16. Stay in bed for an entire day
  17. Spend an entire day reading one whole book cover-to-cover
  18. Write a will
  19. Make out
  20. Go camping
  21. Roast hot dogs and/or marshmallows around a campfire
  22. Buy flowers and leave them on a random doorstep
  23. Leave little positive notes inside of books in a bookstore
  24. Reverse pickpocket someone
  25. Pull an all nighter
  26. Write “Bad Wolf” in twenty-five random places around town
  27. Perform slam poetry for an audience
  28. Visit Acid Castles
  29. Have a water balloon fight
  30. Go to the Portland Zoo
  31. Go to Powells
  32. Play the new Nancy Drew game with Aileen
  33. Meet someone new
  34. See Jim Gaffigan perform
  35. Do the color run
  36. Have a TREAT YO SELF day
  37. Make a summer playlist on my iPod

Feeling Crafty

  1. Do five crafts off of Pinterest
  2. Make an “I Am The Lawr” shirt for Les Miz movie premiere
  3. Learn how to make fun drinks
  4. Make Halloween costume
  5. Make squirrel sock puppet
  6. Make a “shit Muppet fans say” video
  7. Take a picture every day

I’ll Be Watching You

  1. Watch 172 movies (100 of which have to be new)
  • Iron Man
  1. Rewatch Frasier, Community, 30 Rock, Modern Family, & Parks and Rec
  2. Start/finish four new shows
  • Breaking Bad
  1. Lord of the Rings marathon
  2. Rewatch Game of Thrones
  3. Rewatch LOST
  4. Have a John Adams series marathon followed up with 1776
  5. Watch every single Muppet feature/special/documentary/TV show
  6. Beat a video game

Keeping My Mind In Shape

  1. Read 15-20 books
  • One Day
  1. Read all Sarah Ruhl plays
  2. Learn to braid hair
  3. Start learning basic guitar
  4. Learn to say “I love you” in 100 languages
  5. Find a freelance writing job
  6. Read/Keep up with ALL Hyperbole and a Half entries
  7. Do my 3000 piece puzzle
  8. Learn to cook ten new recipes
  9. Start learning basic Italian
  10. Memorize a poem that isn’t mine
  11. See five plays at OSF
  12. Learn more harmonica

Words, Words, Words

  1. Rework “Twins” script
  2. Write more of “Twinship” and at least outline how it’ll end
  3. Finish two already started screenplays
  4. Wrap up “Doodles” and “Owl Necklace”
  5. Write three slam poems
  6. Write a short story
  7. Write a letter to a friend
  8. Start Max Factor screenplay

Getting Around to Finally Doing This

  1. Look into grad schools/programs
  2. Keep room clean all summer
  3. Clean up iTunes
  4. Organize all my files on my computer
  5. Organize both hard drives
  6. Get  drivers license
  7. Replace iPhone
  8. Have a garage sale
  9. Have a contest on my Muppet blog
  10. Successfully complete online Web Development course
  11. Successfully complete Philosophy on campus course
  12. Pay off one of my credit cards (or at least get close)
  13. Organize all the folders of saved papers I have
  14. Sort through all magazines
  15. Get ordained online
  16. Listen to (and like) ten new song artists
  17. Paint red bookshelf black
  18. Successfully unpack everything after the move
  19. Have one day a month where I clean/organize the entire apartment

A New Look

  1. Get to goal weight
  2. Workout four or five days a week
  3. Talk to dentist about bleaching teeth
  4. Find yoga/workout videos on netflix
  5. Start running on a regular basis
  6. Get a tattoo
  7. Get haircut