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The end of the summer bucket list.

1 Oct

Well, September is officially over, meaning my 2012 Summer Bucket List has drawn to a close. All together I finished 40 things on the list, which isn’t bad when you consider I usually only finish 15 or 20 by the end of summer. There were a few others I was close to finishing (Halloween costume, 5000 puzzle, movie watching, etc.) and others I meant to get around to but, alas, never found the time.

I think I might make a Fall 2012 Bucket List, then transfer some of the things left on this list over to that one. If I do it’ll probably be made up of 50 things instead of 100.

Anyway, here’s everything I was able to accomplish:

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 photoshoot
  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 allnighter
  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
  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 (120/172)
  2. Rewatch Frasier, Community, 30 Rock, Modern Family, & Parks and Rec
  3. Start/finish four new TV shows
  4. Lord of the Rings marathon
  5. Rewatch Game of Thrones
  6. Rewatch LOST
  7. Have a John Adams series marathon followed up with 1776
  8. Watch every single Muppet feature/special/documentary/TV show
  9. Beat a video game

Keeping My Mind In Shape

  1. Read 15-20 books (12/15)
  2. Read all Sarah Ruhl plays
  3. Learn to braid hair
  4. Start learning basic guitar
  5. Learn to say “I love you” in 100 languages
  6. Find a freelance writing job that pays
  7. Read/Keep up with ALL Hyperbole and a Half entries
  8. Do my 5000 piece puzzle
  9. Learn to cook ten new recipes (enchiladas)
  10. Start learning basic Italian
  11. Memorize a poem that isn’t mine
  12. See five plays at OSF
  13. Learn more harmonica

Words, Words, Words

  1. Rework “Twins” script
  2. Write more of “Twinship” and outline how it’ll end
  3. Finish first drafts of two screenplays
  4. Wrap up two short stories
  5. Write and memorize 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/Get permit renewed
  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

my summer 2012 playlist.

10 Aug

Even though summer is almost halfway over, yesterday I finally compiled my Summer 2012 Playlist. It is as follows:

  1. Follow Me — Fraggle Rock
  2. Dance Music — The Mountain Goats
  3. The Coolest Girl — Starkid
  4. Love Lifted Me — Bernie
  5. Haven’t Met You Yet — Michael Buble
  6. Only the Good Die Young — Billy Joel
  7. All This Joy — Matt Singer
  8. This Year — The Mountain Goats
  9. The Bitch of Living — Spring Awakening
  10. Winter Winds — Mumford & Sons
  11. Days of Summer — Starkid
  12. Hold On — Lysistrata Jones
  13. Waiting for My Real Life to Begin — Colin Hay
  14. Gold — Once (OBC)
  15. The Only Living Boy in New York — Simon and Garfunkel
  16. Love Love Love — The Mountain Goats
  17. Wonderboy — Tenacious D
  18. Son of Man — Tarzan
  19. Yer Spring — Hey Rosetta!
  20. My Heart is Split — Kerrigan and Lowdermilk
  21. Up the Wolves — The Mountain Goats
  22. Mean — Taylor Swift
  23. No Way — Starkid
  24. Lay All Your Love On Me — Mamma Mia!
  25. On the Bus Mall — The Decemberists

Some of these songs have a real summery feel to them (Days of Summer), some are uplifting (No Way), others remind me why I love life (All This Joy, Follow Me), some are just gorgeous (Yer Spring), and others are just fun to rock out to (Lay All Your Love On Me). The song Love Lifted Me is on this list because I saw Bernie this last Monday and it’s been stuck in my head ever since, so, meh, might as well. And the other day I wrote for five hours straight while listening to Yer Spring on repeat. I may add more songs to the list if they somehow have a powerful impact on a certain part of this summer.

here’s to summer.

8 Aug

Sometimes the simplest things can make a day complete. Sleeping in until ten o’clock. Lazing around with a friend and discussing the importance of strong fictional women. Eating part of a pint of vanilla and then swapping for a pint of Rocky Road with said friend. Watching countless hours of television surrounding frogs and dogs and bears and chickens and a whatever and a whole slew of musical numbers from the 70’s. An email of wonderful possibilities. A letter from a best friend in a foreign land. Blasting Tenacious D and dancing around in nothing but underwear.

This is what summer’s all about, folks. This is what being twentysomething should always be like. These are the days I live for. Friendship, food, Muppets, and fun. What more can a girl ask for?

Summer Bucket List – Update 2

6 Aug

I’m currently 18/100, but there are a few of these well on their way to being complete (the bolded ones are the ones currently in progress.)

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
    Rango*
    Iron Man 2*
    Bully*
    Brave*
    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World*
    Superbad
    Zoolander
    Moonrise Kingdom*
    Pocahontas
    Tarzan
    Beauty and the Beast
    Little Mermaid
    Hercules
    The Amazing Spider-Man*
    Yankee Doodle Dandy*
    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close*
    Never Been Kissed*
    21 Jump Street*
    Rabbit Hole*
    Under the Tuscan Sun*
    Young Adult*
    The Others*
    The Truman Show*
    The Dark Knight Rises*
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain*
    An Officer and a Gentleman*
    Rushmore*
    Everything is Illuminated*
    The Iron Giant
    Analyze This*
    Analyze That*
    Safety Not Guaranteed*
    Paper Man*
    Les Miserables*
    Summer in Geonova*
    Mermaids*
    Louis C.K.: Chewed Up
    Network*
    Boys Don’t Cry*
    Anchorman
    Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied*
    Little Miss Sunshine
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Skin*
    The Muppet Movie
    The Great Muppet Caper
    The Royal Tenenbaums
    Muppets Take Manhattan
    Muppet Christmas Carol
    Muppet Treasure Island
    Muppets from Space
    The Muppets
    Lost in Translation
    Veggietales: King George and His Ducky (DON’T JUUUUUDGE ME)
    Muppets on Puppets
    Hoosiers
    Dan in Real Life*
    Craig Ferguson: A Wee Bit o’ Revolution
    Bernie*
  1. Rewatch Frasier, Community, 30 Rock, Modern Family, & Parks and Rec
  2. Start/finish four new shows
  • Breaking Bad
  • Downton Abbey
  • Shameless
  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
  • The Book Thief
  • On Writing
  • Its Hard Out Here for a Shrimp
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
  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
    • Enchiladas
  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/Renew my permit
  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
    • Matt Singer
    • Hey Rosetta!
    • Mumford and Sons
    • The Decemberists
    • Benjamin Francis Leftwich
  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

Summer Bucket List – Update 1

15 Jul

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
  • Rango*
    Iron Man 2*
    Bully*
    Brave*
    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World*
    Superbad
    Zoolander
    Moonrise Kingdom*
    Pocahontas
    Tarzan
    Beauty and the Beast
    Little Mermaid
    Hercules
    The Amazing Spider-Man*
    Yankee Doodle Dandy*
    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close*
    Never Been Kissed*
    21 Jump Street*
    Rabbit Hole*
  1. Rewatch Frasier, Community, 30 Rock, Modern Family, & Parks and Rec
  2. Start/finish four new shows
  • Breaking Bad
  • Downton Abbey
  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
  • The Book Thief
  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

A Lovely Day.

11 Jul

Vintage lacy shirts. Skinny jeans. Floral shoes. Golden hooped earrings. Ginormous brown sunglasses. Soft short hair.

Completed homework assignments. Perfect scores on quizzes.

Writing eight pages worth of dialogue. Sipping coffee from a chic looking mug. Devouring meatball subs. Air conditioned facilities. Reading in the shade of an overgrown tree.

Pretty Little Liars. The Book Thief. Frasier. Breaking Bad. Being Elmo.

Joking with friends online. The potential of Skype. Tumblr compliments. Another featured article success.

Sun. Sun. Sun. Sun. Sun. Sun. Sun.

What a lovely day.

The problem with summer…

10 Jul

I told myself I’d write on here once every day this summer, and so far I’ve done a pretty decent job living up to that promise (well, okay, except for when I was up in Portland and didn’t write for about a week, but I was super busy seeing people and doing things and blah blah blah blah blah). Now that I’m back in Ashland I actually have time to sit down and write entire well thought out blog entries. My only problem?

I’ve got nothing to write about.

My last couple summers have all been super low key. I’ve stayed in Ashland, working at whatever job I’ve had (currently I’m still holding down my gig as the motel front desk clerk, plus a side job babysitting/helping out at a B&B). There are always less people around during summer to hang out with, since most people have gone on home to be with family, but this summer it’s even worse. A lot of the friends I have who normally stuck around in Ashland for summer in the past have flown the coop and graduated. Not to mention my roommate just took off today for the next two weeks (she never comes out of her room anyway, but still, the apartment feels even more empty), and the few friends I do have around who I’ve suggested we hang out to haven’t gotten back to me. I’m basically setting myself up for a frightfully lonely summer.

Looking at the last six days since I returned to Ashland, I have literally only left my apartment to: go to work, go running, and to go pick up my laptop from Best Buy. Not counting all the customers I see at my front desk job, I have interacted with exactly thirteen people in person, and one of them was a baby.

Don’t get me wrong, I love having me time. I love lazing around reading The Book Thief, rewatching old Frasier episodes, getting a chance to write, and so on, but I am only human. It’s getting to the point that I’m starting to crave human interaction, and the people I interact with at work just frankly are not cutting it.

This is a rather bland, boring, whinny blog entry, so I’ll cut it off before it drags on any further. I just really hope summer starts to pick up soon. As much as graduating scares me, I’m glad this is my last summer in Ashland. I’m ready to move on to bigger and better things. Anyway, once I’m all unpacked at my new apartment and finally completely settled, maybe I’ll be able to invite people over for a get together or something. A friend did offer for me to come visit him down in LA and maybe even take a trip to Disneyland for a day, so that might have to be something that happens sometime soon. I guess we’ll see.