My Summer Bucket List

Between Jessica’s summer list and Chelsea’s monthly to-do lists, I decided I need a summer bucket list to get me in the right mood. (If you’re new here, I hate summer. But I’m going to give it a shot this year.)

I did a seasonal bucket list for fall and I felt very accomplished and fulfilled by the end. Fingers crossed summer ends the same way!

  • Go on a mini-golf date with K
  • Finish Year 3 scrapbook
  • Beach house vacation with the whole family
  • DCI Championships with K in August
  • Finish backyard landscaping
    • & host a cookout for the company
  • Take Enzo to the dog park
  • Outdoor concert with K & friends
  • Garage Sale (#2)
  • Visit the farmers’ market
  • Make a serious dent in Erin’s reading challenge
  • Drink more water
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Take the pups on an adventure

So to clarify… the beach vaca. and DCI trip are already planned, but I don’t care. Also, I’m doing a garage sale tomorrow, but my mom is doing one in July with my grandma so that’s why it’s #2- whatever I don’t sell tomorrow I’ll try again with in July.

I feel like my summer bucket list is kind of lackluster. Maybe it’s because summer just isn’t my thing… If you have any suggestions or additions to spice it up, I’m all ears!

Never Have I Ever…

This week is dragging on for me. I hope it’s going a little quicker for you (if that’s your prerogative). In less than two weeks I will be relaxing on vacation so it’s a challenge to focus right now. I promise I’m trying to live in the now 😉

Today’s post was half inspired by Rebecca Jo’s post and half inspired by the juvenile game (or drinking game) of “Never Have I Ever.” And in this version I get to keep all my fingers up and I don’t have to throw back any shots of alcohol. If you’ve ever played the game, you understood that.

So basically this is just a weird “about me” post… Just in case you don’t know enough already. Ha.

Never have I ever… had my ears pierced. When I was 10 my mom took me to get them done for my birthday but I totally chickened out and started crying as soon as the needle gun thingy was at my head. At that moment I lost all interest in ear jewelry.

Never have I ever… been to Mexico. I’ve been to Europe and India and the Bahamas and Canada, but I’ve never been to Mexico. Between the heat and the cartel and the zika I don’t have any immediate travel plans 😉

Never have I ever… gone on a blind date. I started dating K just after my seventeenth birthday. I had one serious boyfriend prior to K (UGH) and a few high school flings, but I’ve never really had the opportunity to go on a blind date. If I were single I don’t know that I’d go on one anyway… I’ve seen way too many episodes of Criminal Minds.

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Never have I ever… been in a physical fight. I once got mad enough to sucker-punch a friend but K (who I was not dating at the time) caught my arm mid-air and restrained me from throwing a punch.

Never have I ever… bought a lottery ticket. Or visited an “adult video store.” Or gambled. Or any of that stuff people do when they turn 18. Ha! Actually, I didn’t even order an alcoholic beverage on my 21st birthday! I got a Shirley Temple.

Never have I ever… gotten a speeding ticket. I’m sure I’ve jinxed myself now. The first time it happens I know I’ll cry- even though I’ll deserve it. Haha. I was cited for ‘failure to control’ but I still think that was total b.s. It was black ice and I totaled my car and I totally could’ve used some mercy from the officer. (I later heard that he regretted being so harsh. I forgive him.)

Never have I ever… had braces. I know a lot of people haven’t, but I’ve been complimented before on my braces work because my teeth are super straight! That gives me some joy since I have over 9 fillings in my mouth from cavities. I’ll take what I can get. (I promise I brush & floss… I just have teeth that are close together and sensitive gums.)

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Never have I ever… been hospitalized overnight. When I snapped my leg it was at night and we were at the hospital until the wee hours of the morning, but I’ve never been admitted.

Maybe none of these things make me unique… Ha! Maybe you have one that sets you apart from everyone else! What have you never done??

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Cause and Effect

I’ve never done a post like this before, but I’m always saying these things so I figured it was a good blog topic. Some of these are outlandish and dramatic, but some are true.

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IF: Donald Dump wins the election…
THEN: I’m invoking my Swiss citizenship and moving to the alps. I figure that turd-head is going to make anyone with dual citizenship pick a side anyway. You will never hear me utter the title President Tr*mp.

. . .

IF: The invitations for my future sister-in-law’s shower don’t show up soon…
THEN: I’m going to be one very unhappy party planner! The shower is a month from yesterday and the Type-A psycho inside of me wants to get those invites sent!

. . .

IF: A transgender person uses the bathroom I’m using…
THEN: I’ll politely smile at them in the mirror and go about my business. Because they’re a human using the bathroom, just like me.

(That’s all I’m saying on that topic.)

. . .

IF: I can’t figure out how to use all the make-up I ordered from Ulta…
THEN: I’m going to cry and cry and spend the entire weekend watching Youtubers apply foundation and eye brow gel stuff and eyeliner- and they’ll annoyingly get it right the first time like it’s the easiest thing in the world. #Grrr

. . .

IF: I don’t finish more than two books by the time my “book review” post is scheduled…
THEN: I might not post it because I’m so pathetic. Hahahaha… I like reading but my brain just won’t settle down & relax with a book. Ughhh. I’m currently involved in a reading challenge and I plan to join two more before the end of the month- because I’m a glutton for punishment, I guess.

. . .

IF: I suddenly came into lots and lots of money…
THEN: I’d pay off the debt, get a new car, and spend some serious cash at Rebecca Jo’s new Etsy shop!!

. . .

IF: I head to Columbus this weekend to attend “Fetch-A-Friend” with my best friend…
THEN: I might come home with a third dog…
BUT THEN: K swore he’d leave me if I brought one home. Decisions, decisions….

(KIDDING. I will use every fiber of my being to resist those cute wittle tiny fwuffy cuddly buns of fur.)

. . .

IF: K ever lifts the “Only Two Dogs At A Time” embargo…
THEN: I will run wild with my pack of +50 dogs and quit my job. Hahaha.

. . .

Alright, it’s getting weird now. What are your cause-and-effect statements?

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2016 Movies I’m Looking Forward To…

I have quite a few super serious posts in my drafts folder, but I’m just not feeling it today. (If you’d like to see my opinion summed up in the words of others you should check out Mattie’s post and Steph’s post!) Instead of ranting about real world issues I’m going to focus on the make-believe world of film. Join me, won’t you?

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I think 2016 is going to bring us some incredible blockbusters (and a few indie gems). Here are the movies I’m most looking forward to!

X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27th)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne
I love super hero movies, but I’m so far behind with The Avengers (read: I’ve never seen any of them except Cpt. America). The opposite can be said for X-Men. I love these movies- the old ones and the newer ones. I can’t wait for this film to come out!

Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27th)
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman ❤︎ , Helene Bonham Carter
When the first film came out I wrote the date in my planner a year ahead of time, bought tickets for the midnight premier, and forced K to go with me. I was disappointed. Honestly, I don’t like what Tim Burton’s done to the classic… It was just the right amount of weird without Burton’s psychedelic colors. But I am an Alice fan through-and-through so I will give this one a chance.

Bad Moms (July 29th)
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith
I just saw the previews for this one yesterday. It looks hysterical. You can watch the preview here.

Star Trek: Beyond (July 22nd)
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, John Cho, Zachary Quinto
I have never seen a TV-episode of Star Trek, but I am so in love with the new films. (The first one is my favorite.) I love the chemistry between with cast and there’s a delicate, perfect balance of humor and action in these films. We had a viewing party when the second one came out- maybe we can do that with this film, too!

Secret Life of Pets (July 8th)
Starring: Ellie Kemper, Jenny Slate, Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet
It’s no secret that I love kids movies. (Here’s my review of Zootopia!) I also love my dogs. So logically I think this movie looks so cute and funny!

The Founder (August 5th)
Starring: Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, B.J. Novak, Nick Offerman
I had no idea this movie was in the works until I started browsing 2016 releases. I love films about real people- and this one is directed by the same guy that did The Blind Side (which I LOVE). And Michael Keaton is one of my favorites. Plus, I have no idea about the history of McDonald’s so this movie seems really interesting!

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them (November 18th)
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller
What kind of Potterhead would I be if I didn’t include this film?? Actually, in all honesty, I’ve never read the book that this film is based on… Fortunately the film isn’t out until November so I have plenty of time!

Ghostbusters (July 15th)
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Chris Hemsworth, Bill Murray
Apparently there are people out there that don’t approve of this female-cast remake. To that I say: Whatever, dude. The first one didn’t entertain me (I haven’t even seen the whole thing) so this film will be my introduction to the Ghostbusters. I’m in love with this cast so I have high hopes for this one! (I cry laughing at the trailers already!)

 

Then there are the movies that look good… but I’m not totally sold on:

Storks (September 23rd)

Masterminds (September 30th)

Lion (November 25th)

Assassin’s Creed (December 21st) …yeah, this one has a lot to do with Michael Fassbender

And there’s my attempt at keeping things light and airy on this glorious Wednesday. (HOW IS IT ONLY WEDNESDAY!?) What movies are you looking forward to seeing this year?

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All of Life’s (fun) Challenges

Ok, ok, ok. I’m on my game again and ready for this whole blogging thing. No complaining outta’ me today! (Except this story about how I was buying something on Amazon on Cyber Monday – I can’t say what because my Mom reads the blog and it’s a Christmas present – and I went to check out and the item jumped up $60 in price. Grr. Obviously I didn’t buy it because NOPE.)

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On to today’s topic… Today I will be holding myself accountable for how incredibly awful I am at blogging challenges… I started strong with the movie one, but I have seriously dropped, fumbled, deflated, and massacred the ball here.

(Original Movie Post) || (September Update) || (October Update)

I can confidently say that in the month of November I watched a total of ZERO movies. Oops.

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And because I like punishment (and kind of hope to someday complete one of these), I’ve signed on for a winter book challenge that I blogged about here.
Annnnnnnddd, Erin from TexErin in SydneyLand also has a book challenge and I figured why not?

I’m actually going to try to make a few books count for both challenges… so we’ll see how that goes.

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5 points | Any book that is at least 200 pages long: Cinder (Marissa Meyer) ***
10 points | Begins with the letter “D”: Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald ***
10 points | Four word title: Girl Waits with Gun (Amy Stewart) ***
15 points | One of the following words in the title: mother/father/son/daughter/children: Daughter of Fortune (Isabel Allende)
20 points | One of Amazon’s top 100 authors (new to you): The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)
20 points | Set in any country in Asia: The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy) ***
25 points | A “Season” in the title: The Winter Queen (Boris Akunin)
30 points | Read a book that will make you laugh from this list: How to Be A Woman (Caitlin Moran)
30 points | A friend or family member’s favorite book: The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
35 points | Published the year you were born: Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton) -originally publish 1990-

*** Duplicates from Winter 2015 Book Challenge 🙂

I firmly believe that these “challenges” actually do motivate me to do stuff… But I just don’t put a ton of pressure on myself. That being said, this PopSugar book challenge lasts all year (2016) so I’m going to try to check some of these puppies off while I go about my life this year. (Stay tuned for a 2016 resolution post some time this month- I will include this list again!)

So there are my picks for the next 2-5 months. (I included a lot of links… dang!) Have you read any of these? What would you have picked? Want to try (and fail) with me? No pressure!

-Louise

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