2016 Bucket List Part 2

Well, I have thought of a few more things I want to do this year.

  • Make a bear at Build-a-Bear
  • Visit the Bean in Chicago
  • Learn to juggle
  • Try snowboarding
  • Make and fly a kite
  • Play bocce ball
  • Go to my first concert
  • Go to a Bulls game
  • Learn to do a handstand
  • Take up yoga
  • Take up Zumba
  • Pack and send shoebox presents for Operation Christmas Child
  • Dive off a diving board for the first time
  • Bake a pizza from scratch
  • Bake a rainbow/tie-dye cake
  • Become certified in CPR/First Aid
  • Learn Spanish

My 2016 Bucket List

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here!! I will definitely try and update more in the future šŸ™‚

Well, I figured I’d make another bucket list, for 2016.

Without further ado, here is my list:

  • Dye eggs for Easter
  • Plant seeds (flowers, veggies, etc.)
  • Walk outdoors 4-5 days a week, 30-60 minutes each day
  • Bike ride once a week
  • Go to thrift stores
  • Go bowling with friends at least once
  • GetĀ a job
  • Become more outgoing
  • Go to garage sales
  • Go horseback riding at least once
  • Volunteer in the library’s children’s area over the summer
  • Make and eat s’mores
  • Go swimming once a week
  • Have/go toĀ at least one game night with friends
  • Get my driver’s license
  • Pumpkin carving/painting for Halloween
  • Take classes in the fall
  • Go sledding at least once
  • Go ice skating at least once
  • Have a relationship with someone (a BF/GF relationship) who will love me for me
  • Do well in my remaining classes
  • Graduate from college (finally)
  • Go to the zoo at least once
  • Go to Navy Pier
  • Go to the Museum of Science and Industry
  • Learn Italian
  • Save up for and buy a DSLR camera
  • Save up for and buy a full-size violin
  • Start and keep a running routine
  • Eat half as much junk food and twice as much healthy food
  • Eat out at restaurants I have never been to
  • Volunteer at a summer camp
  • Learn to sew
  • Go to local concerts, festivals
  • Clean up and redecorate my bedroom
  • Start, work on writing a book
  • Learn how to apply makeup (yes, I admit, I don’t know how to apply makeup; I just never got into wearing it, and would like to for special occasions.)
  • Take a weekend vaction trip somewhere by myself, or with friends, family
  • Have a photo shoot with me in front of the camera
  • Have a photo shoot with me behind the camera
  • Learn how to cook (better!)
  • Visit Great America
  • Practice cake decorating techniques I learned in my cake decorating classes
  • Bake at least once a week
  • Make at least one flower crown
  • Email/text/write (as in snail mail)/call friends at least once a week
  • Make and eat ice cream
  • Crochet or knit a sweater for dad
  • Crochet or knit a blanket
  • Crochet or knit slippers
  • Dye my hair green at least one time, for St. Patrick’s Day
  • Grow my hair really, really long, and then donate to an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients
  • Conquer my fear of public speaking
  • Conquer my fear of heights
  • Read a book in a day
  • Go to a h.s. football game
  • Build a fort
  • Create/make at least one YouTube video
  • Take self-defense classes
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Learn to love myself
  • Learn ASL/American Sign Language
  • Paint/draw/sketch in a sketch/art book
  • Take more adventures (by myself, with friends, or with family)
  • Learn how to take better pictures

Well, that’s pretty much it. I may add more to this if I think of more, but this is a pretty good list to keep me inspired for this year.

What is on your bucket list?

My Bucket List

There are many, many, MANY things I would love to do in my life. I have written down those things in a notebook, but now I have decided to put them up on one of my blogs (yes, I have more than one).

Here is my bucket list, which is in no specific order. I’m sure there will be more stuff I want to do, but this is what I have so far.

  • Get my driver’s license
  • Get married
  • Have children biologically
  • Adopt
  • Write at least one book
  • Visit Italy
  • Visit England
  • Visit Ireland
  • Visit Scotland
  • Visit Russia
  • Visit Japan
  • Visit China
  • Visit Singapore
  • Visit Canada
  • Visit Mexico
  • Visit Argentina
  • Visit Jamaica
  • Live on a farm
  • Raise horses
  • Visit all fifty states
  • Meet Andrea Bocelli and go to one of his concerts
  • Meet Celtic Woman and go to one of their concerts
  • Meet Celtic Thunder and go to one of their concerts
  • Be fluent in Italian
  • Be fluent in Spanish
  • Be fluent in French
  • Be fluent in sign language
  • Meet Johnny Depp
  • Meet Robbie Coltrane
  • Meet Daniel Radcliffe
  • Meet Emma Watson
  • Meet Rupert Grint
  • Meet Maggie Smith
  • Meet Ralph Fiennes
  • Meet Kenneth Branagh
  • Visit Holland/the Netherlands
  • Visit Brazil
  • Meet J.K. Rowling
  • Get degrees (through Master’s degree) in Special Education and become a special education teacher
  • Get degrees in baking/pastry and work in a bakery
  • Get degrees in photography and become a photographer
  • Visit Disney Land
  • Visit Disney World
  • Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Visit the Coloseum
  • Visit Big Ben
  • Meet Jonathan Antoine
  • Meet Charlotte Jaconelli
  • Get over my fear of death
  • Get over my fear of heights
  • Visit the Bean in Chicago
  • Visit the Sears Tower in Chicago (yes, I know it’s now called Willis Tower, but it will always be Sears Tower to me)
  • Visit the Empire State Building
  • Own at least one pair of cowgirl boots
  • Learn to sew
  • Learn to play the piano
  • Learn the play the saxophone
  • Learn to play the flute
  • Learn to play the clarinet
  • Learn to play the drums
  • Play the violin again, and don’t quite playing
  • Play the guitar again, and don’t quit playing
  • Volunteer with Special Olympics
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Visit Egypt
  • Ride a camel
  • Hold a koala bear
  • See a kangaroo in person
  • See a sloth in person
  • Meet Colbie Caillat
  • Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Visit New Orleans
  • Meet the Duggar family
  • Go on a road trip with friends
  • Become more outgoing
  • Learn how to cook better
  • Learn how to decorate cakes, cupcakes, and cookies
  • Learn how to bake different types of bread
  • Put all of my photos in scrapbooks or photo albums
  • Visit the Marilyn Monroe statue
  • Visit Spain
  • Visit Portugal
  • Meet the White Sox players
  • Meet the Blackhawks players
  • Go to a Blackhawks game
  • Meet Michael Buble and go to one of his concerts
  • Meet Josh Groban and go to one of his concerts
  • Visit the Svengoolie exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications
  • Visit Niagra Falls
  • Visit Mt. Rushmore
  • Visit the Statue of Liberty
  • Visit the Louvre
  • See the Mona Lisa in person
  • Try indoor skydiving
  • Give shoeboxes/ziploc bags filled with necessities to the homeless
  • Sleep outside, under the stars
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Make a wizard wand
  • Visit Wisconsin Dells
  • Visit the Yellow Man statue in person
  • Experience weightlessness
  • Go on a weekend getaway
  • Visit the War Dog Memorial
  • Go ziplining
  • Visit the Grand Ol’ Opry
  • Finish at least one of my video games
  • Take underwater photographs
  • Cook a turkey dinner myself
  • Jump off a pier
  • Jump off a diving board
  • Read The Great Gatsby
  • See the play The Book of Mormon in person
  • Visit the Acropolis
  • Visit Thailand
  • Go to the Thailand Lantern Festival at least once
  • See the Terra Cotta Warriors in person
  • Visit the Tennessee Parthenon
  • Visit the Teardrop Memorial
  • Teach an adult to read
  • See the Statue of David in person
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Visit the Vatican
  • Sponsor a child
  • Learn to do/be able to do the splits
  • Watch a movie at a drive-in theater
  • Eat at Joe’s Crab Shack
  • Sleep on a trampoline
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel
  • Make my own chalk, and draw with it
  • Decorate shoes
  • Visit Santa’s Village
  • See the Rosetta Stone in person
  • Visit Romania
  • Visit the Red Square in Moscow
  • Dye hair red once
  • Go to a pumpkin patch and select a pumpkin
  • Visit Long Beach, California
  • See the Christ The Redeemer statue in person
  • Meet Bindi Irwin and her family
  • Attend a Papal mass
  • Participate in a paint fight
  • Play the violin in an orchestra
  • Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Visit Greece
  • Visit Old Faithful
  • Visit the Sydney Opera House
  • Spend a New Year’s in Sydney, Australia
  • Visit Austria
  • Meet Andre Rieu and go to one of his concerts
  • Buy at least one lottery ticket in my life
  • Make at least one flower crown
  • Own at least one fedora
  • Own a laptop
  • Own a Kindle Fire
  • Learn how to do calligraphy
  • Volunteer at a Joni and Friends retreat
  • Go to a Chicago Bulls game
  • Make melted crayon art
  • Swim with manatees
  • Visit the Luxor
  • Try to ride a longboard
  • Try to learn to skateboard
  • Grow my hair really long
  • Try lobster
  • Visit the Juliet House
  • Ride in a Hummer limo once in my life
  • Go horseback riding on a beach
  • Visit Hershey’s Chocolate World
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Own every Beanie Baby there is
  • Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Play flashlight tag
  • Eat fish and chips in London
  • Be certified in First Aid and CPR
  • Watch turtles hatch and run to the ocean
  • Visit the Hagia Sofia
  • Visit Turkey
  • Dye hair green for St. Patrick’s Day
  • Spinx of Giza in person
  • Visit Coney Island
  • Learn how to change a car tire
  • Learn how to throw a boomerang
  • Visit Graceland Cemetery
  • Visit the Pyramids
  • Be a Girl Scout leader (or work/volunteer with them)
  • Learn how to French braid hair
  • Visit Fiji
  • Visit Ecuador
  • Visit the Dracula Caslte
  • Milk a cow
  • Participate in the Color Run
  • Visit the Civil Rights Trail
  • Visit Christmas Island
  • Visit Bora Bora
  • Host a bonfire and make s’mores
  • Be a “Big Sister” in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program
  • Take belly dancing classes
  • Visit Amsterdam
  • Visit Auschwitz
  • Go on a tour of Alcatraz
  • Visit Abbey Road
  • Feed a giraffe
  • Hold a giant panda
  • Visit the everglades
  • Ā Meet the ladies from DC Cupcakes
  • Take dancing lessons
  • See The Lion King play
  • Make a bear at Build-a-Bear
  • See the Mary Poppins play
  • Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Visit the Chicago Exploratorium
  • Visit Chicago’s Chinatown
  • Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Give presents to children in a hospital
  • Donate to a food bank
  • Go white water rafting
  • Visit Yellowstone National Park
  • Go whale watching
  • Visit Victoria Falls
  • Ride a vespa
  • Learn to ride a unicycle
  • Build a treehouse
  • See the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in person
  • See Wicked in person
  • Visit the Freedom Trail
  • Visit the Four Corners
  • Visit the Alamo
  • Learn to play tennis
  • Visit the Taj Mahal
  • Visit Rodeo Drive
  • Visit Stonehenge
  • Ride/drive a snowmobile
  • Learn how to snowboard
  • Visit the Seattle Space Needle
  • Ride on a cable car
  • Drive down Route 66
  • Go to a Renaissance fair
  • Visit Carnegie Hall
  • Visit the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Visit Pennsylvania Dutch country
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Visit Mt. Fuji
  • Visit Mecca
  • See a meteor shower
  • Get a massage
  • Learn to do magic tricks
  • Go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Visit Machu Picchu
  • Visit/see the Love monument/statue
  • Try fencing
  • Visit Las Vegas
  • Learn how to juggle
  • Visit Independence Hall
  • Visit the Imperial Palace
  • Meet Il Divo and go to one of their concerts
  • Go ice skating at Rockefeller center
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Take horseback riding lessons
  • Visit the Hoover Dam
  • Visit the Hollywood sign, and sit on/in it
  • Get a henna tatto
  • Take a helicopter ride
  • Visit the Eyeball sculpture
  • Visit the Gateway arch in St. Louis
  • Ride a Gondola in Italy
  • Learn to do cartwheels
  • Go canoeing
  • Meet the Dalai Lama
  • Take up archery
  • Visit the Amazon Rainforest
  • Ride a segway
  • Visit the Crown Fountain
  • Visit the Buckingham Fountain
  • See Shrek the Musical on Broadway
  • Take self-defense classes
  • See Mamma Mia! on Broadway
  • See Beauty and the Beast on Broadway
  • See Annie on Broadway
  • Dye hair black onceVisit Rome
  • Visit Times Square
  • Visit Central Park
  • Visit the London Zoo
  • Visit Westminster Abbey
  • Visit Wales
  • Visit Vietnam
  • Visit Venezuela
  • Visit Lithuania
  • Visit the Tower Bridge in England
  • See/ride the London Eye
  • Visit Poland
  • Visit Germany
  • Visit Mt. Rushmore
  • Visit Latvia
  • Visit Israel
  • Visit Iceland
  • Visit Hungary
  • Visit Greenland
  • Visit Georgia (the country)
  • Visit Burkina Faso
  • Meet Gary Oldman
  • Visit Switzerland
  • Visit Sweden
  • Visit Puerto Rico
  • Visit New Zealand
  • Visit Norway
  • Visit Nicaragua
  • Meet Marlee Matlin
  • Learn to jet ski
  • Visit Jerusalem
  • Visit Indi
  • Visit Haiti
  • Go on at least one missions trip
  • Visit Finland
  • Visit Epcot Center
  • See the Eiffel Tower
  • Ride on a double decker bus
  • Visit the Dominican Republic
  • Visit Denmark
  • Visit Cuba
  • Visit Costa Rica
  • Visit Busch Gardens
  • Visit Belize
  • Visit the Caribbean
  • Visit Belgium
  • Visit Barbados
  • Visit the Bahamas
  • Meet Alan Rickman
  • Watch the sunset from inside the Eiffel Tower
  • Visit Africa
  • Try bake Alaska
  • Visit Tibet
  • Visit Siberia
  • Visit Timbuktu
  • Walk on the Moses Bridge
  • Visit Berlin
  • Visit Tahiti
  • Kiss a dolphin
  • Visit Portugal
  • Have a candle-lit bath
  • Visit Pompeii
  • Try friend ice cream
  • Visit Slovakia
  • Have a pet bunny
  • See a white tiger in person
  • Visit Indonesia
  • Visit Venice
  • Interact with an orca
  • Visit Rio de Janeiro
  • See a reindeer in person
  • Visit Peru
  • Go on a vacation by myself
  • Learn braille
  • Help children in Africa
  • Own a pet ferret
  • Swim with beluga whales
  • Visit Daytona Beach
  • Stay at a bed & breakfast
  • Visit Naples
  • Dance with my dad at my wedding
  • Visit and walk the entire length of the Great Wall of China
  • Visit Chile
  • Hold a sloth
  • Swim with a sea turtle
  • See Halley’s Comet
  • Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
  • Have my father walk me down the aisle at my wedding
  • Become a chocolatier
  • Dance under the stars
  • Dance in the rain
  • Visit the Mall of America
  • Die with no regrets
  • Try poutine
  • Ride on the back of a motorcycle
  • Visit Carlo’s Bakery
  • Meet Buddy Valastro and his family
  • Make a rainbow cake
  • Go on an ice cream date
  • Feel beautiful
  • Visit Prague
  • Learn how to play chess
  • Hug Mickey Mouse
  • Hug Minnie Mouse
  • Get a Harry Potter tattoo (I’m currently debating whether or not I really want to do this)
  • Become a foster parent
  • Visit Disney California Adventure
  • Tour the White House
  • Get over my fear of public speaking
  • Buy an old bus, replace the seats with beds, and go on a road trip in it
  • Visit Abbey Road and recreate the Beatles cover

My 2015 Resolutions

I always make New Year’s Resolutions, yet I never keep them. Ever.

Excpet one. Where I drink less soda. That was made about 10 years ago, at least. Since then, I haveĀ seldom had any soda (maybe six or seven in all).Ā Before then, I drank it kind of regularly.

So that resolution was a success.

For the new year, I am planning on making resolutions yet again. Hopefully I can actually stick to them.

So, here goes my list of resolutions.

  • Exercise 4 to 5 days a week (Pilates, yoga, some for of cardio, whatever)
  • Cut down junk food consumption by about half
  • Eat one healthier meal a day
  • Cut down electronic use to one to two hours a day
  • Get room cleaned up, and keep it cleaned
  • Get at least a C in my classes
  • Get a job (as soon as possible), and put at least half of money earned from each paycheck in my savings account
  • Get started (and work on) book I want to have published
  • Be more conscious of where I put my possessions, so I don’t forget where they are, or lose them
  • Contact my friends in some form (email, text, call, etc.) twice a week
  • Do something once a month, that is out of my comfort zone
  • Take out no more than ten items a week from the library (I tend to take out 30 to 40 items at once, and it gets crazy, so I need to work on taking out less than that)
  • Take at least 10 pictures everyday, of something that catches my eye
  • Bake something at least twice a month

That is all I can think of at this time. Although, I think this is good enough for me. I don’t want to overdo it. Are you making any resolutions? I hope you can stick with them through the year!!! I hope I can!!!

Happy New Year to you all!

The 2014 Holidays

Wow, it’s been a long time since I last posted.

The holidays are over, except for New Year’s. I can’t believe how fast this year went by. It’s crazy.

I celebrated Christmas yesterday, at my sister’s. It was a very enjoyable day, and I got to spend time with people that I love.

For Christmas, I got several movies (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Princess and the Frog, The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey, Toy Story 1, The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, and Brave), a few CDs (Tenore by Jonathan Antoine, 21 by Adele, and Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield), a couple baking cookbooks (The Big Book of Cakes, and The Big Book of Cupcakes, both by Betty Crocker), a belt (which I really needed), and a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man bobble figurine.

The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is my favorite Ghostbusters character, which one of my brothers knew, so I am very happy about getting the bobble.

The Catching Fire movie came with a Mockingjan pin, which is something that I have wanted as well.

I am very happy with everything that I got this year. I didn’t get everything on my list, but that is perfectly fine. I wasn’t expecting to get everything on it.

2014 was a really good year for me, and I am hoping 2015 is just as great, or better. I am hoping to be able to get a job in the new year, one that I will enjoy.

For those who celebrate Christmas, I hope that this Christmas was wonderful, and if it wasn’t, I pray that the new year goes better for you.

Happy New Year!!

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Presents: It’s That Time of Year Again!

Now that it is November, it is time to think about the holidays again.

And, it’s also time to think about making Operation Christmas Child shoebox presents, for those children who are less fortunate.

I am hoping to make more presents this year, and make some with friends.

Here is the website, for more information on Operation Christmas Child, and what it is about.

Here are some ideas for what to put in the boxes, if you decide to make some:

  • Flip-flops
  • T-shirts
  • Puzzles
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Stuffed animal toys/dolls
  • Pens
  • Notebooks
  • Hair ties
  • Hats
  • Bars of soap
  • Wash cloths
  • Band-aids
  • Crayons
  • COlored pencils
  • Markers
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hand warmers
  • Stickers
  • Paint (watercolor)
  • Paint brushes
  • Brushes
  • COmbs
  • Ink pads
  • Stamps for ink pads
  • Coloring books
  • Recorders
  • Rubber duckies
  • Decks of cards
  • Toy cars
  • Toy binoculars
  • Frisbees
  • Balls (footballs, basketballs, bouncy balls, soccer balls, etc.), with pumps for those that need to be pumped up
  • Slinkies
  • Jump ropes
  • Yo-yos
  • Dress up jewelry
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Solar calculators
  • Mini checkers sets
  • Mini chess sets
  • Hair clips
  • Small purses
  • Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Folders
  • Cups
  • Bowls
  • Plastic forks
  • Plastic knives
  • Plastic spoons
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain ponchos
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Drawstring bags
  • Backpacks
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Lollipops
  • Hard candy mints
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Deodorant
  • PJs
  • Pencil cases
  • Bandanas
  • Flannel throws
  • Harmonicas
  • Paddle balls
  • Toy tool kit sets
  • Sippy cups
  • Dental floss
  • Small packs of facial tissue
  • Emery boards
  • Nail clippers
  • Multi-colored Sharpies
  • Travel sewing kits
  • Hair ribbons
  • Pom poms (like those used in sporting events)
  • Hand mirrors (that don’t break)
  • Glue sticks
  • Bland cards (to write to friends and family)
  • Scissors (blunt for younger kids)
  • Jackets
  • Pants
  • Kaleidoscopes
  • Journals
  • Headbands

They ask that you do NOT include liquids, war-related items, and a few other items, which can be viewed on their website.

Enjoy, and please consider making some shoebox presents for those in need!

Ten Year High School Reunion Weekend

This past Saturday was my ten year high school reunion.

Ten years. How is that even possible? I seriously CANNOT believe it’s been ten years already. The time just flew by so fast!

I went to the reunion with a friend of mine. It was at a restaurant called Bar Louie. I have been to the one near me, and they are really good.

I had a pretty good time. One of my classmates actually came over to me, and hugged me. I didn’t think she would do that, as we weren’t really friends in school, and didn’t hang out that much. We didn’t have many classes together, either. But, it was nice that she wanted to say hi to me, and to ask how I was doing.

I just wish I was friends with more of the people from my class. I was very shy in school, so I didn’t have a lot of friends. I also didn’t like school that much, because of my learning disability. I didn’t do well in my classes, although I did graduate on time (thank goodness!).

I decided to go to my reunion, though, because I figured it would be nice to get away from home for a few hours, and have a little fun.

There were probably about 30 to 40 others who came to the reunion, so it was a pretty good turn out (even though there were about 700 classmates in the year). I had a good time, and am so glad I went.