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Summer Bucket Lists

I’ve had the song “Mad World” in my head for the last few days.  The last couple days have been a whirlwind of activities for just about everything.  It’s scary how things change and the things that set certain situations into motion.

I’ve been neglecting my blog, my workout routines, and just having a very blah attitude for the last six weeks.  It’s hard getting back into the groove of things after being in a down swing but here’s to trying.

Graduations are happening this week and next.  What better time to bring up summer bucket lists?

Ideas for Solo Travelers:

  • Explore your city as a Tourist.
  • Take a random road trip alone.
  • Get your passport.
  • Go camping and unplug.
  • Hike a mountain.
  • Go geocaching in your hometown.
  • Treat yourself to a spa day.
  • Go to a music festival and connect with people.
  • Skip rocks on a lake.
  • Try a fitness class at your local gym.

Ideas for Couples:

  • Explore your city as a tourist.
  • Start driving, using a coin to pick the directions.
  • Get your passports.
  • Go camping.
  • Hike a mountain.
  • Go geocaching in your hometown.
  • Try a fitness class at your local gym.
  • Explore your local farmer’s market.
  • Host a dinner party.
  • Plant a garden together.

Ideas for Families:

  • Explore your city as a Tourist.
  • Go camping and unplug.
  • Go geocaching in your hometown.
  • Skip rocks on a lake.
  • Take a family road trip.
  • Have standing Family Game nights.
  • Watch your local fireworks show together.
  • Go to a drive-in movie.
  • Clean out closets and host a yard sale.
  • Have a water balloon fight.

Ideas for Graduates:

  • Take a road trip with your best friend.
  • Go to the beach/senior week.
  • Watch your local fireworks show.
  • Go to a drive-in movie with friends.
  • Clean out closets and host a yard sale.
  • Have a water balloon fight before people leave for college.
  • Pick one thing you’ve never done/couldn’t do, and go do it.
  • Take a camping trip.
  • Do a solo road trip.
  • Read a book I’ve never read before.

Most of these I got off of Pinterest.  If you want more ideas, Pinterest and Google can provide great ideas or even starting points.  For road trip ideas, Pinterest and the Day Zero Project have things to do in each state.  Check it out and have a great summer!

Listening to:  people talking.

Reading:  The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

Quote of the Day:  “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” ― Marie Curie


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This past weekend, Ray and I went to Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA.  We visited family and friends; got postcards, shot glasses, and magnets; ate good food (and not so great food); spent a lot of time in my car; did a facilitated scavenger hunt; stayed at a really nice resort; visited Charleston’s City Market and South of the Border; put in some solid miles on Charity Miles; and then came home.


Thankfully Ray took a lot of photos of the places we visited.

I had been to Savannah a few other times with other people.  This time was different though.  Not only was it a beautiful day, I was there was Ray.  Postcards, a magnet, and a shot glass was all I wanted to pick up.  Normally, after I had those, I would have left and gone on about my drive to Jesup.  We did make it to Jesup but before we left Savannah, I think we visited just about every shop on River Street.  We also didn’t get a lot of junk food either while we were there, which was a new one too.  If you haven’t been on River Street, they have some of the best sweets around.

Saturday, we did a Charleston-based Scavenger Hunt I had found on Groupon.  The scavenger hunt was 26 questions with directions, fun facts, and some awesome parts of Charleston, all done through Puzzling Adventures.

Yesterday, I sent out a lot of the postcards we picked up this weekend and already have one of the magnets on the fridge.  We still have some unpacking to do before I run off on my solo adventure this weekend…visiting more family.

Listening to:  My Own Worst Enemy by Lit

Reading:  Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

Quote of the Day:   “Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”― Bradley Whitford

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DC Bucket List

I’ve been in D.C. now for almost twelve years this summer.  It’s really weird typing that.  If I had been told that I would spend that much time of my life in the Capital City of the “Free” World when I was in middle school, I would have laughed at you for dreaming big.  As it happens, I was 16 when I first visited D.C. and I knew then that this was where I would end up.  I just didn’t see myself sticking around this long.

Twelve years later and I’m still surprised by this city some days.  D.C. is almost always changing.  Restaurants and storefronts closing or moving on to other locations, the food trucks tooling around the city, taxis and ride sharing companies moving people around the city, old places I used to go when I first got here giving way to new places to meet the times…

Here’s my D.C. Bucket:

  • Busboys and Poets—The first time I went to Busboys and Poets on 14th and V Street NW, I was in shock at how low-key, laid back, and chill the atmosphere was. They offer poetry nights, events, and just awesomeness.  The food is good and if you are up for an adventure, try the DC Tap Water.
  • The National Mall—I’m not as much an outside person as I would like to be. The National Mall though offers a lot of interesting things though.  If you stand by the Washington Monument, you can see the Capital Building, the Smithsonian Museums, and the Lincoln Memorial.  I’ve played softball and dodgeball there, watched outdoor movies with friends, celebrated different cultures, watched the fireworks and walked two 5k’s there.  There’s always something interesting to do and it’s never the same things.
  • The Tidal Basin—From the Washington Monument, you can also see the Jefferson Memorial and the White House. To get to the Jefferson Memorial, you’ll have to walk around the Tidal Basin.  In the spring, you can see the Cherry Blossoms in bloom.  Continuing past the Jefferson Memorial, you’ll pass the FDR Memorial, another one of the great presidents.  Keep going and you’ll end up at the MLK Jr. Memorial, one of our more modern leaders.
  • Eastern Market—I’ve been here twice but Eastern Market started my love for open markets. There are so many vendors selling foods and crafts that it is easy to spend time looking through everything.
  • Dupont Circle—Dupont Circle is one of the many circles in D.C. I used to spend a lot of time here, either sitting in the Circle people watching or at Books-A-Million (closed) reading a book.  In June, be on the lookout for the Pride Festivals and join into the fun.  Stop by on Sundays to enjoy the Farmer’s market.
  • MLK Jr. Library—I was surprised to find a library with Sunday hours and so many books. There are different groups who meet here along with other events going on throughout the month.  Whether you need a break from walking around touring the city or just looking for a new book to read, this is definitely a place to stop along the way.
  • The Awakening—While not currently located in D.C., this statue was at one point. At over 70 feet across, this giant waking up is a really neat piece to look at.
  • Robert E. Lee’s home— You can see this building from the back of the Lincoln Memorial. It’s located upon a hilltop overlooking Arlington Cemetery and you’ll have to pass by JFK’s memorial to get up the hill.  It’s a great walk though.
  • Folklife Festival— Every summer for two weeks, the National Mall hosts three or four different cultures, showcasing the life, the times, the food, and people. I say I go for food every year but it’s really good food.  One year, Hawaii was featured so while we were eating lunch, we were able to hear the guy who re-did “Over the Rainbow” perform.  It can be very eclectic but it’s a nice way to “see” the world without really leaving D.C.
  • The Yards Waterfront—This one is newer but it looks awesome. I’ve dropped people off here and their Harris Teeter always has parking.  The Yards has plenty of walking space, outdoor movies and lots of food places near-by.

Happy Friday and best of luck on your own adventures!

Listening to:  Thirty Seconds to Mars Station on Amazon

Reading:  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling.

Quote of the Day: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”― Aristotle

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Places to Visit

I started a new job today so today’s post is something I’d done a while ago:  Come up with 100 places to visit in my lifetime.  Consequently, I also need to add all of these places to my Someday list for Day Zero (Goal #33).

Here is what I came up with:

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Rome, Italy
  • Paris, France
  • London, England
  • Fiji
  • Cancun, Mexico
  • Athens, Greece
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Sri Lanka
  • New Orleans, LA (Hello Mardi Gras!)
  • Sydney, Australia. I want to watch something at the Opera House
  • Niagara Falls…both sides.
  • Toyko, Japan
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Eureka, CA
  • Juneau, AK
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Key West, FL
  • The Great Wall of China. I’d like to hike the length of the wall.
  • San Diego, CA
  • Dubai
  • Portland, ME
  • Nashville, TN
  • St. Louis, MI
  • Moscow, Russia
  • El Yunque National Forest, PR
  • Bruges, Belguim
  • Barbados
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Dublin, Ireland (St. Patrick’s Day!)
  • Gillette Castle, CT
  • Keeneland, KY
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Glacier National Park, MT
  • Half Dome, CA
  • Havasu Falls, AZ
  • Mt Rushmore, SD
  • Deadwood, SD
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Mayan Temple
  • Amsterdam
  • Florence, Italy
  • Jasper, Alberta, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • The Mall of America, Minnesota
  • Venice, Italy
  • Transylvania, Romania
  • Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve, Ireland (stargazing)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Jamaica
  • Bermuda
  • Aruba
  • The Great Pyramids, Egypt
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Alexandria, Egypt
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ghana
  • Cabo de Hornos National Park, Chile, South America
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America
  • Gaza Strip
  • Jerusalem
  • Casa Blanca, Morooco
  • Monaco
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Baltic Sea
  • Madagascar
  • Thebes, Greece
  • Cyprus
  • Costa Rica
  • Havana, Cuba
  • Maui
  • Dominican Republic
  • The Vatican
  • Champagne, France
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Xieng Khuan (Buddha Park), Laos
  • Cardiff, Wales
  • Auschwitz
  • Normandy Beach
  • Tibet
  • Cape Verde
  • Minsk, Belarus
  • Stonehenge
  • Tijuana, Mexico
  • Nova Scotia
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Toronto
  • Montreal
  • Nome, AK
  • Baton Rouge, AR
  • The Bering Strait…both sides
  • London
  • Antarctica
  • The Taj Mahal
  • Easter Island

Where are some places you want to go to?  Have you started marking them off yet?

Let me know!

Listening to:  Amazon’s Top Cool Down Pop mix

Reading: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Quote of the day:  “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what… Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ― Mark Victor Hansen

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