Sunday, September 30, 2012

Summer Bucket List

Summer is over.  It was sad to watch it go.  Technically, summer as in 'no school' was gone quite a while ago.  But summer as in the 'weather' has just recently left.  Which means one great thing... Autumn has arrived!

Over the summer I made myself a bucket list.  It was my last summer as a high schooler and I wanted to do stuff.  I am happy to say that most of the items on my list I completed.  Some things I'm still working on (like reading all of Jane Austen's novels) and some things I didn't do quite so well (like take lots of pictures...hence the lack of photos in this post).  But I wanted to share the things I completed.

1. Read at least ten books.
I passed this with flying colors.  From the beginning of June through the month of August I read twelve books.

  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The Lost Choice by Andy Andrews
  • Crash by Jerry Spinelli
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones
  • Lies Young Women Believe by Nancy Leigh Demoss and Danna Gresh
  • Christy Miller Collection Vol. 1 by Robin Jones Gunn
  • Today I Will by Jerry and Eileen Spinelli
A good variety of fiction, non-fiction, teen, and adult, I think.  You can look at my ratings for each of these on my Goodreads account if you fancy.  You'll find the link on my sidebar.

2. Watch the sunrise.
I did this one morning.  I wish I had done it more often than that, though.  It was a really neat experience.  You can read about it here.

3. Be crafty.
I realize this item bay be a bit vague.  But I didn't want to give up on my crafts over the summer.  I knew I would have all this time on my hands being out of school and I didn't want to waste it all on facebook and pinterest.  So I did several different craft projects over the summer.  One major one being my bed.  You can see that here.  With the help of my dad and brother, I made my own headboard out of barn wood.  It turned out fantastic!

I also worked on my scrappy-journal quite a bit.  It doesn't take a lot of time and it's fun.  More about that here.

I decorated a mug with a Jane Austen quote.  That was really neat!  And it's so easy.  I think I'm definitely going to use it as a Christmas gift idea.  Check it out here.

4. Ride a roller coaster.
This was a biggy for me.  I really wanted to cross this off my list.  I knew I'd have the opportunity in August...we went to an amusement park for a Christian concert.  It was a blast!  And, YES, I did ride my very first roller coaster...and my second.  My good friend Bethany went with me.  I told her that because I went swimming with her in her very first lake, she'd have to take me on my first roller coaster.  We are now even.  I've gotta confess...I was pretty much terrified the entire time on the ride, and I probably won't be going on too many roller coasters in the future, but I can definitely say that I've done it!

5. Color my hair.
This was another first for me.  Over the summer I got highlights put in my hair for the first time.  They've mostly faded now...  But in these photos you can see them really well.  I love how it turned out!  And I might just do it again sometime.

6. Go to a drive-in theater.
So, my daddy said that I went to a drive-in when I was really little.  But last week I went to my very first memorable one.  I also did this Bethany.  We watched ParaNorman and Ice Age 4.  Wasn't a super big fan of ParaNorman...Ice Age was cute.  But we had a blast!  I think that we probably could have watched any movie and still had fun.

7. Buy a pair of skinny jeans.
Two pairs actually.  One pair being a peachy, coral color.  I love them!  I also had at the end of this bucket list item 'and be able to pull off the style'.  Eh, I think I do.  Haha!  I hope so anyway...'cause I really love wearing them.  I hope to post photos soon, so you'll have to tell me what you think.

That's all for me.  What did you do over the summer?  Was it fabulous?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Hello all!

Ag!  It's been a while.  I'm feeling a catch up post coming on...

I am a college student.  Anybody else out there experiencing full time college for the first time?  Mind blowing!  Some days I'll get home and not have hardly any homework and get to read all day long.  "College life is amazing!"  Then other days I'll have tons of things to do in a day and a half on top of my job.  "Panic attack!"  But overall, I'm really enjoying my college career.  Anatomy and Physiology is tough.  I'm in love with my English class.  And I get lots of exercise walking from class to class and then to my car.  Today I got a really good parking spot and I felt like doing a happy dance.

I just finished reading an amazing book.  It's called Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell. Wow.  It is incredibly thought provoking.  It's a Christian Non-Fiction and talks about repainting the Christian faith.  I definitely recommend it....but to those who are really grounded in your faith.  It touches on some major topics.

Still crazy about Doctor Who.  My sister and I actually redecorated our bathroom into a Doctor Who theme.  *grins*  I'm in the middle of season three now.  And, I'll try not to ruin it for anyone watching it currently, but the end of season two was probably one of the saddest things I have ever watched.  I cried.  And it took me a good while to move onto season three.  But, I'm okay now!  I'm getting used to Martha...she's nice.  Different.  But nice.

If you would, take a moment and click on this link here.  Walking on Sonshine is my best friend's newly established blog.  I'll love you forever if you'll go check it out.  It's pretty great!

October Baby comes out on dvd today.  I saw it in theaters and thought it was just splendid.  I'm very tempted to go out and buy it.  I might, just might, go do it...then I can have a movie night tonight.

Before I close this post and hit the 'publish' button, I wanted to take moment to say something about today, 9/11.  It's been eleven years.  I pray that we all remember that tragic day and the lessons it taught us as a country.  I also pray for the grieving families out there that lost loved ones in the attacks.  You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Blessings to you all!  Have a super fantastic day.