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May 27, 2013

Now that it's memorial day and summer has "officially" begun, I've been doing a lot of thinking about this summer and what I want to do. There are a lot of things on that list. So I figured I'd write them all down so that I have a record of them and can see how many I accomplish. I want to get most of these things done, but obviously time and money will restrict me a bit, so I've compiled a list of pretty doable things as long as I can find deals and find a lot of people to join me to save money on certain things. I'm challenging myself to complete as many of these things as I can, and I suppose I'll take you all on a little ride with me and keep you updated on what I'm getting up to on my weekends and vacations this summer! So here's my bucket list for summer 2013.Now, this is a truly ambitious list that I've got here. BUT. A bunch of the things are free, some are just to better myself, a few are already in the works, and all are very possible. There are quite a few places I want to visit and those are going to be the hardest because vacations in the summer are expensive, but I'm going to keep an eye on discount sites and such.

1// SEE A LIVE CONCERT
this may be cheating, but I already have tickets for Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Ben Howard. Sue me.
2// HOST A BBQ/PARTY
I really want an excuse to send my parents out to a movie or something and make dinner with my friends and drink fun drinks out of paper straws in cute dresses. It'll end in a big game of beer pong or slap cup, but that's how we like it.
3// GET A BARTENDING LICENSE
this is something I've been talking about with a friend for a while. I haven't looked too far into detail, but it looks like to get a NYS bartending certification, you only need 40 hours of training and it obviously costs money, but that's the part I need to look into more. Even if I do nothing with it, I just think it would be such a fun experience and a good thing to have. You never know when people are going to need fancy cocktails in an emergency.
4// OUTDOOR MOVIE
last year me and my best friend Meagan tried to make it to an outdoor movie, but every time we tried to go, something else came up. At Scranton, my freshman dorm building had a movie screen on one of the walls that they would take down every few weekends when the weather was nice, and the whole school would crowd on the hilled lawn next to GLM and watch a movie. We'd make popcorn and bring out blankets and pillows and snuggle. It was great. I just want to have that feeling more - being totally surrounded by people snuggling, laughing, and tearing up at the sad parts. Movies are great for bringing total strangers together.
5// TAKE A ROAD TRIP
this is one of the ones that is kind of in the works. I really want to drive down to South Carolina or Virginia Beach in June when I have a week off of work. If that doesn't work out, I might head on over to Chicago when Rich gets here, which is something we wanted to do last year but never got around to. I just love being in the car with my sunnies on, listening to great tunes with great people.
6// TRY A NEW RESTAURANT
All year long me, my parents, and my friends eat at all of the same restaurants all the time. We try a new one here or there, but at least one person has already been there and liked it. I want to get a group together and find a cool restaurant on the water or something alluring like that, and make it a new summer tradition to go there. Hopefully the one we find is delish.
7// GO TO A DOG PARK WITH LUCAS
my dog is crazy. Absolutely out of his damn mind. But he's also a puppy, so a lot of it has to do with how much energy my little ball of fur possesses. I really want to take him to a dog park or a dog run and just let him go nuts. He can make some new friends, which might make me some new friends, and he can come home and pass out and not chew up my new nike sneakers.
8// GO TO SIX FLAGS
every year my mom's office gets a deal with six flags and all the employees are able to get half off tickets before the park opens in June. Every year I ask all of my friends who wants to go, and even though people say yes, we never get around to it, the tickets get expensive, and all of the new rides go unridden. It's a damn shame. So this year I texted all of my friends and I'm buying the tickets before this Friday so we have to plan when to go and we'll have a nice warm day with our stomaches in our throats and our eyes watering from laughter.
9// TAKE MORE PICTURES
this one might seem silly, but to me it isn't. Ever since I got an iPhone, I do take a lot of pictures, but I've left my beautiful DSLR camera in the dust for most of the year I've had it. I don't really know how to use it that well, and I don't take it many places because I don't feel comfortable enough with getting good shots. I feel like I'll look like some wannabe with it around my neck at the park or something. I need to get more used to bringing it around when the time is appropriate and then the practice will hopefully help me use it and its features to the fullest.
10// ATLANTIC CITY, BABY.
ever since I turned 21 in 2011, I've been dying to go to AC. It's so close, and I have friends who have gone a bunch of times for a long weekend and have had the most fun. This summer it is going to happen. Even if it's only for a night, I'm going to go, sit on the beach all day, walk the boardwalk at sunset, and gamble away my allotted $20 with style.
11// PICNIC IN THE PARK
last summer Rich got me a picnic basket for our anniversary because I had been saying since we met that I'd always wanted one. So finally I have one and we only went on one picnic. But literally, it was the best picnic ever. We went to Cold Spring Harbor, a few towns over from where I live, and set up our blanket right next to the water where all of the boats were floating. It was so nice and relaxing and we had a lot of fun drinking cheap wine and eating turkey sandwiches.
12// BAR CRAWL
soooooo college. But I really want to do one during the summer when it's nice and warm. Obviously it won't be like college where we make custom tees and meet at someone's house for a pre-keg, it would be classier. I'm thinking somewhere on a boardwalk or near the water. Everything should be on the water during the summer. It's a rule.
13// DAY AT A VINEYARD
this is semi classier than a bar crawl, and definitely on my general life bucket list. I loveeee wine. Love it. There is no place I would rather be than where wine is made. I just want to wear a floppy hat and drink with my pinky up to my heart's content.
14// BOARDY BARN
keeping with the alcohol trend, I really want to go to the Boardy Barn. It is another thing that is so college, but seems so much fun. It's basically a big party every Sunday of the summer at this bar in the Hampton Bays on Long Island. It's close enough to my house that I should have already been like 32492678 times.
15// FESTIVAL OR STATE FAIR
I really want to go to a music or food festival, or a state fair because they are somewhat similar. It would just be nice to be outdoors and eat some good grub and listen to good music.
16// VISIT MY COLLEGE FRIENDS
today is one year that I am a college graduate. Kill me now. But really, I'm still taking it pretty hard. I just miss the lifestyle and my friends and not having to live with my parents. Not that I don't love my parents, but I'm 23. Come. On. Since this day last year, all five of my housemates have not been in the same room. Which is ridiculous! We've gotten four of us together at once quite a few times, but not all of us, and that makes me really sad. This summer, (with all five of our busy schedules) it's going to be hard, but I will organize it if it kills me.
17// BREWERY TOUR
I swear I'm not an alcoholic, I just really enjoy a nice glass of, well, anything really. I went to a brewery when I was in Denver last spring and it was really cool. I think it's awesome to support local breweries instead of say, Coors. Micro breweries are really awesome, so I want to find one close to, if not in NY itself.
18// BAKE FOR MY FRIENDS
this sounds dumb because I could just go get some nestle cookie dough and drop it around my friends houses in the neighborhood, but I mean like REALLY bake. Me and my best friend Meagan made our other best friend Alyssa a pretty cool birthday cake. It didn't make it on here because I was not really blogging at the time and it didn't turn out quite as cool as we'd hoped in the end, but it was so much fun and I'd really like to tackle a couple more fun baking projects that are on a bit of a larger scale.
19// TAKE A HOT YOGA CLASS
my college housemate Cecelia will kill me if she sees this, because she tried to get my whole house to join her for hot yoga for four years to no avail. I feel like now I'm in a place where I want to try it and I think I have the money for it, whereas in college I so didn't. I want to be all zen and that while I sweat my ta-tas off.
20// READ AT LEAST FIVE BOOKS
two summers ago I read about fifteen books, starting with a trip to Puerto Rico in May. Last summer I read maybe one or two- can't remember really. So I want to read a few more than that, not quite fifteen because I have a lot of other things on my plate, but about five, just to enrich myself a little bit.
21// GET A NEW TATTOO
I already have three tattoos, which not many people know. I've been itching to get a new one since I got my last one over a year ago. It's time.
22// HAVE A PEN PAL
this one is also kind of cheating. I do have a pen pal for the summer already. We met on instagram and I think she's awesome and that we have a lot in common, so I'm really excited to start writing to her soon.
23// IKEA SCAVENGER HUNT
I've had this idea for a while. Create a giant list of completely random things all over IKEA, and give everyone a list. First person to make it to the meet up place with all of the items wins. Bragging rights, an ice cream cone, a plastic lawn flamingo? I don't know yet, but the whole thing would be hilarious.
24// HAVE A PHONE-FREE DAY
this is self-explanatory. I spend too much time on my phone, like most people with smartphones. I want to spend a whole day with my phone off and left in my house so I can really enjoy myself for an entire day without it.
25// TAKE MORE LONG WALKS
not only is walking healthy, but it's really relaxing. I want to walk around my neighborhood more and just appreciate where I live. 
26// MAKE A SUMMER BOOK
lastly, I want to make a summer minibook or scrapbook to document all of the awesomeness of summer both on and off this bucket list. I'm really looking forward to the next three months immensely, but I know they will fly like my last 23 summers have, so I want to remember it forever in paper/photo form. 

And that's that. Super long-winded and very ambitious, but I'm excited about it.

What's on your bucket list this summer?

*09-29-13 edit: see my last SBL post and the rest of my completions here.

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