Wow… I’m totes taking this power thing to a new level. Anything I say goes… get it? 😛 I talk big but when it comes down to enforcing it, I’m usually the girl trying to crawl under the twin bed. There’s a reason my name rhymes with Wussy… oh, it doesn’t? There goes the first 5 years of my schooling.
You know it’s pretty freaktastically ironic when you’ve been talking about buckets and lists for at least a month now and then you open up the Parade Magazine on Sunday and find a whole article dedicated to bucket lists! What are the stinking odds? It’s like they totes stole my idea. Alright, which one of you 10 people who read my blog works for Parade Magazine… and where the heck is my idea moolah? In the article they listed 32 ESSENTIAL experiences that every American should have before they die. Well, alrighty then… if you say so, lady article writer. I’m listing them here, so you all can totes add them to your lists too! To read the full article and what lady article writer says about each item, click on the picture below… I scanned her in for you! Otherwise, I’m listing the basics below and then adding my comments out to the side.
1 – Eat Real Barbecue – I guess that would mean I’d need to become a non-vegetarian first… unless… do they make meatless ribs?
2 – Watch a lawn mower race – lol… as opposed to2 tortoises racing?
3 – Visit a Farm – I have been on my fair share of farms… remember the attack of the killer turkey story!?!? Seriously… it’s a wonder I’m still alive!
4 – Participate in a tradition that is so odd it has to be American – a few examples they gave: Mermaid Parade and sidewalk egg-frying competitions. I guess they never done been to a Ward Jell-O shindig. Count this one crossed off the list!
5 – Stand at the base of a really tall tree – Check… my madre is a tall tree… I realize that was kind of rude. I’ve also been to the Redwood Forest in CA… so cross that one off!
6 – Own a pair of cowboy boots – yee haw, Merle!! I’m a gonna get me some bowed legs too!
7 – Attend a religious service of a faith different from your own. Done and done… We have a tradition every Christmas Eve that we usually attend Presbyterian or Catholic midnight mass. I mostly go so that I can yell outloud in church and no one looks at you funny.
8 – Invite someone new to Thanksgiving – Done this one a couple of times with foreign exchange students, etc. I can’t remember which year they got food poisoned?
9 – Read the Constitution – zzzzzz… oh, what? I got through the first paragraph!
10 – Volunteer to be a poll worker on Election Day. – This one will be a stretch for me since I hate crowds and politicians… oh, and elections. 😛
11 – Enjoy a minor league baseball game. – Definitely would like to do that one day. I used to play softball and love it!
12 – March in a parade. – But then I won’t get to mow down all the little kids to get the candy first. RUDE!
13 – Take a kid to Disney World. – I’ve been to Disney LAND as a kid, never to Disney World, though. Mickey never knew what hit him when I showed up… fat kid with a love of cheese and a hatred of rodents!
14 – Learn the second verse of our national anthem. – I’ve sung the SSB several times in years past at events… but can’t say I’ve ever tackled the second verse… hopefully it has something about chocolate somewhere in it… oh, and peanut butter.
15 – Ride the Ferris wheel at a county fair. – LOL!! Sorry… not our county fair… that thing looks like it was built for no more than 65 pounds per circle… I’m sure I’d cause it to crush the county like some freaktastic Godzilla movie!
16 – Seek out the best Fourth of July fireworks within 50 miles of your home. – Love me some firework shows… especially listening to the choreographed music along with the fireworks… and someone butchering the Star Spangled Banner is always a nice touch! (coughcough Hi Christina Aguilera coughcough)
17 – Get a passport (first time fee for adults is $135) – That’s something I can say I do not own… but want to.
18 – Send a letter to your U.S. senator or representative. Maybe even be nice. – Nice? Like compliment them on their political swagger?
19 – Mail a care package to a service member. – I used to be penpals with soldiers in the Gulf War. I was 13 years old and we did it for school. It was always so exciting getting their letters and sending them things. I wish I would have kept them.
20 – Make your own Halloween costume. – So, you’re saying waking up on October 31st and not doing my hair won’t count this year?
21 – Tailgate at a football game. – I’ve been to football games… I’ve never tailgated, though. Bring out the stale buns and burnt hot dogs, kids!
22 – Go on a road trip. Choose a classic route. – Definitely want to do this one day. I always thought it would be fun to drive across the United States… stop where you want and whenever you want.
23 – Explore America’s ancient ruins. – LOVE me some history… so definitely should add that to my list. I’ve been to some ruins in Arizona (I believe), but I was a kid.
24 – Sleep beneath the stars in one of more than 50 national parks. – Whitney and camping is like Justin Bieber and Dolly Parton… there is no planet on which they go together. I’ve camped many times… but never in a national park.
25 – Dip a toe (at least) into the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. – Can cross off the Pacific… Atlantic, you be next. Watch… the stray shark will bite off my toe in the Atlantic.
26 – Write a gratitude letter to a teacher who’s made a difference in your life. – I used to do this quite often for my teachers in church when I was a teenager, but never a school teacher. I’m sure they’d appreciate the thought. Either that or they’d remember what a pain in the butt student you were.
27 – Bake a real apple pie — from scratch. – Does it count if I just watch Madre make it? She is an apple pie savant, I tell you right now. I haven’t been blessed with the cooking genes, though!
28 – Catch a concert by an American legend – James Taylor, Dolly Parton, and Jimmy Buffet are all playing dates this summer. – Um… I’ll pass on those 3… but I do love me a concert. Already have a few planned for later this year! Drunk, unruly weird people… here I come!
29 – Appreciate fall’s foliage. – Nothing more beautiful than a canyon full of red, orange, and yellow trees. I love a beautiful crisp fall day!
30 – Admire the pyramids of Las Vegas. – I’ve been to Las Vegas several times… I also admired the weird drunk people peeing behind the pyramids.
31 – See a bald eagle soar. – Does it count if I saw one on Jay Leno once? 😛 I’ve seen a bald eagle soar, but never stopped to appreciate it.
32 – Plan a vacation and use it to cross an item off your list. – I never do vacations, but this is my year. Vacation… Palmyra, New York… mid Septemberish. BRING IT!
Surprised that I was able to cross a handful of those off of my list already. Time to fill up that bucket some more!! Adventure is my new middle name!
Question of the Day: How many of these can you say you’ve done? Are you going to add any of them to your bucket list?
P.S. Updating Mission: Uncage the Singing Bird in tomorrow’s post. Be prepared to bring your accomplishments with you!