Summer is a Long Weekend and July is Saturday

Dear Reader,

In a metaphorical sense, this is spot on. June is Friday; maybe you have a half-day of school or maybe you’re entirely free the whole day. Either way, you’re easing into things. You’re planning for the best weekend (summer) of your life. Or maybe you’re ditching all plans and starting with a bang–full-throttle. Then August is Sunday; you’re recovering. You can still go out and have fun, but in the back of your mind you know you have to get ready to go back to school. But as far as I’m concerned, that’s the distant future. After all, it’s Saturday morning and I don’t have a care in the world. I do, however, have a full day ahead of me.

So, I’m ditching my bowl of frosted flakes and early-morning cartoons, getting out of my gently-worn recliner, and grabbing my notebook. Oh yeah, I’m going all-in on this metaphor. And I’m making a July Bucket List.

I am obsessed with bucket lists. I’m obsessed with lists in general, I actually make several a week, and bucket lists give my to-dos the most dramatic deadline ever. I’m also awful with deadlines, and I’m awful with following through after saying something is going to be different. But I’m committing with you, dear reader, as my witness. And it’s going to be unbelievably shameful if I don’t stick to my word this time (so let’s hope this works).

So without further ado, and in no particular order, my July Bucket List:

  1. travel out of the state (I’m leaving on Saturday for Texas, so yes, I’m starting with something that is inevitable. It’s kind of like how I start each daily to-do list with “wake up.” It gets things off to a good start)
  2. deliver cupcakes to friends
  3. get bikini-body confidence–I’ve never been confident in a bathing suit before in my entire life, and I plan to change that
  4. take a picture every day
  5. watch the sunrise–just once out of the whole month of July; I think that’s doable
  6. explore my hometown
  7. chill on a rooftop 
  8. learn how to make sushi
  9. ride a rollercoaster
  10. post 16 entries on blog (one every other day)
  11. volunteer
  12. go to the farmer’s market
  13. learn how to juggle
  14. read 5 books
  15. chinese fire drill–this is one of my favorite things in the world
  16. write the first chapter of my novel
  17. silly string someone
  18. give Jaden her birthday present (it’s seven months late)
  19. go to a water park
  20. finish a sudoku puzzle a day (I’ve been neglecting my calendar)
  21. run a mile everyday for a week 
  22. pull a prank 
  23. finish Sherlock 
  24. finish The Fault in our Stars
  25. finish Looking for Alaska (I’m on the last episode of the third season of Sherlock and I have maybe 50-75 pages of TFIOS and LFA but I’m just really bad at finishing things. I don’t know why.)

Well, I have 29 days to complete 25 items from this list. I think that’s reasonable. Especially since some of them are so stupid, they’ll take minutes to complete. And I’ll obviously be updating my progress on this blog, so let’s hope I stick to my word. Or this will be embarrassing for everyone.

Secondhand embarrassment is real.

Sincerely,

Sammy

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