Legend.

Legend.

I love this. I’d love it more without the giant watermark over my friends….but I still love it.

I love this. I’d love it more without the giant watermark over my friends….but I still love it.

BRINGING BACK THE BUCKET LIST…2013….
#23 TO MEET RYAN SEACREST

People might find it weird but here’s the thing, I’m obsessed with Ryan Seacrest. I have loved him since the day I saw him. I think he’s a bit of a genius. He’s funny, smart and a hustler always working and making things happen. He went from host, to host of two shows, to becoming a radio DJ while hosting two TV shows…took over for Dick Clark, started producing shows and more….he’s just amazing, and I’ve always wanted to meet him to tell him that. Well, this weekend it happened…and I’m happy to report he is the NICEST GUY around! I told him everything and he let me!!! Man, it was just as great as I thought it would be. He’s the homie for real. Thanks Ryan!!

I mean, is my smile any indication of how happy I was??!?!?

BRINGING BACK THE BUCKET LIST…2013….
#23 TO MEET RYAN SEACREST

People might find it weird but here’s the thing, I’m obsessed with Ryan Seacrest. I have loved him since the day I saw him. I think he’s a bit of a genius. He’s funny, smart and a hustler always working and making things happen. He went from host, to host of two shows, to becoming a radio DJ while hosting two TV shows…took over for Dick Clark, started producing shows and more….he’s just amazing, and I’ve always wanted to meet him to tell him that. Well, this weekend it happened…and I’m happy to report he is the NICEST GUY around! I told him everything and he let me!!! Man, it was just as great as I thought it would be. He’s the homie for real. Thanks Ryan!!

I mean, is my smile any indication of how happy I was??!?!?

#BucketList2013. #18,19,20,21&22(ish).✔️.

Ok, so…..December was a busy month like it always is, and I couldn’t update like I wanted to. So here it all is in one blog.

#18 Pick up the guitar again. ✔️. I wish I had more time to devote to it because after a few weeks it was like riding a bike. I had really missed it. I don’t have mine with me but I should have made a video of me playing the 3 songs I played over and over which were RED ( which I never got good at ha), Fast Car and You Belong With Me. I did Ok.

#19 Relearn French.✔️. I got pretty good at this one. I took French in HS and decided to pick it up again the first time I went to Paris in hopes of being able to speak it whenever I went back. We had the chance this year to go to Cannes and back to Paris and I made myself speak French at every turn. I fell into English when I just couldn’t think of the words but I believe the French appreciated that I tried. I plan to stick with this one and learn a little more.

#20 Read The Bible ….THE WHOLE THING!!! I mean, it’s a really big book. Really big, but I did it. At the top of the year I had made a daily program that would have me done in 6 months…well, I just finished 2 weeks ago…sooooo…..hahaa. I finished and I’m glad I read it.

#21 Redecorate the home.✔️. I only knew that I wanted a change in the house. A different energy and vibe. So grateful to my friend Jason who made us feel like we had an HGTV makeover. We got new paint, moulding in the bedroom, furniture and curtain changes, glossy/flat stripes on the walls and ceilings and ceiling fans. It looks amazing!!! Glad we did It.

#22 8 hours of sleep everyday for a week. ✔️ish. You’d think this would be easy except I learned you can’t just tell your body sleep for 8 hours this week. I went one week where I got close to 7 hours everyday. Another week where I got 4 days @7hrs and 3 days @8. I kept trying week after week. It was just tough so I gave up and realized it’s about quality not quantity!!!!

There it is folks!!! There it is.

#BucketList2013 . #17. Make my wedding album. ✔️.


Well it’s true…..I’ve been married for a while now and I’ve yet to make an album. It took me a couple years to even blow up photos and put them in our home. I’m not sure why. I think I was just so happy to be married and not have to worry about anymore wedding stuff that I just never got to it. I’m sure I’ll be real happy when I get it back and have it on my hands. For now, I’ll continue to carry at least 100 or so wedding photos on my phone and look at them all the time. It took forever to make this album but at least it’s being done.

#Bucketlist2013. #16. Take a cooking class. ✔️sort of.

My mother is an amazing cook. I did not pick up that gene. Ha!! I know the basics a steak, a chicken, the easy stuff but nothing fancy. Since I’ve been married ,I’ve always wanted to take a proper cooking class. I thought it might….teach me everything I need to know about cooking. I’ve taken one by a chef and we made asparagus soup. I hate asparagus. I just wanted a class that would teach me recipes like chicken with a kick, or how to make a proper steak. So I put “take a cooking class” on the list. I even paid for one off groupon. I was ready to go. The problem with these classes is they only make one thing and it’s usually real fancy and nothing I’d ever make. SO, while deciding what class I wanted to do…I started looking up recipes online. I then, started making a recipe a day. AND IT WAS FLIPPING GREAT! I did it 5 days in a row. I made everything from a pot roast ( you know with the carrots and celery and potatoes all around it to a whole chicken with roasted broccoli a spring herb rice. I actually really enjoyed cooking everyday. I think I’m realizing is it can be time consuming and i just never really had the patience to get all goods and do the step by step. I kind of feel that since doing that, I don’t need the cooking class anymore….I mean, I’ll probably still take it but I’m more excited about looking up tons of recipes and making anything and everything I can!!!! 16 down. 9 to go……

#BucketList2013. #15. Romantic Getaway.✔️.

This year has been a busy year so this may sound easy but not with our schedule!!! Taking 3 days to go anywhere and do nothing…not easy. You have to make the time, have the cash etc, etc, I wouldn’t say we’re work-a-holics but sometimes I find Husby and I find it hard to relax and do nothing for days at a time. We’re also not a super mushy couple so, I was finding the idea a bit hard  and felt pressure to top the normal happenings that we usually do. We live a block away from the beach…pretty romantic scenery. We sip wine and listen to records while eating dinner , also pretty romantic. 
So…we found the time and the area, booked a hotel and off we went. Truth is we had a flippin’ great time. We even kissed in the rain( see previous post ✔️). Pretty romantic. I won’t bore you with the details but I think I after it was over I realized we have romance in “our way”. Some people like flowers and chocolate, others like long walks on the beach. I’m not knocking couples who enjoy the frilly stuff….we’ve done a little of that and it can be really nice too but at the end of the day just he and I away from the world is romantic and just what we needed.

I numbered wrong on the last one so now it’s #15 down. 10 to go  and 2 months and 1 week to do it. I BETTER HUSTLE!!!

#BucketList2013. #15. Romantic Getaway.✔️.

This year has been a busy year so this may sound easy but not with our schedule!!! Taking 3 days to go anywhere and do nothing…not easy. You have to make the time, have the cash etc, etc, I wouldn’t say we’re work-a-holics but sometimes I find Husby and I find it hard to relax and do nothing for days at a time. We’re also not a super mushy couple so, I was finding the idea a bit hard and felt pressure to top the normal happenings that we usually do. We live a block away from the beach…pretty romantic scenery. We sip wine and listen to records while eating dinner , also pretty romantic.
So…we found the time and the area, booked a hotel and off we went. Truth is we had a flippin’ great time. We even kissed in the rain( see previous post ✔️). Pretty romantic. I won’t bore you with the details but I think I after it was over I realized we have romance in “our way”. Some people like flowers and chocolate, others like long walks on the beach. I’m not knocking couples who enjoy the frilly stuff….we’ve done a little of that and it can be really nice too but at the end of the day just he and I away from the world is romantic and just what we needed.

I numbered wrong on the last one so now it’s #15 down. 10 to go and 2 months and 1 week to do it. I BETTER HUSTLE!!!

#BucketList2013. #14. Make out with my husband in the rain.✔️.

Sounds mushy? Indeed. Surprisingly I have never kissed in the rain. You see it all the time in the movies and it looks really romantic. My take has always been why would you want to stop in the middle of a down pour to make out when you could simply run for shelter and be inside, DRY and kiss all night long. Well I put it on my bucket list and simply had to wait for it to rain AND be with my husband all at the same time. I was dying to know what all the fuss was about. It really was a challenge, I was either not with Husby and it was pouring or I was with Husby and it was clear as day….so we were on our little romantic getaway (bucket list #16, Woop) and we were walking, holding hands and enjoying the city. All of sudden it starts to rain and I have to say my mind is not on the kissing, however there was something about how content we were in that moment that made us not hurry or try to run for cover. It then hits me, BUCKET LIST!!! I remind Husby about the kiss and he says “can’t rain any harder than this, let’s go” and he kissed me. There it was. We stood getting drenched and making out. People were scattering around us… And I finally got it. Time stood still in that moment. Yes we were getting drenched by the downpour but I see now how it IS romantic to just stop and be and kiss and love in a moment when the instinct is to hurry and run and duck for cover. After the kiss we just looked at each other and laughed and continued to saunter to the car. It was pretty magical. I can’t say it’s my first choice to make out in the rain but …..now, I really get it. 15 down. 10 to go!!!!

Ben Caron: MUSIC MONDAYS: Best Female Soul Singers #bestplaylistever

bencaron:

Here we are! Week 2 of my new blogging plan, and this week’s “Music Mondays” Spotify playlist is themed "Best Female Soul Singers."

We got Aretha, we got Chaka, we got Janis, we got Tina. And there’s even a few unconventional choices in there that I personally think belong, but hey, if you…

#BucketList2013. #13. Climb a Rock Wall to the top withOUT crying. ✔.

The story goes like this…I am afrai of heights. I think less afraid I heights and more afraid if I’m up high ill fall. Heights really, really scare me. A few years ago, some friends and I went to a rock climbing gym and I got harnessed up and got part way up. I cried from fear. It was just scary and the thought of getting to the top was, well….not an option. I put it on my bucket list this year to conquer that. The goal was to climb to the top WITHOUT tears. I initially thought this would be fun with a group of pals but the day came and I just thought one friend would be enough. I felt like I’d get distracted with everyone yelling their support and saying what my next step should be. So, Melanie it was. We got there and I saw the top….looked impossible. I chose to go first. I went up and I got halfway, I yelled to come down because I was shaking and felt like I was going to cry. I thought it better to come down and cry than cry on the wall. Mel took a turn and got to the top cause she’s rad!!! Then it was my turn to go. So I took a moment and started to climb. I got to the exact same spot I was the first time and asked to come down. This time I heard Mel say “keep going”. So I took a few more steps. Brian our teacher kept saying ” trust it, trust it”. At that moment I went into a zone. I kept going and I got so close to the top but not the top. I felt tears coming and I cleared my throat. I again yelled to Mel “I can’t, I gotta come down”. She said “the bells RIGHT THERE, you have to ring the bell”. I took a few more steps and I RANG THAT BELL!!!! I did it. Mel and Brian were cheering and I yelled “BRING ME DOWN”!!! I got two feet flat in the ground and…..I cried! Happy tears of course…but I didn’t cry on that wall and I FLIPPING DID IT. I love to challenge myself…but I really love conquering the challenge. 13 down, 12 to go!!!!

#BucketList2013. #13. Climb a Rock Wall to the top withOUT crying. ✔.

The story goes like this…I am afrai of heights. I think less afraid I heights and more afraid if I’m up high ill fall. Heights really, really scare me. A few years ago, some friends and I went to a rock climbing gym and I got harnessed up and got part way up. I cried from fear. It was just scary and the thought of getting to the top was, well….not an option. I put it on my bucket list this year to conquer that. The goal was to climb to the top WITHOUT tears. I initially thought this would be fun with a group of pals but the day came and I just thought one friend would be enough. I felt like I’d get distracted with everyone yelling their support and saying what my next step should be. So, Melanie it was. We got there and I saw the top….looked impossible. I chose to go first. I went up and I got halfway, I yelled to come down because I was shaking and felt like I was going to cry. I thought it better to come down and cry than cry on the wall. Mel took a turn and got to the top cause she’s rad!!! Then it was my turn to go. So I took a moment and started to climb. I got to the exact same spot I was the first time and asked to come down. This time I heard Mel say “keep going”. So I took a few more steps. Brian our teacher kept saying ” trust it, trust it”. At that moment I went into a zone. I kept going and I got so close to the top but not the top. I felt tears coming and I cleared my throat. I again yelled to Mel “I can’t, I gotta come down”. She said “the bells RIGHT THERE, you have to ring the bell”. I took a few more steps and I RANG THAT BELL!!!! I did it. Mel and Brian were cheering and I yelled “BRING ME DOWN”!!! I got two feet flat in the ground and…..I cried! Happy tears of course…but I didn’t cry on that wall and I FLIPPING DID IT. I love to challenge myself…but I really love conquering the challenge. 13 down, 12 to go!!!!

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