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A to Z Challenge: Matching shirts

Originally, I was going to ride a mechanical bull. Unfortunately, I don’t live close to one and I ran out of time.

So a lot of time has been spent researching bucket list goals that start with the letter M. I didn’t have a goal that fit the bill so I added one at the last minute.  My bucket list is always changing. I might never finish everything but that’s ok. Last year, I didn’t do one thing on the list and it was a little disappointing. Hopefully, there will be more time this year. I’ve already done more this month that I did for the entirety of 2016.

My daughter wanted to wear matching t-shirts. In public. We found the perfect shirts. The hardest decision was to figure out when to wear them – to a party or to glow bowling. We wore them to Lucas’ surprise birthday party. He was surprised by the actual party and that my kid wanted to wear the same shirt as her mother out in public.

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So here we are in our matching “Let’s Get Weird” shirts. Twinsies.

 

If you want to see my list or start your own, visit Bucketlist.org

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a to Z Bucket List: photograph of covered bridge

I grew up within 10 miles of this bridge. Today was the first time that I had ever seen it in person. This is the Mull Covered Bridge in Fremont, Ohio.

My mom has some pictures of it somewhere. Honestly, I thought it was in a totally different place.

There weren’t many visitors, which was good. The parking lot is so small and I am a terrible driver.

It was totally worth the 20 minute trip and all of the whining from my kid on the way home.


 A to Z Bucket list: Make Homemade Ice Cream

My grandpa used to make homemade ice cream during the summer. He had a little ice cream maker. It was always delicious. My grandpa made the summers special.

I found this recipe for ice cream that doesn’t require a churn. Where would someone even get a churn? Would I even know what it looks like?

When I started, I had all of the ingredients. Halfway through making the ice cream, it came to my attention that I didn’t have a blender. Or a whisk. No loaf pan in site.

Still, I carried on and made the ice cream anyway. It’s in the freezer. Thank goodness that we have one.

Hopefully, someone will be brave enough to try the ice cream.

 

This is the recipe that I used in case you guys want to try it.

Homemade Oreo Ice Cream


a to Z Bucket list: Run a Half-Marathon.

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Today I registered to do a half-marathon. If you knew me, you would know that I’m not a runner in any way.

A half-marathon is about 13 miles. 13. Miles. So in theory, I should be able to run to the neighboring town by August. Right now, I’m not sure if I can run to the edge of the town, which is not quite a mile. 

The Rock Hall Half Marathon is on my birthday so I thought it would be nice to challenge myself. Hopefully, I won’t vomit in front of thousands of people . . . . again.

My teenager thinks I’m crazy. She is convinced that someone else has invaded my body.

She’s like “You know that it’s running, right? What if you get lost? Are zombies running after you?”

Kids. What can I say. This running thing is not my thing but it doesn’t mean I should continue to be lazy.

 I’m in the process of mapping out runs where no one has to see me suffer, sweat or vomit. You will thank me, I promise. 

 

 

 

Rock Hall Half Marathon


WeekendWeekend Coffee Share: Introducing Manny Pacquimeow

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that

  • We have a new cat in the house. His name is Manny Pacquimeow. My daughter wants to call him Sir Manny Pacquimeows A Lot.
  • He hasn’t really adjusted yet. He wants to be loved and then immediately claw our faces off.
  • I’m taking Manny to get neutered this week. Hopefully, it will help with the aggression.
  • I’m not sure how to get him into the cat carrier without getting scratched. Manny Pacquimeow is a fighter.
  • The kids and I went to the Humane Society yesterday to get a voucher to use at the veterinary appointment. They let us go into the rooms and pet all of the cats. I think between the four of us we fell in love with about twenty cats.
  • Honestly, I almost left with one named Peanut Butter. He smiled at me. How can anyone resist a smiling cat? 
  •  H0wever, I had to leave without Peanut Butter because Manny Pacquimeow is not ready for company.
  • Let’s keep our fingers crossed that going back to get Peanut Butter will be possible soon.
  • Hopefully, Manny Pacquimeow will recover will from his procedure and be a happier cat.

Weekend Coffee Share: The Kitty Funeral

If we were having coffee, I would be so glad to see you because it has been especially lonely around here. I hope that all of you are doing well.

Unfortunately, our kitty, Lilyrose, passed away. Somehow she got out of the house. She made it several blocks before she was hit by a car. My oldest daughter saw her laying on the sidewalk. Then Lucas brought her body back home.

We had a funeral for her on Thursday morning. My youngest daughter visits her every morning before school and then again when she gets home. It’s very sweet how she asks Lilyrose to protect all of the animals.

Although Lilyrose was with us for a short time, she was the most loved kitty in the world. I remember the first time I made coffee after she came to stay. She was extremely curious about the coffeemaker and the interesting noise that it made.

I will miss her trying to help with the dishes and  trying to catch the cursor while I was writing blog posts. Her favorite show was the pointer finger on Netflix. There was a toy horse that she also loved or hated. It was hard to tell.

Lilyrose was also a fan of the Kim Kardashian Hollywood game. Don’t judge. It’s very can be very addictive. She resembles the cat in the game.

She loved popcorn and cheese. She had a baby blue color because I thought I would have time to buy her a pink one. Our time with her was too short.

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Find more Weekend Coffee Share posts here:

Weekend Coffee Share at Nerd in the Brain

 


#AmReading: Why Not Me?

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Honestly, it took me several months to finish this book. It wasn’t because of Kaling’s writing. I was just so exhausted that I fell asleep every time I read more than a page. “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling is one of the funniest books that I’ve read in awhile.

 

Kaling talks about some of her experiences as a person who is not what society tells us is beautiful. Let’s just agree that American society lies about what is beautiful. I say this because I believe that Mindy Kaling is totally gorgeous.

She didn’t feel beautiful as a young woman. However, Kaling was funny and intelligent. She worked on making herself a better person. The confidence that she has now came in time.

When I was able to stay awake, I began to really enjoy the book. Kaling has a way of writing about her experiences that most people can relate to in some way. She writes about her experience with joining a sorority at Dartmouth College.

My favorite part was when she wrote a series of pretend emails that were part of her life if she had made different choices and become a teacher. (Is it weird that this it the part that I related to the most? Whatever. It’s fine.)

So the point is that I loved the book.  Now I love Mindy Kaling more than ever.

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