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Bucket List Goal Completed: Visit a Haunted Location

On September 14, we finally made it to the Ohio State Reformatory. The word is that it is a haunted location. So I can officially cross visiting a haunted location off of the bucket list.

I didn’t see anything but I did smell chicken noodle soup. There was no chicken noodle soup anywhere. In the room used for entertaining guests of the prison – not the prisoners- I felt really cold in the area by the stage.

There are ghost tours of the prison. We’ll have to do this some other time. If you want to see what other activities there are at the Ohio State Reformatory, visit their website- The Ohio State Reformatory

Eva kept pointing at something in the chapel. I could not hear what she was saying at all. I think she saw a bird or something like a bird.
Eva thought she saw something move when she got a little further down the way.
I felt really cold while taking this picture. This room was used for entertaining special guests.

Bucket List Goal Completed: Renaissance Fair

Everybody, this was the year! We finally made it to the Ohio Renaissance Festival!!

For at least 20 years, I’ve been trying to go to the Ohio Renaissance Festival. During the last 3 years, the chances to go were so close but somehow kept slipping through our fingers. We had the gas money and tickets but no free time at the same time.

I had a dream about this dress shop. I’ve never seen this place before except in a dream. Deja vu. My kid dragged me away before I was transported to a different time.

There were contortionists.

We saw a joust. Kind of . . .

People played Red Rover.

Other shenanigans

We saw a pirate eat fire.

We found crystal dragon eggs a.k.a. geodes. My kid is into rocks and crystals. This was one of her favorite things at the festival.

Although, we missed seeing Queen Elizabeth I and didn’t dress up, we had a great time at the Renaissance Festival. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait 3 years to go again.

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Save 25% off adult and child tickets at the 30th Annual Ohio Renaissance Festival August 31 – October 27, 2019 when you use PROMO CODE usfamily19 Queen Elizabeth and over 100 costumed characters welcome you to step back in time to the days of chivalry and royalty. Celebrating Thirty Years of Magic in 2019, the Ohio Renaissance Festival offers a time traveling experience for all ages.
http://www.renfestival.com.

  • I received tickets from the US Family Guide in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Bucket List Goal Complete: Kayaking

 

The original plan on my birthday was to try standup paddleboarding. The other plan was to lay in bed, take cough medicine and watch Dexter. Since the kid and the boyfriend were home and I wasn’t feeling tooooo bad, we decided to go to Put-in-Bay and possibly try kayaking.

It was a pretty good experience. I would do it again but I really love being on the water.

Hopefully, I can get my own kayak by next summer. Life jackets too. Safety first you guys! Don’t go out on the water without life jackets.

If I were going to do anything differently, I would

  1. Take water shoes. The rocks by the shore are slippery. Getting back on to the shore was the most difficult and hilarious thing about the trip.
  2. Remember suncreen.
  3. Bring a waterproof pouch for a phone. Something that floats too. My phone almost took a dive into the lake.

 

116 Days of Summer Guests: NeoRomantics

 

For this series of summer guest posts,  I would usually give the band or solo artist a list of topics or one very broad topic. The NeoRomantics of Tulsa, Oklahoma chose to tell me about their bucket list. It’s like a combination of my favorite things – music and bucket lists.  This reminds me that I should find my list again . . .

Keep reading to find out what the NeoRomantics have to say. I appreciate them for taking time out of their busy schedule to be my guest.

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Bucket List:

Write records that resonate with our listeners.

-Sell out Cain’s Ballroom, in our hometown.

-Tour in all 48 states in the continental U.S.

-Tour Internationally, North America first, then Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Japan eventually.

-Tour with our favorite bands.

-Make a career out of playing music.

-Make as many friends as possible at home, as well as all across the globe.

 

This prompt was rather difficult for us to think about. On one hand, we’re an ambitious group and have never let anything get the best of us. Personally, When things would come up in the history of this band, Anthony would step up and learn how to tackle it to make sure we could move forward and keep truckin’ along. So the idea of having a bucket list meant we have new things to tackle. For example, we wanted to tour lighter and more efficiently, which meant ditching a trailer. Hagen, our vocalist literally learned how to play guitar and bought great gear and moved us in the direction we are now so we could tour in a van without a trailer.

 

Now, we sat down as a band after we received this and really had to think about the future, where we see ourselves in a few years and what we wanted to tackle. First things first, we want to hit every state in the continental US. we’ve hit quite a few, mostly in the Midwest and east coast but the west coast is next to tackle. After that, touring internationally is the next step. I’ve personally only gone out of the country once but playing a show out of the country would be otherworldly for me.

 

A vast amount of our goals surround the touring aspect of being a band. We LOVE touring with friends, and friends bands we think are really killing in their respective scenes. We’ve grown our family from touring already, and part of that is due to us being relentlessly caring towards new friends. I feel like as soon as we get to a new state or city we’ve never played, it’s my personal mission to leave knowing at least 5 new friends by name, and making sure they’re loved and cared for. When you’re on the road playing a new city, it’s too easy to get into a mindset that no one cares about you when you’re there, or you’re super alone in a big city, but if you give people a reason to extend their friendship to you, it goes a long way.

 

We want to keep building our family at home. This band started super organically. We all kind of ran into each other in each version of this band and regardless of lineup changes, we’ve always been a family. Fans and bandmates alike, we’d love to continue growing our family at home.

While we have a ton of friends and fans in Tulsa, it’s a fairly large city and we know for sure that we haven’t talked to them all yet. It’s a process. There are still people here that don’t even know how strong our music scene really is, and being an advocate of that and helping our area know that it exists will make sure it organically grows as large as possible. I think for us guys that were born and raised here, selling out the Cain’s Ballroom (a 1700 cap) venue would be an indicator that our heart for other people and our hard work as a band would continually be worth it.

 

At the end of it all, the whole bucket list kind of resonates around writing wholesome records. Not wholesome in the sense of being like family friendly or easy to listen to, but writing songs that are raw, honest and what we’re all going through at that time. We’ve grown so much as a band writing this newest release. It’s new to us, it’s radically different from our previous departure and our growth as a band is absolutely due to us learning each other and what we all want or need at that point in time. There are bands like Emery and Paramore that have continued evolving their sound as they’ve gotten older, and their fans have gotten older as well and it’s everything that they’ve needed in that certain moment. The key to knocking out this bucket list is being brutally honest with ourselves, and our fans and family and never just doing the same thing over again. I’m stoked for the future.

 

 

Links:

NeoRomantics on bandcamp

NeoRomantics on Facebook

NeoRomantics “Savor” video on YouTube

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Let’s Go to the Movies with Miss America edition

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you

  • that the job scene is promising. I’ll know more by next weekend. I’m very hopeful that by next month, I’ll be Marian the Librarian.
  • I’ve started a book. It could be good or it could suck. I’m working towards good stuff.
  • I’m still working on a few interviews. That reminds me that I have to think of more questions.
  • that Lucas & I went to the movie premiere of “Gore Orphanage.” It was fun. I will post more about it later.
  • Lucas & I waiting for things to happen.
    Lucas & I waiting for things to happen.
  • While we were at the theater, we met Jackie Mayer. She was Miss America 1963.  She is also from Sandusky, Ohio. On a side note, she is a stroke survivor and does a lot of good things to help other stroke survivors. I saw her speak when I was at Girls State . . . a long time ago.
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    Jackie Mayer and I

    Can you believe that we didn’t go to the after-party? We did not. We were starving and didn’t think our chances of getting food was very good. So we went somewhere else where our luck with getting the right food was pretty bad. They served me his super spicy chicken We didn’t know until after I send the super spicy chicken back. I don’t like having the allergic reaction thing happen in public. It’s kind of embarrassing. And you know, the whole not being able to breathe for a minute is no fun.

  • The waiter wanted to blame me but my boyfriend was like “Dude, you gave us the wrong plates.” The waiter didn’t listen and still tried to reprimand me. He probably didn’t think I was the one doing the tipping. He is sooo lucky because Lucas would not have tipped him.
  • He also gave Lucas the wrong beer. We didn’t let it go to waste. I drank half of it. It was a really, really dark beer that I would order. Lucas likes those hoppy IPA beers.
  • Anyway, that is all I have for now. I have to go work on something. There’s so much to do. Napping might be #1 thing on the to-do list today. Then question brainstorming.

P.S. The newest Black & White Photo Challenge is Chaos. So if you’re interested in taking some chaotic black and white photos, you can link up here!

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Before the Viking Funeral Pyre . . .: Daily Post

Imagine yourself at the end of your life. What sort of legacy will you leave? Describe the lasting effect you want to have on the world, after you’re gone.

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So before we do the Viking funeral pyre, I want to make sure that people know that although I was not perfect, I have tried to make up for my mistakes.

My kids like me enough. My boyfriend still puts his head on my lap when he has missed me. My parents haven’t disowned me yet.

Sometimes, I use the blog to get the word out about causes like MADD and domestic violence awareness campaigns. Hopefully, it has helped someone.

After my own domestic abuse issues, I decided that I better shape my own life. Trust me. I do not want anyone to take over my life ever again. It is not worth all of the hassles and curfews.Curfews are almost the worst thing ever. Not showering and being homeless is worse. Still, I detest curfews. I didn’t like them when I was 16. I liked them even less when I was 33.

So I made a bucket list. Since then I make an honest attempt to do a few things every year. I really want to be able to say that my life wasn’t all bad. My life has been eventful, possibly a little precarious at times.

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I also did some interviews with some cool people. I made a couple friends on the blog and in real life.

There’s that saying “Don’t take life too seriously. No one gets out alive anyway.”

I wish that I had written this note. It’s perfect.

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Bucket List: Attend a Renaissance Fair

The other day, I was thinking about going to a Renaissance Fair. I even put it on the updated bucket list. I always forget the dates and then plan something else.

Today, I noticed the email from US Family Guide was about a Renaissance Fair. So I don’t mind doing a blog to promote events if it means that I might remember dates.

I have never, ever been to a Renaissance Festival. I might not ever want to come home.

Plus, the kids and I could wear a dresses like this one . . .

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I promise that I will not make Lucas dress up like a pirate. Although, he would make a great pirate.

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Here is some information, in case you want to go to the Ohio Renaissance Festival. You have some time to plan. It starts in September.

Ohio Renaissance Festival Discounts – Get $4 off Adult (ages 13+) and $2 off Child (ages 5-12) tickets by using promo code “family” when purchasing discount tickets on our secure web site at http://www.renfestival.com. Tickets good any day of the 2015 season (Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Sept 5 – Oct 25). Online discount only. Not valid with any other offers.
http://usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?regionid=75&bid=11996&dealid=1936 @usfg

* I have not received any free tickets yet. It’s possible that I could have some at a later date. Not today though. *

Bucket List Goal Done: Geocaching

Offically, Little Sister #2 and I have been geocaching. Technically, we were not successful. We didn’t find the containers that we were supposed to find. I told Little Sister #2 that it was like a treasure hunt.

However, we did have some excellent views. At any rate, it was better than sitting inside on a beautiful day.

We’ll try again. Hopefully, we’ll find the treasures that we’re looking for.

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geocaching

I found this site for geocaching. There were many items listed near us. So many adventures to be had.

https://www.geocaching.com/

Adventure Time: #NaBloPoMo

Ready Set Go: Set a timer for 20 minutes and write about your ideal vacation.

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Part of me loves to pack for vacation. Packing a moving truck is a different story. When it’s time to get the suitcases out of storage, it mean that it’s almost time for another adventure.

I’ll get to wear clothes that I don’t always wear. We’ll get to go places that are new to us.

Something unexpected usually happens. Last summer, we got knocked over by a lady trying to get out of the shuttle at the airport. Seriously. I’m not sure how she did it because Lucas and I are fairly sturdy people. Sturdy people with luggage on top of our regular sturdiness. I almost tripped her on purpose. It didn’t seem like a good way to gain karma points. I need all of the karma points, especially on vacation. So there will be no trippin’ crazy ladies at the airport.

Hopefully, that won’t happen again! I like coming back with new stories though.

While on vacation, I like to cross a few things off of the bucket list. Last year, I did everything that I planned, except for riding the mechanical bull.

It could still happen this summer. There’s still time for an adventure.

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