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Summer Bucket List

This is that strange time  of  year when it could be snowing one day, and warm enough to wear shorts the next. I mean, just yesterday I had to  clean snow off of  my car before work. Today, it’s 60 degrees and sunny. As I sit at my desk at work, attempting to drown out the cacophony of my coworkers’ coughing, I can’t help but think about all of the things I want to do, once the weather really, finally warms up for a few months. Here’s my list of all the things I want to do this summer:

  1. Go hiking. I love hiking, but I don’t do it enough. Last year, my friends and I decided we wanted to have a summer of hiking, but we only went once when we were in Vermont. But we live in New Jersey, and there is hiking everywhere! Rachel and I have big plans for this summer.
  2. Go to California. This might be cheating to put on this list because I already know for sure it’s happening. I’ve never been to California, but Amanda and I just booked a trip to San Diego for June! I’m so damn excited.
  3. Play hooky to go to the beach. I did this  one day last summer – just took a random day off work to go to the beach with Amanda and Justin. I grew up near the Jersey shore, and I used  to go a million times  a summer. Now that I work, I’m forced to only go during weekends or on holidays, when it’s  sooo  crowded and miserable. There’s something about being at the  beach when you are supposed to be at work that makes it that much better.
  4. Go to the  Camden aquarium. I love aquariums so much. But I’ve  lived in New Jersey my entire life, and I’ve never been to the aquarium in Camden. It’s shameful, really.
  5. Go to concerts. I usually go to at least one concert every summer, but I didn’t go to any last year. I already  have tickets  for June to see Train and The Fray. But I want to go to more! I love live  music.
  6. Have a scavenger hunt. I love scavenger hunts. My friends and I  have talked about doing one  in New York City, and I want it to happen so badly. There are a ton of different options. Like this. Or this. Or this. I’ve never really gotten to be a tourist in NYC, even though I’ve been there a million times. What better way  to see our city than making it a game?
  7. Go geocaching. This goes hand-in-hand with going on a scavenger hunt. It’s a similar idea. I love the idea of geocaching and how it can bring you on an adventure in your own neighborhood. I think it’s so fun, and I want to try it.
  8. Have a  barbecue. This probably shouldn’t be on my list because every summer always has BBQs. It’s not like I have to  go out of my  way to find one. But I’m hungry right now and I want a hamburger.
  9. Go strawberry picking. I’ve been apple picking a million times, but never strawberry picking. New Jersey  has the best strawberries, and I want to eat them  all!
  10. Reread Harry Potter. So I’ve read each book at least three times. Doesn’t mean I love them any less. And, seriously, is there  anything better than sitting outside in the summer, reading and drinking lemonade? No. There isn’t.

So, there you have it. All of the things I could think of, off the top of my head, that I definitely want to do this summer. What am I missing? What’s on  your list? Are you as ready for this  winter to be over as I am?


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20 Things to Do on Super Bowl Sunday Besides Watching the Super Bowl

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I love sports, but football is not my favorite. I understand and can follow the game, but I just don’t particularly care about it. If you are like me and are not going to a Super Bowl party this year, don’t care about football in general, or don’t care about the teams involved this year, here is a list of alternate Super Bowl Sunday activities:

  1. Watch the Puppy Bowl (Animal Planet) and the Kitten Bowl (Hallmark Channel).
  2. Gather all the pets you can find and have your own live Puppy and Kitten Bowl.
  3. Create your own Mary-Kate & Ashley movie marathon, like ABC Family used to do on Super Bowl Sunday.
  4. Have a chip and dip party. Alone, so no one can see your shame.
  5. Actually go outside and play football with friends instead of watching other people do it.
  6. Host a chili cook-off. All because you aren’t watching the game, doesn’t mean you can’t eat the food.
  7. Reenact your favorite Super Bowl commercials in your living room.
  8. Put on your own halftime show, also in your living room.
  9. Watch Chopped on The Food Network and yell at your TV like people do when they watch sports (THE PLAYERS CAN HEAR YOU.)
  10. Build a pillow and blanket fort and live inside it forever.
  11. Watch a The Little Giants and Remember the Titans double feature.
  12. Eat a super big bowl of ice cream.
  13. Place bets on the over/under of how many times you are going to have to pretend you care about football at work on Monday.
  14. Randomly yell things like “TOUCHDOWN” and “HIGH FIVE” so your neighbors think you are really watching the game.
  15. Watch old Super Bowl commercials on YouTube, so you don’t have to worry about the football interrupting the good stuff.
  16. Put eye black on your face and randomly tackle strangers on the street.
  17. Order food from all the places having Super Bowl specials.
  18. Pretend you don’t know what football is and randomly tweet things like “deep to left, it is high, it is far, that ball is GONE” or “GOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL.”
  19. Watch the pregame coverage and pretend like you’re the Fashion Police before the Grammys or Oscars.
  20. Drink a lot of beer so you’re just as hungover as everyone else the next day.

 

Thanks to Rachel for helping me come up with this list.


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Inexpensive Adventures

So Lori and I have recently brought back up our idea of doing more activities and not just sitting at home binge watching Netflix on the weekends (thought there is absolutely one hundred percent nothing wrong with that). Even though it’s winter and basically cold and/or gross out every weekend, we can at least think of things we want to do. The less expensive, the better. Free even! We didn’t talk too much about what we wanted to do, aside from getting outside and trying to find some local places to go hiking when the weather is nice. But I tried to come up with some things after a little bit of research. I also went back to my New York City bucket list and figured there’s definitely things there that can be done without spending a bajillion dollars. So here’s some things that I think would be fun and a little adventurous. Gotta take advantage of what’s out there because YOLO.

1. Hiking, because New Jersey’s got tons of mountains and trails. These rookies just gotta find them and not get lost. Not about to go all Surviorman up in here.

2. Round Valley Reservoir. I live pretty close to it and it’s only $10 to park on weekends. It’s not super crazy to walk around, but there’s some nice paths and you can get some pretty awesome pictures if you’re into photography.

3. Duke Gardens Estate. You know that school, Duke University? Yeah, the family who started that school is from New Jersey, and one of the main properties is now a giant park. Super pretty in the spring with all the flowers blooming and all. Lots of walking paths. I’m into it.

4. Turtleback Zoo (~$11-$13) or the Bronx Zoo (~$25). I haven’t been to a zoo since I was in Peru. Even though there’s a cost for a ticket and the travel cost, zoos are fun. Why not?

5. Camden Aquarium (~$26). I haven’t been here since I was a kid, though I’ve not really had a desire to travel to the murder capital of the US. I’m sure a trip to the aquarium wouldn’t be so bad though, right? It’s far but tempting.

6. Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty ($18). Admission to both are free, but you’ve got to pay to get there, and that’s where the boat comes in. Damn ferries, why you gotta be $18? Anyway, I haven’t been to either of these places in almost ten years, and they are such interesting places. I’m also drawn to them having had family members go through Ellis Island as immigrants.

7. Museums. I’m super nerdy and am down to go to museums. You can never stop learning, and there’s so much history that we don’t know about, so why not find those places. For example, the Thomas Edison museum. I went there when I was a kid, but why not go back and see it differently as an adult? Bonus: some museums are free!

8. Liberty Science Center. Always something fun here.

9. Biking along the Delaware River canal. I’ve heard that this is a thing you can do, and it can be considered fitness, so when the weather’s nice, why not?

10. Princeton. My sister goes here often with friends and just walks around, goes to the restaurants and all the little shops. It’s supposed to be a cute town so why not spend a day exploring?

11. The beach. You all know my love for the Jersey Shore by now. Sometimes the offseason is a great time to go. You may not get a tan, but it’s nice to relax, not have to deal with the crowds, or pay for a badge!

12. Finding the best places to eat in our town/city/state. We’ve talked about food tours in New York City, but I’m up for exploring anywhere really. Every year the newspapers and magazines come out with a “best” type of every kind of place to eat. So let’s just make our own.

 

So those are just some things I’ve come up with to keep busy when I might have some down time. Any suggestions of fun things to do (the cheaper the better!) are welcome! And they can be different and a little crazy…we’re always up for a good adventure, right?