summer, meet my bucket list

the summer bucket list

Tomorrow is the first official day of summer. Summer, ahh. A great time for swimming, tanning, reading, playing, yardsaling, taking trips, and . . . bucket-listing.

Summer is one of those rare times of the year when you just might have enough time to do some of those things you never have time to do during the other three seasons of the year. So celebrate by starting a blog that documents your undertakings to check off the items on your bucket list.

example blog

Bucket List Publications

 

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a drawer full of unmatched socks and other great mysteries of life

This morning, I decided to wear socks. It is, however, becoming more and more of a decision, especially when summer, disguised as spring, is already here in the South. (I did pass a billboard the other day that read, “Summer is almost here.” Spring started a week ago, people!)

I am a lover of summer, don’t get me wrong, but in all honesty, I prefer socks to bare feet. I wear socks even around the house. I usually wear socks to bed. My mother can attest to the fact that sometimes I even wear socks outside just because I don’t want to take them off. But socks, much like the Grand Canyon’s formation, are one of the great mysteries of life.

Back at home, we have twice as many baskets for unmatched socks as for the matches. Maybe we should opt for a sock display like this one?

I can give the closest attention to getting each sock in the same load of laundry as its coordinating sock, but regardless, when I shuffle through my drawers on days like today, matches are few and far between. I pulled out about seven individual socks this morning before finding one pair, and of course it was a hole-y pair with non-stretch itchiness.

the challenge

Start a blog about the great mysteries of life, those things that baffle you or leave you in awe. Some, to be sure, are mundane, while others are more extraordinary. Include comments and details about why these mysteries are so . . . mysterious.

possible blog names

  • MysteriesOfLife
  • MatchlessSocks
  • MysteriousToDelirious
  • SockStealingElves

when the icecream truck arrives, the icecream arrives

When it rains, it pours. We all know that this familiar phrase means something along the lines of, “Bad things always happen in pairs.” This phrase always reminds me of that motif in movies where the characters are broken down on the side of the road, the closest gas station is 25 miles away, and they open the trunk, only to discover that their dog Scruffy (who was being stowed in the trunk for some unknown reason) has eaten all the food supplies. But, inevitably, one character will console the rest by proclaiming, “At least it’s not raining.” And, boom! As if it was an invocation of Zeus himself, it starts to rain.

Well, I like to consider myself a very optimistic person, but yet, I can’t think of a single proverb that means the opposite (that good things never happen alone, either). That’s why, for the sake of this post, I had to create my own: When the icecream truck arrives, the icecream arrives.

Icecream trucks are a delight in their own right. They’ve got it all. Dainty music looping. Pictures of children scooping. Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry grouping. (This paragraph reminds me of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” so far.) I don’t know anyone who doesn’t get excited when they view an icecream truck driving down the neighborhood street.

Have your icecream truck and your icecream, too.

But when the icecream truck arrives, so does the icecream! That’s the best part, no? Icecream sandwiches, popsicles, sprinkles everywhere, cones, and bars. If icecream trucks weren’t enough, you get icecream, too!

Now, at this point you may be wondering why I have gone to great lengths to explain a fabricated proverb about icecream trucks, as you well should be. Keep reading. You’ll see soon.

When I first started this blog, I envisioned a sweeping phenomenon of readers grabbing hold of each post and starting their own blog that I could showcase along the way. I’ve enjoyed writing the blog, reading comments, hearing feedback from friends and bloggers, it just hasn’t been the way I envisioned.

But dear readers, the icecream truck and the icecream arrived this week. After posting 365 and 52 (project): the numbers of 2012, I had three good friends decide to start a project/blog in part because of the inspiration of this post. I couldn’t believe it!

So now, it’s only right that I let you in on their blogs!

FewFavorite – 365 Project of photos highlighting some of my sister Kerrie’s favorite things

Felicityefriann – 366 Project (because 2012 is a leap year) that shares a photo about my friend Felecia’s day; She’s also trying to learn one song on the guitar each week.

Revolutiondude – My friend Lucas’ daily blog about finding meaning in the small things

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