Things to Do Before I Leave

Part of this blog is about the crazy random happenstances that have made up my life the past few years.  Part of that, has been a Bucket List (even though most of the awesome things I have done were not originally on said list).  One of the most awesome things to happen to me has been to get a new job… on a cruise ship.  So while I realize it may be years, or never, before I do most of the things on my Bucket List, I have made a mini list of the things I would like to do, or do once more,  before I leave in April.  So, here is that list:

  1. Gasparilla Parade
  2. Go to Mardi Gras at Universal
  3. Bands, Brews, and BBQ at Busch Gardens/SeaWorld
  4. Go to MOSI
  5. Go to Florida Aquarium
  6. Renn Fest
  7. Go line dancing in Orlando (Cowboy’s, Country Castle, or something)
  8. Go to Renegade’s (WPB)
  9. Go to the Fair or Strawberry Festival
  10. Go to the beach (hey, I’ll be in Alaska for 4 months!)
  11. Visit all my favorite bars/clubs at least once more (Dallas Bull, Round Up, Castle, Zendah Grotto, MacDinton’s)—- This will probably take place in my “going away party week” lol!

Not on “The List”

So, in going over my “bucket list”, I realized that, while I have done many awesome things this year (Daytona 500, Laser Tag Rave, Paint Party, etc.) I have not really done much of anything that was actually ON the list.  I did dance on a bar (that was never officially on the list, but has always been on the list in my head…in fact, I shall put it on the list just so I can cross it off).  I also steered a sort-of boat in Missouri.  It was actually a “duck”, and I steered it the way one might say they steered the boat on the Jaws ride… so does that count?  I think I need to edit my list to include some things I might be more likely to actually DO!  So, list re-writing… COMMENCE!

In the mean time, I also realized that it has been a while since I made a playlist for you.  So to fix that, I give you the two country songs that any dancer/musician/lover should appreciate even if they do not like country

 

and…

 

I also give you this which keeps randomly popping into my head…

 

And this, because it was stuck in my head this morning…

…welcome to the chaos that is my mind!

Remembering a Few of My Favorite Things

You all know the song- “These are a few of my favorite things”- which somehow became a Christmas song, which is why I started thinking about some of my favorite things.  And it hit me that most of my favorite THINGS aren’t really THINGS at all, but rather ACTIONS.  I thought of some of my most memorable times in my conscious memory- most of them included multiple of my favorite “things”.

These are really in no particular order…

  • Church ski trip in high school and stopping at the first rest stop that had snow to have a snowball fight.
  • Fun ‘n’ Sun concert 2009, a day full of sun, beer, friends, and live country.
  • Seaworld beer school and Halloween Horror Nights 2008 and singing karaoke in the queues entertaining all the drunks.
  • Walking in to TGIFridays on my 23rd birthday to find all my friends waiting there to surprise me.
  • Easter 2009- drinking games on Clearwater Beach followed by a nice nighttime swim/hot tub party.
  • Islands of Adventure with 8 of my good friends and just being generally goofy.
  • Eighth grade Epcot trip where we got to play a murder mystery game and see N’Sync perform Christmas songs live in a small intimate concert.
  • Swing dancing to Flogging Molly live on the side of a hill in 50 degree weather.
  • Attending a “Bal du Pompier” in Paris for Bastille Day in 2003.

And of course there are numerous “This one time at Busch Gardens/Dallas Bull/Castle …” moments- which were almost all awesome, but the things you do regularly tend not to stand out as much (or I’d be listing my whole life on here!)

The ultimate example I can think of for describing to you my favorite things is….

Drinking Guinness and line dancing to live music inside an Irish pub inside a theme park with one of my best friends. Ultimate win.  I’m pretty sure the only thing that would make this better would be adding  “…in another country” to the end of it.  But my goal will be to top it.

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