Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bucket List

After watching an episode of Little People, Big World at the gym yesterday, I was inspired! Amy, the momma, was celebrating her birthday and her husband planned a bucket list road trip. Brilliant! I was pretty impressed with the items on her list and that her husband knew all of them. She went hang gliding, ran a B&B for a day and did improv. I missed the end but I'm sure she did more. Anyway, this got me thinking...what's on my bucket list? I've already gone sky diving, done the flying trapeze, road race carts...what's left? What are my must dos and sees before I die?? I thought long and hard and here's what I came up with: Own a lake house in Michigan with a boat. This is more like a life long dream and everyone knows it. All I really want out of life is a lake house for me and Rob to retire in. Visit all 50 states. I've seen 19 states so far so I have a long way to go! I would love to visit a state park and/or zoo in each state. Visit Spain, Italy, Greece, Ireland and Africa. Those are my must sees! I'd really like to go on safari and/or volunteer in Africa and visit places of worship in each city I visit. Swim with dolphins. Enough said! Be able to do clap push ups. I've always wanted to be strong enough to do this. Ridiculous, I know. See the Stones in concert. Hopeful! Learn a second language. I'm atrocious at languages but I've always wanted to learn ASL or Czech. We'll see! Enter and win an eating contest. Especially thin crust pizza or taco bell tacos. What's on your bucket list? *Additions after more consideration* Travel first class overseas. Start a summer camp. Box.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer in the city

It's still early in the summer, but it's already roasting hot here in Chicago. One of my favorite things to do during the summer is hit up festivals. There are so many that take place every weekend. I have already gone to several and it's still early in the season. The other week we went to Mole Fest in Pilsen and ate a lot of Mexican food. Last weekend we went to Maifest which is my absolute favorite. They always have fun German music, giant beers and yummy sausages. What's not to love? We had a great time dancing with cute German grandpas and swindling the bartenders as usual. This weekend the girls went to the Wells Street Art Fair. We missed all the art but we were able to walk around and hear some music and people watch. Yesterday Rob and I met Tara and her mom at Ribfest which is just up the street from us. We tried short rib sandwiches, bacon fat doughnuts and fries. It's so close to our apartment so we'll have to make it an annual trip. This weekend is Tara's birthday and we're going to enjoy the Movies in the Park by seeing Sandlot at Oz Park and who knows what other fests we'll enjoy in the coming weeks. Even though it's a wee bit hot for me, I love summer in Chicago!