Monday, December 11, 2017

The Happiest Moments of My Life So Far

There have been quite a few happy moments in my life, which I am very, very grateful for.
  • Raising my GPA in high school (I wasn't a very academically inclined person back then)
  • Graduating from high school on time
  • Getting a job at the local library on my own (and having the job for almost 10 months so far)
  • Becoming an aunt to two wonderful kids (a niece and a nephew)
  • Getting the intern at a local bakery, through my school's work experience class
  • Being a bridesmaid in one of my brothers' wedding
  • Going to my sister's wedding
  • Adopting my 2 current cats
  • Getting a new violin, so I can play again (yes, this is a happy moment for me, as I love the instrument)
  • Getting to go to northern California for a couple weeks
***Thanks to Sarah Jo Baker for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, December 8, 2017

My Tennessee Bucket List


  • Great Smoky Mountains
  • Dollywood
  • Graceland
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Parthenon
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Rock City
  • Centennial Park
  • Tennessee Aquarium
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ruby Falls
  • Gatlinburg Space Needle
  • Cades Cove
  • Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
  • Cheekwood: Estate and Gardens
  • Memphis
  • Memphis Zoo
  • Tennessee State Capitol
  • Carnton
  • Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum
  • Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
  • Nashville
  • Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
  • Old Stone Fort
  • Savage Gulf Natural Area State Park
  • Zoo Knoxville
  • Knoxville
  • Cumberland Caverns
  • Memphis Botanic Garden
  • Ijams Nature Center
  • Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park
  • Fireflies of the Great Smoky Mountains
  • Minister's Tree House
  • Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness
  • Fall Creek Falls State Park
  • Forbidden Caverns
  • Peabody Hotel Duck March
  • Crystal Shrine Grotto
  • Mud Island River Park
  • Titanic Museum Attraction
  • Rugby Colony
  • Spaceship House
  • Montgomery Bell Tunnel
  • Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
  • Sun Studio
  • Timothy Demonbreun's Cave
  • E.T. Wickham Sculpture Trail
  • House of Mews
  • Elmwood Cemetery
  • The Grave of Merriweather Lewis
  • The Sunsphere
  • Walnute Street Bridge
  • Tina Turner Museum
  • Bear Spring Furnace
  • Minnie Pearl Chicken Wire Statue
  • Clinton 12 Statue at Green McAdoo Cultural Center

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My South Dakota Bucket List


  • Mount Rushmore
  • Badlands National Forest
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Custer State Park
  • Reptile Gardens
  • Black Elk Peak
  • Chapel in the Hills
  • Black Hills Central Railroad
  • Great Plains Zoo
  • Sylvan Lake
  • Falls Park
  • Needles
  • Bramble Park Zoo
  • Jewel Cave
  • Bear Country USA
  • Mammoth Site, Hot Springs
  • Rushmore Cave
  • Dinosaur Park
  • Storybrook Island
  • Palisades State Park
  • Butterfly House & Aquarium
  • Cathedral Spires Trailhead
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Black Hills Aerial Adventures
  • Thunderhead Underground Falls
  • Porter Sculpture Park
  • Cosmos Mystery Area
  • Depression Era Dinosaur Park
  • Devil's Gulch
  • Hall of Records in Mount Rushmore
  • Hotel Alex Johnson
  • Giant Prairie Dog
  • The Rapid City Presidents
  • Termesphere Gallery
  • National Music Museum
  • Spirit Mound Historic Prairie
  • Petrified Wood Park
  • Center of the Nation Monument
  • Sioux Falls Michelangelos
  • Big Stone Lake

Monday, December 4, 2017

Things That Make Me Excited

There are things in life that make my days more enjoyable, that get me wanting to enjoy life more.

Things that get me excited are:
  • Getting to see my oldest brother (he lives half a country away, so I don't get to see him very often)
  • Baking
  • Photography
  • Holiday food, decorations, movies, and music
  • Outings with friends and family
  • Getting a letter, card, or package in the mail from friends, purchases that I have made
  • Making my favorite foods (or ordering them from a restaurant)
  • Watching videos from my favorite YouTubers
  • Knitting and crocheting
  • Listening to my favorite music/artists
  • Playing board/card/video games
  • Learning something new
  • Celebrating holidays, birthdays, other special occasions with friends and family
***Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, December 1, 2017

My 2017 Christmas Wishlist

I can't believe the holidays are upon us already!! It feels like it was just here, and now it's back again. But, I love the holidays, and am looking foward to them this year.

I know some people like reading about/seeing what other people ask for Christmas, and I figured I would post my Christmas list, for anyone who is interested.

NOTE: I am not trying to brag in any way, nor am I saying that I will get any/all of these items. These are just things that I would like to get.

  • Wilton Cookie Flooding Decorating Kit
  • Wonder Woman DVD (2017)
  • Q&A a Day: 5 Year Journal
  • Tangle Fidget Toy
  • Fleece Robe
  • Bicycle Tire Pump
  • Trolls DVD
  • Ukulele case
  • Ukulele shoulder strap
  • Hidden Figures DVD
  • Cinema Lightbox
  • Illustrated Harry Potter 1 book
  • Illustrated Harry Potter 2 book
  • Illustrated Harry Potter 3 book
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book on CD
  • The Big Book of Disney Songs-Violin by Hal Leonard Corp.
  • Ateco Plain Edge Round Cutters in Graduated Sizes
  • Elf on the Shelf
  • Harry Potter coloring books
  • Harp Attack CD by Camille & Kennerly (The Harp Twins)
  • PTXmas by Pentatonix (CD)
  • Bike helmet
  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace DVD
  • Star Wars: Attack of the Clones DVD
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith DVD
  • Star Wars: A New Hope DVD
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back DVD
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi DVD
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD
  • Once Upon a Time Season 1 on DVD
  • Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 DVD
  • Coraline DVD
  • Inside Out DVD
  • A Bug's Life DVD
  • Brave DVD
  • The Book of Life DVD
  • Big Hero 6 DVD
  • Disney's A Christmas Carol (2010) DVD
  • The Lorax (2012) DVD
  • Cinema CD by Andrea Bocelli
  • No Muggles Beyond This Point Poster
  • Harry Potter Undesirable No. 1 Poster
Yes, I know this is a lot, but I am NOT expecting/hoping to get all of them. I am not even expecting half. These are just things that I would like to get, and to give my family ideas of what they can get me.

I am looking forward to the holidays this year, seeing family and friends, and the presents. I can't wait!!!

My South Carolina Bucket List


  • Riverbanks Zoo
  • Fort Sumter
  • Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
  • Patriots Point
  • Congaree National Park
  • Boone Hall
  • Myrtle Beach
  • Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
  • Drayton Hall
  • South Carolina State House
  • Falls Park on the Reedy
  • Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
  • Greenville Zoo
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
  • Alligator Adventure
  • Rainbow Row
  • Coastal Discovery Museum
  • Freestyle Music Park
  • Isle of Palms County Park
  • The Angel Oak Tree
  • Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden
  • Dorchester-South Carolina's Abandoned Town
  • Lansford Canal State Park
  • Poinsett Bridge
  • God's Acre Healing Springs
  • St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins
  • Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve
  • Tunnelvision
  • Old Sheldon Church Ruins
  • Gullah Heritage Trail
  • Tiny Town of Easley
  • Neverbust Chain
  • Busted Plug Plaza
  • Old Charleston City Jail
  • Atalaya
  • King Neptune Sundial
  • Gaffney Peachoid
  • Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum
  • Walterboro Water Tower
  • Thelma and Louise

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in November

Here are the things that made me happy in November:
  • Signing up for the last two classes I have to take for my certificate
  • Cooking Thanksgiving dinner myself
  • Receiving the Christmas leggings I ordered from a friend (who is a fashion consultant)
  • Receiving an advent calendar that I ordered
  • Seeing a friend on my home delivery route, whom I hadn't seen/talked to in a long time
  • Buying a purse at my church's annual craft fair
  • Going to game nights at a friend's house, and having a good time
  • Seeing Wonder in theaters (It was really good!!!)
Another good month for me, and that is always a good thing. Here's to hoping that December is good, as well!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

My Pennsylvania Bucket List


  • Pocono Mountains
  • Hersheypark
  • Dutch Wonderland
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Fallingwater
  • Bushkill Falls
  • Gettysburg Battlefield
  • Strasburg Rail Road
  • Liberty Bell
  • Indian Echo caverns
  • The Andy Warhol Museum
  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
  • Independence National Historical Park
  • Independence Hall
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • Hershey Gardens
  • Crystal Cave
  • Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburch Zoo & PPG Aquarium
  • Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Rocky Steps
  • Adventure Aquarium
  • Please Touch Museum
  • Philadelphia City Hall
  • John Neinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
  • Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
  • The Sonorous Stones of Ringing Rocks Park
  • Mount Moriah Cemetery
  • The Seven Gates of Hell
  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
  • Tiffany Glass Mural "The Dream Garden"
  • Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
  • Masonic Temple of Philadelphia
  • Randyland
  • Penn's Cave
  • Rosicrucian Pyramids of Bucks County
  • Camac Street
  • Laurel Hill Cemetery
  • Leigh Millenium Folk Arch
  • St. Anthony's Chapel
  • The Grave of Mister Rogers
  • Austin Dam
  • Fountain of Youth
  • Maillardet's Automaton
  • The Reading Pagoda
  • Cathedral of Learning
  • Hoover-Mason Trestle
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Space Acorn
  • Central Market
  • Lausanne Ruins
  • Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Gardens
  • Koontz Coffee Pot
  • Haines Shoe House
  • The Lower Swedish Cabin
  • Pine Creek Gorge
  • Columcille Megalith Park
  • Punxsutawney
  • Gobbler's Knob
  • Huber Breaker
  • SS United States
  • PennDOT Road Sign Sculpture Garden
  • Grey Towers
  • Grave of Andy Warhol
  • French Azilum
  • Old Jail Museum
  • Elfreth's Alley
  • Rocky Statue
  • Philadelphia City Hall
  • Pittsburgh's Snoopy Doghouse
  • Archbald Pothole
  • The Golden Gal of Old Madison Square Garden
  • The Big Mac Museum
  • Birthplace of the Banana Split
  • Dippy the Dinosaur
  • Woodland Chapel at Woodsgate
  • Nine Mile Run
  • Frankford Avenue Bridge
  • Kaufmann's Clock
  • Stoogeum
  • The Ephrata Cloister
  • The Liberty Bell Hiding Place
  • Amelia S. Givin Public Library
  • George Washington in a British Military Uniform Statue
  • Mars Flying Saucer
  • Swan Memorial Fountain

Monday, November 27, 2017

All The People Who Brighten My Day

There are people that just know how to make a bad day good, and always knows how to make me feel better. Some are family and friends, some are people I know of through social media.

The people who brighten my day are:
***Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, November 24, 2017

My Rhode Island Bucket List


  • Roger Williams Park
  • The Breakers
  • Marble House
  • Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
  • Block Island Southeast Lighthouse
  • Prudence Island
  • Kingscote
  • Flying Horse Carousel
  • Slater Park
  • India Point Park
  • Newport Tower
  • Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
  • WaterFire Providence
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Green Animals Topiary Garden
  • Providence
  • Neutaconkanut Hill Park
  • Carey Mansion
  • Fleur-De-Lys Studio
  • The Swiss Village
  • Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge
  • Boyd's Windmill
  • Narragansett Bay
  • Rhode Island State House
  • Cliff Walk
  • Ochre Court
  • Watch Hill
  • Blackstone River
  • Rough Point
  • Rosecliff Mansion
  • Newport Vineyards
  • Wright's Dairy Farm & Bakery
  • La Gondola
  • Rhode Island Tours
  • John Brown House Museum

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

My Oregon Bucket List


  • Mount Hood
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Multnomah Falls
  • Oregon Zoo
  • Portland Japanese Garden
  • Portland
  • Sea Lion Caves
  • Cape Perpetua
  • Devils Punch Bowl
  • Crystal Springs Rhododoendron Garden
  • Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint
  • Cape Kiwanda State Natural Arena
  • Wahkeena Falls
  • Latourell Falls
  • HorsetailFalls
  • Bridge of the Gods
  • Peter Iredale
  • The Goonies House
  • Lincoln City Kite Festival
  • Tillamook Cheese Factory
  • Oregon Vortex House of Mystery
  • Octopus Tree
  • Prehistoric Gardens
  • The Witch's HouseP
  • Johnny Day Fossil Beds
  • Candy Basket Shorthill Taffy Factory
  • Out'n'About Treehouse Treesort
  • Thor's Well
  • Sloth Captive Husbandry Center
  • Cathedral Park
  • Voodoo Doughnut and Wedding Chapel
  • Painted Hills
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Proxy Falls
  • The Duplicative Forest
  • The Grotto
  • Timberline Lodge
  • Goonie Trails
  • Lava River Cave
  • Lost Lake
  • Willamette Falls
  • Honey Mushroom: The Numongous Fungus
  • Chocolate Waterfall
  • Crack in the Ground
  • Vista House at Crown Point
  • Peterson Rock Garden
  • Portlandia
  • Paul Bunyan Statue
  • Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden
  • Neahkahnie Mountain
  • Reames Arborsmith Studios

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Things I Treasure Most

Life is most definitely the best treasure of all, but there are many other things that I am grateful for, some of which are:
  • The memories I have of/with my mom
  • My life
  • Music
  • Friends
  • Having a warm place to live
  • My job
  • My family
  • My education
  • Being able to read and write
  • My journals
  • My bed
  • My instruments (a ukulele, a violin, and a guitar; yes, all strings!!)
  • Being a Girl Scout
  • Photography
  • Clothes to wear (and a washing machine to clean them when they're dirty)
  • Having regular meals every single day
  • My bike (which I have had for a very long time!!)
  • Having a computer at home, with access to the Internet
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, November 17, 2017

My Oklahoma Bucket List


  • Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
  • Gold Dome
  • Will Rogers Gardens
  • Wheeler Ferris Wheel
  • Tulsa
  • The Center of the Universe
  • Blue Whale of Catoosa
  • Pops
  • Picher
  • Younger's Bend
  • Heavener Runestone
  • Wichita Mountains Buffalo Herd
  • Totem Pole Park
  • Fort Sill
  • Old Route 66 Filling Station
  • Praying Hands
  • World's Largest Peanute
  • Bowling Ball Yard Art
  • Mister Ed's Grave
  • Scottish Rite Temple
  • Golden Driller
  • Pioneer Woman Statue
  • Philbook Museum of Art
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My Ohio Bucket List


  • Columbus
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Franklin Park Conservatory
  • Cincinatti
  • Cincinatti Zoo and Botanical Garden
  • Hocking Hills State Park
  • Cleveland
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  • Ohio River
  • Kings Island
  • A Christmas Story House
  • Toledo
  • Mohican State Park
  • Holden Arboretum
  • Sharon Woods
  • The Great Serpent Mound
  • The Haserot Angel
  • Chateau Laroche
  • Ohio State Reformatory
  • Hanging Garden
  • Athens Lunatic Asylum
  • The Topiary Park
  • Kelley's Island Glacial Grooves
  • Frozen Cleveland Lighthouse
  • Hartman's Rock Garden
  • Cornhenge
  • The Cincinnati Mushroom House
  • Piatt Castles
  • Warner and Swasey Observatory
  • Spring Grove Cemetery
  • Unofficial Lego Toy and Plastic Brick Museum
  • Squaw Rock
  • James A. Garfield's Memorial and Tomb
  • Annie Oakley's Grave
  • Longaberger Basket Building
  • The Shawshank Trail
  • Eggshellland
  • Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
  • Cleveland Trust Rotunda Building
  • Chief Leatherlips Monument
  • Judy's Jungle
  • President Warren G. Harding's Tomb
  • Maria Stein Convent
  • Neil Armstrong First Flight Memorial
  • World's Largest Rubber Stamp
  • The Cleveland Arcade
  • Merchant Ball
  • Sidaway Bridge
  • Squire's Castle
  • McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
  • St. Theodosius Cathedral
  • Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
  • Grave of Johnny Morehouse
  • Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Statue
  • Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
  • Steamship William G. Mather
  • Jesse Owens Statue

Monday, November 13, 2017

People I Want to Be Like

Well, I would most like to be myself, as there is only one of me (and that's how I like it!!!).

Although......I would like to be a more confident version of myself. Being as shy as I am has prevented myself from going after things I really wanted.

Seeing/hearing people who are outgoing and confident, talk to other people makes me wish I wasn't so painfully shy. It makes me feel like I'm missing out on a lot of good things in life, because my shyness is preventing me from taking risks.

They actually intimidate me to the point where I don't want to say or do anything that may sound/look foolish, or make me look bad.

So I want to be more like the people who take risks, who are confident (or at least they look confident, to me) in their speaking abilities

**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Friday, November 10, 2017

My North Dakota Bucket List


  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Dakota zoo
  • Chateau de Mores
  • Fargo
  • Scandinavian Heritage Park
  • Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
  • Red River Zoo
  • Roosevelt Park Zoo
  • Chahinkapa Zoo
  • Theodore Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin
  • Sertoma Park
  • Yellowstone River
  • International Peace Garden
  • Lindenwood Park
  • Fort Ransom State Park
  • Sully Creek
  • Medora Riding Stables
  • The Pyramid of North Dakota
  • Enchanted Highway Sculptures
  • World's Largest Buffalo
  • Salem Sue
  • Lewis & Clark Riverboat
  • Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
  • Tommy the Turtle
  • W'eel Turtle Made from Wheel Rims
  • Hilltop Viking Statue
  • Bismarck

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

My North Carolina Bucket List


  • Great Smoky Mountains
  • Biltmore Estate
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Grandfather Mountain
  • Pisgah National Forest
  • Tweetsie Railroad
  • Carowinds
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Cape Hatteras Light
  • Chimney Rock
  • Discovery Place
  • Airlie Gardens
  • Sliding Rock
  • North Carolina Arboretum
  • Western North Carolina Nature Center
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  • Fort Macon State Art
  • Pullen Park
  • Hatteras Island
  • Hanging Rock State Park
  • Looking Glass Falls
  • Bodie Island Lighthouse
  • Linville Caverns
  • Clingmans Dome
  • Currituck Beach Light
  • Eno River State Park
  • William B. Umstead State Park
  • Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
  • Mount Mitchell
  • Cloud Chamber for the Trees
  • Whirligig Park
  • Land of Oz Theme Park
  • Castle Mont Rouge
  • Judaculla Rock
  • Blue Ghost Fireflies
  • David Cerny's Metalmorphosis
  • The Bunker Hill Covered Bridge
  • The Last Shell Oil Clamshell Station
  • Korner's Folly
  • Helen's Bridge
  • Shangri-La Stone Village
  • Paint Rock
  • The Road to Nowhere
  • The House of Mugs
  • Endor Iron Furnace
  • Cameron Barnstormer Murals
  • Duke Lemur Center
  • The Museum of the Alphabet
  • Abandoned Dome House
  • Homeless Jesus
  • Unto These Hills Cherokee Theatre
  • Portsmouth Village
  • World's Largest Hammock
  • Paraclete XP Skyventure
  • Outer Banks Futuro House
  • The Old Farmers' ball
  • Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson
  • The Grove Park Inn
  • Fields of the Woods
  • Giant Lady Legs of Henderson
  • The World's Largest Operational Frying Pan
  • Bob's Sinkhole
  • McGill Rose Garden
  • Big Rock Nature Preserve
  • Musical Parking Garage

Monday, November 6, 2017

Things That Make Up My Ideal Holiday Season

The holidays are a great time, with all the different types of celebrations that go on during the season.

These are the things that make up my ideal holiday season:
  • Baking pies from scratch/mostly scratch
  • Hot chocolate
  • Getting together with family and friends
  • Watching holiday movies
  • Baking cakes/cupcakes/other treats
  • Making arts and crafts
  • A warm, cozy bed/blanket/comforter
  • Giving gifts
  • Giving time to serve/help others
  • Decorations
  • Listening to music
  • Going to local festivals
  • Horse-drawn sleigh rides
  • Pumpkin picking and carving/painting
  • Traditional turkey dinner
  • Concerts
  • Hand-made gifts
  • Giving necessities to those in need (clothing, food, etc.)
  • A good book (or two)
  • Being in the moment
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, November 3, 2017

My New York Bucket List


  • NYC
  • Manhattan
  • Albany
  • Brooklyn
  • Queens
  • Staten Island
  • Empire State Building
  • Statue of Liberty
  • WTC Memorial
  • WTC One
  • Central Park
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Guggenheim Museium
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • Chinatown
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Little Italy
  • Coney Island
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Yankee Stadium
  • Times Square
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Gramercy Park
  • Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
  • Bronx Zoo
  • Washington Square Park
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Madame Tussands New York
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Charging Bull
  • City Hall Station
  • 5 Beekman Street
  • Ghostbusters Firehouse
  • The SeaGlass Corousel
  • MoMath-The Museum of Mathematics
  • Roosevelt Island Cat Sanctuary
  • Greenacre Park
  • Pier 54: The Titanic's Arrival Destination
  • High Bridge
  • Times Square Hum
  • The Elevated Acre
  • Trinity Churchyard
  • Pomander Walk
  • Roosevelt Island Tramway
  • Berlin Wall Section
  • Houdini Museum
  • Unicorn Tapestries at the Cloisters
  • P.S. 186
  • Clocktower Gallery and Machinery Room
  • Angel Orensanz Foundation
  • The Sphere
  • Barthman's Sidewalk Clock
  • Private Passage
  • Alice in Wonderland Statue
  • Titanic Memorial
  • Strawberry Fields Memorial
  • Preserved Remnants of 17th Century New York
  • President Ulysses S. Grant's Tomb
  • The Daily News Building Globe
  • The Peace Fountain at Cathedral of St. John the Divine
  • Life Underground Sculptures
  • Hallett Nature Sanctuary
  • The Wizard of Park Avenue
  • Hamilton Grange
  • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace Museum
  • Fearless Girl Statue
  • Jeffrey's Hook Light
  • United Palace Theatre
  • Castle Williams
  • 41 Cooper Square
  • Tom's Restaurant
  • 767 Third Avenue
  • Shinran Statue
  • Giant Needle and Button
  • Hare Krishna Tree
  • New York City Fire Museum
  • The Weathermen Townhouse Explosion
  • Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue
  • New York Cancer Hospital
  • The Marriage of Money and Real Estate
  • Slocum Memorial Fountain
  • St. George's Syrian Catholic Church
  • The Ziegfeld Head
  • See The Lion King on Broadway
  • See Wicked on Broadway
  • Spring Street Salt Shed
  • St. Luke's Place Coal Hole Covers
  • Tompkins Square Temperance Fountain

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

My New Mexico Bucket List


  • Carlsbad Caverns
  • Los Alamos
  • Bandelier National Monument
  • Loretto Chapel
  • Albuquerque
  • Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
  • Santa fe
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Palace of the Governers
  • Petroglyph National Monument
  • Museum of International Folk Art
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Aztec Ruins
  • El Santuario de Chimayo
  • Capulin Volcano
  • Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
  • Albuquerque Aquarium
  • New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum
  • Four Corners Monument
  • Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
  • Ghost Ranch
  • El Morro National Monument
  • Albuquerque Old Town
  • Ra Paulette's Hand-Carved Caves
  • House of Eternal Return
  • Bisti Badlands
  • Santa Rosa Blue Hole
  • Shiprock
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park
  • Earthships
  • Lechuguilla Cave
  • Taos Pueblo
  • New Mexico Mystery Stone
  • <\La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site
  • Pecos National Historical Park
  • Roswell
  • Roswell McDonald's
  • Origami in the Garden
  • Bandelier National Monument
  • Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks
  • Mese Prieta Petroglyphs
  • Echo Amphitheater
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings
  • New Mexico Museum of Space History
  • PistachioLand: World's Largest Pistachio
  • Fort Union National Monument
  • Wheeler Peak
  • Tumbleweed Snowman
  • Wall of Bottles

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in October

Here are the things that made me happy in October:
  • Getting to see my oldest brother again, whom I hadn't seen in quite some time
  • Painting/carving a pumpkin for Halloween
  • Getting to hand out candy on Halloween
  • Receiving and trying out my first Foodstirs box (Monster Cupcakes)
  • Receiving the leggings I ordered from a friend (who is an independent fashion consultant)
  • Receiving an Irish Blessing charm that I ordered
  • Getting the October Ipsy bag
  • Ordering and receiving my first lip products from a LipSense consultant
  • Receiving the paw print bracelet I ordered
  • Receiving the second Foodstirs box I ordered (galaxy donuts)
This month was a pretty good month for me, and I am happy about that!! What made you happy this month?

Friday, October 27, 2017

My New Jersey Bucket List


  • Adventure Aquarium
  • Liberty State Park
  • Grounds for Sculpture
  • Steel Pier
  • Storybrook Land
  • Turtle Back Zoo
  • Morey's Piers
  • Cape May County Park & Zoo
  • Absecon Lighthouse
  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park
  • Navesink Twin Lights
  • Emlen Physick Estate
  • Great Falls
  • Van Saun County Park
  • Harriman State Park
  • The Cloisters
  • George Washington Bridge
  • Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
  • Riverside Park
  • Fort Tryon Park
  • Wave Hill
  • Riverbank State Park
  • Paterson Great Falls
  • Kingda Ka
  • Cheesequake State Park
  • General Grant National Memorial
  • Jenkinson's Boardwalk
  • Cape May's Lighthouse
  • Cape May
  • Princeton
  • Deleware Water Gap
  • Liberty State Park
  • USS New Jersey
  • High Point State Park
  • Lucy the Elephant
  • Newark Museum
  • Space Farms Zoo and Museum
  • Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
  • Hindenburg Crash Site
  • Batsto Village
  • Sybil's Cave
  • Luna Parc
  • The Gingerbread Castle
  • Land of the Lost
  • Cliff Dale Manor Ruins
  • Monument to the War of the Worlds
  • Jungle Habitat
  • Tripod Rock
  • Weehawken Dueling Grounds
  • Amatol Ghost Town
  • Jenny Jump State Forest
  • Waterloo Village
  • Women's Federation Monument
  • Tear Drop Memorial
  • Sometimes Train Tracks of Sunset Beach
  • Cookie Jar House
  • The Colgate Clock
  • Hamburg Paper Mill Ruins
  • Greek Temple Monument War Memorial
  • Birthplace of Baseball Monument
  • Hamilton Station Statues
  • Victor Victori's Multiplism Statues
  • Cathedral of the Air

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

My New Hampshire Bucket List


  • Flume Gorge
  • Santa's Village
  • White Mountains
  • Squam Lake
  • Diana's Baths
  • Cannon Mountain
  • Polar Caves Park
  • America's Stonehenge
  • Morningside Flight Park
  • Madame Sherri's Castle
  • Purgatory Falls
  • The Basin
  • Thompson Falls
  • Andres Institute of Art and Sculpture Garden
  • Ice Castles
  • Madison Boulder
  • Robert Frost Farm
  • Cat Alley
  • Wentworth by the Sea
  • Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
  • Smuttynose Island
  • The Swing Bridge
  • Mount Monadnock
  • Redstone Rocket
  • Chicken Farmer Rock
  • Frankenstein Cliff
  • The Uncle Sam House
  • Parrish Shoes Sign
  • The Yankee Siege Catapult
  • Smith Chapel
  • See Lupines in full bloom
  • Moose Alley
  • Great Stone Face
  • County Fair

Monday, October 23, 2017

My Favorite Meals and Treats

I love food, and I love different cuisines (which I got from my mom!).

Here are my fave meals and treats:
  • Macaaroni and Cheese
  • Cheesecake
  • Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Beef or chicken tacos
  • Chocolate ice cream
  • Cheesecake ice cream
  • Strawberry banana shakes/smoothies
  • Pasta salad
  • Tandoori chicken
  • Jalapenos (topped on tacos or other foods)
  • Pulled pork
  • Top Ramen Salad
  • Shrimp
  • Pad Thai
  • Pierogi
  • Macaroni salad
  • Lemonade
  • French Silk Pie
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Chocolate chip muffins
  • Banana bread
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • 3 Musketeers (regular and mint)
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, October 20, 2017

My Nevada Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Nevada:

  • Las Vegas
  • Hoover Dam
  • Las Vegas Strip
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Red Rock Canyon
  • Valley of Fire
  • Lake Mead
  • The Mirage
  • High Roller
  • Great Basin National Park
  • Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
  • Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
  • Adventuredome
  • DeathValley
  • Maverick Helicopters
  • Sand Harbor
  • Fly Geyser
  • The Bristlecone Pines of the Great Basin
  • Seven Magic Mountains
  • International Car Forest of the Last Church
  • Valley of Fire
  • Lehman Caves
  • Lost City Museum
  • Double Negative
  • The Simpsons House
  • U.S. Route 50
  • Pyramid Lake
  • Albert Szukalski's Last Supper
  • Tikaboo Peak
  • Sand Mountain
  • Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park
  • The Shoe Tree of Middlegate
  • Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historical Park
  • Toquima Cave
  • The Big Edge
  • Jarbridge Wilderness
  • Lunar Crater
  • Humboldt Museum
  • Thunderr Mountain Monument
  • Piper's Opera House
  • Flamingo Habitat
  • Boundary Peak
  • Winged Figures of the Republic
  • White King
  • Middlegate Station
  • Reno
  • National Bowling Stadium
  • Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
  • Eiffel Tower Paris Las Vegas
  • Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
  • Stratosphere Tower
  • Lion Habitat Ranch
  • Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
  • Case de Shenandoah

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My Nebraska Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Nebraska:

  • Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
  • Chimney Rock
  • Omaha
  • Lincoln
  • Lincoln Children's Zoo
  • Heartland of America Park
  • Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens
  • Joslyn Castle
  • Riverside Discovery Center
  • Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
  • Platte River State Park
  • Holy Family Shrine Catholic Church
  • World's Largest Ball of Stamps
  • Toadstool Geological Park
  • Panorama Point
  • Ruins of Prairie Peace Park
  • Pioneers Park Pillars
  • Nebraska State Capitol
  • Laurtizen Gardens
  • Great Platte River Road Archway Monument
  • Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari
  • Pioneer Courage Park
  • St. Cecilia's Cathedral
  • Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park
  • Wessels Living History Farm
  • Cody Park
  • Fred G. Dale Planetarium
  • Carhenge
  • Lewis & Clark Trail
  • Ponca State Park
  • Sandhill Crane Migration
  • Agate Fossil Beds
  • Buffalo Bill's Wild West
  • Berry Falls
  • Fort Falls
  • Smith Falls
  • Indian Cave State Park
  • See a Broadway show at the Orpheum Theater
  • Scotts Bluff
  • Arthur Bowring Sandhills State Historical Park

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Most Beautiful Things I've Ever Seen

The world is full of beauty, if only people would just take a moment to look around and find it.

The most beautiful things I have ever seen are:
  • Rainbows
  • People coming together and supporting each other, after a tragedy
  • My older cat showing concern for my younger cat when she lost her balance and fell off the chair the both of them were sitting on. She even put a paw on her back to see if she was alright.
  • Doves nesting on top of the lighting fixture on my back porch, on more than one occasion
  • A hummingbird coming to drink from our hummingbird feeder, on many occasions
  • People sticking up for those who are being put down
  • People who help others in need, without expecting anything in return
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Friday, October 13, 2017

My Montana Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Montana:

  • Rocky Mountains
  • Glacier National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield
  • Flathead Lake
  • Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
  • Cathedral of Saint Helena
  • Lake McDonald
  • ZooMontana
  • Grinnell Glacier
  • Avalanche Lake
  • Montana Vortex and House of Mystery
  • Highline Trail
  • Hungry Horse Dam
  • Iceberg Lake
  • Swiftcurrent Lake
  • Two Medicine Lake
  • Roosevelt Arch
  • Wild Horse Island
  • The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
  • St. Mary Falls
  • Hidden Lake Overlook
  • Butte
  • The Berkeley Pit
  • Garnet
  • Ringing Rocks of Montana
  • Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
  • Bleu Horses
  • Medicine Rocks State Park
  • Shep Memorial
  • Makoshika State Park
  • Our Lady of the Rockies
  • Ross Creek Giant Cedars Grove
  • Elkhorn Ghost Town
  • Koocanusa Bridge
  • Charles M. Bair Family Museum
  • Garden Wall in Glacier National Park
  • Missouri Headwaters State Park
  • Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Montana Bale Trail
  • Giant Springs Heritage State Park and Fish Hatchery
  • Bighorn Canyon
  • Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge
  • North American Indian Days
  • Cut Bank's 27-foot-tall penguin
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My Missouri Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Missouri:

  • Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
  • George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Lake of the Ozarks
  • Branson
  • Gateway Arch
  • Elephant Rocks State Park
  • Old Courthouse
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
  • St. Louis
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park
  • Talking Rocks Cavern
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
  • Grant's Farm
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • The Butterfly House
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • Meramec Caverns
  • Titanic Museum
  • Sea Life Kansas City
  • Shaw Nature Reserve
  • Onondaga Cave State Park
  • The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure
  • Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins
  • Welch Spring Hospital Ruins
  • Bonne Terre Mines
  • Kansas City Workhouse
  • Turtle Playground
  • The Pinnacles
  • Bothwell Lodge
  • The Magic House
  • The Holy Finger of Kansas City
  • Kirksville Devil's Chair
  • The Space Museum
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum
  • World's Largest Fork
  • St. Valentine's Relics in Missouri
  • Maxie, The World's Largest Goodse
  • Independence Temple
  • St. Louis Abbey
  • Charlie Parker Memorial
  • Precious Moments Chapel and Gardens

Monday, October 9, 2017

My Top 20 Mood Boosting Songs

I am always listening to music, so I loved the idea for this post. Music helps me get through tough times, it helps me relax at the end of a work/school day, it helps me to get going at the start of each day...it's a part of each and every day for me.

My top 20 mood boosting songs are:
  1. I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons
  2. Oh My Soul by Casting Crowns
  3. Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin
  4. Hello, My Name Is by Matthew West
  5. Bod Bless Us Everyone by Andrea Bocelli
  6. Single by Natasha Bedingfield
  7. Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield
  8. Through Heaven's Eyes (From The Prince of Egypt movie) by Brian Stokes Mitchell
  9. When You Believe (From The Prince of Egypt movie) by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston
  10. Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
  11. Free to Be Me by Francesca Battistelli
  12. Everything by Michael Buble
  13. When a Child is Born by Andrea Bocelli
  14. Go Where Love Goes by Andrea Bocelli
  15. Because We Believe by  Andrea Bocelli
  16. The Prayer
  17. You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban
  18. We Shall Be Free by Garth Brooks
  19. Walkin on Sunshine
  20. Happy by Bruno Mars
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Friday, October 6, 2017

My Mississippi Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Mississippi:

  • Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum
  • Jefferson Davis Presidential Library
  • Biloxi
  • Jackson Zoo
  • Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo
  • Mississippi State Capitol
  • Hattiesburg Zoo
  • Tombigbee State Park
  • Biloxi Light
  • Lake Chicot State Park
  • Windsor Ruins
  • Birthplace of Kermit the Frog
  • Longwood
  • For Massachusetts on Ship Island
  • Jackson
  • Stanton Hall
  • Mynelle Gardens Arboretum & Botanical Center

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My Minnesota Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Minnesota:
  • Mall of America
  • St. Paul
  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
  • Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Minnehaha Park
  • Duluth
  • Minnesota Zoo
  • Cathedral of St. Paul
  • Minneapolis
  • Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • Great Lakes Aquarium
  • Minnesota State Capitol
  • Lake Superior Zoo
  • American Swedish Institute
  • Munsinger Gardens and Clemens Gardens
  • Weisman Art Museum
  • Forestville Mystery Cave State Park
  • Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
  • Saint Anthony Falls
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park
  • Split Rock Lighthouse
  • Pipestone National Monument
  • Devil's Kettle
  • Niagra Cave
  • Elf Door at Demings Height Park
  • Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
  • Marjorie McNeely Conservatory (Como Park)
  • Spoonbridge and Cherry
  • Birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Sidewalk Harp
  • Mary Tyler Moore Statue
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and Pageant
  • Stone Arch Bridge
  • Old Man of the Dalles
  • Franconia Sculpture Park
  • Prospect Park Water Tower
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Church
  • Vision of Peace (Indian God of Peace)
  • The Triangle House of St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Washburn Park Water Tower
  • Alpine Asphalt's Wall of Skis
  • Big Ole
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral
  • Giant Pipe of Pipestone

Monday, October 2, 2017

Operation Christmas Child 2017

Well, it is that time of year again...

Time for Operation Christmas Child!!!

Operation Christmas Child is an annual shoebox present collection, where people can fill a shoebox (or a box of similar size) with items for children, who may not otherwise get anything.

Here are some ideas of what you can put in your shoebox presents:
  • Dolls
  • Stuffed animal toys
  • Jump ropes
  • Embroidery floss
  • Beads
  • Wash cloths
  • Bar soap
  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Coloring books
  • Matching games
  • Paper
  • Sports/bouncy balls
  • Solar calculators
  • Hats
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Scarves
  • Play jewelry
  • Cups
  • Bowls
  • Water bottles
  • Yo-yos
  • Drawstring bags
  • Rulers
  • Picture books (for the younger children)
  • Dry erase boards with dry erase pens
  • Mini chalkboards with chalk
  • Toothbrushes
  • Watercolor paint sets and paintbrushes
  • Hair brushes or combs
  • Toy cars
  • Puzzles
  • Stickers
  • Checkers sets
  • Socks
  • Recorders
  • Harmonicas
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Clothes line and clothes pins (for older girls)
  • Pillowcase dresses (you can find more about this HERE)
  • Flip flops
  • T-shirts
  • Post-It Notes
  • Backpacks
  • Straws
  • Hair ties
  • Band-Aids
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing tools
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Watches
  • Plastic magnifying glasses
  • Small sewing kits
  • Personal hygiene items for boys, girls (for older children)
  • Purses (for older girls)
  • Barrettes, hair clips
  • Headbands
  • A handwritten note (optional, but very special to the child who receives it)
  • Pencil cases/pouches (or empty makeup bags that they can use for carrying whatever they want)
  • Handmade items (toys, dolls, clothing, etc.)
They are in most need of boxes for boys ages 10-14, so if you can, please send at least one shoebox present for that age group (although, you can choose which age group and gender you would like to pack boxes for!).

You are NOT allowed to put in liquids, war related toys (soldiers, swords, etc.), out of date foods/candy, breakables, lotions, toothpaste, and anything else of this nature.

They have an annual collection week in November (you can find your closest drop-off location HERE), but you can drop of/ship presents all year round to:

Operation Christmas Child
801 Bamboo Road
Boone NC 28607

To find out more, you can check out the links to Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan's Purse. You can even order free materials HERE.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in September

Here are the things that made me happy this month:
  • Ordering take-out from a local BBQ restaurant
  • Winning another prize at ukulele night
  • Getting my first credit card
  • Going to thrift stores, and getting good finds
  • Seeing chipmunks on my way to work
  • Checking out a new local bakery, and getting a couple cupcakes
  • Buying merchandise from one of my favorite YouTubers (and recieving it, too!!)
What made you happy this month?

Yes, I know this was, yet again, a short list, but at lease I had some things that made me happy this month.

Friday, September 29, 2017

My Michigan Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Michigan:
  • Detroit
  • Lansing
  • Ann Arbor
  • Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Potter Park Zoo
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens
  • Tahquamenon Falls
  • Binder Park Zoo
  • Lake Erie
  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
  • SS Badger
  • Holland
  • Holland State Park
  • John Ball Zoological Garden
  • Sea Life Michigan
  • Kensington Metropark
  • Pictured Rocks Cruise
  • Turnip Rock
  • Michigan Central Station
  • Kitch-iti-kipi
  • American Museum of Magic
  • St. Agnes Church and School
  • Detroit Children's Zoo
  • Hamtramck Disneyland
  • Mackinac Island
  • Heidelberg Island
  • Earl Young Gnome Houses
  • St. Ignace Mystery Spot
  • Bell Isle Aquarium
  • The Bottle House
  • Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry
  • The Dequindre Cut Greenway
  • Curwood Castle
  • Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School
  • The World's Largest Stove
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes
  • McCourtie Park
  • Michigan Space and Science Center
  • Grand Army of the Republic Building
  • Tulip Time Festival
  • The Mackinac Bridge
  • Giant Boxing Arm of Joe Jouis
  • Giant Cow Head
  • Uniroyal Giant Tire
  • Mbad Museum and Dabl's African Bead Gallery
  • Eight Mile Wall
  • Wave Field
  • Lakenenland
  • The Cross in the Woods Shrine
  • Oswald's Bear Ranch
  • Rarity Acres Zorse and Zonkey Farm
  • Iron County Historical Museum
  • Bishop Baraga Shrine
  • Windmill Island
  • Henry Ford Museum

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

My Massachusetts Bucket List


  • Boston
  • Freedom Trail
  • Fenway Park
  • Boston Common
  • New England Aquarium
  • Martha's Vineyard
  • Public Garden
  • Boston Harbor
  • Plimoth Plantation
  • Boston Museum
  • Paul Revere House
  • Old North Church
  • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
  • House of Seven Gables
  • Bunker Hill Monument
  • Salem
  • Southwick's Zoo
  • Plymouth Rock
  • Minute Man National Historical Park
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Canobie Lake Park
  • Wachusett Mountain
  • Boston Public Library
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • John Hancock Tower
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Danvers Hospital for the Criminally Insane
  • Mapparium
  • The Witch House of Salem
  • Forest Hills Cemetery
  • Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast and Museum
  • Singing Beach at Machester-By-The-Sea
  • The Mysterious Witch Bonney
  • Dogtown & Babson Boulder Trail
  • Museum of Modern Renaissance
  • Salem Village Witchcraft Victims Memorial
  • Bash Bish Falls
  • Glacial Potholes
  • Eyrie House Ruins
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Walden Pond
  • Lobster Mickey
  • Crane Mansion on Castle Hill
  • Cambridge
  • Bancroft Tower
  • Mount Greylock
  • Skull Cliff
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • The Bulb River
  • The Bridge of Flowers
  • Copp's Hill Burying Ground
  • Kelleher Rose Garden
  • Dighton Rock
  • Hood Milk Bottle
  • Fort Standish
  • Salada Tea Doors
  • Harmonic Bridge
  • Old Powder House
  • Worcester State Hospital
  • Pooh's House
  • Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden
  • Purgatory Chasm
  • Longfellow House
  • Statue of Elizabeth Montgomery
  • Quincy Quarries
  • Poet's Seat Tower
  • USS Constitution
  • New England Peace Pagoda
  • Natural Bridge State Park
  • Hut Of Refuge
  • The Titanic Museum
  • Adams National Historic Park
  • Madonna, Queen of the Universe
  • Jaws Bridge
  • Herb Mackey's Metal Sculpture Yard
  • The Oozing Whale Skeleton of New Bedford
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
  • Site of Boston's First Bell
  • The Dutch House
  • Tremont Temple
  • Rose Kennedy Rose Garden
  • Classic WWII Chapel
  • Birthplace of Johnny Appleseed
  • Redemption ROck
  • Westford Poe Marker
  • Somerville Round House
  • Make Way for Ducklings Statue
  • Buttonball Tree
  • Boston Lighthouse
  • Rock House Reservation
  • Burnside Fountain-Turtle Boy
  • Faneuil Hall Weathervane
  • The Legs of Myles Standish
  • Bancroft Castle
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb Statue
  • Profile Rock
  • Captain Edward Penniman House
  • Bicentennial Chair
  • Eunice Williams Covered Bridge
  • Abigail Adams' Grave
  • Heath Hen Sculpture

Monday, September 25, 2017

My Fall Favorites

I am more of a warm weather person, but I do like fall weather, too. There are things I do like about each season, and in this post, I am sharing what my favorites are for fall.

Here are my fall favorites:
  • Pumpkin carving/painting
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Leaves changing color
  • Seeing all the different costumes children wear for Halloween
  • French silk pie (I know this can be an all-year food, but I usually have it during the fall)
  • Raking (and then jumping into) fallen leaves
  • The smells associated with fall
  • Fall scented candles
  • Blankets and warm brim hats
  • Hot chocolate
  • Crisp fall air
  • Baking pumpkin seeds
  • Caramel apples
  • Hay rides
  • Fall fests
  • Scarves
What do you love about fall?

**Thnks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!**

Friday, September 22, 2017

Accept

I am lining up with Kate Motaung for this week's Five Minute Friday.

This week's FMF is: Accept


Why is it so hard for people to let others live their lives the way they want? To accept them for who they are?
 
Why is it so hard for us to accept ourselves as we are? It's not as if one life is worth more or less than another.
 
There are many things that we cannot control about who we are as a person, and we should not be judged, ridiculed, or otherwise made to feel inferior.
 
No one is meant meant to be exactly the same as anyone else. We are meant to be different, unique.
 
Acceptance of who we are as people, acceptance of who others are, leads to love, kindness, and hope. Which leads to some amazing things. If only we just take the time to understand that everyone has their own unique journey, that is meant to be lived to the fullest.
 
Every life is worth living, if we just take the time to see the worth, and to accept each other for the beautiful, flawed beings that we are.
 
Accept people for who they are, and the world may just be a better place to live in.

My Maryland Bucket List


  • National Aquarium
  • Fort McHenry
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • American Visionary Art Museum
  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  • Baltimore
  • Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
  • Geppi's Entertainment Museum
  • Maryland State House
  • Trimper's Rides
  • The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
  • The Baltimore Basilica
  • Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
  • Great Falls
  • Swallow Falls State Park
  • Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
  • Delmarva Peninsula
  • Capital Wheel
  • Billy Goat Trail
  • Druid Hill Park
  • Scott's Run Nature Preserve
  • Watkins Regional Park
  • Cunningham Falls State Park
  • Lexington Market
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum
  • Enchanted Forest Theme Park
  • Hell House Altar
  • Edgar Allan Poe's Grave
  • George Peabody Library
  • The Book Thing
  • Ladew Topiary Gardens
  • Vanadu Art House
  • Grave of John Wilkes Booth
  • Maryland Gold Mine Ruins
  • Fort Carroll
  • Holland Island
  • Graffiti Alley
  • Calvert Cliffs State Park
  • Catoctin Furnace
  • The Arbutus Oak
  • Nipper, the RCA Dog Statue
  • Underground Railroad Experience Trail
  • Phoenix Shot Tower
  • Remains of Truxton Circle Fountain
  • The (First) Washington Monument
  • Acorn Park
  • Mr. Trash Wheel
  • Annie Oakley House
  • Herlong the Carved Dragon
  • Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple
  • War Correspondents Memorial
  • Annapolis
  • Earthoid Water Tank
  • Transpeninsular Midpoint Marker
  • George Washington's Headquarters
  • Elijah Bond's Ouija Board Grave
  • Kayak at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
  • Ferry Ride
  • Explore NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Smith Island

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Maine Bucket List


  • Acadia National Park
  • Casco Bay
  • Portland Head Light
  • Portland Observatory
  • Pemaquid Point Light
  • Park Loop Road
  • West Quoddy Head Light
  • Eartha
  • Schoodic Peninsula
  • Two Lights State Park
  • Jordan Pond
  • Owls Head Light
  • Thunder Hole
  • White Mountain National Forest
  • Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
  • York's Wild Kingdom
  • Bass Harbor Head Light
  • Nubble Lighthouse
  • Cape Neddick Light
  • Crescent Beach State Park
  • Stephen King's House
  • Mount Katahdin
  • Wiggly Bridge
  • Wire Bridge
  • Eagle lake Tramway
  • Boon Island Light
  • Devil's Footprint
  • Nervous Nellie's Jams and Jellies
  • Bartlettyarns Mill
  • Paul Bunyon Statue
  • Fort Knox State Historic Site
  • The Wedding Cake House
  • Maine Solar System Model
  • The World's Largest Telephone
  • Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory
  • Mount Desert Spring Blues Brothers
  • Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum
  • Maine State Building
  • Bailey Island Bridge (Cribstone Bridge)
  • Small Town X Fisherman Statue
  • Table Rock
  • Gulf Hagas
  • Moxie Falls
  • Baxter State Park
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Allagash Wilderness Waterway
  • Screw Auger Falls

Monday, September 18, 2017

My Favorite Quotes

I have lots of favorite quotes/quotes I love. When I am having a bad day for whatever reason, I like to read encouraging words to help me get through the day.

Here are some of my favorites:
A family of God is a family of love.
When you know who you are, and what you stand for, you stand in wisdom.
Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everryone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.
Don't judge my path if you haven't walked my journey.
If you are always trying to be NORMAL, you will never know how amazing you can be.-Maya Angelou
 Once you choose HOPE, anything is possible.
Dreams don't work unless you do!
You were given this life becauseyou are strong enough to live it.
Live simply. Dream Big. Be grateful. Give love. Laugh lots.
People who think they are crazy enough to change the world, are the ones who do. 
Hope is the one thing stronger than fear.
Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow. 
Life is so much brighter when we focus on what truly matters.
 You only fail when you stop trying.
We have all got light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are. 
Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.
 Be kind, fore everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
 *Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!*

Friday, September 15, 2017

My Louisiana Bucket List


  • Baton Rouge
  • New Orleans
  • Mardi Gras World
  • The National WWII Museum
  • Aquarium of the Americas
  • Oak Alley Plantation
  • Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
  • Audubon Zoo
  • Jackson Square
  • Audubon Park
  • San Francisco Plantation House
  • St. Louis Cathedral
  • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
  • The Cabildo
  • Lake Pontchartrain
  • Frenchman Street
  • Preservation Hall
  • Baton Rouge Zoo
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection
  • The Presbytere
  • City Park
  • Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin'
  • Alexandria Zoological Park
  • Cafe du Monde
  • Honey Island Swamp
  • Laura Plantation
  • The Houmas
  • Royal Street
  • Lafrenier Park
  • Destrehan Plantation
  • Lafayette Square
  • St. Joseph Plantation
  • Louis Armstrong Park
  • Woldenberg Park
  • The New Orleans Treehouse
  • Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
  • The Gates of Guinee
  • Metairie Cemetery
  • The Singing Oak
  • The Luling Mansion
  • Ruins of Fort Macomb
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Myrtles Plantaion
  • Fort Pike
  • The Rosegate House
  • The Cats of Jackson Square
  • Fort Proctor
  • Tomb of the Unkown
  • The Faerie Playhouse
  • Confederate Civil War Museum
  • Fort St. Philip
  • Labyrinth at Audubon Park
  • Musical Legends Park
  • Kenny Hill Sculpture Garden
  • Jungle Gardens
  • Doullut Steamboat Houses
  • Laura: A Creole Plantation
  • French Quarter
  • Rip Van Winkle Gardens
  • RTA-Streetcars
  • Historic New Orleans Collection
  • Louisiana State Capitol
  • The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA
  • 1850 House
  • Jungle Gardens
  • Avery Island
  • Christmas in New Orleans
  • Venice
  • Avery Island Bird Sanctuary
  • Chauvin Sculpture Garden
  • Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My Kentucky Bucket List


  • Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Churchill Downs
  • Kentucky Derby Museun
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
  • Creation Museum
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
  • Lost River Cave
  • Newport Aquarium
  • Red River Gorge
  • Kentucky Kingdom
  • Louisville
  • Belle of Louisville
  • Mary Todd Lincoln House
  • Louisville Zoo
  • Ark Encounter
  • Kentucky Down Under
  • Louisville Waterfront Park
  • Mega Cavern
  • General George Patton Museum of Leadership
  • Falls of the Ohio State Park
  • Smale Riverfront Park
  • Cherokee Park
  • Daniel Boone National Forest
  • Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
  • Dinosaur World
  • E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Big South Fork Scenic Railway
  • Old Fort Harrod State Park
  • Cumberland Falls
  • Wigwam Village #2
  • Vent Haven Museum
  • Castle Post
  • Mantle Rock
  • Funtown Mountain
  • Troublesome Creek
  • The Strange procession Which Never Moves
  • Colonel Sanders' Grave
  • Kentucky's Stonehenge
  • Lexington's Biblical Miniature Golf
  • Black Mountain
  • South Union Shaker Village
  • Shrine of Saints Magnus and Bonosa
  • Tri-State Peak
  • Dixie Cup Water Tower
  • Heigold House
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, Slavery to Freedom Museum
  • Kentucky Floral Clock
  • The Grave of Harry L. Collins
  • Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia
  • Florence Y'all Water Tower

Monday, September 11, 2017

My Accomplishments So Far

I got the idea for this post on Instagram, and decided to do a blog post about my accomplishments.

Here are my accomplishments in life so far:

(Note: I am not trying to brag in any way. I just wanted to share the things that I have been able to accomplish so far.)
  • Graduation from elementary, junior high, and high school on time (I never really did the best I could do in school, but I was very happy to be able to graduate on time)
  • Getting almost all As and Bs in the college classes I have taken so far (I have one C, which is in Culinary Mathematics; math is not my best subject) for my degree.
  • Getting a job at the library on my own, and having it last for more than a couple of weeks (it has been six months so far, since I started working at the library)
  • Volunteering with the library's homebound delivery program for 5 years (there were times where I was debating whether or not I wanted to continue; since I was able to start school and work, I haven't thought about quitting volunteering again)
  • Saving most of the money from my paychecks (this is a big one for me, as I am usually a spender, and never really saved much money until recently)
  • Getting through my probationary period at work (yes, to me that is an accomplishment!!) without any problems.
  • Missing only one day of work (because of an emergency) in six months
Yeah, I know it's not much, but it's a start. I am a very shy person by nature, so doing things out of my comfort zone is very hard for me to do mentally. I am starting to get better at that, though, so I am looking forward to seeing where that takes me in the future.

Friday, September 8, 2017

My Kansas Bucket List


  • Crown Center
  • Science City at Union Station
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum
  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
  • Sea Life Kansas City
  • National World War 1 Museum and Memorial
  • Legoland Discovery Center Kansas City
  • Arabia Steamboat Museum
  • Penn Valley Park
  • Roanoke Park
  • The Scout
  • Blue River Greenway
  • Cave Springs
  • Hidden Valley Park
  • Washington Square Park
  • Strataca, The Kansas Underground Salt Museum
  • Oz Museum
  • Monument Rocks
  • The Garden of Eden
  • The Wichita Troll
  • Truckhenge
  • Mushroom Rock State Park
  • Topeka
  • Giant Van Gogh Painting
  • The Big Well
  • Rock City
  • Dorothy's House and Land of Oz
  • Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
  • World's Largest Czech Egg
  • Jim Dickerman's Open Range Zoo
  • Comanche, Survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • Amelia Earhart Earthworks
  • Keeper of the Plains
  • Buffalo Bill Monument
  • Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark
  • Waterfall at Pillsbury Crossing
  • Drinkwater and Schriver Flour Mill, Dedar Point
  • Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area
  • Baker Wetlands
  • Wichita
  • Sauer Castle
  • Waterfalls at the Geary County Lake
  • Chase State Fishing Lake
  • St. Fidelis Church, Victoria
  • Kansas Lavender Fields, Topeka
  • Oxford Grist Mill
  • Nutterville
  • Lyons

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My Iowa Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Iowa:

  • Hawkeye Point
  • Grotto of the Redemption
  • Backbone State Park
  • Pikes Peak State Park
  • Ledges State Park
  • De Moine
  • Father Paul Dobberstein's Grotto of the Redemption
  • Elwood, the World's Tallest Concrete Gnome
  • The Day The Music Died Memorial
  • Matchstick Marvels Museum
  • Albert the Bull
  • American Gothic Barn
  • John Wayne's Birthplace
  • Dubuque
  • Cedar Rapids
  • High Trestle Trail Bridge
  • Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge
  • National Balloon Classic
  • Blue Bunny Parlor
  • Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
  • Fossil and Prairie Park Preserve
  • Sweet Corn Serenade
  • Bellevue State Park
  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Amana Colonies
  • Maquoketa Caves State Park
  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
  • Living History Farms
  • Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad
  • Reiman Gardens
  • Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
  • Vander Veer Botanical Park
  • George Wyth Memorial State Park
  • John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
  • National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
  • Iowa Great Lakes
  • Iowa State Fair
  • Pella's Dutch History
  • Tulip Time Festival
  • Great River Road National Scenic Byway
  • The Bridges of Madison County
  • Waterloo Museums
  • Keosauqua State Park
  • Iowa City Pedestrian mall
  • Barn Quilts of Grundy County

Monday, September 4, 2017

My Fall 2017 Bucket List

I love making lists, so making a fall bucket list was/is a must for me!!

Here is my bucket list for this fall:
  • Watch Frankenweenie
  • Watch Hocus Pocus
  • Watch The Addams Family
  • Watch the Halloweentown movies
  • Carve/paint a pumpkin
  • Try a fall drink at Starbucks
  • Go on fall photo shoots
  • Do well in my cooking class
  • Sign up for spring semester classes
  • Go to a h.s. football game
  • Cook a Thanksgiving dinner myself
  • Volunteer at a food pantry
  • Make a pumpkin pie from scratch
  • Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Watch Hotel Transylvania 1 & 2
  • Watch Frankenstein
  • Watch Nosferatu
  • Watch It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Bake cookies
  • Attend a fall festival
  • Get big bags of candy corn and mellowcreme pumpkins
  • Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  • Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Make caramel apples
  • Play in the leaves
What is on your bucket list for fall?

Friday, September 1, 2017

My Indiana Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Indiana:
  • Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Zoo
  • Indiana World War Memorial Plaza
  • City Falls State Park
  • Spirit of Jasper Train
  • Park County's Covered Bridges
  • Indiana Dunes State Park
  • Indiana Expeience
  • Turkey Run State Park
  • Nappanee
  • Brown County State park
  • Monument Circle
  • Conner Prairie
  • Holiday World and Surfin' Safari
  • Falls of the Ohio State Park
  • Winona Lake
  • Empire Quary
  • The Ruins
  • Historic West Baden Springs Hotel
  • The Nest Houses of Patrick Dougherty
  • New Harmony Labyrinth
  • Rose Island
  • Indianapolis Moon Tree
  • Providence Home Geode Grotto
  • The Roofless Church
  • John Dillinger's Grave
  • Jug Rock
  • Studebaker National Museum
  • Blue Flash Backyard Roller Coaster
  • Painted Rainbow Bridge
  • Brain Sculpture
  • Albany Shoe Tree
  • Levi Coffin House
  • Lincoln Boyhood National Museum
  • Santa Claus, Indiana
  • East Race Waterway
  • France Park
  • Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Indiana Landmarks Center
  • Exotic Feline Rescue Center
  • Mentone Egg
  • Statue of Joe Palooka
  • Courthouse Tree
  • Valparaiso
  • Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University
  • Isaac Knight Memorial

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in August

Here are the things that made me happy this month:
  • Starting the fall semester at school
  • Finishing my probationary period at work
  • Celebrating family birthdays
  • Seeing the eclipse from my school campus
  • Checking out my campus's space center for the first time (I love space, and science, so I don't know why it took me so long to visit the space center)
  • Making a UV bracelet at my school's solar eclipse event (the beads change color in sunlight)
  • Buying an Earth Ball at my campus's space center gift shop
  • Seeing my niece and nephew
  • Checking out a couple local festivals
  • Seeing a chipmunk on my way to work one day
  • Seeing a hummingbird feed at our feeder several times this month
Even when I have bad days, there is always something to be thankful for, something to be happy about. I have had way more good days than bad, and I am so very thankful for that. What made you happy this month?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

My Illinois Bucket List

Some of thes places I have been to before, but it has been a long time, so I would love to go again. Some are new to me, and would love to visit for the first time. A couple of these I just recently saw/visited this summer.

  • The Bean (DONE)
  • Crown Fountain (DONE)
  • Sears Tower
  • Buckingham Fountain
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • The Lurie Garden
  • Millenium Monument
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Water Tower
  • Soldier Field
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Grant Park
  • Lincoln Park Conservatory
  • Hancock Tower
  • River Tour/Cruise
  • Blue Man Group
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Field Museum
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Navy Pier
  • Tribune Tower
  • Chicago Theatre
  • Peggy Notabaert Nature Museum
  • Hull House
  • Maggie Daley Park
  • Holy Name Cathedral
  • Cirque Du Soleil
  • United Center
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
  • Lincoln Tomb
  • State Capitol
  • Starved Rock State Park
  • Eads Bridge
  • Chicago Harbor Light
  • Baha'i House of Worship
  • Morton Arboretum
  • Fireworks at Navy Pier
  • Oz Park
  • Wicker Park
  • Tiffany Dome
  • Graceland Cemetery
  • Chicago Temple
  • The Fountain of Time
  • Eternal Silence
  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • Cahokia Mounds
  • Springfield
  • Obama Kissing Rock
  • Pullman historic District
  • The Secret Mermaid
  • The Home Alone House
  • Livonian Wolves at the Leaping Wall
  • Par-King
  • Al Capone's Hideaway & Steakhouse
  • Inez Clarke Monument
  • Rosehill Cemetery
  • Ebenezer Floppen Slopper's Wonderful Abandoned Water Slides
  • World's Largest Catsup Bottle
  • Rock n Roll McDonald's & Museum
  • The Super Museum
  • Popeye Character Trail
  • Gateway Geyser
  • World's Largest Lincoln Statue
  • World's Largest Cross
  • The Eternal Indian
  • Railsplitter Covered Wagon
  • Puerto Rican Flag Sculptures
  • Liberty Bell of the West
  • Kayak in the Chicago River

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

High School Advice for Freshmen

It has been a while since I graduated from high school, so I

Here is my advice for freshmen this year (or any time), to help get you through school:

  • Before the first day of school, take a tour to get the lay of the building, and to see where your locker, classes, lunch room/cafeteria, etc. are.
  • Don't be afraid to ask a teacher or upperclassman for help, if you get lost. After all, they were in your position at one point.
  • Put your schedule and locker combination somewhere safe (like in your phone, a planner, etc., in case you forget it. You don't want to be late because you couldn't figure out your combination, or where your class was.
  • Get your homework done as soon as possible. Even if it is not due for a while, getting started on it as soon as possible means you won't be scrambling at the last minute to finish the assignment. Plus, you will have more time afterwards to do the things you actually WANT to do.
  • High school is not about being popular or the most beautiful or the most talented, or about gossiping. It is about learning, making friends, and making memories.
  • Join at least one club, sport, or after school extracurricular. It helps you learn how to balance school and home life, and can even improve your grades.
  • If you are struggling in any way, don't be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. You can't do everything by yourself, and it is not weak to ask for help. You can only do so much. Asking for help means that you are human.
  • Don't let others define who you are, you define who you are. Just be yourself and let the real you shine through. The right people will be attracted to the real you, and will be there for you no matter what.
  • If you don't think you can do something, try to do it anyway. You never know unless you try, and you may even end up liking/loving it!
  • Fitting in isn't the most important thing in school/life. You are you for a reason, and you are meant to stand out. Fitting in only makes things worse.
  • Find out what your passions are. You never know what you like or what you are good at, if you never try. Try something out, and if you don't like it, or are not good at it, then you can move on, and find something else to try.
  • DO NOT BE PRESSURED INTO DOING SOMETHING THAT WILL MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE!!! Just because others are doing it, does not mean you have to as well. If someone tells you
  • Don't be afraid of telling an adult about any bullying you experience/encounter.
  • Find friends who will love you for you, who will not try to change you into something or someone you are not, and who will always be there for you.
  • Attend school functions like games, shows, concerts, rallies, etc. They really aren't that bad, and it's only a small fraction of school life.
If you are a freshman, I hope the first year (as well as the rest of your high school career, of course) goes well!!!

Monday, August 28, 2017

My Essentials

There are a few things that I need to have in my day-to-day life, and it always helps me get through the day, whether good or bad.

My essentials are:
  • Notebook and pens (I am always thinking of things I want to remember for later, and if I don't write it down, I will definitely forget it, so these are a must for me!)
  • Bullet Journal
  • Alone time (I am a very shy and introverted person, so I love alone time, to recharge.)
  • A water bottle
  • Nature (I love being in nature; it always seems to relax me, to calm me down)
  • Books (I LOVE to read. If I am stressed, or bored, I can always pick up a book, and escape into another world for awhile.)
  • Brimmed hat(s)
  • A snack (or two!)
  • Dry shampoo (this is a must for me!!)
  • My blog
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Friday, August 25, 2017

My Idaho Bucket List



  • Boise
  • The Canopy Walk
  • Coeur d'Alene
  • Island Park
  • Shoshone Falls
  • Boise National Forest
  • Sawtooth National Recreation Area
  • Hells Canyon
  • Priest Lake
  • Mesa Falls
  • World Center for Birds of Prey
  • Warm Lake
  • Idaho Botanical Garden
  • Ernest Hemingway's Grave
  • Idaho Potato Museum
  • Treaty Rock
  • Dog Bark Park Inn
  • St. Anthony Sand Dunes
  • Balanced Rock
  • Payette Lake
  • Idaho Capitol
  • MK Nature Center
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Boise Trolley Tours
  • Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
  • Discovery Center of Idaho
  • Bruneau Dunes
  • Blast Off Family Fun Center
  • Riot Fun Family Fun Park
  • Idaho Centennial Carousel
  • Yellowstone Bear World
  • Pocatello Zoo
  • Hands On Pottery Studio
  • Thousand Springs
  • Shoshone Ice Caves
  • Idaho Ice World
  • Activity Barn
  • Zoo Boise
  • Rider Ranch
  • Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

My Hawaii Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Hawaii:

  • Diamond Head
  • Waimea Canyon State Park
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Kilauea
  • Hanauma Bay
  • Waipio Valley
  • Na Pali Coast State Park
  • Iolani Palace
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Sea Life Park Hawaii
  • Honolulu
  • Waikiki
  • Maui
  • Maui Ocean Center
  • Honolulu Zoo
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
  • Nu'uanu Pali
  • Dole Plantation
  • Akaka Falls State Park
  • Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
  • Oahu
  • Whale watching
  • Mauna Kea
  • Hana Lava Tube
  • Curtain of Fire
  • World's Largest Plant Maze
  • Lanai Cat Sanctuary
  • Place of Refuge
  • Valley of the Temples Memorial Park
  • Learn to surf
  • Spouting Horn
  • The Blue Room
  • Ka Lae
  • Charles Lindbergh Grave Site
  • Raelian UFO Peace Park
  • Sky Gate
  • Hike to Coco Crater Arch
  • Jump off of Waimea Rock
  • Go to a shrimp truck in Haleiwa
  • Go to a Luau
  • Visit the King Kamehameha Statue
  • Visit Wailua Falls
  • Take in the sights of Kahiwa Falls
  • See monk seals at Poipu beach
  • See the sunrise from the top of Haleakala
  • Vist Ali’i Kula Lavender Farms
  • Walk through the bamboo forest
  • Watch lava flow into the ocean
  • Go on a helicopter tour
  • See the spectacular Rainbow Falls
  • See the active volcanoes at Hawaii Volcano National Park
  • Night swim with manta rays
  • Visit Garden of the Gods on Lana’i
  • Step foot on the “Forbidden Island” of Ni’ihau

Monday, August 21, 2017

My Favorite Books

I love to read, so this is probably a great post for me to talk about.

I am mostly into young adult fiction than any other genres, which I am perfectly fine with.

Of the books that I have read, here are my favorites:
  • Harry Potter series
  • Anne of Green Gables series
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • His Dark Materials books
  • The Lord of the Rings series
  • The Hobbit
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone books by Laini Taylor
  • Divergent books by Veronica Roth
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children books by Ransom Riggs
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

My Georgia Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Georgia:

  • Atlanta
  • Savannah
  • Geogia Aquarium
  • Atlanta Botanical Gardens
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site/MLK Home
  • Mary Mac's Tea Room
  • Center for Puppetry Arts
  • Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • World of Coca Cola
  • Joel Chandler Harris House
  • Freedom Parkway
  • Centennial Park
  • Confederate Memorial at Stone Mountain
  • Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
  • Mercier Orchard
  • Denton Branch Falls
  • Carriage ride in Helen
  • Whitewater Release at Tallulah Gorge
  • Burt's Farm
  • Drive-In movie
  • Tybee Island
  • Sea turtle walk on Jekyll Island
  • Cumberland Island
  • Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens
  • Whitewater Rafting in Columbus
  • Trail of Tears
  • Phipps Santa
  • Yellow Daisies at Arabia Mountain
  • Chattahoochee Nature Center guided canoe trip
  • Milkshake at Flip Burger
  • Climb a tree with Tree Climbers International
  • Zip line at Banning Mills
  • Rock City
  • Savannah Histortic District
  • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
  • Zoo Atlanta
  • Stone Mountain
  • Georgia Guidestones
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Providence Canyon State Park
  • Piedmont Park
  • Lake Lanier
  • SkyView Atlanta
  • Vogel State Park
  • Wild Animal Safari
  • Tybee Island Light
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta
  • Juliette Gordon Low Historic District
  • Dungeness Ruins
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta
  • The Tree That Owns Itself
  • Pasaquan
  • Krog Street Tunnel
  • New Manchester Manufacturing Company
  • Tiny Doors ATL
  • The Dwarf Castle
  • Cascade Springs Nature Preserve
  • Toccoa River Swinging Bridge
  • Hindu Temple of Atlanta
  • "Eye of God" rapid, Chattooga River
  • Atlanta White House
  • Oakland Cemetery
  • St. Mary's Subarine Museum
  • Rousakis Plaza Echo Square
  • Mount Olive Cemetery
  • Gravity Research Foundation Monument
  • Jimmy carter Smiling Peanut
  • Noguchi Playscape
  • Titan I Missile
  • Lapham-Patterson House
  • The Big Oak
  • Driftwood Beach
  • Fort Frederica
  • Giant Peanut Monument

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My Delaware Bucket List



  • Delaware State Fair
  • Brandywine Zoo
  • Brandywine Creek
  • Wilmington
  • Nemours Mansion and Gardens
  • Fort Delaware
  • Zwaanendael Museum
  • Delmarva Peninsula
  • Fenwick Island Light
  • Funland
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Brandywine Creek State Park
  • Jungle Jim's
  • Alapocas Run State Park
  • Rockford Park
  • Rockwood Museum and Park
  • Air Mobility Command Museum
  • Lewes Beach
  • Glasgow regional Park
  • Viking Golf & Go-Karts, Thunder Lagoon Waterpark
  • Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge
  • DuPont Mansions/Chateau Contry
  • Hopkins Farm Creamery
  • Delaware Seashore State Park
  • Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
  • Lums Pond State Park
  • Bellevue State Park
  • Battery Park
  • John Dickinson Plantation
  • Fort Delaware State Park
  • Steampunk Treehouse
  • Miles the Monster
  • Dressed John Milton Statue
  • Delmarva Peninsula
  • Fenwick Island Lighthouse

Monday, August 14, 2017

My Favorite Characters

I love the fictional world, and I try to visit a different place as often as I can.

Here are my favorite characters from books, movies, and TV shows:
  • Hagrid
    (we both love animals, although I wouldn't go so far as smuggling them around)
  • Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
  • Bombur from The Hobbit
    (quiet like me, but I do speak quite a bit when I want to!!)
  • Rory from Gilmore Girls
    (quiet, yet fierce!)
  • Merida
    (Goes down a path she chooses for herself, and isn't afraid to speak up for herself)
  • Newt Scamander
    (another one who loves animals, and is passionate about saving them)
  • Hurley from Lost
    (More of a thinker, like me)
  • Gold/Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon a Time
    (I don't know what it is about him that I like so much; maybe that he shows that there is good and bad in everyone, and that whatever you choose to do has a consequence)
  • Hoss from Bonanza
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

My Connecticut Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Connecticut:

  • Harry's Place
  • Durham Fair
  • Submarine Force Museum
  • Sleeping Giant
  • Dinosaur Park
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Mohegan Sun
  • Tour the Mark Twain House
  • Visit the Willimantic Frogs
  • Lake Compounce
  • Pex Museum and Factory
  • Ride the Essex Steam Train
  • Pick some apples at Johnny Appleseed's farm
  • Tubing on the Farmington River
  • Kent Falls State Park
  • Tour the State Capitol
  • Cornwall Bridge
  • Hammonasset Beach
  • New Haven
  • Pick Your Own Produce at Jones Family Farms
  • Taconic Mountains/Salisbury
  • Gillette Castle
  • Hartford
  • Mystic Seaport
  • Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum
  • New England Air Museum
  • Hill-Stead Museum
  • Rocky Neck State Park
  • Maritime Aquarium
  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center
  • Shore Line Trolley Museum
  • Beardsley Zoo
  • Steam Train ride

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My Colorado Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Colorado:
  • Pikes Peak
  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • Wolf Creek Pass
  • Independence Pass
  • Keystone Resort
  • Denver
  • Boulder
  • Aspen
  • Denver Zoo
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • The Wild Animal Sanctuary
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Chimney Rock National Monument
  • Ute Indian Museum
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
  • Colorado State Fair
  • Pose at Four Corners (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah)
  • Colorado River
  • Watch a rodeo
  • Take the Telluride gondola at sunset
  • Four Pass Loop
  • Holy Cross
  • Lake Dillon
  • Browns Canyon
  • Pagosa Hot Springs
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Maroon Bells
  • Garden of the Gods
  • Hanging Lake
  • Santa's Workshop
  • Butterfly Pavilion
  • Raft the Yampa & Green River
  • Cache La Poudre River Corridor
  • Ride horses at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
  • Downtown Aquarium-Denver
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Benson Park Sculpture Garden
  • Ghost Tour in Fort Collins
  • Trolley Tour in Fort Collins
  • Clark Family Orchards
  • Long's Peak
  • Colorado Balloon Classic
  • Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Monday, August 7, 2017

Things You Would Change if You Could

Like many people, there are things I wish I could change, both about myself, and the world as a whole.
  • My eyes (I was born with an iris coloboma in my right eye, which has affected the sight in that eye, among as other things)
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • How people treat others (Is it really that hard to just let people live their lives how they want to, without juding them for every little thing? If everyone were the same, life would be very boring. No one is perfect, so mistakes are going to happen, and that is what life is about; making mistakes, learning from them, and moving on.)
  • Unemployment
  • All suffering
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

The Wildest Things I Want to Try

There are some things on my bucket list, that are kind of out there
  • Snowboarding
  • Skydiving/tandem skydiving
  • Indoor skydiving
  • Ziplining
  • Jump from a waterfall
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Learn archery
  • Try to learn to skateboard (yes, to me this is wild)
  • Try snowboarding
  • Go horseback riding on a beach
  • Go bunjee jumping
  • Go on a mission trip
  • Publish a book
  • Dye my hair a crazy color
  • Become more outgoing (I am very, very shy, so being more outgoing is definitely part of this list)
  • Learn to play the piano
  • Learn karate
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Live in another country for six months to one year
  • Conquer my fear of public speaking
  • Fly in a helicopter
  • Meet one of my favorite actors (I have a post about people I would love to meet someday, which you can check out HERE, if you like)
  • Fall in love (and be in a loving, fulfilling, healthy relationship)
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

What I Would Spend A Million Dollars On

There are a lot of things I would like to spend my money on, but these are what I would truly like to spend it on. I know $1 million won't be able to go this far, but this is what I would like to do.
  • Food and basics/essentials to give to the homeless
  • A farm for me, family to live on
  • Horses to raise
  • A DSLR camera
  • Equipment to help me film YouTube videos
  • Donations to cancer (and other diseases) research
  • Donations to end animal cruelty
  • Water filtration systems for developing countries
  • Essentials for those in developing countries
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

My California Bucket List

Things I would like to do in California:

  • Disney Land
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Knott's Berry Farm
  • Legoland
  • Yosemite National Park
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Tour Alcatraz Island
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Sand Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Sand Diego Zoo
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Hearst Castle
  • Sequoia National Park
  • La Brea Tar Pits
  • Mui Woods National Monument
  • Redwood National and State Parks
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Lombard Street
  • Grauman's Chinese Theatre
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Griffith Park
  • Napa Valley
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
  • Heavenly Mountain Resort
  • Cascade Range
  • Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
  • Half Dome
  • Channel Islands National Park
  • General Sherman
  • Venice Beach
  • The Big Sur Coastline
  • Ride a cable car in San Francisco
  • Chinatown
  • Long Beach
  • RMS Queen Mary
  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • California State Railroad Museum
  • Underground Tunnels of Los Angeles
  • The Wave Organ
  • The Winchester Mystery House
  • Secret Tiled Staircase
  • Seward Street Slides
  • The Secret Sidewalk
  • Tesla Coil
  • Glass Beach
  • Horsetail Fall's Fire Fall
  • Forestiere Underground Gardens
  • Devils Postpile National Monument
  • Salvation Mountain
  • Audium-Theatre of Sound-Sculptured Space
  • Watts Towers
  • Phantasma Gloria
  • Santa Cruz Mystery Spot
  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • Defenestration
  • Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze
  • Mono Lake
  • Rustic Canyon's Murphy Ranch
  • Heart Rock Falls
  • Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • Camera Obscura & Holograph Collection
  • Victoria Beach's Pirate Tower
  • Santa's Village
  • Yoda Fountain
  • Wayfarers Chapel
  • Bob Baker Marionette Theater
  • Cabazon Dinosaurs
  • Garden of Fragrance
  • The Cat House
  • Fern Canyon
  • Wood Line
  • Mescaline Grove
  • Japanese Tea Garden
  • Bishop Tuff
  • Robo Lights
  • Land's End Octagon House
  • Monticello Dam Morning Glory Spillway
  • The Parrots of Telegraph Hill
  • Black Star Canyon
  • Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour
  • Fairy Post Office
  • Long Now Orrery
  • Castello di Amorosa
  • The Flower Fields
  • Gilroy Gardens
  • Snow White Cottages
  • Chapel of the Chimes
  • Vasquez Rocks
  • 24-Hour Sprinkles
  • Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens
  • Chandelier Tree
  • Fork in the Road
  • Devils Golf Course Landscape
  • Eureka Dunes
  • Suisun Bay Ghost Fleet
  • Crystal Cathedral
  • Venice of America Canals
  • Lotta's Fountain
  • The El Segundo Butterfly Preserve
  • Spadena House
  • Leroy King Carousel
  • House of Air
  • Lucia and Aristides Demetrios Wind Harp
  • Monopoly in the Park
  • Desert Christ Park
  • The Carson Mansion
  • Graffiti Waterfall

Monday, July 31, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in July

Here are the things that made me happy in July:
  • Going to my blocks' block party
  • Seeing Despicable Me 3 in theaters
  • Going to ukulele night a few times
  • Going to the local Farmer's Market
  • Seeing a little girl in a ladybug dress, with wings and an antennae headband
  • Getting my first Hollar.com order, for whom I won an e-gift card to
  • Seeing fireworks on the Fourth of July
  • Having a good bill of health this month
  • Not missing any work
  • Riding my bike to and from work each week
  • Seeing a fire hydrant painted to look like a Minion (yes, this made me happy!!)
  • Holding the local library's resident gerbils while their cage was being cleaned
Again, it's not much, but at least I had a few things to be happy about this month. And that's all that matters.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Things I Want to Add to My Life

I have been wanting to do more with my life, than just wasting my time doing nothing all day. I have started with getting a job 4 months ago.

Now, I want to have as good a life as I can make it.
  • More knitting and crocheting (I haven't worked on anything in a few years, and I really miss it!)
  • Alone time every day
  • 30 to 60 minutes of exercise every day
  • At least one healthy meal/food choice a day
  • Chats with friends twice a week
  • Doing something once or twice a month that brings me out of my shell (I am very shy, and introverted, and I would like to be more outgoing [on my terms], so hopefully I will be able to do this at some point)
  • More confidence in myself
  • Speaking up for myself more, when I want to say something
  • Acceptance of who I am (I am one of those people who doesn't really love themselves as much I should, and I want to change that)
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!