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 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!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My Arkansas Bucket List

Things I want to do in Arkansas:
  • Hot Springs National Park
  • Little Rock
  • Little Rock Zoo
  • Christ of the Ozarks
  • Park Indian Mound
  • Hemmed-In-Hollow Falls
  • Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Blanchard Springs Caverns
  • Eureka Springs
  • Bella Vista
  • Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo
  • Arkansas State Fair
  • Bathhouse Row
  • Crater of Diamonds State Park
  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  • Garvan Woodland Gardens
  • Thorncrown Chapel
  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
  • St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church
  • Anthony Chapel
  • Beaver Lake
  • The Old Mill
  • Grand Promenade
  • Hot Springs Mountain
  • William J. Clinton Presidential Library
  • Old State House Museum
  • Johnny Cash House
  • Lakeport Plantation
  • Powhatan Historic State Park
  • Jacksonport State Park
  • Parker Pioneer Homestead
  • McCollum Chidester House
  • Monster Mart
  • Pillow Thompson House
  • Holiday Springs Water Park
  • Mammoth Spring State Park
  • Ozark Mountains
  • The Great Passion Play Theme Park
  • New Holy Land Tour
  • Boggy Creek Monster

Monday, July 24, 2017

Words That Define My Personality

There are a few different sides to me, and differnt situations will bring out different sides of me.

The words that describe my personality are:
  • Introverted
  • Shy (this is me a lot of the time)
  • Quiet (this is also me a lot of the time, especially in situations I haven't experienced before, or ones that I don't know what to expect, or with people I don't know/am not friends with)
  • Loving
  • Curious
  • Sensitive
  • Empathetic
  • Word lover
  • Awkward
  • Fun-loving
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, July 21, 2017

My Florida Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Florida:
  • Disney World
  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Discovery Cove
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  • Jungle Island
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Jungle Queen Riverboat
  • Sunken Gardens
  • Lowry Park Zoo
  • Bonnet House
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Seacrest Wolf Preserve
  • Key West Aquarium
  • Antique Car Museum
  • Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
  • Fun Spot America
  • Key West Lighthouse
  • Freefalling at iFLY
  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
  • Black Raven Pirate Ship
  • Dolphin Encounter Tour
  • Daytona Beach Bandshell
  • Dali Museum
  • Flagler College
  • Orlando Eye
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Everglades
  • Swim with Manatees
  • Cocoa Beach Pier
  • Juniper Springs Run
  • See white pelicans
  • Bike the Withlacoochee Trail
  • Float down the Ichetucknee River
  • Sea Turtle Walk
  • Reptile Discovery Center
  • Surfing lessons

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My Arizona Bucket List

Things I want to do in Arizona:
  • Desert Botanical Garden
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Old Tucson Studios
  • Monument Valley
  • Heard Museum
  • Arizona Science Center
  • Oak Creek Canyon
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Biosphere 2
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Red Rock State Park
  • San Xavier del Bac
  • Phoenix Zoo
  • Phoenix
  • South Mountain Park
  • Slide Rock State Park
  • Grand Canyon/Grand Canyon Skywalk
  • Camelback Mountain
  • Lost Dutchman State Park
  • Havasu Falls
  • Lowell Observatory
  • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • Cathedral Rock
  • Chapel of the Holy Cross
  • Reid Park Zoo
  • Lake Powell
  • Lake Mead
  • The Wave
  • Glen Canyon Dam
  • Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
  • Kartchner Caverns State Park
  • Bearizona Wildlife Park
  • Wildlife World Zoo
  • Out of Africa Wildlife Park
  • London Bridge
  • Flagstaff
  • Hoover Dam
  • Sedona
  • Canyon De Chelly National Monument
  • Lake Mohave
  • Tumacacori National Historical Park
  • Scottsdale
  • Taliesin West
  • Heritage Square
  • Phoenix Art Museum
  • Hall of Flame Fire Fighting Museum
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Meteor Crater
  • The Domes
  • Flinstones Bedrock City
  • "Fireflies" The Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room
  • Eliphante
  • Mystery Castle
  • Coconino Lava River Cave
  • Santa Claus, Arizona
  • Titan Missile Museum
  • Roden Crater
  • Valley of the Moon
  • Arcosanti
  • Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
  • Two Guns
  • Case Grande Ruins
  • Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In
  • Walnut Canyon
  • Abandoned Jerome Post Office
  • Oatman Ghost Town
  • Wupatki National Monument
  • Gallery in the Sun
  • Large Binocular Telescope
  • Tonto Natural Bridge
  • Chloride Ghost Town
  • The Bird Cage Theater
  • Jack Rabbit Trading Post
  • Rose Tree Museum
  • Area 66
  • The Superstition Mountain Museum
  • Yuma Territorial Prison
  • Hackberry General Store
  • Her Secret Is Patience
  • Humphreys Peak
  • Diamondback Gridge
  • McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
  • University of Arizona Mathematical Models Collection
  • Abandoned Longhorn Grill
  • Jerome's Sliding Jail
  • Twin Arros Trading Post Ruins
  • Wupatki Spirit Totem
  • Tumbleweed Christmas Tree

Monday, July 17, 2017

Things I Am Grateful For

There are many, many things most people take for granted, but if we slow down and think a bit, we have so much to be grateful for. Especially this day in age.

Here are the things I am very grateful for.
  • First and foremost, my life
  • My family
  • My friends
  • Access to an education
  • Access to medicine and medical care
  • Access to a library
  • Access to many different resources (books, electronics, CDs, etc.)
  • Access to fresh, clean water
  • My job
  • My cats
  • A house to live in
  • Having clothes, shoes to wear
  • Living within walking distance of shops, restaurants, etc.
  • My bike
  • A bed to sleep in
  • Having my own bedroom
  • Blogs and other outlets that let me express myself (I am a very shy person, so actually speaking really scares me; writing/blogging/etc. really lets me get all the thoughts, emotions, and ideas out)
  • Having a roof over my head
  • Access to fresh food
  • Air conditiong/central air and heating
  • Transportation
  • Painting/drawing supplies
  • Those who are willing to give up their freedom (and sometimes their lives) for my freedom and life, and so that I can live the life that I want
  • Having my mom in my life for as long as I did
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Alaska Bucket List

Here is my Alaska bucket list.

  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Mendenhall Glacier
  • Anchorage Museum
  • Denali
  • Anchorage
  • Juneau
  • Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Alaska Zoo
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Chugach State Park
  • Tongass National Forest
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
  • Totem Bight State Historic Park
  • Kincaid Park
  • Chilkoot Trail
  • Alaska Botanical Garden
  • Flattop Mountain
  • Hatcher Pass
  • Wonder Park
  • Exit Glacier
  • Brooks Falls
  • Eagle River Nature Center
  • Beluga Point Site
  • Stampede Trail
  • Great Alaskan Lumber Jack Show
  • Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure
  • Thunderbird Falls
  • Whale watching
  • Dog sledding
  • White Pass & Yukon Route Railway
  • Kroschel Films Wildlife Center
  • Kodiak Laboratory Aquarium & Touch Tank
  • Running Reindeer Ranch
  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Jewell Gardens
  • Santa Claus House, North Pole, Alaska
  • Pioneer Park
  • Chena River
  • Aurora Borealis
  • Katmai National Park
  • The Inside Passage
  • Fairbanks
  • Riverboat Discovery
  • Glow Putt Mini Golf
  • Innoko National Wildlife Reserve
  • Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge
  • Alaska Bird Observatory
  • Alaska Horse Adventures
  • Alaska Canopy Adventures
  • Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center
  • The Imaginarium
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Bear Creek Cabins

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dream Jobs

I have quite a few jobs that I would love to have, although some of them I'm not sure if I have what it takes to work in that field.

But it doesn't hurt to dream (that's why these are dream jobs, right?!)!!!
  • Baker/bakery owner
  • Author
  • Special education teacher or teacher's aide
  • Voice-over actor
  • Farmer
  • Seamstress
  • Graphic Designer
  • Astronomer
  • Photographer
  • Chocolatier
  • Animal shelter worker
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

My Alabama Bucket List

I know I have other posts on things I want to do, but I have decided to bucket lists on what I would like to do in each state.

I  will start with Alabama here, and go from there.
  • Birmingham Zoo
  • Battleship Memorial Park
  • United States Space Camp
  • Noccalula Falls Park
  • Birmingham Civil Rigts Institute
  • Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
  • Birmingham
  • Montgomery
  • Walk across Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma
  • Cathedral Caverns
  • Civil Rights Memorial
  • Ave Maria Grotto
  • Tour Battleship USS Alabama
  • Zip Trip at Red Mountain Park
  • Watch the community theater version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Monroeville
  • Go to the top of Mt. Cheaha
  • Little River Canyon National Preserve
  • View the landscape from the observation deck at Vulcan
  • Watch the sun set on Dauphin Island
  • S'mores from SpringHouse Restaurant
  • Cammie's Old Dutch Ice Cream Shop
  • Lobster roll at Rollin' Lobstah
  • Chili dog at Mrs. Story's Dairy Bar
  • Watermelon margarita from Taco Mama
  • Turkey sandwich at Bates House of Turkey
  • Upside-down banana split from Kreme Delite
  • Lobster mac and cheese at R. Davidson Steakhouse
  • The Harvey Milkshake at Palace Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop
  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • Chewalca State Park
  • Big Spring Park
  • Rickwood Caverns State Park
  • Montgomery Zoo
  • Tuskegee National Forest
  • Cheaha Mountain
  • Dismals Canyon
  • Russell Cave
  • First White House of the Confederacy
  • Gulf Coast Beaches
  • McWane Science Center
  • Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • The Bama Belle
  • Cold Mil Fleet Dolphin Cruises
  • Mobile Carnival Museum
  • Museum of George Washington
  • Southern Environmental Museum

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Ways I'm a Leader

To be honest, I do not consider myself a leader at all.

I am painfully shy and introverted, I do not like being around a lot of people, I have a hard time speaking up...

Yeah, I prefer not having a lead in discusions and all that.

Maybe one day I'll be able to feel comfortable in a leadership position, but as of now, I am fine with other people leading things.

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

(Sorry this is so short; I didn't really have much to say on this topic. Ironic, isn't it?)