#21. Rock a Red Lip

I will admit, I was a little hesitant about doing this. I’m not one to wear a lot of makeup, and certainly not one to make bold statements with makeup. So, as I searched for some red lipstick to put on for going out to run some errands, I realized I didn’t own any…and neither did my mom. The best I could find was a dark red lip gloss. It was good enough for me, and much bolder than anything I’d usually wear. I slicked it on and was ready to rock the red lip. Mom and I were out running errands, and while we were out we decided to do something I had just discovered and was excited to do (call me a dork if you want).

Dropping off the very first book while wearing the red lip gloss

I was ready to release a book into the wild. The night before I had stumbled upon (thank you http://www.stumbleupon.com) the bookcrossing website. It’s a website where users put labels inside of gently used books and either “release them into the wild” or do a “controlled release”. I did both. A wild release is when you place a book in a spot where some random stranger might find it and hopefully will pick it up, read it, track its journey and pass it on to someone else. A controlled release is when you give the book to a specific person. Since I love reading so much, and the idea of a stranger finding a book someplace odd and finding out about this, I figured I had to do it. Wearing my red lip gloss, Mom and I placed 5 books all around my town. Hopefully someone will follow the steps and I’ll get to see my book travel! Anyway, as we were placing one book in a Sally Beauty Supply store we saw a row of small tubes of lipstick for only 99 cents.

Rocking a red lip (even though its hard to tell) and dropping off one of the last books!

It must have been a sign. Of course we picked out the brightest red, and this time I realized that I was REALLY rocking a red lip. Let’s just say, I think I rocked it pretty hard…both times. :) And for more information about bookcrossing, check out the website at http://www.bookcrossing.com.

p.s. I realized you really can’t tell what color my lips are in either picture. But, they pretty much matched my shirt in each picture. So, I’d say the second color was a tad bit more obnoxious…

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Coming to an end of the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer

Well, the end of summer is approaching and as all of the teachers and kids know…this means the dreaded time of going back to school. With the lazy days of summer coming to an end, I figured I better work extra hard to use up all the time I have to cross some items off my list. The things I’m currently working towards/on are as follows:

-Read Gandhi’s biography (Rather boring right now, but since he is my idol I feel like its well worth my time.)

-Make high school scrapbook (This is more of a laundry list item. I hate scrapbooking, but this would be meaningful once its finished.)

-Rock a red lip

-Attend a GOOD concert (Foster the People in September…? or maybe Jason Mraz in September…?)

-Try brow threading

-Don’t eat for 24 hours

-Go a weekend without technology (no phone, tv or computer)

I’m thinking I won’t be able to fit all of these in in the next three weeks. But, anything is possible. I’ll try my hardest!

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Update on tie-dye

 

Colorful masterpiece

I was very pleasantly surprised with my tie-dye. Not to brag or anything (OK, maybe just a little) but this is the best I’ve ever done. Usually it seems that when I wash my tie-dye it fades the colors, but my sheets are still bright, colorful and looking pretty good! Let’s just say…it was for sure worth having dyed hands to have sheets that look like this.

All of the tie-dye

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#30. Tie-dye a set of sheets

I’ve tie-dyed before and I always love it. There is something calming about saturating cloth with dye and watching the colors mix together. And then the anticipation of waiting to see how it will actually look once you take the rubber bands off and unfold it. I’ve only ever done t-shirts before, and I figured it was time to move up into the big leagues and tie-dye a set of sheets. As you can imagine, this was a fairly messy process that needed lots and lots of dye. Along with two of my friends, Drew and Alex, we set off to make a masterpiece out of dye and white cloth. They both dyed t-shirts while I twirled my sheets into spirals, rubber banded them off and squirted the dye right on there. I’ve learned with tie-dye that you can’t over think it. Otherwise it’ll suck all the fun out of it. We had the three primary colors (red, blue and yellow) to dye with so they would mix and create orange, purple and green. Alex was the only smart one out of the three of us and decided to wear gloves. I’d definitely recommend this to any future tie-dyers. Me and Drew thought gloves would get in the way so we refused to wear them, oh how sorry we’d be. Our hands got completely dyed and it would not wash off. We had to google ways to get dye to come off your hands. Currently, my hands are looking clean, but my nails are still looking pretty nasty because the dye won’t come off.

Dyed hands!

Anyway, after our hands were stained and all the dye was squeezed on, the t-shirts and sheets were a colorful piece of art. I’m doing the hardest part now, waiting for it to dry some before I snap off the rubber bands and unwrap them to see how they look. Once I finally get to see them, then I’ll be sure to update this post with the final creation. Let’s hope it looks amazing, and was worth having dyed hands for 2 days!

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#14. Sleep under the stars

After comparing bucket lists with one of my friends, Natalie, we decided since we both had sleeping under the stars on the list to cross it off. The next day I invited over three of my close friends, Carmen, Natalie and Drew. The weather looked like it was going to be great for us, until around 5:00 in the evening. There was a huge thunderstorm with torrential downpour and it looked like we weren’t going to be able to sleep under the stars after all. However, we were determined. Drew and Natalie hadn’t gotten to my house yet, so Carmen and I went outside in the wet grass and humid air to lay down a tarp to sleep on top of, and set up a tent…just in case. Everything was set, now we were just waiting for our friends, and for it to get dark. Everyone arrived and we hung out inside for a while to avoid the humid, sticky air. But, at 11:00 we trooped outside and laid down our sleeping bags and pillows on the tarp. We were settling in and talking when, to my surprise, I saw a shooting star. I was so happy to see one and immediately pointed it out to everyone else, although no one else did see it. I guess it was my treasure for the night. Anyway, the bugs were surprisingly not so bad, although that may have had to do with the bug spray we drenched ourselves in. Carmen even gagged and choked on the smell. I went into this expecting the worse, but was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t get much sleep, but I knew I wouldn’t laying on the hard, bumpy ground. To keep me from getting bored while I laid awake, my lovely cat, Phillip, curled up on my sleeping bag right by my feet and kept me company all night long. As I closed my eyes and tried falling asleep I kept thinking about how peaceful it was outside. With the sound of crickets, bugs and the occasional bird and train lulling me to sleep, my close friends and cat all helping me cross an item off my list and the vast dark sky pock-marked with sparkling stars, I couldn’t help but feel immensely happy to cross this item off.

My only advice would be to know that you are going to wake up feeling like you just got out of the shower. Our sleeping bags and pillows were soaked from the morning dew, and our hair was frizzy and bushy. Everything got wet from the dew, but as long as you expect that and air everything out to dry, it isn’t that big of a deal at all. Just quite a surprise to wake up soaking wet.

What has been the most rewarding thing you’ve crossed off of your bucket list? Or the time when you felt your happiest?

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The dreaded essays

Ever since my brother first went off to college when I was only in 5th grade, I’ve been ready to go myself. It seems like it’s been centuries I’ve been waiting to go off to college and finally escape the awful high school years. However, in order to get there, that means I’m going to have to fill out those long put off, procrastinated-until-the-last-minute forms. College applications. I realize that I still have a long time to do them, since it is still summer and I won’t be going off to college until next fall. But, since I’m so excited I started on them as soon as I could. I’ve already submitted one and I’m working on two others. The problem is, I do NOT want to do those pesky essays. I wrote one that I thought might be able to fit for all of the applications, until I found out that the other applications had topics I had to follow. This meant, to my disgust, that I still had FOUR more essays to write. Two for each college. I’m not complaining about writing, I actually like writing (hence the blog). But, I guess the pressure of these essays is getting to me and giving me writer’s block. I can’t seem to think of a good enough topic to write about. Or for that matter, even a way to start off my essays. I’m struggling, big time. So, as I write this I’m mainly just procrastinating even longer. I know I have time to do them, but I’m not the type to just sit around and let stuff wait. I like to get it done right away. Hopefully I’ll soon be able to just sit down and write all four essays and have them be perfect. Otherwise, I don’t know what I’m going to do to keep procrastinating!

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#39. Make my own pair of jean cut off shorts

Well, I did it. I embraced my inner hippie and made my own cut off jean shorts. It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be. However, I did learn my lesson. Jean shorts are not the best when they are made out of skinny jeans. They aren’t the most flattering as shorts, but the goal wasn’t to make great cut offs, it was just to make them. And I can successfully say…they have been made! They need to go through the wash a few times to get that frayed/destroyed look instead of just freshly (unevenly) cut. I have hope that they may end up looking better once they are frayed looking and stretch out some. But, we’ll see. On a different note, my birthday is tomorrow and in honor of it, I’ll be crossing off another bucket list item. Any ideas of what it should be? Preferably something that can be done in a day because I doubt I’ll have the time or money to do anything big last-minute. I’m considering sleeping under the stars tomorrow night in celebration of my birthday. But, other of my bucket list ideas are welcome too! Let me know how you think I should celebrate, and what you think of my shorts!

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