And to start the season off right, I’ve come up with a whole list of fun stuff I want to do this summer.
Because how can you possibly make fun stuff even funner?
By putting all the fun stuff on a list so that you can cross off the fun stuff once you’ve done it! Because crossing stuff off lists is the FUNNEST, you guys!
My Summer Bucket List
1. Go to at least five summer festivals.
Michigan has a crazy amount of summer festivals. While I can’t hit them all, I feel I should be able to manage at least five of them. Preferably the ones named after vegetables. (I’m looking at you, National Asparagus Festival.)
2. Learn how to can some stuff.
I live in the Midwest now. I feel like I should know how to put vegetables in glass jars already.
3. Go camping. Like in a tent and stuff.
I haven’t camped in a tent since I was in college and I was dating a Canadian, and that’s just one of those things you end up doing when you’re dating a Canadian, you know?
Well, it turns out Michiganders are a lot like Canadians in that they really, REALLY like to camp. I feel like I need to sleep in a tent at least once this summer so I won’t be kicked out of the state.
4. Go on a wine and bike tour.
I’ve always wanted to go on one of those wine tours where you bike from winery to winery.
I mean, you get all sloshed on wine and then ride around on a bike.
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
5. Go on a brewery tour.
I’ve visited lots of breweries since moving to Michigan, but I have yet to go on a brewery tour.
I think I want to go on this one as it’s also a walking tour.
I mean, drinking beer and walking around town?
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
6. Do an overnight bike trip. Well, I wouldn’t bike overnight. Because that sounds dangerous. But I’d bike to somewhere and stay overnight and then bike back. Or get a ride back because my legs will want to kill me. Either way.
I just bought a bike the other week, you guys, and I’m SO TOTALLY GOING TO BE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO BIKES EVERYWHERE FOREVER AND EVER. Or at least until it snows.
I’ve already tested out a few bike paths in the area, but what I really want to do is take a really long bike ride this summer.
I’m thinking this one. It’s starts near my house and ends in South Haven. It’s just a little over thirty miles, which sounds like it’s just long enough that I will need to stay overnight before heading back because my legs will be all like, “Oh, HELL TO THE NO, we are not getting back on that bike again today. Or possibly ever. But definitely not today.”
7. Have a beach day.
I’ve never been much of a beach person. I burn easily, I don’t particularly enjoy sand, and I’m freaked out by open water.
But now that I live about an hour away from some really beautiful beaches, I feel the need to start being a beach person.
Or at least the need to be a beach person for one day.
But first I need to get myself a floppy hat and a bag full of trashy novels and one of those all-body swimsuits so I won’t get burned.
8. Go to the drive-in.
I’ve never ever been to a drive-in movie in my life.
I’m pretty sure this makes me the most deprived human being on the planet.
I need to fix this situation.
9. Make a pie.
Again, I live in the Midwest now. Shouldn’t I know how to make pies? I mean, I know how to EAT pies, but that’s different.
10. Go to a car race.
I’ve also never been to a car race in my life. I suspect this is because I don’t really care for cars all that much. Plus, I’m a wuss and will probably cry if someone gets in a crash.
But there’s a raceway in Kalamazoo, and I’ve been kind of curious to check it out. If only because I read on the website that the raceway has both a Beer Barn and an Ice Cream Shack. I just love it when establishments have the words “barn” or “shack” in their titles. What can I say? I’m classy like that.
11. Go to a Medieval festival or one of those old timey reenactment villages.
Because I’m nerdy like that.
12. Go to a county fair.
And eat all the fried food.
13. Pick my own blueberries or strawberries or whatever.
You know, how people go to farms and pick their own produce for fun? Well, I never really understood that. This is not my idea of a good time. This is not even my idea of good sense. I mean, why would I pay cash-money so I could work as a farmhand? How is that in any way logical?
But I think it’s about time that I try it. I mean, there has to be a reason why it’s popular, right? And not just because people are crazy and don’t know what fun is.
14. Go to a baseball game.
Not because I particularly like baseball. But because I want to eat this hamburger, which is being served at the local minor league games. It’s topped with pulled pork, coleslaw and macaroni and cheese and served between two bear claws.
I mean, it’s A HAMBURGER SERVED ON A BUN OF DONUTS. HOW IS THAT NOT THE BEST IDEA EVER?
15. Give myself a mani and pedi every week.
I’m usually pretty lazy when it comes to doing my nails. Plus, I’m really impatient, so the whole idea of waiting FIVE WHOLE MINUTES while my nails dry is kind of, pretty much impossible for me.
Usually I’ll slap some polish on my toes if I know I’m wearing sandals, but I hardly ever do anything at all with my fingernails.
But for the past two weeks I’ve made of point of doing my nails. I’ve really been enjoying having pretty, girly fingernails for once. And not my usual ragged lumberjack nails.
16. Pretend to be a fashion blogger for a post or two.
You know how sometimes I pretend to be a food blogger?
I also want to do a post or two where I pretend to be a fashion blogger. You know, I’ll get all dolled up in some outfit that I’d probably never wear in real life. Something with lots of accessories and clashing patterns. I may even wear a belt, which I’m pretty sure I haven’t done since the seventh grade.
And then I’ll take lots of pictures of myself. Preferably while I’m standing in an abandoned field or in front of a wall covered in graffiti.
Because WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
17. Go to some Meetup events.
You guys, making new friends as an adult person is HARD. Especially if you have a tendency to spend your Friday nights binge-watching Netflix and Instragramming pictures of your cat.
But yesterday I signed up for a couple different Meetup groups in my area and even RSVPed for my first event. I’m a little bit nervous, but I figure it has to be better than the last Meetup event I went to in Buffalo, where no one would talk to me or sit down at the same table as me.
It felt kind of like my first day of high school.
And I didn’t even know that was possible.
18. Learn how to make a fancy schmancy cocktail.
I’m not too fancy when it comes to booze. I usually just drink beer or cider.
Sometimes, I’ll drink wine when I’m feeling classy. And, up until a few weeks ago, I was drinking that wine out of plastic cups because I was too lazy and broke to buy wine glasses.
I think it’s time to switch things up a bit. I mean, it’s summer! Shouldn’t my drinks be filled with berries and mint leaves and the kind of alcohol you can’t buy at Walgreens? I’m thinking maybe something like this or this.
19. Have a cocktail party in my apartment. With other people. And not just my cat.
Of course, once I learn how to make my fancy schmancy cocktail, I’ll need to have a cocktail party.
Because cocktails are meant to be shared, right?
As opposed to beer and wine which can totally be hoarded.
20. Go for a dune hike.
I actually went for a dune hike last year in Indiana State Dunes Park and it was hot and buggy and really hard, and I don’t remember particularly enjoying myself.
And I read an article the other week about how dunes have started swallowing people. Which sounds like a total natural phenomenon. That is we lived on Mars or one of those made-up planets from Star Trek.
Despite all this, I’ve really been wanting to check out some of the dunes parks in Michigan. I especially want to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes, which I’ve heard is gorgeous and as far as I know hasn’t swallowed any humans.
But just in case, I’ll be sure to bring along someone who looks a lot tastier than me or at least a lot more swallow-able.
I mean, WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
(Please don’t answer that.)Do you have a summer bucket list? What on yours?