This Year in Bucket Lists…

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a great week. I know its been a minute since I’ve posted anything, and youre probablly waiting to hear how C2E2 went. Stay tuned to the end of this post to hear more on that.

A few weeks ago, I talked about some of my New Year’s Resolutions and the progress I’ve made with them. That got me thinking about something else I have consistently wanted to achieve, but never explicitly name a Resolution. I want to do more stuff. As ineloquent as that sounds, what I mean is I want to actually go out and do the “mundane” things I always seem to blow off. Because I have an overwhelming desire to conquer the big bucket list items, I constantly forget to live it up on the smaller scale. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a small list of places and events I want to attend this year in the hopes that I can make at least half of them reality.
Travel
Mt. Rushmore and Rushmore Caves
I have been to Mt. Rushmore a total of two times in my life, though one doesn’t count since I was so young I don’t remember it in the slightest. I have only been to the caves once as you will recall in Throwback Thursday #9, but it was a very memorable experience. This is a trip that could easily be completed over a three day weekend, or in a pinch could even be done in two. Mt. Rushmore, though a tremendous sight to behold, can be anywhere from a fifteen minute to three hour experience depending on how long you plan to marvel or what else you do while there. The caves, on the other hand, take about an hour to go through, if I recall correctly. Of course, being a South Dakota toddler myself, I can’t go to South Dakota without making a stop at Wall Drug. I think it might be a State Law. All of that can be completed in one (jam packed) afternoon if need be. On top of that, just walking in to see Mt. Rushmore is free and the cave tour is $16 a piece for adults. Tack on the price of a cheap hotel or Air B&B plus all of the fudge I would buy at Wall Drug, that is a very doable trip. I might aim for Labor Day Weekend with this one.

Nashville

Being a great lover of country music, this one has been on my bucket list for a long time. Sarah has friends who reside there, so boarding has the potential to be pretty cheap. Since Sarah has been there twice in the last year, I am fairly confident that I will spend much money elsewhere, however. Of course, the Country Music Hall of Fame is a must. But really, I want to spend most of my time going to dive bars and coffee shops, listening to up and coming artists. I’d also really love to just experience the rustic beauty that is Nashville. Hopefully this trip is a girl’s weekend that can take place in the next few months.

Chicago 

As you know, I just returned from C2E2 in Chicago. But I didn’t really get a chance to see Chicago. Though I did get my Chicago deep dish pizza. I really want to go to Navy Pier. I also NEED to see the bean. Don’t know why. Just do. Overall, I would just like to spend an entire day exploring Chicago, finding those hidden gems. Because my dad lives about two hours away, lodging would be free. However, gas to get to my dad’s and back is approximately $80. Still not too bad. It takes an hour to get to the train staion, which isn’t too much more in gas. At the train station, a weekend pass, permitting unlimited rides, is only $10 a person. So transportation will be relatively cheap. On the other hand, I plan on spending much money on food. This should be a pretty inexpensive trip that can be done over a three day weekend. Though I have been told the next time I come to Illinois, I have to spend a few days with the family. So this might be a half week long trip.

Concerts

Puddles Pity Party

If you know me, you know I have a deep rooted fear of clowns. However, I am so in love with Puddles. If you don’t know who he is, look him up. He did this amazing rendition of Royals with Postmodern Jukebox that I loved in college. Then last year he was on America’s Got Talent and blew my mind. He is coming to Omaha on June 9, and I already have tickets! I am so jazzed!

Halestorm 

I have seen them in concert once, as you will recall in my earlier posts, Yes, This Blog Is Still A Thing. I listened to them all the time in college. Lzzy Hale helped me get through quite a few broken hearts. The woman is a goddess, and if you don’t believe it, it’s because you’ve never seen her live. It is an unbelievable time. One I hope to relive when they come to Stir Cove on August 10.

Shows

Impractical Jokers

Again, if you read my last post, you know Adam and I love Impractical Jokers. Well they have a group called the Tenderloins, which is just the four guys doing stand up. I have seen one of their live shows when it was broadcast on TruTv and it looked hilarious. The show is May 18, so I’m hope that *cough cough* SOMEBODY *cough cough* GETS TICKETS *cough* FOR HIM AND I TO SEE THEM *cough cough cough* Cause that would be awesome.

Book of Mormon 

This musical is hilarious. I have been in love with the soundtrack for years. I’ve never been able to go see it, as tickets are always a bit pricey and I was always a broke college student whenever the show was anywhere near me. But seeing that the show is December 14 and 15, and someone’s twenty-sixth birthday is December 4, hopefully someone out there takes this not at all vague hint and buys me tickets for my birthday.

Comic Cons

Many wonderful things have happened to me since falling in love with that guy I date, not the least of which has been my unknown love for Comic Cons. I had zero interest before I started dating Adam, but now I can’t get enough. There are a few downsides however. Like how last night I was able to perfectly explain the first season of the Power Rangers and it’s correlation to the first movie without any help from Adam. What have I become?!

Wizard World

This one will be in Des Moines June 1-3. We have some friends that are moving to Des Moines very soon, so hopefully we can crash with them, making boarding free. If not, maybe we can convince our other friend to let us use his Hilton friends and family discount. Either way, boarding shouldn’t be too bad. As of right now, Jason David Frank (the green ranger) is the only celebrity that is really jumping out at us. (I think I unknowingly signed some kind of relationship agreement stating that anytime JDF is in our vicinity, we will go see him. The worst part is I’m actually excited to do that.) There are also a few actors from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, a show I loved in high school, and more guests will be announced soon. But I’m excited to actually go to some panels this time. We’re usually stuck in the autograph line all day.

Colorado Springs Comic Con

This could also double as one of our out of state trips. This is going to be a big one, so it’s good that it’s at the end of August so I can save up. Of course, JDF will be at this one as well. Also in attendance will be several cast members from the Walking Dead, Rita from Dexter, Lou Ferrigno, and Joey Fatone. There will also be several tattoo artists, I think, giving people tattoos. I joked with Adam that he should have JDF sign his body then get that signature tattooed on. I am now afraid that he might actually do this. Because this event is in Colorado, we will have to spend money on a hotel. We are thinking about trying to get a room at the Marriott, as there will be an after party there that we really want to go to. This one could shape up to be a pricy one, but totally worth it.

And there you have it. So much stuff to be done, and hopefully I’m the one to do it. If I succeed in accomplishing this whole list, this could be a very memorable year. Of course, you know I’ll keep you updated on this progress.

In the meantime, I hope to have my vlog video about our C2E2 experience done this weekend. My computer has decided to stop working, so I have to borrow one. But it is on its way. Also in the works once I have more readily available access to a working computer, I hope to do weekly vlogs chronicling my daily life. But as I said, I am unsure when those will come. Until then, I hope everyone is looking for those opportunities to “Do more stuff” and make life a little more interesting. Have a good one guys!

 

 

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