Looking at the List #7

78. Use up my tanning credits.

I am a pale, pale person. Normally I get some color during the summer, but last year I started working full time and got NO color whatsoever. Fast forward six months and I had a wedding, a formal, and cheerleading tryouts coming up and I looked like a very blonde ghost. I went to the local cancer box tanning salon and purchased I think something like ten sessions. I went once or twice before each event and then forgot about it for awhile. I went again during the summer, but I just haven’t found the time since. When I do go, I go to one of the less powerful beds and I don’t tan for very long. I actually find it super relaxing and kind of miss it! I’m not sure if I will buy another package, but I should at least finish what I bought!

80. Go ice skating.

Recently I made a goal to be more social and get out more. I get bored with just going out for drinks, so I started looking back on things I did before I was of legal drinking age – bowling, ice skating, and sporting events were how I spent many a weekend during high school! I haven’t gone ice skating in FOREVER…hopefully I can go this winter! Bonus points if it’s on a lake or outdoors!

84. Come up with a workout routine that works for me.

Last year I was in the best shape of my life. I had been going to the gym regularly. I got all these workout videos to get ready for cheerleading. I was able to run three miles in 21 minutes…I’m pretty sure that’s faster than I was able to drive to work this morning. So what happened? Cheerleading ended and I “took a break”. A long break. I mean, I still walk my dog daily, but I don’t go to the gym. The other day, I tried to do one of the workout videos, but Lilly just climbed all over me. Going to the gym doesn’t work because I feel bad leaving the dog at home. Working out in a traditional way at home doesn’t work because my dog is apparently morally against it. I need to find some creative way to get my exercise. Suggestions?

87. Properly recycle my old laptop.

Before I left for college, my dad’s siblings all got together and bought me my laptop as a graduation/birthday present. Unfortunately, that laptop didn’t survive too long, but Apple replaced it! That one did manage to make it all the way through grad school before finally succumbing peacefully refusing to turn on one day. By this time not only was my laptop WAY out of warranty, but it was so old that Apple wouldn’t even fix it. So I did what any sane, cash-strapped twenty-something would do and bought an iMac. The only problem is that I still have this dead laptop taking up precious storage space in my closet.

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Looking at the List #2

12. Find my bucket list from 2001.

In eight grade, I randomly decided to make a bucket list/scrapbook in one of my old Trapper Keepers. I really don’t know what prompted me to do it. If I recall correctly, there were two occasions that year where we had three snow days in a row. I think it’s safe to say that I might have done this out of boredom.

I can’t remember everything on that list…a few stand out. I wanted to learn a language. I’m not sure if I meant to master a language or just to learn how to say a few key phrases. But twelve years later (!) I know some Spanish and some ASL. That counts, right? I wanted to be a cheerleader. Done. I wanted to be in the newspaper. Julie and I were photographed walking to our busses the next winter. We were on the cover of the News Times. I wanted to visit all 50 states. I don’t think I’ve added too many states to that list since 2001.

I would love to find that list now and see what I wanted to do back then and if I’ve done any of it since. This is a task for the next time I head back to Connecticut!

13. Attend a national Delta Phi Epsilon event

Before I went to college, I never gave much thought to sororities. When I got to college, I swore up and down that I would never join one. And then I did. What happened? I tell people that I was lured into it…these girls I knew from work asked me to come over and make tote bags. Did I want to make a tote bag? Hell yeah, I wanted to make a tote bag! That was on Monday. The next thing I knew, it was Friday and I was nervously waiting in my room for some sorority girls to come knock on my door and change my world.

Early on in life, we’re taught not to stereotype people based on the color of their skin or the language they speak. Stereotypes are false, we are told. So then why is it we still believe in stereotyping people based on other reasons? It’s crazy to think that I crossed off ALL sororities just based off of what I had seen in the media and my interaction with a handful of sorority members from one particular sorority.

I truly enjoyed my sorority experience when I was in college and I managed to turn it into a career! When I was still in grad school, I was looking for ways to volunteer with my sorority as a national organization. Just recently, I became a chapter advisor for a chapter in Philadelphia. It’s been amazing meeting women that are from other chapters and already having something in common with them!

While I have been able to visit our IHQ in Philly, I have yet to go to an event sponsored by them! This past year, they held a Founders’ Day celebration, but it was while I was volunteering in Missouri. Next summer, they are hosting convention in DISNEY WORLD. Unfortunately, I do not think I am going to have the funds to make that trip. In 2017, our sorority is turning 100 and I’m sure they will do something big for that and I hope to be there!

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Some of my lovely family members including my big, my little, and her little!!

20. Attend Brick City

My undergrad didn’t have football and when I was a student, they didn’t make any big deal about any sort of homecoming celebration. Granted, when I started at RIT, there was barely any school spirit on campus. Things definitely changed (for the better) while I was there and now Brick City has turned into more of a homecoming celebration. Instead of football, our homecoming revolves around hockey.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to attend since graduating from RIT. When I first graduated, there were other events that I’d much rather go to. I still knew a lot of students so I would rather see them at sorority or music events. Now that I don’t know too many students, events that draw alum back are better so I can see more of my friends. Last year, Brick City was the same weekend as Albright’s homecoming, which I had to work for. This year, Brick City was the weekend BEFORE Albright’s homecoming, but I was on call since I have my big trip at the end of the month. Hopefully sometime before I’m 30 I can go enjoy a Brick City weekend!!

23. Put $30 in savings for each goal I accomplish

I’ve looked at other peoples’ lists for inspiration and a lot of people have a similar goal. Most that I’ve seen have been $5 or $10…but $30 just seemed better for me…not because I have tons of money rolling in or anything, but if I manage to do all 300, that’s $9000 saved. That seems like a great amount to roll into the next decade with. I don’t know what I’m going to use the money for…maybe a big trip as a celebration? Or maybe I’ll buy a home in my thirties or my first new car and I can use that money to go towards a down payment.