102. Print out pictures that I’ve taken and display them.

I might be dating myself here, but some of my favorite days in middle school were the days after a field trip. Why the day after? Because everybody would have taken their rolls of film to get developed and a good portion of the day would be spent passing around those little envelopes filled with pictures. I remember spending HOURS organizing my photo album so my favorite pictures were all in there.

Unfortunately with the invention of Facebook, my favorite one hour photo place took a major hit. Instead of passing around a pile of pictures, now you could click through them while not paying attention during an Art History lecture. Now there are even MORE ways to share pictures. I swear, I have like eight different accounts just to see people’s pictures.

And then came Shutterfly. For those of you not familiar with Shutterfly, it’s a company that lets you upload and print pictures and photo gifts like mugs and calendars and cell phone cases. I’ve used them to print photos for YEARS, but I’ve also made photo books and Christmas cards. My two favorite things about the company is the frequency that they send me coupons and the ability to print to Target. I’ve gotten some AWESOME coupons since I’ve signed up as a Shutterfly member. I printed a photo book for last year’s Joplin trip and shortly after Christmas, they sent me a coupon for 101 free prints…hence this entry.

So with that coupon, I was able to print some pictures from the past few years. The next step was figuring out how to display them. I have quite a few pictures in frames in my living room, but with all the effort I spent hanging them, they’re not coming down until I move out. I wanted something cute, but also easy so I could change the pictures frequently…maybe that will encourage me to print more!

I wound up creating a display above my bed, as my bedroom didn’t have very much decoration. I’ve got some colored twine taped up with hair bows clipped at the end to disguise the tape. The pictures are clipped to the twine with clothes pins. Very Pinterest!

My newest picture display!!

My newest picture display!!

In other decorating news, I did attempt to fix the gallery wall in my living room, and the frame that holds my concert tickets promptly fell down. Again. I also thing I can do more with my bedroom. With as much as I’ve moved around, I always feel like once I have “finished” decorating, it’s time to packet it all up and move again!

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Looking at the List #1

So why do I want to do the things I want to do? I would love to say that each and every task on this list is deeply meaningful to me, but I’d be lying. Some of these are things that I just want to experience. For those that do have meaning (and a meaning I feel like sharing) I’ll post a little bit about it so y’all can get to know me better!

3. Host a brunch.

I’m weirdly obsessed with brunch. Who need to day drink in some grubby backyard when it’s socially acceptable to hit up a cute cafe with your girlfriends and enjoy unlimited mimosas? I recently went to an amazing brunch with my home friends and while it’s nice to not have to worry about cooking or clean up, I do prefer the more relaxed environment of someone’s home. I don’t have the space for it (yet) but someday I would love to host a brunch for my friends complete with cute decorations, yummy food, and plenty of champagne!

Brunch at the Frog Pond

Me at the Frog Pond in 2011

4. Go on a vacation with friends.

Probably the only perk of being an only child was that I got to take a friend or two on vacation with me when I was growing up. Those trips are some of my best memories…we cause quite a bit of mayhem all up and down the eastern seaboard. I was also lucky enough to go on several overnight trips during high school (being a “band geek” had its benefits). My senior year, we got to go to Disney World for an entire week.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to go on a trip like this since high school. Any trip I’ve had with friends since then has involved sleeping on someone’s couch. We haven’t had the money to take off work, buy plane tickets, or stay in hotels. Now that most of us have full time jobs with paid time off, it’s possible to plan a trip like this!

Annndddd the good news is I am! At the end of the month I’m going to Disney World with my big and my little! I can’t wait to cross something off my 300 list AND update everybody about the fun things we did!

5. Come up with 300 things I want to (and think I can) do!

This is pretty obvious…can’t have 300 before 30 without the 300. As of October first, I had made it just about to 100. I’ve been asking friends for suggestions and looking at other people’s lists to get ideas. I also am looking forward to getting suggestions from any random strangers that happen across this blog.

6. Move off campus.

When I was touring colleges in high school, the dorm tours were my FAVORITE. I enjoyed seeing how everybody decorated and arranged their rooms. I couldn’t wait to buy all sorts of cute matching shit from Target. In fact, I still enjoy seeing how my students decorate their rooms…but I’m not eighteen anymore…I want to live somewhere with a porch and a yard!

Living in an on-campus (and in-residence) apartment is one of the “benefits” of my job. It’s got its ups and downs (hence the quotation marks). The rent is cheap, the commute is great, and facilities was even able to wrestle up a spare dresser so I buy and put together another piece of Ikea furniture. So what are some of the negatives? Fire alarms at 2 am. Students around CONSTANTLY. The fact that my not being homeless COMPLETELY depends on my having THIS job. And at the end of the day, no matter how much I try to improve my apartment, it still feels very much like a dorm.

One of my ResLife friends recently moved to Indiana with her husband and kids and one of the things that I was most excited about for her was that she was moving from an on campus apartment to a cute little house! I know that I won’t be moving off campus any time soon, but I really hope I’m not celebrating my thirtieth birthday in an on campus apartment.

8. Go back to Quebec City.

I have two memories EVER of watching the Olympics. The more recent one was maybe the most recent Summer Olympics. I was in a bar and I happened to look up to see the results of some rowing competition, only to see the name of a kid from my hometown on TV. The other memory was from the Summer Olympics in 2004. My parents and I were in Quebec City and they left me alone in our hotel to go do something that I was most likely too young to take part in Being a moody teenager, I was completely okay with being left alone with just the TV…except that every channel was in French. So…I watched the Olympics in French.

Quebec City was BEAUTIFUL. North America isn’t exactly known for its historic settlements, but parts of Quebec City are OLD. When I visited, I was old enough to run around the city on my own, but too young to do any of the “fun” things and too poor to do any of the fun things. I’ve heard they have some unique activities in the winter, but since all of my friends and family hate the cold, it looks like this will have to be a warm weather trip.

My parents made a reservation here for one night as a birthday present to me!