Summer Bucket List

Is it odd that I'm scheming about summer plans when summer is practically over? And the weekend college football kicks off? I think not. Let's just say, summer basically started for me on July 13 (the day after our wedding), so we've only had about six weeks of it by my calculations.

We've already had a few decently rainy days here, but I'm crossing my fingers we have about a month of nearly summer weather left around here.

In my scheming, this is what's on my to do list: 

  • Spend a day at the coast walking on the beach, eating seafood, living the slow live - Life on any body of water always seems slower, ya know?
  • Go camping - We've yet to even camp once this summer!
  • Back to Bend - Hike around Smith Rock, visit some new-to-us breweries, eat good food
  • Drive down to the Redwoods - Camp, sight see and run among the BIG trees
  • Afternoon spent wine tasting - We live within 25 minutes of several awesome wineries, but most weekend days, we're spent after a few hours of exercise. Napping somehow sounds better than wine drinking. 
I know a few of these will be fairly easy to tackle so here's to hoping we can squeeze them in. Now all we need is a few extra vacation days...

For your viewing pleasure, this may be the worst 'selfie' ever... P.S. I hate the word 'selfie.'

Too bright! Too bright! Prior to an easy run with the manfriend on Tuesday.

Back to School
After taking a little hiatus from school for my sanity's sake (wedding planning & a busy time at work), it's time to get back on the wagon! This term I'll be taking Anatomy & Physiology (the second of a three class series) and Chemistry (the first of three), while working about 31 hrs/wk. A&P will be from 6-9 pm on Mon and Wed nights, so wish me luck! I see lots of pb&j or larabar dinners in my future. 

The current plan is to take all the prerequisites for nutrition in order to apply for a nutrition and public health combined program. But my mind is always spinning. My dream would be to do some mix of personal training, health writing and nutrition planning for clients. How that all works, I don't know, but I'm taking baby steps. 

I also often wonder about staying in the marketing field and launching into the outdoor or athletic industries. While I enjoy marketing, I worry that if I forgo this opportunity to head back to school, I'll always wonder if I could have done it and how it would be. As a 'play it safe' girl, I'm sort of ready to head down the path unknown, even if it means I'll be shuffling my feet the whole way trying to determine what's around the next corner. 

One thing I know for sure is that doing the same thing doesn't bring about change. Kinda like running one pace all the time doesn't make you any faster...

Do you have any last summer bucket list wishes? What's your dream career or the one you always wonder if you would enjoy?


missris said…
I keep thinking I should go back to school (again) but I also really like my free time, and I'm definitely not one to take risks. So yeah, that's my latest conundrum :)
Leigh said…
I am so not ready for summer to be over yet! I missed three weeks of it (Europe trip), so it feels even shorter. I'd love to go for a hike in the mountains and do some bike rides. Have a great weekend!
I honestly feel like summer never arrived here in Charlotte. It's rained about 4 days a week and it's been rare to have a dry weekend so it's weird to me that it's labor day weekend. I think it's a great idea to do a bucket list. Better late than never, right? I hope summer stretches on (but isn't too hot for your long runs) so you can fit it all in.

I am not sure what my dream job would be. Honestly, I really really love my job right now; I just wish I could do it in Minneapolis. I guess my fantasy dream job would be to write a novel or a travel memoir set in Paris. Or a memoir period. I always thought my life wasn't interesting enough for a memoir, though, but this year has maybe changed my mind on that. ;)
Lindsey said…
We haven't gone camping either. So sad!

I want to go to the redwoods as well. I think I went when I was younger, but I would love to go back.

Enjoy your weekend!
Elizabeth said…
You can totally do all those! Heck you could do the camping in the Redwoods with a stop in Bend on the way down and come back up 101 all in one trip :) Looks like a great list lady and I hope you two get each item done! Good luck with your start back to school later this month and relish these next few weeks. Let's hope for some good weather still, as this early seeming fall is for the birds! :)
Amber said…
I love your summer bucket list! We usually have pretty good September weather *knock on wood* so I consider it kind of summer usually till the middle or end of the month.

I have NO clue what my dream job would be actually. I really really enjoy my current job but wish it had more opportunities for growth, especially when it comes to salary. I go back and forth between wanting a job I love but making average to low pay or having a job that I can tolerate (and also maybe one that doesn't come home with me) and getting paid really well so you then have more opportunity to do all the OTHER things in life (travel!)

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