Saturday, July 28, 2012

My Summer Bucket List

Back in May, I read a blog by Jason Kotecky at  where he made a summer bucket list.  Here's what Jason came up with:

I decided I needed a summer bucket list, too, so the summer doesn't slip away without my doing anything DIFFERENT from the norm.  Mine wasn't nearly as artistic as Jason's, but it'll do:

1 park concert
1 live theater performance (inside a theater)
Shakespeare in the Park (Noblesville)
1 free outdoor classic movie
Fireworks – Noblesville?   Indy?  Cicero (over the lake)?
Indianapolis City Market farmers market day (Wednesdays)
Noblesville farmers market (Saturday)
Westfield farmers market
Carmel farmers market
Visit 3 state parks (choir retreat doesn’t count)
1 camping trip
1 overnight backpack trip
Use my camp dutch oven 1 time
Use the grill 1 time
Sit on the porch 1 time/week
Sit on the patio 1 time/week
Visit the State Museum
Go to the State Fair
Go to 1 garage sale
Go to the Strawtown flea market 1 time
Art on the Square (Noblesville)
Visit an antique shop
See all 46 of the Indianapolis murals painted for the Super Bowl
Go to a festival in a different town (Elwood glass festival, Tipton pork festival, etc.)

Hmmm...  Quite a long list - somewhat ambitious.  Let's see what I've done so far.

I went to my first outdoor classic movie last night - The Awful Truth starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunn.  What a hoot!  I'm looking forward to more.

I haven't been to the farmers market here yet, but I've been to the one at the Indianapolis City Market four times.  I've bought kale, tomatoes, bakery goods, and a crock pot curry lentil mix.  And of course, it's always a great place to eat lunch, even when it's not market day.  I've visited the Carmel farmers market, but not Westfield's or Fishers'.

I'm sitting on my porch right now, and I've become a fixture out here on the days it's been nice enough (that means when it's not a hundred and four degrees).  This weekend has been perfect porch and patio weather.  I've been out on the patio, too, but not as much as the porch.

I've seen several of the Super Bowl murals.  There are ten on the canal in downtown Indianapolis near my office, so I've seen those, plus a few more.  Here's the website:

There are maps and pictures and all kinds of information about the murals.  This is one of my favorites.

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I had planned on going to a fireworks show, but Cicero's was cancelled because of the dry conditions, I didn't feel like driving all the way to downtown Indianapolis, and it was so hot, I couldn't stand the thought of sitting outside in the heat for the Noblesville show, so I went to bed instead.  I actually HEARD the Noblesville fireworks while I was lying there.  Kind of cozy- like lying in bed during a thunderstorm.

I haven't been able to use my grill or dutch oven because of the burn ban here.

Shakespeare in the park started last night.  I'm planning to go Thursday or Friday.

Art on the Square and the State Fair are in a couple of weeks, and there are lots of free movies and concerts in the parks still to come.  The farmers markets mostly run through October.  Plenty of time!

Then there's a camping trip and visiting some state parks.  Hmmmm...  If you read the previous blog post, you'll know how THAT worked out.

All in all, I think I've done well enough with my list.  Not spectacularly, but the goal isn't to do EVERYTHING on the list, but to CONSIDER everything on the list, and actually DO some of them.

What's on YOUR bucket list?

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