Bucket list

Summer Bucket List


Everyone says that the wedding planning is going to get crazy closer to the date. Our date is mid-September. It has felt very abstract and far away to me. I don’t know if it was just because it was a long engagement but it didn’t really feel “real.” It still feels too far away and it’s about 3 months away.

So far the wedding planning has been okay. There were a few minor blips (basically I got annoyed at how overpriced everything was) but overall it’s been pretty easy going. There were even several months this year that I had absolutely nothing to do wedding-planning-wise. I felt a little lost–like, Shouldn’t I be doing something right now?

I really don’t want my summer to turn into stressful, crazy, bridezilla crap. I’d like to enjoy the summer and have fun with Bella. Expose her to some new things. I’m sure that no matter how much I fight against the whole bridezilla stereotype, some of it is bound to creep in. I know nothing is perfect and things will go wrong–but that’s why we have a wedding coordinator! I’m hoping they can deal with the messes.

So this summer I’m going to focus on relaxing, doing some fun little day trips with Michael and Bella; I’ve booked some fun weekend events with friends; and I really want to try some new things! A few of the things on my summer bucket list are things I vow to do every summer and then never do. I don’t know why–I guess things just get busy.

Summer Bucket List

1. Going kayaking somewhere here in Portland. 

I did this for the first time last summer when I was visiting a friend in Seattle. We went down to Puget Sound and borrowed a friend’s kayak and set out! It was hard work but exhilarating and really wanted to try it again when I got home…and then didn’t. I see Groupon specials periodically for kayaking tours here in Portland and I’m going to do it!

2. Go fishing. 

My dad brought down my fishing pole from when I was a kid last summer. Talking to a friend of mine she suggested a few local places that stock fish and are fun to go to. It would be so much fun if I actually caught something!

3. See a Shakespeare play in the park (they are free!).

4. Go to a movie in the park (also free!).

5. Take a day trip to the beach so Bella can play in the sand again.

Taking Bella to the beach for my birthday this year was a BLAST! It was crazy fun to see her rolling around in the sand. I’d really like to go back when the weather is a little nicer and warmer! It’s nice that it’s just a 90 minute drive from Portland. We don’t go nearly often enough.


6. Run my first 5k in years!

I’ve been training for months. I’m really excited for the 5k race in July that I signed up for with my friend Robyn. It will feel really good to run a race after such a long break. I’m trying not to put high expectations on myself and allow myself to walk if I need to. It’s not really about racing or time anymore–it’s just about being able to DO IT.

7. Hang out at Kelley Point Park so Bella can learn how to swim!

We discovered this park last year and wondered why it took us so long to visit. It’s a great park–humongous–and with a sandy beach. I’m really really looking forward to picnics and dipping in the river on hot days!


I think my list will be a good distraction from wedding “to do” lists. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about the wedding. I’m just over the planning aspect! It’s been a lot of stuff. The next “big” thing I have to do is the invitations. They are all printed up and in a box awaiting addressing. The bridesmaids are coming over soon to help me address them. I’m actually really excited about that. I think it will be fun!

Do you have anything on your bucket list for this summer?

Thursday Confessions

I feel the urge to share more about my life after yesterday’s post. A blog is a funny thing…I’m in complete control of whatever I post and share with my readers. 95% of the time I stick to the topic: weight loss. But honestly there’s a lot more about me than just being “The Chick That Lost 110 Pounds.”

Here goes…

Confession: When I was about 24 years old I started the process to adopt a baby.


I was single, living on my own, had a good job and I’ve always wanted to have kids. I feel very strongly about adoption and I’ve always had the desire to adopt a baby or kid in need of love and stability. I had some money saved up and the company I worked for matched adoption costs up to about $7k I think?

I was going through the process to adopt, looking for babies, planning, reading every book I could find. I even made an appointment with an adoption agency to get started.

I was determined. It didn’t bother me that I would be doing it on my own. I had a good job, thought I could afford it, I had so much love to give…I sat down before my appointment and wrote down every cost I could imagine for adoption and monthly/daily child rearing.

I realized the responsible thing to do was wait until I had more money saved up. I was pretty sad that I didn’t do it but I think it was the right decision to make. Shortly after that I ended up adopting Fat Kitty (and a few months later, Maya).



Confession: I almost bought my own house.

When I was 25 I decided that I wanted to get out of apartment living and buy a house on my own. I had some savings, the housing market in Portland was AMAZING for buyers and I was determined to do it on my own. I house hunted and looked at about 30 different houses, making an offer on three different ones that fell through.

The last house that I made an offer on was the one I really wanted. I got my heart set on it. It was in NE Portland not too far from the college and public transportation. It was a nice neighborhood and near a park. The kitchen was brand new. There were some cosmetic fixes that needed to be done but it was basically move-in ready. The house was 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and an unfinished basement. Probably around 1,100 square feet. It was so cute (yellow with white trim) and listed at $90k. Can you imagine?

I made an offer. I went to Vegas for the first time for my birthday and got a message from my Realtor while I was out of town that I didn’t get it. A developer offered the SAME amount of money I offered ($95k) but in cash. So lame. It burned and soured me from wanting to keep looking. I decided to take a break from house hunting for a few months and never looked again. The market quickly changed and honestly it was a blessing in disguise. I don’t think I would have been able to pay for the house on my own now that I see what kind of house costs Michael has. It truly was a good thing I didn’t get it.

Another confession: I can get totally sucked into HOURS of “House Hunters.”


Confession: I probably won’t run a long race.


My goal after running Hood to Coast had been the Las Vegas Half Marathon. I had my sights on running The Strip. What an amazing experience that would be! I think my injury has shown me that I’m probably not a long distance runner. If I ever run races again I think I might be sticking with 5k or 8k distances. I’m disappointed but it might just be the way it is.


Confession: I wish I could REALLY cook.

I read a lot of foodie blogs. It started out just for fun, then it was because I wanted to try and teach myself how to cook meals. I read a few websites that are impressive. The recipes they do are advanced and complicated–too hard for me to attempt to be honest. I really wish I could though. One of my favorites to drool over is Salty Seattle. Her food looks like art!

My brother is the one with the cooking gene in our family. I’ve been picking his brain lately on different things to try.


Confession: If money was no issue, I’d go on a long vacation to either Tuscany or Napa Valley.

How romantic and relaxing would it be to wake up whenever I felt like it, with the sun shining into the window of a villa? Wine, cheese, good food, hiking…It sounds like heaven to me!


Confession: I think I’m ready for a puppy!




QUESTION: Want to confess something?