[FINISHED!] Do 100 Fun Things this Summer (#76-100)

Well, I did it.  I was sweating the very last week (the first official day of Fall was Sunday, September 22nd), and I still had 13 or so things to do before the deadline.  And after I crossed the finish line, I promptly got sick with some sort of stomach/cold bug.  Gee, I wonder why?  At the end of the list I’ll share how I felt doing this project.

76) Dinner with Geoff and Karen.

Popcorn

77) Hubby’s homemade old fashioned popcorn for movie night.

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78) The return of Portlandia.

Off the Grid

79) Off the Grid San Francisco and Humphry Slocombe ice cream with these fine friends.

80) Helped make a fancy Beef Wellington dinner for friends.

81) Went to dinner at the “Hauf” with the Boyd’s.

82) Lunch with longtime friend Debbie (who I hadn’t seen in almost 2 years)

83) Lunch with Miss Kammy!

84) Amazing meal at the Firebird.

85) Nana’s welcome home luncheon.

86) Shopping for craft supplies – actually looking around for inspiration rather than just in and out for what I need.

87) Visit with my new neighbor Linda, touring her home and talking interior design.

Movies

88) Went to the movies by myself for the first time in my life – and in the middle of the day no less.

89) Paid for a senior citizen behind me at the movies.

Mail

90) Sent some treats to people I love.

91) September’s BUNCO.

92) Meeting Annie’s family and laughing so hard at her story of giving her husband directions when he got home so that he wouldn’t mess the house.  “You can take a shower, but don’t touch the towels, the floor, the doorknobs….”

 

Kenny

93) My friend Kenny grooving and singing “Ebony and Ivory” for me during a Skype meeting.

Gratitude

94) Starting to write what I’m grateful every day and to be able to see how my week is progressing.  (Thanks, CoCo!)

Triathalon

95) Watching my husband and his team compete in a triathlon.

Restaurant

96) Finding a new location for a fabulous Mexican restaurant my husband and I used to frequent in our first neighborhood after we got married and thinking it was long gone.  And it still being as good as I remembered.

Mad Men marathon

97) Mad Men marathon. 

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98) Hubby’s birthday celebration #1.

Hubby bday 2

99) Hubby’s birthday SECOND birthday celebration.

Art

100) Crafting:  painting art for my bedroom.

What I learned from this project:

Well, I just looked back at the entire list of 100 fun things, and I’m a little teary.  Or maybe I had to step away and honk into a tissue because I was a lot teary.  I’m not telling which.

This project was one of the most important things I’ve done for myself in probably…well, this will sound dramatic….my whole life.  I learned so much, but the biggest thing I learned was:  PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER, SISTER.

Some days I had to have very intense talks with myself about following through on fun things I had planned.  But I did them, loved them, and am so glad that I pushed through.

I learned that you have to make your own fun.  And that it’s all around you, and it doesn’t have to big or showy or exhausting.

I didn’t set a list of things I was going to do for fun – I just looked around, or people wanted to be a part of it and would offer up something fun, or I would be sitting in an ordinary moment and realize all of a sudden:  I am having fun.

Such a difference from last summer.  And probably the last 10 summers. 

So many experiences changed my world this summer:

  • I reached out and made friends, walking into situations where I didn’t know a soul, and I made SO many friends in my neighborhood – two of whom I really, REALLY clicked with.
  • I checked a few things off my “bucket list”.
  • I started a new hobby of crafting – something I thought I would NEVER do or have a talent for, and I can’t tell you how therapeutic it was for me.
  • I found a church home which has elevated my restless spiritual life in such a peaceful and fun way.
  • I found a passion for garage sale and thrifting, who knew.
  • I laughed more.  I goofed off.  I wasn’t afraid to be silly.  I got my spirit back.
  • I found the bravery I needed to get the help I need through some real struggles.

It was the best summer of my life.

I will continue looking for the fun in every day, and I hope you will, too.  xoxo

 

 

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Do 100 Fun Things this Summer (#61-75)

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61) Spent the day in San Francisco on a guided tour.  Farmer’s market, Ferry ride complete with a Bloody Mary, lunch in Sausalito, Cable Car Museum, St. Grace Cathedral, Lombard Street, much more on the tour, and dinner near the water.

62) Paid for a fabulous meal with a gift card.

Finished collage

63) Crafting:  Decoupaged collage of all the TV shows hubby and I have enjoyed over the years.

64) Lunch with CEM  (HI, CEM! xoxoxo)

Flutes

65) My first stab at thrifting!  My friend Hoss gifted me three thrifted champagne flutes that he used for my birthday dinner party, and that inspired me to start collecting champagne flutes from thrift stores!  I love the thought that these glasses hold lots of special memories and celebrations and happy moments – and they’ll all be in my house!

Howard Jones

66) 80’s concert with Stacey and Rob.  My boyfriend Howard Jones, Men Without Hats, Berlin and Andy Bell of Erasure.  VIP seats!  Best night of the summer so far.

BB2

67) Husband baking cookies for me and my Sunday night “Breaking Bad” viewing party!

68) My cousin Theresa over for a casual weeknight dinner – made her meatloaf with roasted tomatoes, rice, chopped salad and apple crisp with ice cream for dessert.

Craft room

69) Creating a space just for crafting.  This used to be my office, but I changed out all the drawers below the desk with crafting supplies, changed my inspiration board to projects I’d like to work on, and am using the white boards to keep track of projects, gift making deadlines, etc.  I LOVE it!

70) Lunch with my friend Jennie, sitting outside.

71) Dinner, margaritas and a movie with my friend Annie.  (HI, Annie!)

Bedding

72) Acquiring the bedding I’ve wanted forever at a super great discount and paid for with a generous gift card!  I love, love, love all of the embroidery.

Cookware

73) Also finding the Martha Stewart RED cookware I’ve wanted for ions nearly half-off!  It was destiny!

74) Driving around town with the sunroof open, driving through fancy neighborhoods, a pit stop for ice cream.

Annoyed

75) Book club!  In which my dog made me laugh so hard as she squeezed into her favorite place to sit, not regarding one bit that there was an actual human in it, and looking “put out” by it all!

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Tell me what you’ve been doing for fun this summer, please and thank you.

Do 100 Fun Things this Summer (#51-60)

L&S

51) Laverne and Shirley marathon

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52) Crafting:  first decoupage project, a hosting gift for friends who cooked me an amazing dinner.

53) Birthday lunch and pedicure with my sister-in-law and niece

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54) Great friends celebrating with me on my birthday by making a fabulous dinner! (One of the most special nights of my life!)

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55) A Friday night, cooking for one, blasting great music and making a delicious one pot meal

56) Initiating Champagne & Chocolate Fridays

57) Getting to know my new friend Annie with a long and fun talk

BB

58) Starting 8 weeks of the final season of Breaking Bad with the tradition of dinner and viewing with the Romero’s

sleep

59) Slept in on a week day – LIKE A BOSS!

60) August bunco!

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Do 100 Fun Things this Summer (#41-50)

Seinfeld

41)  Played the Seinfeld trivia game (and kicked butt).

42)  Spent a Saturday with my sister-in-law and Goddaughters – sushi, Despicable Me 2 (we saw #1 together), crafting.

Ribs

43)  Ludy’s ribs.

Aloha

44)  All day Board strategy session, aloha style.

Lulu

45)  Dinner with Lulu and her parents.

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46)  Crafting:  Owls

Flowers in kitchen

47)  Crafting:  Finished flower art in kitchen.

48)  Had kitchen island painted red.

49)  Hosted first book club meeting.

50)  Xbox game night.

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HALF WAY there, woo-hoo!

Do 100 Fun Things this Summer (#31-40)

31)  Ate lunch outside with hubby and Mike at Jack’s.

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32) Re-arranged and added a pop of red accessories to living room and dining room.

Penpal

33) Became pen pals with one of my girlfriend’s young daughter.

34) Went to see Kevin Hart’s “Let Me Explain”.  Kevin is one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen.  Please do  yourself a favor and Google one of his bits about having permission from his Mom to cuss out his teacher.  It is HIGHLY not safe for work, but so funny.

Sale

35) Got some amazing steals at a neighbor’s garage sale for a total of $25.  The table with glass top and fabric, bottle caps (in which she taught me how to make an adorable craft with them), a vintage red bag that I love almost more than life itself and a gigantic picture frame which I have set for a project.

36) Went to the Davis Ranch Corn Festival.

37) Went to a Tupperware party at my friend Mary’s.

38) Saw “The Heat” with my brand new friend Terry.

39) Went to a Pampered Chef party at my friend Kelly’s.

Bunco

40) July Bunco with my neighborhood group,  in which I won the “traveling” prize.  Yay!

What are YOU doing that’s especially fun this summer?  Tell me, please.  TELL ME!

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