my summer bucket list : progress (in instagrams)

I know I fell off the wagon these past couple weeks with my weekly updates on my summer bucket list. We were busy having a wonderful trip back to Texas with family and friends, and when we got back, I wanted to blog all about it!

I have decided that I’m going to extend my time to complete this list to August 19th. Two months of summer was just not enough time (technically fall doesn’t even begin until September). We’ll see what I can get done, but I’ll also be posting the last of these updates on Mondays, instead of Fridays. Stay tuned for the final-end-all-be-all list on August 19th! I’ll be including a recap of everything I’ve done this summer season with photos and blog post links and the works. But don’t worry, a fall bucket list will be coming shortly after. πŸ˜‰

Summer 2013 Bucket List

1. Trip to Disneyland √

2. Finish reading four books (2/4)


Finished reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the first book in my virtual book club. It was such an intriguing book and such a quick read!

3. Get my splits back

4. Camping √

5. Malibu Beach √

6. Try barre classes √

7. Go on a walk every day (in progress)

67771_10151499741426604_2095772762_nI’ve dropped the ball on this some days, but if I don’t get out on a walk, I try to get Kip to the dog park to run around.


8. Repurpose our china cabinet √

9. Find a new hiking place √

10. Baseball game

11. Sign with an agent √

12. Declutter our apartment and my computer (in progress)

13. Sand and stain IKEA counter top

14. Kayaking Stand-up Paddle Boarding √


I decided pretty early on (after making this list) that I would actually rather go stand-up paddle boarding than kayaking this summer (if I could only choose one). I’ve kayaked several times before but had yet to try paddle boarding. Well, I was so excited that we actually went to do it during our trip to Austin!

*read more about our paddle boarding experience here*


15. Make homemade ice cream √

16. Use our deep fryer

17. Sign up for a new acting class √

18. Spend time with friends (count: too many to count) √


We had the absolute best time back in Texas seeing old friends.

*read about our fun in Austin here and here*

19. Bike rides (count: 1) √

20. See at least one summer blockbuster √

21. Spend time with family (count: 6) √


Though I wish I had taken more photos with family on our Texas trip, we still spent time with a lot of them (both mine and Whitney’s)!

*read about our time with family here and here*

22. Eat breakfast (in progress)

23. Plant basil and parsley √


I got so excited when I saw the tiniest little basil sprout in my pot! Less than a week after I had planted it! I snapped the photo below after we returned from our trip to Texas. The parsley has sprouted, and the basil is growing even more! I can’t wait until they are full enough for us to start using while cooking. This whole plant growing thing feels so rewarding.


24. Scour a flea market √


Not technically a flea market…but a craft fair, the Renegade Craft Fair! The Sunday of the fair I was browsing Instagram and someone mentioned it, so we decided to check it out. It had every indie, adorably creative thing you can imagine and want…but don’t need. I came home with a few items that I had been hoping to find: alphabet stamps, washi tape, and a Christmas tree (dog) ornament to add to our collection. I wish I had endless money to spend at this fair because it was wonderful. Also, when I have kids, I’ll definitely be hitting up these types of fairs to decorate their rooms.


25. Find a great Mexican restaurant & margarita

26. Take more photos with my DSLR (in progress)

27. Finish my scrapbook √

28. Meet new friends √


We went to two BBQs a couple weekends ago: one at Whitney’s boss’ home and one at our neighbors’ place. This potted plant wall was at his boss’ home, and I’m obsessed with it. Though I was anxious at first, it was great getting to meet and talk to some new people. We also went to a Texas Exes event with some of Whitney’s grad school classmates, and it was great getting to know these girls a little more.


29. Visit a new dog park

30. Hang out at a pool √


This time, I for real hung out at a pool while we were back in Texas. It felt nice for the weather to be warm enough where you actually wanted to get in the water…and even nicer that the water was warm enough to get in!

*find more photos from pool time with my niece here*

31. Eat a snowcone

32. Mail letters/postcards √

33. Bake a cake √

34. Try a new recipe √


*check out this yummy and super easy vegetable stir-fry recipe here*

35. Be outside as much as possible (in progress)


We are lucky enough to live within walking distance of so many things. The other week I walked to my doctor’s appointment and then remembered about the Tuesday farmer’s market, so I went ahead and walked over there afterwards. It was a beautiful sunny day to walk around town. I picked up some produce from the market and had to stop by Trader Joe’s for a couple other ingredients for that night’s dinner. I also stopped into the local thrift shop for the first time and found those merry-go-round horse coasters.


P.S. Check out my past updates…

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

-wonderland sam

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actress/texan kickin' it in los angeles. always searching for my next pizza. cia agent in another life.

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