sweet summertime : final bucket list update

While the official start of fall isn’t until next week, autumnal weather seems to have come early for us Los Angelinos (knock on wood). Seriously, where is the September heat wave that has come in years past? I’m not complaining – I am just a little hesitant in my fall excitement because this never happens. But, since it’s been “chilly” for more than a couple days now, am I allowed to celebrate?! Praying that this cool weather is here to stay. Now all I need is some leaves changing color, and I’ll be good to go.

I didn’t get to everything on my summer bucket list, as we were out of town a fair amount of weekends this summer. And that’s okay – because our days were full, and I enjoyed all of it. Plus, there’s no harm in some of these things crossing over into the fall season – like finally baking a homemade pizza (can you believe it’s been over a year?!). I’ve marked those items I didn’t get to with an asterisk*.

*buying fresh fruits and veggies at the farmer’s market*


enjoying twilight concerts at the pier (for our company summer outing)

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seeing an outdoor movie (500 days of Summer in Pasadena)

*rollerskating on the boardwalk*

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riding bikes along the beach (took our bikes on the rail down to Santa Monica)


having picnics at the park (in the lawn of the LACMA museum while listening to live jazz)

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drinking happy hour cocktails (at the Culver Hotel with my mama)

*making homemade popsicles*

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wine tasting at a vineyard (we went to three in Sonoma for my birthday)

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reading reading reading (loved this one)

*barbecuing with friends*

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baking a strawberry shortcake yellow cake (for a family get-together)

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flying a kite (at a beach outing with friends)

*spending Sundays at the flea market*

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visiting a theme park (Harry Potter World!)

*making homemade ice cream*

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eating nachos at a baseball game (at San Diego Petco Park – our first time there)

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driving to San Diego (twice!)

*learning how to make iced coffee*


paddle boarding in the marina lake (during my trip to Seattle)

*cooking homemade pizza*

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tending to our garden (replanted flowers for fall)


taking photobooth pictures (at a cool 80s arcade bar in Seattle)


snorkeling (at Treasure Island)


trying a new brunch spot (Meet in Paris – we split this and the amazing french toast)

*listening to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl*

*finding the animals at the zoo*

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walking in the evenings (not as often as I’d like but trying to walk on the weekends as much as we can)

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practicing weekly yoga (pre-shoulder injury…desperately needing to get back to this)

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playing sand volleyball (a few times with friends)

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watching the sunset at the beach (Santa Monica)

-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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