Hello my dears. It’s time to bust out The Bucket List of Summer again and cross off a few more items. Let’s have a refresher on that list, shall we?
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THE BUCKET LIST OF SUMMER (2010)
spend a night on the boat, under the stars | bike to ben & jerry’s for 7-layer-bar ice cream | go fishing with dad and catch dinner | run barefoot through the sprinklers | skip stones on a beach on the north shore | watch the sunrise | watch the sun set | teach emmy to jump off the dock like a proper lab should | buy a new camera and learn to take better photos | eat and shop locally, more than i do now | take a boat tour of lake minnetonka | go to an outdoor concert | have dinner on the patio, as often as possible | hear mat kearney live at the varsity | eat blueberry pie at the blueberry festival | celebrate my mom’s birthday with a bang | go to a festival or art fair in the city | spend at least a full week up north | celebrate four years of marriage to my best friend with a trip, somewhere | eat something new and unexpected at the state fair | have a garage sale and rid my home of unnecessary junk | make fresh squeezed lemonade | pick strawberries and raspberries and bake a pie | hang a swing from one of the trees in the yard | go for a long hike in a beautiful place | make a meal entirely from my vegetable garden | wear out another pair of teva flip flops | drive with the windows down, singing at the top of my lungs | do a cannon-ball off the boat, or ten | climb a tree | eat at fletcher’s, the chocolate moose, angry trout cafe, coho cafe and fred & fuzzy’s | pick cherries in door county and dip my toes in lake michigan | shop niccolet mall and eat at a sidewalk cafe | watch the fireworks and play with sparklers | swim in lakes, as often as possible | give, love, sing, grow, do, feel, see, live. more. even more. as much as i possibly can | go to a baseball game at the new twins stadium | wear my cowboy boots to a real rodeo
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Some of the activities on this list are more a process than something to be checked off in a day (i.e. wearing out my current pair of Teva flip-flops), so I’m careful not to go too gung-ho with the list-ticking-off. I make sure that I am satisfied with the experience behind each list item before I draw a line through it. Because really, that is the point of this all, to live summer to the fullest, not just check off arbitrary items on a list.
Anyways, getting to the point. Over the weekend, I crossed three activities off the list. Two of those three fit more in the “process category”, and because I have a bit more to say about them, I’m going to detail two activities in this post, and follow-up with the next one in another post tomorrow. Confused yet? Ok, let’s go.
buy a new camera and learn to take better photos
This has been long in coming. Oooh boy, has it. My original camera, while trusty and durable, has been through the mill. Hubby bought it for me for Christmas almost four years ago, and I have dropped it numerous times, frozen pixels while shooting outside in subzero temps, gotten it more than a little damp on more than one occasion and just generally beat the tar out of it. It has been well-loved and used, however all the wear and tear was taking a toll. I could tell the quality of my pictures were suffering. While I didn’t want to blow a bunch of money on something super fancy, I knew it was time to invest in a camera that could perform at a higher level. Meet my new baby (which I will baby much more than I did my previous pocket-sized point and shoot). It is a Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i. I currently am using the kit lens, but have plans to purchase a 50mm 1.4 lens soon.
Buying the camera was the easy part. Learning to take better photos, on the other hand, has been a process. I’ve been reading the PW photography tutorials, pestering my brother-in-law (who is in photography school), and just spending lots and lots of time experimenting. While I still have a long ways to go, and could really use a better lens, I’m starting to capture the type of images that I want to. Here are a few from the past several days.
I’ve started a flickr account and plan to add more of my favorites as I go. You can see it here if you’d like. I don’t consider myself a photographer, by any means, just someone who enjoys taking pictures.
go to a festival or art fair in the city
On Sunday, Hubby and I set out to explore a local art fair in a small community on the shores of the lake near our house. It gave me another great opportunity to get some practice with the new camera, not to mention check off another item on the list. Granted, this art fair wasn’t in the city, per se, but close enough. Again, it’s about the experience, not so much perfectly attaining each activity to the letter.
We all know art fairs are just as much (if not more?) about the food than the goods, right? Well we sampled some amazing coconut almond bliss ice cream, along with the traditional kettle corn while wandering aisles of unique, if not a bit goofy, sculptures, paintings, photos, and crafts. A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, if you ask me…