Close Your Eyes and Point to a Spot on a Local Map

Here we are, about to begin week four of 2014 already! Can you believe it? I am glad to say that I have been pretty busy! Unfortunately, that means that I am a little behind on my 52 Things to Do list.

This past week I accomplished #2 with the help of my friends.

Sunday was a beautiful sunny, windy day. We realized after church that it was too pretty to just go home and sit inside all day, so we thought, why not do something fun? But what?

Well… luckily I had 52 things to choose from! We didn’t want to spend too much money (if any) and we wanted to soak in the beauty of the day, so that narrowed down our options. We settled on going on an adventure: “Close your eyes and point to a spot on a local map. Go there and take a picture.” 

All you need to complete this is:

  • A Map
  • A vehicle with gas
  • A camera
  • Friends (Not required, but more fun this way!)

I don’t know how many people actually own maps anymore, but none of us did. Detour to Target! Of course, I didn’t buy a map. They are ridiculously expensive! Instead, I found a local map and laid it out on the floor. Then I sat down next to it, closed my eyes and pointed.

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The first time didn’t work. The map was so small that my finger landed on the blue line. What are the odds. So, I tried again.  This time I landed on the farthest spot in the area from where we were; “Je Woody Rd” which is actually J. E., not “Je”. Good job, finger! (I’m not sure that my friends were too happy, but at least they stuck it out!) We loaded up the car and headed for J.E. Woody Rd. in Springtown, Texas.

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The drive was pretty. A country drive with a few small hills and lots of cows. I’m not a country girl, but there’s something about driving through the country on a Sunday…

About an hour later, we arrived at J.E. Woody Rd.

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This is the road:

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And that’s about all there was to see.

Time to relax for the long road home. And here’s the most exciting part! 

On the way home, we passed by this giant statue of Jesus.

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On the gate to the statue it said: “Capernaum Village and Stone Garden”. Apparently, it’s a complete replica of a first-century village! You can even lodge there! I can’t wait until it’s open this summer to go visit.

This adventure was fun and it led to a new adventure for this Summer. I would say it was a success!

How are your goals for 2014 going?

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52 Things To Do In 2014

2013-07-06 19.51.26-5Being an adult can get really boring. I am so busy with work during the week that by the time the weekend gets here, I don’t want to do anything. When I am actually in the mood to do something, my friends are all busy or we can’t think of anything to do so we wind up doing nothing.

This coming year I want to change that.

I want to try something new, so this past week I created a list of 52 things that I’ve always meant to do, but haven’t; one for each week of 2014. I thought it would be fun to complete them and keep a journal of how each one turned out, posting some of them in my blog. Next year should never be boring or uneventful.

I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

52 Things to do in 2014 (in no particular order):

  1.  Paint a canvas with Glitter.
  2. Close your eyes and point to a spot on a local map. Go there and take a picture.
  3. Host a fancy dinner party.
  4. Write hand-written letters to all your friends and mail them.
  5. Design a dress and sew it.
  6. Visit three local independent bookstores and purchase a book at each one.
  7. Bake cookies and surprise a friend with them.
  8. Write chapter 1 of a novel.
  9. Get a massage followed by a manicure and pedicure.
  10. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  11. Babysit a friend’s kids for a whole day so that they can have a “Date Day.”
  12. Take a 1-day road trip to somewhere you’ve never been.
  13. Go through your room and simplify. Get rid of as much as you can and donate it all to a charity.
  14. Host a Gatsby Party.
  15. Buy a disposable camera and take friends on a picnic. Use up the whole camera.
  16. Go on a Daddy-Daughter Date.
  17. Find an old world map and mark everywhere you’ve been with cute pins.
  18. Buy film for your Diana camera and go to Dallas with your girlfriends to do a photoshoot.
  19. Go through your whole wardrobe and create as many outfits as you can. Take a picture of each one.
  20. Dress up and go to a movie by yourself. See what YOU want to see.
  21. Creatively paint a flower pot and buy a plant for it. Name it and try to keep it alive.
  22. Have a Mother-Daughter Day.
  23. Find a famous painting that you love and try to replicate it.
  24. Upcycle something that you own.
  25. Host a book exchange.
  26. Go to the top of one of the tallest buildings in the city and take pictures.
  27. Make your own glitter heels.
  28. Whiten your teeth.
  29. Have an old movie classics marathon.
  30. Go to Six Flags.
  31. Do something that tourists do in your hometown that you’ve never done.
  32. Go on a hike.
  33. Go to the park by yourself. People watch, journal, do a devotional and have lunch.
  34. Pick a random person in the phone book and write them an anonymous letter saying how much God loves them.
  35. Go to a wedding. If you don’t have one to go to, find one.
  36. Dress up like Barbie and have a Girl’s Night Out.
  37. Hand wash and detail your car.
  38. Attend a local fashion show.
  39. Make a flower box garden for the patio.
  40. Take a photography class.
  41. Go to the botanical gardens and take pictures of all the beauty.
  42. Visit someone you haven’t seen in a while.
  43. Stay in your pajamas all day.
  44. Go see a local band play.
  45. Face a fear.
  46. Try coffee at a coffeehouse you’ve never been to.
  47. Make a kite and fly it.
  48. Write a letter to your favorite Disney Princess.
  49. Go to a drive-in movie.
  50. Get sushi to-go and have a night in.
  51. Find or create the tackiest sweater you can and make it a tacky outfit day. (December)
  52. Make a fancy gingerbread house. (December)

What are your plans for 2014?

Can Cleaning Be Rude?

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This weekend I have had the pleasure of dog-sitting for this handsome man, Kannon:

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We’ve had fun hanging out, playing fetch, having deep conversations (he likes to talk… a LOT), watching The New Girl, and relaxing. After a couple of fetch sessions and a belly rub, I realized that the furniture and floors were starting to look furry. It was time to sweep!

BUT, for some reason my mom’s voice kept popping up, “Don’t sweep or vacuum until you’ve dusted.” So, I found the duster and began dusting everything. I didn’t just dust, though. I dusted.  I pulled all the knick knacks off the shelves (after taking a picture of how they were arranged), pulled out the Windex and Swiffer and really wiped everything down. After sweeping and vacuuming, I did the dishes. And since I got a little water on the floor, I obviously had to mop, right? It wasn’t until I started to wipe down windows and floorboards that I started to ask myself, when does this go from “Oh, that was sweet of her!” to “Who does she think she is?!”

At that moment I felt borderline rude. It wasn’t like the house was dirty when I got here. It was actually pretty clean. It’s just that once I start something, I want to give 110% or not do it at all!

I decided against finishing a deep clean of the house and left it at what I had aleady done. Hopefully they won’t notice the floorboards that I started to scrub. (Thank goodness I didn’t do any laundry. That would just be creepy, right?)

If you were to leave someone to house-sit for you, would you be thankful for them cleaning your house, or rather they didn’t? At what point would cleaning become rude?