Venus and the 600 lb fish

Venus and the 600 lb fish

One item on the IU Bucket List is to “dip your feed in the Showalter Fountain”. EXCUSE ME? DIP? The first time I swam in the fountain was my first night on campus freshman year. Our RA took the whole floor to run through a different fountain, but it wasn’t turned on, so instead we jumped in with Venus. A month later at homecoming, I ran through it during the Nearly Naked Mile, and we’ve taken a dip on the way home a few times. Each spring, after the last season show at the Auditorium, the whole staff jumps into the fountain at once. (Except the past two years it hasn’t had water in it, we had to have a balloon fight afterward.)

I think it’s safe to say I can cross this one off the list.

IU Bucket List

IU Bucket List

For future reference, here is my IU bucket list. I have a whole lot to complete in the next 9 months that I have here! I’ll be posting my past and future progress along the way. It’ll be a busy year!

(Bold is done)

Attend the Little 500 men’s and women’s race
Hike Around Griffey lake
Buy fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market
Dance to international music at the Lotus World and Arts Festival
Watch Breaking Away
Picnic along the Jordan River
See something at the IU Auditorium
Find your favorite brunch location in town
Take a nap near the fireplace in the IMU
Spend a summer in Bloomington
Try the cuisine at the international restaurants on 4th Street
Experience an opera at the Musical Arts Center
At night, lay on the ground and watch the lights change on the side of the IU Art Museum
Learn about controversial sex research at the Kinsey Institute
Pull an all-nighter at the Wells Library
Connect with a professor outside the classroom
Eat in the Tudor Room of IMU
Attend an African-American Art Institute Event
Look at the stars from the Kirkwood Observatory
Dip your feet in the Showalter Fountain
Wear IU Gear to the Homecoming Parade
Order freshly baked cookies late night
Support the local arts at the Buskirk Chumley Theater
Rock out to a live music show
Go bowling or see a free movie at the IMU
Sing along to a Straight No Chaser concert
Volunteer in the community
Shake the hand of the Herman B. Wells Statue
Score some free breadsticks
Go see a free comedy show
Paint the Jordan Avenue Bridge
Win a game of corn hole
Paint your face for an IU basketball game
Study in the Arboretum
Snap a photo of you in front of the Sample Gates
Kiss someone special in the Rose Well Garden House at midnight
Run the nearly naked mile
Take an elective in HPER
Request and read an old manuscript in the Lilly Library
Play frisbee in Dunn Meadow
Show your IU Pride at the Bucket Game
Shop and dine under the holiday lights in the square in downtown Bloomington
Learn about the culture at the Tibetan Buddhist Monestary
Sing the Fight Song at a bar

And here are some additions, most of which have been taken from a friend.
Climb the firetower
Go to a themed party
Get Ken Nunn to buy you a drink
Go to Chicago
Win an award/scholarship
Do a bar crawl with people you love
Do an Ironman
Gorge your face at Mother Bear’s
Go to the Quarries
Go to Nashville, IN
Martinis at Scholars Inn
Stay at Kilroy’s- Open to Close
Wine Tasting at Oliver Winery
Get a parking ticket
Write a comment for the IDS
Take a class “just cause”
Be an art snob at the IU Art Museum
Get a hairy bear and sing karaoke at Bear’s
Tailgate
Take a tour of Upland Brewery
Complete a beer club challenge
Visit the greenhouse
Run the JB5k

A Real Omelet Nomelet

A Real Omelet Nomelet

Generally when I make omelets I get too lazy to take the sauteed fillings out and put them into the egg pancake, so I started calling them “nomletes” instead. (Really I guess it’s a scramble. I didn’t know.) Today, I decided to make the real thing. And it was SO much better! Now I know.

Ingredients:
Two eggs with milk (makes them fluffier)
Sweet onion
Yellow pepper
Mushrooms
Turkey bacon
Lots of cheese

NOM!

A Real Omelette Nomlette

Captain Peanut

Captain Peanut

Remember Peanut? Well, I guess I wasn’t the only one who kept checking to see if he’d been adopted yet — Steven had his eye on him too! He recently moved out of his parents’ house and into one that my parents are fixing up, so he didn’t have a bff to come home to anymore. He convinced himself that in a couple years it still wouldn’t make perfect sense to adopt, so why not do it now? My dad approved the addition to the household, Steven and I picked a name, and the next day I went to the shelter to take Captain home.

Guys. GUYS. He’s the cutest. We went to Petsmart to get a new leash and I let him pick out a toy. He loves plush and he picked out the most adorable toy he could and carried it to the checkout line. He has since destroyed it and pulled out the squeaky feet so he doesn’t love it as much now, but that’s okay. I wish I had a video.

A week after Steven picked him up, I went home to visit. That dog. He’s kind of crazy, but he’s so smart (or he’s a brilliant beggar). I taught him lay down and shake in half an hour. I taught him that going in his cage was a good thing (he wouldn’t go in by himself if he knew he’d be locked in). We worked on roll over, but that’s a hard one. Next is the separation anxiety issue… maybe I’ll work on that next weekend when I go home.

For now, pictures.

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I love mutts so much.

A Healthy Addiction

A Healthy Addiction

Okay, addiction is a bit of an overstatement. We’ll wait on that.

In August I did my first race (besides in cross country and track in grade school). A couple of friends and I did the Warrior Dash in Crawfordsville, IN. 3.2 miles took us almost an hour and a half with the mud and obstacles, and it was awesome. The $70 registration fee was worth it, but probably only for the one time.

I haven’t done a lot of working out since then. I’ve been to the gym a couple times and maybe ran twice, but I had a lung infection for the last part of the summer so I wasn’t really interested in aerobic activity and since then I’ve felt too busy. Last weekend was the annual Jill Behrman 5k. I’ve never done it, but it’s on my IU bucket list and this year it was a color run, so of course we got a team together. It was so great! It was then that I realized running in a large group (so you can pass lots of people) is really motivating, even though I hate running socially.

Life should always be covered in extra color.

Then, for some reason, I thought of the Run the Mounds race in Anderson, IN that my mom used to do every year. She asked me to do it with her once when I was in cross country, but I thought 5 miles was too intimidating. (Still do!) She’s been feeling down in the dumps lately, so I thought I would see if she wanted to do it together this year. Not that I’m the best running partner, but being active always makes her feel better and I thought it seemed like a selfless act to finally participate.

I thought I would be relieved if she said no, because then I could laze around with the new pup all day, but I actually was determined to do it (she won’t be in town, otherwise she’d love to.) So, I’m making Steven do it with me. It’s in 9 days. I’ve never run 5 miles straight. Wish me luck! Maybe races are the motivation I need to get in shape.

An Abandoned Couch in a Parking Lot

An Abandoned Couch in a Parking Lot

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I have a really hard time finding things to take pictures of. Most of the places I end up don’t have space for me to set up a shot or I’m not skilled enough or have the right equipment to do what I want. So often I want to capture exactly what I see, but it never looks right in a picture.

Why is it that Instagram photos always look good? Even if you don’t use a filter, the square crop is so easy to work with. It really drives me nuts, because not everyone is a good photographer but if you have an iPhone you are (some Instragrammers are better than others, but still).

I don’t have an iPhone, I have a Canon DSLR. I should always win.