Thursday, July 10, 2014

24 Things to Do While 24

The time has come my friends, another year of neither here nor there, but rather on the cusp of the quarter century. Though I tend to tease my friends who have hit the mark before I have that they are "old", I can't help but feel that now that I am 24, the "old" factor doesn't apply to me. Because I still have way to much to do before I could ever really call myself old or settled or anything that implies my good years are over.

I've read scientific articles that prove people do not reach their full mental growth until 24-years-old. Basically, it takes that long for the brain to process every emotional, physical, and intellectual situation with a mature mind. I've always been an old soul so to speak, but there's no denying that I've done a life time of growing, especially within the past 5-6 years as an individual. So I wonder how on earth could I say that I fully understand my being, when science proves that I am only now a complete adult? 

Since I'm moving on to bigger and better, 24, I've decided to create my own "24 Things to Do While 24."
  1. Learn to Cook - Not by reheating leftovers, but full-fledged meals. Challenge: make everything from scratch.
  2. Tough Mudder. Or Spartan Race. Or a similar obstacle course. 
  3. Finish learning French. I'm almost there. Time to make it resume-worthy.
  4. Anonymously pay for a stranger's dinner. Whether it be for the old guy out to dinner by himself or a group of teeny-boppers (though that might be pushing it). A good deed that will go unnoticed.
  5. Skinny dip.
  6. Go to a star observatory.  
  7. Get a tattoo. This is happening in the fall.
  8. Take myself out. Driving myself to a fancy restaurant. Filet mignon and an expensive bottle of wine. On me. 
  9. Let someone else take me out. Aka, go on a real date. Not a faux date. 
  10. Travel across the country. I now have several friends in California so this is the perfect reason to visit them. 
  11. Create a signature drink. I'll definitely be calling it The Schuster Shot.
  12. Learn to using a sewing machine. I'd like to be able to make my kids' Halloween costumes some day, like my mom did for me.
  13. Go zip lining. 
  14. Start a formal wine collection. I already have a few, but eventually I'd like to have a wine cellar Dennis Quaid has in The Parent Trap
  15. Take a self-defense class. 
  16. Write the first chapter for my novel. No more throwing away "first drafts."
  17. Apply for SURVIVOR. Again
  18. Participate in an intermutural sport. Maybe volleyball. Maybe soccer. Lacrosse or field hockey would be ideal.
  19. Write an op ed for my local newspaper. Or the NYT. Or both. 
  20. Rewatch as many classic animated Disney movies as possible. 
  21. Officially learn to skii. I've took a lesson a couple years ago, but I want to be able to go down the big slopes on my own and make it to Colorado some day. 
  22. Make a difference with Dobby the Therapy Dog. By 25, I want a handful of stories about how my Dobby put smiles on peoples faces. 
  23. Expand my palate. Sushi. Ethiopian. Vietnamese. Can't say I don't like something  I don't try it! 
  24. Play a complete 18 holes of golf. Still at the driving range stage, but I'll get there. 
  25. Skydive. This I want to do the hours right before I turn 25. 
So what does this mean for 25? Well, age is a number and a lot can happen in 365 days, or a lot can not happen. Depends on what you make of it. Having felt pretty accomplished at 23, here's to hoping the same for 24!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Longest Ride

The Longest Ride, Nicholas Sparks



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When I started going to Colorado Cafe well over a year ago, I knew I found my niche. That local townie bar with the feel-good country music playing in the background, the "regulars" leading the pack to favorite line dances, and of course, the mechanical bull. But besides the music and the good time roll, I found the guys that hung out at the bar, the "regulars", weren't your typical 20-something-year-old bros. They might actually be considered gentlemen. So when I picked up Nicholas Sparks latest read, I was hooked...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Funny how a melody sounds like a memory" - Eric Chruch

For my first piano recital in third grade,I remember how nervous I was to perform for the first time in front of an audience that wasn't my parents and siblings who've heard me play the song countless times. I performed a less intricate version of Fleur de Lis by Beethoven from John W. Schaum Piano Course books. But like the many times I've been in front of a crowd in my life, the adrenaline kicked in and my fingers auto-piloted to the keys I was familiar with practicing over and over again. I absorbed myself in the music. I was the music. 

Now, looking back, I wish I replayed that moment in my mind more frequently because during my middle school years, or as Boy Meets World puts it, "The Lost Years", I stopped practicing and quite lessons.  I picked it up again in high school, but I lost the skills that I had learned from my youth. Then, I stopped lessons again in college and have been out of practice with the instrument since. Sometimes when I'm typing on the computer, or just tapping my finger as I wait patiently for something, I pretend that I'm playing a song on the piano and I hear the music in my head. I thought after college I would try lessons again since I'm able to read music and remember the basics. But I decided to let it go, which brings me why I chose to write this post in honor of this weekend....

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Summer Play List

Nothing gets me more in the mood for summer than coasting down the highway with the windows open, sun roof down, hair flying wild, and country music blasting. With Memorial Day weekend coming and the sound of waves and salt water in the air in my near future, I thought I'd share a list of songs I'll definitely be listening to as I make my way down the parkway to Wildwood Crest.

11. Parking Lot Party - Lee Brice
10. Barefoot and BuckwildLauren Alaina
9. Knee DeepZac Brown Band (an old one, but a classic)
8. Runnin' Outta MoonlightRandy Houser 
7. Friday Night - Eric Paslay
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6. Beachin' - Jake Owen
5. Front Porch JunkiesThomas Rhett 
4. Beat this Summer - Brad Paisley
3. Get Your Buzz OnCadillac Three
2. Sunny and 75Joe Nichols
1. Don't Ya -  Brett Eldredge
     & Beat of the Music - Brett Eldredge
        (With that rustic country voice and southern charm, I can't get enough of those bluesies notes)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

FRIENDS Forever

If you live on social media, you've probably seen at least one article floating around about the 10th anniversary of the series finale of Friends this week. I dare to say it might just be the is best comedy ever created. I've seen every episode, at least twice. Not only is the show completely quotable, but it never gets old. In honor of 10 years since Rachel got off the plane, here are my top 10 favorite moments on Friends:

1. When Phoebe explains her Lobster Theory
 (Side note: My Pinterest board for my future wedding ideas is called "You're My Lobster)
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2. PIVOT
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