Summer Bucket List #2: I Read a Book!

So it’s Thursday again. And I haven’t completed another item on my bucket list…again. Because of the type of person I am, I considered quitting blogging all together. I’m pretty good at quitting. As a child I quit guitar, ballet, violin, gymnastics and probably a lot of other little things along the way. I realized a few days ago, though, that blogging is not like those other activities. Blogging is for me and I can do it however I want. Technically that means that I could quit if I so desired, but I’m trying really hard to ignore that easy out.

Long rambly intro aside, I am here today to talk about one of my favorite things in life. My love for reading developed at a young age and during the holiday season I realized that my ratio of reading for fun and reading for school had fallen to pieces. (What this really means is that I had been reading for neither.) To remedy this dilemma, I made a list of 52 books that I wanted to read in 2014. I have always been a fast reader, and one book a week really doesn’t sound like a daunting task while sitting on your couch over Winter Break. But it is now July and I have read 8 of the books on my list.

I have been trying to get back to reading this summer and while I was making my Summer Bucket List, I decided to add “Read 15 books” as a way to work towards my overall goal of 52 for this year. I may not get all the way back on track before the semester starts, but I’m working on it. Right now I am reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. One of my best friends (hey, Kevin) told me to read this book many moons ago and I just really love the circus, so I decided to give it a try.

I want that coat/jacket/shiny thing.

Usually I like to read a book before I see the movie version or even know the movie casting, and although I have not seen the movie I am aware of the actors who play the lead roles. I’m having a hard time picturing Edward Cullen and Elle Woods as these characters right now…we’ll see how it turns out. Also I think it was a little slow starting off, but Gruen’s overall writing style makes up for my lack of interest in the beginning of the book. This is book number 7 of the summer, so I’m kind of halfway there!

Still nothing…
Morgans (my current nickname at work)

PS The whole time I was writing this I thought, “I need to go to my room and look at who the author is because I can’t leave her name as _____” and after I remembered that it is 2014 and Google exists, I moved some papers and saw that the book had been a foot away from me the whole time. Good one, Hannah.

Summer Bucket List #1: I Tried Something New

 

Recently I made a Summer Bucket List for myself.  I’ve made these lists in the past, but typically had no real intentions of completing them.  This year, though, I am determined to not waste my summer.  Yesterday evening, after a ridiculously sweaty Zumba class with one of my favorite people ever, I was presented with the opportunity to complete one of the activities on my list.  My friend Elizabeth, the aforementioned favorite person ever, suggested that we go eat dinner downtown at a place that neither of us had been to before.  Eating somewhere new in Lexington is technically #21 on my Summer Bucket List, but I wont get too fussy about the details.

The new restaurant that we decided to try is called Limestone Blue.  I had actually been meaning to visit this restaurant after hearing great things about it from my one of my professors last semester (thanks, TWA), so I was really excited when Elizabeth made this suggestion. Minus my embarrassing attempt to enter the restaurant through the wrong door, I would say that it was a successful meal.

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This is a suuuuper cool picture of the menus at Limestone Blue.  (I was not prepared for this outing, so I apologize for the lack of quality pictures in this blog post.) 

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Another fantastic picture from the opposite side of the table. (My shirt is see through. I know.  Once again, not prepared for this.)  Elizabeth ordered the Brie Tray, which came with bread, strawberries, blueberries, and peaches. I ordered a sandwich called Geez Louise, which was comprised of turkey, swiss cheese, tomato, lettuce, and 1000 Island dressing.  I skipped the dressing as usual, and both meals were delicious.

Although I would give the food two thumbs up, my favorite thing about Limestone Blue is that they produce meals with local food, sell local art, and just generally aim to improve the downtown Lexington community.  Overall, I thought that Limestone Blue was a really cool restaurant and I would definitely visit again. I’d love to try more restaurants downtown, so if you have a suggestion please leave it below!

I haven’t thought of a creative sign off yet…
Hannah