Summer 2011

High school’s over. Summer’s here. For the first time in a long time, there’s no summerschool to attend, no summer camps to participate in. I have three months to kill. But it’s always the same story for me. Having three months to do anything I wanted seemed great at first… until I got lazy and ended up on the couch in front of the TV, watching Giada chop up basil. (That chicken parmesan looks good, maybe I should stroll on over to the kitchen and make something…ooh, Rachel Ray)

But this could possibly be the last obligation-free summer I will ever have, except maybe for the three summer reading assignments I have to complete for college. So I might as well make the best of it. Try productivity, or commitment, or the simple satisfaction of crossing things off a list. It’s knowing that I’m getting things done. Whatever it is, at least it’s something.

So I’ve compiled a list, well four lists of the books I plan to read, the movies I need to watch to bring myself up to date with humanity, the calories I want to consume, and the things I want to do. Eighteen’s the magic number, because I’m an “adult” now.

72 strikethroughs through 72 goals. 72 checkmarks on this to do(ne) list. 72 adventures in 90 days.

Let’s do this.

List of Books to Read:

  1. Pride and Prejudice
  2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  3. Lolita
  4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  5. Waiting for Godot
  6. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
  7. Catch-22
  8. Cat’s Cradle
  9. The Sun Also Rises
  10. Wide Sargasso Sea
  11. Brave New World
  12. The Kite Runner
  13. The Secret Life of Bees
  14. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  15. The Good Earth
  16. Summer Reading Assignment
  17. Summer Reading Assignment
  18. Summer Reading Assignment

List of Movies to Watch:

  1. 500 Days of Summer
  2. Avatar
  3. Inception
  4. Across the Universe
  5. Slumdog Millionaire
  6. Everything is Illuminated
  7. Easy A
  8. Tangled
  9. The Hangover
  10. The Hangover 2
  11. A Clockwork Orange
  12. 40 Year-Old Virgin
  13. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  14. Crazy Stupid Love
  15. Blue Valentine
  16. Toy Story 3
  17. Despicable Me
  18. The Social Network

List of Things to Make/Bake:

  1. Carrot Cake
  2. Red Velvet Something
  3. PB & J Something
  4. Cheesecake Something
  5. Banana Bread
  6. Nectarine Cobbler
  7. Chocolate Orange Cookies
  8. Magic Bars
  9. Pound Cake
  10. Cream Scones
  11. Orange Cake
  12. Chocolate and Banana Ravioli
  13. Donuts
  14. Crepes
  15. Peanut Butter Granola Bars
  16. Cheese Danish
  17. Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Filling
  18. Watermelon Granita

List of Things to Do:

  1. Start jogging
  2. Start a blog
  3. Get a job
  4. Go to a museum
  5. Go to LA Art Walk
  6. Buy a Crumbs Cupcake for myself
  7. Recycle an old article of clothing creatively
  8. Eat at the Oinkster
  9. Eat food from a Food Truck
  10. Go hiking
  11. Write and send letters
  12. Learn 10 new friendship bracelet designs
  13. Have a picnic
  14. Cook dinner (once)
  15. Draw/sketch/paint a poem
  16. Get a new hairstyle
  17. Write a short story about tiramisu and tulips
  18. Learn a new mode of transportation
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7 thoughts on “Summer 2011

  1. I picked tiramisu and tulips!
    How about instead of writing about them… just make ME tiramisu and buy ME tulips!
    Good Plan.

  2. I’m thrilled that your high school graduation isn’t the end of my being able to read your writing! Your book list looks great, but one questions: What are the three books on your Stanford summer reading list? Inquiring minds want to know. . .

  3. Lolita, Blue Valentine, Across the Universe, and (500) Days of Summer made me smile. Across the Universe especially 🙂

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