‘Tis the Season to be Naughty

*To the tune of Good to be Bad by Pentatonix*

So bad, so bad, good to be
So bad, so bad, good to be
So bad, so bad, well it feels so
Good to be bad, good to be bad

I’ve been thinking ’bout this year a lot
Whether I’ve been a good girl or not
Santa promised he won’t get mad
Sometimes it feels so good to be bad

I couldn’t help but have a little fun
Said all the golden years are said and done
Let’s try next year and see where I’m at
But, oh it feels so good to be bad

Friday Favorite: Free Concerts

My FREE ($10) concert!

Not many things are actually free now days; there are always strings attached.  My favorite example of this is Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI.  All the concerts are free within the Summerfest grounds but there is a fee to get in.  I don’t necessarily call that free, but I don’t complain too much because I quite enjoy Summerfest.

But Kilbourn City Live, now that’s a free concert.  Unless you plan on buying food, drinks, or merchandise.  So my free concert cost me $10 because I had two Smith & Forge Hard Ciders.  Here’s a little snapshot of the night:

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Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons

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Uncle Kracker

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Unplugged


Take a look into my three day trip to the waterfall capital of Wisconsin.  This trip was almost completely, somewhat unplugged, kind of, and not always by choice, I guess.

The trip started with packing.  I dislike packing almost as much as I dislike UN-packing.  But this time, it was a little more challenging.  I was minimizing everything I possibly could.  The goal was to take as little as possible to indulge in the outdoors rather than do average, everyday things outdoors.  Trust me, there is a difference.  Indulging in the outdoors means having expectations but not needing to follow an itinerary.  Plans change, weather changes, roads change, so go with the flow and see where the adventure takes you.  With that said, here is what I packed:

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  • Pudgy Pie Maker
  • Water Bottle
  • Tackle Box
  • Bug Spray
  • Rain Jacket
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Fishing Pole
  • Books
  • Notebook and Pencil (some of my best thinking happens outdoors)
  • Flashlight
  • Camera and Lenses
  • PJ’s
  • Sweatshirt
  • Map
  • Hat
  • Shorts
  • Yoga Pants
  • T-Shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandanas
  • Shoes
  • Pocket Knife
  • Chapstick
  • Swimsuit
  • Toilet Paper
  • Aloe

Not pictured: the tent, food, folding chairs, and sleeping bag pads.

Now lets establish the environment of which I spent three days exploring.  Several dirt roads were taken to get to the campground (I’m not quite sure all of them can be classified as ‘roads’).  The trees were tall, the creek was running, and the birds were chirping.  I was in my happy place.

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I consider this campsite exceptional, considering nothing was reserved before arriving at the campground.  In fact, this was the first site at the first campground encountered.  Pretty lucky.  After the first morning, this was the only site in use; a little rain scared all the other campers away.

Throughout the course of my three day adventure I finished a book that was first cracked open two months ago, explored 6 waterfalls, avoided poison ivy, stayed away from all technology except for 2 texts, and took more pictures than I know what to do with.

Without any cellphone service, I was able to experience all the waterfalls had to offer.  There were no distractions and no schedules to follow.  And since pictures are worth a thousand words, here are a few from each waterfall visited.

McClintock Falls

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Strong Falls

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Eighteen Foot Falls


Twelve Foot Falls

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Eight Foot Falls

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Horseshoe Falls

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Camp Life

Leaving

Everyone always says you miss the beauty and importance of something once it’s gone.  Usually, this statement is about relationships.  This time though, I’m using it in reference with my teeny-tiny, little apartment.

In less than a week I will be moving out of the first place that has ever been solely mine.  It has been a place for me to discover who I am as an individual and work towards personal goals.

With this cliche statement in mind, I wanted to enjoy every aspect of my apartment and reflect on all that it has provided me before leaving it.

Here is a photographic reflection:

25 before 25

Happy St. Prairie’s Day!

Or in other words, it’s St. Patrick’s day as well as my birthday.

Today is my 24th birthday and as I reflect back on what I’ve accomplished in the past year or two, I realize I have the potential to do more.  I wouldn’t say I’ve been negligent, but I want to challenge myself to tackle more projects. To take my adulting to the next level, I’ve come up with a list of 25 things I would like to accomplish before I turn 25.

  1. Start learning sign language
  2. Hot air balloon ride
  3. Attend a professional hockey, football, baseball, and basketball game
  4. Pay off a loan
  5. Leave the country
  6. Read one book a month
  7. Create a daily routine that would allow me to get a puppy
  8. Two blog posts a month
  9. Jump off a boat
  10. Go for a midnight run….or two
  11. Spend more time with friends and less with social media
  12. Zipline
  13. Create a healthy routine
  14. Find more time to be creative
  15. Travel more – for fun, not for work
  16. Take a photo that moves someone
  17. Find the most perfect pair of jeans
  18. Enjoy a beer around a fire
  19. Eliminate unworn clothes from my closet
  20. Catch a bass
  21. Learn html
  22. Create a playlist that no songs are ever skipped
  23. Get a tan (not a sunburn) from a kayak
  24. Attend 4 concerts/music events
  25. BYOD party (Bring Your Own Dish)