Tuesday, July 29, 2014

#15: Visit Family in Oklahoma; #16: Make Disney World Change Jars; #17: Learn to Drive Stick Shift

I've been home from traveling for a few weeks now, and thought I should give a quick update on things I've completed/what I've been up to.

I got a job a couple weeks ago at a grocery store, working in the deli. Working has been such an adjustment for me. Before, my schedule was very open and nothing was planned out. I honestly spent most of my time on my computer/watching Netflix, which is fun at first, but gets old quickly. Having more structure in my day will take some getting used to, but ultimately I think it's for the best.

#15: Visit Family in Oklahoma

After my week-long escapade in Florida, my brother and I took off for Oklahoma. My mom grew up on a farm in western Oklahoma, and it's been a frequent Summer 'vacation' spot (I use quotations because there is literally nothing to do besides watch TV and become overly dehydrated).

While we were there we had a Fourth of July party for my Grandparents 60th (!!!) wedding anniversary. Fun only until I got sick (woo).

#16: Make Disney World Change Jars

While in Oklahoma, my cousin/best friend Shannon and I 'tried' to complete a summer bucket list we had written a few months before (again, I use quotations because we didn't try very hard). One of the few things we did manage to complete was make Disney Change Jars.

What's a Disney Change Jar, you may ask? Let me enlighten you.

I'll start off by saying that I'm dying to go to Disney World with my cousin. Dying. We went to Disneyland for a couple days right before Christmas, and on that trip we decided we would visit every Disney travel destination in existence over the course of our lives. We are going to take a Disney Cruise after we are both either married or engaged, go to Disneyland Paris after we've both had babies (as an I'm-tired-of-this-and-need-a-break-here-Honey-watch-the-child-while-I-go-to-Europe vacation), and Disney World while we're in college.

Disappointingly, Disney World isn't cheap. Because it will take so long to accumulate the money we need (I'm estimating that we will each have to save about $2,000 (ugh) to cover flights, food, tickets, and the hotel. Maybe extra if we want souvenirs), I want to start saving right away. I had seen Disney Change Jars on Pinterest, and thought it'd be a cutsey way to collect money.

This was what I was aiming for:

And this…

…is what we got.

I think they turned out okay! We really just winged it when we started them, but I think they turned out cute.

#17: Learn to Drive Stick Shift

This actually happened in Florida, but I forgot to write about it while I was there. My aunt has an 80s Fiat, which is a manual, and taught me to drive it. Obviously I don't have much experience and I'm not going to be driving on the freeways or anything, but at least I can say I've learned how to do it.

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