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Summer Bucket List #doneanddone

I am teaming up with the fantabulous Mrs. Jump to create my "Summer Bucket" list. The summer is a very busy time for me because I work with a teacher preparation program in Chicago and life is #hectic as we prepare to get to get beginning teachers prepared for the fall. That doesn't mean I won't plan in some time for FUN! 
  1. My first priority is working summer school to train teachers. I've been at a conference this weekend (yep, working Memorial day) to ensure that our staff is prepared to lead our teachers this summer. See if you can find me in the picture :-)
  2. I have to prioritize reading a few books this summer! There are a few on my ever growing list so I am going to start with the three below. 

3. My fiance is a food connoisseur and LOVES all things related to cooking... and eating. Since I am going to be in Chicago this summer I figured we could go to Alinea a Michelin 3-star restaurant. I've heard amazing things about their dessert (pictured below). Up until a few weeks ago I had no idea what Michelin ratings were, so if you are in this boat you can find more information here.   
4. I have an i-Phone 4 and is moves soooooo slow. I need a new phone! It's non negotiable. 

5.  We have about 5 lessons (prepaid) for puppy training. Our dog is such a sweetie and a fast learner that we haven't had a sense of urgency about his training, but I want to make this happen! 
6. A few of my best friends and I generally plan one a trip a year together. We haven't done anything since Costa Rica in 2013 so I am going to push us to make it happen this summer! 

7. I'd like to FINALLY attend the Taste of Chicago! It's literally minutes from where I'll be staying so there are no excuses for not checking it out. 
8. We bought and renovated a house about a year ago, but have yet to add our final touches along the lines of interior decorating (see picture below). I want to add curtains and decorative wall art, ect. ect.  

9.  I need to coordinate my volunteer hours and plans.  


  1. I love your list! I'm glad to know that I won't be the only teacher working on Memorial!!!

    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

    1. Thanks! Hopefully I'll find some time for something fun!

  2. I love your blog design! That is so awesome you and your girlfriends travel together! Hope you can plan something fun : )

    1. Thank you! Girl trips are always the best especially since we are all over the country and don't see each other all the time.

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  4. Love the list T! You're gonna make it happen! SO excited for the next trip! (I think) Taste of Chicago falls on the weekend I'll be visiting!!! yay! Lastly, one of the authors of your books to read is from Indy! : )