Monday, August 20, 2012

Provo Bucket List

So it's finally hit me, as I sit here at the Dayton airport waiting for my flight, that next week will start my last fall semester of college ever. Maybe it was my mother's tears as she lamented getting old. Maybe it was those emails from BYU about graduation deadlines that I actually have to pay attention to now. Or maybe it was visiting my high school friends at OSU and all of us saying we couldn't believe it's already been three years since we left Loveland. Regardless the reason, this is it. I am officially a college senior. Two more semesters, and I am outta here.

I'm not really the type to get sentimental about these things (me at high school graduation: "See ya, suckers!" Also, "Do you all not realize that we look like freaking Hogwarts students?? Just me? Ok, cool.") but I definitely don't want this last year to go to waste. After all, college is supposed to be your last few years of freedom before the real world. Or so they tell me. So I'm going to live it up.

Hence, the Provo bucket list.

Provo, Utah, isn't the most exciting of places, to be sure. But it's certainly unique, and it's been a good host to me these past three years. And since I don't plan on sticking around much longer after I graduate, I'm planning on getting all that I can out of Provo before I leave it for good. So here it is:

Chelsey's Senior Year Provo Bucket List

Provo River

1. Go to Seven Peaks waterpark

2. Float the Provo River

3. Waterboard on Utah Lake

4. Attend the Rooftop Concert Series

5. Try all the different flavors of cupcakes at The Cocoa Bean

This will happen
6. Go to the homecoming week activities

7. Go to a rugby game

8. Attempt to ski

9. Hike Bridal Veil Falls

10. Complete the kong cone challenge at macey's

11. See a show at the Scera

12. Eat at the Communal

13. Attend a Real Salt Lake game

There it is. Think I'm missing anything? (I've already hiked the Y and have no desire to hike Timp, so no need to mention that.) I'll let you know when I check things off the list. And if you want to do any of these things too, please let me know! I would love having a partner-in-crime as I take over Provo.

What would be on your Provo bucket list?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Goodbye California

My last few weeks in California featured friends, family and lots of roller coasters. Here's an update of the finale of my amazing summer:

Shirley came to visit! Here we are getting our Latina on at Olvera Street.

I went surfing for the first time! I was actually able to get up on the board! For like 5 seconds. But still! It was a blast.
Trip to the Getty Museum.

Favorite painting by Monet

And Van Gogh

Trip to Knott's Berry Farm. I'm gonna miss this girl when she leaves for Philly on her mission.

WB Studio tour. Where basically all my nerd dreams came true. Like TOUCHING THE BATMOBILE

Chilling on the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. set
And seeing Stars Hollow, Rosewood and Bluebell. And yes I watch all those shows.

The next week Kristen came to visit and we went to Six Flags

And ate at one of my favorite local eateries Roscoes. Yes, that tastes as good as it looks.

Went to the LA temple. Kristen's gotta get ready for her mission to Brazil! (Everyone is leaving me...)

Walked down Hollywood Blvd and caught a movie at the El Capitan. Here I'm stalking America's new power couple, Dora and Captain America. So adorable.

Keep in mind that I have size 11 feet. Most impressive, Mr. Smith. After all, you know what they say about men with big feet...

After my internship ended, my family came to stay for my last week in Cali. We kicked things off with a cheesy Hollywood tour. Here's us in front of the sign.

This is someone famous' house. Ellen's, I think. By the way, Michael Jackson's old home is on sale for $25 million, if anyone's interested.

Great seats at the Dodgers game!

Hollie's first Dodger dog

Aaaaand... Disneyland! The happiest place on earth.

Even my mom went on a roller coaster! i was so proud.

Mitch geeked out in space land.

One last dinner at Roscoe's with some of the wonderful friends I made this summer. I'm gonna really miss these guys.

So that concludes my wonderful time in California. I had an amazing internship, learned  a lot, had some great experiences and met a ton of awesome people. Although I think the highlight is still high-fiving Conan O'Brien, haha.

So now I'm in Cincinnati for the rest of the week and then it's back to Provo. For my SENIOR YEAR.