Walla Walla, the town so nice they named it twice. It’s my town. I wasn’t born here, but the second I saw it, I knew it was home. Walla Walla has community spirit, and it was voted one of the friendliest cities AND one of the most charming small towns in America. It’s no wonder I chose Walla Walla as the location for Rocking Autumn!
So why do I love Walla Walla?
- Food Truck Night!
Every first Monday of the month from spring until late summer, all the food trucks converge to one beautiful location. It’s a feast you cannot miss out on! Expect to see everyone you know there!
2. Downtown Farmers Market. Fresh local produce and handcrafted items. Score! (expect to see everyone you know here too)
3. The picturesque Blue Mountains. In spring when the rolling hills are covered in grass, it looks like something straight out of Middle Earth. (expect to see no one here)
4. Balloon Stampede Night Glow. It’s magical. (more than half the town will be there)
6. Downtown Walla Walla, Main Street. Quaint charm meets upscale. Amazing food, eclectic bars, and wineries. Local businesses and upscale shopping. Swing by Public House 124 for some truffle fries, stroll main street lined with trees wrapped in sparkling white lights, browse through vinyl records at Hot Poop and maybe even grab a giant ice cream cone at Brights. (Everyone you know is here – probably at Starbucks or Coffee Perk)
7. Macy’s Parade of Lights! It’s a holiday festivity that you can’t miss out on! (half the town will be here)
8. Walla Walla Public Transportation. Repurposed cable cars. Score! They’re cute…and they ding!
9. The gazebo at Pioneer Park. It’s simply beautiful and peaceful.
10. The Walla Walla Sweets!
An amateur but professionally managed baseball team in the West Coast League located in Walla Walla. It’s an absolute blast to take in a baseball game on a warm summer night with the family!
I tend to be a bit of an impulsive person – maybe even a little forgetful. I’ve done my fair share of stupid things, even some downright ridiculous things. Here is a list of ten things I will never do again, and why.
- I’ll never mix Red Bull and vodka ever again. My heart and liver will thank me. I’m sure.
- I’ll NEVER join a dating site ever again. Paid. Free. They’re all the same. The four horrifying dates (for example, one grabbed my boobs over a plate of pancakes) and the two internet stalkers should explain why.
- I’ll never skip the sunscreen in Hawaii ever again. The five days of a miserable vacation are the reason why.
- On that note. I will never use self-tanner ever again. Donald Trump orange anyone? I’m too pale, I’m not fooling anyone by showing up as a bronzed goddess!
- I will never watch horror movies alone ever again. (But I probably will) The lack of sleep and jumping at every noise were ridiculous.
- I will never try to force a relationship to work ever again. If it doesn’t work – it doesn’t work. No matter how nice they may be.
- I will never not save my work periodically. (I probably will) Crying over lost documents is not a good look for me.
- I will never think I can remember something without writing it down. Because I will never remember. Ever.
- I will never ever apply Icy Hot to my entire, freshly showered body ever again. No matter how sore I am. Can you get hypothermia from a creme because…
- I will never pretend to ignore red flags/signs of lying because I think I’m being too critical or negative. Red flags are red flags…you need to believe your gut instincts.
- When I was a little girl I wanted to be a secretary. Specifically, a secretary named Diane. The whole thing just seemed the height of glamour to me.
- I have an obsession with organization
- One day when I was a kid I decided to make orange my favorite color because orange had no friends. It’s been my favorite color ever since.
- I can touch my tongue to my nose
- I’m curious about veganism and I want to try it for a year
- I’m a shopaholic when it comes to clothes
- I like being single, mostly
- My favorite number is 17, but it has absolutely no significance. I just like it!
- I’m terrified of fish in lakes and rivers
- I’m ambidextrous. I broke my right arm three times when I was in grade school. It took into my early adulthood to stop using my left hand to hold a fork.
- I was a huge tomboy as a kid
- Despite my peppy and outgoing seeming personality, I’m actually quite introverted. I taught myself to be extroverted, but it drains me.
- I use the word like more often than I should
- I lived in Yakima, WA when Mt. St. Helens blew. I was nine. It’s a day I will never forget from the loud boom that Sunday morning, to the dark, black skies hours later in church and all the ash…piles and piles of it. Because the technology was basically nil back then, it was assumed we were dead in mine and other towns.
- I have a hardcore resting bitch face. Until people get to know me well, it’s usually assumed I’m in a bad mood or angry. I tried walking around with a little smile, but I felt like a psycho.
- My mom is my best friend
- I’m mildly obsessed with cats
- I love playing video games
- I’ve had my nose pierced twice in the last ten years and lost the piercing both times – due to taking them out to get jobs
- I prefer sherbet over ice cream
Have you ever really sat back and thought about the things you want to do and accomplish in your life? Really take stock of all the adventures and goals you have and made them into a tangible list?
The bucket list. There are all kinds of them. Summer bucket lists. Fall bucket lists. Before I die bucket lists.
Mine is the sixty things I would like to do before I turn 60 list. So here we go.
- Go skydiving (super cliche, but it’s true)
- Zipline through the jungle
- Find the person I want to grow old with and/or have an epic romance
- Eat a deep-fried Twinkie
- Visit Bali
- Eat pasta in Italy
- Take a photography class
- Write a best-selling novel
- Visit a hot spring with the love of my life and sit in it unabashedly naked together
- Take a cooking class
- Have a picnic in Central Park
- See the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York
- Listen to jazz in the French Quarter
- Vacation alone
- Live on the beach
- Befriend a complete stranger
- Visit a castle
- Go clam digging
- Eat Boston Baked Beans in Boston
- Eat pizza in Chicago
- Kiss a beautiful man on top of The Empire State Building
- Spend an entire week in a cabin unplugged from the internet and cell service
- Learn how to make soap
- Be on someone’s bucket list and help them make it happen
- Build a Habitat For Humanity House
- Go vegan for a year
- Go to a silent retreat
- Attend a book signing, as an author
- Order one of everything off a menu
- Have a super fancy dinner party
- Watch a play on Broadway
- Learn to homestead
- Perform at a slam poetry reading
- Be a bridesmaid
- Learn to sew
- Kiss in the rain
- Hold an otter
- Learn how to make candles
- Eat something bizarre in a foreign country
- See Manchester Orchestra perform live
- Visit Greece
- Visit Ireland
- Visit Germany
- Get my palm read
- Try fire cupping
- Stay in a 5-star resort
- Eat a meal cooked by a celebrity chef
- Enter a food challenge at a restaurant
- Learn how to make a killer cocktail
- Cuddle a koala bear
- Hold a monkey
- Watch my boys turn into men
- Plant a thriving garden
- Press my own apple cider
- Make a completely home-grown meal
- Go to a floating lantern festival
- Name a star
- Go ghost hunting
- Pay for a stranger’s groceries
- Own a home
So that’s it. That’s my 60 before 60 list. What’s on yours?
When I started my YouTube channel I talked about how I find balance between being a single mom, working full-time, finding personal time and writing! This video crams 15 hours of my day into a 14-minute video – and it’s a small glimpse into how I do it all!
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