Best Summer Ever Update

Val's Best Summer Ever

Has it been the Best Summer Ever so far??? Hell Yeah! Here’s a quick recap of my summer bucket list of things past and things to come:

June 2: Valerie’s Unemployed and Wants to Celebrate Celebration!”
June 5: Celebrating Scott’s b-day at Hugo’s
June 6: The Omen
June 7: Museum of Science and Industry
June 11: Jenny’s Surprise Wedding Shower
June 13: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan book reading
June 22-26: Start of my summer vacation backpacking Europe: Munich, Germany
June 26-27: Zurich & Interlaken, Switzerland
June 27-29: Venice, Italy
June 29-July 1: Florence, Italy
July 1-4: Rome, Italy
July 5-7: Vienna , Austria
July 7-9: Prague, Czech Republic
July 9-12: Paris, France
July 19-July 22: White Water Rafting & Camping
August 12: Jenny’s Wedding
August 24-28: Washington D.C./Virginia

Other things that I have to do this summer:
• Get MattH (and whoever else) to watch 2001 Maniacs and Eraserhead with me. I’m waiting on him. Perhaps while I am housesitting for my sister???
• Write the Great American Novel
• Write a new resume, put together my portfolio, design a professional website, find a new job
• Move out
• Go to Olive or Twist, 10 Pin, that restaurant/movie theater place, and that Mexican restaurant Nadia keeps talking about (is there anything better in life than guac and margaritas?? I think not.)
• Go to Bromann Park
• Jenny’s bachelorette party

Other things that I want to accomplish by the end of the year (Since it is also Valerie’s Best Year Ever):
• Find a man
• Learn to snowboard
• Dye my hair 5 more colors (I’m determined to have 12 hair colors this year)
• Get a new tattoo
Get my artwork from Kurt Halsey (waiting and waiting)
• See a roller derby bout
• Go Eagle watching
• Perfect my hot chocolate recipe (not that it isn’t already the best ever)
• Apply for at least one reality show


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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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3 Comments
  • Chris
    June 15, 2006at8:13 am

    I love the logo. it’s awesome. Europe is a week away no? That’s pretty cool!

  • val
    June 15, 2006at9:11 am

    Thanks about the logo! I tried to model it after the VH1 Best Week Ever logo. hehe.
    Yup, Europe is only a week away now, eep!

  • philippe bromann
    June 15, 2006at4:43 pm

    hello , my mame is philippe bromann .
    enchanté !

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