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Bucket list check – Set off 99 Red Balloons 

“…99 red balloons floating in the summer sky..”

This was one of the single most 100% original Sami ideas I ever added to the bucket list. I always envisioned myself standing at the edge of a bright green field setting bunches of cherry red balloons to the wind. I feel like I got my idea from my cousin’s wedding decades ago. It’s funny what the mind recalls even at such a young age.

I always wondered if I’d ever do this because well, that’s a lot of balloons and where am I going to find a field? Then I became environmentally conscious and researched balloon releases. As much as I love the idea, I ruined it for myself because I learned “what comes up, must come down”. I even researched alternatives without strings and maybe a biodegradable material.

Ultimately, I ended up setting 99 red balloons free in the comfort of my living room at two in the morning while Goldfinger’s cover of “99 Red Balloons” played. This song has been one of my favorites since Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen had a carnival day in a film many decades ago.

We even went as far as buying a helium tank. If we’re being honest here, it most certainly did not fill all of the balloons. Or even half for that matter. You know what that means. We took it upon ourselves to blow up nearly fifty balloons and tried not to pass out.

Baby Z had a blast with a room full of balloons though!? I mean, how was she supposed to sleep when her house was taken over by latex full of air. The next day, the balloons were re-purposed and became props to the most perfect Valentine’s Day photoshoot of her.


(side note: one balloon did actually escape into the world. The cheap tank we got didn’t last very long. I expected it’d be safe to take the mostly drooping balloons outside for some naturally lit photos. Most continued their sad, droopy excursions and descended right into the leaves below. Except that one that slipped my grip.)

I had 99 balloons in my grips, but that ain’t one anymore.

Fun is not defined by anything but what you make it. Buy a bag of balloons and set them free at the break of dawn. Or not. You can just throw them around your living room, spinning and twirling to Nena’s classic song.

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My Bucket List

144 out of 244 items completed. 

Adrenaline junkie.
Progress: 13 out of 25 complete.

  1.  Go Parasailing
  2. Ride in a hot air balloon
  3. Get SCUBA certified
  4. Go scuba diving
  5. Go skydiving
  6. Stand up paddleboarding
  7. Kayaking
  8. Go surfing
  9. Sail a boat
  10. Go cliff diving
  11. Ziplining
  12. Geocaching
  13. Canoeing
  14. Camping
  15. Go skiing
  16. Ride in a ski lift
  17. Go snowboarding
  18. Go whitewater rafting
  19. Go zorbing
  20. Jump from a tree into water
  21. Skateboard into a bowl
  22. Walk across a suspension bridge
  23. Go rock climbing
  24. Ride the largest slingshot in the world
  25. Ride the tallest SkyCoaster in Old Town

    Fur babes.
    Progress: 10 out of 20 complete. 

  26. See tigers at Big Cat Rescue
  27. Go to the zoo
  28. Swim with dolphins
  29. Swim with manatees
  30. Swim with sharks
  31. Hug an elephant
  32. Ride a camel
  33. Go horse-back riding
  34. Go horse-back riding on the beach
  35. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage
  36. Catch a firefly
  37. Go dog sledding
  38. Pet a penguin
  39. Hold a monkey
  40. Pet a tiger
  41. Pet a monkey
  42. Milk a cow
  43. Go to a horse derby
  44. Be zookeeper for a day

    Progress: 11 out of 17 complete. 

  45. Snorkel in coral reefs
  46. Visit a Botanical Garden
  47. See mountains
  48. See glaciers
  49. See canyons
  50. See volcanoes
  51. See caves
  52. See waterfalls
  53. See sponges in Tarpon Springs, Florida
  54. Explore a rainforest
  55. Frolic through a field of flowers
  56. Name a star
  57. Swim in hot springs
  58. Make a daisy chain
  59. See Brooksville sunflowers
  60. Grow a flower
  61. Grow a Bonsai tree

    Bein’ artsy
    Progress: 16 out of 17 complete.  

  62. Use a Pottery Wheel
  63. Paint ceramics
  64. Blow glass
  65. Paint wine glasses
  66. Have a paint party
  67. Throw darts at balloons filled with paint
  68. Crochet a scarf
  69. Knit a hat
  70. Make an origami animal
  71. Make a mosaic
  72. Make soap
  73. Sew an outfit
  74. Take cute pictures at a photo booth
  75. Start a blog
  76. Finish a “Wreck this Journal”
  77. Paint and Sip session
  78. Make a dreamcatcher

    Never stop learning
    Progress: 1 out of 8 complete. 

  79. Learn to salsa dance
  80. Learn to ballroom dance
  81. Learn to tango dance
  82. Get a degree
  83. Learn Spanish
  84. Learn French
  85. Learn Sign Language
  86. Start playing violin again

    Bad and Boujee
    Progress: 2 out of 6 complete.

  87. Order room service
  88. Buy a mermaid tail
  89. Buy a house
  90. Buy dream car
  91. Go gambling
  92. Get a camper

    Progress: 13 out of 20 complete. 

  93. Go grape stomping
  94. Attend a wine tasting 
  95. Make a fishbowl alcoholic punch bowl
  96. Go to a Fondue restaurant
  97. Make s’mores at a real campfire
  98. Drink Boba Tea
  99. Drink moonshine
  100. Go to an Ice Bar
  101. Eat something aired on Man VS. Food
  102. Make a gingerbread house
  103. Take a couples cooking class
  104. Make latte art
  105. Attend a tea tasting
  106. Eat from a food truck
  107. Eat in a pitch black restaurant
  108. Try all the well-known alcoholic beverages (LIST HERE.)
  109. Eat something not normally deep-fried
  110. Start an herb and veggie garden
  111. Go apple picking
  112. Pick blueberries and bake a pie

    Progress: 22 out of 29 complete.

  113. Read 30 books in one year
  114. Have a family
  115. Lose 5 lbs
  116. Lose 10 lbs
  117. Lose 15 lbs
  118. Lose 20 lbs
  119. Lose 25 lbs
  120. Lose 30 lbs
  121. Lose 35 lbs
  122. Get a pet
  123. Meet a famous person
  124. Have a wedding ceremony
  125. Organize family portraits on each side of the family
  126. Leave one uplifting note for someone every day for one month
  127. Ask my spouse 20 questions
  128. Bring a hot meal to a homeless person
  129. Donate Toys for Tots for Christmas
  130. Visit the elderly in a nursing home
  131. Donate blood
  132. Write 10 things I’m grateful for every day for 1 month
  133. Pay the toll for someone behind you
  134. Leave bags of change by parking meters
  135. Send a care package to a soldier
  136. Serve food in a soup kitchen
  137. Buy flowers for your neighbor
  138. Volunteer with children
  139. Write a letter to your future self
  140. Build a house with Habitat for Humanity
  141. Collect food for animal rescue

    Progress: 36 out of 46 complete.  

  142. Go on a small dinner cruise
  143. Go to a dinner show
  144. Do Lazer tag
  145. Go to the Salvador Dali Museum
  146. Do Glow Mini Golf
  147. See the mermaids of Weeki Wachee
  148. Go to Halloween Horror Nights
  149. Go to a Renaissance Festival
  150. Go ice-skating
  151. Go to Disney World
  152. See Cinderella’s Castle at Christmastime
  153. Go to downtown Disney
  154. Go to Islands of Adventure
  155. Go to CityWalk
  156. Go to Universal Studios
  157. See fireworks
  158. Throw a costume party for Halloween
  159. See a rock show
  160. See a ska show
  161. See a reggae show
  162. See a classical show
  163. Go to Comic-Con
  164. Go to an aquarium
  165. Go to Warped Tour
  166. Go to Seaworld
  167. Go to a mermaid convention
  168. Go to a masquerade party
  169. See the Nutcracker Ballet
  170. See a Broadway show
  171. See an opera
  172. See Phantom of the Opera
  173. See Wicked
  174. See Rocky Horror Picture Show live
  175. See a foreign movie
  176. Go skinny dipping
  177. Go to a stand-up comedy show
  178. Go to the circus
  179. Go to a Blue Man Group show
  180. Attend a Native American Pow Wow
  181. Be an extra in a movie
  182. Attend a live studio audience
  183. Crowd surf
  184. Go to a drive-in movie
  185. See my favorite band play live
  186. Jump in a trampoline room
  187. See a Burlesque show

    The little things
    Progress 11 out of 15 complete. 

  188. Fill a kiddie pool with glitter
  189. Set off 99 red balloons while playing the song
  190. Build a snowman
  191. Complete a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle
  192. Grow hair out to lower back
  193. Get a tattoo
  194. Find a whole sand dollar
  195. Carve pumpkins for Halloween
  196. Get a Brazilian wax
  197. Get a spray tan
  198. Get a fish pedicure
  199. Get professionally fitted for a bra
  200. Get a professional massage
  201. Get a professional photo shoot done
  202. Take a mud bath
  203. Get a henna tattoo
  204. Go to an Escape Room

    Sporty chic
    Progress: 8 out of 10 complete. 

  205. Go to a hockey game
  206. Go to a baseball game
  207. Run in a zombie run
  208. Run in a color run
  209. Run in a mud run
  210. Go paintballing
  211. Go cosmic bowling
  212. Catch a fish then prepare and eat it
  213. Take figure skating lessons
  214. Go to a shooting range

    Progress: 2 out of 7 complete. 

  215. Ride on a jet ski
  216. Ride on a train
  217. Ride in a boat
  218. Ride in a helicopter
  219. Ride a four wheeler
  220. Ride in a limo

    Travel and General
    Progress: 6 out of 9 complete.

  221. Go on a cruise
  222. Climb a lighthouse
  223. Fly first class
  224. Stay at a bed and breakfast
  225. Tour a factory
  226. Tour a beer brewery
  227. Go to a butterfly sanctuary
  228. Visit a castle
  229. Visit a temple

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