Life after vacation

Hello, my bucket list friends ! being a bucket lister often means having a love of travel and adventure and boy do I love both of those things ! Well there is something I haven’t really written about before but it happens to me all the time . Most of the time whenever I come back from vacation I get after vacation blues . It’s hard to go from being on an amazing vacation where every day is an adventure to going back to the same old stuff. I know I’m not the only one that has this problem I looked it up . I hope by sharing my experiences with after vacation life I will be able to help some one else who has the same problem . Let’s get to it !

 

 

 

Life after vacation

When a vacation ends I have mixed feelings . On one hand I’m excited to go back home see my friends , family ,cats and sleep in my own bed again but On the other hand I can’t believe it’s over already ! As the saying goes time flies when you’re having fun and that is so true when it comes to vacations. For me though going back home is easy compared to getting back into the everyday routine of life . All throughout the day I keep thinking about how I wish I could just travel and blog all the time but I know that won’t being happening soon . Even though it might some day ! The thing that works best for me is to try to focus on positive things like all the fun stuff I did on vacation ! Lately when I have been feeling upset I replay the moment in my head when I met Alice Cooper and before I know it I’m smiling ! I also like telling other people about my vacation it’s almost like I’m back on vacation . Another thing that can help me cope with after vacation depression is to treat myself  a week ago I bought this really cute stuffed dinosaur at Walgreens ! They are starting to put their Christmas items out so there where a lot of cute animals to choose from ,getting a new stuffed animal gave me a little does of happiness that was much needed . I also try to focus on the everyday things that bring me joy such as watching one of my favorite shows , waking up with cats on my bed , and the yummy soup that I get from the store by my work . It may take some time but before I know it I’m back in the swing of things and looking forward to my next adventure ! To sum all this up I’ve made a list below of my life after vacation tips .

Rock on – Christina Epperly

Tips for getting back to normal life after an amazing vacation

 

  1. Think about positive memories it can be from the vacation you just got from or  from another happy time in your life .
  2. Treat yourself ! Eat your favorite foods or buy yourself something new and exciting like a new outfit or a stuffed dinosaur. 🙂
  3. Make a list of all things you enjoy about every day life .
  4. plan your next adventure.
  5. Tell others about your fun vacation it may just inspire their next trip !

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Back to California and a new tattoo

Hello, my bucket list friends ! All good vacations must come to an end and Last Wednesday was the day my Texas Vacation ended.  ( you can read my other blog posts about my vacation here ,here ,here and here ) On October 17th my mom and I left Texas to go back home to California .  At the airport while we waited for our flight I bought a new snow globe and a cute little Texas teddy bear ! It was fun to do some shopping but I had a mission to accomplish as soon as I got back to California . The night before Alice Cooper had signed my arm and drew a cross underneath it and I needed to get it tattooed as soon as possible because it was already starting to fade ! I kept looking at my arm all throughout the flight to make sure it wasn’t too faded. I was worried that after I had slept on it that it would be to faded to tattoo over . As soon as my dad picked us up at the airport we went right to a tattoo shop that only takes walk ins . There were no other customers in the shop at the time so it was able to get it done right away . It only took a few minutes and it turned out really well ! I was so happy that it was not to faded to tattoo over . To sum this all up my vacation was awesome and I love my new Alice Cooper signature tattoo !

Rock on – Christina Epperly

Texas vacation part 4 and bucket list numbers #188 and #216

Hello , my bucket list friends I had a really wonderful time in Texas and the night I’m about to tell you about where I crossed two things off my bucket list was easily one of the best nights of my life ! So let’s get going !

Texas vacation part 4 and bucket list numbers #188 and #216

My vacation was already amazing but on Tuesday night I went to an Alice Cooper concert and I crossed two items off my list . I would consider both of these items to be on the harder side to cross off but I crossed them both off in one night . The items I crossed off are #188 go back stage at a concert and number #216 meet Alice cooper !  It was such an amazing night but I’m getting ahead of myself . I was very blessed to have the opportunity to meet Alice Cooper It is an expensive ticket to get and I’m still paying for it but it was so worth it ! The night started with a VIP tour of the stage . It was so amazing to get to be on the stage where Alice Cooper was going to be preforming that night ! I got to take pictures with some of the props on stage including the famous guillotine !  I loved being on stage and also getting to walk backstage and seeing some of the equipment that goes in to making the show a success.  As for the show it’s self I was in the 2nd row ! It was so amazing to see everything that close up ! I felt like I was part of the show ! I got some great pictures because I was so close .It was truly a breathtaking show. I got a guitar pick and an Alice Cooper $100.00  bill with his face on it . My mom had a separate ticket and was in a different section but she said she liked her seat and had a good view of the show . After the show it was time for a dream of mine to come true , I was going to meet Alice Cooper ! I went backstage and waited with the other people who where going to meet him . The room where we were going to meet him was very nice and there were lots of places to sit .While we were waiting some of the band walked by and I high -fived one of  the band members Alice Cooper’s daughter walked by as well  I really felt like a true VIP that night . All of the VIP’s got these awesome Alice Cooper tote bags with posters inside for him to sign . I also brought his book for him to sign I got that book in high school and I told him how I had to put it away in class because it was making me laugh so hard ! Meeting Alice Cooper was one of the happiest moments of my life ! I could not stop smiling ! He was easy to talk to and very nice . I wish I would have talked to him a little more than I did but I was too busy smiling and being in the moment . I asked him to sign my arm right underneath where my school’s out tattoo is, he did and he drew a little cross as well underneath his name . After meeting Alice Cooper I met up with my mom outside and we headed back to the hotel . It was a night for the record books ! Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Texas Vacation part 3

Hello, my bucket list friends! Welcome to part 3 of my Texas vacation blog posts . (Click here to read part 1)  (Click here to read part 2 )  This post will be a little on the shorter side because I will be covering the nighttime activity where I crossed two items off the list in the next post . So with all that said let’s dive on in to part 3 !

Texas Vacation part 3

Tuesday October 16th was our last full day in Texas before we flew home on Wednesday. We had two big things planned one daytime and one nighttime activity . Our day time activity was a self guided tour of AT&T stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play . My mom is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan so we had to make sure we included a trip to the stadium while we were in Texas . I have to start out by saying that this Stadium is amazing ! Even if you are not a football fan it is worth checking out . The best part of taking a tour is that you get to go down on the field ! You can take pictures and even play football . They hand out footballs for you to use . I had a fun time playing catch with my mom on a real NFL football field ! I also enjoyed the press conference room, It’s was cool to stand on the stage like you were giving a press conference ! We also got to see the locker rooms of both the players and cheerleaders. It was cool seeing all the names on the lockers . It turns out that there is a cheerleader named Christina. It was fun standing next to her locker pretending that it was mine !  I love going to gift shops when I go somewhere fun and this place has a huge store ! There was so much stuff to see it was pretty amazing . I got some cool Dallas Cowboy buttons . Overall it was a really great place to visit and I recommend going here if you get the chance too . That’s part 3 thank you for reading!

Rock on – Christina Epperly

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Texas vacation part two

Hello, my bucket list friends I’m very excited to dive right into part 2 of my amazing Texas vacation ! ( you can read part one here ).  Now on to part 2 !

 

Texas vacation part two

 

On Monday the rain was pouring down just like the weather report had said it would so it was a very good thing that we completed our outdoor activities the day before . The first activity for the day was the Perot museum of nature and science. The museum is a pretty good size with a lot to see and do . In addition to a variety of exciting and interesting exhibits there is also a 3D theater it requires a separate ticket . There were three movies to chose from there is one about dinosaurs , one about music history and the one we chose about oceans and underwater life . we had some time before our movie started so we started exploring the museum . There were some fun interactive exhibits I liked being able to drive a little robot and getting to crawl through a cave . There were also some amazing gems to look at but we had to take a break from the exhibits to go see the movie . I loved the Ocean movie it was so beautiful ! I loved seeing all kinds of sea animals in 3D ! After the movie we went to explore the rest of museum . I enjoyed the dinosaur and bird exhibits there was so much to see I recommend going to the Perot museum if you get the chance to .

After the museum we went to our next activity the George bush presidential library and museum. I really enjoyed this museum I find it interesting to learn about other people’s lives .  It was awesome to get an in depth look of his presidency . One of my favorite parts of the museum was the decision room theater where  you got a bunch of different information and had to make the best decision you could just like the president had to ! I also enjoyed the recreation of the Oval Office .  This is another place I recommend going to if you are in the Dallas area . That’s part 2 of My Texas vacation !

Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

 

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Texas vacation part 1

Hello, my bucket list friends ! I just got back from a fun filled vacation to Texas ! There is so much to write about so I’m going to doing more than one post about my latest vacation . So let’s dive into part 1 !

Texas vacation part 1

On Saturday October 13th my mom and I flew out to Texas . It was quite an ordeal to get there because due to weather in Texas our flight got cancelled . We got on another flight but we had to go back downstairs to ticketing to get new boarding passes then back up through security again . It all worked out but we go to Dallas late so we didn’t have any time to do anything other than go to bed .

 

On Sunday , there was a break in the rain but according to the weather report that would be our only day to do outdoor activities . It was going to be tough but we were going to have to do the State Fair of Texas and the Dallas zoo in one day ! We started our day at the state Fair .  It was kind of hard to find our way around but we managed to see and do a lot in the short time we had . We got to ride some fun rides including the sky way and the swing ride and I did the carousel of course . We got to see cows , goats , and horses and a few exhibits before it was time to leave . I bought a necklace as a souvenir and had some lemonade . After all our fair fun it was time to head to the zoo . When we got to the Dallas zoo we only had a few hours before it closed but we made the very most of it . It is a pretty good sized zoo.  We saw penguins , elephants , a hippopotamus , flamingos and lots of other animals ! The aviary  was fun to explore I loved seeing all the different kinds of birds there . There is a really nice gift shop where I got a new snow globe for my collection along with some other fun souvenirs.  There was a carousel but because we were short on time I did not get the chance to ride it . Overall the state fair of Texas and the Dallas zoo are a lot of fun, I just wish we would have had more time to explore them. Even After all our fair and zoo fun we had one more activity to do before the rain came . That night we went to the reunion tower. I had fun time exploring the Geo deck and looking at the beautiful view of Dallas and yes they have a gift shop ! After all that exploration we were very tired and ready to called it a day !

That’s the end of part one ! Rock on Christina Epperly

 

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“Fall bucket list” update

Hello , My bucket list friends ! I wanted to share with all of you the progress that I made on my ” Fall bucket list ” I’m  doing  summer themed things during the fall to keep the happiness of summer going . ( You Can see it here ) Now, here is the progress I’ve made so far.

 

4 wear flip flops at least 10 different times

I love flip flops and the weather has been warm enough to wear them . It was to easy to rock some of my favorite shoes to cross this item off !

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1 Go out for frozen yogurt or ice cream

I went to one of my favorite frozen yogurt places to cross off this one off  .I topped my yogurt off with lots of fun candies !

 

6. color a summer themed coloring page

I love to draw and color so this item was very fun to cross off ! I found this super cute coloring page on the Crayola Website . I loved coloring this really fun summer picture .

That’s all of this time . Rock on – Christina Epperly