Number 9 ~ Leap Year Day, Baby!

I’ve always wanted to start a bucket list. Nothing too crazy like jumping out of an airplane. Just some things that I can check off and say, “Did that. And it rocked!”

I could probably already check off some things that some people might already have on their lists. Been to Mt. Rushmore. I was 4, but I still remember it vividly. Very awe inspiring. Made me feel real small. Well, I was real small at the time. I’d love to take my son someday, so I guess I’ll add that to the list.

I scaled La Pirámide del Sol in Teotihuacán, Mexico.

on top of an ancient worldI beat the storm clouds, and made it (thanks in part to my trusty inhaler).

Again, I would love to go back there and take my son along next time.

There were so many things that I didn’t have time to do while studying abroad in Mexico. I will add them to the list, starting with a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo. She’s been a true artistic inspiration. I’ve identified with her ever since I discovered her artwork in my junior high library. I saw her self portrait, and thought to myself, “This woman was brave enough to paint herself with her mustache, and I want to be brave enough to write about the beauty I find in my own flaws just like that!”

I’ve also done some adventurous things I wish I hadn’t, like heading into a silver mine with my fellow students from Olé, Querétaro along with my Cultural Studies professor.

I wouldn’t actually recommend this to anyone. I had a panic attack almost immediately, which developed into a full blown asthma attack as I bolted for the exit.

Shortly thereafter, we all headed to the city of Guanajuato, where we got to go on rapid tours of Museo Casa Diego Rivera and the Don Quixote Museum. If I ever make time to return to Guanajuato, I would go back to both of these museums so I could take my time taking it all in. Next time, I would skip the trip to Museo de las Momias. It was a little too creepy for words, but perfect if you like Ripley’s Believe It or Not kind of stuff.

And so, my adventure continues…

I joined the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies, which I didn’t know existed before yesterday. My fellow Leapers believe that our birthday should be more celebrated than Groundhog Day, and they’ve got a good point. Leap Year Day should be a holiday with lots of hoopla, not a day we have to teach kids (and adults alike) about every 4 years.

My mom’s taking me to lunch at Big Bubba’s Bad to the Bone BBQ for my 9th birthday, where I’ll get a free birthday meal, free birthday dessert and also get to check something off my list: mechanical bull riding! I’ve always wanted to do that. Yeehaw!


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