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Hello, Good Times!1 of 9
We love a good bucket list as much as the next gal, but we're also realistic—and impatient. To help kick off summer, we've created a drop-in-the-bucket list with eight things you can do and accomplish starting right now.
1. Play Hooky2 of 9
While quitting your job and decamping to a tropical island may be a longterm goal, in the short-term you can at least ditch work for the day. After all, according to the most recent survey, more than half of Americans have unused vacation. Try playing tourist in your own town. Visit a museum, local monument or botanical garden. The only rule? You can't do anything you have to do. That means no responding to emails, putting in a load of laundry or paying bills. Bon voyage!
2. Parlez-Vous ______?3 of 9
Sure, becoming fluent in another language is all well and good, but learning to conjugate all those verbs in the past conditional tense or the future perfect continuous? Dios mío. So instead of beating yourself up for only speaking a single language (but really, really well, of course), make it your goal to master one clever phrase in a foreign tongue. Because you never know when you might need to say: Die dümmsten Bauern haben die dicksten Kartoffeln. (Or: The dumbest farmer has the biggest potatoes.)
3. Try an Exotic Fruit4 of 9
Oh, there are so many exotic dishes on the foodie's bucket list: fugu (or blowfish) sashimi from Japan, fermented herring from Sweden, viscous bird's nest soup from China. Until you can embark on your globe-trotting culinary adventure, why not sample some exotic delicacies that are closer to home—and way more palatable? Our pick: The tropical dragon fruit, which tastes similar to kiwi and can be found in specialty markets around the U.S.
4. Phone a Friend5 of 9
Call a friend you may have drifted apart from—not for any particular reason other than the fact that both of your lives just got busy. If you don't do it now, it will never seem like the "right" time. And trust us: She's been thinking about calling you, too.
5. Write a Poem6 of 9
The great American novel can take years, decades even, to finish writing. But a poem? You can craft one of those puppies in an afternoon—and it doesn't even have to rhyme. Don't worry about it being perfect; just worry about getting it done. Here are a few of our top picks to inspire you: "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams; "After the Movie" by Marie Howe; and "35/10" by Sharon Olds.
6. Watch a Classic7 of 9
Eventually, you'll work your way through all the the movies on the American Film Institute's 100 Greatest Movies List. Today, you can watch only one. Why not start at the beginning? First up: Citizen Kane.
7. Sing Out Loud8 of 9
Performing at Carnegie Hall may not be in the cards for most of us, but you can be the best karaoke singer that you can be—pronto. Memorize the lyrics to a favorite song. (What else are you going to do on your daily commute?) Practice in the car at full volume, so you're ready when a karaoke opportunity presents itself.
8. Splurge on Yourself9 of 9
Invest in a signature accessory that you love and can wear with almost anything. Your everyday wardrobe will seem much more interesting when you have a standout piece to pair it with.
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