Changing things up for spring

I love the changes the accompany spring. Just yesterday, I put away my snow boots and transferred all my junk belongings from my big red purse to a smaller, wicker one. I pulled out a more brightly colored wallet, too.

In the last few weeks, I've started adding springy music to my iPod (another entry in itself - does anyone else make musical selections based on seasons?) and pulling out a few clothing items I haven't worn in months.

This may not sound like much (especially to those who don't understand the mentality shift that can accompany carrying a different purse), but thinking spring and enjoying warmer weather have really boosted my spirits.

And in honor of my favorite two upcoming seasons, spring and summer, I've made a list of activities and goals I'd like to achieve before the weather turns cold again. Here are a few things on that list:

- spend an afternoon wandering Allerton Park near Monticello

- get a bike lock so I can run errands without burning gasoline

-learn to throw a softball decently (I'll admit, I throw like a girl)

- try three new restaurants in Champaign-Urbana (any suggestions?)

-expend lots of steps during the Moon Walk challenge

- visit Urbana's

Meadowbrook Park
- I've never been there

-make sure I get to at least three outdoor festivals, including the Taste of Champaign and the Arcola Broomcorn Festival (any suggestions for a third?)

- discover three musical artists

- write something fictional or creative (but not for the newspaper, of course)

- read "The Death of Ivan Ilych"

- enjoy live music

- go stargazing in the middle of nowhere

- host a barbecue

- ride in a boat

- see at least three fireworks displays

- visit Gibson City's Harvest Moon Drive In movie theater. It's a summer standard for me, but I never get sick of it

I like making these lists because I can refer to them when I'm bored. What kinds of things are you hoping to do when the weather is warmer?

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