Lists Aren’t Just For Groceries

Ice cold drink in hand-hold the lemon-the sun heats my skin as I take a break from lounging by the pool, only to sneak a peak at the five good looking volleyball players…no surfers…no volleyball players headed my way.

Oh, sorry!! You caught me daydreaming. So any suggestions…should I have gone with surfers? That’s right; I’m not in Cancun or Barbados. I’m not even at the lake. I’m guessing that if you’re reading this then you are much like me: stuck at home for spring break. So what’s a girl to do!?!Well, I could keep daydreaming and spend endless hours on Facebook while feeling sorry for myself because I don’t have any plans. Or I could resolve to have fun and make plans. Just because I didn’t leave the state or country doesn’t mean my week has to be dull and boring, and neither does your week!

I actually determined about six days ago that my break from school, homework, stress, and more stress would not be uneventful or forgettable. The only problem was how I was going to make that happen. Then after a night of hanging with my girlfriends who don’t have any spring break plans either, I did what my anal organized self does best. I made a list.

I didn’t make some tired-old grocery or cleaning list. I made what I’m calling my Spring Break 2009 Extravaganza Fun List. I wrote down anything that came to mind with the help of my friend Lil. I think we had almost as much fun making the list than we will checking things off it.

Now laugh if you want, but by the time Sunday the 22nd rolls around and I’ve had more fun than most of your spring breaks could handle, you’ll just be sad that you didn’t follow my suggestions, pick up a pen, and put your daydreams to paper.

To help the reluctant along and because I love sharing my great ideas, I’ve come up with another list of sorts that’s just for you. Pick and choose my ideas that you might enjoy. And don’t hesitate to tell that friend of yours who spent her break in Colorado or Los Angeles, “Sounds fun, but I did this, and this, and that, ha!” XOXO

To Do:


The Oklahoma City Zoo isn’t just for five and six year olds, all ages can enjoy a beautiful afternoon spotting giraffes and elephants!! So pack a lunch, grab some friends, and embrace your animal lover side. I especially like the OKC Zoo’s newest exhibit Oklahoma Trails. If you haven’t seen it then you’re missing out. Covering almost eight acres, this exhibit features over one hundred animals native to Oklahoma including alligators, grizzly bears, coyotes, and bobcats.

2101 Northeast Fiftieth Street in OKC, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Adults: $7.00 (405) 424-3344.


Chipotle peppers, cilantro, spicy vinaigrettes, and mango sauces are frequent flavors that can help you spice up your normal Mexican restaurant routine at 1492 New World Latin Cuisine. With a menu ranging from authentic Latin dishes to Tex Mex, I can’t get enough of this modern restaurant and bar in Midtown OKC. Go for lunch or dinner and let the restaurant’s cool vibes satisfy your need for a south of the border experience.

1207 N. Walker in OKC Mon.-Thurs: 11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 midnight, Sunday: 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (405) 236-1492.


Want to spend a peaceful relaxing afternoon looking at wild flowers and spying squirrels, rabbits, and deer along a wooded trail? Then try horseback riding. And no, you don’t have to go bare back at the Thunderbird Riding Stables, but you can go on “open rides” meaning rides that aren’t guided on over 500 acres. Find your stirrups, saddle up, and get going!

15 miles East of I-35 on State Highway 9 and South of Norman, Cost: $19.00 per hour. Open Year Round (weather permitting). (405) 321-5768.


Now not every girl can say this, but I certainly can. As a National Park Ranger’s daughter, not only can I get the tent up, but I don’t mind sleeping on the ground or sitting around a campfire, and yes I can even handle the occasional bug. Girls if you haven’t tried camping go for it just once and remember to take magazines (they’re so allowed around the campfire) and cute guys to start the fires (even I refuse to do that). With great camping locations nearby, it’ll be at the most a two hour trip that’ll still seem like a great adventure. Just think: nature hikes, swimming in lakes, nature centers, grilled hamburgers, and memories. Try the below campgrounds.

Chickasaw National Recreation Center

Sulphur, OK Campground Fees: $12.00 (Non-utility Site)-Cold Springs, Guy Sandy, & Rock Creek; $14.00 (Utility Site)-Buckhorn, (877) 444-6777 Reservations, (580) 622-7234 Information.

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Lawton, OK Campground Fees: $8.00 (Single Unit without electricity) $16.00 (Single Unit with electricity)-Doris Campground, (580) 429-3222.

Lake Arcadia

Arcadia, OK Campground Fees: $13.00 (daily fee)-Central State Park and Scissortail, (405) 216-7476 Scissortail Campground (405) 216-7474 Central State Park.


With movies like Bedtime Stories, Bolt, Doubt, Twilight, Valkyrie playing at the Starplex Cinema Robinson Crossing 6, this dollar theater is more than worth collecting spare change from your couch to go to the movies. A classic lazy day activity, the movies bring excitement to an average day. Try $0.50 Tuesdays or keep Robinson Crossing in mind this Friday the 20th or Saturday the 21st when it’s scheduled to rain.

1300 N. Interstate Drive in Norman, Adult: $1.50, (405) 447-1005.


My friend Lil and I plan on having our own get together this Saturday. So why don’t you throw a soiree too! Celebrate spring break, St. Patrick’s Day, your friends, being young, whatever. Just get to hanging up streamers and creating a ‘party mix’ on your iPod. Don’t forget to set up rock band, try creating a new drink like the ones listed below, and let loose before it is back to the books on Monday.

Drink Ideas

Both make one serving

Strawberry Kiss (Under 21)

3 oz. strawberry puree

1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice

1/2 oz. lemon juice

1/2 oz. whipping cream

1/2 tsp. caster sugar

Blend briefly with half a glassful of crushed ice in a wine goblet. Garnish with half a caster sugar-coated strawberry, and serve.

Spring Break (21 and Up)

1 1/2 oz. Absolut Kurant vodka

1/2 oz. lychee liqueur

3-4 oz. club soda

Fill glass with ice. Pour in the vodka then the liqueur then top off with soda.

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  1. Horse Riding Saddles
    20/05/2009 at 4:36 pm Permalink

    Yeah, I agree and disagree with you to an extent. Must I plan every “fun” thingy I’m meant 2 have?…while planning and ‘listing’ of daily goals are veryyy cool…the unknown and adventurous side of having fun is the key part of fun….well, planning and listing of “to do’s” are quite essential…oh, my….hope i dint forge 2 say, “Thanks for the lovely post”….thanks…nice1….

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