So you think you’re a grown-up…

May has been somewhat of a whirlwind. I don’t remember most of it, and the little I do remember has to do with almost getting heatstroke during USC commencement as I attempted to fan myself with a ceremony program that was as thick as a textbook.

Aside from that, my graduation was lovely—full of balloons and crazy theatre people and picture-taking and sad-hugging and more crazy theatre people and Pretty Little Liars (the keynote speaker at the School of Dramatic Arts ceremony was actress Troian Bellisario). And now we’re officially old.



Back a while, I made this list. My senior year bucket list. It was essentially a panic-induced attempt at trying to do all the things before I finished undergrad.

I did a lot of the things. But not all. So I decided I would make a new bucket list, which you will find at the end of this post. My ADULTHOOD-RESPONSIBILITY-AHH bucket list.

Currently, I’m in my last week of freedom before I start working at a theatre company in Santa Monica (I realize that I just made entering the workforce sound like entering prison), but I still don’t feel like an adult. I wonder when that’ll kick in. Hopefully never. *shudders*

yes double yes

My family is actually about to move AGAIN, which will be the third move in four years. They’re headed to Rancho Cucamonga, so as I’ve been packing up and moving out of my USC apartment, they’ve been packing up to move out of Los Angeles. Meaning the members of my family are, like, Level 50,000,000,000 Master Packers.

I’m also almost finished with Privateer Draft 4. This round has been the most hefty revisions, yet. I’ve cut so much. I’ve added so much. I’m almost afraid to look at it when it’s done cookin’. Oh well. Even if it’s metaphorically burnt to a crisp, I’ll always have Draft 3 to fall back on. That’s the beauty of drafting! You have multiple versions of the same thing! *dies*

I’ve also been considering starting to use this blog to post some book reviews, since y’all liked my mini-reviews so much. I might make it a bi-annual round-up thing. Or a monthly round-up thing. This is entirely dependent upon how many freakin’ books I can read in any given amount of time.

But speaking of books, my Summer 2014 Reading List is now up under the Her Shelf tab! Check it out and let me know what you think of my choices, and if I absolutely must add such-and-such book to my list because of reasons I’m sure you’ll tell me.

I am also participating in the Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge, and trying to read 50 books in a year. Last year I was able to read 38 books… I figured 50 was a pretty reachable goal. Considering that I just finished book #22 (The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson [a.k.a. Auntie Laurie nope never letting that go], which was OMFG-MARRY-ME good. I reviewed it on Goodreads here)… so I’m pretty sure I’ve got a chance at 50.

I’ve gotten way off track here.

I started this post with the intention of describing how it feels to be an adult. I was going to do it in verse but I couldn’t think of anything that rhymed with “emotionally fragile” (like, promotionally agile? devotionally… snagile? That’s not a word. There’s literally nothing that rhymes with fragile).

So I will describe it this way.

My first grown-up act was to attend a grown-up party with my mother’s grown-up friends. To prepare for said party, I made a grown-up fruit salad. My mom walked in with a whole watermelon and I decided it would be a really good idea to make melon balls. Because… obviously, melon balls.

I balled that melon good.

I balled that melon good.

Freakin’ 800,000 melon balls and a few blisters from the melon-baller-thingy later, I’m pretty sure this was a bad idea.

However, if this fruit salad becomes the crowning achievement of my adult life, I will be fairly pleased with myself. I mean, just look at those balls (there are cantaloupe balls in there, too, but my mother did those).

I've officially been initiated into adulthood. Where is my medal.

I’ve officially been initiated into adulthood. Where is my medal.

The New Bucket List:

So… as promised, here is my ADULTHOOD-RESPONSIBILITY-AHH bucket list. Are you ready?

  1. Follow Jesus. Whatever else happens, happens.

Happy almost-June! Go read a book.

Samantha Chaffin

6 thoughts on “So you think you’re a grown-up…

  1. Linda D says:

    any chance of reading fourth draft Privateer? You know me, would love it like it was my own, and yet wouldn’t be shy about letting you know of any plot-blips -say, like forgetting to feed your entire crew of characters for over half the book ;D – little things like that. A free editing offer!

    And those melon balls look very mature and adult-ish – you passed the only test into adulthood – melon balls. But, let me clue you in on a secret, I haven’t “grown up” yet. Don’t tell anyone.

    Linda D

  2. Kim says:

    Sam, I don’t think any of us really grow up. Seriously. I’m still wearing Wonder Woman pajamas and cooing over antique piggy banks, so NOPE. Still a kid over here. And I think that’s the way it’s gonna be.

    After I read your post, I was inspired to make my own melon balls… but then discovered that we don’t have one of those melon ball scoopers in the house… and my dad already cut up our watermelon. LAME. *retreats back to the microwave*

    BTW, I literally snort-giggled when I saw that gif. I remember that movie – BEST LINE EVER. Esp because I’m totally guilty of watching a plethora of episodes of THE Cryptkeeper from Tales from the Crypt. Gawd, I miss that show. I’ve actually been on a serious horror movie / horror survival game kick at the moment, and I really can’t explain it. It’s mostly focused on watching my old favorites as a kid, like the Puppet Master movies *happy sigh*

    I don’t know what that has to do with being a grown-up. Maybe you could tell me, haha.

    Anyway, enjoy the time you have before you start your job. Drink a lot of water. Keep kicking butt with The Privateer. You’ve got a good list so far. But you’re missing one…

    2) Visit Kim in Florida, preferably at Disney.

    Yep. It’s complete now 😀

    • samchaffin says:

      Haha Kim, I love your addition to the list. 🙂 And I think that the rewatching of your old favorite movies/series probably just proves that you still have great taste. So no worries, right?

  3. Brie says:

    Yes I do need to read a book…considering I am 4 books behind schedule on Goodreads (with my goal of 84 books this year). I have literally hit the doldrums in my reading the last few weeks. Congratulations on graduating! Your new bucket list is pretty epic…must say so myself. The Watermelon and fruit looks delicious. I totally understand about good ideas seeming like bad ones once they get underway though.

    You should totally do book reviews…they are really fun. I have been writing reviews for several years now and I think I’m addicted because I can not stop. Sometimes I read a book just so I can review it 😀 rare, but true.

    Have an awesome day and I pray for many blessings on your future, Samantha!


    • samchaffin says:

      Thanks, Bri! Really appreciate that. 🙂

      *whistles* 84 books! That’s totally awesome. I keep getting busier and busier, and now I’m not even sure I’ll make it to 50. Good luck making a dent in that TBR pile of yours!

      • Brie says:

        Thanks…you too. I didn’t make my goal last year…it was something ridiculous like 100. 84 was me being realistic 😉

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