For my Soundslide project I interviewed Emily Ronck, a senior at Oklahoma State whose passion is running.





28. Visit The Bluebell Factory

For people who do not live in Texas, they might not realize the pure awesomeness of Blue Bell ice cream. Growing up all I ate was Blue Bell ice cream, specifically the milk chocolate flavor. Around junior year of high school I was introduced to Ben and Jerry’s ice cram and while I do enjoy Half Baked  sometimes, it will never compare to any of the Blue Bell favors. The first time I visited the Blue Bell factory, I was under the age of 10. As you can imagine, I was in heaven. Being able to see your favorite flavors being packaged was amazing.

After enjoying some Blue Bell ice cream while watching a movie, me and three other friends decided we should go visit the Blue Bell factory out in Brehnam, Texas. The drive to Brehnam is about two hours from Austin, but it was well worth it. The factory had changed quite a bit since I had been there last but it was still just as breath taking. The tour was my favorite part. We got to see where they packaged most of the ice cream and waved at the workers who smiled and waved back. I think the most exciting part of the tour is the free scoop of ice cream at the end. The little kid inside of me came out. There were so many flavors….and I had to choose just one. I ended up choosing some triple chocolate heaven-like flavor. It was delicious. One of my friends got to have her favorite flavor, Birthday Cake, which we learned was seasonal and that is why we could never find it in stores. I highly suggest going to the Blue Bell factory if you ever get the chance. It’s very cool to learn all about the history of Blue Bell but it’s also exciting to try some of the delicious ice cream.


Side note: in between Austin and Brehanam there is a street called Memory Lane, we got a kick out of it.

Photos courtesy of Samantha Sherman


With Steve Jobs passing away this past week, I wanted to give a small tribute to the legacy he’s left behind. Here are three photos, all differently focusing on the Apple logo. First the Apple logo up close and personal, next the logo with the keyboard at an angle, and lastly the whole desktop in its glory.

17. Rappel Down A Building

When I put number 17 on my bucket list, I assumed I would never cross it off and I was ok with this. When I received an email from my Dad with the opportunity to rappel down a building on June 25, 2011, exactly five years after my heart transplant, I jumped on it. I saw it as a sign to show everyone how far I’ve come in five years, and to prove to myself that I had the guts to do it.

Since heights are not my thing, I decided I would feel more comfortable if my brother rappelled with me. For us to be able to rappel we would have to raise $1,500 each and the money would go to Make-A-Wish of central Texas. This was a challenge in its self. I made YouTube videos that I sent out to companies, family and friends.

We made it down!

In the end we ended up reaching more than our goal and on June 25, 2011, we rappelled down the American One Center in Austin, Texas. It was the most thrilling thing I have ever done. I highly doubt I would have made it over the edge of that building if my big brother had not been by my side cheering me on. I really owe him for letting me drag him into this, but he had an amazing time (and won fastest rappel!) so I’m pretty sure we’re even. While rappelling I was freaking out and so nervous, but it was amazing reaching the bottom and seeing my family and friends cheering for me.

When creating my bucket list I wanted to have some crazy things on there and this is definitely one of them. Allowing myself to have faith and trust in the ropes to hold me as I went over the edge was so hard. I knew I was safe, but it is only human to second-guess safety. If you ever get the chance to rappel down a building, do it, you won’t regret it. A great way to find a place to do it is the Over The Edge website. Keep an eye on it and if there is a foundation you are passionate about, I highly suggest raising the money and doing it.

My brother Ryan and I

Photos by my mom & dad