99 things

I am actually posting a viral blogging thing. THE HORROR!

Copy and paste, then bold the things you’ve done and unbold the things you haven’t done.

Because I can’t ever just post and not explain, some data follows several of them.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band (flute)
4. Visited Hawaii
(only on a stopover, sadly; the stopover was on the way to Australia, happily)
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
(every single week, wow; I am glad that Doug is in charge of tithing because I have a very hard time keeping my attitude joyful)
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo (by accident–was in a group and everyone was supposed to sing and the pause came and only my screechy voice rang out)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (in Australia, off the GBR, on a boat; absolutely a banner moment in my life)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child (but I have four adopted siblings)
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (but have visited Ellis Island)
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb (and many, many baby goats)
26. Gone skinny dipping (AFTER I was married, WITH my husband, thankyouverymuch)
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice (no, but my sister lived there for five years and married a Venetian; just so you know, the gondolas are total tourist traps and no native ever uses them. Water taxis and tiny speedboats are much more authentic.)
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run (I actually had to think hard about whether I’ve ever hit a ball, period–hand-eye coordination is not so much my strong suit)
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (the ones from the US; someday I’ll get to Copenhagen but it hasn’t happened yet)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
(Latin, poorly; Greek, even more poorly)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (the day I had enough money to buy Bronte you could not have made me unhappy if you tried.)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David (only copies–but I do know why his Moses has horns)
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
(does it count if you were in as a passenger and your daughter was the patient? I’m going to say yes.)
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (see: Australia. We snorkeled for four to five hours a day for two weeks)
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie (I did audition once, though, and have a friend who has been in many)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (no. Eaten approximately 296,000 of them, heck yes)
62. Gone whale watching (and was the only one on the entire boat to a) not throw up and b) actually see whales because I was having a great time while every other passenger had their head in a bucket)
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (now, tragically, gone–Roar Roar was my bear from when I was about two)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar (also the first day I ever drank Champagne)
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job (this is a horrible story and one I will tell someday)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London (but did honeymoon in England; we just didn’t spend any time in London)
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible (many times–well, maybe except for a few portions of Numbers that are hard to get through more than once or twice)
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (yes to both, but not both to the same animal, so I guess it’s a no)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit (see: Was fired from a job–and yes, I know I need to tell the story)
98. Owned a cell phone (but, honestly, never had one of my very own until a month ago when we finally caved and I got an iPhone, which HELLO is the most fabulous thing ever)
99. Been stung by a bee


One thought on “99 things

  1. I love reading these things, but hate filling them out. I love to brag about my trip to Hawaii. I was there for an hour and a half on the way back from Australia. It counts.

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