Saturday, February 21, 2009

99 Red Balloons

I found this new interesting list at My Own World. I like this list - it's way better than the one on the back of the cereal box urging my ten year-old to bungee jump before she's 18.

The things I have done are highlighted in red. I like red.

1. Started your own blog (Hello!)
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (OLGB - Old Lady Girl Band, now, sadly, defunct, and The Muggles, our family band which broke up due to artistic differences after mastering Twinkle, Twinkle.)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain (Don't ask my girlfriends about this. Let's just say I'm not very outdoorsy.)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo (really a duet with my then 8 year-old daughter, but I think it counts.)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris*
13.Watched a lightning storm at sea (on the way back from Martha's Vineyard - spectacular!)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (how to draw).
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
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 (Are my kids reading this? Marie made me do it and I was at least 21. See #4.)
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort (Like in the movie Snow Day when I was little.)
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon (But I did run a 5K last year and plan to do it again this year. Last really all I can ask of myself at this age.)
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice*
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise (Disney. We loved it.)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (You mean, like, Salem?)
35. Seen an Amish community (But then we saw the motorized tractor and knew we'd been had - Mennonites!)
36. Taught yourself a new language (trying - Latin, but I can't speak it to anyone, 'cause it's dead.)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (Well, I can't say that having more would make me more satisfied, so I answered, yes - I've done this.)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person*
39. Gone rock climbing (Indoors and I do think that counts.)
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David*
41. Sung karaoke (In public, twice, in private - all the time.)
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant (A stranger did buy me a meal, though. When I was 5, I sang in a diner and some guy bought me dinner. That's really all you need to know.)
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing (It was really shark tagging, but it was off the continental shelf.)
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris*
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (Off Black Rock in Hawaii. One of my favorite adventures, ever.)
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater (Made a summer project out of hitting every one in the New England area.)
55. Been in a movie ("The Coming" starring Susan Swift. It went straight to cable under the name "Burned at the Stake". How appropriate.)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China*
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class (Best side kick. Most flexible.)
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (Thin Mints - hah!)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason (Other than because I'm the mom and dandelions are beautiful to children.)
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp*
67. Bounced a check (Bank's fault - I swear.)
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (Bruno, Misty, and 50 other stuffed animals.)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar (It's good.)
72. Pieced a quilt (Not the entire quilt, but I contributed a square or two.)
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone (elbow, had a steel rod hold bits together, in traction 2 weeks, cast 2 weeks, therapy one year.)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (This has nothing to do with #77.)
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person (And looked like Chevy Chase in Vacation doing it.)
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 (Was city official for a bit. Photo was in there a few times.)
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (Lobsters count.)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury*
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club (Oh, so many of them! I find they help me to actually do the reading.)
93. Lost a loved one (A few.)
94. Had a baby (A few.)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake*
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone (A few.)
99. Been stung by a bee (A few.)

Oddly there is no 100 to this list. So I will add my own.

100. Got an A in "99 Red Balloons" on Basic in DDR.**

*Want to do. **Will do.

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