Friday, May 14, 2010


Meme courtesy of the lovely V. The ones in bold font are those I've done so far. 

1. Touched an iceberg 

2. Slept under the stars. (One of my favourite things to do!)
3. Been a part of a hockey fight. (
Accidentally and off the ice. It was during a Beanpot championship, and my friends I were seated smack dab in between fans of rivals BU and BC.)

4. Changed a baby's diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins

8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula

10. Said "I love you" and meant it. (I mean it each and every time. Life's too short for insincerity, eh?)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope

20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment

21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse

23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath

28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales

39. Gone rock climbing. (Of the indoor variety.)
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving

42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India

45. Bench-pressed your own weight 

46. Milked a cow
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume. (
Power Rangers, baby. The original  and best ranger Kimberly, not the annoying imitation Kat.)
49. Sung karaoke

50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Done something you should regret, but don't
56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Been in a movie. (I was a movie extra for a flick shot in my home state of Hawai'i.)
60. Gone without food for 3 days.
(It's called "hospitalization.")

61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest

63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone

65. Spoken more than one language fluently. (And I still speak them, thankyouverymuch.)
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone. (First, last, and only time I ever hit a fellow female; she made a remark about how all women who marry older men are gold diggers, then with a smirk mentioned seeing my parents at a jewelry store. Nobody messes with my momma!)
67. Bounced a check 

68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy.

70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did.
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over

73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth

75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle.
(I have a barely visible burn mark on my right calf as a souvenir when I rode in the back of a motorcycle ;oP)

79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph 

80. ( Attempted to) Hike(d) to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days

83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
(All for good reasons, k? Not for mug shot purposes!)
85. Read The Bible cover to cover. (I
was a Catholic schoolgirl.)

86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions 

88. Gone back to school. (Does it count if I'm still in the process of finishing my MA thesis? Or that in 2012-ish, I'm planning on going back for an EdM/EdD, JD, or MBA?)
89. Changed your name. (Shortened it.)
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands 

91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read
The Iliad. (It's one of my addictions. Andromache, by the way, is Hector's wife.)
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language

97. Been elected to public office

98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care. (My da, who died in 2002. We visited him every day during his almost two years of illness.)

100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair

103. Been a DJ 

104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all fours
106. Raked your carpet

107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people

109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse

111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap 

112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child

114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
115. Been inside the pyramids

116. Shot a basketball into a basket. (Do arcade games at Chuck E. Cheese's count?)
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band

119. Shot a bird 

120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar

125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant

127. Published a book. (Had an essay published in a book, under a pseudonym.)
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in an historic place 

130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise 
132. Made a hole-in-one

133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa

142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking

144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted

148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted

150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle

153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury

155. Lied about your weight 
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget

158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox
160. Gotten food poisoning

161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous

166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz.
(Learning hula is like a right of passage for girls in Hawai'i ;o). I unfortunately had to learn the waltz because I was a debutante, and in cotillions you have to do the waltz. Grr.)
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator

172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale 

177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator

180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel

184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union

187. Donated blood or plasma. (This was before I had cancer and thus, became ineligible.)
188. Built a campfire

189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots

192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course

194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube

196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible

198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime 

200. Commented on a friend's blog today.

Looking at the bolded  things on this list makes me realize that hey, maybe I shouldn't be so hard on myself. For someone in her 20s, I have experienced and enjoyed the hell outta life ;oP The best part is that this adventure called life is just beginning. There's still so much left to explore!

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