Thursday, December 11, 2008

Curious meme

I'm having a really hard time coming up with original blog post ideas at the moment. I blame pre-Christmas burn-out, plus Mr E Man being off work, with the result that I spend my usual blogging time (6 - 8 am) drinking tea and chatting to him. Not that I'm complaining... especially since he has assumed all cooking duties, and drives me to work when it's raining.

Anyway. Here's a cool meme I saw at Curiosity Killed the Cat. As well as bolding the things I've done, I've put the five items I'd most like to do in italics.

1. Started my own blog - duh
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower - just single shooting stars
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo - not in public, although I have played (brief!) classical guitar solos in public, as part of an ensemble
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea - preferably from my own boat. Sigh - one day.
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty - I've been to Liberty Island, but didn't go up
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train - usually in a seat, once (oh bliss!) in a bunk bed
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort - no, I'm from England
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
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
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors - yes, if you mean England and Scotland, but not if you mean Ireland.
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied - kinda, mostly
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing - it did not go well and resulted in me being dumped by my rock climbing fanatic boyfriend
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David - I've been to Florence, but the line-ups were crazy and it was nicer to be outside anyway
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
47. Had my 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
52. Kissed in the rain - it's not as romantic as it looks in the movies
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
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 - we don't do this in the UK, although I was in the Girl Guides
62. Gone whale watching - although I have seen whales from the Vancouver-Victoria ferry a few times
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma - in the UK, I'm not allowed in Canada
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
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
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
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 my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating - I did catch a fish once, but Mr E Man prepped it
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
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Ridden an elephant


  1. Ooooh, I would have italicized Hawaii - highly recommend! And that rock climbing story just proves crazy things happen to you :)

  2. I want to hold a lamb! in an Amish community!

  3. SG, what can I say, I wussed out and he could not foresee a future with a non-climbing girlfriend/wife...

    Hawaii... meh... I'm sure it's lovely, but if I was going to go all that distance and have a tropical beach holiday, I'd rather go to a new country. Say, Cuba. I know Hawaii isn't typical of the US, but, I've been to the US LOTS of times before.

    Dr A, I want to be in a movie, riding a Russian elephant along the great wall of China!

    Actually, what i really want is the courage to take a sick day when I'm not sick. There have been a few days where I've planned it, have even started coughing a couple of days before as a cover, but then chickened out at the last minute. Sometimes my brain thinks that my Mum is still in the next room saying "you can't stay home from school unless you're REALLY sick. Let me feel your forehead."

  4. Yeah, I thought of you when I read that one!

  5. are you insane?? up at 6am? I couldn't get past that to read the rest of the post!

  6. LOL! Explanation here. Even though Mr E Man isn't working this week, he's still in the old habits. Actually, his last job required 5 am STARTS. i.e. up at 4 and leave the house at 4.30 to get to NEW WEST, FFS. So this is actually a lie-in for him.

  7. This is fun. I wonder about the origin of the list: is it somebody's 100 things to do in a life time?

  8. I find the rock-climbing experience a bit disturbing ;)

    But overall this is a fun meme and I'm going to do it right now!

  9. Lisbeth, it's possible, but it would be a very strange person who aspires to get food poisoning, be stung by a bee, break a bone, and get fired!

    Nina, I was 20, it was no big deal losing that boyfriend! I've known climbers wherever I've lived, and almost all of them have been very fanatical and cliquey. It's almost impossible for them to even be friends with non-climbers, let alone date them. I know one climber who made an active effort not to be like that, and who said that she was sick of hanging out with people who can only talk about one subject - but it's hard to go climbing without experiencing that group dynamic. Mountain bikers are the same, to a lesser extent...

  10. Reading this list drives home that I am a wuss in more ways than one.

    Yeah, I can't get up the nerve to call in for a sick day when I'm not...

  11. I guess I can always copy your list and actually blog something instead of being all too quiet?!

    Happy weekend!!

  12. .. unless it's someone who enjoys surviving to tell the tale? ;)

  13. I think I've mentioned on NN blogs that usually I don't care for posting memes (they make me feel that I have a very boring life and/or have accomplished very little). However, this meme seems different, in that not all of the items are exciting or require demi-god(dess) status. I've posted my list on my pseudonymous blog.

  14. Bean-mom, we should do a synchro-sickie for the moral support!

    Chall, I think you've been posting more than me recently!

    Lisbeth, it's possible - there are some very strange people in the world!

    Barn-owl, yes this was a nice non-challenging meme!

  15. Ok Cath, HOW have you never taken a sick day when you're not sick? Whatevs, Miss Goody Two Shoes.

  16. LOL. I know, it's pathetic. I've never outgrown the whole "teacher's pet" phase.


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