Things I’ve Done

Edited to add, I’ve had the chicken pox! Good thing my mom reads my blog…

A meme I saw over at Libby‘s. Blogger’s bold didn’t look so bold, so I’ve starred the ones I’ve done.

*1. Started your own blog
*2. Slept under the stars
*3. Played in a band
*4. Visited Hawaii
*5. Watched a meteor shower

*6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland
*8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
*10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped
*12. Visited Paris
*13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

*14. Taught yourself an art from scratch – I don’t quite know what this means. Does making puff pastry count? Then I have.
15. Adopted a child
*16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty – this hasn’t been legal for a while. I’ve visited, though.
*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
*26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice – no, but I’ve ridden the vaporetto (less romantic, I know)
*29. Seen a total eclipse
*30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
*31. Hit a home run
–it was 5th grade softball, but I did it.
*32. Been on a cruise
— just this summer, to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary with the whole family
*33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
*36. Taught yourself a new language Hebrew, from my friend’s Hebrew school books. It didn’t take.
*37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

*38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
*39. Gone rock climbing
*40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

*41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt — no, though I have seen other, less predictable, geysers 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 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

*52. Kissed in the rain

*53. Played in the mud

*54. Gone to a drive-in theater
*55. Been in a movie – do student productions count? then yes.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
*59. Visited Russia I have to admit I was 2, so I don’t remember it at all
*60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
*62. Gone whale watching and also just happened to see some from the beach in Stinson recently
*63. Got 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
*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 — and I was so happy about it, too!
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 — I hung around outside for awhile, though.
*82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
*84. Had your picture in the newspaper – most recently here in the NY Times.
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House – like the Vatican, I’ve done a drive-by. Ben fully expects to visit President Obama in the White House when we visit D. C. in April, however.
*87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating – it was a fish, which is probably not what this meme has in mind
*88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
*90. Sat on a jury
*91. Met someone famous

*92. Joined a book club
We’re a little group that’s been meeting nearly 6 years; one wedding, one divorce (different couple), and 3 babies later, still going pretty strong.
*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. Read an entire book in one day – several times, but the most memorable was probably reading all of Dorothy Sayers’ Lord Peter mysteries in ten days the summer between sophomore and junior years of high school. I was sick with something like mono and moping around reading was all I could do.

That’s 59, if I counted correctly, which leaves plenty of interesting things to do in the years to come (though I’ll continue to skip the bungee jumping and sky diving, thanks).


  1. Margaret says:

    You’ve had chicken pox, but so light a case, and you were so young, I’m not surprised you don’t remember it. So you’re at 60, and that’s the family high, so far!



  2. Libby says:

    You might also have seen the changing of the guards, though probably in 1969 when you wouldn’t remember it. Either that, or I haven’t seen it either! (I have just a vague memory that we all did…Mom??)

  3. Margaret says:

    Well, yes: everyone went to see the changing of the guard. And by some definitions, all of us were on a ‘cruise’ from San Francisco to Yokohama in 1969, as well as from Yokohama to Nahodka at the beginning of that trip. Caroline, at about 6 months, did Manila to Yokohama via Hong Kong as well….

    Mom (again!)

  4. Margaret says:

    PS: Oops: I forgot the cruise from St. Petersburg to London, via Helsinki and Bremerhaven en route to England in 1969.