Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Things to do in a lifetime

Thanks to Our Red House for this one. I had some holiday fun over coffee filling it in.

If it’s bold , I have… ( and italics for my own notes)

1. Touched an iceberg

2. Slept under the stars ( in a tent- yes- but I hated it. Husband says I fell asleep in the early hours in the garden after a summer party- too much wine perhaps?)

3. Been a part of a hockey fight (no inclination-not happening- ever)

4. Changed a baby’s nappy.

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 ( not happening-urggh)

10. Said “I love you” and meant it

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 ( does cress count?)

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 ( no way-not when you are self employed)

24. Built a snow castle

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Taken an ice cold bath (why would you?)

28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Ridden a roller coaster

31. Hit a home run ( this would have to be a six or a rounder here)

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

40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach

41. Gone sky diving

42. Visited Ireland ( we are here now!)

43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant ( this happened to me on a train- someone in the House of Lords apparently bought me dinner)

44. Visited India

45. Bench-pressed your own weight

46. Milked a cow

47. Alphabetized your personal files ( what does this mean???)

48. Ever worn a superhero costume

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 (in Cape Cod!)

55. Done something you should regret, but don’t ( silly statement- it's all perception anyway)

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Been in a movie ( not a big one!)

60. Gone without food for 3 days

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 ( I would love to learn another language fluently)

66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone

67. Bounced a cheque ( Barclays bank once bounced our vat cheque because it would have taken us one pence overdrawn. Peter was a baby. I have never forgiven them)

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 ( my aunt is really good at finding out this stuff- someone on mum's side invented a lifeboat)

71. Called or written to your MP

72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over ( I moved to London to go to University but I don't think that counts does it?)

73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge/Sydney Harbour Bridge ( alas not but I will do both)

74. Helped an animal give birth

75. Been fired or laid off from a job

76. Won money

77. Broken a bone (in my foot- probably doesn't count?)

78. Ridden a motorcycle ( no no no- I absolutely loathe them)

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

80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon ( I would love to do this)

81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing ( only once- I was really ill with flu- Newcastle to London)

82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days (not happening- never)

83. Eaten sushi ( I love it- only really fresh stuff though and sashimi)

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read The Bible cover to cover ( not in one sitting though)

86. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about

87. Got someone fired for their actions ( I sacked someone for swearing at me- does this count?)

88. Gone back to school ( college? Yes! school re-union? Yes!)

89. Changed your name ( when I got married)

90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands

91. Eaten fried green tomatoes

92. Read The Iliad

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 (does being a school prefect count?)

98. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream

99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care

100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you

101. Had a booth at a street fair ( a fair in a train station- sort of outside)

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 ( what does this mean? Rake?? I have raked a lawn??)

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. Prepared a dish where four people asked for the recipe

113. deleted this one... ( I wonder what is was???)

114. Gone to a Broadway play ( does London West end count?)

115. Been inside the pyramids

116. Shot a basketball into a basket

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 ( via school yes- does this count??)

128. Pieced a quilt ( never going to happen- I hate sewing and I can't sew. I love hand-made quilts though- my aunt bought us a couple which I use all the time)

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 ( on the crazy golf- hey it doesn't specifiy)

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


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 ( not successfully)

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. Got 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 ( I don't think it means knickers as I understand them- most people wear them every day in England?)

167. Ridden in a limousine

168. Attended the Olympics

169. Can hula or waltz and polka.

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 ( can't think of anything worse)

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 ( absolutely not)

184. Been a cashier

185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt ( have seen lots in Iceland)

186. Joined a union

187. Donated blood or plasma

188. Built a campfire

189. Kept a blog

190. Had hives ( bee? No. Allergic hives? Yes)

191. Worn custom made shoes or boots

192. Made a PowerPoint presentation

193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course ( what is this?)

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. Responded to a NJP newsletter ( what on earth is it?)


Our Red House said...

Hi Jo,

I love your list. Which Olympics did you go to? Mine was Sydney, of course. I'm impressed that you've read the Iliad; I never managed to finish it. I just realised that I've had my portrait painted, many times, by my kids, LOL.


Lakeland Jo said...

it's all a lie- I must have bolded the olympics one by mistake- that and the one about the polka!
I have now sorted it out. Oops. Have now amended. I hope to go to London in 2012.
I have however read the Ilied. That is true. In English and in Greek. Impressive eh?
Thanks for calling by

Janet, said...

Hey this is a long list. Maybe they should add "Jump off the New River Gorge Bridge" to the list. Thanks for stopping by my sight and leaving a comment. Seriously, tho, they do come from all over the world to jump. What's the old saying about jumping out of a perfectly good airplane -- I think now you could change it to - "Why jump off of a perfectly good bridge?" You would never catch me doing it, but it is fun to watch. They've also done bungie jumping off of it, too.
And I would love to visit Ireland. My mother's ancestry is Scotch-Irish.