Jan 17th, 2009

Life is a Carnival

I’ve still got the croup. Woke up late, drank coffee, spun a bobbin of single in my studio, and went back to sleep. This isn’t good, but it isn’t bronchitis or pneumonia. Still, it is sapping my power to think and write, so in an effort to keep this blog alive, I’ve stolen the following meme from RJ, who claims to have stolen it from someone else, anyway. It’s a life experience thingy and while doing it mentally, it seemed to make me a lot more interesting than I’m feeling, so here it is.

Link to the person you got this from (see above)

Bold the things you’ve done

Italicize the things you’d like to do

Underline the things you wouldn’t do on a dare

  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 Disneyworld (and the mothership, Disneyland)

  8. climbed a mountain

  9. held a praying mantis


sang a solo


bungee jumped

  12. visited Paris

  13. watched a lightning storm at sea

  14. taught yourself an art from scratch

  15. adopted a child

  16. had food poisoning

  17. walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

  18. grown your own vegetables

  19. experienced a natural disaster (hurricane, tornado, etc.)

  20. slept on an overnight train

  21. had a pillow fight

  22. hitch hiked

  23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill - be honest!

  24. built a snow fort

  25. held a lamb

  26. gone skinny dipping


run a marathon

  28. ridden 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 (and not just a cruise, I made the Atlantic crossing)

  33. seen Niagara Falls in person (on my honeymoon, of course. The RLA and I are big on irony.)

  34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors (This is a debatable point. I used to summer in Newport, where my parents were born, but I’ve never been to Romania or Russia)

  35. seen an Amish community

  36. taught yourself a new language (but only if HTML or pig-latin counts)

  37. had enough money to be truly satisfied

  38. seen the leaning tower of Pisa in person

  39. gone rock climbing

  40. flown in a hot-air balloon


sung karaoke

  42. seen Old Faithful Geyser erupt

  43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant

  44. visited Africa (It’s a big continent. There’s things I’d like to see)

  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 Mount Rushmore

  50. been to the top of the Washington Monument

  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 (or long-form music video… Springsteen’s Live at Madison Square Garden)

  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

  62. gone whale watching

  63. received flowers for no reason

  64. donated blood

  65. gone sky diving (this is on a technicality. I went, wore a chute, but didn’t jump—I was taking pictures of the jumper)

  66. baked your own bread

  67. bounced a check

  68. flown in a helicopter

  69. saved a favorite childhood toy

  70. visited the Lincoln memorial

  71. eaten caviar (NOMNOMNOM. Not recently enough.)

  72. pieced a quilt

  73. stood in Times Square

  74. visited the Everglades

  75. been fired from a job

  76. seen the changing of the guard in London

  77. broken a bone

  78. been on a speeding motorcycle

  79. seen the Grand Canyon in person

  80. published a book

  81. seen Michelangelo’s David in person

  82. bought a brand new car

  83. walked in Jerusalem

  84. had your picture in the newspaper

  85. read the entire Bible (Old and New Testaments)

  86. visited the White House

  87. killed and prepared an animal for eating (Fishing is fun. I had a boyfriend shoot squirrels, and prep them, and I cooked them. Does that count?)

  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


had a baby

  95. seen the Alamo in person

  96. taken a road trip

  97. been involved in a law suit

  98. ridden a horse bareback

  99. been stung by a bee

100. met the love of your life

Okay, so I won’t tag anyone, but you are most cordially invited to play—let me know if you do, so I can visit yours!