Saturday, December 08, 2007

Giving in to Temptation

OK, a long time ago I decided I didn't want to post memes on my blog. I wanted to keep the focus on my kids, not me, and after all everyone else was doing it.

But today I saw such a neat list on Moxie-Mom's blog that I had to steal it. It's a list of 150 things. Some I have done, some I haven't. I think what tickled me so much about the list is the inclusion of "Performed in 'Rocky Horror Picture Show,'" which I have indeed done.

This is a lot like one of my favorite drinking games, "I Never." First you can read the 150 things. Then, if you're as fascinated in me as I am, you can guess which ones I've done. Then I'll list the ones I've done at the bottom.

I did about 91 out of the 150 things, which means, I guess, that I have slightly more than 1/3 of a lifetime's accomplishments ahead of me. At this rate, I bet I can finish by age 50 and sit back and play DVD "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" for my remaining years.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink

02. Swam with wild dolphins

03. Climbed a mountain

04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive

05. Been inside the Great Pyramid

06. Held a tarantula

07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone

08. Said "I love you" and meant it

09. Hugged a tree

10. Parasailed

11. Visited Paris

12. Watched a lightning storm at sea

13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise

14. Seen the Northern Lights

15. Gone to a huge sports game

16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa

17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables

18. Touched an iceberg

19. Slept under the stars

20. Changed a baby's diaper

21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon

22. Watched a meteor shower

23. Gotten drunk on champagne

24. Given more than you can afford to charity

25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope

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

27. Had a food fight

28. Bet on a winning horse

29. Asked out a stranger

30. Had a snowball fight

31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can

32. Held a lamb

33. Seen a total eclipse

34. Ridden a roller coaster

35. Hit a home run

36. Danced like a fool and didn't care who was looking

37. Adopted an accent for an entire day

38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment

39. Had two hard drives for your computer

40. Visited all 50 states

41. Taken care of someone who was drunk

42. Had amazing friends

43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country

44. Watched whales

45. Stolen a sign

46. Backpacked in Europe

47. Taken a road-trip

48. Gone rock climbing

49. Taken a midnight walk on the beach

50. Gone sky diving

51. Visited Ireland

52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love

53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them

54. Visited Japan

55. Milked a cow

56. Alphabetized your CDs

57. Pretended to be a superhero

58. Sung karaoke

59. Lounged around in bed all day

60. Played touch football

61. Gone scuba diving

62. Kissed in the rain

63. Played in the mud

64. Played in the rain

65. Gone to a drive-in theatre

66. Visited the Great Wall of China

67. Started a business

68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken

69. Toured ancient sites

70. Taken a martial arts class

71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight

72. Gotten married

73. Been in a movie

74. Crashed a party

75. Gotten divorced

76. Gone without food for 5 days

77. Made cookies from scratch

78. Won first prize in a costume contest

79. Ridden a gondola in Venice

80. Gotten a tattoo

81. Rafted the Snake River

82. Been on a television news program as an "expert"

83. Gotten flowers for no reason

84. Performed on stage

85. Been to Las Vegas

86. Recorded music

87. Eaten shark

88. Kissed on the first date

89. Gone to Thailand

90. Bought a house

91. Been in a combat zone

92. Buried one/both of your parents

93. Been on a cruise ship

94. Spoken more than one language fluently

95. Performed in Rocky Horror

96. Raised children

97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour

98. Passed out cold

99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country

100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over

101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge

102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking

103. Had plastic surgery

104. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived

105. Wrote articles for a large publication

106. Lost over 100 pounds

107. Held someone while they were having a flashback

108. Piloted an airplane

109. Touched a stingray on my honeymoon

110. Broken someone's heart

111. Helped an animal give birth

112. Won money on a TV game show

113. Broken a bone

114. Gone on an African photo safari

115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears

116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol

117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild

118. Ridden a horse

119. Had major surgery

120. Had a snake as a pet

121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon

122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours

123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. States.

124. Visited all 7 continents

125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days

126. Eaten kangaroo meat

127. Eaten sushi

128. Had your picture in the newspaper

129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about

130. Gone back to school

131. Parasailed

132. Touched a cockroach

133. Eaten fried green tomatoes

134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey

135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read

136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

137. Skipped all your school reunions

138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language

139. Been elected to public office

140. Written your own computer language

141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream

142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care

143. Built your own PC from parts

144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you

145. Had a booth at a street fair

146. Dyed your hair

147. Been a DJ

148. Shaved your head

149. Caused a car accident

150. Saved someone's life

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I have done:

3. Climbed a mountain (with 100,000 other people in China)

07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone

08. Said "I love you" and meant it

09. Hugged a tree

11. Visited Paris

13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise

14. Seen the Northern Lights (I think I have seen this in Wisconsin)

15. Gone to a huge sports game (huge? like a lot of people there or like really important. i'll say yeah i've been to a Cub game and how can that not be huge?)

17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables

18. Touched an iceberg

19. Slept under the stars

20. Changed a baby's diaper

22. Watched a meteor shower

23. Gotten drunk on champagne

24. Given more than you can afford to charity

25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope

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

27. Had a food fight

29. Asked out a stranger

30. Had a snowball fight

31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can

34. Ridden a roller coaster

36. Danced like a fool and didn't care who was looking

37. Adopted an accent for an entire day (forsooth, the Renaissance Faire!)

38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment

39. Had two hard drives for your computer

41. Taken care of someone who was drunk

42. Had amazing friends

43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country

46. Backpacked in Europe

47. Taken a road-trip

48. Gone rock climbing (only in the gym)

49. Taken a midnight walk on the beach

52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love

53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them

54. Visited Japan

55. Milked a cow

57. Pretended to be a superhero

58. Sung karaoke

59. Lounged around in bed all day

62. Kissed in the rain

63. Played in the mud

64. Played in the rain

65. Gone to a drive-in theatre

66. Visited the Great Wall of China

67. Started a business (um, I guess I started a freelance writing business)

68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken

69. Toured ancient sites

71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight (gosh, i can't remember how long we played)

72. Gotten married

73. Been in a movie

74. Crashed a party

77. Made cookies from scratch

78. Won first prize in a costume contest (well, i remember winning a prize, couple times)

82. Been on a television news program as an "expert"

83. Gotten flowers for no reason (Once my friend Hollie and I were in a shopping mall and we met a sailor in his dress uniform, holding flowers. We were 13 and we thought it was funny to hang out with the sailor and strike up what we felt was a very amusing conversation. After about half an hour, the sailor gave us the flowers and left.

84. Performed on stage

85. Been to Las Vegas

86. Recorded music

87. Eaten shark (I can't remember but I may have in China)

88. Kissed on the first date

89. Gone to Thailand (honeymoon)

90. Bought a house

93. Been on a cruise ship (well I have been an a ferry with private cabins)

94. Spoken more than one language fluently (sort of)

95. Performed in Rocky Horror

96. Raised children

98. Passed out cold

100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over

101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge

102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
(I don't know if I should have survived but at around age 13 I fell off a horse on the shoulder of a country highway and landed on my head. I certainly could have been paralyzed at least. My neck was really sore and I had a concussion but otherwise was fine.)

105. Wrote articles for a large publication

109. Touched a stingray (well some kind of ray, at the Monterey Aquarium)

110. Broken someone's heart

117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild

118. Ridden a horse

122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours.
(probably like when sick as a kid)

123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. States.
(possibly an equal number, about 24 to 27 each)

126. Eaten kangaroo meat (OK I'm not sure but since I spent a couple weeks in Australia I figure I might have)

127. Eaten sushi

128. Had your picture in the newspaper

129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
132. Touched a cockroach

133. Eaten fried green tomatoes

134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey (OK, maybe only one of them but I can't remember which)

135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read (more than one)

136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (just fish)

137. Skipped all your school reunions

138. Communicated with someone without a common spoken language.

141. Thought you were living your dream.
As a writer, especially when I was at Beijing Scene in China, and as a mother.
146. Dyed your hair.
I put a TEMPORARY wash in my hair in 9th grade to dress up as a black cat in an attempt to impress the student teacher I loved.

I have not done:

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink

02. Swam with wild dolphins

04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive

05. Been inside the Great Pyramid

06. Held a tarantula (I recently saw one at a wedding reception though)

10. Parasailed

12. Watched a lightning storm at sea

16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa

21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon

28. Bet on a winning horse

32. Held a lamb

33. Seen a total eclipse

35. Hit a home run

40. Visited all 50 states

44. Watched whales

45. Stolen a sign

50. Gone sky diving

51. Visited Ireland

56. Alphabetized your CDs

60. Played touch football

61. Gone scuba diving

70. Taken a martial arts class

75. Gotten divorced

76. Gone without food for 5 days

79. Ridden a gondola in Venice (we were there but the gondola rides were too expensive)

80. Gotten a tattoo

81. Rafted the Snake River

91. Been in a combat zone

92. Buried one/both of your parents

97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour

99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country

103. Had plastic surgery

106. Lost over 100 pounds

107. Held someone while they were having a flashback

108. Piloted an airplane

111. Helped an animal give birth

112. Won money on a TV game show

113. Broken a bone

114. Gone on an African photo safari

115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears (Funny story: I went with a coworker in SF to get my nose pierced, but they wanted me to sign a form pledging that I would not get pregnant within one year. Apparently there is some risk that an unknown blood infection from the piercing could damage an embryo or fetus. Anyway, I wasn't pregnant yet at the time but opted not to pierce for that reason, and my friend was the first person at work to know that we were planning to have kids soon. Later at a party when she'd had a few drinks, she blurted out to everyone what a great mother I was going to be. I didn't mind though, it was pretty funny.)

116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol

119. Had major surgery

120. Had a snake as a pet (my brother did though, while we were living together)

121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon

124. Visited all 7 continents

125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days

130. Gone back to school

131. Parasailed

139. Been elected to public office

140. Written your own computer language

142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care

143. Built your own PC from parts (no but I am typing this on one my husband built)

144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you

145. Had a booth at a street fair

147. Been a DJ

148. Shaved your head

149. Caused a car accident

150. Saved someone's life

1 comment:

Moxie Mom said...

I'm impressed! I didn't know you were such a world traveler. I don't even own a passport.