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Friday, January 22, 2016

Пятница Ponderings: What Have You Done?

Ponder: to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate
Пятница (PYAHT-nee-tsuh): Friday in Russian

I'm not sure where this originated, but I'd done it on my personal blog several years ago. It was fun to revisit.

The things I have done are highlighted in bold:

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii (I was 3, does that still count?)
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/World (Both, although Disney World was so long ago that the Epcot Center wasn't even built yet...)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo (It will never happen in this lifetime.)
11. Bungee jumped (No way in hell.)
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
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
18. Grown my own vegetables (I managed some raspberries last year.)
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France (I went to the Orsay and saw Monet instead.)
20. Slept on an overnight train (From Venice to Paris.)
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
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 (ok, so it wasn't a gondola, it was a vapparetto, but it was in Venice!)
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise (Does a dinner/dance cruise in the San Francisco Bay count?)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors (if Utah and Idaho counts)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
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 (In all his glory, yes I have!! ;)
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt (It was snowing, we couldn't see it)
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant (No, but I've paid for the people behind me on toll bridges before)
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance (No, but my son was, as a newborn.)
47. Had my portrait painted (Do Caricatures count?)
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
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia (I'd love to go!)
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching (tried, it got canceled because of the weather)
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (All three, thank you very much.)
65. Gone sky diving (No way. Not ever.)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check (A really long time ago.)
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 (Does the Okefenokee Swamp count?)
75. Been fired from a job (A really, really long time ago. It was the first real paying one I had.)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London (Not yet.)
77. Broken a bone (Seeing how I fell down the stairs twice in one month, fortunately, no.)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (Just twice.)
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car (We tend to stick with gently used.)
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 (Only if fish is included in that.)
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
(I had two!)
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

If you want to play along, go ahead!

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