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I may be the last person in blogland to do this meme, but what the heck, it looks like fun. As seen here and on many other blogs.

Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to – leave in plain font

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/world

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

15. adopted a child

16. had food poisoning

17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty

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 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

33. seen Niagara Falls in person

34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. seen an Amish community

36. taught yourself 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 person

41. sung karaoke

42. seen old faithful geyser erupt – funny story: I was at Yellowstone with family and saw Old Faithful, but we just missed the eruption and were too pressed for time to stick around for the next one, but I have pictures of my family standing next to the sign that says Old Faithful

43. bought a stranger a meal in 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 – can’t, I’m too afraid of fish

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

60. served at a soup kitchen

61. sold girl scout cookies

62. gone whale watching

63. gotten flowers for no reason – (hint, hint)

64. donated blood

65. gone sky diving

66. visited a Nazi concentration camp

67. bounced a check (oops!)

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

76. seen the changing of the guard in London

77. broken a bone – though it was just my little toe

78. been on a speeding motorcycle

79. seen the grand canyon in person

80. published a book

81. visited the Vatican

82. bought a brand new car

83. walked in Jerusalem

84. had your picture in the newspaper

85. read the entire bible

86. visited the White House

87. killed and prepared an animal for eating

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

95. seen the Alamo in person

96. swum in the Great Salt Lake

97. been involved in a law suit

98. owned a cell phone

99. been stung by a bee – I’m deathly afraid of this one, mostly because I’m sure I’ll find out that I’m allergic

How about you?


I’ve been working on a post off and on all day, but no matter what I try it seems that WordPress doesn’t want to cooperate…it’s just been one of those days. So I think I’m going to give up for now and try again tomorrow. Hopefully the universe will be aligned in my favor. Until then.

So apparently I decided to play hooky all of last week…oops. We’ve had incredibly dreary weather, and since I’m currently unemployed (have I already mentioned that?), I’ve found it hard not to spend all my time curled up on the couch with my cozy flannel blankie, some good movies, and a cup of hot chocolate/coffee/apple cider. But I can’t spend the rest of my life (or even the winter) on the couch, so I guess I better get back to my regular obligations (like dishes, grocery shopping..ugh, and generally not being a lazy slob).

And before the entire month of January has passed and I end up posting Christmas pictures in February (gasp!) I figured I better show all of you what I’ve been meaning to show you…so here goes:

First, let’s rewind the clock all the way back to my birthday (can we all remember back that far? it was a while ago, I know.) It also happened to be the day of our ThanksMas party, so in celebration, J ordered two dozen cupcakes from our local bakery. They were AMAZING! So incredibly delicious…probably the best cupcakes I’ve ever had.

J also got me a Wacom Bamboo tablet, which had been on my wish list for a while. I’m still so excited about it! Though, sadly I haven’t had it out of the box yet. I’m a little scared of it for some reason, like I’ll be so incredibly disappointed in my own ability to use it successfully that it will only prove to be a source of self-loathing pain….yeah, crazy talk, I know. Also, there’s no room on my desk.

I also received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my mom and her boyfriend (which I forgot to take a picture of) and some cash, which I used to purchase these lovely items…


…as well as a much-needed Flickr pro account (Yay!).

But perhaps the best present came from my dad (no offense to everyone else). Remember this recipe box? When I bought it I said I was pretty sure my grandma used to have one like it. Turns out, not only was I right about her having the exact same one, but my dad still had it. He saw my post about the box and sent me the original for my birthday present!


And the best part…


…it’s still full with all of the hand-written recipes and clippings my grandma and her sister, Hulda, saved over the years! I guess I have some baking to do! Thanks again dad!

And now finally on to Christmas. J and I both got several restaurant gift cards, which we’re still enjoying and some money, which we’ve yet to decide how to spend. I got a couple ornaments to add to my collection and a Christmas cactus from my mom, which has been blooming ever since…beautiful! Dad gave us a couple new recipe books to try out, which was perfect, since we’ve pretty much exhausted THE recipe book.

My gift from J was a last-minute trip home to see my family, who I don’t get to see nearly often enough. Despite bad weather and cramped quarters, I couldn’t have asked for a better present from him.

I didn’t get to half of the projects I had planned for the holidays, but I guess they’ll keep till next year. And I am thoroughly disappointed in myself for not taking more pictures…but that’s a common problem for me, and something I plan to work on in the coming year. So now I can finally leave Christmas behind me and focus on the year to come. I have a lot of plans, many of which I’ll be sharing with you in the next few weeks. All that time spent resting also allowed me to clear my head and focus on some changes I need to make. By the way, this blog just had its first birthday! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging here an entire year! And I’m just getting started!