Thursday 1 April 2010

99 Things

What an inventive (and responsive) crowd of blog commentors you are! I have been enjoying all your Easter holiday stories. Ah, the Good Old Days..I wasn't the only one who put on a play in the garage, then, or produced my own magazine. I never got to play guess-how-many-you-can-fit-in-a-beach-hut, though. Now, that's my kind of entertainment Amanda!

And as Ruth said to me the other day, isn't it grand when we reveal little bits of ourselves and our lives blog post by blog post? I was thinking about that when I came across this questionnaire on Carrie's Through The Camera Lens. I think it's a great one because it works both ways: if you run through the questions and discover you've done more things than you thought you had..well, that's a cause for celebration. And if you discover that you haven't crossed off very many..well, hurray, life still has a lot of excitement in store! You can't lose. Here's the list. The ones I've done are in bold. I'd love to see what you've done, too.

  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
  8. Climbed a mountain
  9. Held a praying mantis
  10. Sang a solo
  11. Bungee jumped
  12. Visited Paris
  13. Watched a lightening storm
  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 veg
  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 skinnydipping
  27. Run a marathon
  28. Ridden in 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 Tower Of Pisa in person
  39. Gone rock climbing
  40. Seen Michelangelo's David
  41. Sung Karaoke
  42. Seen 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. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  50. Gone scuba diving
  51. Kissed in the rain
  52. Played in the mud
  53. Gone to a drive-in theatre
  54. Been in a movie
  55. Visited the Great Wall Of China (would love to do this one)
  56. Started your own business
  57. Taken a martial arts class
  58. Visited Russia
  59. Served in a soup kitchen
  60. Sold Girl Scout cookies (although I have eaten some)
  61. Gone whale watching
  62. Got flowers for no reason
  63. Donated blood (although I received it more than once. Thank you whoever you were)
  64. Gone sky diving
  65. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
  66. Bounced a cheque
  67. Flown in a helicopter
  68. Saved a favourite childhood toy
  69. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
  70. Eaten caviar
  71. Pieced a quilt
  72. Stood in Times Square
  73. Toured The Everglades
  74. Been Fired from a job
  75. Seen the Changing Of The Guard in London
  76. Broken a bone
  77. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
  78. Seen The Grand canyon
  79. Published a book
  80. Visited the Vatican
  81. Bought a brand new car
  82. Walked in Jerusalem
  83. Had your picture in the newspaper
  84. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Years Eve
  85. Visited the White House (though I've toured Boston State House)
  86. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  87. Had chickenpox
  88. Saved someone's life
  89. Sat on a jury
  90. Met someone famous (Princess Anne)
  91. Joined a book club
  92. Had a tattoo
  93. Had a baby
  94. Seen The Alamo in person
  95. Swam in The Great Salt Lake
  96. Been involved in a lawsuit
  97. Owned a cell phone
  98. Been stung by a bee
Now clearly, this is only 98 things. I went back and checked the original..and discovered it had no number 49. But I think that's plenty for one day, so let's leave it there. Think it over!

I'll leave you with a quick iphone photo. While we are busy cutting and creating here's one we made earlier. A Mad Hatter Easter hat The Small One and I put together for a school competition a few years ago. I'm off to see if anyone wants to join me in a go at 3 legged roller skating. Thanks for the suggestion Anna


Maria Ontiveros said...

Lovely post Sian. Will put that in my raindy day blog file (you know ideas for those days when nothing is flowing). I've done most of the travel ones and a lot of the kissing ones!

Sandra said...

Sian I'm giggling as I'm writing this - as I'm sitting here reading your blog with no. 87 :(

A fun list - I'll have to really see how many I've done or could do :)

Alana said...

Ooh, done some of these but not that many but maybe my the things i have done are more exciting 9well to me anyway) e.g. Climbed to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Absailed, Kyaking, surfed, army assault course, Scootered down a mountain, summer tobogganing, rapped at our schools x-factor, dissappeared dressed as a fairy in a magic show, sumo wrestled (in sumo suit) oh I could go on and on......

Kirsty.A said...

Nice post - I did it too

helena said...

counting as I read I suprised to find I've done almost half of them - including most of the travel related ones. Hope the next ones are by choice and not accident! Fun exercise, thanks

Anna said...

I got down as far as no. 9 and then had an attack of the heebie jeebies at the thought of holding a praying mantis! :D I saw one once IRL and it frightened the life out of me (even though it was only as long as my finger)

Please be careful on those roller skates! :D

Scrappi Sandi said...

Had to think twice about some of those!...Did I or didn't I? But there are some that I really would like to & others I've come thios close to, but don't get me started!! I'll have to save that list & go through it properly!!! Thanks for sharing...Oh & BTW Fab Easter bonnet!!!!

Amanda said...

After seeing that amazing hat I'd thought I'd share another Easter story with you. When I was at primary school we used to have an Easter Parade where you could take part in either the fancy dress, Easter bonnet or Easter basket. Well, as an avid crafter my Mum always made us take part and I have appeared as a (now don't laugh) a caterpillar, butterfly, had a bluebell bonnet, the list goes on........luckily there is no photographic evidence of the caterpillar. However I hold the photo of my brother as 'chicken in a basket' to ransom and there has been recent talk of blowing it up to a live size cut out model when he reaches 40! LOL

scrappyjacky said...

Interesting,Sian.....and surprising how many of the same ones we've done....though there are some I would NOT want to do.May have a go at this myself.

Alana said...

Sian, Hope you didn't mind me linking my childhood memories to your post about your own. It's funny what we remember isn't it. Mine were mostly craft related as I am an only child (so no siblings to play with) or woods and den making!

SarahLP said...

Oooh, interesting post Sian! I have had a go at the '99 Things' and will post it soon. Really got me thinking of lots of stuff.

Fabulous hat, too!!

Abi said...

This is so cool sian, Will definitely have to give this a go! he he! thanks for sharing! xxxx

Clair said...

I've done a massive third of these - how surprising - and I'm sure that by donating blood I may have saved someone's life somewhere. Definitely a worthwhile 'to do'.

Becky said...

Done quite a few of these, my list is very similar to yours! I have posted on my blog - thanks for the inspiration :)

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

I love this list and am totally going to copy it for my blog. You're right, it is fun to learn little facts about our blog friends. :o)

humel said...

Love this list, and love the hat! x

Unknown said...

This hat is terrific!

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