2008 was a bumpy ride..............

I'm putting away Christmas decorations today. While enjoying my morning cup of coffee, I started to ponder what 2008 had been like, and frankly, it sucked mostly. Surgery, recovery, physical therapy, mother in law moving in, driving me to the brink of insanity, helping lay the foundation of my husband's business, senior year for my daughter ( not the sucky part). There are many things I plan to do and many things I've done, some I'm not proud of, but it's fun to look back at what I've done, not necessarily just in 2008, and what is still left to be experienced.

Happy New Year!

What I've done is in bold

1. Started your own blog.

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a rock band. In high school.

4. Went to Thailand for 3 weeks

5. Watched a meteor shower! WOW!

6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
Many times

7. Been to Disneyland, about 8 times both as a child and adult.

8. Climbed a mountain. Not a big mountain, but big enough.

9. Held a new born puppy.

10. Sang a solo. It was supposed to be a duet of amazing grace, but my sister couldn't hold it together and so I did it solo. It is on my list of things I'll never do again. NEVER sing a song at the funeral of someone you deeply loved. Ever.

11. Bungee jumped. NOPE! And don't hold your breath, I have no intention of ever doing it.

12. Visited Hong Kong for 2 hours, Singapore 3 hours, South Korea 9 months. Visited Canada every summer for 2 weeks as a child.

13. Watched a lightning storm in Georgia.

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch. I can play a little guitar, but can play everything from the Beatles to Beethoven on piano.

15. Adopted a child. My husband adopted my daughter. Does that count?

16. Had food poisoning for DAYS. I'm deathly alergic to sturgeon. If somoene wanted me dead, feeding me that fish could cause a stroke or death next time.

17. Ran away from home for a week at age 15 in San Francisco.

18. Grown your own vegetables. Tomatoes, carrots, green onions. Also, strawberries, satsuma mandarin oranges, pears, plums, various organic herbs, such as bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, orgeano, basil, lavender, echinacea, etc.

19. Got married in Reno.

20. Took a greyhound bus from the east coast to California. I don't recommend it. It sucked.

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 in a gondola in Venice.

29. Seen a total eclipse.

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset. The best sunset memories are in Fort Bragg, breathtaking.

31. Hit a home run.

32. Been on a cruise. Not yet, but going in 3 weeks!!!

33. Been to Yosemite and wondered if I had the balls to climb Half Dome.

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.

35. Seen an Amish community.

36. Taught yourself a new language. Thai

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.

41. Sung Karaoke. Badly, I might add.

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant.

44. Visited Africa.

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight. And skinny dipped too...

46. Been transported in an ambulance.

47. Had your portrait painted drawn.

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. Snorkeling off the shore of the Similan Islands, Thailand

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. 50% partner in my husband's side business

58. Taken a martial arts class. Age 14, it's how I originally hurt my knee

59. Visited Russia.

60. Served at a soup kitchen.

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies.

62. Gone whale watching.

63. Slept on the floor in an airport.

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma.

65. Gone sky diving.

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp. Not yet, but I intend to.

67. Bounced a check.

68. Flown in a helicopter.

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.

71. Eaten Caviar.

72. Pieced a quilt.

73. Eaten escargot

74. Toured the Everglades.

75. Been fired from a job.

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London.

77. Broken a bone.

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. Swam in the Great Salt Lake.

97. Been involved in a law suit.

98. Owned a cell phone.

99. Been stung by a bee.

100. Read an entire book in one day. Many times!

Well, there you have it. Entirely self reflective, but kind of fun



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