Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Life List

Well, I have been knitting a little bit, mostly making itty bitty stockings, but I'll get to that later. First, Isela posted a "life list" of sorts, highlighting things she has done and those she hasn't. For some reason, she thinks her life is boring. Au contraire, mon ami! From my perspective, you have a very exciting life, just a whole lot different than mine! :)

So, I decided to copy Isela's list and mark it up with my experiences. Heck, maybe I'll even add a few things. I know for sure, I'm crossing some stuff off!! LOL Disclaimer: I have quite a few more years under my belt than Isela does. At my ripe old age of 50, I've gotten around a bit! :) So, here you have it. Bold means been there, done that, might have a t-shirt.


  • 1. Bought everyone in the bar a drink (thank goodness it was a small bar)
  • 2. Swam with wild dolphins (Well, I stayed in the boat, does that count?)
  • 3. Climbed a mountain
  • 4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
  • 5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
  • 6. Held a tarantula
  • 7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
  • 8. Said 'I love you' and meant it
  • 9. Hugged a tree
  • 10. Bungee jumped NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN, MY FRIENDS!
  • 11. Visited Paris (EVERYONE should do this at least once!)
  • 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 (unfortunately)
  • 21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
  • 22. Watched a meteor shower
  • 23. Gotten drunk on champagne (not something I recommend)
  • 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 not cared 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 wild whales
  • 45. Stolen a sign
  • 46. Backpacked in Europe (no backpacks when I went)
  • 47. Taken a road-trip
  • 48. Gone rock climbing
  • 49. Midnight walk on the beach
  • 50. Gone sky diving SEE ITEM 10!
  • 51. Visited Ireland (This should be higher on the list - it's a marvelous place!)
  • 52. Been heartbroken longer then 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 cd's (Um, no! Why??)
  • 57. Pretended to be a superhero
  • 58. Sung karaoke
  • 59. Lounged around in bed all day
  • 60. Posed nude in front of strangers (never going to happen!)
  • 61. Gone scuba diving (snorkel, but no scuba)
  • 62. Kissed in the rain
  • 63. Played in the mud
  • 64. Played in the rain
  • 65. Gone to a drive-in theater
  • 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 (but I have played Acrophobia and Blocktionary for that long)
  • 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 (They're too expensive! But I've been there and watched them.)
  • 80. Gotten a tattoo
  • 81. Rafted the Snake River (no, but I've done a couple of other ones, even a Class 5 rapid once)
  • 82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
  • 83. Got flowers for no reason
  • 84. Performed on stage
  • 85. Been to Las Vegas
  • 86. Recorded music
  • 87. Eaten shark
  • 88. Had a one-night stand
  • 89. Gone to Thailand
  • 90. Bought a house
  • 91. Been in a combat zone (only if you count Newark, NJ)
  • 92. Buried one of your parents (both, actually)
  • 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. Created and named your own constellation of stars
  • 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 illness that you shouldn't have survived
  • 105. Wrote articles for a large publication
  • 106. Lost over 100 pounds (well, if you add it up over all the years. . .)
  • 107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
  • 108. Piloted an airplane
  • 109. Petted a stingray
  • 110. Broken someone's heart
  • 111. Helped an animal give birth
  • 112. Won money on a T.V. game show
  • 113. Broken a bone(s)
  • 114. Gone on an African photo safari
  • 115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
  • 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 (and a rat, too)
  • 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 (not even when I visited Australia)
  • 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. Petted a cockroach (Uh, why?!)
  • 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 (every day)
  • 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 (okay, crafts, but that's art, too)
  • 145. Had a booth at a street fair (if car shows count)
  • 146. Dyed your hair
  • 147. Been a DJ
  • 148. Shaved your head
  • 149. Caused a car accident
  • 150. Saved someone's life
That's Isela's list. Here are a few I'll add:

  • 151. Sat for at least an hour at a cafe in Tuscany sipping espresso and people-watching
  • 152. Seen an original Monet painting up close
  • 153. Climbed to the top of the pyramid at Chichen Itza
  • 154. Got lost in London trying to find the Airborne Express office and followed a delivery van, hoping they were "heading home" -- and they were!
  • 155. Won more than $1,000 in a casino.
  • 156. Drove the Great Ocean Road and flew over the 12 Apostles in Australia (also missed the last ferry and spent an impromptu night in Queenscliff!)
  • 157. Spent a week in Orlando by myself, visiting every theme park in sight and had a blast!
  • 158. Spent a day visiting Australia's Philip Island, feeding kangaroos and wallabys, and watching the march of the penguins at dusk.
  • 159. Spent an entire day in the Louvre (it was closed when I tried to go)
  • 160. Swum in a mountain lake created only by melting snow
  • 161. Drank Molson's in Canada, Stout in Germany, Tecate in Mexico, Guinness in Ireland, red wine at a cafe in Paris, Bahama Mamas in the Bahamas, excellent coffee in Costa Rica, and rum in Jamaica
  • 162. Climbed Duns River Falls in Jamaica
  • 163. Visited the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany - the one that inspired Disney's Cinderella castle.
  • 164. Experienced the joy of spoiling a grandchild. (never had kids, so. . .)
  • 165. Spent a day driving through the Austrian countryside enjoying the views and trying to guess which small village had the tallest church steeple.
  • 166. Camped in Jasper, Alberta, Canada and watched while a big black bear wandered through the campsite.
  • 167. Learned to use a pottery wheel and make something presentable.
  • 168. Learned how to spin -- drop spindle and wheel.
  • 169. Managed to figure a way to completely retire and spend all my time knitting and travelling.
  • 170. Fallen in love and had the feeling reciprocated -- and it really did last till death did us part.
Well, how do YOU fare on this list? Have some you'd like to add? Go for it! :)

We now return you to your regular programming. More knitting coming up soon!

1 comment:

Isela: Purling Sprite said...

Awesome list! I envy you...you have had a full life, done great things, visited some of the most wonderful places in the world and you have accomplished some very neat things throughout your life.

I got a good laugh about #106 :), hehehehe. And Sam and I want to know your secret for # 169 :).