Friday, June 06, 2008

Jane's 200 things

In her newsletter, Neighbor Jane Payne had this list of 200 things in honor of her 200th newsletter. (If you haven't read it, you really should. She is a gem.) She invited anyone who wanted to to put them on their blog as a way of journaling some things they have done or not done in their life.

It seems like a fun thing to have documented for my children to read in the future.

200 Have and Have nots!

1. Touched an iceberg

2. Slept under the stars

3. Been a part of a hockey fight

4. Changed a baby's diaper

5.
Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Swam with wild dolphins

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a tarantula

10. Said "I love you" and meant it

11. Bungee jumped (NOT gonna happen!)

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise

15. Seen the Northern Lights

16. Gone to a huge sports game

17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables

19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope

20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Bet on a winning horse

23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Taken an ice cold bath

28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Ridden a roller coaster (never again!)

31. Hit a home run

32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking

33. Adopted an accent for fun

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment

36. Loved your job 90% of the time

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Watched wild whales

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach

41. Gone sky diving

42. Visited Ireland

43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited India

45. Bench-pressed your own weight

46. Milked a cow

47. Alphabetized your personal files

48. Ever worn a superhero costume

49. Sung karaoke

50. Lounged around in bed all day

51. Gone scuba diving

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Done something you should regret, but don't

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Been in a movie

60. Gone without food for 3 days

61. Made cookies from scratch

62. Won first prize in a costume contest

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Been in a combat zone

65. Spoken more than one language fluently (pretty fluently -- sadly, no more)

66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone

67. Bounced a check

68. Read - and understood - your credit report

69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy

70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did

71. Called or written your Congress person

72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over

73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge (dang! I tried!)

74. Helped an animal give birth

75. Been fired or laid off from a job

76. Won money

77. Broken a bone

78. Ridden a motorcycle

79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph

80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon

81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing

82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days

83. Eaten sushi

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read The Bible cover to cover

86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about

87. Gotten someone fired for their actions

88. Gone back to school

89. Changed your name

90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands

91. Eaten fried green tomatoes

92. Read The Iliad

93. Taught yourself an art from scratch

94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt

96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language

97. Been elected to public office

98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream

99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care

100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you

101. Had a booth at a street fair

102. Dyed your hair

103. Been a DJ

104. Rocked a baby to sleep

105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four

106. Raked your carpet

107. Brought out the best in people

108. Brought out the worst in people

109. Worn a mood ring

110. Ridden a horse

111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap (I guess Scouts was good for something!)

112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe

113. Buried a child (not my own, but witnessed my niece's burial)

114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play

115. Been inside the pyramids

116. Shot a basketball into a basket -- must have been a miracle!!

117. Danced at a disco

118. Played in a band

119. Shot a bird

120. Gone to an arboretum

121. Tutored someone

122. Ridden a train

123. Brought an old fad back into style

124. Eaten caviar -- yuck.

125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need

126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant

127. Published a book

128. Pieced a quilt

129. Lived in an historic place

130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage

131. Asked for a raise

132. Made a hole-in-one (if mini-golf counts!)

133. Gone deep sea fishing

134. Gone roller skating

135. Run a marathon

136. Learned to surf

137. Invented something

138. Flown first class -- Thanks, Dad!

139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite

140. Flown in a helicopter

141. Visited Africa

142. Sang a solo

143. Gone spelunking

144. Learned how to take a compliment

145. Written a love-story

146. Seen Michelangelo’s David

147. Had your portrait painted (we affectionately called it "Woman in Pearls")

148. Written a fan letter

149. Spent the night in something haunted (but I wouldn't have a problem with it)

150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane

151. Ran away (although I've wanted to many times!)

152. Learned to juggle

153. Been a boss

154. Sat on a jury

155. Lied about your weight

156. Gone on a diet

157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget

158. Written a poem

159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox

160. Gotten food poisoning

161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission

162. Hiked the Grand Canyon

163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks

164. Gone to the opera (in Paris -- a dream come true)

165. Gotten a letter from someone famous

166. Worn knickers

167. Ridden in a limousine

168. Attended the Olympics

169. Can hula or waltz

170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books

171. Been stuck in an elevator

172. Had a revelatory dream

173. Thought you might crash in an airplane

174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert

175. Saved someone’s life

176. Eaten raw whale

177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint

178. Laughed till your side hurt

179. Straddled the equator

180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing

181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival

182. Sent a message in a bottle

183. Spent the night in a hostel

184. Been a cashier

185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

186. Joined a union

187. Donated blood or plasma

188. Built a campfire

189. Kept a blog

190. Had hives

191. Worn custom made shoes or boots

192. Made a PowerPoint presentation

193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course

194. Served at a soup kitchen

195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube (but I can't remember how anymore)

196. Know CPR (need a refresher)

197. Ridden in or owned a convertible

198. Found a long lost friend

199. Helped solve a crime

200. Responded to a NJP newsletter


Thanks, Jane!

21 comments:

lelly said...

it's an amazing list, isn't it? although i feel strangely like i need to go back and *defend* some of the things i've done!!

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Whoa, wait, Michelle. You've got to tell us:

WHO did you fight and WHO did you defend (and was pulling hair involved?)

AND . . .

what did you recently buy that was a favorite childhood toy?

AND . . .

what significant thing did your ancestors do?

Encore! Encore! Encore!

Jill said...

Skinny dipping eh?

melanie said...

Jill took the words out of my mouth. Very revealing. :) I love posts with so much info.

Barb said...

The skinny dipping is intriguing. Where? With whom?

patsy said...

this is so much fun to read!

Holly said...

These lists are wonderful reminders of who we are, were, and possibly will be. Mine reminded me of things I had done--often with a giggle and shake of the head, and reminded me of things I still hope to do. Not kill and prepare an animal from scratch, of course, unless I absolutely had to.

Was it first class to Paris? :)

Amie said...

This is fun... it is hard to not go into too much explanation.

Mom said...

That is an awesome list!! Surely you must be older than you are.....

I fear it would take me a long time to document 200 things that I have done and record them!!!

I'll read that over and over!

Kelly said...

Okay, I want to see "Woman in Pearls". It's been fun to read through these lists.

Quelly said...

I LOVE the new banner!

Laurie said...

I love your blog banner!!

Shawna B. said...

Fun list, Michelle! I really enjoyed reading all your "have dones" - and there's a lot, my friend!

Know what else I enjoy? Your sidewalk chalk on your banner! Perfect. Absolutely spot on for this time of year.

Lori said...

Lovely List. I love the new banner.

patsy said...

okay- I am so missing your blog
I hope you get home soon :)

Elisa said...

I want to see the Woman in Pearls portrait. It seems so high society to have someone paint a portrait of you. I love it!

I am also interested in Jane Payne's questions. Plus the skinny dipping story. Lets here it.

Jenny said...

I never could figure out that silly rubix cube. I had to laugh about the skinning dipping (I too had that on my list) but failed to write my age. I think I was like 10!

Cecilia said...

Fun list! The new banner looks AWESOME!

Claudissima said...

hey, where did you have the green tomatoes? I had mine in New Orleans, this last christmas, they were sooooo goood! mISSED YOU.

crystal said...

This list is fabulous! And wait...you've found a long-lost friend? That's really cool.

I'm with NJP: I want to know what you recently bought that was a favorite childhood toy! This list generated more questions than answered them.

everything pink said...

this was a fun and fast way to journal! i am glad you did it.

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