Posted in Generic Ones, It's Artistic/Creative, Super Duper Easy

#435 make paper snowflakes

I had to look up how to make paper snowflakes because it had been a super long time since I made any, probably for a school project. Luckily, one can just Google and get the option to watch a video of how somebody makes them, read instructions, even see some patterns of how to cut a few interesting, and of course, lots of photos of other people’s snowflakes. Have to say, there are some very detailed ones. I read a few sites and watch a video just to see how they went through the instructions. Then I got to work with paper and scissors to see what I could create.

I ended up making a few. I made a couple by cutting randomly and then I tried to copy a few designs I saw online. They didn’t come out quite like the pictures but that doesn’t really matter right? Each snowflake in nature is different, so the paper ones should be too.

It has been fun to continue to adding to the snowflakes each year at Christmas time.

Have you made paper snowflakes lately? 

Posted in Generic Ones, Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries, Super Duper Easy

#2 Learn the first 5 Amendments

I’m copying the information found at the National Center for Constitutional Studies since it came up in a search on the Amendments first.

Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Speech and the Press
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment 2 – Right to Bear Arms
A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Amendment 3 – Housing of Soldiers
No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment 4 – Protection from unreasonable Search & Seizures
No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment 5 – Protection of rights to Life, Liberty & Property
No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.

Amendment 6 – Rights of accused persons in Criminal Cases
Amendment 7 – Rights in Civil Cases
Amendment 8 – Excessive Bail, Fines and Punishments Forbidden
Amendment 9 – Other Rights kept by the People
Amendment 10 – Undelegated powers Kept by the States and the People
Amendment 11 – Authority of Federal Courts Restricted
Amendment 12 – Election of the President and Vice President
Amendment 13 – Slavery Outlawed
Amendment 14 – Rights of Citizenship
Amendment 15 – Voting Rights for All Races
Amendment 16 – Federal Income Taxes
Amendment 17 – Election of Senators by Popular Vote
Amendment 18 – Liquor Outlawed
Amendment 19 – Voting Rights for Men and Women
Amendment 20 – Terms of the President and Congress; Replacing the President
Amendment 21 – Control of Liquor Returned to the States
Amendment 22 – Presidents Limited to Two Terms
Amendment 23 – Presidential Electors for the District of Columbia
Amendment 24 – Voting Rights Protected from Taxes
Amendment 25 – Replacing the President and Vice President
Amendment 26 – Voting Rights for All Citizens Eighteen or Older
Amendment 27 – Changes in Salaries of Senators and Representatives

Posted in Generic Ones, Gift Giving, Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries, Random Acts of Kindness, State of Mind, Super Duper Easy

Be on a Bone Marrow Registry

Gotta tell you, sometimes I feel like I’m a dog who gets distracted by squirrels, food, and toys, when finding out about some amazing charities. Ones like Active 20-30 Club, Comfort Cases, Girls on the Run, and 916 Ink are JUST A FEW of the ones I love to keep an eye on and see how I might help. And I keep coming across neat non-profits all the time.

Recently heard a story on the national Nightly News about a guy taking a break from college to help his best friend whose cancer returned, and crossing things off his bucketlist. (right here in Citrus Heights, California) They had also created a non-profit called, Gamer’s Gift, that high schoolers run, whose goal it is to help different groups, such as kids in hospitals and seniors, anyone with restricted movements and promote well-being and positive spirits through the use of video games and other electronic media.

NOW, the story of these 2 friends mainly caught I ear because of the bucketlist, I love hearing and reading them. I wanted to see if they had a blog or something where they were posting about their adventures. Sure, enough they are on a few sites. Find, One List, One Life on Facebook.

The biggest reason I am writing about this is because of how much they encourage people to sign up to be on the bone marrow registry. I am already registered as an organ donor. Being on the bone marrow list scares me a little. The more I was thinking about it, the more I realized that is kind of silly. My being scared of needles, prevented me from going and donating blood for a long time. I was fine once I finally worked up my nerve to go try. I am still nervous and can’t watch the needle being inserted or look at the blood because I’d probably faint. But I have gone a couple of times now.

I decided to go ahead and sign up, get that cheek swab kit, send it back, and see what happens. I am a healthy person right now, if I can be a match and help someone, why not do so? It will take a little bit to work up my nerve to help if I get a call, because I know that probably means more needles. I just need to remind myself, I’m fine and I’d like someone else to be fine too and this is one way I can help.

You can sign up here

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: December 2017

1968 Act with the courage of your convictions
1958 Be a centerfold
1973 Discover a planet
1974 Eat at a fish boil in Door County, Wisconsin
1976 Fit twelve friends into a phone booth or a beetle
1964 Give everyone you love a note outlining how they’ve enriched your life
1971 Have outercourse
1952 Hunt for breakfast
1969 Laugh until you’re dizzy
1978 Make your own Passover plate
1955 Make your parents and children teary with pride
1977 Own some go-go boots
1956 Play spin the bottle
1975 Read aloud Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
1953 Recognize auras and chakras
1960 Replace all your cds with records
1959 Replace all your records with cds
1951 Ride a sidecar
1967 Ring a really big bell
1966 Speak your peace
1965 Speak your piece
1980 Squeeze a glass of fresh orange juice
1957 Study witchcraft
1963 Swan dive into a crowd that is prepared to catch you
1972 Take a self-defense course
1970 Tour the Prado, the Louvre, the Hermitage, the Metropolitan, and the Uffizi
1979 Turn off the television and go look at the stars
1954 Witness a death
1962 Write a children’s story
1961 Yearn

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails #79 Pina Colada

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

Read about this challenge and see the list here 

Ingredients: pineapple juice, light rum, coconut cream

Drank on: July 14, 2014

Location: Hotel Irotama Resort, Santa Marta, Colombia

Notes: at first the bartender mixed up the drink and gave it to me. I’m used to getting it blended, so I asked for him to do that by pointing to the blender (really need to work on learning Spanish). He got the message and blended it for me. yummy!


Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails #78 Pickleback

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

Read about this challenge and see the list here 

Ingredients: Irish whiskey and pickle juice

Drank on: April 17, 2015

Location: Blue Cue in Sacramento, California

Notes: I had thought the way it was listed meant you had to combine whisky and the juice in one drink and I wasn’t too excited about trying it. A friend wanted to order a shot of whiskey and another friend mentioned getting the pickleback as the chaser. Light bulb! that makes so much more sense. (I took the photo of the chaser as that came out first and then the whiskey came after I put away the camera, oh well). I love pickle juice and this was actually a nice chaser for sure.


Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails #77 Peppermint Patty

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

Read about this challenge and see the list here 

Ingredients: white creme de cacoa, white creme de menthe, dark creme de cacoa, cream

Drank on: December 16, 2014

Location: My House in Sacramento, California

Notes: I wasn’t finding white creme de cacoa so I looked up this recipe on other sites and they had it being made a little differently. One called for chocolate vodka (which I couldn’t find) and Chocolate liqueur (which I found with Godiva). and garnish with a peppermint patty.

This completely tasted like the chocolate treat.

A couple of other recipes made it with hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps. Which I recently had as a Mint Kiss. the schnapps was way to strong so I couldn’t really drink it.


Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails #72 Old Fashioned

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

Read about this challenge and see the list here 

Ingredients: sugar, angostura bitters, orange slices, bourbon

Drank on: November

Location: visiting family in Santa Clara, California

Notes: Thanksgiving dinner with family. An Old Fashion was the drink of choice for my Nana. This was a holiday version with cranberry added in. Took a little while to get used to the bourbon.


Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails #69 Mudslide

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

Read about this challenge and see the list here 

Ingredients: vodka, coffee liqueur, irish cream liqueur

Drank on: March 24, 2014

Location: My House in Sacramento, California

Notes: Got in the mood for a mudslide, but the bar didn’t make them. So, on the way home I stopped at the grocery store and got this pre-made 4 pack. Figured it’d be my dessert. Tasty for sure. definitely one of the drinks that’ll sneak up on you.


Posted in Generic Ones, It's Artistic/Creative, Super Duper Easy

#778 – Who’s on First?

AKA – Express absurd opinions seriously and see who listens

What’s in the quotes is the item to be checked off from the book. I could probably come up with a few discussions that I took very seriously and have it turn out to be quite mis-leading or absurd. And I am sure my “friends” could share more than I even imagine. The other side to it, is that I am NOT the only person in those absurd but serious conversations. There were one or more others that contributed. In the end, I think we couldn’t keep straight faces any longer and busted up laughing.

While I was thinking about different conversations to write about and check this item off, there was one that relates to the famous sketch that Abbott & Costello performed; “Who’s on First?” This is a PERFECT example of expressing absurd comments, maybe not opinions, but it fits.

My mom, sis, and I were in line for movie tickets one day. I don’t recall how it came up, but my sis and I started trying to recall the Who’s on First? skit. We might have argued, seriously, on what were the correct lines or not. It definitely entertained our mom, and the guy in line behind us. Finally, he couldn’t help but remark that it was neat hearing us talk about a skit from comedians that were from a black & white era of tv show, NOT to mention first starting their careers on radio shows. He was impressed.

I love watching skits from the “black & white” comedy era. Especially when they cracked themselves up during the skit. There are some “color” era comedians that did that too, Carol Burnett and Tim Conway skits come to mind.

I’m going to make it easy and leave you with the Who’s on First? skit found on YouTube to enjoy.

Have you expressed absurd opinions seriously?

Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails #64 Midori Sour

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

Read about this challenge and see the list here 

Ingredients: melon liqueur, whisky sour mix, lemon-lime soda

Drank on: March 24, 2014

Location: Kupros in Sacramento, California

Notes: It’s not as bright green as this photo depicts. You have to be in the right kind of mood for a sweet/sour drink like this. It was pretty tasty.

I usually hand off my cherries, not a big fan, if you do that too, warn the person or wipe off the sour taste if they don’t want that flavor to go with the cherry.