Posted in Generic Ones, Gift Giving, Random Acts of Kindness, Volunteering

#869 Grow Long Hair

& Donate to Wigs For Kids

I can check off 2 items for this one “Grow Long Hair” and “Donate to…”

Back in 2013 a friend mentioned she was going to start growing out her hair and donate to Locks of Love. I thought, why not do that too!! When I mentioned it to my hair stylist, she told me to look at other organizations that create wigs for children. People assume the wigs they make and give to kids are free. It’s not true. Plus, it is mostly for children that suffer alopecia areata (a type of hair loss). Not to say that is not also important to give wigs to kids that have that, but I was thinking of donating toward a wig for a child that has to deal with cancer (or wider range of reasons a child lost their hair). Researching more, I found they use a sliding fee based on parent’s income. And even though they accept at least 10 inches of pretty much any type of hair (even dyed), they don’t use all of it. Some they sell off. Maybe to help keep costs of making the wigs down, but that was still unclear to me.

I was disillusioned with Locks of Love and started looking for other organizations that fit more with what I wanted my hair to be donated for. I came across Wigs for Kids. “For children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.” And as far as I can tell, they work to make the wigs complimentary to children.

Side note: I saw on the Wigs for Kids website they have a Girl Scout patch for donating. Where was that when I was a Scout? Would have been fun to earn.

The requirements for Wigs for Kids is at least 12 inches and no chemical treatment to the hair. I figured I can do this challenge and let my hair grow long. It had been quite a challenge for me. I usually keep my hair chin length and anytime it starts to touch my shoulders I chop it off. It’s also quite thick, so when I do the chop, I can feel the weight come off my head. I’ve liked to dye it a reddish color. Growing up it stayed a light brown due to me swimming year round. When I stopped swimming, it went back to my natural color which is a very dark brown and I was very much not used to that. Friends even asked if I dyed my hair.

It took about 4 years to grow, and as soon as I could, I chopped it off as part of a birthday treat for myself. I got it layered and colored.

The back ponytail reached 12 inches but the other ponytails were a tad short. Plan B, donate that one ponytail to Wigs for Kids and the rest to PanteneBeautiful Lengths program. They provide free wigs for women battling cancer. Their requirements were at least 8 inches and color free. Done!!

It was fun to grow out my hair to see how it looked and felt. People said long hair looks good on me. I might grow it out long again but this time style it more than just an even cut and see how that looks. And down the road, I might donate it again. I hope that little bit of hair will help add to making a wig for a child and a woman and bring a smile to their faces.

Have you donated your hair? What organization and how was your experience?

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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 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 Generic Ones, Sporty Chance/Heart Stopping Adventures, Super Duper Easy

#511 – See How High You Can Swing

During a weekend in April of 2014, I was at my cousin’s kid’s 3rd birthday party. It was such a beautiful day and they decided it would be nice to have it at a park for the kids to play around. There was a playground nearby with swings. I decided to go ahead and get a video of me for this item.

1) I need to make sure the operator of the camera (this time being my mom) knows how to work it. She wasn’t sure it was recording so she kept pushing the button and I ended up getting a few short video clips.

2) It seemed I got a lot higher on a swing as a kid. It was pointed out that this observation is probably due to myself being smaller and less weight on the body.

3) I had forgotten how to be able to land well. My dismount had me crashing down into the sand and bending my ankle. I had an instant fear of being that person that broke her ankle doing a simple stupid thing. luckily it’s just sore.

I wouldn’t mind going swinging again, it’s oddly calming and fun for a short bit. This item is definitely super duper easy and can be repeated as many times throughout your life as you wish. Don’t you agree?

Posted in Festivals/Special Events, Generic Ones, Home Town, Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries, On This Day, State of Mind, Super Duper Easy

#1042 – Thank a Veteran

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”(click here to read more on the history about Veteran’s Day)

I marked this item off the list last year, but I feel like it should have it’s own post stating that I do thank veteran’s from all the military branches that protect and defend the country I live in from harm. I would also like to extend thanks to all those that put their life on the line (police, firefighters, …..) This is one item we should definitely repeat, each and every day as well as really acknowledging it on the official holidays.

I’m including photos of those veterans in my family from the civil war to World War II.

Posted in Bon Appetite, Generic Ones, Super Duper Easy

#758 – Make Your Own Lunch

Not really sure why this is a “must do before you die” item listed in the book. Maybe because we’ve gotten to the point where one can easily never make their own lunches. It’s either made for the person (like when we are kids and our parents made them) or fast food, store bought pre-made stuff, or going to places like subway.

During the weekday, I am able to come home at lunchtime and make something to eat and relax. Every once in a while, I’ve made a salad the night before. Typically I’ll have a wheat wrap, a slice of cheese, and two slices of turkey. No mayo and often no mustard (because I am lazy and don’t want to add the extra bit of effort) So, while it’s a bit dry, I’m fine with it.

lunch 1Then I’ll add chips or fruit.

And Bon Appetite! Mission accomplished for this book item!

Do you make your own lunch?

Posted in Generic Ones, Super Duper Easy

#1103 Wear Two Different Shoes

I am willing to bet we have all done this by accident.  Easy enough to do when one is in a hurry and grab a pair of shoes without checking that they match.  To check this off the list, I purposely wore 2 black shoes that were similar, but different.  Only wore them for a quarter of the day but it counts.

Have you done this by accident or on purpose? Similar or completely different types/colors?

Posted in Generic Ones, Requires Travel

#251 Throw a coin in the Fontana di Trevi in Rome

I went to Italy with my roommate for thanksgiving vacation time during my college semester abroad. We stayed at a little hotel near the Roman Colosseum and went to many of the different sites to see in Rome. So, loved it there. I would go back in a heartbeat. My favorite food has always been Italian and was in heaven. I will say it was hard to get used to eating dinner so late, as their restaurants didn’t open til around 8pm. First time I tried and fell in love with Gelato and specialty coffees while there.

I can recall being surprised a few times of the sites in Rome. The Trevi Fountain, for instance was in small square. Of course it might have felt small as the fountain took up a lot of space and there were crowds sitting around the rest of it. Enjoying the view and sipping their coffees. The other sites amazed me by their size or just the fact that I was there seeing and touching things that have existed BC.

My roommate will have to verify this, but I think this was the first experience I had with a cappuccino. We had walked down a small alley and came upon the square. Was in awe of the huge fountain and got a cappuccino at one of the shops surrounding the square. And of course threw a coin over our shoulder into the fountain. Hoping the legend will come true and I will be back to Rome someday.

I think I will post more photos of this trip another time.

For more information and photos of the fountain, head over here to it’s wikipedia page

Photo below borrowed from wikipedia (who took it from a flicker album) to show you a bit more of the square.Have you been to the Fountain? Throw a coin in?

Posted in Generic Ones, Home Town, Super Duper Easy

#567 Soak in a Hot Tub

My parents had a hot tub at the house while I grew up. We were very close to a family that shared our back fence. We even made a doorway so we could come and go in each other’s yard and house. They installed a pool. It became fun for us kids to go back and forth, jumping in the pool and then into the hot tub.

Another memory of “soaking” in the hot tub was when I was swimming at the junior college. One of the things swim teams do is shave down before a big race day (like championships). We get together and have a carbed out dinner, and shave our legs so they are nice and smooth and less resistance to go through the water. Some of the guys shaved their heads. I had one of these shave down parties at my house and we crammed a lot of the girls into the tub at one point.

Here’s a fun photo of us showing off our shaved legs.Often times it is nice to just relax and soak in hot tubs. Don’t you think?

Posted in Generic Ones, Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries

#37 Learn to Drive a Stick Shift

I learned to drive stick shift in a BMW car in Germany. I lived there for about one year with someone (around 2002). We purchased the car and got stick because it was cheaper. He and some friends drove out to the back roads for me to practice on. Well, first, I learned how to at least start from first gear up to 3rd in a parking lot. One thing about parking lots in Germany, they are A LOT smaller than ones here in the US.

After I learned to start and get going, we went to the back roads and I practiced going longer distances. up and down on the gears. From what I remembered I only stalled a few times; and was only late in shifting a few times.

I enjoyed driving in Germany especially on the Autobahn. Side note, there is in fact a speed limit on their freeway, but it’s pretty fast speeds. The thing you have to be very careful of are slow downs, those can come up fast if you aren’t paying attention. Like sudden stops. It was interesting when renting a car, they would break into any music on the radio if there was a traffic report needed to be broadcast in the area.

I also didn’t care much for driving the larger car. It was tight fit in the parking lot spaces and some of the roads.

It’s been quite a number of years now since I’ve driven stick. I know I would have to re-learn how.

Do you know how to drive stick shift?

Posted in Generic Ones, Looking Forward to, On This Day

40 til 40 Journey Begins Today

Today marks the start of my 40 days til 40 countdown. In the past, I’ve gone on trips or stayed and ate pizza (Oct is national pizza month). This year, I am looking to change things up and do something a little different

In addition to my normal posting of “bucket list” adventures and checking off things from my various lists, I think I would like to document the journey of counting down until my birthday and this milestone number.

Besides the number count for Scrabble, I get to move up in age groups for any races (running, swimming, triathlons) yipee?

 

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

#1237 Learn at Least 3 Palindromes

First I had to look up the definition because I couldn’t quite remember what it is.

It is is a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of symbols or elements, whose meaning may be interpreted the same way in either forward or reverse direction.

Oh, well in that case, it will be easy to learn and list.

Noon
Murder for a jar of red rum
16461
(and one more for good measure) Mom

Do you have any favorites?

 

Posted in Generic Ones, Gift Giving, Random Acts of Kindness, State of Mind, Super Duper Easy

#1348 Donate Blood

Lost Some of My Blood For A Good Cause!

Yesterday was my very first time donating blood and I am very proud of having done it. You might be asking why this is such a big deal, the answer is because it scares me alot. When I’ve heard of people donating blood in the past, I thought, oh good for them, no way would I do that.

As I came across more and more chances, I pondered and debated and became more and more tempted. When I got this most recent opportunity and I knew I couldn’t pass it up and at least go for the experience. As well as helping to save a life.

Got signed up for any appointment and as it got closer to the time I needed to be there, I was very close to backing out. But I decided to suck it up and go. I was very much hoping that they would end up telling me thanks for trying but we can’t use your blood. (because it would be anemic, i’d be to dehydrated for them to get to the veins, my veins would just not pop up, or the fact that I traveled out of the country the last 3 years would cause my blood to not be okay for use right then) They gave me the all clear after the initial questions and tests.

DARN IT. I would have to really do this. I know I was having a little panic attack. I didn’t want to have a needle be stuck in me and I REALLY didn’t want to see any blood. I have no idea why I should be panicking about it. You lay down, hold out your arm and they do all the work really. You just are there to give up a pint of blood in a pretty comfortable way.

It’s a good thing those nurses are funny and easy to talk to. I might have sat down and then jumped up and said, nope can’t do this. I felt that pinch and stayed still. When it was done, I went to the front of the bus and enjoyed some goldfish as I crossed my fingers I wouldn’t faint. There was a couple of times I was younger and went with my mom and sis, my mom went to get blood drawn. My sis watched, I didn’t. But I still got light headed and very white as we walked out. Enough so that I had to quickly sit down for a few minutes. And that was what I was worried would happen here. But I sat and listened to the them joke to the 2 guys getting their blood drawn out.

I asked for a photo and they offered to have me hold a bag of blood. I declined on that part. I know it’s much needed but I don’t know if I could do this again. I would have to pump myself up and keep repeating, it’s okay, there’s nothing to it. It is only about 20 minutes of your time, so if you can do it, i’d suggest you do and help those that need it.

Have you donated?