Things to Do In Winter

A WINTER BUCKETLIST

Listed in the “2001 things to do” book

  • Ski Tuckerman’s Ravine (Sept 2012)
  • Ice-skate by candlelight at midnight (Jan 2013)
  • ski by torchlight (Jan 2013)
  • walk on the beach in winter (Jan 2013)
  • dress up like santa claus and play it to the hilt (Feb 2013)
  • find out what auld lange syne really means (Feb 2013)
  • snowmobile (Jun 2013)
  • drink mulled wine on a snowy night in Prague (Aug 2013)
  • build a glorious, elaborate snow castle (Aug 2013)
  • Christmas carol with candles (Oct 2013)
  • build an igloo (Oct 2013)
  • skate a perfect figure-eight (Oct 2013)
  • spend the winter holidays in Austria or Switzerland (Nov 2013)
  • pay Santa for a needy family at Christmas (Dec 2013)
  • catch a snowflake on your tongue (Jan 2014)
  • take a walk in the woods at night when it’s snowing (Mar 2014)
  • attend the winter solstice, or any Paul Winter concert (Mar 2014)
  • Write a personal note on every Christmas card (Jul 2014)
  • Take a child with you to cut down a Christmas tree on a a snowy night (Dec 2014)
  • Hire someone to wrap all your Christmas presents (Dec 2014)
  • Have a picnic on the beach in February (Feb 2015)
  • Send all your Christmas cards out on time (Mar 2015)
  • Decorate outdoors with abandon at Christmastime (May 2015)
  • Pack a thermos full of hot cocoa and go for a long walk in the wintry woods (Jun 2015)
  • Camp out in the snow (Dec 2015)
  • Read A Christmas Carol (Mar 2016)
  • Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square (Apr 2016)
  • Make a snowman (Apr 2016)
  • Build a snow fort (Apr 2016)
  • Snowshoe (Jul 2016)
  • Go sleigh riding (Nov 2016)
  • Acquire meaningful Christmas ornaments (Jan 2018)

Any other fun things to add for Winter season?

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Wear 2 Different Shoes

I have posted about this item before

This is a common enough mistake someone could make. In fact, I made it this morning. I grabbed these 2 shoes in the dark and didn’t pay attention to them until I got to work and realized they weren’t the same. This got me to wondering why would someone purposely wear 2 different shoes to check the item off the list in the book? Or is it there because we have probably made the mistake and it’s a funny memory? It sure is something out of the normalcy of the everyday.

Well, either way, I can share that I have now done it on purpose (kind of) with 2 shoes that were different but same color, and now by accident, completely 2 different colors.

What about you? Have you done it on purpose or accident? Did you go all day without realizing?

Get Donald Trump to Autograph This Book

This book “2001 Things to Do Before you Die” was printed back in 1997. It was still funny to see this item to get check marked from the list. I really didn’t (& still don’t) think I’ll get this accomplished. Mainly because I live on the West Coast.

Last year, I had the bright idea to try sending it to the White House. I knew they would be getting TONS of mail and most likely I wouldn’t get anything back. But I also thought it might be quirky enough to make it through. I enclosed a letter and the book. I even added a return envelope. Then I sent it off. Now, you can go to the White House’s webpage to get where to send mail, and they say it will take a couple of weeks to get any response.  It took about two months and by that time, I went ahead and purchased the book again because I didn’t really know if I would get the other one back.

IMG_4333Imagine my surprise when there was an envelope with the White House address at the front door one day. I opened it up and was happy to see the book returned and a letter with a response that I wasn’t surprised about. The president was thankful for my letter, but unfortunately too busy at this time. Here’s a photo and a copy of his signature for you.

Well, I guess I could go ahead and count that as a half check for this item. I did get his autograph, just not in the book. I really don’t know if I will ever have the opportunity to ask for him to sign it. Politics and likes or dislikes aside, it would be fun to get this done. (and while at it, get the “shake hands with someone famous” checked off too)

If you have any ideas to help with this, I would appreciate the assist.

Would you like the extra copy of this book?

 

Start a Barbie Collection

My sister and I had quite the Barbie collection as kids. I can’t recall how many Barbies, Kens, and a few of their friends we had. We also had a large house and the corvette car. We also used to make some clothes for our dolls. Over the years, the collection has dwindled, but I knew we still had a box in the closet.

I pulled it out today and it brought back so many memories. Especially the doll without the head. I have no idea why the heads would come off. Perhaps it was brushing the hair to hard, pulling to get the dolls you wanted away from your sister, or just because you could and then pop it back on. There were a few other random finds, like a little cat that I am pretty sure went with a strawberry shortcake collection and a cabbage patch doll necklace.

It would kind of be fun to get some of the new barbies, the ones modeled after real life people. But for now, this is a check mark for this list item.

Did / Do you have a Barbie collection? 

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?

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? 

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

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

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?

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?

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.

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?

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?

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?

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?