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?

 

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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?

Posted in Generic Ones, Gift Giving, Super Duper Easy

#1645 Surprise Someone with Swedish Fish

I cannot understand WHY this is a “thing to do before you die” item. But since it’s in the book’s list I plan to accomplish the task. At the beginning of the year (2013) there was a Facebook post going around that sounded like fun to do.

A fun way to start of the new year: 2013 Creative Pay-It-Forward The first five people to comment on this status will receive from me, sometime in the next calendar year, a gift – perhaps a book, a doo-dad, homemade treats, or maybe music? – a surprise! There will be no warning and it will happen whenever the mood strikes me. The catch? Those five people must make the same offer on their FB status

There were a couple of people that did this on my post. But I completely forgot about it during the year. Luckily I caught it when I was going back through my posts and decided to use this opportunity to cross off this item by sending a person some swedish fish. What a surprise it will be for them?! They probably have forgotten about the post too, and it will be different then traditional holiday treats that one might expect in the mail. Can’t wait to hear a response from this person.

Have you surprised someone with swedish fish? Did you see that Facebook post going around and participate?

Posted in Generic Ones

Fake a Tan

I was sure I would never get a spray on tan. But I guess the phrase “never say never” is true.

Recently, I was one of the people in charge of putting together an anniversary brunch for my non-profit club (Active 20-30) and wanted to make sure I looked nice. One of the new ladies joining the club happens to be a makeup artist and does spray tanning. She offered those girls modeling in our traditional fashion show a deal price if we wanted a tan.

I had signed up to be a model and went and tried on a couple of outfits. One of them was a pretty fushia color dress. It was cute but really showed how white I was. I decided then to go ahead and try out the tan and hopefully it would make the dress look better.

I went to her place and she had a mobile tent set up. She explained a little about the spray and the procedure. I got undressed and put on disposable undies and bra wrap, since I chose to keep those covered, but she said some people do without. There was a lotion to put on hands and elbows I think so the spray wouldn’t get so stuck in the cracked skin lines. Then i put on sticky pads on my feet and stepped inside the tent. She came back and started up the spray. It felt like a cool mist going over my body. up and down and all around. and she was done.

I waited about a minute and put back on my clothes. She said to not shower that night and there might be orange coloring that rubs off. that could be washed out. the orange color is tint for the spayer to see where they spray. I showered the next day and was amazed at how natural a tan it looked. She had said the tan could last about a week if I made sure to use lotion.

I went out that night and a few ladies didn’t recognize me at first glance and then ask where I’ve been to have gotten so tan. I wish I could say I was on vacation but they would have knew it wasn’t true as they saw me a few days before. Hard to believe getting a spray tan would bring memories. But it did, made me remember that was how I looked for most of the year when I younger and swam year round.

At the Anniversary Brunch I had lots of ladies asking where I was just on vacation to get such a nice tan. I was a little afraid it wouldn’t look natural but it really did. And I looked so much better wearing that dress!

Wish I got a before and after shot that day, but here are a couple of photos with the one on the left a couple of months before and the one on the right two days after when she said it would be at it’s darkest.

Have you gotten a spray tan? Good reactions or bad?

Posted in Generic Ones, Super Duper Easy

#1833 Wear flowers in your hair or lapels

I LOVE these simple kind of items to check off.

You can easily accomplish this by picking a flower and putting it in your hair or lapel. I remember making daisy chains as a kid, they only lasted a very short time. You can also just stick one flower behind your ear. But make sure which ear it is (some people will see you as being taken (left) or single (right)).

Here’s a photo of my sis, mom, and I at a luau in Hawaii.

Sometime I ought to wear flowers when I visit San Francisco while listening to that song. Have you done that? Or interesting events, ways you wore flowers?

Posted in Generic Ones, Super Duper Easy

#1037 – Wear A Wig

wigI came across a photo of me as a kid wearing a wig. They must have been from my parents collection. Pretty funny to see and great to use to check off this item. I have a more recent photo wearing a wig for a themed party somewhere. I’ll have to add it here later.

Have you worn a wig? Did it make you look really different? Or was it a crazy looking one?

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

#775 – Permit Yourself to Like a Piece of Art Without Knowing Why

I have enjoyed several pieces of art without really knowing why. It truly is amazing the way artists can capture moments or inspire emotions with abstract. And the different types out there: charcoal, water colors, oils, photography, just to name a few mediums.

I wish I had a fun game room and could afford some paintings from Michael Godard. I first saw his olive and grape paintings on a cruise ship a few years ago. He’s my most recent favorite. The paintings are just so much fun to look at.Michael_Godard_I_Lost_My_MarblesDo you have a favorite artist? Own any of the paintings? Do you like a piece just because?

Posted in Generic Ones, Home Town, Super Duper Easy

#1297 – Hula-Hoop

I was volunteering with my Active 20-30 club at a children’s home. We brought games to play and lunch for the kids. We also had sports stuff like kickball and hula-hoops that we donated to them. Hmm, what a perfect opportunity to borrow a hula-hoop and spin it around.

Of course I did this as a kid, but I am taking photos and videos to officially check the items from the book. So I had to do this again. I didn’t even make it 3 seconds. Apparently I don’t have the rhythm down anymore. I will have to work on that so I can make a video.hulahoopHow long can you hula-hoop? And can you hula more than one hoop?

Posted in Bon Appetite, Generic Ones, Requires Travel, Super Duper Easy

#529 – Eat a Hot Tamale

This could be for eating the candy ~ Hot tamales

 

or for eating the dish. By definition a tamale is “A Mexican dish of seasoned meat wrapped in cornmeal dough and steamed or baked in corn husks”

tamaleI’ve enjoyed hot tamales wrapped in corn husks several times from the grocery store. In 2012, I was coming home from a trip and had a layover at an airport in El Salvador. While there I had my first experience of eating a tamale that had been wrapped in grape leaves. It didn’t taste all that different.

 

What are some different ways you have received and eaten a hot tamale?

Posted in Generic Ones, Super Duper Easy

#1074 – give your best friend a nickname only you can use

shavingI grew up swimming competitively year-round and we all had quite a few nicknames. I can recall one night at practice when we were doing a kicking set (in case it’s not clear, that’s using a kick board and kicking down and back in a swimming pool for a determine length of time) If it was possible, we would pair up to kick side by side and use the time to chat.

Now, I don’t remember what started the conversation, but we got going on saying nicknames that only each of us could use AND it had to do with food. I became Banana, and my two other friends were Cheesecake and Rye-Bread. It was immensely funny at the time. Actually, it still is.

Do you have nicknames that make others wonder at your sanity?

Posted in Generic Ones, Super Duper Easy

#173 – Invent an Identity

When I saw this item, I immediately thought of the TV episode of Friends when Pheobe and Joey talked about having fake names and identities. During the 2014 Oscar’s John Travolta made a HUGE slip up in introducing Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem”. The media and social sites had a field day with this. There was even a name generator to “Travoltified” people’s names. Couldn’t resist seeing what mine would be.

Hi! Nice to meet you. My name is Mackenzie Seempzon

It’d be fun to add more tidbits & facts to invent a person. For now, I think this is a great name to start with and can make a half check on this.

If you want to see what your Travolified name would be, click here

Posted in Generic Ones

#1485 – Get yourself a vanity license plate

I had this plate when I got my driver’s license and the old car of one of my aunts.  I miss that little Honda   This was when swimming was half my days (the other half being school).  It was pretty fun when people would come up to me and either confirm that they got the word correct or just had to ask what it meant.

license plate

I’ll have to look for a photo to see if there is one of the plate on my car.  But I saved the plate as a memento.

Do you have one? Or had one? 

Posted in Bon Appetite, Generic Ones, Super Duper Easy

#975 – Eat only the green M&M’s

I recently opened a bag of peanut m&m’s thinking I could cross this off. There was only 1 green one in the regular snack sized bag. I could have eaten that one and call it good but JUST 1? I was thinking I was going to have to get a big bag because there are not many green m&m’s each bag.

I was browsing Target around Christmas and saw they had the Christmas themed candies out. They would have to have some that had more then your average number of green ones in a bag. They had them. Then I went by the regular candy aisle to get Raisinets for another “bucket” list item. I took a glance at the m&m’s there and my feet stopped in their tracks. There was a bag that was JUST GREEN m&m’s. It was like the m&m gods heard my prayer and knew I had this item to cross off. This way I wasn’t going to waste any of the other colored m&m’s. I was super happy, and felt like dancing. Luckily I resisted because I am sure people would not understand.

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Cheers to the GREEN m&m’s!

Do you have a favorite m&m color?