June Check In / July Plans

“July 1st (the 182nd Day of the Year) marks Second Second Half of the Year Day – a chance to step back, evaluate your year so far with your goals and objectives (never mind the new year’s resolutions which likely didn’t last until February…) and to take action to get back on track if necessary.

It’s a great opportunity to do some hard thinking over your finances, your diet, your career and other aspects of your life that you might want to improve. Make the second half of the year count!”

Those comments were found on the site Days of the Year about July 1st. They fit perfectly with my thoughts as I look back at yet another month of still doing the same old routines and nothing new. Work, home to read or watch tv, grocery shopping and once in a while taking a drive for different errands. Oh yeah, and being online reading blogs, watching videos, Facebook & the other media sites. So, I’m taking today to heart and really re-evaluating what I want to accomplish this year, even with all that has changed in our regular way of life. I might work on the lists below or decide to do different stuff, but either way, I WILL get out of this rut I got into this first half of the year. Time to embrace the new and work on living life to the fullest.

(read about my “Starting With a Dozen Each” here)

General Things to Do:

  1. note to self: Go back through photos and find memories to post
  2. 30 day exercise challenge
  3. do a wine cork craft project
  4. spring clean some (store items for a garage sale later)
  5. master the art of letter writing – write some letters
  6. listen to Mozart’s Requiem without interruption
  7. learn the names of ten constellations
  8. plan a picnic for one
  9. make the perfect souffle
  10. take up knitting
  11. listen to all of Frank Sinatra’s recordings
  12. Wear pajamas all day long

Music: current music challenge: “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die”.
Trying to post on Mondays and listen to 20 songs each week.

Breweries, Cocktails, & Wineries: See posts over at “My Drinktopia”
Didn’t go to any in June. I should take a look at the cocktail list and be my own bartender to try some of those.

Movies: current movie challenge: “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die”
New plan, I’m not going to list 12 at a time here anymore. You’ll see a list of the movies I had watched in June.

Books: current book challenge: “1001 Books to Read Before you Die”

Currently reading  = All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

I’m always open to suggestions for any of these categories.

May Check In / June Plans

It’s June already? Halfway through the year?

Not sure what happened. I wrote out my May plans and was all ready to start getting “new” things done and posted. And that was my last post? Guess it was all about going work and home, going to the grocery store as little as possible, take out a few times. Read more of the Wheel of Time books by Robert Jordan. I did watch a few movies from the 1001 list. Pretty boring.

Things are opening with restrictions, and then we also have chaos happening. Let’s see if I can do more than just a recap/plan post for the month of June. Stay Safe everyone!

(read about my “Starting With a Dozen Each” here)

General Things to Do:

  1. note to self: Go back through photos and find memories to post
  2. 30 day exercise challenge
  3. do a wine cork craft project
  4. spring clean some (store items for a garage sale later)
  5. master the art of letter writing – write some letters
  6. listen to Mozart’s Requiem without interruption
  7. learn the names of ten constellations
  8. plan a picnic for one
  9. make the perfect souffle
  10. take up knitting
  11. listen to all of Frank Sinatra’s recordings
  12. Wear pajamas all day long

Music: current music challenge: “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die”.
Trying to post on Mondays and listen to 20 songs each week.

Breweries, Cocktails, & Wineries: See posts over at “My Drinktopia”
Didn’t go to any in May. I should take a look at the cocktail list and be my own bartender to try some of those.

Movies: current movie challenge: “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die”
New plan, I’m not going to list 12 at a time here anymore. You’ll see a list of the movies I had watched in May.

  1. The Big Short
  2. The Greatest Showman
  3. The Jungle Book (2016)

Books: current book challenge: “1001 Books to Read Before you Die”

Currently reading through the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (this series is probably on a list of top fantasies to read) I’ve read 5 of 14 books. I got really invested in the characters that I blew through the first 3 books pretty fast. I think I might start alternating one of these books with a classic one, because I would still like to read 12 of those for the year.

  • The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan (book 5 of the Wheel of Time series)
  • All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

I’m always open to suggestions for any of these categories.

April Check In / May Plans

I did not get to doing anything this last month. A lot of it is because of the stay at home order we’re having to do right now. Part of it, I think, is that I got a little depressed and didn’t want to do anything. I take that back, I started reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Always heard that it was a great fantasy series. And I agree, it is great. So that has been taking up most of my evenings after work and weekends.

It jumped from nice spring temperatures to almost beginning of summer weather (90’s) and that takes some getting used to. We took off the covering of our patio table and chairs, hopefully will enjoy some backyard evenings.

I came across some Blogs & Instagram accounts about a new thing to do each day challenge. Reading through them, has inspired me to get out of my funk and start trying to work on my own new things to do. Hopefully I’ll be posting more in May. (read about my “Starting With a Dozen Each” here)

General Things to Do:

  1. note to self: Go back through photos and find memories to post
  2. 30 day challenge of yoga & working on the core of the body (also go for walks)
  3. do a wine cork craft project
  4. spring clean some (store items for a garage sale later)
  5. master the art of letter writing – write some letters
  6. listen to Mozart’s Requiem without interruption
  7. learn the names of ten constellations
  8. plan a picnic for one
  9. make the perfect souffle
  10. take up knitting
  11. listen to all of Frank Sinatra’s recordings
  12. Wear pajamas all day long

Music: current music challenge: “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die”.
Trying to post on Mondays and listen to 20 songs each week.

Breweries, Cocktails, & Wineries: See posts over at “My Drinktopia”
Didn’t go to any in April. I should take a look at the cocktail list and be my own bartender to try some of those.

Movies: current movie challenge: “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die”
I started out going through the list alphabetically and picking one movie for each letter of the alphabet. Then I thought I should probably start from the most recent movie and work my way backwards. Changed my mind again and have decided to find the ones I have watched already and re-watch or just take notes about them first and then start working my way backwards on the list. With that new plan, I’m not going to list 12 at a time here. But I might start doing a recap of the ones I post about for the month.

April posts:

  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. Lady Bird

Books: current book challenge: “1001 Books to Read Before you Die”

Currently reading through the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (this series is probably on a list of top fantasies to read) I’ve read 4 of 14 books. I got really invested in the characters that I blew through the first 3 books pretty fast. I think I might start alternating one of these books with a classic one, because I would still like to read 12 of those for the year.

  • The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan (book 4 of the Wheel of Time series)
  • All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

 

I’m always open to suggestions for any of these categories.

March Check-In / April Plans

found on internet

March seemed to get very chaotic and everything went crazy with having to change ways of doing everything. I really kinda wish I had started saving all the meme’s and headlines from each day from the start of being told to stay at home and not venture out to group outings, and all the events that got canceled. So much for my getting out of my rut of doing more than just work and home plan. Several of my General things to do for March was getting out to places and events. And since April is going to be more of the same “stay at home” timeline, I’ll have to figure out some other things to do for the month. Maybe DIY projects? Yay for more sunshine in the day and warmer weather? And thank goodness for the internet / phone to stay connected (won’t have to be as isolated as those were in the black plague, right?) and TEN TIMES THANKS for our health professionals.

I managed to get 1 thing done in March. I crossed off eating a raw oyster (I’ve done it a few times, but the most recent experience was in February so I listed it to make sure to write a post. Might be that’s what I’ll end up doing for April, write about past experiences that I’ve been meaning to do.
(read about my “Starting With a Dozen Each” here)

General Things to Do:

  1. note to self: Go back through photos and find memories to post
  2. 30 day challenge of yoga & working on the core of the body (also go for walks)
  3. do a wine cork craft project
  4. spring clean some (store items for a garage sale later)
  5. master the art of letter writing – write some letters
  6. listen to Mozart’s Requiem without interruption
  7. learn the names of ten constellations
  8. plan a picnic for one
  9. make the perfect souffle
  10. take up knitting
  11. listen to all of Frank Sinatra’s recordings
  12. Wear pajamas all day long

Music: current music challenge: “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die”.
Trying to post on Mondays and listen to 20 songs each week.

Breweries, Cocktails, & Wineries: See posts over at “My Drinktopia”
Didn’t go to any new ones in March

Movies: current movie challenge: “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die”
(Picking ones I am finding on Netflix streaming. At least for right now)

  1. 13th
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Babel
  4. Dark Knight (I own this one)
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. I, Daniel Blake
  7. Kings Speech
  8. Life of Brian
  9. Moonlight
  10. Once Upon a Time in the West (C’era una Volta il West)
  11. Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)
  12. Raging Bull

I might first look through the movies I own and watch those ones again to cross off here.

Books: current book challenge: “1001 Books to Read Before you Die”
These are the dozen I want to get through reading right now

  1. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (- currently reading)
  2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  3. Divine Comedy by Dante
  4. Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison or H.G. Wells
  7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  8. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  9. Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke
  10. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  11. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  12. Ulysses by James Joyce

I’m always open to suggestions for any of these categories.

My “Did That” Page

At the top (under the cover photo) are tabs for my different pages. One of them is where I am keeping track of all the experiences I have written about and check off the “bucketlist”. I recently sorted them into different categories that I think are good groups for each.  Just wanted to share about the update in a post.

This will be where I have the list of things I have done and wrote about. My inspiration is from the different bucket list books, blogs, and things I just go do that keep life an adventure. Big or small, it is good to get out and do something different each day.

Have you done of these experiences / adventures?

All about Love:
Have a truly amazing one-night stand

Artistic and Creative:
I CAN Be an Artist (paint & sip)
Take silly pictures in a photo booth
make paper snowflakes
make angels in the snow
Get a Tattoo (payment donation went to UC Davis Children’s Hospital)

Fashion Forward:
Wear A Wig
Wear flowers in your hair or lapels
Fake a Tan
Wear Two Different Shoes on purpose (and a second time by accident)
Wear a Lei

Food Places / Try Eating or Drinking It:
Check List for Diners, Drive-In, and Dives
DDD: Twisted Root Burger Co.
Drink the Milk from a Coconut with a Straw
Only the green M&M’s
Drink Champagne With a Crazy Straw
a Bowl of Corn Pops
Hot Tamale
One Raisinet at a Time
Have a V-8
Make Your Own Lunch
Alligator
DDD: Dad’s Kitchen
Crab Feeds
Impossible Burger
Drinking Adventures
Fluffernutter Sandwich
Raw Oyster

Generic Things:
Get yourself a vanity license plate
Invent an Identity
Give your best friend a nickname only you can use
Wear Your Seatbelt
Soak in a Hot Tub
I Sat Next to a Killer (not really)
Start a Barbie Collection
Get Donald Trump to Autograph This Book (the 2001 Things to Do…)

Gift Giving / Acts of Kindness / Volunteer:
Surprise Someone with Swedish Fish
Donate Blood
Be on a Bone Marrow Registry
Help Christmas Promise Fulfill Wishes
Grow Long Hair & Donate to Wigs For Kids
Throw a Surprise Party

Learning / Research:
Buy This Book! (2001 Things to Do…)
Become Familiar with Duende
Discover the Roots of Your First Name
Know the difference between ʻAʻā and Pāhoehoe
Learn at Least 3 Palindromes
Learn to Drive a Stick Shift
Learn the Names of the Seven Films in Which John Wayne Dies
Learn the first 5 Amendments

Might Require Travel:
Chase Rainbows
Kiss the Blarney Stone
Become Familiar with the Façade of Notre Dame de Paris
Go Wine Tasting in Sonoma County, California
How cool, an Ice Bar in Vegas
Enjoy the Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
See Stonehenge and Join the Druids
Throw a coin in the Fontana di Trevi in Rome
Ride in a Dune Buggy

Movie Madness:
Watch Spinal Tap

On the Bookshelf:
Read Kerouac, Ginsberg, Corso, and Burroughs (part 1 of 4)
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
1984 by George Orwell
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

On This Day (observing anniversaries):
Read or listen closely to “I Have a Dream”
Visit the Panama Canal
Visit the Location where JFK was shot (Texas)
Thank a Veteran
Remembering Pearl Harbor

See it Live:
Memorize the name of the play “the Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade”
Catch a Dueling Pianos show

Sporting, or Heart Stopping Adventures:
First Half Marathon
Hula-Hoop
5k Mud Run
Break the Tape at a Triathlon (Phase 1)
See How High You Can Swing
Ice-Skating (take 1)
Go Skiing
Participate in a Polar Bear Plunge
Wiped Out at Aqua Park

State of Mind:
Decide on a favorite color and a lucky number
Stop Making New Year’s Resolutions
Permit Yourself to Like a Piece of Art Without Knowing Why
See A Ghost
Make no apologies for loving ABBA and the Monkees
Who’s on First? (AKA – Express absurd opinions seriously and see who listens)

February Check-In / March Plans

It’s not quite the end of February, but I still seem to be in a “doing nothing” rut, so I have decided to do this recap/planning for next month early. I did go to a crab feed and to a play, but other than going to work and home, zip. Now is a good time to take a look again at the 12 items lists here and start planning for March. I think I will also print it out and put it by my door so I am always seeing my goals. Hopefully that, and the sun shining for longer hours each day will be the inspiration kick I need.
(read about my “Starting With a Dozen Each” here)

General Things to Do:

  1. 30 day challenge of yoga & working on the core of the body
  2. Boil and eat a lobster
  3. Eat a raw oyster
  4. Get a professional massage
  5. go check out the new Hard Rock Casino
  6. Go on a art walk and check out the wide open murals
  7. gun range – get lessons in shooting
  8. Museum exhibits – Movie cars at the Auto Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Hall of Fame gallery & the Chinese gallery at California Museum,
  9. Play bingo
  10. Send a friend a gift, just because (something I made)
  11. Walk on the beach in winter
  12. Write a letter

note to self: Go back through photos and find memories to post 

Music: current music challenge: “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die”.
Trying to post on Mondays and listen to 20 songs each week.

Breweries, Cocktails, & Wineries: See posts over at “My Drinktopia”

  • didn’t go to any new ones in February

Movies: current movie challenge: “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die”
(Picking ones I am finding on Netflix streaming. At least for right now)

  1. 13th
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Babel
  4. Dark Knight (I own this one)
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. I, Daniel Blake
  7. Kings Speech
  8. Life of Brian
  9. Moonlight
  10. Once Upon a Time in the West (C’era una Volta il West)
  11. Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)
  12. Raging Bull

Books: current book challenge: “1001 Books to Read Before you Die”
These are the dozen I want to get through reading right now

  1. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (- currently reading)
  2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  3. Divine Comedy by Dante
  4. Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison or H.G. Wells
  7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  8. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  9. Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke
  10. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  11. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  12. Ulysses by James Joyce

I’m always open to suggestions for any of these categories.

January Check-In / February Plans

End of December I created different category lists with only 12 items each to help work on marking off things to do and get out of a “doing nothing” rut. (read about my “Starting With a Dozen Each” here)

Well, looks like I had a good idea but didn’t really get around to implanting the plan and making it happen. Now we are at the end of the first month of the year. I was inspired from reading other blogger’s monthly recap posts, and decided to start doing that for myself. It’ll be good to look over what I’ve accomplished during the month and be a good refresher of what goals are still ongoing, or ones that get newly added to the different dozen.

Since I pretty much didn’t do anything with my lists In January, let’s just give ourselves (or mainly, myself) a refresher of what I currently have. When looking at all kinds of “things to do before you die” it gets overwhelming. If you break it down into smaller lists, you feel so much better and reason that you can get it done. I also hope to incorporate this graphic into my “things to do” goals.

Music: I’m already working on getting through the “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die” and like how I have it set up to listen to twenty songs each week. By doing it that way, I can get through the list in a year so I’ll leave that to it’s own posts.

Breweries & Wineries: Go the places that produce that specific liberation and check off the lists that I have created for the different areas.

  • I did go to a few places in Lodi, California in January (3 new places)
  • Lodi Wine & Visitor Center – they change up the local wine list each week, went to check it out since it’s on the Lodi Winery list but didn’t try any wines
  • Paskett Vineyards & Winery – loved it there. and was informed there is a house you can rent through Airbnb right on the property.
  • LVVR – been there before, but the friends I was with hadn’t yet. Good sparkling wines
  • Durst Winery – was okay

Movies: watch movies from “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die” list (these ones can be found on Netflix streaming)

  1. 13th
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Babel
  4. Cool Hand Luke
  5. Dark Knight
  6. Enter the Dragon
  7. Forbidden Planet
  8. Gangs of New York
  9. Hell or High Water
  10. I, Daniel Blake
  11. Kings Speech
  12. Life of Brian

Books: read books from “1001 Books to Read Before you Die” list

  1. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (- currently reading)
  2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  3. Divine Comedy by Dante
  4. Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison or H.G. Wells
  7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  8. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  9. Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke
  10. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  11. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  12. Ulysses by James Joyce

General Things to Do:

  1. Walk on the beach in winter
  2. Have a picnic on the beach in February
  3. 30 day challenge of yoga & working on the core of the body

Looks like I still need to work on having a dozen general things to do. I’m always open to suggestions. 

Starting with a Dozen Each

As we get ready to begin a new year, I’m looking over my blog and it seems my journaling has slacked way off. In pondering how to get myself excited again to “check” things off, I plan to start with a dozen items for different areas in life. Why start with 12 things to do? Well, I hope to accomplish 12 things pretty easily and then come up with 12 more things. If that doesn’t quite work out, I can at least aim to get 1 thing done each month. It gives me a whole year to complete this task and will feel good accomplishing the goal I set myself at the beginning of the year.

When looking at all kinds of “things to do before you die” it gets overwhelming. If you break it down into smaller lists, you feel so much better and reason that you can get it done. I also hope to incorporate this graphic into my “things to do” goals.

Music: I’m already working on getting through the “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die” and like how I have it set up to listen to twenty songs each week. By doing it that way, I can get through the list in a year so I’ll leave that alone.

Breweries & Wineries: Go to 12 places that produce that specific liberation and check off the lists that I have created for the different areas.

Movies: watch movies from “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die

  1. 13th
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Babel
  4. Cool Hand Luke
  5. Dark Knight
  6. Enter the Dragon
  7. Forbidden Planet
  8. Gangs of New York
  9. Hell or High Water
  10. I, Daniel Blake
  11. Kings Speech
  12. Life of Brian

Books: read books from “1001 Books to Read Before you Die

  1. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  3. Divine Comedy by Dante
  4. Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison or H.G. Wells
  7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  8. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  9. Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke
  10. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  11. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  12. Ulysses by James Joyce

General Things to Do:

Walk on the beach in winter
Have a picnic on the beach in February

Remembering Pearl Harbor

My mom and I went to see Midway in the theater. I told my mom that we should go see it as part of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The movie starts with the attack at Pearl Harbor and shows events leading up to, and the battle at Midway. It is interesting to read about the general strategy and events, but it really hits home with the personal stories. Things like this should definitely not be forgotten.

Midway 2019

That was a memorable day

I am looking over my online journal here (aka a blog), and I realize I don’t really think of my lists and my stories as checking things off a bucket list. Sure it’s an easy term, and makes for a good check list or goal list, but I’m NOT trying to check things off just to get it down once before I die. I want to use the lists I find to help keep life interesting. If you have a plan and go experience these things you want to do, at least once, then you won’t feel bored. You have that memorable moment in your life. Thinking of moments, it brings to mind a snippet I grabbed when reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But it is the same with any life. I... - Charles Dickens

That’s what I want my journal to be; those moments of life, big or small, experiences, new things, adventures, or goals reached. Plus, it has been fun taking photos and writing up the memories as I check off the item in a list.

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 a Tattoo

I had thought about getting a tattoo on and off through the years. I couldn’t decide on what it would be or where I would have it. I knew it had to be something I wouldn’t regret or get tired of after a few years. I would look at tattoos of things I liked, teddy bears, turtles, ladybugs, and Celtic knot designs. Plus, there was the whole being stabbed with a needle. I get light headed just seeing a needle for blood work. Of course that could be the blood part. So, I would look at tattoos but not really plan for getting one myself.

A couple of years ago, as I was looking online, I came across this Wild Bills Tattoo place located in Roseville, California. There was information on a day that they would host a tattoo-a-thon and 100% of the cost of the tattoo would go to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital. I thought to myself, “Well if I do get a tattoo that is when I will do it and then I can say I got tattooed for the kids”. It was an awesome find. I put it in my calendar to remind myself about the tattoo-a-thon each February.

I think it took me another couple of years to work up the nerve to go for it and get that tattoo. In 2016, I decided on getting a shamrock (because I’m part Irish, and it’s for luck, and it’s cute) and started looking at different photos online to see what kind of design I wanted and where. I found a cute one where it was just an outline and the leaves also looked a bit like a heart, and it was on the wrist. I really liked that idea, then I would be able to see it. I showed my mom and told here I wanted to get this one but not to worry, it would be small. She liked it be was iffy that I would go through with it from seeing the needles and getting poked. I made my appointment for early that Saturday morning.

A friend said she would come with and check it out. She was thinking about getting a tattoo and wanted to see. We got to the place and had to wait a bit for one of the artists. When one came over, I showed him the photo of the shamrock tattoo I wanted and that it’d be a small one on the inside of my wrist. He said okay and went to sketch the design on the transfer paper. That was something I hadn’t realized they did but totally makes sense. That took a while and then he came back and we grabbed seats. Luckily it was near the waiting area and my friend could sit and watch.

The artist told me to relax my wrist and warned me that doing it there, my fingers might twitch. Whoah! What? I hadn’t thought about that, but with the nerves being right there. Something else to get nervous about. How much twitching would they do? Deep breath. He transferred the design on the wrist. It was a little larger then I was thinking, but didn’t look too bad. I had told him I wanted it in green, he suggested doing a green and black coloring. I figured he knew what he was talking about and said sure. He placed the needle over my wrist and started the process. It went up and down so fast that at times felt like it was slicing me like a knife. That is when I realized, tattooing is basically have people stab you on purpose and scar you. Usually we try not to leave scars if we get cut. hmmm.

It felt so uncomfortable, but so glad he was was fast, and that I got a simple enough design, that it was over pretty fast. My friend got a photo that perfectly summed up what I was feeling. I am glad she got it while I was getting tattooed. The artist finished up and went over the care for instructions and I was done. He told me what the cost of that size tattoo would be and I wrote a check for a little more for the donation to the hospital. Then got a sticker that said “I got tattooed for the kids”. I really wanted that sticker.

A friend that lived nearby messaged us to come over for brunch, so we did. We said there almost all day, just chatting away. Hope she didn’t mind. I waited until the tattoo was healed and took a photo to show it off while wine tasting at a winery. I think it turned out cute. Took a while to get used to the fact I have something permanent on my arm.

I don’t know if I will get anymore. I have thought about it now that it’s been some time. But then I look at that photo above of when I was getting this one and remember. I am not closing the door, but I am happy with this one.

Did it take a while for you to get a tattoo? Have you done something like this where the money is for a benefit for children?

 

Participate in a Polar Bear Plunge

I’ve been wanting to do a new year’s day polar bear plunge for a few years now. I would look for ones around the area. They all seemed a bit far away, and the ones talked about on the news that day would be too late to go to.

my first attempt in 2010
In 2010, I tried jumping into the ocean. We happened to stop at Stinston Beach in Northern California and I thought about changing into my swim suit, but there was so many signs warning about sharks that I chickened out. I did stick the lower half of my legs in the water though. Hey, it was a start!

Second attempt in 2011
December 2011, I was looking at the different options, and most seemed to be beach jumps down in southern California. Then I came across a flyer online for a polar bear plunge in a community pool not to far away. The part that made me happy was that it going to happen in the middle of the day, not the morning. I posted to see if anyone else was interested and right away I got comments that I was crazy. Although one of my friends decided to consider it and asked if I really planned on going. I had started to waver with the fact it might be raining and the water was going to be about 48 degrees. Then I told her, you know, I keep looking at these kind of things to do and then it’s becomes too late to do them and I end up regretting not doing it. Plus, it is a jump, not a swim or anything. So why the heck not do it. They said there would warm showers, hot chocolate, and soup to warm back up.

With that response to her inquiry, she decided, why the heck not too. A couple of others did say okay while we were talking about it at a new year’s eve party. And a couple of the guys said that they would jump if I joined in the group drinking car bombs. I thought, that’s easy enough and did drink up. Of course that seemed to be our downfall for the rest of the evening.

The next day, we woke up with headaches and seeing that ground was wet from a rain shower and more grey clouds in the sky. But my friend and I were still determined to do this adventure. We got on our swim suits and sweats and blankets and headed out to the pool. As soon as we got into the parking lot, we were wondering if we would be the only adults as we were seeing lots of kids walk by with towels. But there were lots of friendly smiles and encouragement from others and there were other adults in the pool area.

Two other friends from the night before showed up and we started getting ready to plunge in the water. Lots of joking and wondering this really was a good idea. The sun came out and the day felt a little warmer. We got out of our sweats and lined up along the pool sides. There were almost enough people to line up on 3 sides. We counted down and took a huge jump and deep breathes and under the water we went. It definitely was a shock and right away was trying to find the top of the water. Then swimming for the edge of the pool and hopping out. Actually it did seem after the initial cold shock that it wasn’t too bad, but I didn’t really feel like staying in too long. One dad had said that his daughter had to be told to get out of the pool last year, she stayed in so long. Most of the other people jumped in and out just as fast as us. The two guys that jumped with me were saying that swimming a lap wouldn’t be too bad, but they were just as fast, if not faster on getting back out of the pool.

Here we are all excited to be doing this polar bear plunge

3, 2, 1…JUMP!

Thanks again Aaron Craig, Erica Scoggins, and Marty Crossley Jr. for joining me

There was also a slide that was open for people to use. A few kids decided they had to slide down. Marty and I decided to brave the water again and go on the slide. It was a very slow slide down into the water but fun. The outside air was quite warm after being in the pool.

We changed and found out that there were buttons to get saying we survived. We definitely wanted proof, besides photos, that we did a polar bear plunge. The other nice thing about this event was that it was a fundraiser for a youth scholarship.

We couldn’t find any hot showers, but we changed as fast as our cold hands would let us and headed out for a celebratory hot lunch. As we left, the clouds came back with sprinkles. I was glad to have gone and even more glad that I had some crazy friends to join me. I’m already looking forward to doing this again with more people.

Are you a Polar Bear Plunge survivor? Pool, lake, river, or ocean?

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

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.