Posted in Generic Ones, Reading Materials, Requires Travel

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?

 

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Posted in Generic Ones, Super Duper Easy

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? 

Posted in Requires Travel

Wear a lei

Found a photo taken after a trip to Hawaii in 1987, where my sister and I are wearing lei’s. No interesting story to it. Cannot remember if some friends that moved to Hawaii gave us these or we bought them.

Wanted to include this postcard photo that we posed and paid with birds. It was a fun touristy thing to do.

Have you been lei’d? Any interesting story to it?

Posted in Requires Travel, Super Duper Easy

make angels in the snow

The author also had this item listed at #1353 make a snow angel.

I know I’ve made snow angels in the snow as a kid, but writing this when I went in 2013 and got to go play in the snow like a kid again. Some friends and I went up to Lake Tahoe (area), California to go to sledding. It was a little overcast, but perfect snow weather. This was the first time I’ve gone to a sled park.

They had a couple of lifts for those that wanted to ski. But we walked over to the sled area. You then grab a big inter-tube and step onto a moving walkway (like those in airports). You line up to one of the lanes (they had them grooved out so no one would bump into each other) and slide down. Super fun and easy, since you don’t have to do to much work in walking in the snow up each time.

Snow sledding 1While there, I wanted to make a snow angel. We took a break from sledding and laid down on our tubes and chatted for a bit. I took this opportunity to walk over to an area that was packed down. Then I fell backwards into the snow and moved my arms and legs. When I got up, it didn’t really look like much of an angel, as you’ll see. But the point is, I made one since buying this book and can cross it off the list.

 

When is the last time you did something child like?

 

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

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 Bon Appetite, Generic Ones, Super Duper Easy

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, Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries

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, Super Duper Easy

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 Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: August 2017

1837 Be a groupie
1836 Be extravagant with your praise
1852 Develop a list of graceful excuses for all those occasions you’d like to skip
1841 Down an Imperial pint in London’s Samuel Pepys pub on the Thames
1839 Earn royalties
1843 Finish a Middleton acrostic in less than thirty minutes
1834 Get a free health club membership
1844 Get used to bifocals
1857 Grow your nails long and be a hand model
1842 Grow your own vegetables
1853 Have a best friend who’s really honest when you need it
1851 Have a secret hiding place
1832 Have your home drawn in charcoal and framed
1845 Know the difference between a tee and a hex nut, a Phillips and a slotted screw
1860 Know what you would be willing to do for a million dollars
1855 Let your hair down
1848 Make a wish upon a star
1858 Make soup from scratch
1846 Operate a radial arm saw
1854 Own a handknit sweater
1859 Revisit your first dorm room with your freshman roommate
1831 Send in your Publisher’s Clearing House entry
1847 Shave with Kiehl’s
1835 Spoil kids every once in a while
1850 Start at Lake Tear of the Clouds and go by canoe down the Hudson to the Statue of Liberty
1840 Straighten George Steinbrenner out
1849 Tour Slimbridge with Prince Charles
1856 Wear a milk mustache in a “got milk?” ad, or be featured in an American Express ad
1833 Wear flowers in your hair or lapels
1838 Win with a royal flush

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

One of my favorite quotes is:

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

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

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

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

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

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 Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: August 2016

1476 Appreciate love handles
1481 Be an informed source
1487 Change your lifestyle
1498 Come home for a nooner
1478 Contemplate your navel
1471 Control the cost
1492 Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it
1475 Duck out of the rat race
1488 Eat real key lime pie
1485 Get yourself a vanity license plate
1499 Go deep
1495 Have a method to your madness
1494 Learn first aid
1490 Lend money with no questions asked
1484 Make fun of the Ku Klux Klan
1493 Massage someone’s ego
1496 Moped in Bermuda
1500 Navigate the shoals
1489 Practice reading lips
1482 Rent a jukebox
1473 Ride in a dumbwaiter before they are extinct
1474 See a full eclipse
1483 Show up for jury duty
1497 Snorkel in St John
1477 Study the lessons of history
1486 Take a lie detector test
1479 Touch your elbows behind your back
1480 Touch your tongue to your nose
1472 Watch beavers build a dam
1491 Watch your favorite childhood movie with your son or daughter

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

One of my favorite quotes is:

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

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

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

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: August 2015

1112 Achieve greater family happiness
1122 Attend the UN Conference on Women
1128 Baby-sit a pot-bellied pig
1126 Be a veejay
1118 Be nominated for an Oscar, Tony or Emmy
1113 Channel your endorphins
1124 Clock in at 25 mph in the 100-meter dash
1124 Close the biggest deal you’ll ever make
1119 Compete in a Worst prom story contest – and win
1115 Deliver a home-cooked meal to a sick friend
1123 Discover a vaccine for something
1111 Discover where shooting stars go
1114 Engage in Homeric laughter
1135 Face everyone else in the elevator
1130 Get comped at the casino
1125 Go to Capri and don’t come back
1116 Have a tummy tuck
1117 Have big, luscious breasts
1127 House-sit in a penthouse
1139 Learn some dirty jokes that would make a nun laugh
1140 Live in Wyoming or Montana
1120 Make the most of a bald spot
1132 Own a shoe collection to rival Imelda Marcos
1129 Paint with a big brush
1121 Play donkey Basketball
1133 Read the fine print
1138 Ride the Orient Express
1131 Subscribe to every magazine you ever wanted
1136 Throw open the windows and scream “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!”
1137 Wear a lei

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

One of my favorite quotes is:

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

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

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

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: August 2014

751 Appreciate gray hair
752 Coin a phrase
780 Compete in a potato sack race
763 Dance down the staircase like Fred Astaire
767 Develop an air of mystery
756 Develop your own recipe for chili
753 Don’t get soft
778 Express absurd opinions seriously and see who listens
776 Figure out how to make enough money
771 Get a gold tooth, or have it capped
777 Have only one PIN number
769 Have phone sex
757 Listen to Bessie Smith
758 Make your own lunch
768 Mend a broken heart
772 Own an expensive diamond
764 Perform one of Houdini’s tricks
775 Permit yourself to like a piece of art without knowing why
770 Prick pretentiousness and snobbery
760 Proclaim a holiday
762 Prophesy prosperity
761 Say things like “eureka,” “hallelujah,” and “balderdash”
765 Shed your inhibitions two-by-two
766 Shout “Bravo” at the end of a good movie
779 Teach leadership
754 Visit an ice cream truck
755 Vote for equal rights every time
759 Wear a scarlet A and see what happens
773 Write a long stream-of-consciousness note to yourself
774 Yell like Tarzan and howl like a coyote

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

One of my favorite quotes is:

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

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

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

Posted in Generic Ones, Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries, On This Day, Reading Materials, State of Mind, Super Duper Easy

On This Day: Read or listen closely to “I Have a Dream”

I originally had this already checked off the list.  I did some school project (probably a few times) with the “I have a dream” speech.

However, the nation is celebrating the 50 year anniversary of when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  marched for civil rights in Washington D.C. and gave this speech.  So, I think it is fitting that it gets it’s own post on the day of.

I’m white (I admit it) and you might say the civil rights he was talking about didn’t affect me.  But I would say back to you that it HAS affected me.  I have grown up in a world where there is integration of races (even of sexes) in so many parts of my life.  I watch those old movies and history documentaries and cannot even begin to imagine how weird it would be to be surrounded with only other whites (and mainly females).  If I think hard about it, I could list all the things I that might be different nowadays if the way things were back then hadn’t changed.

I know there are still places that might be unchanged, but not where I am and not in the many places I’ve been to.

And you have to admit, his speech is pretty universal and touches the nerve to all.

My final thought as I listen to this speech on the day it first was spoken 50 years before; having  President Obama speak it and show history how far we’ve come in our cultural prejudices is pretty darn neat.