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.
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.
57 Attend a Star Trek convention
45 Awake to the sounds of macaws or spider monkeys in a tropical rain forest
43 Be able to explain Einstein’s Theory of Relativity
42 Blow smoke rings
56 Build a tree house
47 Crash a ritzy party
55 Create a Zine
41 Crush a beer can with one hand
60 Discover a new talent
49 Do something scandalous
44 Get a professional makeover
51 Give someone a reason to believe in God
31 Hang glide in Chamonix
32 Have pizza the way it was made in Bronx bars in the 1940s
37 Learn to drive a stick shift
35 Light a candle in the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Hall of Remembrance
38 Master the art of letter writing
53 Participate in a moonlight drum circle
39 Record a duet with Tony Bennett
34 Shake hands with someone famous
54 Start a Barbie collection
48 Stay in bed all day
46 Suddenly decide on and leave for a trip
36 Swim in each of the Seven Seas
59 Swim in Icelandic hot springs at sundown
50 Testify before Congress
40 Throw your panties at Tom Jones
33 Watch the sun set on Santorini
58 Write a letter to the editor
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.