Posted in Requires Travel, Super Duper Easy

#391 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?

 

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

On This Day: #1 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.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: August 2013

398 Bare your soul to a stranger
411 Be delirious
394 Bicycle through Amsterdam
418 Build a glorious, elaborate snow castle
419 Build an enormous sandman
396 Burn sandalwood incense
401 Create your own comic strip
399 Debate deconstructionism, Ssrtre, objectivism, and the definition of art, preferably in a smoky café
414 Do a voice-over
400 Drink mulled wine on a snowy night in Prague
415 Go to a Gospel Mass
412 Have cybersex
416 Learn how other cultures give birth
402 Lie naked on a wide open field beneath a brilliant moon
404 Make a photo album or collage for your best friend
391 Make angels in the snow
407 Participate in a dance-a-thon
397 Play with puppies
408 Put yourself on a pedestal
403 Record your dreams
420 Sing all the verses of “Amazing Grace”
417 Study how other cultures bury their dead
395 Take a milk bath
405 Travel by bus in Central or South America
393 Walk an elderly person across the street
392 Watch a hummingbird
409 Watch a professional belly dance
406 Witness a calf being born
410 Witness an Appalachian snake-handling ceremony
413 Write erotica

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.