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 Bon Appetite, Drinks Galore, Festivals/Special Events, Gift Giving

Throw a Surprise Party

My favorite so far is the surprise birthday party my sister and I threw for our mom a few years ago.

This was one of those milestone birthday’s (I won’t say which one so she can’t get mad at me) My sister and I wanted to make sure to do something special. Her birthday is at the end of July and there were several years she had to celebrate it at a swim meet.

I had gone to a friend’s wedding at a little winery not far from our house. It was super cute and their wines were pleasant to taste. I had the place in mind right away when we started discussing this. AND it would serve as a great cover of getting her to it, by using the excuse of wine tasting and then lunch.

We created a list of family and friends and sent out invites. This was my first time planning a big-ish event like this. Lots of little details became clear. Not to mention costs. There was the location, food, drinks, cake, decorations.

My uncle (her brother) was very helpful with the planning and when I became worried about having the money for it all, said he would be willing to help cover the cost of the food. My cousin was dating (and now married to) a very nice gal whose family managed a food place (Armadillo Willy’s). They talked and worked out that they would bring the food as a buffet. It was a perfect choice because it was food we knew my mom would enjoy, especially the coleslaw (side note: I am not much for coleslaw but this one is very yummy).

Next up was ordering a fruit basket cake from Whole Foods. That part wasn’t hard at all. The hard part was getting my sis here from Hawaii and making sure not to blow the party to our mom. I was living in an apartment at the time, so she was able to fly in and stay with me without mom being aware. She went to our house during the day, while mom was at work, and looked for photos to use as part of decorations. We found some fun ones of her throughout her life.

My sis thought she was being clever in setting up a call to mom to make it seem like she was still in Hawaii going about her daily routine. I just had to make sure not to say anything about the party when my mom was around.

We almost got away without her being completing aware, but then the winery made the mistake in calling her house phone instead of my cell phone. They wanted to make sure I was sending the final payment for the event. I was SOOOOO PISSED! It worked out in the end because, as my mom said, I didn’t need to come up with an excuse and she didn’t know what or who might be there.

The day of, we went to the farmer’s market to get a bunch of flowers. Then headed to the winery. Our uncle and family was there to help set up the food and when a few other guests got there a little early, gladly helped us finish setting up tables. We had bought glass jars from Goodwill that we filled with the flowers and then had the photos placed at the different tables. The winery had a table for the wines and set up another one for the cake and any presents people brought. I had a little stereo that had music, but it was small so people couldn’t really hear it (turned out to be unnecessary anyway). Being at the end of July, I wasn’t sure if it’d be super hot like it can often times be. Luckily it was only warm with a slight breeze coming over from the river nearby.

Then I went to go get the guest of honor.

One last thing, the week before my mom had gone out to dinner with a friend. They decided to get a bottle of wine and asked the waitress for a recommendation. She mentioned Scribner Bend to try. My mom came home to tell me that we have to check out this winery and that the wine was very nice. I almost said something then, but I was able to stop myself. Was very glad to know she would enjoy the wine.

So, I went and got her and came back to the winery. Now, where we all were was in the middle of some of the vines, so she couldn’t see it right away. She walked through the flower arch and everyone yelled, “SURPRISE!!” and she was. There were a few people she hadn’t seen in a while. But when she noticed my sister hiding in the back, she said “I KNEW you were here!” Later, she admitted she didn’t really, but had hoped.

In the end, it was a very pleasant afternoon and so fun. Definitely a surprise party to remember and cherish.

Have you thrown a surprise party or been the recipient of one?

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: December 2017

1968 Act with the courage of your convictions
1958 Be a centerfold
1973 Discover a planet
1974 Eat at a fish boil in Door County, Wisconsin
1976 Fit twelve friends into a phone booth or a beetle
1964 Give everyone you love a note outlining how they’ve enriched your life
1971 Have outercourse
1952 Hunt for breakfast
1969 Laugh until you’re dizzy
1978 Make your own Passover plate
1955 Make your parents and children teary with pride
1977 Own some go-go boots
1956 Play spin the bottle
1975 Read aloud Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
1953 Recognize auras and chakras
1960 Replace all your cds with records
1959 Replace all your records with cds
1951 Ride a sidecar
1967 Ring a really big bell
1966 Speak your peace
1965 Speak your piece
1980 Squeeze a glass of fresh orange juice
1957 Study witchcraft
1963 Swan dive into a crowd that is prepared to catch you
1972 Take a self-defense course
1970 Tour the Prado, the Louvre, the Hermitage, the Metropolitan, and the Uffizi
1979 Turn off the television and go look at the stars
1954 Witness a death
1962 Write a children’s story
1961 Yearn

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, Sporty Chance/Heart Stopping Adventures, Super Duper Easy

See How High You Can Swing

During a weekend in April of 2014, I was at my cousin’s kid’s 3rd birthday party. It was such a beautiful day and they decided it would be nice to have it at a park for the kids to play around. There was a playground nearby with swings. I decided to go ahead and get a video of me for this item.

1) I need to make sure the operator of the camera (this time being my mom) knows how to work it. She wasn’t sure it was recording so she kept pushing the button and I ended up getting a few short video clips.

2) It seemed I got a lot higher on a swing as a kid. It was pointed out that this observation is probably due to myself being smaller and less weight on the body.

3) I had forgotten how to be able to land well. My dismount had me crashing down into the sand and bending my ankle. I had an instant fear of being that person that broke her ankle doing a simple stupid thing. luckily it’s just sore.

I wouldn’t mind going swinging again, it’s oddly calming and fun for a short bit. This item is definitely super duper easy and can be repeated as many times throughout your life as you wish. Don’t you agree?

Posted in Requires Travel

#875 See Stonehenge and Join the Druids

I didn’t join any druids at Stonehenge, but it definitely was a highlight to see in person.

I saw Stonehenge in 1998 when I was there for a college semester. Just so you know it is located in the middle of nowhere in England. It was really neat to see in person, just sad that we can no longer walk among the stones. I can’t recall who this is in the photo with me other than it was another girl that was also in the semester abroad program. Going to Stonehenge was one of the extra group trips that one could take during our time in England.

In May 2010, my mom, sister, and I did happen to walk in the druid garden area in Blarney National Park (located in Ireland). We walked along the garden path and stopped at different places that had plaques explaining a little about different druid monuments where they once did different druid stuff. One of the places was the Blarney Witch Stone. People would leave offerings on the stone for good luck and also so the witch wouldn’t get you if you stayed there after dark. My sister tried putting a coin in the stone, but it kept falling off. We weren’t sure what that was supposed to mean, did the witch want more money?

On the way to Killarney, we found one of Ireland’s stone circles. As you will see, at this one you can still walk around the stones. It is called the Dromberg Stone Circle and has been around for a very long time. It may not look as mysterious as Stonehenge’s large stacked stones, but it still is impressive with the way people formed them and used it for seasons and such (as far as we know).

Have you seen Stonehenge?

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 Movie Madness, Super Duper Easy

#172 – Watch Spinal Tap

Spinal Tap Movie PosterOne might ask what is this movie about?

Let’s jump over to Wikipedia and do a search for a definition:

“This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock musical mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner about the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap. The film satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard rock and heavy metal musical bands, as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries of the time.”

Was able to get around to watching this movie and I don’t really see why it is considered a “cult” classic. I understand the standardizes that they were making fun of. The number of British bands coming over to America, the bad luck that followed some bands, in this movie it was the accidental deaths of their drummers, and last the ending with them getting a resurgence of their fame over in Japan. I was surprised that several big name stars had small appearances in the movie. Like Billy Crystal playing a waiter at a party dressed as a mine.

This is NOT going on my “let’s re-watch this movie lots of times” list.

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

#28 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

#24 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 Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: December 2016

1591 Appear on a soap opera
1598 Be a stunt person and learn to fall off buildings
1618 Bring up a moral child
1611 Buy a pair of leather pants
1599 Charge $300 an hour for your advice
1619 Create a story quilt
1607 Do lunch with _____
1603 Exercise eight days a week
1605 Have five minutes in the Oval Office
1613 Hear a newborn baby cry
1620 Immerse yourself in another culture
1596 Invest in a Broadway show
1616 Know ecstasy
1614 Listen to a sermon given by the Pope
1615 Mingle
1593 Offer solace
1608 Pack the suggestion box with your ideas
1617 Remember the seeds beneath the snow
1602 Resuscitate someone
1600 Scoop a major publication
1612 See the good in those with whom you differ
1610 Sit on the Supreme Court
1592 Soap up your partner
1594 Soothe a wounded ego
1595 Sponsor a team, a race car, or a fundraising event
1597 Stand in as a double
1601 Streak the Junior League
1604 Stroll the Champ-Elysees
1609 Surround yourself with trust
1606 Win a spelling bee

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: December 2015

1235 Approach each New Year with unchecked enthusiasm
1249 Be hypnotized
1243 Be old enough to get a birthday greeting from the President and Willard Scott
1241 Camp out in the snow
1246 Cop a plea
1232 Dissolve into chaos
1252 Get backstage
1244 Get Donald Trump to autograph this book
1236 Hang ten
1248 Have an out-of-body experience
1251 Hit a home run over the Green Monster in Fenway Park
1242 Hold up an attention-getting sign outside the “Today Show” window
1245 Hop on board a train to who knows where
1237 Learn at least three palindromes
1250 Let someone else win
1260 Master singing scales
1257 Outfox Letterman
1258 Perform a same-sex wedding ceremony
1231 Put your affairs in order
1233 Revel in foofaraw
1259 Scale a fish
1240 See a bighorn sheep at Estes Park in Colorado
1253 Shear a sheep
1255 Spend the day observing an emergency room
1256 Spend the day with a cop on his beat
1254 Spend the day with a fireman
1238 Spot oxymorons
1247 Top someone’s best line
1239 Track a whitetail deer through the woods
1234 Use “higgledy-piggledy” in everyday conversation

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: December 2014

895 Abolish the death penalty
879 Address the nation
880 Administer the Heimlich maneuver successfully
871 Be a pen pal
872 Bring back, and update, the Roman orgy
884 Comfort the afflicted
892 Depose a witness
887 Enjoy at least one bad habit
889 Enter a Pro-Am tournament
893 Exorcize demons
881 Float
891 Go down into a coal mine
897 Have an architect design the house in your head
888 Hike in the Swiss Alps
885 Hire someone to wrap all your Christmas presents
876 Hit the bell at a carnival
882 Introduce two people who soon get married
896 Make a list of all your desires
890 Pan for gold
894 Partake in a demonstration
899 Play detective
883 Profess your loves and hates
898 Reach the peak of Kilimanjaro
878 Read Rainer Maria Rilke
877 Ride a motorcycle south on US 1 in California
875 See Stonehenge and join the Druids
874 Take a child with you to cut down a Christmas tree on a snowy night
900 Walk on stilts
886 Ward off an invasion
873 Water-ski in your bare feet

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: December 2013

517 Admit that you don’t know
531 Climb the highest summits on all seven continents
525 Dance the hora
515 Develop a new signature
537 Drive a Humvee through the woods
529 Eat a hot tamale
532 Enjoy strawberries and cream at Wimbledon
513 fingerpaint
535 Have a blue jean-drive and then send truckloads to Central America
512 Impress your friends with a one-armed push-up
523 Learn the Rocky Horror Picture Show routine by heart
524 Play Santa for a needy family at Christmas
518 Play in a jug band
521 Predict a trend
538 Propose with a painting or a pet instead of a ring
514 Record something to be played or read at your funeral
530 Run a used-book store
511 See how high you can swing
540 Start a newsletter
519 Start a tradition
539 Throw a shower for a single friend
516 Throw a surprise party
536 Throw petals at your wedding instead of rice
528 Travel Magellan’s exact route around the world
533 Try out for a professional sports team
526 Visit a Biosphere
522 Wear a boa constrictor around your neck
520 Wear a feather boa to work
527 Write a fan letter
534 Write a rap song

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: December 2012

155 Actually listen to Jehovah’s Witness
152 Attend a Unitarian Universalist service
178 Catch the bouquet
158 Do a backflip on a trampoline
151 Fast for three days (just bread and water)
157 Get your photo taken in Katmandu
173 Invent an Identity
174 Learn to say the alphabet backward
171 Make your own ice cream
162 Paint your bedroom red, black, or hot pink
169 Prepare a lobster dinner
166 Read Alice in Wonderland aloud
170 Read Dante’s Inferno
165 Read Invisible Man
167 Ride Space Mountain
180 Roll your own sushi
160 Run with the bulls in Pamplona
159 Sea-kayak
168 See a laser light show at a planetarium
154 See the Great Wall of China
177 Sit in a skybox at a sporting event
175 Spend some time in a Third World country
179 Spend some time in Appalachia
164 Spend some time with the Amish or the Mennoites
176 Surf
156 Swim with dolphins
161 Volunteer at a national park
172 Watch Spinal Tap
163 Watch the Cartoon Network for twenty-four hours
153 Win a Kewpie doll

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.