Posted in Generic Ones, Gift Giving, Super Duper Easy

Surprise Someone with Swedish Fish

I cannot understand WHY this is a “thing to do before you die” item. But since it’s in the book’s list I plan to accomplish the task. At the beginning of the year (2013) there was a Facebook post going around that sounded like fun to do.

A fun way to start of the new year: 2013 Creative Pay-It-Forward The first five people to comment on this status will receive from me, sometime in the next calendar year, a gift – perhaps a book, a doo-dad, homemade treats, or maybe music? – a surprise! There will be no warning and it will happen whenever the mood strikes me. The catch? Those five people must make the same offer on their FB status

There were a couple of people that did this on my post. But I completely forgot about it during the year. Luckily I caught it when I was going back through my posts and decided to use this opportunity to cross off this item by sending a person some swedish fish. What a surprise it will be for them?! They probably have forgotten about the post too, and it will be different then traditional holiday treats that one might expect in the mail. Can’t wait to hear a response from this person.

Have you surprised someone with swedish fish? Did you see that Facebook post going around and participate?

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Posted in Generic Ones, Super Duper Easy

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 Drinks Galore, Festivals/Special Events

Drink Champagne With a Crazy Straw

crazy strawI gave this item a try while welcoming in 2016.  I thought it would be fun to have a little bottle to drink from instead of a glass or the regular size.I was hoping to have friends join in, but they were not in the mood. That could be a new goal, to get friends to drink champagne with a crazy straw, at a bar.

Have you drunk any alcohol from a crazy straw?

Posted in Requires Travel

Become Familiar With The Façade of Notre Dame de Paris

Before my college semester abroad studies began, we had the opportunity to go to a few other countries. (year 1998) One of the stops was Paris, France. I got to see several “things to see” while there. One of them being Notre Dame.Notre Dame Paris 1Unfortunately while I was there, they were working on the front of the cathedral.Notre Dame Paris 2I was able to walk in and take in the magnificence and feel of it all. There are plenty of times, I’ve walked into these old churches and just let it soak in. There really if a different feel to them then newer churches. I tend not to take many photos because it is more about the moment at that time then pretty settings. At the same time, how can you not take a photo? The craftsmanship and grandeur is something one won’t see again, unless you live there and go to the church for service.Notre Dame Paris 3Super glad that I got to see Notre Dame in person, and hopefully I can make it back to see the restored front. Also, need to finish reading that Victor Hugo novel someday.

Do you feel that difference in old churches?

Posted in Requires Travel, Sporty Chance/Heart Stopping Adventures, State of Mind

Kiss the Blarney Stone

Can’t believe it’s been 6 years since my mom, sis, and I went on an adventure to Ireland. (year 2010) It had always been a dream of my mom to visit the land of her ancestors. All three of us were able to find time to get away together and go for about 2 weeks traveling all around the lower half of Ireland. Seeing as much of the different sites as we could cram in. One of our stops was visiting the city of Cork and the Blarney Stone.

I hadn’t realized that the Blarney Stone was located in a tower in a park. We were very fortunate to have a gps device that helped us find it on the outskirts of Cork. It was very beautiful. We walked up to the tower and found out that there lots of steps in a narrow staircase to get to the top. My mom wasn’t sure if she wanted to go up, but we convinced her to give it a try.Ireland Blarney Stone 4Then it was a walk along the wall to the other side to get to the stone. That’s when I learned another thing about the stone. In order to kiss it, one had to get on their back, lean over an empty space that had no safety net, and lean backward to kiss the stone. There were hand rails to hold onto and a guy that helped hold onto you and that was all for stopping one from falling through the hole.Ireland Blarney Stone 5But, we were there and it was a “bucket list thing to do” so I gathered up my courage and got a good hold on those rails. I scooted further and further until only my legs were on the walkway and had to lean further backward than I thought to kiss it. I touched my lips to the stone very lightly and quickly so I can get back upright and away from the empty space as soon as possible.

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me
my sis
my sis

It was scary, but fun. I don’t know if i received the gift of gab that the legend says you’d get for kissing the stone. But I have become more outspoken and do try to talk to people I don’t really know, so maybe it worked.

Ireland Blarney Stone 3If you’ve kissed the Blarney Stone, what was your experience? And have you become more chatty?

 

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.

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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 Bon Appetite, Generic Ones, Super Duper Easy

Eat only the green M&M’s

I recently opened a bag of peanut m&m’s thinking I could cross this off. There was only 1 green one in the regular snack sized bag. I could have eaten that one and call it good but JUST 1? I was thinking I was going to have to get a big bag because there are not many green m&m’s each bag.

I was browsing Target around Christmas and saw they had the Christmas themed candies out. They would have to have some that had more then your average number of green ones in a bag. They had them. Then I went by the regular candy aisle to get Raisinets for another “bucket” list item. I took a glance at the m&m’s there and my feet stopped in their tracks. There was a bag that was JUST GREEN m&m’s. It was like the m&m gods heard my prayer and knew I had this item to cross off. This way I wasn’t going to waste any of the other colored m&m’s. I was super happy, and felt like dancing. Luckily I resisted because I am sure people would not understand.

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Cheers to the GREEN m&m’s!

Do you have a favorite m&m color? 

Posted in Bon Appetite, Drinks Galore, Requires Travel

Drink the Milk From a Coconut With a Straw

My sister is currently living in Hawaii so it is a tad more than just visiting her when I go. It’s very much a vacation in paradise. There are tons of “bucket” list adventures to cross off when on a tropical island. This was one from the book.

I had visited my sister in 2011 as a birthday vacation. We did quite a few items, like my first time stand-up paddling. While we were out on the beach, one of her co-workers went and chopped down a few coconuts from trees nearby. Then they cut into the coconuts so I could drink from it. (I had mentioned this being a checklist item to my sister, so she asked him to get them as a birthday treat).coconut 2 There were no straws, but you can’t beat having it fresh right? After we drank the juice (which was more like water then milk), they cut more of the coconut (which took a lot more chopping than I would have thought) and we dug out the meat. I’m not a fan of coconut, but it was fun to eat it still in the shell and so fresh.coconut 1Maybe, I’ll go buy one at the store (or better yet, have another opportunity in Hawaii like this) and use a straw. In the meantime, I’m counting this as mission accomplished.

Have you had any coconut related experiences?

Posted in Generic Ones

Discover the Roots of Your First Name

I wonder if this means to find out the origins of the name itself, or the reason your parents gave you that name? I guess both answers would be fun to figure out.

The origins and meaning of the name “Michelle”:
1. It’s the the feminine form of Michel
2. It’s French
3. It’s also Hebrew and means “Who is God?”

I can’t remember why my parents chose to name me Michele, especially without the double “L”s commonly in the name. I’ll have to ask again sometime.

Posted in Generic Ones, Requires Travel, Super Duper Easy

Chase Rainbows

Who hasn’t tried chasing rainbows and see if they can catch that leprechaun at the end?

This item reminded me of when my sister and I went chasing after a rainbow while we were in Ireland. We saw a double rainbow looking out our window. What was neat was that it was very bright and could see a reflection touching the ground. By the time we grabbed our cameras, it was starting to fade away. Got a couple of photos from the window and then rushed down to try to get better ones outside. Unfortunately by the time we got to a decent spot, it had fade too much. But it was fun chasing. Made me feel like a kid again.29988_394940891151_6006578_n I also wanted to post a photo of a double rainbow here in my hometown. While I was driving. (yes, I know I was taking a stupid chance). But whenever I do see a rainbow while driving, I am tempted to go toward it and find that end of the rainbow.RainbowWhen is the last time you’ve chased a rainbow?

Posted in Generic Ones, Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries, Super Duper Easy

Become Familiar with Duende

What does Duende mean? According to the dictionary, it is “the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm.”

If you look up the word on Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s webpage, it  also includes this information: “Did You Know? The word duende refers to a spirit in Spanish, Portuguese, and Filipino folklore and literally means “ghost” or “goblin” in Spanish. It is believed to derive from the phrase “dueño de casa,” which means “owner of a house.” The term is traditionally used in flamenco music or other art forms to refer to the mystical or powerful force given off by a performer to draw in the audience. The Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca wrote in his essay “Teoria y Juego del Duende” (“Play and Theory of the Duende”) that duende “is a power and not a behavior . . . a struggle and not a concept.” Nowadays the term appears in a broader range of contexts to refer to one’s unspoken charm or allure.”

Let us see how “trusty” Wikipedia explains Duende. On that webpage it says it could be another name for an elf. Or can be mythological; an artistic expression in a dance; novels or poetry; German trance DJ’s; independent artist cooperative in Netherlands; or a Canadian song title.

I think I like the reference that it’s basically the Latin culture’s version of a leprechaun; believed to be a mischievous forest spirit.

Do you think we have now become familiar enough to be able to cross it off this list?

The TV show Glee mentions Duende in an episode with Ricky Martin guest appearing. Here is a scene that was fun to watch and made me want to jump up and join them.

Posted in Movie Madness

Play it again Sam 1001 (plus) Movies to Watch

My original goal was to complete the AFI’s 100 years, 100 Movies list of the 100 best American movies of all time. They created one list and had an update to it in 2007. I was excited when I read they would keep revising every few years, but so far I haven’t seen any new ones. The plan was to watch these movies and then go onto tackling the 1001 Movies to See Before You Die and all those revisions.

I recently had a LIGHT BULB EXPLOSION moment and realized that I could probably go through the AFI list AND start working on the 1001 Movies list at the same time. Who would have thought movies would be on both lists? Duh!

I have watched several movies, but I feel it would be more fun to start over from the beginning and create posts for each movie I watch (probably 5 at a time). I created a tab up top to put the list on as I go. I also thought it would be fun to break it up into year, director, genre, and country categories.

Posted in Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries, State of Mind, Super Duper Easy

Stop Making New Year’s Resolutions

No New ResolutionsWhat does a “resolution” really mean? According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary it has lots of different meanings, but the part that probably matters for this subject is that it; “is the act of answering, the act of determining, something that is resolved (made a – to mend my ways)”. Taking a close look at the word and definition shows me that it doesn’t really fit what people mean for it to be at the beginning of each year. I guess they are determining what they want to do for the next calendar year, but should it really be labeled a “resolution”?

I have stopped making New Year’s resolutions and started making goals for that year. Planning a trip or two and continuing some goals that I have to keep improving myself, such as working on a healthy and fit lifestyle & keeping life interesting. I think that is a much better way to welcome in the new year, you have a whole 12 months to schedule and plan and have fun with.

heartI recently saw this cartoon from The Awkward Yeti that also shows why one should stop making resolutions. It has an argument supporting both sides, but I liked the brain telling the heart that it’s really just another day of the year. No reason to treat it as something new. But just like sometimes it’s fun to have a start date for a something to work on; the first of the year, the first of the month, even the first of the week helps make it fun to celebrate. To note that on THIS DAY I’ll begin this journey to completing that goal or project.

Do you keep making New Year’s Resolutions? Have you stopped? Do you treat the New Year as a start for a goal or treat it as just another day?

Posted in Generic Ones, State of Mind, Super Duper Easy

Decide on a favorite color and a lucky number

People’s favorite color and lucky number might change often throughout their life.  The fact that most people do enjoy a certain color and number makes this an easy item that can be check off the list.

my favorite color is: GREEN (not counting yucky shades of green)
my lucky number (or a number I really like): 23

See, even my car is apple green!
See, even my car is apple green!

So, what’s yours?