Posted in Festivals/Special Events, Home Town, It's Artistic/Creative, Random Acts of Kindness, State of Mind

Get a Tattoo

I had thought about getting a tattoo on and off through the years. I couldn’t decide on what it would be or where I would have it. I knew it had to be something I wouldn’t regret or get tired of after a few years. I would look at tattoos of things I liked, teddy bears, turtles, ladybugs, and Celtic knot designs. Plus, there was the whole being stabbed with a needle. I get light headed just seeing a needle for blood work. Of course that could be the blood part. So, I would look at tattoos but not really plan for getting one myself.

A couple of years ago, as I was looking online, I came across this Wild Bills Tattoo place located in Roseville, California. There was information on a day that they would host a tattoo-a-thon and 100% of the cost of the tattoo would go to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital. I thought to myself, “Well if I do get a tattoo that is when I will do it and then I can say I got tattooed for the kids”. It was an awesome find. I put it in my calendar to remind myself about the tattoo-a-thon each February.

I think it took me another couple of years to work up the nerve to go for it and get that tattoo. In 2016, I decided on getting a shamrock (because I’m part Irish, and it’s for luck, and it’s cute) and started looking at different photos online to see what kind of design I wanted and where. I found a cute one where it was just an outline and the leaves also looked a bit like a heart, and it was on the wrist. I really liked that idea, then I would be able to see it. I showed my mom and told here I wanted to get this one but not to worry, it would be small. She liked it be was iffy that I would go through with it from seeing the needles and getting poked. I made my appointment for early that Saturday morning.

A friend said she would come with and check it out. She was thinking about getting a tattoo and wanted to see. We got to the place and had to wait a bit for one of the artists. When one came over, I showed him the photo of the shamrock tattoo I wanted and that it’d be a small one on the inside of my wrist. He said okay and went to sketch the design on the transfer paper. That was something I hadn’t realized they did but totally makes sense. That took a while and then he came back and we grabbed seats. Luckily it was near the waiting area and my friend could sit and watch.

The artist told me to relax my wrist and warned me that doing it there, my fingers might twitch. Whoah! What? I hadn’t thought about that, but with the nerves being right there. Something else to get nervous about. How much twitching would they do? Deep breath. He transferred the design on the wrist. It was a little larger then I was thinking, but didn’t look too bad. I had told him I wanted it in green, he suggested doing a green and black coloring. I figured he knew what he was talking about and said sure. He placed the needle over my wrist and started the process. It went up and down so fast that at times felt like it was slicing me like a knife. That is when I realized, tattooing is basically have people stab you on purpose and scar you. Usually we try not to leave scars if we get cut. hmmm.

It felt so uncomfortable, but so glad he was was fast, and that I got a simple enough design, that it was over pretty fast. My friend got a photo that perfectly summed up what I was feeling. I am glad she got it while I was getting tattooed. The artist finished up and went over the care for instructions and I was done. He told me what the cost of that size tattoo would be and I wrote a check for a little more for the donation to the hospital. Then got a sticker that said “I got tattooed for the kids”. I really wanted that sticker.

A friend that lived nearby messaged us to come over for brunch, so we did. We said there almost all day, just chatting away. Hope she didn’t mind. I waited until the tattoo was healed and took a photo to show it off while wine tasting at a winery. I think it turned out cute. Took a while to get used to the fact I have something permanent on my arm.

I don’t know if I will get anymore. I have thought about it now that it’s been some time. But then I look at that photo above of when I was getting this one and remember. I am not closing the door, but I am happy with this one.

Did it take a while for you to get a tattoo? Have you done someone like this where the money is for a benefit for children?

 

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Posted in Sounds of Music, Super Duper Easy

Make no apologies for loving ABBA and the Monkees

I have a confession to make. I DO love ABBA and the Monkees’ songs. I’ll be pulling out my cd’s on these music artists to listen to this week in honor of pulling out this item from my book.

Do you love ABBA and the Monkees? Or are there other artists you enjoy that others might give you a look about?

Posted in Bon Appetite, Requires Travel

Enjoy the Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity

Apparently the original one is located in New York, and that’s the main one people said I had to go to. When I was looking around for “things to do” in Las Vegas, I came across a Serendipity there near Caesar’s. I had hoped to be able to go and enjoy a frozen hot chocolate. On the last day, a friend and I went walking around and got there for brunch. We walked up and gave our names to reservations. She took down my friend’s phone number and that became our pager when a table was ready for us. That was pretty neat. It allowed us to be able to walk through the stores at Caesars.

When we were seated, my friend decided to get one of their sandwiches. I went with a Banana Cream waffle. Both were quite large in size but very yummy.

Then we got the main treat. a Frozen Hot Chocolate. I assumed there was only one type, but they had a few different ones. Both of us decided on the Mint one. It tasted like liquid Andes chocolates. VERY YUMMY!!

Interesting enough they spell it as Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. And you can order to make and have some at home. Might just have to do that.

Have you been and had the frozen hot chocolate? Which Serendipity? 

 

 

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: June 2017

1789 Be a host for a foreign exchange student
1781 Be a Roadie
1783 Become a dual citizen
1773 Become an uber-something
1794 Caddy for Tiger Woods
1785 Camp in the Chukot Region of Siberia
1787 Carpool more
1790 Carry on an intellectual conversation with the Dalai Lama
1797 Develop a new game show
1792 Do shots with a Russian diplomat
1776 Do the I Ching
1778 Enjoy the frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity
1786 Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice
1780 Go on an open casting call
1779 Have Beluga caviar, Nova Scotia smoked salmon, and Russian vodka for dinner
1796 Host a game show
1798 Invent an environmentally harmless mode of transportation
1774 Learn all the rules of football
1775 Learn to tell time by looking at the skies or paying attention to tides
1777 Live communally
1788 Lobby for more women on US currency
1799 Paint a masterpiece
1800 Put down the toilet seat
1784 Reverse a Supreme Court decision
1795 Sample the prune chili at Yuba City’s annual California Prune Festival
1791 Say “Voulez-vous couchez avec moi?” to Johnny Depp
1771 Solve a Mystery Train Ride
1772 Start an outrageous shoe collection
1793 Trade jokes with Mel Brooks
1782 Walk over hot coals

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, Super Duper Easy

Give your best friend a nickname only you can use

shavingI grew up swimming competitively year-round and we all had quite a few nicknames. I can recall one night at practice when we were doing a kicking set (in case it’s not clear, that’s using a kick board and kicking down and back in a swimming pool for a determine length of time) If it was possible, we would pair up to kick side by side and use the time to chat.

Now, I don’t remember what started the conversation, but we got going on saying nicknames that only each of us could use AND it had to do with food. I became Banana, and my two other friends were Cheesecake and Rye-Bread. It was immensely funny at the time. Actually, it still is.

Do you have nicknames that make others wonder at your sanity?

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?

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: June 2016

1432 Amaze
1412 Attend the rehearsal for Judgment Day
1422 Be able to tie a granny, a bowline, a clove hitch, and a sheepshank
1437 Brainstorm
1423 Breathe deeply
1413 Count up your rites of passage
1429 Create an annual family ritual of some kind
1417 Cruise the backwoods of Vermont between Oct 7 and Oct 14
1435 Decide on a favorite color and a lucky number
1414 Find the perfect recipe for risotto
1416 Flyfish the Battenkill in Vermont
1419 Imitate Groucho
1440 Keep the Sabbath
1425 Kiss people on both cheeks
1438 Laugh out loud
1415 Organize an office sports tournament
1421 Reread books from your childhood
1411 Ride shotgun in an armored van
1427 Salivate over something before digging in
1430 Save up
1439 Say something nice to the tolltaker
1431 See a three-dimensional image on a scanning microscope
1418 Shatter the glass ceiling
1436 Spend a day at the track
1420 Stand on your very own soapbox
1424 Start a rumor and see how fast it comes around
1434 Take it one day at a time
1428 Try a Krispy Kreme fresh from the oven
1426 Watch the salmon run
1433 Wear scanties

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: June 2015

1064 Be swept off your feet
1053 Become a member of Mensa
1079 Choose a bridesmaid’s dress everyone loves
1054 Collect weather vanes, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda boxes, first editions or masks
1078 Donate big bucks to your alma mater
1077 Get a second Bachelor’s degree
1072 Give the bus driver a present
1074 Give your best friend a nickname only you can use
1060 Have a love affair with a movie star
1056 Indulge your soft spot for doughnuts
1059 Lollygag
1065 Lose your cool
1057 Lust after someone dangerous
1051 Make no apologies for loving ABBA and the Monkees
1058 Male a fuss over your mom’s cooking
1061 Organize your friends and have an adult prom
1075 Pack a thermos full of hot cocoa and go for a long walk in the wintry woods
1062 Play footsie with your date in a swank restaurant
1069 Quote Frank Sinatra
1080 Register at a bookshop, gourmet food store, or LL Bean for your birthday
1066 Rejoice-the end is pretty far away
1076 Repeat the phrase “Don’t die wondering”
1073 Spring clean in October
1063 Sweep someone off their feet
1071 Take a first-class ego trip
1070 Tell your boss you need workman’s comp for ergophobia
1052 Try your hand at tatting
1055 Use words like “soupcon,” “frisson,” and “cachet” more often
1068 Wear rose-colored glasses or contacts
1067 Wet your pants laughing

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: June 2014

694 Add a codicil to your will that tells people why you love them
691 Bask in the glow of praise
714 Be known for your toasts
700 Climb way up in a weeping willow or old copper beech tree
699 Collect autographs
698 Collect large African insects
720 Get good at black and white photography
707 Get to at least one opening day of baseball
692 Give something wonderful anonymously
715 Go on a Safari
717 Hang a spoon from your nose
703 Have a great bumper sticker
712 Have a hideout
710 Have an epic interest in people
695 Have only one or two credit cards
713 Have your favorite books bound in leather
718 Keep an aquarium
696 Know the best public restrooms in major cities
693 Leave someone a surprise in your will
705 Listen to the original Jerky Boys tape
701 Listen to whales
702 Make some mean old sourpuss laugh
704 Perfect your pet impersonations
711 Practice smiling
697 Read the Bible as history and literature
708 Realize it’s not un-American to hate baseball
719 Share the wealth
706 Sit on the fifty-yard line at the Super Bowl
716 Write “If only I had…” on a piece of paper and flush it down the toilet
709 Write out your wish list

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: June 2013

349 Achieve washboard abs
356 Attend a Hollywood premier
358 Be a Dallas Cowboy’s cheerleader
332 Be an expert witness
335 Change jobs
342 Dance with glee
347 Get a tattoo
343 Invite your employees home for dinner
351 Live beyond your means
340 Love more than once
339 Master auto mechanics
333 Mediate a dispute
338 Memorize all the dialogue of your favorite movie
337 Mend fences
334 Perfect your yodel
346 Pierce something on your body
336 Plead innocent to a speeding ticket
357 Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys
354 Race in the Iditarod
348 Remove your tattoo
355 Rent a Virgin Island
331 Sing the “Hallejujah” chorus in the shower
350 Slide down a banister
341 Snowmobile
353 Splurge at Tiffany’s
359 Surf the net
345 Take a Chinese cooking class
352 Witness a miracle
344 Write your memoirs
360 Spend a weekend at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City

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.