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?

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?

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.