March Check-In / April Plans

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March seemed to get very chaotic and everything went crazy with having to change ways of doing everything. I really kinda wish I had started saving all the meme’s and headlines from each day from the start of being told to stay at home and not venture out to group outings, and all the events that got canceled. So much for my getting out of my rut of doing more than just work and home plan. Several of my General things to do for March was getting out to places and events. And since April is going to be more of the same “stay at home” timeline, I’ll have to figure out some other things to do for the month. Maybe DIY projects? Yay for more sunshine in the day and warmer weather? And thank goodness for the internet / phone to stay connected (won’t have to be as isolated as those were in the black plague, right?) and TEN TIMES THANKS for our health professionals.

I managed to get 1 thing done in March. I crossed off eating a raw oyster (I’ve done it a few times, but the most recent experience was in February so I listed it to make sure to write a post. Might be that’s what I’ll end up doing for April, write about past experiences that I’ve been meaning to do.
(read about my “Starting With a Dozen Each” here)

General Things to Do:

  1. note to self: Go back through photos and find memories to post
  2. 30 day challenge of yoga & working on the core of the body (also go for walks)
  3. do a wine cork craft project
  4. spring clean some (store items for a garage sale later)
  5. master the art of letter writing – write some letters
  6. listen to Mozart’s Requiem without interruption
  7. learn the names of ten constellations
  8. plan a picnic for one
  9. make the perfect souffle
  10. take up knitting
  11. listen to all of Frank Sinatra’s recordings
  12. Wear pajamas all day long

Music: current music challenge: “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die”.
Trying to post on Mondays and listen to 20 songs each week.

Breweries, Cocktails, & Wineries: See posts over at “My Drinktopia”
Didn’t go to any new ones in March

Movies: current movie challenge: “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die”
(Picking ones I am finding on Netflix streaming. At least for right now)

  1. 13th
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Babel
  4. Dark Knight (I own this one)
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. I, Daniel Blake
  7. Kings Speech
  8. Life of Brian
  9. Moonlight
  10. Once Upon a Time in the West (C’era una Volta il West)
  11. Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)
  12. Raging Bull

I might first look through the movies I own and watch those ones again to cross off here.

Books: current book challenge: “1001 Books to Read Before you Die”
These are the dozen I want to get through reading right now

  1. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (- currently reading)
  2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  3. Divine Comedy by Dante
  4. Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison or H.G. Wells
  7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  8. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  9. Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke
  10. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  11. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  12. Ulysses by James Joyce

I’m always open to suggestions for any of these categories.

My “Did That” Page

At the top (under the cover photo) are tabs for my different pages. One of them is where I am keeping track of all the experiences I have written about and check off the “bucketlist”. I recently sorted them into different categories that I think are good groups for each.  Just wanted to share about the update in a post.

This will be where I have the list of things I have done and wrote about. My inspiration is from the different bucket list books, blogs, and things I just go do that keep life an adventure. Big or small, it is good to get out and do something different each day.

Have you done of these experiences / adventures?

All about Love:
Have a truly amazing one-night stand

Artistic and Creative:
I CAN Be an Artist (paint & sip)
Take silly pictures in a photo booth
make paper snowflakes
make angels in the snow
Get a Tattoo (payment donation went to UC Davis Children’s Hospital)

Fashion Forward:
Wear A Wig
Wear flowers in your hair or lapels
Fake a Tan
Wear Two Different Shoes on purpose (and a second time by accident)
Wear a Lei

Food Places / Try Eating or Drinking It:
Check List for Diners, Drive-In, and Dives
DDD: Twisted Root Burger Co.
Drink the Milk from a Coconut with a Straw
Only the green M&M’s
Drink Champagne With a Crazy Straw
a Bowl of Corn Pops
Hot Tamale
One Raisinet at a Time
Have a V-8
Make Your Own Lunch
Alligator
DDD: Dad’s Kitchen
Crab Feeds
Impossible Burger
Drinking Adventures
Fluffernutter Sandwich
Raw Oyster

Generic Things:
Get yourself a vanity license plate
Invent an Identity
Give your best friend a nickname only you can use
Wear Your Seatbelt
Soak in a Hot Tub
I Sat Next to a Killer (not really)
Start a Barbie Collection
Get Donald Trump to Autograph This Book (the 2001 Things to Do…)

Gift Giving / Acts of Kindness / Volunteer:
Surprise Someone with Swedish Fish
Donate Blood
Be on a Bone Marrow Registry
Help Christmas Promise Fulfill Wishes
Grow Long Hair & Donate to Wigs For Kids
Throw a Surprise Party

Learning / Research:
Buy This Book! (2001 Things to Do…)
Become Familiar with Duende
Discover the Roots of Your First Name
Know the difference between ʻAʻā and Pāhoehoe
Learn at Least 3 Palindromes
Learn to Drive a Stick Shift
Learn the Names of the Seven Films in Which John Wayne Dies
Learn the first 5 Amendments

Might Require Travel:
Chase Rainbows
Kiss the Blarney Stone
Become Familiar with the Façade of Notre Dame de Paris
Go Wine Tasting in Sonoma County, California
How cool, an Ice Bar in Vegas
Enjoy the Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
See Stonehenge and Join the Druids
Throw a coin in the Fontana di Trevi in Rome
Ride in a Dune Buggy

Movie Madness:
Watch Spinal Tap

On the Bookshelf:
Read Kerouac, Ginsberg, Corso, and Burroughs (part 1 of 4)
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
1984 by George Orwell
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

On This Day (observing anniversaries):
Read or listen closely to “I Have a Dream”
Visit the Panama Canal
Visit the Location where JFK was shot (Texas)
Thank a Veteran
Remembering Pearl Harbor

See it Live:
Memorize the name of the play “the Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade”
Catch a Dueling Pianos show

Sporting, or Heart Stopping Adventures:
First Half Marathon
Hula-Hoop
5k Mud Run
Break the Tape at a Triathlon (Phase 1)
See How High You Can Swing
Ice-Skating (take 1)
Go Skiing
Participate in a Polar Bear Plunge
Wiped Out at Aqua Park

State of Mind:
Decide on a favorite color and a lucky number
Stop Making New Year’s Resolutions
Permit Yourself to Like a Piece of Art Without Knowing Why
See A Ghost
Make no apologies for loving ABBA and the Monkees
Who’s on First? (AKA – Express absurd opinions seriously and see who listens)

Music Monday 04

Ongoing challenge: listen to the 1001(+) Songs you Must Hear Before You Die, 20 songs each week. Read about it, and find the full list here. 

  1. Jive Talkin’– Bee Gees (released 1975, album “Main Course”, Funk, Disco)
  2. Step into My Office, Baby – Belle & Sebastian (released 2003, album “Dear Catastrophe Waitress”, Chamber Pop)
  3. Spanish Harlem – Ben E. King (released 1960, album “Spanish Harlem”, Soul)
  4. Stand by Me – Ben E. King (released 1961, album “Don’t Play That Song!”, Rhythm and Blues)
  5. Needle of Death – Bert Jansch (1965, album “Bert Jansch”, Folk)
  6. St. Louis Blues – Bessie Smith (released 1925, Blues)
  7. Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl – Bessie Smith (released 1931, Blues)
  8. Today I Started Loving You Again – Bettye Swann (released 1973, Soul)
  9. Crazy in Love – Beyonce (released 2003, album “Dangerously in Love”, Hip Hop, Fun, R&B)
  10. Drunk In Love – Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z (released 2013, album “Beyonce”, R&B, Hip Hop, Trap)
  11. Kerosene – Big Black (released 1986, album “Atomizer”, Punk Rock)
  12. Piece of My Heart – Big Brother & The Holding Company (released 1968, album “Cheap Thrills”, Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Acid Rock)
  13. Shake, Rattle and Roll – Big Joe Turner & His Blues Kings (released 1954, album “Rock & Roll”, Blues, R&B)
  14. Thirteen – Big Star (released 1972, album “#1 Record”, Folk, Pop)
  15. (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets (released 1954, album “Rock Around the Clock”, Rock and Roll, Rockabilly)
  16. Strange Fruit – Billie Holiday (released 1939, Blues, Jazz)
  17. Gloomy Sunday – Billie Holiday (released 1941, Blues)
  18. God Bless The Child – Billie Holiday (released 1942, Jazz)
  19. Love for Sale – Billie Holiday (released 1954, album “Billie Holiday”, Jazz)
  20. A New England – Billy Bragg (released 1983, album “Life’s a Riot With Spy vs. Spy”)

Try Eating It: Raw Oyster

I never thought I would voluntarily eat any seafood raw. As I have been “growing up” I have decided to give something a try, at least once.

Pretty sure, the first time I gave raw oysters a try was about 2003, my family went to Santa Barbara, California for a weekend trip.  I think it was my sister that got me to eat an oyster shooter (it was in a cocktail sauce). Went right down and I thought, not too bad. Since then, I have had more oyster shooters, bbq’d ones, and even plain and straight from the shell.

But, in order to check this experience off, for at least one of the times, I need to have a photo and write about it. (my rule)

In February 2020, I went with my mom to San Francisco, California for the day. She had an appointment in the city and wanted someone with her. For dinner, we treated ourselves by going to the Hog Island Restaurant. She had been before, but this was my first time. It’s located in the San Francisco Ferry Building. Really cool, gourmet foods place. Everything looked and smelled yummy.

I decided to get the oyster mix and a geoduck ceviche (I am glad I didn’t know what a geoduck clam looked like before trying, I probably would not have wanted the dish, even though it was yummy). My mom got clam chowder and a grilled cheese sandwich (which I had some). I made my mom try an oyster but she didn’t care much for it. Each oyster was from a different place. I could only tell a slight difference. Guess I need to eat more to refine my palate.

The oysters:

  • Hog Island Sweetwater (Tomales Bay, CA)
  • Chelesa Olympia (Eld Inlet, WA)
  • Dully’s (Pickering Passage, WA)
  • Glacier Point (Kachemak Bay, AK)
  • Wellfleet (Cape Cod, MA)
  • Crowes Pasture (Cape Cod, MA)

 

Have you had raw oysters? Are you able to tell a difference on where the oyster came from? Have you had or made any dishes with Geoduck clams? 

February Check-In / March Plans

It’s not quite the end of February, but I still seem to be in a “doing nothing” rut, so I have decided to do this recap/planning for next month early. I did go to a crab feed and to a play, but other than going to work and home, zip. Now is a good time to take a look again at the 12 items lists here and start planning for March. I think I will also print it out and put it by my door so I am always seeing my goals. Hopefully that, and the sun shining for longer hours each day will be the inspiration kick I need.
(read about my “Starting With a Dozen Each” here)

General Things to Do:

  1. 30 day challenge of yoga & working on the core of the body
  2. Boil and eat a lobster
  3. Eat a raw oyster
  4. Get a professional massage
  5. go check out the new Hard Rock Casino
  6. Go on a art walk and check out the wide open murals
  7. gun range – get lessons in shooting
  8. Museum exhibits – Movie cars at the Auto Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Hall of Fame gallery & the Chinese gallery at California Museum,
  9. Play bingo
  10. Send a friend a gift, just because (something I made)
  11. Walk on the beach in winter
  12. Write a letter

note to self: Go back through photos and find memories to post 

Music: current music challenge: “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die”.
Trying to post on Mondays and listen to 20 songs each week.

Breweries, Cocktails, & Wineries: See posts over at “My Drinktopia”

  • didn’t go to any new ones in February

Movies: current movie challenge: “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die”
(Picking ones I am finding on Netflix streaming. At least for right now)

  1. 13th
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Babel
  4. Dark Knight (I own this one)
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. I, Daniel Blake
  7. Kings Speech
  8. Life of Brian
  9. Moonlight
  10. Once Upon a Time in the West (C’era una Volta il West)
  11. Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)
  12. Raging Bull

Books: current book challenge: “1001 Books to Read Before you Die”
These are the dozen I want to get through reading right now

  1. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (- currently reading)
  2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  3. Divine Comedy by Dante
  4. Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison or H.G. Wells
  7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  8. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  9. Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke
  10. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  11. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  12. Ulysses by James Joyce

I’m always open to suggestions for any of these categories.

Throw a coin in the Fontana di Trevi in Rome

I went to Italy with my roommate for thanksgiving vacation time during my college semester abroad. We stayed at a little hotel near the Roman Colosseum and went to many of the different sites to see in Rome. So, loved it there. I would go back in a heartbeat. My favorite food has always been Italian and was in heaven. I will say it was hard to get used to eating dinner so late, as their restaurants didn’t open til around 8pm. First time I tried and fell in love with Gelato and specialty coffees while there.

I can recall being surprised a few times of the sites in Rome. The Trevi Fountain, for instance was in small square. Of course it might have felt small as the fountain took up a lot of space and there were crowds sitting around the rest of it. Enjoying the view and sipping their coffees. The other sites amazed me by their size or just the fact that I was there seeing and touching things that have existed BC.

My roommate will have to verify this, but I think this was the first experience I had with a cappuccino. We had walked down a small alley and came upon the square. Was in awe of the huge fountain and got a cappuccino at one of the shops surrounding the square. And of course threw a coin over our shoulder into the fountain. Hoping the legend will come true and I will be back to Rome someday.

I think I will post more photos of this trip another time.

For more information and photos of the fountain, head over here to it’s wikipedia page

Photo below borrowed from wikipedia (who took it from a flicker album) to show you a bit more of the square.Have you been to the Fountain? Throw a coin in?

Donate Blood

Lost Some of My Blood For A Good Cause!

Yesterday was my very first time donating blood and I am very proud of having done it. You might be asking why this is such a big deal, the answer is because it scares me alot. When I’ve heard of people donating blood in the past, I thought, oh good for them, no way would I do that.

As I came across more and more chances, I pondered and debated and became more and more tempted. When I got this most recent opportunity and I knew I couldn’t pass it up and at least go for the experience. As well as helping to save a life.

Got signed up for any appointment and as it got closer to the time I needed to be there, I was very close to backing out. But I decided to suck it up and go. I was very much hoping that they would end up telling me thanks for trying but we can’t use your blood. (because it would be anemic, i’d be to dehydrated for them to get to the veins, my veins would just not pop up, or the fact that I traveled out of the country the last 3 years would cause my blood to not be okay for use right then) They gave me the all clear after the initial questions and tests.

DARN IT. I would have to really do this. I know I was having a little panic attack. I didn’t want to have a needle be stuck in me and I REALLY didn’t want to see any blood. I have no idea why I should be panicking about it. You lay down, hold out your arm and they do all the work really. You just are there to give up a pint of blood in a pretty comfortable way.

It’s a good thing those nurses are funny and easy to talk to. I might have sat down and then jumped up and said, nope can’t do this. I felt that pinch and stayed still. When it was done, I went to the front of the bus and enjoyed some goldfish as I crossed my fingers I wouldn’t faint. There was a couple of times I was younger and went with my mom and sis, my mom went to get blood drawn. My sis watched, I didn’t. But I still got light headed and very white as we walked out. Enough so that I had to quickly sit down for a few minutes. And that was what I was worried would happen here. But I sat and listened to the them joke to the 2 guys getting their blood drawn out.

I asked for a photo and they offered to have me hold a bag of blood. I declined on that part. I know it’s much needed but I don’t know if I could do this again. I would have to pump myself up and keep repeating, it’s okay, there’s nothing to it. It is only about 20 minutes of your time, so if you can do it, i’d suggest you do and help those that need it.

Have you donated?

I CAN Be an Artist

It seems there is a growing trend of learn-to-paint classes, which encourage novice artists to gather with a group of friends and create a piece of artwork, all while enjoying a cocktail or two.

This is not an item written down to check off my list, but it is something I’ve thought would be fun. March 2014, I went with a bunch of friends in my Active 20-30 Club to a place in town called the Painted Cork.

Have you ever felt like taking a painting class to unleash your inner Picasso, but felt as though you couldn’t even paint a stick figure? Are you looking for something different and new to do for a birthday party, ladies night out, team builder, first date, couples or even as a single person who is looking for some unique social interaction in the Folsom or Midtown Sacramento area? The Painted Cork “paint and sip” Art Studio creates a comfortable, fun, hip and exciting atmosphere where you and your friends can enjoy a fantastic time while a professional art instructor teaches you a step by step 2 to 3 hour painting classes. The Painted Cork offers a completely relaxed and social painting class/party where guests are allowed to bring with them their favorite wine or beer and delicious snacks to enjoy throughout the class!

I’m definitely not an artist, so I was guessing that my painting would turn out really bad. Got to the place and found the easels and paints all set up at tables. The artist instructor told me to grab an apron and then drinks, snacks, and a seat. I put down the bottle of wine and snack mix I brought and grabbed a glass and apron and a seat. The canvas had a penciled outline of the skyline we were going to be painting. Up front there were different paintings that were completed, the instructor told us to take a look at each one to use as a baseline for inspiration or ours. Then we started painting.

It was a very simple step by step processing. Mixing colors and watching what she did and then doing similar. By doing it this way, I realized that each person is different in how they paint the same object. This in turn means that no one is a bad artist. I don’t think I’d be able to do a painting like that without watching the steps to get it done.

Overall, it was a very fun evening and I’d totally do this again. I can see why it’s become so popular.

Know the difference between ʻAʻā and Pāhoehoe

Time to look up the words in Wikipedia. Turns out these words are for two different types of Lava.

Photo from United States Geological Survey (USGS)

ʻAʻā means “stony rough lava”, but also to “burn” or “blaze”) is one of three basic types of flow lava. ʻAʻā is basaltic lava characterized by a rough or rubbly surface composed of broken lava blocks called clinker. The Hawaiian word was introduced as a technical term in geology by Clarence Dutton.

The loose, broken, and sharp, spiny surface of an ʻaʻā flow makes hiking difficult and slow. The clinkery surface actually covers a massive dense core, which is the most active part of the flow. As pasty lava in the core travels downslope, the clinkers are carried along at the surface. At the leading edge of an ʻaʻā flow, however, these cooled fragments tumble down the steep front and are buried by the advancing flow. This produces a layer of lava fragments both at the bottom and top of an ʻaʻā flow.

Accretionary lava balls as large as 3 metres (10 feet) are common on ʻaʻā flows. ʻAʻā is usually of higher viscosity than pāhoehoe. Pāhoehoe can turn into ʻaʻā if it becomes turbulent from meeting impediments or steep slopes. ʻAʻā lavas typically erupt at temperatures of 1000 to 1100 °C.

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Photo from United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Pāhoehoe means “smooth, unbroken lava”), also spelled pahoehoe, is basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating, or ropy surface. These surface features are due to the movement of very fluid lava under a congealing surface crust. The Hawaiian word was introduced as a technical term in geology by Clarence Dutton.

A pāhoehoe flow typically advances as a series of small lobes and toes that continually break out from a cooled crust. It also forms lava tubes where the minimal heat loss maintains low viscosity. The surface texture of pāhoehoe flows varies widely, displaying all kinds of bizarre shapes often referred to as lava sculpture. With increasing distance from the source, pāhoehoe flows may change into ʻaʻā flows in response to heat loss and consequent increase in viscosity. Pahoehoe lavas typically have a temperature of 1100 to 1200 °C.

And that concludes the lesson for the day. Bucket List mission accomplished!

Have a V-8

I used to drink V-8 as a kid ALL THE TIME. Then got sick of it and couldn’t stand drinking it anymore. Recently I’ve been drinking it again, and back to enjoying it. Now, V-8 has also created fusion drinks with fruit added. Will try one of those some point.

I also want to try juicing my own V-8 some time. But at least I can check this off my list of things to do.

I always think of those old V-8 commercials when people are walking around sideways until they have a drink.

Monthly List: March 2017

1706 Act out a fairy tale
1699 Be a Beatnik, Hippie, Punk, or Rude Boy
1685 Be a write-in on the ballot
1707 Be Ringmaster for a day at Ringling Brothers
1708 Be the person who pulls or announces the Lotto numbers on TV
1683 Become so good at white water rafting that you can be a guide on the most difficult rivers
1709 Bounce at the Viper Room
1689 Celebrate your hairdresser at the Barbering Hall of Fame
1703 Climb the slippery slope
1694 Comfort the afflicted
1696 Compete in the Elephant Polo Tournament in Nepal
1705 Compose a fairy tale
1686 Design a musical instrument
1710 Dust off them blue suede shoes
1701 Gather up your friends for a quilting bee
1682 Go back and spend the night at your old sleepaway camp
1704 Have Bangers and Mash
1691 Learn to recognize Iambic pentameter
1702 Learn to throw your voice
1695 Make a weekly visit to your local library
1692 Overcome adversity
1693 Survive
1681 Sing at a wedding
1684 Skate the lead in the Ice Capades
1697 Skitch
1687 Sponsor a needy child
1690 Start your own cosmetics line
1700 Tell your children you were a Beatnik, Hippie, Punk, or Rude Boy
1688 Travel the world by reading
1698 Turn out the lights and watch Wait Until Dark

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.

Go Wine Tasting in Sonoma County, California

The first time went wine tasting in Sonoma County I think was in 2009. My family rented a house in the Russian River area for the weekend. This was a lot of fun because a number of them had been living in other parts of the country and so it was a big family gathering. While visiting, I went with one of my cousins and his girlfriend (at the time) to a few wineries.P1010199The only one I know is Hop Kiln because I got the name in a photo. There were two other places that were beautiful and had tasting rooms outside, but I’ve forgotten their names. Guess I’m just going to have to go back to match the photo to the place and re-taste the wine.P1010203What is neat about Hop Kiln is that the tasting room is in a California registered landmark.

This structure served the important hop industry of California’s north coast region, once the major hop-growing area in the west. Built in 1905 by a crew of Italian stonemasons, it represents the finest existing example of its type. The building consists of three stone kilns for drying hops and an attached wooden cooling barn with a two-story press for baling hops.

I definitely want to go back and explore more and taste more of the wineries. I would say that Sonoma, especially the Russian River area, is more pretty then Napa. But I would bet the prices for tastings are about the same.

Have you been to wineries in Sonoma, Russian River, or Napa? How was your experience?

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.

Ireland Blarney Stone 6

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?

 

Try Eating It: 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?