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.