Posted in Festivals/Special Events, Generic Ones, Home Town, Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries, On This Day, State of Mind, Super Duper Easy

Thank a Veteran

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”(click here to read more on the history about Veteran’s Day)

I marked this item off the list last year, but I feel like it should have it’s own post stating that I do thank veteran’s from all the military branches that protect and defend the country I live in from harm. I would also like to extend thanks to all those that put their life on the line (police, firefighters, …..) This is one item we should definitely repeat, each and every day as well as really acknowledging it on the official holidays.

I’m including photos of those veterans in my family from the civil war to World War II.

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Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: May 2017

1753 Appreciate the larceny in your heart
1757 Astound the doubters
1770 Be a game show contestant
1750 Be a painter’s model
1745 Befriend a shaman, mystic, or priestess
1759 Cook dinner in the fireplace
1743 Cross the international dateline and get to yesterday
1764 Dance in the Mardi Gras parade in Rio
1767 Follow the Oregon Trail in true pioneer fashion
1760 Get your name in a gossip column
1762 Get your teeth whitened
1765 Go to a prize fight in Vegas
1744 Have an advice column
1749 Hit the jackpot
1747 Improve your intuition
1754 Leak a really hot story
1758 Outfox the dealers at an auction
1751 Play in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
1741 Put a scavenger hunt in your will
1742 Quote Derrida, Foucault, or Berra
1769 Reach Nirvana
1755 Ride a camel to the Pyramids
1748 Scat like a pro
1761 See Michelangelo’s David
1763 Shake hands with the President of the United States
1746 Show intimations of immortality
1756 Stake a claim
1768 Sunbathe topless
1752 Swoon over a star
1766 Take a Jello bath

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

#1037 – Wear A Wig

wigI came across a photo of me as a kid wearing a wig. They must have been from my parents collection. Pretty funny to see and great to use to check off this item. I have a more recent photo wearing a wig for a themed party somewhere. I’ll have to add it here later.

Have you worn a wig? Did it make you look really different? Or was it a crazy looking one?

Posted in Drinks Galore, Festivals/Special Events

#23 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 Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries, State of Mind, Super Duper Easy

#6 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 Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: May 2016

1398 Ask him to marry you
1391 Be more careful, especially around ladders
1389 Blow the foghorn
1402 Construct a crossword puzzle and submit it to a newspaper
1403 Damn the torpedoes
1404 Deactivate a live bomb
1384 Drink champagne with a crazy straw
1381 Fall head-over-heels in love
1397 Get engaged at least once
1406 Have a ball and make it a masked one
1392 Have a personal trainer
1396 Honor a local hero
1408 Ignore minor infractions
1409 Join a cattle drive
1393 Look cool in a six-foot stocking cap
1394 Open all the windows
1395 Ply her with bonbons, poetry, and flowers
1410 Rewrite it
1407 Select a wild creature for your personal totem
1400 Sell Girl Scout cookies
1390 Spend a night in a lighthouse
1405 Spend the inheritance
1401 Study t’ai chi
1383 Take a bus or train up into the Andes
1387 Take dance lessons at Arthur Murray
1388 Take leave of your senses
1382 Take part in heaven on earth
1386 Take the helm for awhile
1399 Take the SATs some years after college
1385 visit the Galapagos

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: May 2015

1043 Attend a peace rally
1028 Be a godparent
1038 Be a guest on “Letterman”
1039 Buy a complete set of Dickens or Sherlock Holmes
1034 Buy an entire Western ensemble from Billy Martin’s
1033 Cast a spell
1035 Change your last name
1048 Decorate outdoors with abandon at Christmastime
1049 Enjoy the view from your roof
1036 Get your picture taken in a champagne tub in the Poconos
1026 Impress the sommelier
1022 Invite your friends over for a slumber party
1025 Learn to ride western like the Marlboro Man
1046 Maintain an absolutely perfect credit rating
1024 Make the perfect Bloody Mary
1041 Memorize all the presidents of the United States
1040 Operate your own bed & breakfast
1047 Play hooky
1023 Realize it’s okay to not want a baby
1045 Save a tree
1027 Send him a dozen red roses
1044 Sleep with your dog
1032 Start a nude room at a party
1021 Start a pillow fight
1031 Tend the keg at a fraternity bash
1042 Thank a veteran
1030 Track down someone who influenced you
1037 Wear a wig
1050 Whoop it up
1029 Wow your friends with your karaoke routine

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: May 2014

688 Admit that it’s too hard and try again
663 Appear in a music video
683 Arrange sweet surprises
661 Attend a town meeting
664 Bake the best apple pie
671 Be more persuasive
669 Be the clown in the dunking booth
676 Board the river tour in Chicago
680 Eat salt water taffy and cotton candy
690 Eat, drink, and be very merry
670 Finish school
662 Get involved
667 Give a friend a copy of your favorite novel
665 Grow the largest pumpkin
679 Have your own carnival stand
689 Hold out until he, she, or it gets it right
687 Learn to play bridge
685 Live without a phone for a full seven days
686 Overcome your most dreaded fear
666 Raise ribbon-winning livestock
674 Ride a cable car in San Francisco
678 Ride a merry-go-round
673 Ride the circle line around Manhattan
675 Sail a yacht down the Miami Intercostal
681 Sing Christmas carols around the middle of August
668 Start a wave at the stadium
682 Stop making New Year’s resolutions
672 Take a tour of movie stars’ homes
677 Tear a phone book in half with your bare hands
684 Write the ending

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: May 2013

327 Be a star
312 Be frivolous
305 Consult a plastic surgeon
307 Get remarried
326 Have a house on the ocean
329 Have a long, warm, serious talk with your folks
306 Have bookcases built in
308 Impress the boss
314 Interview your grandparents about their childhoods
316 Invest in the stock market
320 Learn the second stanza of “the Star Spangled Banner”
311 Line dance or hand-jive
325 Live in Tangiers
309 Make chocolate chip pancakes
321 Plan a picnic for one
301 Play a game of Strip Monopoly
322 Predict the next big thing
304 Quit smoking
303 Rent and operate a bulldozer
315 Research your family tree
302 Restore an old house
328 Retire young
318 Speak in Haiku
310 Stay at Balmer’s Herberge in Switzerland
319 Train a seeing-eye dog
313 Travel the globe
330 Win a trophy
323 Win an Olympic medal
324 Write a great novel
317 Write a Haiku

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.