Things to Do in the Fall Season

Saying there’s a seasonal change in the year is nice in that it breaks up the year. It gives you things to look forward to doing that’s related to that part of the year. Stuff that you do each year that have become traditions, and new things you are wanting to accomplish and experience. Fall season is my favorite, with the changes of colors in the leaves, and my birthday month of October. Some of the following things I’m looking forward to are traditions and some new experiences to try.

  • Watch 31 Halloween-ish movies from the “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die” List
  • Apple Hill road trip (located around Camino, California)
  • Apple donuts, apple juice, apple pie, apples, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream
  • hiking, see the colorful foliage
  • pumpkin patch, pick a pumpkin, carve a jack-o-lantern
  • corn maze (located in Dixon, California)
  • pumpkin flavored food hunt (not pumpkin spice)
  • Hayride
  • Fall Festivals
  • mountain mandarin festival, in November (located in Auburn, California)
  • Pizza, go to a new place (October is pizza month)
  • fall picnic
  • Make some fall recipes
  • Fall themed music playlists (Halloween one for sure)

Items listed in the “2001 things to do” book

  • order yourself a birthday cake (birthday in October)
  • be the guest of honor at your own party
  • build a birdhouse
  • roast marshmallows in your backyard
  • pick, then bob for apples
  • have a Halloween bonfire with hot apple cider
  • See a ghost
  • levitate someone
  • have a séance
  • work at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving
  • learn the Rocky Horror Picture Show routine by heart
  • walk knee-deep in maple leaves
  • learn to carve a turkey like a chef
  • buy a perfect tomato from a farm stand and eat it like an apple
  • bake the best apple pie
  • Sing Christmas carols around the middle of August
  • Have a cookout that ends with S’mores
  • Tell ghost stories in a pitch-black room
  • Develop your own recipe for chili
  • Exorcise demons
  • jump into a big pile of leaves
  • Cast a spell
  • Spring clean in October
  • Carve a smiling jack-o-lantern
  • Sleep with a ghost in the room
  • Cruise the backwoods of Vermont between Oct 7 and Oct 14
  • gather a bunch of friends for a Halloween hayride
  • perform an exorcism
  • study witchcraft

Any other fun things to add for the Fall season?

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”

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photo credit: Harris Center/Three Stages at Folsom Lake College

When I saw this item, I wondered if this was truly a real play. It made sense that just memorizing the title would be quite the accomplishment and a great conversation starter. I happened to catch a post about a production of this play being performed last year (2017).

I knew I had to go see it. I didn’t really think anything about what it exactly was about until after I saw it live. The cast did a great job adding in modern elements (not sure if that is part of what the play is supposed to do). I really thought it funny they gave out “Make France Great Again” buttons.

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photo credit: Harris Center/Three Stages at Folsom Lake College

It is not your typical play, you walk in and become a part of the cast yourself. Here, I was handed a clipboard and guided by a “hospital attendant” to a chair. We became observers in a mental hospital where the warden was allowing the inmates to perform a play. It was also a kind of musical.

I’m grabbing the plot from Wikipedia:

Set in the historical Charenton Asylum, Marat/Sade is almost entirely a “play within a play”. The main story takes place on 13 July 1808, after the French Revolution; the play directed by the Marquis de Sade within the story takes place during the Revolution, in the middle of 1793, culminating in the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat (which took place on 13 July 1793), then quickly brings the audience up to date (1808). The actors are the inmates of the asylum; the nurses and supervisors occasionally step in to restore order. The bourgeois director of the hospital, Coulmier, supervises the performance, accompanied by his wife and daughter. He is a supporter of the post-revolutionary government led by Napoleon, in place at the time of the production, and believes the play he has organised to be an endorsement of his patriotic views. His patients, however, have other ideas, and they make a habit of speaking lines he had attempted to suppress, or deviating entirely into personal opinion. They, as people who came out of the revolution no better than they went in, are not entirely pleased with the course of events as they occurred.

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photo credit: Harris Center/Three Stages at Folsom Lake College

In the end, we, the audience, become the inmates and the inmates the audience. It reminded me a lot of philosophical debates and talking about socialism. I used to enjoy those ponderings and had not realized that I had forgotten about it for so long. It was a little hard to follow the dialogue at times, but the gist of it was an argument between Sade and Marat on the factors of revolution, is really good to have for changing the class system and helping human suffering or does it just change who’s at top and who is at bottom. They also discuss if it’s good to have the revolution as a movement by everyone or just work one changing yourself.

I read more about the author being a German and he wrote this during the 1960’s which authors were delving into kind of abstract, bizarre, ways to talk about class struggles and socialism. And his picking the true life people of Jean-Paul Marat and the Marquis de Sade were a good choice. They were very interesting characters.

I wouldn’t mind going to see this play again, maybe catch some things that I didn’t this first time. I might even try to get friends to come with me. They might enjoy or end up asking what the heck?

have you seen this play? Or even heard about it?

Grow Long Hair

& Donate to Wigs For Kids

I can check off 2 items for this one “Grow Long Hair” and “Donate to…”

Back in 2013 a friend mentioned she was going to start growing out her hair and donate to Locks of Love. I thought, why not do that too!! When I mentioned it to my hair stylist, she told me to look at other organizations that create wigs for children. People assume the wigs they make and give to kids are free. It’s not true. Plus, it is mostly for children that suffer alopecia areata (a type of hair loss). Not to say that is not also important to give wigs to kids that have that, but I was thinking of donating toward a wig for a child that has to deal with cancer (or wider range of reasons a child lost their hair). Researching more, I found they use a sliding fee based on parent’s income. And even though they accept at least 10 inches of pretty much any type of hair (even dyed), they don’t use all of it. Some they sell off. Maybe to help keep costs of making the wigs down, but that was still unclear to me.

I was disillusioned with Locks of Love and started looking for other organizations that fit more with what I wanted my hair to be donated for. I came across Wigs for Kids. “For children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.” And as far as I can tell, they work to make the wigs complimentary to children.

Side note: I saw on the Wigs for Kids website they have a Girl Scout patch for donating. Where was that when I was a Scout? Would have been fun to earn.

The requirements for Wigs for Kids is at least 12 inches and no chemical treatment to the hair. I figured I can do this challenge and let my hair grow long. It had been quite a challenge for me. I usually keep my hair chin length and anytime it starts to touch my shoulders I chop it off. It’s also quite thick, so when I do the chop, I can feel the weight come off my head. I’ve liked to dye it a reddish color. Growing up it stayed a light brown due to me swimming year round. When I stopped swimming, it went back to my natural color which is a very dark brown and I was very much not used to that. Friends even asked if I dyed my hair.

It took about 4 years to grow, and as soon as I could, I chopped it off as part of a birthday treat for myself. I got it layered and colored.

The back ponytail reached 12 inches but the other ponytails were a tad short. Plan B, donate that one ponytail to Wigs for Kids and the rest to PanteneBeautiful Lengths program. They provide free wigs for women battling cancer. Their requirements were at least 8 inches and color free. Done!!

It was fun to grow out my hair to see how it looked and felt. People said long hair looks good on me. I might grow it out long again but this time style it more than just an even cut and see how that looks. And down the road, I might donate it again. I hope that little bit of hair will help add to making a wig for a child and a woman and bring a smile to their faces.

Have you donated your hair? What organization and how was your experience?

Monthly List: November 2017

1939 Be a freedom fighter
1946 Be a smokejumper
1926 Be truly color blind
1934 Create a computer program
1932 Cultivate grace
1924 Defrost the freezer
1921 Drink a pint of Guinness
1949 Eat a four pound steak
1943 Eat a ripe mango
1936 End terrorism
1933 Exercise restraint
1935 Freefall with an umbrella
1922 Get on the guest list
1931 Have friends from all parts of your life
1929 Have friends in high places
1930 Have friends in low places
19328 Have great friends
1940 Join a manhunt, search party, or a posse
1927 Know what syzygy is
1947 Master a Billy Wilder, David Mamet, or Tarantinian dialogue
1945 Own a pair of chaps
1937 Patent a gene
1942 Play the triangle or kazoo
1944 Ride every roller coaster in the continental United States
1950 Savor the spotlight
1938 See the terra-cotta soldiers at Xian
1941 Sketch with your eyes closed
1925 Study war no more
1923 Study war
1948 Tour a brewery

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.

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.

Chase Rainbows

Who hasn’t tried chasing rainbows and see if they can catch that leprechaun at the end?

This item reminded me of when my sister and I went chasing after a rainbow while we were in Ireland. We saw a double rainbow looking out our window. What was neat was that it was very bright and could see a reflection touching the ground. By the time we grabbed our cameras, it was starting to fade away. Got a couple of photos from the window and then rushed down to try to get better ones outside. Unfortunately by the time we got to a decent spot, it had fade too much. But it was fun chasing. Made me feel like a kid again.29988_394940891151_6006578_n I also wanted to post a photo of a double rainbow here in my hometown. While I was driving. (yes, I know I was taking a stupid chance). But whenever I do see a rainbow while driving, I am tempted to go toward it and find that end of the rainbow.RainbowWhen is the last time you’ve chased a rainbow?

Monthly List: November 2016

1575 Ask for a raise
1563 Be a superhero
1581 Be known for your baking
1583 Be serious
1567 Buy the best seat in the house for a play with great reviews
1574 Drop names
1564 Get to the Final Frontier on the Star Trek pinball game
1576 Give raises
1569 Go sleigh riding
1566 Go up the down escalator
1565 Have Don Ho play the ukulele at your very own luau
1589 Have press credentials
1571 Hustle
1584 Keep a stiff upper lip
1586 Keep your ear to the ground
1585 Let your hair down and the chips fall
1562 Make everything in your life a crescendo
1572 Master grilling techniques
1573 Quarrel calmly
1568 Roll down a small hill
1570 Rotate the tires, or the Rollerblade wheels
1580 RSVP
1577 Saunter, slither, or sashay
1588 Save your leftovers and give them to the hungry
1579 Scavenge dumpsters for their treasures
1582 Sell out if the price is right and you’re happy
1590 Sin no more
1587 Stick your neck out
1561 Understand what loneliness really means
1578 Use a two-person saw

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.

Monthly List: November 2015

1228 Ace your opponent
1210 Bake Shrinky Dinks
1212 Become a Little Rascals expert
1208 Blend your herbal teas
1230 Call heads and tails
1223 Convince your partner to go back to school
1205 Cornrow your Westie
1213 Cry Copiously
1211 Design and paint stained-glass ornaments
1224 Enlighten racists, anti-Semites, and homophobes
1219 Examine whether or not you are a racist
1225 Have a V-8
1226 Have a Yoo-Hoo
1216 Have lunch with Jenny Craig
1218 Have your own radio show
1217 Impersonate John Travolta
1207 Learn Braille
1220 Pay a stranger’s subway fare
1204 Pretend that everyone knows God’s a woman
1201 Propose
1206 Recognize your own addictions
1202 Rewrite the Book of Genesis to your liking
1214 Scuba-dive for jewelry in a public lake
1229 Shoot craps
1209 Sit in an empty church
1215 Take your frustrations out at a driving range
1227 Umpire a professional ball game
1222 Walk a marathon with a disabled entrant
1203 Wallpaper your bathroom walls with old photographs
1221 Watch an autopsy

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.

Monthly List: November 2014

863 Audition for a part in Oklahoma!
855 Be in a chase scene
848 Be known as a heretic
844 Be nimble, spry, lithe, and elastic
860 Bowl a 300
851 Develop a taste for Scotch, Profofiev, or Pynchon
846 Drop ten pounds
854 Execute a perfect Chevy Chase pratfall
853 Fall asleep counting your blessings
856 Fence
866 Find a masterpiece at a garage sale
859 Get good-really good-at pool and darts
852 Give a keynote address
869 Grow long hair
858 Learn to use a gun, but never have to
857 Mambo
867 Meet your lover at the door wearing nothing but Saran Wrap
841 One day spend $1000 in cash on at least six things
850 Pursue the one you love
868 Ride a winged horse
845 Run a personal ad
865 See the Loch Ness monster
842 Show off your fifty-yard-line tickets for the Army-Navy game
849 Think of sex as a gourmet dinner
843 Throw your own tailgate party
847 Travel around the world by sailboat
861 Wander in the Scottish heather
862 Weave
864 Whale watch
870 Win an apology and a fat refund from the IRS

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.

Monthly List: November 2013

501 Adopt a highway
508 Arrange a sabbatical for yourself
482 Be on the cover of Time
504 Become the best friend of a rich celebrity
492 Blow bubble gum bubbles
493 Blow soap bubbles in the office
496 Burn the bridges to the troublesome parts and people of your life
507 Carry someone else’s burden
502 Chase rainbows
510 Color with crayons
486 Create something that will still be admired in the next century
499 Cultivate lust in your heart
487 Donate something anonymously to a very needy cause
505 Figure out how to get invited to the White House
495 Follow the precept that the best things in life are free
481 Get quoted in a major magazine
509 Have all your old home movies converted to one long nostalgic video
498 Organize a family reunion
494 Play the harmonica at work
500 Rethink those seven deadly sins
506 Send a long letter to the Pope
489 Spend the winter holidays in Austria or Switzerland
490 Start a conversation with a stranger
484 Stay an extra day
497 Stop complaining
483 Tour the Rockies in a recreational vehicle (RV)
488 Visit the house where you were born
485 Wear a disguise
491 Work at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving
503 Write thank-you notes when it isn’t necessary

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.

Monthly List: November 2012

149 Attend a Catholic mass
129 Attend the Olympics
142 Bake a rhubarb pie from scratch
146 Catch fireflies
128 Create an unforgettable ad campaign
137 Cut a demo tape at a recording studio
133 Do Outward Bound
140 Fill a time capsule with magazines, CDs, photographs, letters, and t-shirts, then bury it
139 Go down the Snake River in a dory
130 Go paintballing
134 Haggle….and win
132 Hot-air balloon over a desert
135 Invent or patent something
125 Learn a new computer program
143 Learn to play an instrument
147 Learn to sail
121 Learn to sew
131 Leave someone a $100 tip
122 Make you own bread
150 Meditate with monks
127 Own a velvet Elvis
136 Press some flowers
124 Read, understand, and memorize three poems
145 Ride a bicycle built for two
141 Ride a boxcar for a couple of days
123 Shoot a crossbow
138 Skinny-dip
126 Swallow a goldfish
144 Venture cross-country on a Harley
148 Visit a synagogue

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.