Posted in Generic Ones, It's Artistic/Creative, Super Duper Easy

#435 make paper snowflakes

I had to look up how to make paper snowflakes because it had been a super long time since I made any, probably for a school project. Luckily, one can just Google and get the option to watch a video of how somebody makes them, read instructions, even see some patterns of how to cut a few interesting, and of course, lots of photos of other people’s snowflakes. Have to say, there are some very detailed ones. I read a few sites and watch a video just to see how they went through the instructions. Then I got to work with paper and scissors to see what I could create.

I ended up making a few. I made a couple by cutting randomly and then I tried to copy a few designs I saw online. They didn’t come out quite like the pictures but that doesn’t really matter right? Each snowflake in nature is different, so the paper ones should be too.

It has been fun to continue to adding to the snowflakes each year at Christmas time.

Have you made paper snowflakes lately? 

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Posted in Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries, Movie Madness, Super Duper Easy

#1873 Learn the Names of the Seven Films in Which John Wayne Dies

Not sure why this is a must do, but now I’ll have to watch the movies, not just learn their names.

  1. The Shootist
  2. The Cowboys
  3. The Alamo
  4. Sands of Iwo Jima
  5. Wake of the Red Witch
  6. The Fighting Seabees
  7. Reap the Wild Wind

Whenever I think of John Wayne I can’t help but also think of a joke I heard a long time ago that totally cracked up my mom and sister too. I googled to see if I could find the description online and came across one post that had it titled that it was John’s favorite joke about himself:

To tell this joke properly requires a physical demonstration. I’ll describe it, then hopefully, you’ll know how to act it out.

This really was the Duke’s all-time favorite on himself. It takes place in what was his favorite restaurant, Ambrosia, on Balboa Island, Newport Beach, California where he lived.

As he was having dinner, a distinguished gentleman approached, introducing himself as Dr. William Thompson. “Mr. Wayne,” said the doctor, “you have been a hero to me for so many years. It is such a privilege to shake your hand.”

“Thanks, Doc,” Wayne responded with his famous grin.

The doctor then bent over and said quietly into Wayne’s ear, “Mr. Wayne, as a physician I couldn’t help noticing that when you went to the men’s room a while ago, you came out with your pants leg wet. Mr. Wayne, I really am a fairly prominent physician here in Balboa, and if you have any medical situation, it would an honor for me to treat you at no expense.”

Wayne stood up, towering over the doctor. [You now have to stand up.] “Well, Doc, you see, it happens every time. I’m standin’ there at the urinal… [you stand with your hands at the appropriate position]… and this feller comes and stands next to me. Then he looks up and says… [you look up in amazement, hands still there, pivot sharply right and shout]… ‘You’re John Wayne!'”

Posted in Home Town

#431 See A Ghost

The Sacramento Old City Cemetery hosts a few lantern tours in the month of October. They sell out spaces quickly, and so last year, I marked on my calendar the end of August to be on the lookout for tickets. I bought one as soon as possible and couldn’t wait until the night came. I really wasn’t sure what to expect other then seeing gravestones at night. Would I get to see a ghost?

That night (which just happened on a full moon night), I walked in and had to run to join my tour group, as I got there a couple of minutes late. Luckily they had just started and had stopped at the first spot for a story. Turns out there were about 6 different grave sites that we stopped at and heard a story of the resident resting there. A narrator that dressed up and either portrayed that person or as someone that was involved in their story. Which was pretty cool, it is interesting to hear about some of the past life stories.

One of the stories was interactive, in that there were people from the group that became the “suspects” in a person’s murder and the narrator pointed to each one and gave the reason why that person might have murdered the man buried at the spot.

As we listened and walked, you could hear noises among the graves, and turn to look at what might be making them, sometimes it was a “ghost” just standing or kneeling. Other times, they were grave robbers digging up the graves. What really got us was that sometimes, a ghost or zombie like would come walking by us, going through our group, OR stopping and staring at one of us. There was one ghost that decided he like this one lady, well she decided that she didn’t like that and stepped around her husband to the other side of him. the ghost just followed. So she did a little circle walking to get away from him. It was entertaining to watch.

Midway through our tour of the cemetery, we stopped for hot chocolate, cider, and a snack. Sat down on bleachers and watched a short radio show murder story.

 

Then onto a few more graveside stories. The last one stuck with me. It was about a lady that like to dress up and rode into town on her horse. She lived a little out of town at a place called Mormon Island that was now covered by Folsom Lake. That was the first time I had heard about the island. She ended up dying by falling off her horse, but her bustle got caught in the saddle, so she was dragged along.Then this summer, with the drought being so bad, this Mormon Island became uncovered by Folsom lake and there was foundations and little bits and pieces found. It became a great fascination for other people to learn about this lost community.

It was definitely a fun little evening, and while I didn’t see a true supernatural ghost, this “ghostly” experience counts in my book. If ever I do have an encounter, you can be sure I’ll write about it.

Have you gone on any lantern / ghost tours? How about a real supernatural sighting?

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: September 2017

1880 Attend a Presidential debate
1883 Be a cryptographer
1885 Be accountable
1862 Buy a knighthood
1864 Channel Hendrix or Lennon
1871 Daydream about what you would eat for your last meal, and then eat it
1867 Discourage all things that come in gray
1877 Examine the Titanic wreck on the ocean floor
1884 Give credit where credit is due
1861 Have a sandwich, drink, or ice cream flavor named after you
1889 Have chocolate con churros after an all-nighter in Barcelona
1870 Have great-great-grandchildren
1865 Know six things you would do if you were president
1869 Know the three types of rocks
1873 Learn the names of the seven films in which John Wayne dies
1874 Listen to a whole week of Rush Limbaugh
1890 Own a pit bull
1886 Own a spacesuit
1882 Perfect your calligraphy
1888 Perform an exorcism
1878 Pilot the space shuttle
1875 Play Blanche du Bois
1881 Play the didgeridoo or the hammered dulcimer
1872 Solve the mystery of where Jimmy Hoffa was laid to rest
1868 Stay at the Awani Hotel in Yosemite
1866 Thank everyone
1887 Use a divining rod
1879 Visit another planet
1876 Watch Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla or Devil Girls From Mars
1863 Watch the sunrise at Chichen itza

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, Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries, Super Duper Easy

#83 – Become Familiar with Duende

What does Duende mean? According to the dictionary, it is “the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm.”

If you look up the word on Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s webpage, it  also includes this information: “Did You Know? The word duende refers to a spirit in Spanish, Portuguese, and Filipino folklore and literally means “ghost” or “goblin” in Spanish. It is believed to derive from the phrase “dueño de casa,” which means “owner of a house.” The term is traditionally used in flamenco music or other art forms to refer to the mystical or powerful force given off by a performer to draw in the audience. The Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca wrote in his essay “Teoria y Juego del Duende” (“Play and Theory of the Duende”) that duende “is a power and not a behavior . . . a struggle and not a concept.” Nowadays the term appears in a broader range of contexts to refer to one’s unspoken charm or allure.”

Let us see how “trusty” Wikipedia explains Duende. On that webpage it says it could be another name for an elf. Or can be mythological; an artistic expression in a dance; novels or poetry; German trance DJ’s; independent artist cooperative in Netherlands; or a Canadian song title.

I think I like the reference that it’s basically the Latin culture’s version of a leprechaun; believed to be a mischievous forest spirit.

Do you think we have now become familiar enough to be able to cross it off this list?

The TV show Glee mentions Duende in an episode with Ricky Martin guest appearing. Here is a scene that was fun to watch and made me want to jump up and join them.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: September 2016

1503 Accept mortality, but live forever
1502 Assess your needs
1518 Barter your skills
1527 Bathe in the lap of luxury
1528 Be childlike, not childish
1523 Clean up the mess
1506 Clip coupons
1501 Crew on a sloop
1519 Find a buried treasure
1524 Give up being perfect
1522 Grow wildflowers
1509 Hire a private detective
1508 Join the Peace Corps
1529 Lay it on the line for the sake of principle
1511 Needlepoint your favorite proverb
1504 Negotiate a better deal
1505 Network
1507 Nurse someone back to health
1512 Pump iron
1530 Read bedtime stories
1516 Read the fine print
1526 Restore your grandparents’ wedding photo
1513 Rethink first impressions
1514 Set up a scholarship
1510 Share the profits
1515 Shingle a roof
1520 Spot one of America’s Most Wanted
1517 Supplement your income
1525 Understand the sound of one hand clapping
1521 Win on “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

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: September 2015

1145 Act out the seventy-six trombone scene from The Music Man
1159 Ask for the biggest, fattest Swiss Army knife
1151 Build close ties to your grandchildren
1146 Carve a smiling Jack-O-Lantern
1170 Claim you were a Deadhead
1169 Claim you were at Woodstock
1162 Forecast the future
1142 Get blood from a stone and a silk purse from a sow’s ear
1150 Get someone to teach you how to play the bagpipes
1168 Get your start at CBGB’s
1160 Go down in a submarine
1154 Have another cookie
1165 Hire a stylist
1155 Impersonate Elvis, Jerry Lewis, Ethel Merman, or Maurice Chevalier
1152 Love a teddy bear
1158 Mix the perfect cocktail
1167 Own a bar; drink for free
1143 Own a ferret
1144 Own a John Philip Sousa CD
1161 Play in Madison Square Garden
1164 Press the mute button
1148 Purchase at least one outlandish tie
1157 Rage, rage against the dying of the light
1166 See and report a UFO
1141 See the Black Hills
1153 Tell your children all about your life
1149 Warm the heart with music from a harp or lute
1147 Wear a Green Bay Packer cheese head or a green foam Statue of Liberty crown
1163 Wear the pants
1156 Wonder

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: September 2014

804 *69 someone
783 Attend an outdoor bluegrass festival
807 Climb the cone of a volcano
808 Cut the cord and, if necessary, the apron strings
792 Date a supermodel
782 Eat dessert first
797 Finish a game of Risk
802 Get a facial
795 Get paid what you are worth and vice versa
809 Get to know your neighbors
799 Grow a handlebar mustache or mutton chops
787 Have a booth at a fea market
785 Have a closet lined in cedar
789 Have a fireplace or a wood stove
810 Have a vegetable garden
793 Improve something in the world besides yourself
786 Improve your doodles
788 Install a skylight over your bed
806 Join a volunteer fire department
790 Join the polar bear club
784 Learn to play a fiddle or ukulele
805 Live in a yurt or a tepee for a while
781 Overdo a good thing
803 Risk saying no more often
796 Send dozens of postcards for no particular reason
800 Stop at a cathedral at night when it’s empty
794 Take a natural vacation at a nudist colony
801 talk with your mouth full
791 Till a field
798 Write a long, interesting letter to faraway friends

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: September 2013

445 Be a clown at a children’s party
447 Be in a Calvin Klein or Snapple ad
437 Catch a butterfly, then let it go
444 Deejay
448 Get your name mentioned on national television
440 Have a séance
432 Have a tea party
434 Hit a home run
443 Learn how to give a great back rub
441 Learn how to say “I love you” in ten different languages
442 Learn to sing “happy birthday” in three languages
439 Levitate someone
435 Make paper snowflakes
421 Nurse a sick bird back to health
450 Play dress-up
430 Play Hamlet
449 Play stickball
438 Protest something
436 Put glow-in-the-dark stars and asteroids in your room
427 Read between the lines
425 Read the Bible
426 Read the Koran
427 Read the Mayan Popol Vuh
446 Run through a fire hydrant or a sprinkler with your clothes on
431 See a ghost
422 See Shiprock at sunrise
424 Sink a hole-in-one
429 Sleep on satin sheets
423 Watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on a big-screen tv
433 Witness a revolution

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: September 2012

71 Approach a stranger and ask him/her out
87 Be a docent in a museum
83 Become familiar with duende
72 Clean out your closet and give your throwaway clothes and shoes to the poor
62 Communicate without words
61 Decoupage a table
70 Do an open-mike night
73 Donate books
63 Eat alligator
90 Find a long, straight road and see how fast you can go
84 Find the perfect Peking duck
89 Fossil hunt
80 Give a taxi driver some advice
74 Interview your friends on video camera
75 Interview yourself on video camera
82 Leave some cookies in your mailbox for the mailman
78 Listen to Mozart’s Requiem without interruption
69 Play hide and seek with your partner
79 Read Atlas Shrugged
77 Read to children
88 Ski Tuckerman’s Ravine
68 Spend a day at a nursing home
64 Spend one month completely alone
66 Spend one month with a television
65 Spend one month without a car
67 Spend one month without a radio
76 Take a natural mud bath
86 Take an acting class
85 Wake up next to Brad Pitt or Jennifer Aniston
81 Write your high school teacher a thank-you note

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.