99 things – #16 through #20

I found a list of 99 things, and I will be bolding the ones I’ve done and explaining a bit about each. Because I have a tendency to yammer on, I am doing 5 of the 99 at a time. (Again, if anyone reading was involved in any of these, feel free to add facts or correct my memory… and I’ll keep looking for photos.)

#1 through#5 are here.

#6 through #10 are here.

#11 through #15 are here.

16. Had food poisoning – Again, my inner nitpick wants to know how anyone ever really knows if they have food poisoning or if they are vomiting for some other reason, unless they are one of a group of people who all got sick after eating the same thing. That’s never happened to me, so… no.

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty – I am totally claiming this one, because I would have happily walked to the top of the torch if they had let me. When we visited NYC in 2005, they only let people go as high as the observation deck on the pedestal (I think because of 9/11, actually.) I was very, very sad about that. You could look up and see the stairs and some of the framework of the statue, but of course it was not the same.

The view of Lori from the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Your results of this view may vary.

18. Grown your own vegetables – I have grown someone else’s vegetables! My grandparents lived in San Francisco when I was growing up, and my grandpa used to “farm” a vacant lot at the end of their street. (It was far too big a production to call it gardening.) Every summer, I would stay with them for weeks, and my grandpa and I would walk down the cul-de-sac to work in the garden. We’d have “races” to see whose seeds would sprout first; I always won. I loved working in his garden, so it’s a wonder that I have never planted a garden of my own. But I have plans for a container garden on my deck this summer!

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France – This question is interesting. Has the Mona Lisa traveled to other places? Because I have only ever seen it in France, when we finally made it to the Louvre this past summer.

This is what it feels like to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. It’s like trying to get an autograph at a film premiere, I imagine.

20. Slept on an overnight train – Far too many times for comfort! I wish I could say that I have slept in a plush traveling car with real beds, but no… I have slept crowded together like sardines in a compartment, awakened regularly by people checking to see if the compartment is full, conductors coming to check tickets, loud (drunk) people getting on and off along the way. We managed to avoid overnight trains this past trip, but we did sleep on two overnight buses. Pretty much the same thing, but sitting upright in an airplane-style seat. (Not a mode of travel I recommend!)

Score so far: 12 out of 20!

2 thoughts on “99 things – #16 through #20

  1. I have a picture of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre also and it looks just like yours. Tons of people with a small picture at the far end of the room. I wasnt able to get close to it either.

    I have also slept overnight on a train. From Paris to Munich. I felll righ to sleep and woke when we had gotten close. I slept great. Tim said I snored and annoyed everyone else in our room or sardine can. I have also been to the Statue of Liberty. She was also closed in 2004. So, I skipped that island and went on to Ellis Island. Amazing.


    1. I LOVED Ellis Island. I could have stayed there for days reading every tiny caption under every photo.

      I enjoyed the Louvre, but I couldn’t see why there wasn’t a more refined way to look at the Mona Lisa. It was just a free-for-all!


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