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 through #20 are here.
- #21 through #25 are here.
- #26 through #30 are here.
- #31 through #35 are here.
- #36 through #40 are here.
- #41 through #45 are here.
46. Been transported in an ambulance – This is one I am very glad I can say NO to. Even when Quinland fell off the bunk bed and had to be transported to the emergency room, we jumped right into the Paino-van and Jim and Cindy raced us to the hospital themselves. I’ll never forget little six-year-old Q – her arm was dangling, useless (and, we later found, pulse-less), and all she was worried about was that we were making her ride without a car seat or even a seatbelt. Years of training, apparently disregarded at a moment’s notice – that was the shock to her system.
47. Had your portrait painted – Officially, no. However, my very favorite portrait of myself has a place of honor at my office. Four-year-old Quinland drew a picture of the two of us (I’m on the right), then sat staring at it for a long time, repeatedly glancing between the crayon drawing and me. Finally she said, “I never realized before how much you look like Dad.”
Suffice it to say, David and I look nothing alike in real life.
48. Gone deep sea fishing – I can assure you that this will never happen. Once, before we were married, David and I went to Catalina Island and rented a little boat and some snorkling equipment. He graciously let me jump in first while he stayed with the boat. Fish immediately began swimming all around me. Fish. FISH! Aaaaaaaugh! Apparently I am deathly (and unreasonably) afraid of fish and never knew it until that moment. I clawed my way back into the boat, screaming at David that I was surrounded by fish. He said, “I know. That’s why we spent all this money.” I refused to get back in the water and he happily snorkled by himself all afternoon. (I still get nervous at aquariums. All those pounds of water pressing up against glass? A disaster in the making, if you ask me.)
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person – Not yet – I’ve never been to Rome – but I will.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris – I have been to the bottom of the Eiffel Tower, more than once. However, the first time we went to Paris, we were too cheap to pay to go up. And since then? Well, I am married to and mother of two people who are seriously afraid of heights, so I have stayed safely on the ground with them. I mean, who am I to talk? I am afraid of fish.
Score: A big zero on this one, 21 out of 50 in all. Back down to 42%.