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.

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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.

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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!

99 things – #11 through #15

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. Bungee jumped – Oh, good Lord, no. Enough said.

12. Visited Paris – Yes, indeed. Very briefly in 1991, a bit more in 1993, once again in 1997, and most recently last summer (2012). This past visit was wonderful. We visited our friend Delphine, toured the city on bikes, stayed in a sweet little studio apartment, visited a flea market… We were there for nine days, and I felt that I could have stayed the whole summer. One of our favorite things was a Tim Burton Exhibition at the Cinémathèque française. It had just had a successful run at the MOMA in New York City and was absolutely fantastic. My favorite things were his childhood sketches and art school sketchbooks. Very crazy… very cool.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

13. Watched a thunder and lightning storm – Oooh, yes.  We were visiting our friends in Ashland a few years ago when this incredible summer storm started up. We all poured out into their backyard to watch. I think one of the kids actually filmed it – it was amazing.

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch – Is this a specific art? I’m confused. I mean, I taught myself drawing, but that’s nothing to brag about, because I draw badly. So I’m gonna have to say no… but thanks. (Bonus points for naming that Friends episode!)

15. Adopted a child – *sigh* No, I have not. I would love to. It’s like a physical ache, this desire to have another child. At this stage of my life, at least, it’s not going to happen. I’ll have to wait to enjoy my grandchildren.

Score: 9 out of 15. I’m slowing down after a promising start!

99 things – #6 through #10

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. Given more than you can afford to charity – I’m sorry to say I haven’t done this yet… and at the same time, I’m certainly blessed that I have been able to afford to give what I have given and not had it hurt. I’m wary of the practice of going into debt to help others.

7. Been to Disneyland – Hey, I’m Orange County born and raised! Of course I have been to Disneyland. I have marched in parades in Disneyland (with the band!); I have learned about every fact-or-fiction Disneyland fatality; I have been behind the scenes, too. When I was 16, I went to Disneyland for the day with my cousin Catherine. We were messing around on Tom Sawyer’s Island, chasing and trying to hide from each other. I made a split-second (stupid) decision to run INTO the EXIT of Injun Joe’s Cave. I was running through, neatly dodging all the people coming the other way, when I heard Catherine coming after me. I ducked into a little side-cavern on my left… except that I didn’t make it into the cavern. Instead, I slammed face-first into a low-hanging rock that I couldn’t see. (It wasn’t lit because nobody was supposed to be approaching it from that side.) I knocked myself down (and possibly out), got up eventually and stumbled outside. I had split my head open right across my eyebrow, and I was bleeding pretty badly. We had to suffer the indignity of crossing to the “mainland” on the Huck Finn Keel Boats (which we derided as only for the infirm; anyone cool took Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes), and then I was escorted by a Cast Member back behind the scenes, where I was golf-carted to First Aid. They patched me up until my mom could take me to the doctor for stitches. In the meantime, of course, we went back into the park. Can’t let a day at Disneyland go to waste…

8. Climbed a mountain – I have felt like I was climbing mountains many, many times, but I can’t say that I have. Of course, as I am a Californian-turned-Oregonian, the term “mountain” is a pretty lofty one. I may have climbed an East Coast-sized mountain. Hard to say.

9. Held a praying mantis – Nope. I’ve never even seen one.

10. Sang a solo – For argument’s sake, I am not going to count karaoke or SingStar or singing in my car. But I definitely did sing a solo on stage in front of an audience once! It was in Ireland in 1988. My friend Deb and I were working as counselors at a St. Vincent dePaul camp for girls from inner-city Dublin. As part of the week, each counselor and her girls had to put on a skit. Ours was a take-off of Cinderella, and the girls nominated me (the exotic American) to be Cinderella. The girls wrote the whole play, which started with my solo: Tiffany’s version of “I Think We’re Alone Now.” Yep. I can still sing it. “Children behaaaave…”

Score: 7 out of 10. Stay tuned for more…