99 things – #26 through #30

NaBloPoMo Day 2

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. Gone skinny dipping – Nope. Once upon a time, I went on a weekend campout with my after-college boyfriend, his housemates, and all their girlfriends. At one point, all the women decided to go skinny dipping in the lake – all except me. I simply could not bring myself to do it. Looking back, I’ve always figured that if I didn’t skinny dip then, when I was 23 and weighed 118 lbs, I probably never would!

27. Run a marathon – Ha! I mean, no… No, I haven’t. Yet. (I haven’t run a mile yet, let alone 26.2 of ’em.)

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice – Oh, yes. I’ve only ridden a gondola once, though I have been to Venice a number of times, This is the kind of expensive thing that we will only splurge on a single time, so I have ridden the much-cheaper water taxi far more often. (I have to track down a picture for you. Of course, it will have been before the advent of digital photography, so I will have to find a photo and scan it, which means it will be some time before I get one up here.)

29. Seen a total eclipse – What?! I was told you can’t look at a total eclipse or you’ll go blind. That was back in sixth grade, I think, when there was going to be a total eclipse and we were making some kind of paper-cup contraption that would help you look at it (more) safely. I was too freaked out to even try. I have, however, seen the Total Eclipse of the Heart literal video, which I consider second only to Take On Me in the literal video genre.

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset – I’ve watched many a sunset, happily… and the occasional sunrise, far less happily. I am definitely a night owl, and waking up before the sun comes up is never a pleasure for me, no matter how early I have gone to bed the night before.

Score so far: 16 out of 30. I need to pull this up!

Please note – this is technically going up on the 3rd, not the 2nd, because I manually posted it past midnight. This was because we had friends over – hooray! – so that’s okay… and I haven’t gone to bed yet, which means it is technically still today, right? I’ll still be posting my official post of the 3rd for NaBloPoMo purposes, don’t worry! 

Spending my $1,000,000

Hello, and welcome to November! I’m Lori, and I’ll be your tour guide through a post a day. I have decided to do NaBloPoMo (or National Blog Posting Month), a spinoff of the better-known NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which I hope to do someday as well.

I’ve decided to follow the NaBloPoMo writing prompts given on BlogHer; they post them all in advance, which is really helpful for me since my writing energy goes in spurts. This way, I can plan ahead and make the most of my time.

NaBloPoMo November 2013

NaBloPoMo Day 1:
If you found one million dollars in the morning and had to spend it by nightfall, what would you do with the money?

Well, by “found,” I hope they mean “found in my bank account,” so that I don’t have to spend the whole day trying to figure out to whom I need to return the money. But if we have established that the money is mine to spend, then here we go!

Of course, the first thing to consider is where I want to make an impact. Do I use the money for my little family of three? My slightly-larger extended family (parents and siblings)? My community? The world at large? Hmm… let’s think of how I’d spend it on each.

  • If I had to spend the money on my little family of three, I’d buy a piece of land in a cool, walkable area of Portland and hire a builder – I guess I’d have to pay the builder up front since I have to spend the money by nightfall – to build a one-level house for us to my exact specifications. (MS makes me worry about my future mobility in a three-level house.) It would have high ceilings for David, a flat yard for gardening (and a party deck), lots of parking space, and a soundproof studio where Q could bang on the drums all day. (Musical reference definitely intended.) Then I’d pay a landscaper (I’d have sprinklers!) and buy some furniture (I’d have a sectional for TV-watching fun!). I’d look at my balance at that point and start spending on vacation fun. I’d put all my well-honed European traveler skills to work and book apartments, rental cars, and airfare. I get excited just thinking about it. (I’d like to fly friends over from Europe, but if that wasn’t allowed, we’d just have to fly over to see them.)
  • If I had to spend the money on my parents and siblings, I’d give $100,000 to each of the adults with one stipulation: the money would have to be used on something that would reduce their stress, whether that was a second car, a safety net in the bank, some assistance with home or yard or bills. My niece and nephews would each get $100,000 for college tuition or room and board.
  • If I had to spend the money on my community, it gets trickier! There are so many people in need, so much that one could do, that a million dollars seems like a drop in the bucket.  I think I would use it to open a school. That way David and I could both work doing something we loved in an environment that supported our ideas about what is best in education. (That would be a month of posts in and of itself, so I won’t go into detail at this point!)
  • If I had to spend the money on the world at large, it gets more difficult still. The sheer number of people who don’t have the bare necessities of life puts my fancy house-building ideas to shame. I think I would give the money to a charity that provides shelter to those who are living in sub-standard housing (a definition that varies depending on the location and culture). Habitat for Humanity does amazing work around the world, for instance. Perhaps I would give it to them.

I see a bit of a theme here: HOME. I think that shelter is stressful for many people, whether it’s figuring out how to navigate one’s surroundings with a disability, how to make a monthly house payment in a tough economy, or even where to lay one’s head down for the night. I’d love to have the chance to relieve any of those issues with my million dollars. What would you do?

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