99 things – #56 through #60

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.)

56. Visited the Great Wall of China.  没有  According to Google Translate, that means NO. I have never actually traveled in Asia.

57. Started a business. Heck, yeah. I am a serial direct-sales business starterperson. None of these businesses have ever come to anything, though. (Of course, the only time I really put out a ton of effort on a home-based business was during the first few years I was a Creative Memories Consultant back in the early 2000s, and even then I was in the Consultant Protection Program. That kind of put a damper on the making of all the money.)

58. Taken a martial arts class. Not unless I get credit for watching Ross do ka-ra-tay on Friends.  No? I thought not.

59. Visited Russia. Nyet. Someday I will, though! David and I have seriously considered it a couple of times.

55. Served at a soup kitchen. Not technically a soup kitchen, no, but I’m going to count volunteering at Potluck in the Park. Potluck in the Park serves hundreds of free hot meals every Sunday at O’Bryant Square in downtown Portland, rain or shine! We went as a Girl Scout troop a couple of years back; I’d recommend the experience to anyone who wants to volunteer in the community, whether as a group, a family, or an individual. (I helped serve food for a while, but I spent the bulk of my time washing out coolers like the one you see behind the truck in the picture.)

Potluck in the Park

Score: Two out of five, 27 out of 60 in all. Still holding on to 45%!

    • #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 through #50 are here.
    • #51 through #55 are here.


Special delivery!

It’s 11 pm, and I just got in from making deliveries. David and I have been sorting and cleaning and purging like crazy this weekend, and I had stacks of stuff to return to people. A few text messages to make sure folks were still awake, and I have now dropped off everything I could find that did not belong in the house. Hooray!

My friend Nancy surprised me with an early birthday gift when I dropped by her house: a mug emblazoned with “Stop me before I volunteer again!” She covered the woman’s face with a picture of my face. It was hilarious (and soooo appropriate).

I haven’t volunteered for very many new activities this fall. I did the layout and proofreading for the school directory and I’ve joined the church folk choir. I still have some old volunteer gigs ongoing (Girl Scouts, lector/eucharistic minister at church). That’s not too many (most of the time).

How about you? Are you overextended with volunteer activities? Do you have a Lost and Found basket and shelf near the front door like we do?

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! for my fabulous friends. I feel truly blessed to have these wonderful women in my life.
  • I’m lighter! We swept the deck, winterized the grill, stored deck furniture in the giant hole under the house, cleaned out the linen closet, cleaned out the cupboard in the kitchen island/cart, cleaned out under the couches in the basement, watched David vacuum, took a nap, played games with the extended family and made those deliveries. Whew!