Thursday, December 18, 2008

99 Things Meme - longest post ever!

No, no, back to me... One of my mother's favorite sayings and I am using it today. My sore throat has now traveled up through my ears and is settled behind my eyes and no amount of hot liquid, Neti potting, Zinc lozenges or positive thinking is making it tolerable so I am now going to just think about me for a little while.
On a bright note, I've been saved by a brush! That's a good thing right? My sink had started to stop up and I mentioned it to my landlord. He sent the handy guy over this morning and he started the whole snake thingy. As he started, he thought there was a pen stuck in the drain and I assured him I didn't do much writing at the sink but ya never know. It then occurred to me that it might be a brush (I mean, don't you have brushes anywhere in your house that you have water? You don't? oh...) and I casually mentioned it to him and sure enough, that's what it was. But because of the brush, he was checking under the sink and discovered that the pipe coming into the house was in pretty bad shape and would have rusted completely out soon, there by flooding my kitchen in the freezing winter! Bonus! He changed it out and finished snakey thing procedures and thanked me for starting his day off with a laugh. Yeah for art supplies. They can save more than one way
And now, I have never done this before but I snagged this from the woman I snapped up the Activity Scene postings from and here is more about me than you ever wanted to know!

99 things meme

Things you've already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things haven't done and don't want to: leave in plain font

1. Started your own blog -after much badgering, a year ago in October
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band - nobody wants that, nobody, I am rhythmically impaired
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower - and I want to experience the Northern Lights
6. Given more than you can afford to a charity- I am a pretty soft touch
7. Been to Disneyland/world - but it was when I was 12 and I am pretty sure all of the rides were coal powered and they lit the fireworks with individual was back in the dark ages!
8. Climbed a mountain-not because I wanted to but gave into peer pressure, just that once
9. Held a praying mantis - and pretty much any other bug that appealed to me and usually brought them home with me and claimed them as pets
10. Sang a solo - Happy Birthday in a restaurant counts, right?
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris - 4 years ago and it is always on my mind and in my soul
13. Watched a lightening storm at sea - I might have 10 years ago but not now, now I am one of the ones cowering in the corner during storms and checking on those I love who are out in them, not my finest hours and then there is that water factor
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch - does scratch mean no written instructions? My son used to tell people that I cooked from "scraps" and couldn't figure out why they didn't want to come for dinner
15. Adopted a child - yep, 2 of 'em and went to a hospital 23 years ago and said, "I'll take that one (Donnie), found out he had an older brother (Dave) and so got a bonus
16. Had food poisoning - over and over again
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty - what they don't have elevators?
18. Grown your own vegetables - over and over again, love the feel of dirt under my finger nails, my daddy was the tomato man...
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France - was the only place I could have seen her! And was so surprised at how small she was and how long the line was! Like other things in the Louvre better
20. Slept on an overnight train - New Orleans to Houston, Albuquerque to San Diego
21. Had a pillow fight - do you think there is anyone who really truly hasn't had one?
22. Hitch hiked - over and over again and even picked up hitch hikers until my mother made me promise I would quit
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill - over and over again, but not once I got mental health days at work
24. Built a snow fort - over and over again, even started one day before yesterday with the boys
25. Held a lamb - and helped with the shearing days (dips and shots, no shearing) in my spinning days
26. Gone skinny dipping - and got caught!
27. Run a marathon - are you kidding me? I don't even watch that kind of torment but good for ya to those who have that kind of endurance!!
28. Ridden a gondola in Venice - have seen them at the Venetian in Las Vegas, didn't even want to ride on one of them there - ah water, hello

Are you still here? 99 is a lot of things to know about me!! I'm not really this interesting...

29. Seen a total eclipse - remember those milk carton viewer thingys we made in elementary school so we could watch and not go blind?
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset - one of my favorite times a day and one that I accidentally am part of some days
31. Hit a home run - one time and only once... when I was in my twentys I played on a work soft ball team, until I broke my hand when a ball hit the bat... where I was holding it
32. Been on a cruise - no thanks, too much water for me
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person - see above, are ya noticing a trend here?
34. Visited the birth place of your ancestors - England, France, North Carolina
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language - but I spoke what my mother called "leau-nese" when I was a child
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied. Huh? If I am satisfied, why would I keep trying?
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person - I really don't feel the need to visit Italy, is that weird?
39. Gone rock climbing - real or fake? I don't trust the little ropes to keep me from plummeting to my death
40. Seen Michelangelo's David in person
41. Sung Karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant - but my sweet son does it all the time
44.Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported by ambulance- was in one with Donnie, but never for myself
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing- attempted it only once, never again, in the Gulf on Mexico with my dad so not really very deep, but too deep for me see answers 32 and 33
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris - isn't that the only place it is? And yes, for one glorious day, until they pried my cold stiff hands off the railing and told me it was the last lift down for the day! That's where the picture is, just at dusk, as the bridges were being lit, Magical!
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling - ah hello, have you been paying attention? Never, ever, ever do I put my head under water, never, ever
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud - maybe that should say "plays" in the mud to be really accurate
54. Gone to a drive in theater - over and over again
55. Been in a movie - drive in is as close as I want to be, unless Johnny Depp asked me, personal like, to do a scene
56. Visited the Great Wall of China - again not some place I have any great desire to see
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class - I figure I can talk my way out of most situations, they will leave to shut me up
59. Visited Russia- but only with Omar Shariff or not in winter
60. Served in a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies - but I have purchased more than my fair share!
62. Gone whale watching - I would love to do this even more if water wasn't involved
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood - but I have had plenty of blood draws
65. Gone sky diving - better with air than water

Are you still here? Whew! Almost done...

66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp
67. Bounced a check - when I worked at the bank no less!
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial - did you know that his hand are formed in the signs for A and L? It has something to do with Galludet Univ in DC but I can't remember what.
71. Eaten cavier - sorry it looks like fish eggs (bait) to me
72. Pieced a quilt - but I am willing to buy one if you do
73. Stood in Times Square - but not on New Year's Eve, just on a regular day
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job - and to add insult to injury, it was an A&W Root Beer stand in a tourist town! How lame do you have to be?
76. Seen the changing of the Guard in London - didn't make it when I was there but definately want to see those boys
77. Broken a bone - over and over again
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person - I know, I know only one state away, some day. I did go through the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest at night, so I am hoping for a day time visit to the Canyon
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem - I would love to see Israel
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible- hey, I was held hostage by the Baptists for 20 years
86. Visited the White House - well maybe now I might want to, haven't had any desire for the last 8 years!
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating - I'm scared to touch most raw meat and fish need to come to me ready to be put into the pan
88. Had chickenpox - even survived my kids having them without getting them! Wonder Woman!!
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury - of a murder trial! as the foreperson!! never again!!!
91. Met someone famous - Leon Russel! How cool is that? And talked on the phone to one, does that count?

Look! we are in the 90s! It's almost over!

92. Joined a book club - not even (especially not) Oprah's
93. Lost a loved one- over and over again
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person - hey I went to college in TX, it was practially a required field trip
96. Swum in the Great Salt Lake - is swum a word? I have been there and stood on the shore but by now you know how I feel about water that is over my head
97. Been involved in a law suit - knocking on wood here
98. Owned a cell phone - is it owning when someone else pays for it?

And YEAH!! this is the last one!!
the 99th thing about me...
Been stung by a bee - when the poor unfortunate thing flew between my hands when I was clapping a pep rally... in Jr High - what did we have to be peppy about I wonder?

Thanks for hanging in there and learning all these most interesting things about me. It's been an adventure to think about nothing but myself for this long. Don't think I'll have to do that again any time soon.


Suse said...

We all want to know who you spoke to on the phone.

Paula Scott said...

Whew! That's a lot of stuff! At least now I have a 'reference' to go back to when my memory fails me! Except I forgot who it was that you spoke to on the phone and I know you told me. But, it was cool!
Cooking from scraps had me giggling pretty bad.

Chris said...

all i did was scroll down to see how many pages to tell the printer to print, and I'm exhausted!


okay, printing, now. then, reading. every word!

Stephanie said...

wow....I don't believe I could come up with even 10 things...

Christina said...

# 15 is sheer love. You know that one, always gets me right in the heart.
That's just beautiful. I remember the post that brought me over here on blog poverty day. You had me wiping away the tears. what a beautiful family. ; )

paris parfait said...

Oh Leau, this is fascinating - and with your sense of humour, very readable. xoxox