Things I’ve Done

I stole this from the very famous and very amazing Rachel

Since I am wordpress-challenged, I will just put a star at the end of all of the things I have done on this list. Anything embarrassing must be kept in confidence. I would hate for my kids to find out…

1. Started your own blog* (yeah, like you couldn’t have guessed)
2. Slept under the stars (my husband says that we do that every night, but no, not without a roof)
3. Played in a band (it would not have been pretty)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower* (unfortunately, most of the meteors slated to fall that night were on strike– this was in Israel, if you hadn’t guessed)
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world* (yes, both… to Disneyland with 9,000 mental health professionals- one of whom tried to use the belt of my raincoat to fasten himself to a sofa and another who barked on the roller coaster… but I digress)
8. Climbed a mountain* (Ham Rong Mountain in northern Vietnam, most recently, which has an orchid garden and the most magnificent views)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang/played a solo* (again, not pretty)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris*
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch* (I was into learning every different art or craft there was so yes, weaving, photography, crocheting, drawing with pastels, crewel embroidery, fine embroidery… unfortunately, I have the patience and will to follow through, but no talent at any of it)
15. Adopted a child (almost adopted two!)
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty* (on our honeymoon)
18. Grown your own vegetables* (not so successfully– paid more for the six beefsteak tomato plants than I could have gotten for selling the few cherry tomatoes they produced)
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France* (both before and after she was encased in glass… she looked better before)
20. Slept on an overnight train* (most recently from Lao Cai to Hanoi)
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill* (only once– the day after my irrational boss had a huge meltdown on me and then I came home to find that my daughter from Israel had mysteriously appeared at my house in NY and was only going to be with us for 3 more days before she had to fly back)
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping* (’nuff said. OK, well, there’s a story about that too, but I’m not telling it now)
27. Run a Marathon (only vicariously when my son ran one last January (Hooray for Ben!!!!)
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice* (music and all!)
29. Seen a total eclipse*
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset* (most recently at Angkor Wat and then at Pre Rup)
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise (not a long one, but a dinner cruise)* (long ones)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person*
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (I’m in the homeland… just depends on how far back you mean)
35. Seen an Amish community*
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied*
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person* (Laughed for the first 10 minutes!)
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David*
41. Sung karaoke (the world is a better place for my not having done that)
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight*
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted* (not painted… it’s a sketch in pastels and it never really looked like me, but it hangs on the wall opposite my bed because my husband likes it)
48. Gone deep sea fishing (not really but did go and watch them catch fresh fish on Halong Bay that we cooked and used for lunch an hour or so later)
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person*
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (took lots of pictures from afar, but no, didn”t spring for it)
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater* (ask me sometime about the “Family Drive-In at Fort Campbell, Kentucky)
55. Been in a movie* (in “Tank” with James Garner… you can actually see me)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China* (a few times– each time more exciting!)
57. Started a business* (“Stop & Shrink”… my family therapy practice- and no, that isn’t what I called it)
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia* (Moscow and St. Petersburg)
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason* (Got them for myself. My husband apparently is waiting for me to have another baby since that is when he buys them for me.)
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma* (It kind of gives me a high)
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp*
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (toy? did they have toys back then?)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial*
71. Eaten Caviar* (didn’t like it)
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square*
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London* (yes, to the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein!)
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book* (my dissertation- and a chapter in another book)
81. Visited the Vatican*
82. Bought a brand new car* (twice, but the love of my life was my ’66 Mustang)
83. Walked in Jerusalem* (many times, but never get over the thrill)
84. Had your picture in the newspaper* (once mislabeled as someone else which led to some gossip and once “cooking” for Passover with a bunch of empty pots on the stove… a few more times, but not ever for something really noteworthy. It’s easy to be famous when you live some of the places we’ve lived)
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House* (Spoke with Ladybird Johnson– what a classy lady!)
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox*
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous*
92. Joined a book club*
93. Lost a loved one*
94. Made a baby* (actually, made 5 adults)
95. Seen the Alamo in person*
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (swam in the Dead Sea which SO outclasses the Great Salt Lake)
97. Been involved in a law suit*
98. Owned a cell phone*
99. Been stung by a bee* (I once stepped on a hornet’s nest)

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