Well, you know me. I can’t possibly give you a meme without annotations, can I? I got this one from Eva.
Directions: bold those things you’ve done.
1. Started my own blog (My guess is that there is some clever joke behind this one to which I am not privy. I mean, memes are the domain of blogs, right? Who, posting a meme on a blog, would not have started his or her own blog? Or maybe I’m missing something: are there bloggers out there whose mothers or dogs or something started their blogs for them?)
2. Slept under the stars (I am refraining from saying, “I sleep under the stars every single night. For those of you who are curious, I’ve also done so without any sort of roof over my head. The first time was in
3. Played in a band (I’m assuming air guitar/drums with an imaginary band doesn’t count, right?)
5. Watched a meteor shower (Unplanned. I was babysitting one night when I was a teenager, and as I was walking out to my car, all of a sudden, I saw tons of “falling stars.”)
6. Given more than I can afford to charity (I don’t give more than I can afford to anything.)
7. Been to Disneyland/world (Disney World, back before I knew how badly Disney had raped and ruined
8. Climbed a mountain (Does this one mean with pickaxes and ropes and things? If so, then I guess I can’t really claim that I have. However, I once climbed Mt. St. Helen’s, which was very intense, and involved lots of scrambling over boulders, and I’ve done similar sorts of climbing in Acadia National Park in Maine – not always by choice.)
9. Held a praying mantis (This really is random. Why a praying mantis? Is there something special about holding a praying mantis? If so, I must be special, because I hold one every chance I get – along with all kinds of other insects. I would be more impressed if this one were something like, “held a scorpion.” Now that, I haven’t done, nor would I ever, but I met people in
10. Sung a solo (To the huge relief of anyone who might have to hear such a racket.)
11. Bungee jumped (Intriguing idea best left to the imagination for those who are as clumsy and forgetful as I.)
12. Visited Paris (Twice, both times when I was too young to remember much other than the sorts of things children remember, like we couldn’t find a post office to mail post cards, and my mother made me wear shoes that were uncomfortable.)
13. Watched lightening at sea (Presumably from some sort of boat? I mean, I’ve watched “lightening at sea” many times from land.)
14. Taught myself an art from scratch (I agree with Eva that cooking is an art. I’m also sort of teaching myself to knit, but I’ve had lots of help from others.)
15. Adopted a child (Haven’t, but if I had an overwhelming urge to raise children, this would be my choice over giving birth, because: a. I have never had the least desire to be pregnant or to give birth b. the world is overcrowded enough with humans, and one from me wouldn’t add anything significant c. there are way too many unwanted children in this world.)
16. Had food poisoning (Never diagnosed, but I’ve been told that most “24-hour-bugs” are really food poisoning, and I’ve had plenty of those in my lifetime.)
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (I’ve been to the top – at least, as far as one is now allowed to go -- but I can’t remember if we walked or if we took an elevator.)
18. Grown my own vegetables (From this experience, I learned that I much prefer to let someone else grow them, sell them to me nice and fresh, right off the farm, and then cook them.)
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in
20. Slept on an overnight train (From New York to Chicago, and then from Chicago to Santa Fe. The most fun way to travel ever.)
21. Had a pillow fight (But not the kind men fantasize about.)
22. Hitchhiked (We used to do that in
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (Is there anyone in the world who can’t say they’ve done this?)
24. Built a snow fort (When I was young enough to be doing such things, I was too busy building snow men and making snow angels, and now I’m old and live where there isn’t enough snow.)
25. Held a lamb (And watched one being born.)
26. Gone skinny dipping (Oh yes, the best way to swim, especially under a full moon.)
27. Run a
28. Ridden in a gondola in
29. Seen a total eclipse (Doesn’t specify, but I’ve seen both solar and lunar. I prefer the lunar ones, because you can actually watch them, and I love the moon.)
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (This question is for ETs from weird planets that don’t have suns, right?)
31. Hit a home run (Barely even held a bat, let alone hit one of those.)
32. Been on a cruise (Horrible, horrible, horrible environmentally. All that beautiful coral killed by human desire to take fake villages out to sea. It’s a travesty.)
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors (And lived there, too.)
35. Seen an Amish community (How about lived surrounded by them? Although, there isn’t really such a thing as “an Amish community,” as they just live all around us here. The community is mixed “English” and Amish).
36. Taught myself a new language (Does “stupid business lingo” count?)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (But it really doesn’t take that much to “truly satisfy” me materially. Just put me in a warm house, with good food, and lots and lots of books and CDs, and something that plays CDs.)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person (Yet another one that goes in the “one day” category.)
39. Gone rock climbing (My fear of falling keeps me from such endeavors.)
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David (And another…Sigh! So, so many places to see one day.)
41. Sung karaoke (I wrote a post about that here.)
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant (I bet there aren’t many people out there bolding this one.)
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight (Again, one for those ETs? Or maybe it’s one for someone from
46. Been transported in an ambulance (When I was a kid, I always wanted to ride in one. When I actually did so, after breaking my wrist at an ice skating rink, I realized it would only be fun if you could sit up front and not be in so much pain.)
47. Had my portrait painted (Not something I’m real keen to do, given that I’m not real fond of most photos taken of me.)
48. Gone deep sea fishing (I don’t fish.)
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person (Bob has. Does doing so vicariously count?)
50. Been to the top of the
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (Just a note to those who come up with these odd memes and may not be aware: you can snorkel without scuba diving, but if you’ve ever scuba dived, you’ve snorkeled.)
52. Kissed in the rain (I prefer the snow, which was Bob’s and my first kiss, at the beach in the snow, nonetheless. After walking on the beach by moonlight, come to think of it.)
53. Played in the mud (I miss doing that.)
54. Gone to a drive-in theater (That would be pretty hard to do these days.)
55. Been in a movie (I’m assuming home movies don’t count?)
56. Visited the
57. Started a business (But I dream about doing so all the time.)
58. Taken a martial arts class (See bungee jumping.)
60. Served at a soup kitchen (Pretty hard to be a minister’s wife and not do that at some point.)
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (Only once. I hated Girl Scouts – what was it with all those stupid things we had to do to earn badges? I never wanted to do any of them, just wanted to go camping -- and dropped out after I got to go camping.)
62. Gone whale watching (And been fortunate enough to see lots of whales 2 of the 3 times. The second time, all I saw were dolphins.)
63. Got flowers for no reason (Much better, always, than getting them for special occasions.)
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (I used to donate blood all the time, but the last time I did so, I was made so uncomfortable by all the billions of questions asked, that I haven’t been back. Why can’t they just test the blood for diseases and get on with it?)
65. Gone sky diving (Ongoing discussion in our house. Will Bob ever manage to get me to go?)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp (Now there’s one that is NOT on the “one day” list.)
67. Bounced a check (It was Bob’s fault, of course. Although, they don’t really bounce these days, do they? We have overdraft protection on our accounts.)
68. Flown in a helicopter (Now that’s something about a trip taken in the days when my mother made me wear uncomfortable shoes that I remember. We flew from one
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (I’m assuming stuffed animals count?)
70. Visited the
71. Eaten Caviar (Yum!)
72. Pieced a quilt (This one is truly laughable. Not that singing a solo wasn’t…)
73. Stood in
74. Toured the
75. Been fired from a job (No, but I’m always in fear of it happening.)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in
77. Broken a bone (The aforementioned wrist. That was a horrible ordeal that led to surgery and everything.)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (I assume the driver was speeding, because he was the sort to do so.)
79. Seen the
80. Published a book (Many, many as an editor. None as an author, although some of those I’ve edited had so much written by me, I could claim to be an author.)
81. Visited the
82. Bought a brand new car (This meme is obviously for the college set or non-Americans or something.)
83. Walked in
84. Had my picture in the newspaper (If little hometown and college papers count.)
85. Read the entire Bible (One of these days, I’ll get around to re-reading it, because it’s so, so fascinating.)
86. Visited the White House (Long story, but I actually once got a private tour and saw the Oval Office and the press room and everything.)
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (Uhhh…no.)
88. Had chickenpox (We think. I’m a third child, so no one’s really sure, but when an ex-boyfriend of mine got them, I didn’t come down with them, so I’m pretty sure I must have had them as a kid.)
89. Saved someone’s life (Only metaphorically speaking, if friends and husbands are to be believed.)
90. Sat on a jury (I’ve been called to jury duty several times, but never made it into a jury box. Too bad. I’ve always been kind of interested in doing so.)
91. Met someone famous (If you hang out with Bob long enough, you’re bound to meet someone famous at some point.)
92. Joined a book club (Although, technically, I’ve only “joined” one: the CT detective book club to which I now belong. All the others, I had to form myself, begging people to join. Sometimes it worked; sometimes it didn’t.)
93. Lost a loved one (I assume this means dying, but I’ve also lost loved ones in other ways.)
94. Had a baby (Hmmm…let’s hope, now, that I’m wrong about this being for the college set.)
95. Seen the Alamo in person (Only because
96. Swam in the
97. Been involved in a law suit (Depends on the definition of “involved.” My insurance company sued the insurance company that wouldn’t pay for the car that was totaled in the first accident I ever had.)
98. Owned a cell phone (Maybe this meme isn’t for the college set. Perhaps it’s for those from “The Greatest Generation?” Oh, wait a minute. Not only do most of them not own cell phones; most of them don’t blog.)
99. Been stung by a bee (At least, I don’t remember being stung by one. Maybe I was in
100. Rode an elephant (No, but I would love to! Perhaps if I ever go on that African safari? Oh, and again, this should be “ridden.”)
I love this post - I laughed through the whole thing, learned a little grammar and Lord do I have a lot of living left to do! Merry Christmas.
What a cool meme! But wow, talk about random. I'd like to see the person who's put together a quilt AND gone bungee jumping!
Merry Christmas to you and Bob, Emily! Hope you have a lovely one.
I also quit Scouts after going camping.
See, I'd never been camping and they're all about camping.
Turns out I hate camping. And scouting. I stayed in for less than a month.
I've done 68% of these, which may be the most of any list kind of meme I've seen, but some of them I'm not sure that'd I'd claim the details of outside of a select few. Along the lines of snorkling/scuba, I wonder if the meme creator realized that the Sistine Chapel(#81) is at the Vatican(#49). These really is an odd assortment of questions.
I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.
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I actually think memes were around before blogs but weren't called such...this is like those lists friends and family members used to send out to multiple people at once asking for responses...
Loved your answers though!
I do wonder how these lists get put together, and how much they change as they travel around email and the internet. I enjoyed reading this -- your commentary is definitely the best part!
Sara, glad to make you laugh. Maybe you'll do it and get me laughing, too.
Litlove, I'd like to see that person, too. And thanks for the Christmas wishes. It wasn't the best Christmas ever, but hey, it's over, and now I can turn my attention back to reading.
NP, well, I actually did like the camping, but my troop only got to do it once a year, and the rest wasn't worth it.
Cam, I know. It's a very odd assortment (for once, "random," which is used all too often and incorrectly was actually the appropriate word here). I found myself wondering "Can you GO to the Sistine Chapel without going to the Vatican?" but then thought, since I've never been, must be something I don't know, like people don't technically consider The Sistine Chapel to be part of the Vatican? So, glad to hear from you that my initial reaction wasn't off the mark.
Sheralle, glad you stopped by and left a comment.
Court, I think you're right. I've seen a lot of "memes" that ten years ago were emails.
Apparently, the number of bolded things coincides with one's age, with deviations explained by income.
About 23: I have never taken a sick day when I was not ill. On the contrary, I generally take standard (vacation) days off when I am ill. That's because I have plenty of these*, whereas if I want to take a sick day (or a sick kid care day), I have to justify it with a visit to the doctor. And when I am sick, I had rather stay snugly at home under my blankets than go to the doctor's (unless it feels serious).
PS: Sheralle's comment is a spam.
PS: Sheralle's comment is a spam.
I think Mandarine's third comment is spam, too. (:
I've seen this list floating around and can't understand why stung by a bee is on there - I was stung twice this summer so I must be doing something right!
Mandarine, that's because you live in one of those sensible countries that doesn't force its employees to lie in order to get more than two weeks off per year. And I figured Sheralle might be spam but wasn't sure.
Special K, stung twice in one summer? Wow! Good thing you aren't allergic.
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