November 2, 2008

99 Points to Ponder

Happy Monday. I found this list on 160 Acre Woods' blog and thought it was a fun way to start the week.

At heart I'm adventurer. In reality I'm a procrastinator. There are so many things I want to do and places I'd like to visit. But, I get comfortable with the status quo. As someone reminded me the other day: "You know, you're middle-aged." (I am? How did that happen?) I just don't want to let the years pass and watch the door close on "someday."

Luckily, according to this arbitrary list I'm doing OK. (My "yes" answers are in green.) But there are still so many adventures to be had.
  1. Started your own blog
  2. Slept under the stars
  3. Played in a band
  4. Visited Hawaii
  5. Watched a meteor shower
  6. Given more than you can afford to charity
  7. Been to Disneyland
  8. Climbed a mountain
  9. Held a praying mantis
  10. Sang a solo (If I count singing to my kids.)
  11. Bungee jumped
  12. Visited Paris
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
  15. Adopted a child
  16. Had food poisoning
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (I don't think you can do this anymore.)
  18. Grown your own vegetables
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
  20. Slept on an overnight train
  21. Had a pillow fight
  22. Hitch hiked
  23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
  24. Built a snow fort
  25. Held a lamb
  26. Gone skinny dipping
  27. Run a marathon (...No, but I did the equivalent on a bike)
  28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice (...I saw them in Venice, but we were poor college students at the time and couldn't afford it.)
  29. Seen a total eclipse
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (...Most recently at the Grand Canyon)
  31. Hit a home run (...and a grand slam!)
  32. Been on a cruise
  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person (One of our favorite family vacations)
  34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
  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
  39. Gone rock climbing
  40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
  41. Sung karaoke (Enough of the music questions!!)
  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 (For my kids, but never for myself)
  47. Had your portrait painted
  48. Gone deep sea fishing (Way to succeptible to seasickness!)
  49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
  50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
  52. Kissed in the rain
  53. Played in the mud (Cleanliness is way overrated!)
  54. Gone to a drive-in theater
  55. Been in a movie
  56. Visited the Great Wall of China
  57. Started a business
  58. Taken a martial arts class
  59. Visited Russia
  60. Served at a soup kitchen
  61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
  62. Gone whale watching (Sort of... We saw a whale while hiking in Canada)
  63. Got flowers for no reason
  64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
  65. Gone sky diving (Used to be a dream. Not anymore!)
  66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
  67. Bounced a check
  68. Flown in a helicopter
  69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
  70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
  71. Eaten Caviar (...Thought it was gross!)
  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
  77. Broken a bone
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (...and a scooter!)
  79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
  80. Published a book (...not yet)
  81. Visited the Vatican
  82. Bought a brand new car
  83. Walked in Jerusalem (...This is a dream!)
  84. Had your picture in the newspaper
  85. Read the entire Bible
  86. Visited the White House
  87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (...GROSS! I gag putting a worm on a hook.)
  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. Had a baby
  95. Seen the Alamo in person
  96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
  97. Been involved in a law suit
  98. Owned an iPod
  99. Been stung by a bee

How' did you do? What one thing do you want to do or see in the next ten years?


Cheryl Barker said...

Kelli, I think you did better than me. Glad to see that I'm not the only one who has bounced a check :) The first and only check I've bounced was the first one I wrote to our church after we moved here. Talk about embarassing! Chalk it up to my amazing math skills. I had added the amount of our house payment rather than deducted it so had no idea I was bouncing our check to the church. Good grief :)

Runner Mom said...

This was great!!! Loved it!

In the next ten years, I hope to see the Grand Canyon! That's more feasible than going to Afrcia or the Holy Lands--both dreams!! The good Lord willing....maybe one day!

You've accomplished so many of these!! Wow...and you're only middle aged (hee hee!!)! By the time you're 80, there's no telling what you will have accomplished with God's blessings! I do Know His timing, you WILL publish a book! And, I'm going to buy a copy and get you to autograph it!!

Love ya,

Renae said...

Hi Kelli! This is an awesome list! And it looks to me like you're doing pretty well . . .

Love your blog. Plan to visit often!


Dan said...

Cool list. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a busy day ahead of me...just now leaving the house on my way to making a quilt while skydiving off the Eiffel Tower in the rain...which will no doubt lead to donating blood or plasma. -Dan

Amydeanne said...

wow! you did a great list! lol and i hear ya, there is so much more i'd love to do on there!

Peggy said...

This was fun.....
You are doing great, I can answer 58 things I've done. You have a lot of years to catch up, however,and that makes it terrific on your part.
The book part , I have the same thoughts as runner mom, only with the autograph I want a not from you on the first page.
Lvoe you , and am looking foward to Thursday afternoon.
Blessings and Love.....Peggy

Justin said...


Your first paragraph describes me all-too-well. I overcame this adventurer-procrastinator dynamic recently in running a marathon. I reached a point where I said to myself, "You're not getting any younger. There is never a perfectly convenient time to do any major life-goal. There is no time like the present. You must make it happen!"

Great blog entry!

Terri Tiffany said...

I love this list! Sounds like you and I have travelled to some of the same places! Paris, Grand Canyon, Washington:))
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I will read more of yours! I am from PA too!! And there is lots more after middle age:)) I keep my bucket list and one thing I want to do is ride a scooter!