99 things (some of them might be luftballoons)

Continuing on the “want to write? read” theme, I’ve been visiting so many fabulous blogs lately, found in all sorts of ways. Besides my google-reader picks on WASH and WORDS and all my buddies in my blog roll (to the far right), I find all kinds of ways to find the goodies:

  • the blogs your friends and fellow bloggers share,
  • the blogs commenters on the blogs you love write,
  • blogs on formal “affiliate” or bloglinking programs such as entrecard (see the small box to the far right, above “drop here” featuring another blog on washington or writing I like – today’s is “West of Mars” or “Through Sky’s Eyes”),
  • and formal advertising programs such as blogher’s, underneath which are listed a few posts of note from within their network.I’ve been fortunate enough to have been listed there a few times and picked up a few new readers there; I’ve been even more fortunate to have found so many great posts such as dreamergirl’s “the loss of things”.

I get ideas from my brothers and sisters in blog. I get inspiration and amazement and joy from the pure eloquence of their stories, large and small. I get laughs from some of the funniest people I’ve never met.  I get laughs through tears (my favorite emotion as they say in Steel Magnolias) from some dear friends I’ve admired since meeting but been amazed anew that they have turned out to be among the most talented writers I’ve ever read.

And sometimes I just get fun ideas worth a whirl. A la this one  99 Things | KirstenL4W

Here’s one that’s going around the interwebs lately.

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

1. started your own blog (well, duh, right?)
2. slept under the stars (hugs, Ame, my lovely lovely friend)
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/world
8. climbed a mountain (hmm, hiked in mountains… does that count?)
9. held a praying mantis
10. sang a solo
11. bungee jumped
12. visited Paris
13. watched a lightning storm at sea (a little less romantic than it sounds)
14. taught yourself an art from scratch (hmm, cooking, beading, singing – do you teach that?)
15. adopted a child (maybe?)
16. had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (gosh, did i? i was definitely there.)
18. grown your own vegetables (community garden, before I was kicked out)
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 (uhh, no, i mean never)
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb (pet a few?)
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon
28. ridden a gondola in Venice
29. seen a total eclipse

30. watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run (sure, in my backyard, age 7, all the time)
32. been on a cruise
33. seen Niagara Falls in person
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors ( I sure want to)
35. seen an Amish community
36. taught yourself a new language
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied (I’d say now counts, not that more wouldn’t be welcome)
38. seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. gone rock climbing
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
(not even counting the bad dates)
44. visited Africa
45. walked on a beach by moonlight
46. been transported in an ambulance
47. had your portrait painted
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. gone scuba diving or snorkelling
52. kissed in the rain (mmm, I need to do more of this)
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theatre
55. been in a movie
(hopefully! Stay tuned for State of Play – April 09, I’m “fish market patron”)
56. visited the Great Wall of China
57. started a business (and kept it going for 2.5 years)
58. taken a martial arts class
59. visited Russia (see #34)
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies
62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason (happy to again “some guy named me”)
64. donated blood
65. gone sky diving
66. visited a Nazi concentration camp
67. bounced a check (see 57. sigh. didn’t say it was easy)
68. flown in a helicopter (flew it myself!)
69. saved a favorite childhood toy
70. visited the Lincoln memorial
71. eaten caviar
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in Times Square
74. toured the Everglades
75. been fired from a job (hmm, does being fired for quitting count?)
76. seen the changing of the guard in London
77. broken a bone (baby toes. wah.)

78. been on a speeding motorcycle
79. seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. published a book (I *did* self publish one, but took it off amazon, needs editing)
81. visited the Vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in Jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper
85. read the entire bible (but it was a children’s storybook bible, funnily I have the exact same answer as KristenL4W)
86. visited the White House
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. had a baby (haven’t decided if I want to yet)
95. seen The Alamo in person
96. swum in the Great Salt Lake
97. been involved in a law suit (class action)
98. owned a mobile phone
99. been stung by a bee

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  1. Meg said,

    Wrote on January 19, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

    Aw shucks, Wash – thanks for the link love and the supersized compliment! I appreciate it more than you know!

  2. Washwords said,

    Wrote on January 20, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

    and I mean it ms. soupalicious. you took me under your wing, more than YOU know, when i was new and scared in the big city, so I’ve known for awhile you’re good peeps. I did NOT know how much talent you have. seriously, you’re a natural. happy inauguration day!

  3. Susan Helene Gottfried said,

    Wrote on January 20, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

    Aww, gee, I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy now. I like visiting here, too, so I’m glad the feeling’s mutual.

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