Sunday, December 19, 2010

Done & To Do

I love lists like this almost as much as 100 things posts. But these are much easier to complete when one is bored and lazy on a Sunday. I saw this at PhD-baby (who is younger than I am).

Bold things you've done. Italicize things you absolutely need to do - Prioritized list at the bottom.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with dolphins (I do like dolphins - perhaps I'd like to swim with them.)
03. Climbed a mountain (I've climbed a tall hill - it was hard.)
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone (If we're prioritizing the 'to do' list, this one ranks high.)
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree (I actually did this while climbing the tall hill!)
10. Bungee jumped (No, no, no.)
11. Visited Paris (Oui, oui, oui)
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea (From the shore, yes.)
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise (I did this my first year in Industry - it was overrated and I was sick with exhaustion and Very Cranky.)
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa (Need to get to Italy.)
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg (Need to get to an iceberg.)
19. Slept under the stars (Yeah - not much of a camper.)
20. Changed a baby’s diaper (Again with the overrated. But I liked to sing when the girls were small - neither liked diaper changes but singing helped a lot.)
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon (Despite my fear of heights, I'm tempted to do this.)
22. Watched a meteor shower (I've always meant to do this, but sleep through them.)
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope (Uncle would bring his to my parents' house as we lived in the country, well away from any light pollution. We saw Venus once and I thought it was impossibly cool.)
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment (With Aunt and Mom in church. I don't think God minded.)
27. Had a food fight (Grade school. Overrated.)
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger (Online, not in person. But still.)
30. Had a snowball fight (I grew up and currently live in the Midwest. Of course I've thrown snow at people - it's everywhere for a large part of the year.)
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can (I hurt my voice when yelling at kids who were throwing rocks at ducks. I like ducks.)
32. Held a lamb (The lamb came to school when I was little. I loved that lamb and still refuse to eat her or her friends.)
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster (With Friend. Super-scary.)
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and didn’t care who was looking (I don't necessarily need to do this, exactly, but I'd like to be confident enough to pull it off someday.)
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment (I'm happy about my life a lot.)
39. Had two hard drives for your computer (I've had two hard drives for more than one computer at the same time.)
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk (Yes, but I wasn't thrilled about it.)
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe (I adore Europe but have no desire to backpack. Nice hotels, excellent meals and expense reports, please.)
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Taken a midnight walk on the beach (This is not overrated - highly recommended.)
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland (Want. Want, want, want.)
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them (I'm half-cheating since I do this at conferences and meetings all the time. But we're not exactly strangers - we're there for the same reason - but we don't know each other before dinner.)
54. Visited Japan (Twice! Going back in 2011!)
55. Milked a cow (I am not good at it.)
56. Alphabetized your CDs (They did not stay that way for long.)
57. Pretended to be a superhero (Oh, yes - we played pretend all the time when I was little.)
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day (Love.)
60. Played touch football (In high school. It was less than impressive.)
61. Gone scuba diving (I love snorkeling so my guess is I'd also like deeper adventures.)
62. Kissed in the rain (Extremely high on the 'must do' list.)
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theatre
66. Visited the Great Wall of China

67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken (I hope this happens.)
69. Toured ancient sites (Need to get to ancient sites.)
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married (If 68 happens, then this one might have a shot.)
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced (No desire to do this.)
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted a river
82. Been on a television news program as an “expert”
83. Gotten flowers for no reason (Recently! Yay for Doug!)
84. Performed on stage (Junior high and high school - I was the caterpillar in Alice and a fairy godmother in a princess story.)
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music (High school choir - we were actually quite good.)
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date (Recently! Yay for Will!)
89. Gone to Thailand (I don't know that I'll get there for work though.)
90. Bought a house (Twice!)
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently (This shames me as the vast majority of my colleagues speak at least 2 languages.)
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children (Maybe...)
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold (It's the oddest sensation, but not one I'd want to repeat.)
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country (Stanley Park in Vancouver doesn't count as exotic or foreign, does it?)
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over (I'm counting my post-doc as this one. Because it was hard and scary.)
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge (Driven! Not walked.)
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking with the windows open (If someone is singing with you, it's rather fun.)
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication (All academic.)
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray (They're sort of spongey.)
110. Broken someone’s heart (I don't think so. I hope not.)
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone (Dislocated my knee! But nothing broken.)
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears (Not even my ears.)
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol (Dad owns a shotgun - I've never fired it.)
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse (When I was little. Horses are freaking huge.)
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (I've been there. But did not hike to the bottom - that's really far.)
122. Slept for 30 hours in a 48 hour period (I'm good, but not that good.)
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. States
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days (That would involve camping, right? I don't like camping.)
126. Eaten kangaroo meat (NO! Why would someone do that?!)
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school (I've kept going to school. But never gone back after a break.)
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach (Horrible.)
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read (Dorothy Parker - totally worth it. Charles Dickens - less so.)
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions (So far, so good - no plans to break the trend.)
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language (On a train in Japan when I visited the first time - we used his computer translator. It was completely delightful.)
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream (Not all of it, but a large part of it.)
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair (It always freaks me out.)
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident (It took me a while to learn to drive well. I'm fine now though!)
150. Saved someone’s life

To Do (When getting things done, it's good to have a prioritized list.)
- Kiss in the rain (or snow - we have to be seasonally friendly)
- Take candlelight bath with someone
- Walk up the stairs in the Leaning Tower of Pisa & Ride gondola in Venice & Tour ancient sites (same trip - Italy is obviously critical and efficient!)
- Visit Ireland
- See Northern Lights & Watch meteor shower (Can I do this in one evening? Or do they not happen together?)
- Go scuba diving & Swim with dolphins (This seems like a beachy vacation - I can get that done.)
- Touch an iceberg
- Go to Thailand
- Get inside Great Pyramid
- Take hot air balloon ride (I'm a little afraid of this.)
- Dance like a fool and not care what people think
- Fall in love and don't have heart broken (These last ones are a little beyond my control so while they're likely the most important, they go at the bottom because I like to set myself up for success.)
- Get married
- Raise some children

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