99 things…

I stole this from Kristen at After “I Do”.  It seemed perfect for my fuzzy, still sick brain.  All of the things I’ve done are in bold and the things I’m planning to do are in italics.  Of course, I couldn’t help by add my own comments as well. 

1. started your own blog – obviously.
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band
4. visited Hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower
6. given more to charity than you could afford to – sometimes I’m a sucker like that.
7. been to Disney – It’s the happiest place on earth! It’s also the first trip J and I took together. 

8. climbed a mountain – it was a small mountain…not like Everest or anything.  Really it was more of a big hill, but I’m saying it counts. 
9. held a praying mantis – it was more that I poked it with a stick to see if it was alive and then I ran away when it actually moved.
10. sung a solo – daily…in the shower.
11. bungee jumped
12. visited Paris
13. watched a thunder and lightning storm

14. taught yourself an art from scratch – crochet is an art, right?
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty – this is pathetic since I’ve lived in NYC my whole life…but I will get there someday
18. grown your own vegetables – the first summer we had the house.  I actually ended up with two tomatoes and a zuchini.  The squirrels ate the rest.
19. seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. slept on an overnight train – the first time I went to Disney…my grandfather refused to fly so we took the train.  NEVER. AGAIN.
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 – it was a half marathon, but it counts.
28. ridden in a gondola in Venice – because the ones at The Venetian in Vegas are just not the same.
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise
33. seen Niagara falls in person
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 – the bills are paid and I have an emergency fund…I’m good.
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 erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. visited africa
45. walked on a beach by moonlight – J and I used to be all romantic like this.
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 snorkeling – I’m deathly afraid, but I love fish, so I really want to conquer this fear and go.

52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud
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
63. gotten flowers for no reason – my ex used to send me flowers all the time.
64. donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. been sky diving
66. visited a concentration camp
67. bounced a check – far too many times.
68. flown in a helicopter
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
76. seen the changing of the guard in London
77. broken a bone
78. been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. seen the grand canyon in person
80. published a book
81. visited the Vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in Jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper
85. kissed a stranger at midnight on new year’s eve
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. gotten a tattoo

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 a cell phone – who doesn’t have one of those?
99. been stung by a bee

I’ve done 36.  I hope by this time next year that I’ve got at least 10 more done.  Especially #94.

I’m always up for a challenge…

So, a few weeks ago Salt threw down a challenge.  Here are the rules…first, I am supposed to post 5 pictures that I love and why I love them.  Then I’m supposed to tell you 5 things I like about myself.  I’m always up for a challenge and while it took me a little while to gather the photos (they were on two different computers) I’m finally finished.  Here we go…

This was taken at a koi pond in Battery Park City.  J and I decided to go out for a walk and we got caught in the rain about 15 blocks from J’ apartment.  Normally, I would have freaked because I don’t like to get wet unless I’m in the shower, but this was before J knew how high maintenance I really was so I was trying to not be one of those girls who freaks out when it starts to rain.  We passed a new apartment building that had just opened so we decided to go in and take a tour to try to wait out the rain.  They took us to see a two bedroom apartment which was gorgeous…floor to ceiling windows, bamboo floors, marble bathroom, granite counters, amazing views of the Statue of Liberty and the George Washington Bridge.  The broker casually mentioned that the monthly rent was $6,500 and J was all Mr. Big “I got it” like we could ever afford that rent and, with a straight face, actually said to the woman “That seems reasonable for this neighborhood.”  By time we left I was practically crying from trying to hold in my laughter.  It was still raining when we came out, but we decided to walk back to the…much less expensive…apartment anyway.  I took this shot on the way back and whenever I look at it I remember J trying to be all cool instead of yelling WHAT??? and running away and it makes me laugh.

This was taken in the NYC apartment, not long after we got Sadie.  J had just taught her how to high-five him.  Notice how she’s staring off to the side.  She was looking at the hand with the treat in it as opposed to actually looking at J.  I love it because he spent hours trying to teach her to do that trick and he was so proud of her when she finally learned.  I had just walked in the door when I took this…she had mastered it while I was out and he couldn’t wait to show it to me.  The whole thing was rather adorable.

This is Sofie the day we brought her home.  It’s my very favorite pic of her.  She was just so damn cute.  She had totally tired herself out trying to play with Sadie, who wanted nothing to do with her.  She just threw herself down onto her new bed and a minute later was fast asleep.  She was so tiny that her whole body fit into the little puppy bed.  The bed is still in our bedroom…but now it’s just a pillow.  She’s such a big moose that the rest of her no longer fits.

I’ve posted this pic before but it’s truly a favorite of mine.  There was my sister-in-law, little miss prim and proper, wearing a $12,000 wedding dress and dripping in diamonds, standing in the middle of this gorgeous ball room, following the most elegant wedding I’ve ever seen…drinking Cristal out of the bottle because she couldn’t find a glass.  My parents had given them the bottle and some toasting flutes as a Christmas present and they hadn’t gotten to drink the entire thing, but she didn’t want the rest to go to waste.  So, in true P. Diddy fashion, she downed the last quarter of a bottle.  I love it because it’s so her.  She seems so elegant and sophisticated, but she’s not going to let good booze go to waste…no matter what.  She’s my kind of people!

And lastly, here is my favorite picture of me ever taken.  I am notoriously un-photogenic and this is actually a good picture.  This was taken about 7 years ago in my old, pre-J apartment…notice the lavender walls.  We were going to J’s brother’s engagement party and I was wearing this fabulous dress and these shoes that were just to die for.  I had been on a diet and lost like 50 pounds right before this and I looked pretty good at that party.  J’s mom came up to me at one point and said that J’s cousins kept coming up to her, asking who the girl with J was.  I looked so good that no one recognized me!  I’ve been keeping this photo out to remind myself of how hot I once was and how fabulous that dress was.  It was very Audrey Hepburn and I’m dying to wear it again. 

Now…for five things I like about myself…

  1. My eyes…they are a gold-ish green color and I have a freckle in the right one, which a friend used to always tell meant that I could never be a spy!
  2. I’m a great baker.  I love to bake because I find it relaxing…but also because I love to watch people enjoy something that I’ve made.  I made this Hawaiian Sunset cake for J’s mother’s birthday this weekend and everyone raved about it.  It made me so happy to see that it was gone by the end of the party.  I’m not going to lie…I like hearing the compliments too. 
  3. I have good hair.  It’s fine, but there’s a lot of it so it looks kind of thick and it’s just a little bit wavy.  I just got had a Brazilian Keratin treatment done to it and now it’s smooth and shiny and even on a bad hair day it usually looks ok.  Plus, thanks to my hairdresser Robert, it’s the most awesome shade of blondish caramel. 
  4. I’m good at managing my money.  You’d think that would be a no-brainer since it’s basically what I do for a living, but no, I used to be fantastically bad about my own funds.  However, I’ve completely turned things around…I have no debt and a pretty decent savings account for the first time ever and I can stick to a budget like nobody’s business.
  5.  People tell me I give really good advice…even though I often don’t follow what I suggest to other people!  I guess I fall into the school of do as I say, not as I do.   I guess I’m a pretty good listener too.

Wow…that shouldn’t have been difficult, but it was.  Know what I don’t like…talking about myself. 

So there you have it…more things you know about me.  Hope you enjoyed it.