5 September 2008

Natural Highs............

After the Omnivore Hundred post it makes a person think about how much more in life there is to experience in and out of the culinary world. Dolores at Culinary Curiosity had me thinking with her MEME of Natural Highs . There is so much in this world to experience. In my half century I have experience many highs and lows but this MEME makes you see all that has enriched your life so far...and that there is so much more to experience!!!!

I have even decided to lengthen this MEME and force myself to think of 25 more things I have done or would like to do at the end..... before my end.....

As the rule goes I have boldfaced the things I've experienced.

If it's bold, I have...

1. Touched an iceberg (saw an iceburg off the coast of Newfoundland and still swam)
2. Slept under the stars (many times.......even in a campsite in Rome)
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby's diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain ( live in the mountains)
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said "I love you" and meant it
11. Bungee jumped (looks painful)
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game (hockey.............)
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty (no but I've walked to the top of the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa)
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse ( I won a whopping big $80)
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath (at Ainsworth Hotsprings)
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar (no.... but a Rastafarian..is that how it's spelt?)
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster (any I can find)
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (England)
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach (a sea turtle follwed us in the waves..so cool)
41. Gone sky diving (does the Drop of Doom count or hangliding??????????)
42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant (no but strangers have bought me a meal)
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume ( a mom or dad is a super hero)
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving (snorkelling in the Caribbean and in Greece..I have prescription goggles)
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud (with my daughter)
54. Gone to a drive-in theater (they were common in the 60's)
55. Done something you should regret, but don't
56. Visited the Great Wall of China (I would love to hike it's entire length someday)
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class (does self defense count?)
59. Been in a movie (my former husband has...he was a zombie in a John Carpenter film)
60. Gone without food for 3 days( I was sick at the time...but it still counts)
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest(when I was a kid..I was a caveman..cave person to be politically correct)
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy (Slinky, slinky.......)
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person (here in Canada it would be your MP)
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over ( a few times in my life)
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone (spiral fracture while hiking)
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone)
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days (only a day)
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands (in the flies defense it was cold)
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes (just the other day I had them with Brie and a balsamic reduction)
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (I guess a fish is not an animal)
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream(5 weeks in Greece.....)
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all fours (no but I have seen one fall and land on all fours)
106. Raked your carpet (hey it was the 60's...shag carpet was in)
107. Brought out the best in people (I hope so)
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Prepared a dish where four people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway play
115. Been inside the pyramids (do the Mayan pyramids count in Mexico?)
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in an historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage (of course I was a child, I played the ballerina in the play "The Obstructive Hat"..I was the show she was watching)
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one (does mini-golf count...........)
133. Gone deep sea fishing (in Florida...salmon fishing off the coast)
134. Gone roller skating (every Friday night as a teen)
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking (only for a short distance)
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter (I sent a letter to the Galloping Gourmet once)
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox
160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon (they already asked this question...so I'll say yes because I hiked Yellowstone National Park which has the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone)
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks (pigeons)
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers (in Britian nickers are underwear...so yes)
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics (moved from Calgary in 1986 before the winter Olympics)
169. Can hula or waltz and polka.
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a campfire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Responded to a NJP newsletter ( help me people....what is that?)

They should have:

201. Dove from a height of more than 60 feet (in Jamaica)
202. Ridden a donkey (on the island of Santorini)
203. Danced to the strains of bouzouki music, while drinking raki on a small island in Greece
204.Taken a cooking class (here and in Greece...hope to have many more experiences!!!!!!!!!)
205. Seen your child graduate
206. Been very proud of someone else's accomplishments
207. Caught a fish ( even jigged for squid off the coast of Newfoundland)
208. Smelled a rose
209. Eaten an heirloom tomato
210. Cooked for more than 50
211. Ever gone waterskiing, wakeboarding or tubing
212. Owned a dog or a cat
213. Celebrated a milestone birthday
215. Had hemorrhoids...wink...wink...
216. Hitchiked
217. Walked out of a store without paying for something (mind on other things I guess)
218.Helped a stranger
219. Come in contact with a wild animal (bear, moose, deer, elk, cougar....)
220. Seen the Pope, Prime Minister, President.....I shook Pierre Trudeau's hand)
221. Piloted a plane
222. Taken a ferry to Alaska
223. Swam in the Dead Sea
224. Visited the elderly in a care home
225. Given birth
Can you think of anything else??????????????

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  1. Love this Val. You sure have accomplished a lot in your time here!

  2. It is a really good list and I want to do it soon! Really enjoyed your extra 25!

  3. Noooo, I cannot think of anything else!!!!! Wow Valli... that's a lot of information :D. I don't think I've done half of your list!

    Thanks for sharing it all with us♥

    Maybe you should add soon: travelling to Spain and having a Paella with Núria... how about that?

  4. Val, how interesting, you've done so many things. I have a few things to add to your list.

  5. This is a cool list and so fun even better than the omnivore's 100!

  6. you have done exciting things! these lists are so much fun.

  7. This looks like fun. You've done quite a few things on here! Way more than me.

  8. Nuria: I would love to add travelling to Spain and having a paella with Nuria to my list!!!!
    Thanks everyone for all your comments. I enjoyed doing this.
    And Emeline I have lived a quarter century longer than you so there is still time to soar!!!!!!!

  9. add 'heard a split enz song', which you obviously have, being a very knowledgeable woman!

  10. What a terrific list of things ...

    I will take some time today to think about my list ... probably something everyone should do every few years .... to evaluate where we are and where we are going in life ...Thanks


  11. Wow! What an interesting gal you are!
    I won a turkey once.

  12. Ye gads Val...what a happening life you've had. Love it...I've evacuated half a dozen flights with bomb scares & run across the tarmac in high heels...LOL. O ya...I also drowned while learning how to swim,& was ungallantly rescued by the lifeguard (no he wasnt good looking. I drove against traffic on a very bad hair day, which I wished I'd never done. I sheered a sheep in Sydney, & I've held live boa constrictors around my neck in BKK. I kept white mice as pets when I was young, & gave my sis a horrid hair cut when Mom was away! YOURS IS A GREAT LIST...you 'awoke' my senses lady & jostled my memory!!

  13. I will have to wrack my brain but these seems pretty complete! These are so fun!

  14. Maryanne-Winning a turkey saves money on the occasion.
    Deeba-What a list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Wow...what a fun and fulfilling life and what a great bucket list.

  16. Thanks for playing along. I love your extras!

  17. Your proving to be one amazing woman that I am proud to call a friend!

  18. Oh I am sooooo doing this! I love it!

  19. I love this Val and really some of these things I made or I would like to make too!!!
    Dear Add to your list come to Sudamerica, to Chile and know your friend Gloria that will be happy to be with you. xxxxxxGloria
    (We have nice places too!!)

  20. hey valli! hope you don't mind I copied your list: http://yummysmells.blogspot.com/2008/09/life-in-225-nutshells.html

  21. What about taking off and not letting anyone (besides blog readers) know where you're going?

    I ran to Hong Kong last month!

  22. There is so much in this world to experience. In my half century I have experience many highs and lows but this MEME makes you see all that has enriched your life so far.


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