Monday, April 30, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

This is my first time participating in Meal Plan Monday. Since we are on our Lean for Life plan, we have a somewhat limited menu, though I have secured a cookbook that I have found helpful in at least giving us some variety in our menu. So, here goes:

Monday (protein only day): Roasted Turkey Breast
Tuesday: Grilled Sirloin Patties with green beans
Wednesday: Pesto Flounder bundles
Thursday: Chicken and pea pods
Friday: Beer-glazed boneless pork chops
Saturday: Sizzle steaks with teriyaki mushrooms
Sunday: Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

We'll see how it turns out.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

How cool was this?

I am a "semi" Nascar fan. Having a boy who loves cars, it just was part of the television spectrum and, well, I got hooked. Actually, while I was pregnant with Kyra, I found it was the perfect time for an afternoon pregnancy siesta. I have my favorite drivers (Dale Jr., Kasey Kahne, Jeff Burton) and my favorite "villains" to root against (Tony Stewart, Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Gordon).

So, today was the race at Talladega and I thought it was a really good race, but what impressed me the most was Kenny Wallace's No. 78 National Day of Prayer car.

Kudos to Kenny and Furniture Row for taking the time to "advertise" this awesome event! Think of the millions it can reach!

Friday, April 27, 2007

I've been tagged

I've been tagged by Wendy to name 10 weird things about myself. So here goes:

10. I have an irrational fear of kidney beans.

9. I cannot stand anything orange flavored (it goes back to when I had to drink way too much Hi-C orange before my first ultrasound with Ian).

8. I have never seen the Sound of Music, but I know quite a few of the songs.

7. I cannot stand to see a tube of toothpaste that has been squeezed in the middle. I will squeeze it from the bottom up until it is "right".

6. I cannot take wet sweaters out of the washing machine. The texture creeps me out.

5. When I play euchre, my partner and I must sit in a fashion that would be perpendicular to the nearest bathtub. I also never put the 4 of the scorekeeping cards on the bottom.

4. I won't sit down at a slot machine that hasn't paid anything.

3. I am extremely frugal except when it comes to scrapbook supplies.

2. I do not like chocolate.

1. I have a very off the wall sense of humor.

I tag Angie, Stephanie, Arlyn, Susan, Alice, Donna and Jen (and anyone else who reads this).

He ate something green and did not die!

So, as I am on my plan, we have been eating a lot of salads and veggies at meal times. I've never really pushed the issue of veggies with Ian due to his gag reflex. Every once in a while he will eat green beans, but that's about the extent of it. Other than that, do pickles count as vegetables?

Last week at dinner as Rich and I were eating our salads, I asked Ian if he would like to try some and I got the scrunched up, icky-faced "NO!" So I told him that it was ok for that night but that this week we were dubbing "Ian Eats A Salad" week at dinnertime. I started him out with only a few small pieces of lettuce with some dressing and let him try a new dressing each night. To my surprise, he prefers Zesty Italian to the traditional kid-friendly Western dressing. Anyhow, he has managed to eat a little bit of salad each night and has not keeled over yet! So, good job, Ian!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

That was tasty

Even though I like how I feel when I am on this plan, I sometimes feel like I get in a "rut" and make myself the same things over and over again, especially for lunch. What even complicates matters more is that I am not a very good vegetable eater, so this plan is particularly challenging at times when it comes to "mixing it up".

So today I went back to an old stand-by for this plan. Take 1 boneless chicken breast and place it in a greased baking dish. Drizzle it with a thicker teriyaki sauce (I prefer Tastefully Simple Honey Teriyaki, myself) and then top with 2 cups of sliced mushrooms. Drizzle mushrooms with Teriyaki. Put it in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Mmmmmm, yummy!

(The 2 cups of mushrooms may seem like a lot, but they do shrink down when you cook them)

An "I Feel Old" Moment

Every night at dinner, we talk about our days and we focus a lot on what Ian did in school (since Kyra's day consists mainly of being cute and emptying her toy box). Yesterday apparently was "Law Day" in Wisconsin (which is funny because I work in a law firm and had not a clue that this day even existed). As a result, all the second grade classes in the entire city went to the courthouse (not at the same time, thankfully) to see a "trial" of the Big Bad Wolf vs. the Three Little Pigs. Apparently, the Big Bad Wolf was up against some trespassing and criminal mischief charges and the jury acquitted him.

Anyhow, Ian brought home some paperwork about "how to act" in court, so we were paging through it. One of the rules was "You can't listen to a Walkman in court." I really didn't think anything of it until Ian looked at me kind of funny and said, "Mommy, what's a Walkman?" It was one of those surreal moments where I realized that this was one of those things that he would have never experienced and all of a sudden, Rich and I felt really old. So, I told him that it was what we used to listen to music on before iPods. Ian just thought that was too funny, but now I feel really old!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

Since I never "updated" last Tuesday, I will have to tell you that my grand ribbon organization project is still under construction. I just didn't like the way it turned out and to tell you the truth, if I were to have photographed it, you wouldn't have been able to tell that I had done any organizing at all.

With that being said, I am moving out of my scraproom this week to a more "manageable" project of the front foyer closet. Since we haven't had snow in two weeks, I am thinking we may actually be entering into spring. Thus, it is time to go through the coat closet and move the winter coats/hats/mittens/boots into storage in the basement and make this closet look at least a little more organized.

So, here is my "before":

and now here is my after - I so enjoy when an organizing project gets completed. I should do a Tackle It every day!

Monday, April 23, 2007

At the half way point

I have now been back on the "plan" for two weeks now. I start week 3 today of the 4 week cycle. Then it is two weeks of "maintenance" to get my body used to the new weight or "set point". I can honestly say it hasn't been horrid (though it wasn't the last time either). I am losing weight and inches. I didn't weigh myself on the first day, but since I did start weighing myself, I am down about 8 pounds total. Not bad for two weeks. If I could keep up this pace, I'd be at my goal by November. I'm sure I will hit a plateau or two, but all in all, I am quite happy especially when I am wearing some jeans comfortably that were just a litte too tight a few weeks ago.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

A New "Forever Friend"

Today at church, the parents were invited to come to Inspiration Island with their children as the theme was salvation. Ian is at an age where he has been asking more and more questions - especially after attending the Easter service and seeing the alter call. So, I am very proud to say that Ian said the sinner's prayer and accepted Jesus as his "forever friend" this morning. Congratulations, Ian!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

The Good Samaritan

Yesterday, I packed up the kids and headed back to Sun Prairie for closing on our old house. Midway between Sheboygan and Fond du Lac, there was a loud bang and then the dreaded noise that no woman with two children in the car wants to hear - a flat tire.

I was literally in the middle of nowhere, so I called AAA and they told me it would be about 30-45 minutes before someone would get out to me. Kyra woke up from her nap and was not happy that we were not moving and she was stuck in her car seat. Anyhow, a car pulled up and a gentleman asked if I needed help and offered to change me tire. I was so thankful I almost cried.

It only took him about 5-10 minutes. I told him that God was looking down on us and I thanked him for stopping. As it turns out, the man was Paul Bawden, pastor of Grace Evangelical Church in Madison. He was on his way to my church for the Forest Lakes District Conference (see my tale below). He had been on his way to Manitowoc, saw us, turned his car around and came to help.

I was telling my hairdresser this story this morning and she said, "Wow, you have good karma." I told her it wasn't karma, it was God's love in action.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Seriously, I am not trying to sabatoge myself!

If you were to walk into my house right now, you may think I have just thrown my diet out the window as there are the most wonderful smells emanating from my kitchen. In fact, I am making one of my all-time favorites: Carmelitas. But, even though these are oh-so-tasty, these puppies are headed for the Forest Lakes District Conference being held at Hope Community Church this weekend. Pastors and members of their congregations from our district will be headed to our church this weekend and we are trying to feed them all. I figured a little bit of sinfulness wouldn't hurt them!

Here's the recipe for those of you interested. It's super simple:

2 cups quick oats
1.5 cups flour
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed firm
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 jar (12 oz.) caramel ice cream topping
1/4 cup flour
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts or peanuts

Preheat oven to 350. Combine oast, flour, brown sugar and baking soda. Add melted butter and mix until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup of the crumble mixture and set aside. Press the rest of the crumble mixture in the bottom of a 9"x13" pan. Bake for 15 minutes. While the crust is baking, combine the flour and caramel topping. Remove the crust from oven and pour caramel mixture over the top. Use a spatula to spread it out if necessary. Top caramel with nuts, followed by chocolate chips. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of crumble mixture on top of everything else and return the pan to the oven for another 15-18 minutes. Remove when gold and bubbly. Cool completely. Makes about 24 decent size bars, but I usually cut them smaller because they are really rich.


Another Contest

Yes, it is another contest at
5 Minutes for Mom. This time, I am shooting for a 9" Phillips Digital Photo Frame. Isn't it cool? Don't you want one? Go to 5 Minutes for Mom and enter!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Taking risks

I don't find myself to be a risk taker. I'm an "err on the side of caution, better to be safe than sorry" kind of gal. When I go to Vegas, I play the penny slots. Plain and simple, I'm just a risk wimp. Sometimes just the smallest thing like starting up a conversation with someone I don't know can twist my stomach in knots. I spend so much time thinking of ways to start the convesation, that by the time I get around to actually opening my mouth, the person is long since gone.

Anyhow, I will get on with my point. Kyra and I have taken to going to Toddler Story Hour at the library on Wednesdays. It's a nice place to get out of the house to and there are other people there with children of the same age. Still, I am surprised that people don't really "talk" to each other. True, we are busy chasing a bunch of 18-36 month olds so they don't destroy the library, but there always seems to be time when the kids are playing quietly at the train table to strike up a conversation. (Of course, I'm talking to myself in my mind, trying to work up the courage to say something.)

For the past few weeks, Kyra has been "parallel" playing with another little girl. They don't particularly acknowledge each other's existence, but they don't seem to mind sharing the crayon box either. The little girl's mom seemed very friendly - she at least says hello (which is a big step in the right direction). So, anyhow, today after the story time (during which Kyra proceeded to go right to the craft table), the girls were busy playing with farm animals. I finally got up the courage to ask the mom if she would like to get together for a play date if the weather ever got nicer. It was like some huge cloud had been lifted. You see, they had just moved to the area from Iowa and she was finding that she was having a hard time meeting people as well. So, we are armed with each other's phone numbers now and the promise of some potential play dates in the coming weeks.

Honestly, I don't know why I don't take risks more often.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

So, the past couple of Tackle It Tuesdays, I have focused on parts of the house. This week, I am going to veer from the household path (not that there isn't plenty to be done there) and move into my scrapbook room. You see, I have a ribbon problem: Before we moved, I had it fairly under control and neatly displayed. After the move, it just kind of all wound up in this leftover box from the move. I don't like wrapping it around cards because then I have to iron it when I need to use it. I tried sorting by color, but even then some of it has too many colors to just fit into a specific color category. So, I am fresh from Hobby Lobby with what I think may be kind of a neat storage solution. We'll see if it works!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Exercising Mommy Style

Since we haven't gotten around to joining the Y yet seeing as we haven't sold the house yet, it's kind of hard for me to find different ways to exercise. This program really needs exercise to help it work most efficiently. Today, with the seeming return of spring to Northeast Wisconsin, Kyra and I were able to go out for two walks, but we weren't really "power walking".

So, this evening after dinner, Ian and I headed down to the basement for some "exercise" via Dance Dance Remix Mario Mix. It's actually a lot of fun and it's quite a workout. So, until we get that Y membership, this will have to do (and I can actually have fun with Ian while I exercise).

Thursday, April 12, 2007

What will they think of next?

I really could have used this last week when Kyra had that awful stomach bug! But 5 Minutes for Mom is giving away a Sick Bowl .

When I was little, my mom just put a bucket in front of me. In fact, on of those memories I wish I could forget is of sitting in the backseat of the station wagon with a bucket because we had to go pick up my dad from work hoping that it wouldn't spill all over the place. (and, Mom, if you are reading this, yes, you scarred me for life).

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I've never been so glad to see lettuce

Since I started my plan on Monday, I finished up my "introduction" phase yesterday which consisted of nothing but protein. It's not altogether horrible (since I've done this before and I knew what I was getting into) but it does lack a certain bit of, well, variety.

So, today I was able to get back to more "normal" foods and I had a great sesame ginger chicken salad for lunch. It wasn't anything fancy, but it sure did taste good and it was nice to have a variety of textures and shockingly, my body did not go into revolt for having something green.

I know low-carb isn't for everyone, but I was telling Rich the other night that it is amazing how hungry eating carbs makes me. Since starting the plan on Monday, I haven't really felt the need to snack (other than the allowed) between meals and I actually feel full. Now, I just need to keep that in mind as I stick with it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Who is your "twins'" twin?

One of the things I have enjoyed the most since entering the blogging community is that you never know the obscure sites you will find just by visiting the blogs of others. I stumbled upon this link on Ribbon Rock Star's blog.

Your Celebrity Boob Twin:

Anna Nicole Smith

Obviously, there aren't any living full-figured celebrities that I rank with, but before she went off the deep end, she was a very beautiful woman.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

That's a lot of sugar!

I am now in the habit of checking daily after I found an awesome offer on there for But today (4/10/07) one of the postings leaves me in a quandry. According to one of the "deals" one can get 12 pounds of gummy bears for the measly sum of $22.00 at a shop on Now, I am a gummy candy afficinado; that being said - 12 pounds is an awful lot of sugar! I think I shall have to pass on this "deal" considering it would ultimately conflict with my lower carb diet. What does one do with 12 pounds of gummy bears?

Tackle It Tuesday (again)

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

Well, my tackle it Tuesday project is going to move into Wednesday as I took the kids to Blue Harbor Resort for the last day of Ian's not-so-spring-break since we are all moderately healthy again. I think corraling two children by my lonesome at an indoor waterpark should qualify for my Tackle It project (either that or send me straight to the loony bin) but I will press on anyway. Today's disaster area is the dreaded kitchen pantry. Here is the shot before:
Now, as you can see, I've been blessed to have a much bigger pantry in this house than in our old house. Unfortunately, Kyra has taken ownership of the lower three shelves on both sides. I can't say that I can complain much about that. I'd rather her play with fake food than pour cheerios and other loose items all over the kitchen floor. That being said, I can hardly find anything in the top three shelves. In fact, I am certain I have a whole container of raisins in there somewhere, but I just can't seem to locate them. In addition, I have lots of "leftover" items from Kyra's "wheat-free" sentence. As Rich so eloquently put it, she'll be eating wheat-free Teddy Puffs until she's ready to be married. So, my project for this week is to come up with yet another system for organizing the pantry. Wish me luck!


Well, I'm not sure if I like it any better, but I did manage to go through every shelf and purge/re-organize. It should be fun to see Rich's head spin tomorrow morning when he goes to get his cereal from the usual space. He has the hardest time "accepting" change even though he's been warned several times that the cabinet arrangement was subject to change as I get a feel for the house. I may have to look into Stephanie's tupperware suggestion in the future.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Slightly better tasting than a cardboard box

After months of putting it off, I have decided to go back on my "Plan". Back in 2004, I had great success with Lean For Life. In fact, I lost over 70 pounds following the plan in conjunction with lots of prayerful support. So today, I start again at Day 1.

Since this plan is highly protein oriented (but not in an Atkins-type way), I set off to the grocery store today to stock up on some supplies. I came across these lovely South Beach Diet bars. The picture looked decent enough and since it's no longer the low carb craze, there wasn't too much in the way of selection. I think I will have to scour the web for some of my former "low carb faves" as these were about as tasty as cardboard with glue but thankfully there are only five left I figure I will be able to choke them down though they sure would probably taste a lot better with a Vanilla Latte from Starbucks.

Sunday, April 8, 2007


I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. It is cold here, but we had a great morning and went to church as a family. It was a very powerful service and I was moved to tears when several people accepted Christ for the first time. It was such a reminder of what Easter is all about.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Please tell me this is just a phase

I am having one of those "bad mommy" moments. Lately, Kyra breaks down into a tantrum at the slightest thing that doesn't go her way. She goes from downright a perfectly happy toddler to just plain miserable all in the span of 2.2 seconda.
The sad thing is that she isn't even 2 yet so I can't even blame it on the "terrible twos". For example, last night we colored Easter eggs. Which resulted in this tantrumall because we didn't think it would be a good idea for her to stick her hands in the blue dye with the egg. I've taken to just leaving her where she is to cry it out, but sometimes you would honestly think I am torturing the poor child. I know this too shall pass, but I am so ready for this little phase to be done!

Friday, April 6, 2007

Congratulations, Angie!!!!!!!!

On Saturday, my friend Angie completes her RCIA journey and will officially become a Catholic. This has been quite a journey for Angie and I know she has been really looking forward to this day. I just wanted to give her a big congratulations and let her know that I will be praying for her and her husband, Eric, on this special day for them. Stop by her blog (Many Little Blessings) and give her a big congrats!

Do you remember when . . .

Easter was actually a holiday where people would spend it with their families and businesses remained closed? I guess I am just amazed at the number of businesses who are choosing to remain open on Easter Sunday. For instance, I was at a local videogame retailer the other day and there was a bold sign in the window stating "OPEN ON EASTER". Hallelujia! Christ is risen! Now, off to your local game store to pick up the latest shoot-em-up game. I also talked to my mom today and she told me that my dad is working 11-7 on Easter at his new job at a major retail outdoors store. I know Jesus calls us to be "fishers of men" but this is a little too much.

I am prayerful that maybe one day retailers will remember what Easter is all about, but then again, it won't be until people in general realize what Easter is all about and stop giving the retailers a reason to be open.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

I'm helping climb a mountain

Well, figuratively at least. Rich's new company has these little contests that it participates in. Twice a year, the area businesses do a "wellness" challenge in which they compete against other businesses for some small prizes but mainly bragging rights. Employees and their spouses can participate. The spring challenge is a "Mountain Climb". For every 15 minutes of activity you complete, you log 1 foot up the mountain. Every two weeks there is a new mountain to climb. We are climbing Mount Everest until the 15th of April. So far, I've logged a pathetic 6 feet (the contest started on Monday). I'm hoping my competitive nature will kick in, but it's been hard with this snap of cold weather. Now, if they only counted chasing a toddler around as an activity, I would be at the top of the mountain by now!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

It is time for me to enter the world of "Tackle It Tuesday". Given that we moved back in November, I know I've got plenty of "tackling" to be done around this house. However, today's project to tackle is courtesy of my loving husband.

You see, I went away on a retreat this past weekend with some wonderful women from my old church leaving the cares of motherhood behind if only for a short while. Rich did a wonderful job considering Kyra hasn't been feeling all that great. One thing he did do, however, was get the compulsion to clean out my car. This is all fine and good, but guess where the contents of said car wound up?

Yes, that would be my dining room table. So, I will attempt to clear it off today. Wish me luck!

And now I am back and feeling much better about my dining room:

Even though the day is grey, I find the flowers help brighten up the room a bit. Now, if we can only not get that snow they are predicting!

Monday, April 2, 2007

Feeling a let down

So, we have been trying to sell our old house since last October. Now, we realized going into winter trying to sell a house wasn't the best of circumstances, but you do what you have to do. We were very excited this weekend when our realtor told us an offer was coming only to get the offer and it was SUBSTANTIALLY less than our asking price. We fully realize the real estate "game", but the offer was downright instulting and our realtor agreed. We counter-offered with what we (and our realtor) believed to be a fair price and spent the rest of the weekend waiting.

Today we get a call from our realtor and the prospective buyer counter-offered our counter-offer but didn't even come up much from the initial offer. I hate to be stubborn and I realze that this is a "buyer's market" but our house is already the lowest price for a house it's size in the area. At what point do you say it just isn't worth the hassle? What is that "magic" number we will settle for? I thought when we finally did get an offer, I would feel euphoric, but right now I am just plain depressed. Now, we have another 24-48 hour wait to find out how it is going to be. In the meantime, I need to say some prayers for patience.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

What have you done?

I found this on Angie's site, Many Little Blessings, and thought I would go through "my list" as well.

Things I've done are in boldtype.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
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
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
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
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
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
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
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 the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
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
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children/currently raising child
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
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
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
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
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
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
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life