Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Been there, done that

As I'm maid of honour to the Bride to Be, I've been spending an unnatural amount of time (for a singleton) on wedding and photography websites, wedding blogs, browsing through magazines, etc, which is how I've stumbled across this list edited by Stephanie Burke.

The idea is to bold what you've done and pass it on...

1. Started your own blog – deleted the first one because I got some unwanted attention.

2. Slept under the stars – yes, when I was small it was fun but haven’t been camping recently.

3. Played in a band – no, but I did have piano and flute lessons until I was 13.

4. Watched a meteor shower - no, but I spent a summer working in the Northern Cape where the skies are clear and the shooting stars are plenty.

5. Given more than you can afford to charity – nope, but I’m spending more time on charity this year.

6. Been to Disneyland – nope, I’d be uncontrollable.

7. Climbed a mountain – Table Mountain would do, right? And Lion’s Head on a full moon: beeeeautiful.

8. Held a praying mantis – no: bugs bug me.

9. Sang a solo.

10. Bungee jumped – no bloody way.

11. Visited Paris – does passing through Charles De Gaulle count?

12. Watched a lightning storm at sea – no, but I watched a lightning storm from a helicopter over the weekend.

13. Taught yourself an art from scratch – I wouldn’t call my cooking an art...

14. Adopted a child.

15. Had food poisoning – thank goodness, no.

16. Grown your own vegetables - thank you to the Queen in California for our crack-tomatoes, delicious salads and forearm-sized zucchini.

17. Slept on an overnight train – I can’t remember it, but Mom’s photographic evidence shows I tried to throw Lil’ Sis from the top bunk.

18. Had a pillow fight – I have brothers. It turned nasty.

19. Hitch hiked – from one holiday hot spot to the next…back in the days when it was safe.

20. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill – but we went out on The Captain's yacht, and there was NO WAY I would have missed cruising round the Cape peninsula.

21. Built a snow fort – nope: closest I came to snow was at Yosemite when Mom and I claimed a lost snowman as our own. I’m from Africa: I don’t do well in the cold.

22. Held a lamb – had my own little ones when we lived on the farm. A calf too.

23. Gone skinny dipping – in the warm Indian ocean and all the pools of the island resort. I know, rebel me.

24. Run a Marathon – had the best intentions to before I turned 25 but no. And it’s probably not going to happen.

25. Seen a total eclipse

26. Watched a sunrise or sunset

27. Been on a cruise – Oh yes. We’re going to rock the boat on my birthday next week as well.

28. Flown in a helicopter – recently it’s my main mode of transport thanks to The Captain. Just call me co-pilot.
29. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

30. Taught yourself a new language – with a little help from my amigo’s.

30. Had enough money to be truly satisfied – momentarily.

31. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person – Pisa must be the ugliest Italian city - very industrial.

33. Gone rock climbing – tried it with my boss at Rockzilla in Napa. Once was enough.

34. Seen Michelangelo’s David

35. Sung karaoke – I like pina colada’s…

36. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt – nay, but have seen some thermal geysers erupt in Rotorua, NZ.

37. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant – nope, my blind date usually pays.

38. Visited Africa – I call it home, sweet home.

39. Walked on a beach by moonlight – it was full moon last weekend.

40. Been transported in an ambulance

41. Had your portrait painted

42. Gone deep sea fishing – I was too hung-over to get up.

43. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

44. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

45. Gone scuba diving or snorkelingyay for my eventful weekend last weekend!

46. Kissed in the rain

47. Played in the mud – not in the last 17 years.

48. Gone to a drive-in theater

49. Been in a movie

50. Visited the Great Wall of China

51. Started a business - on paper.

52. Taken a martial arts class

53. Visited Russia

54. Served at a soup kitchen

55. Gone whale watching – but out of tourist season because they drive me crazy.

56. Got flowers for no reason – darling, when you get flowers for no reason, there’s always a reason.

57. Donated blood, platelets or plasma – squeamish, but I’ve forced myself through an Aids test for Aids day last month.

58. Gone sky diving – see the answer for bungee diving.

59. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

60. Bounced a check – nope, but have had to use a different card a few times.

61. Saved a favorite childhood toy – from Lil’ Sis grabby hands a few times.

62. Eaten Caviar

63. Pieced a quilt – no but working on it.

64. Stood in Times Square

65. Toured the Everglades

66. Been fired from a job – no, but have quit one before.

67. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London – no, but have photo’s with them in the background.

68. Broken a bone – touch wood, no.

69. Been on a speeding motorcycle – as opposed to a stationary one?

70. Seen the Grand Canyon in person – and have a jumpshot to prove it.

71. Published a book - blogging's tough enough!

72. Visited the Vatican

73. Bought a brand new car – in my dreams my car goes in for a service, and I get a brand new one back. (Hint hint.)

74. Walked in Jerusalem

75. Had your picture in the newspaper – yes, in SAffaland when you pass gr.12 with a distinction you get published.

76. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year's Eve - oh, the young and the restless.

77. Visited the White House

78. Killed and prepared an animal for eating – crayfish?

79. Had chickenpox

80. Saved someone’s life

81. Sat on a jury

82. Met someone famousSAffa celebs only.

83. Joined a book club

84. Lost a loved one

85. Had a baby

86. Seen the Alamo in person

87. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

88. Been involved in a law suit.

89. Owned a cell phone – and needing a new one.

90. Been stung by a bee – stepped on it on my 6th birthday. Memorable day.

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