100 Things I've Done in My Life (so far)

My good buddy/co-worker/trusty assistant, AMY, has been prodding me to enter posts on my blog for, well, an entire year. So I'm posting this entry in her honor. If anyone else wants to play along, please do. Just copy the list & bold the ones you've done. Unfortunately, you'll also have to delete all of the comments I have added to my list. This was fun to do, but took me a while because I've been watching "The Birdcage" at the same time. One of the funniest movies ever! From AMY's blog: I've seen this on several blogs and thought I'd play (cause I have nothing else I should be doing right now). You are supposed to copy the list and bold the ones you have done. 1. Started your own blog (Well, sort of) 2. Slept under the stars 3. Played in a band 4. Visited Hawaii (beautiful scenery, good times, great memories with family & friends) 5. Watched a meteor shower 6. Given more than you can afford to charity 7. Been to Disneyland (my 1st visit was the year they opened, I think it was in 1955!) 8. Climbed a mountain (I love hiking in the mountains here at home & on vacations) 9. Held a praying mantis (I've always been fascinated by them, and used to collect them as a kid. Even now, I get excited about finding one in the yard.) 10. Sang a solo (at a high school performance, only a couple of lines of "Guantanamera". Still embarrassing, after all these years) 11. Bungee jumped (no thanks, at this point, I don't think my heart could take it!) 12. Visited Paris (and loved EVERYTHING there--want to go back again so bad...) 13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (no, but I have watched one from an airplane over Lake Michigan at night. Very surreal and quite beautiful.) 14. Taught yourself an art from scratch 15. Adopted a child 16. Had food poisoning 17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (been there, but couldn't walk up to the top because of 9/11 security regulations) 18. Grown your own vegetables (do it every summer, but the critters always eat it all!) 19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France (it's much smaller than you expect it to be) 20. Slept on an overnight train (from Ogden to San Diego. Brian loved it, I hated it. Turned out I was pregnant, but didn't know it at the time. Couldn't figure out why I felt so nauseous on that trip!) 21. Had a pillow fight (best one ever was with my sister Jere & cousin Marsha) 22. Hitch hiked 23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill 24. Built a snow fort (no thanks --unlike Amy, I do NOT like winter. I barely tolerate it) 25. Held a lamb 26. Gone skinny dipping (why in the world haven't I???) 27. Run a Marathon (wish I would 've when I was younger...maybe it's never too late to try?!) 28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice (SO romantic!!!) 29. Seen a total eclipse 30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (I never cease to be amazed while watching either one!) 31. Hit a home run (are you serious?! I've never made it past 1st base, quite literally) 32. Been on a cruise (Jodie's been on enough to make up for me!) 33. Seen Niagara Falls in person (planning to see it w/Mark & Vonya on a New York road trip, to include a tour of the Finger Lakes region) 34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (haven't yet, but want to--they're located in France, Spain, Germany, England, Norway. I would love to do a trip to one of those countries with my kids and grandkids.) 35. Seen an Amish community (in Pennsylvania...a fascinating area, fun to see the horse-drawn buggies driving down the street and perfectly groomed farms. We spent the night in Intercourse, PA. Yes, that's really the name of the town!) 36. Taught yourself a new language (French, couresy of Michelle's CDs) 37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied 38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person 39. Gone rock climbing 40. Seen Michelangelo’s David (An extended stay in Florence is high on my to do list. We drove past the city on the Euro train in Italy, but weren't able to stop & spend some time there.) 41. Sung karaoke (had great fun doing it just last week on Christmas Eve!) 42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt 43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant 44. Visited Africa (also on list of places to go before I die -- Out of Africa is one of my very favorite movies and the scenery is spectacular)
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight (it just doesn't get much better than that...)
46. Been transported in an ambulance (due to a little mishap driving into Dave Salas's house on Wintergardens Blvd; totalled by beloved little metallic blue VW bug) :( 47. Had your portrait painted (one of those cheap chalk drawings at Disneyland) 48. Gone deep sea fishing (a family outing in San Diego--almost everyone got sea sick!) 49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person (absolutely incredible to really be there) 50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (the Eiffel Tower was much more intricate & beautiful than I had expected--very impressive, especially at night when it's lit up) 51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (I really enjoy snorkeling, and have always wanted to scuba dive. My sisters Nini and Joni scuba dive. I think I'll try snuba first and see how that goes. I have a strange fear of having my ear drums burst while I'm 30 feet under water!) 52. Kissed in the rain 53. Played in the mud (Refer to #21 for same answer) 54. Gone to a drive-in theater (including via the trunk! Going to the drive-in was one of our favorite things growing up and there were many of them in San Diego) 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 (ashamed to admit I haven't) 61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (and have eaten more than my share of Samoas!) 62. Gone whale watching (Amy recommends doing this in Maui) 63. Got flowers for no reason (beautiful yellow daffodils from Eric) 64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma 65. Gone sky diving 66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp 67. Bounced a check (for $6 at a gas station in 1968, back in the dark ages) 68. Flown in a helicopter (in Kauai on a family vacation--totally awesome!) 69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (and have saved some of my kids' toys, too) 70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial (everything in Washington, DC is incredible!) 71. Eaten Caviar (too salty for me) 72. Pieced a quilt (helped someone do it; haven't done one by myself--but I have crocheted a quilt by myself & I enjoyed it. Couldn't ever get the hang of knitting though) 73. Stood in Times Square (SO EXCITING!! Id NYC) 74. Toured the Everglades 75. Been fired from a job 76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London (London is an amazing city, and going to Buckingham Palace is a must do, but the whole royal family thing is rather hard to swallow in my opinion) 77. Broken a bone (my wrist, after jumping out of the back of Carl Wade's pickup truck when I was 16) 78. Been on a speeding motorcycle 79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person 80. Published a book 81. Visited the Vatican (so neat to stand in St Peter's Square & see where the Pope addresses the crowd. Unfortunately we weren't able to see him--he was at the summer residence on the day we were there. Missed him by one day!) 82. Bought a brand new car 83. Walked in Jerusalem 84. Had your picture in the newspaper 85. Read the entire Bible 86. Visited the White House (again, everything in Washington, DC is incredible) 87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (does catching a river trout count?) 88. Had chickenpox (in 4th grade--it messed up my perfect attendance record for the year) 89. Saved someone’s life 90. Sat on a jury (shook up my faith somewhat in the justice system, and not in a good way) 91. Met someone famous 92. Joined a book club 93. Lost a loved one (leaves a hole in your heart than can never be filled again) 94. Had a baby (having Melissa, Brian & Michelle are the 3 greatest days of my life!!!) 95. Seen the Alamo in person (refer to #19) 96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (stinky & itchy & all those brine flies....yuk! And Melissa hates the bathrooms there!!) 97. Been involved in a law suit 98. Owned a cell phone 99. Been stung by a bee 100.Totally copied a post from someone else's blog to your own (this one from Amy!)


  1. Congratulations, Janelle. We're all proud of you!! - Manja

  2. Yay!!! I'm so proud of you for blogging =)

    I loved reading all your comments by each thing- I should have done that.