List of activities – meme

I saw both Theresa and Steve had completed this meme and posted their results. I should be finishing packing but I thought I would take a break and go through this list of activities.As Steve said “The idea is simple. A list of 100 activities trails off almost into infinity. Be patient. Read. Learn.

The items in bold are the ones I have done; the items in italics are things I would like to do; the items in italics with an * are things I really want to do. And then there are the items in regular font — haven’t done, don’t care to.

So, here goes. Remember, there are 100.

1. Started my own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii – over 20 times. I love Kauai.

5. Watched a meteor shower *

6. Given more than I can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland/world

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sung a solo

11. Bungee jumped – no desire what so ever to try this

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched lightning at sea – well the lightening was out to sea but I wasn’t. Does that count?

14. Taught myself an art from scratch* – I would like to but in reality I don’t have much art creativity in me

15. Adopted a child –raised one of my own and am now to close to retirement to even consider this

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown my own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on a overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight I am one of six children so it was inevitable

22. Hitchhiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill – where I work its called time off paid whether I am sick or on vacation

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb – My mother’s parents had a working farm

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse (of the moon and the sun)

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 land of my ancestors* I could accomplish #66 with this one

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught myself a new language – well sort of

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*

41. Sung Karaoke – my daughter tells me I can’t sing

42. Seen Old Faithful Geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger dinner

44. Visited Africa*

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance – only as a passenger

47. Had my portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing – living in Oregon this is mandatory at some point

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person*

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

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

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 – see #48 and #4

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp* see #34

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy – only until a kid at my daughter’s day care destroyed my Madge doll (Barbie’s cousin?)

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 on a speeding 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 my picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating – why when there are perfectly good grocery stores and restaraunts?

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life (I like to think that I was responsible for saving my daughter’s life 12 years ago when she had her first cardiac arrest but really it was the EMTs who so quickly responded to my call to 911.)

90. Sat on a jury – got my first summons just this year but had to move out the date

91. Met someone famous – JFK and RFK, drank beer with Billie Idol in Playa del Carmen many years ago

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

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

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Rode an elephant – when I was about 7 years old there was an elephant at a local grocery store along with some clowns

I have done 50% of the activities and identified several  others that I would like to do. What does that say about me? That I am a boring mediocre person?

OK, got to go finish packing now that I have wasted my time posting this meme.

I was bored yesterday sitting around watching the snow fall for yet another day!

I was looking at my blog stats and found it interesting where some of the people who have found my blog are located. I have a ClustrMap as one of my widgets. On that map there are markers from China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Korea, Finland, Norway and Indonesia as well as many from the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Fellow bloggers, where are are your farthest viewers from?

Below are screenshots from yesterday afternoon of the four most current pages of  viewer’s locations from the Sitemeter stats. (I love SnagIt)

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OK, remember that I started this out by saying I was bored? And here was why…

I was on vacation Monday and today, Wednesday is a holiday and I can’t leave my house. It continued to snow for a good part of the day leaving another inch or more on the ground

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Here are some of the stories local TV station KATU covered yesterday.

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Today is Blog Action Day 2008 – Poverty

While reading about Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty I was viewing some of their resources I found a website that I really can relate to – The Girl Effect. There are some very interesting statistics on this website. A couple of the stats are:

· That an extra year in primary school raises the girl’s lifetime wages by 10% – 20%.
· An extra year of secondary school raises a girl’s lifetime wages by 15% – 25%

Why I can relate to The Girl Effect is because the charities that I tend to support locally are organizations that work to better a woman’s and her children’s life. Whether that is by finding safe shelter or assisting with a job search the need is so much larger than many people would imagine, I mean right here in my own backyard.

The other reason I can relate to the Girl Effect stats is that I along with two other women (thanks Wanda & Lisa) are currently sponsoring a young woman from Isla Mujeres who is attending university in Merida. Alejandra’s goal is to become a kindergarten teacher because “everyone has to start school”.

Why no one person can eliminate poverty on thier own we each can contribute in our own way. Do your part today to help. It can something as simple as:

  • Visit a local homeless shelter.
  • Talk to your children about poverty.
  • Don’t go shopping; give the money you would have spent to charity.
  • Talk to a local government leader about poverty where you live.
  • Start a new blog or website about poverty.

On Sunday when I wrote this post there were registered to participate: 7,730 Sites with an audience in excess of 9,339,871 Readers

Blogs I read

Over on the right you can see some of the blogs that I read. I have many more bookmarked and read them almost daily. You may have noticed that most of the blogs I read are written by ex-pats living in Mexico. I am interested in reading about their experiences because when I retire I plan on spending several months a year in Mexico. I may just travel or I may find a spot to settle more or less permanently. Most likely that place will be Isla Mujeres. In a year or two I will seriously start searching for a place to rent if I decide to retire part time on Isla.

Here’s a rundown of some of my favorite blogs I read and why:

A Canuck in Cancun To quote Kelly “This blog catalogs the ups and downs of life in Cancun, a bi-cultural relationship and a bilingual crazy kid, a beach and beach picture addiction and some random ex-pat thoughts.” I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this blog since I discovered it about 9 months ago. I find the daily life of a Canadian ex-pat living in Cancun interesting to read about as well as her posts about local and other news stories related to Mexico.

Babsblog – San Miguel Allende “An intrepid traveler who loves living in the “Moment”. I’ve retired to Mexico to experience the unexpected, the tranquility and the color of this surreal country.” Babs writes about her life in San Miguel, her travels around Mexico and other adventures. This blog can be educational, witty and cultural sometimes in the same post.

Big Sweet ToothMisty solo travels the world in search of her next food/adventure project, writes about adventure travel for MSNBC and the Chicago Sun Times and is a food critic and writer for Time Out Chicago magazine.Misty writes about her travels through Mexico in her vintage trailer, Central America, Bali and other worldwide destinations. She recently purchased a sailboat and I am sure she will be writing a lot about her travels in the boat. Misty also is a foodie. She takes great photos of her meals and describes them so well that you can almost taste the flavors.

Blah Blah Blah Ginger! “Travel Notes from Mimi and Jonna.” This couple has a condo in Akumal and is restoring a historical home in Merida. The house restoration is a huge project and it has been interesting to read about as the project progresses. Other posts are about their daily life in Mexico, hurricane preparation, their pets and a recent post about clouds that was just poetic.

Dreaming of Isla Brenda and her husband rent an apartment on Isla and own land that they will be building a home on. Brenda writes Isla stories and other stories about her life, her family and special events. I know Brenda and I can hear her “talking” when I read her posts.

Countdown to Mexico “We started our blog a few years ago when we first started thinking about moving to Mexico. We love our new life in Mazatlan!” Nancy writes about her and her husband’s daily activities, house projects and observations as an ex-pat living in Mazatlan. Nancy is another writer who has written some very poetic posts. I loved this one about a magical evening in Maz. I have added may blogs to my bookmarks from Nancy’s list of blogs she reads.

Gangs of San Miguel de Allende –”This blog is an explanation of what happens to certain people who move or visit San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.” I just started reading this blog a few weeks ago. It can be hysterically funny. Try it for a different perspective on living in Mexico.

Heather in Paradise Heather lives in Playa del Carmen hence the title of her blog. Heather writes about her daily life and activities in PDC. She also has written a few posts about the Peanut Pet Shelter and raised money via her blog to support the shelter. Heather’s posts can be sarcastic, humorous or informative. This is one of the blogs I discovered early in my blog reading and I have never been disappointed by it.

Isla Mujeres Gringo in Paradise – This is the first blog that I started to read. I briefly met Wayne in December on Isla but didn’t know this was his blog until he finally posted a photo with him in it. I love Wayne’s blog. He writes about the ups and downs of living on Isla. He takes great photos of the island and his recent trip back to Minnesota. Wayne has a 2nd blog of his travels throughout Mexico with great photos. He organized a bloggers meet up earlier this year on Isla. Wayne is a funny guy, sarcastic and an all around great blogger. Thanks Wayne for getting me started blogging and introducing me to some other really good blogs.

JamQueen – Camera Junkie While I have never met JamQueen I have “known” her through Isla Mujeres message boards for years. JQ takes great photos and shares them on her new blog. JQ and her husband sponsor an Isla Mujeres student as do Brenda and I as part of a small group of Isla lovers who are helping local students further their education.

Same Life — New Location –
“Meanderings of a boy from Powers, Oregon who decides to retire in Mexico.” Steve lives about 45 miles from me. He writes not only about his plans to retire to Mexico but some of his local Oregon adventures and his family member Professor Jiggs aka his dog. This was a comment regarding Steve’s blog post today that I totally agree with “
Sometimes your references go over my head, not having the education that you do, but that’s ok. I still love your blog, your way of writing and your well thought out messages.”

Dentro Del Jardin About Sue and her blog – “I share this beautiful space with my Mexican marido Miguel, our dogs Loco and Negra, and our cats Luna and Minina. And all the other creatures that choose to make our garden their home or dining room.” I met Sue on Isla in 2002 and have visited her at her Isla home. Sue is great blogger writing about her life on Isla and other interesting musings. This blog post about a broom was just fantastic.

What do I do all day? – “One Woman’s Life in Merida, Mexico. This blog is in response to the first thing people invariably ask me when I tell them that we have retired to Mèrida. We had originally planned to rent for a year while we traveled throughout South and Central America. But as Husband says “No plan survives contact with the enemy”. Now that our house is in the long-term maintence phase we plan to travel as much as we can. Welcome to my world and daily life.” Theresa writes about living in Merida, her crafts, her cooking, her dog and other important information for anyone thinking of moving to Mexico.


I have been trying out the Microsoft Office Word 2007 Blog function

Maybe you all know this but I decided a few weeks ago to try the blog function with Word 2007. I really like it. I can write my blog posts, spell check, change font colors and insert photos all from my Word doc. You can insert photos anywhere you want not just at the top like on Blogger. When finished I can publish to my blog right from my document. I used to always write my blog posts in Word and then copy and paste to Blogger. I then would have to change font colors and add hyperlinks, etc. to complete my posts.

Oops! Update:

For some reason the photos I inserted do not show up in the published blog posts. I will have to figure out if there is something else I need to do. If I highlight the area where the photo should be it appears that something is there to delete but no photo displays. Do any of you know how to get photos from the Word doc to publish?