Some Things I’ve Done

These lists are easier to do than using my brain.  Those items highlighted are things that I’ve done before:

1. STARTED YOUR OWN BLOG – here and other places
2.
SLEPT UNDER THE STARS
3. PLAYED IN A BAND
4. Visited Hawaii – in 2001
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. GIVEN MORE THAN YOU COULD AFFORD TO CHARITY
7. BEEN TO DISNEYLAND – first time when I was 20, last time when I was 35
8.
CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN
9. HELD A PRAYING MANTIS
10. Sang a solo
12. VISITED PARIS
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
 14. TAUGHT YOURSELF AN ART FROM SCRATCH
15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning – back in the late 80’s was the worst
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. SEEN THE MONA LISA IN FRANCE
20. SLEPT IN AN OVERNIGHT TRAIN
21. HAD A PILLOW FIGHT
22. Hitchhiked
23. TAKEN A SICK DAY WHEN YOU’RE NOT ILL
24. BUILT A SNOW FORT
25. Held a lamb
26.
Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse (solar)
30. WATCHED A SUNRISE OR SUNSET – Sunset in Stone Mountain, Georgia; Sunrise when I would hold Caitlin as a crying infant from night to morning
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise – 5 times
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors – 1979 and 1993
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
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 – in the mid 90’s – I hate singing in public, so it was memorable
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt – in the early 90’s
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. WALKED ON A BEACH BY MOONLIGHT
46. Been transported in an ambulance – in Hong Kong one stormy night in 1979
47. HAD YOUR PORTRAIT PAINTED
48. GONE DEEP SEA FISHING
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
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. STARTED A BUSINESS – my Creative Memories business is the closest
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen – 2004 with Caitlin
61. SOLD GIRL SCOUT COOKIES
62. Gone whale watching
63.
GOT FLOWERS FOR NO REASON
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67.
BOUNCED A CHECK – many times over the years by accident
68. FLOWN IN A HELICOPTER
69. SAVED A FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY
70.
Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. EATEN CAVIER – from time to time but rarely
72.
Pieced a quilt
73. STOOD IN TIMES SQUARE
74. Toured the Everglades – January 2008
75. BEEN FIRED FROM A JOB
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. BEEN ON A SPEEDING MOTORCYCLE
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person – 1990
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. BOUGHT A BRAND NEW CAR – 1983, 1986, and 2001
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. HAD YOUR PICTURE IN THE NEWSPAPER – December 2007
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88.
Had chicken pox – 1972
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. MET SOMEONE FAMOUS
92. Joined a book club
93. LOST A LOVED ONE – Mom in 1993; dad in 2007
94. HAD A BABY – May 1997
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit – in the mid 80’s when I had to sue someone in small claims court for a hit and run
98.
OWNED A CELL PHONE – periodically since the mid-90’s but hardly in the past 10 years
99. BEEN STUNG BY A BEE – in junior high school
100. READ AN ENTIRE BOOK IN ONE DAY – I do this all the time!

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My Example of Baby Steps

Let me tell you about a certain “exercise” routine I’ve been doing since October 2004.  Several days after I walked my marathon (y’all knew that, right, because I’m still talking about it as if I just finished it!), I started a new job in which I had to take the subway to work.  For me, riding the subway is rote; I do the same thing every day.  On the way home, I stand at the same spot to enter the train, which means I get off at the same spot when I’m at my destination.  Because the stairs to the street level is right there and because the escalator is about eight train-lengths away, I walk up the stairs every evening, all 60 steps.  Even when I was at my best shape after the marathon, my legs would feel fatigued towards the last several steps, and it was a reminder that I was still out of shape.  I did this every day until I started working at home two and a half years later, but at least I could go to the gym then.  Six months later, I switch employers.  Although I was still taking the subway, this time when I’d go home, I got on the train that, when I got to my destination, I could walk out and get on the escalators!  Yay!  Or so I thought…

I took the escalators for the next 8 1/2 months and never made it to the gym either.  In early December 2008, I went back to my former employer, the one where I’d take the subway and had to walk the 60 steps.  NOW I know what it was like to be out of shape!!!  By the time I got to step 45, my legs were burning, and I was slowing down.  By the time, I got up to the top of the stairs, my heart was beating VERY fast, and I could barely catch my breath!  I had to step aside to wait for my heart rate to go down to a somewhat normal level before I would dare to leave the gates of the subway station and proceed to the parking lot.  I’ve always taken the elevators at the parking lot to the third floor where my car is.  After getting off the elevator, I still had to walk equivalent of a city block before I’d get to my car, and there were some days I could barely do that! 

It’s now been two months, and I noticed about a week ago that I could make it up ALL the stairs with only a little bit of leg fatigue, my heart rate was pretty normal, and my breathing wasn’t as labored.  I guess there has been some fitness improvement in the past two months… but SO much more work to do!