i hate being told what to do

January 1, 2009 at 1:55 pm (blog-a-day!, life in general, meme for me, meme for you...)

Because I’ve taken a semi-pledge to myself to blog everyday, and because I’ve recently discovered a new fun (and European!) blogger, I’m going to show people just how sad and insular actually exciting my life to date has been so far, as shown by this list.

This is the “things to do before you die” list going around…be careful not to catch it.

1. Started my own blog- yes, obviously
2. Slept under the stars- yes, we camped a lot when I was a kid.
3. Played in a band- oh my, yes. I still dream about it. I was a band nerd to the extreme. Last night I dreamed that I declared that any money I was saving to have a kid was now going to be used to save up for a maple wood bass clarinet, the most beautiful instrument I have every played. I cry thinking that I gave that up…
4. Visited Hawaii-no, though I did apply to go to grad school there- along with 279573290 other students.
5. Watched a meteor shower- yes. Awesome
6. Given more than I can afford to charity- only in time, to the humane society
7. Been to Disneyland/World- no. No big loss, in my mind.
8. Climbed a mountain- yes. I spent 3 weeks climbing mountains, chasing birds through 12 feet of snow. I hated it.
9. Held a praying mantis- yes, I think. At least, I’ve seen a ton.
10. Sung a solo- No, but I have played solos on my bass clarinet and tenor saxophone. My senior year in high school, I had an entire 5 minute solo with band accompaniment
11. Bungee jumped – No, never felt the need
12. Visited Paris- no
13. Watched lightning at sea- Heck yeah. But what is more cool is watching bioluminescence at sea- it’s like lightning in the water, and really, really amazing.
14. Taught myself an art from scratch- Well, I consider it crafting rather than art, but yes
15. Adopted a child- no, but I’ve thought about it a lot.
16. Had food poisoning- Sadly, yes. Why is this on this list? It is not exactly something to aspire to do before dying, especially since it can lead to death. How about we make this one “Eaten awesome cheese” instead: yes, I love cheese. The boy and I have a $75 gift certificate to central market and I want to spend it all on fancy cheese…
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty- Nope, never been to New York. But I have been to awesome aquariums in Texas and California. Take that.
18. Grown my own vegetables- do herbs count? As in chives, dorks.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa- Only in pictures. But I have some of my mom’s original art work, so suck it.
20. Slept on an overnight train- Not yet, but the boy and I plan to take a train to Portland to see my brother get married in May
21. Had a pillow fight- um, duh.
22. Hitchhiked- No, but I’ve read Douglas Adams.
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill – since I know my boss reads this, no.
24. Built a snow fort- What is snow? I live in Central Texas. The city freaks out if there is enough snow to stick to the ground. But, we have never had enough snow to build anything like a fort. The one time I was in enough snow that I could’ve built a fort, all I wanted to do was go home (see #8 )
25. Held a lamb- I’ve petted lambs, does that count? Also, I’ve eaten lamb, what about that?
26. Gone skinny dipping- I don’t think so, though I’ve always kinda wanted to. The problem with having an intense background in aquatic biology is you know what fun microbes thrive in bodies of water. I still would love to go skinny dipping, though, just not at the local Austin nude lake, Hippy Hollow. I’ve been there, it’s creepy and smelly.
27. Run a Marathon- No, though I’ve done marathon experiments which I think should count.
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice- No, though I’ve seen replicas…in strip malls. Totally doesn’t count.
29. Seen a total eclipse- Nope, just partials. Never in the right part of the world…
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset- yes. Sadly sunrises bring up bad memories of watching the sunrise the morning after my mom died. I remember thinking “how could there still be beauty in the world when my mom is gone?”
31. Hit a home run – Ha! No. Unless we are talking about nooky.
32. Been on a cruise- Yes, but not like you are thinking. I’ve been on research “cruises” which are not relaxing in the classic sense. Fun, though, if you are a nerd like me.

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person- Nope.
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors- Well, if we’re talking Ireland and Germany, no. If we’re talking where my parents grew up, yes.
35. Seen an Amish community- No, though there’s an Amish furniture store near me for some reason.
36. Taught myself a new language- Sort of learned Japanese…
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied- What kind of question is this? Money sucks and is the root of most problems in the world- any problems not started by money are started by religion. Every time I get a raise or something I get new bills. Satisfaction cannot be measured monetarily.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person- No.
39. Gone rock climbing- Not in the traditional sense, though I’ve bounced around the hiking trails in and around Austin
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David- not the original, though I think there was a replica at one of the museums on campus for a while that I saw once…or it was something Greek. I don’t remember.
41. Sung karaoke- Haha, no…when I’m drunk enough to do something like karaoke I usually just dance a lot
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt- no
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant- Um, no. I usually am doing good to afford my own meal.
44. Visited Africa- no
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight- I lived on a beach by moonlight for a couple years!
46. Been transported in an ambulance- No. Again, why is this on the list? After hearing about my parents’ ride in an ambulance after their accident, it is not exactly something I aspire to.
47. Had my portrait painted- Do caricatures count?
48. Gone deep sea fishing- yes, a couple times. The first time I caught a kingfish, the second time I caught something so big it snapped my line before I could bring it up- twice. I’m going to say that I could a sea monster. Prove me wrong.
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person- no
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris- no
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling- been snorkeling, though not scuba. I was a lame marine biologist My species were all found in shallow water when I was a marine biologist
52. Kissed in the rain- I think so
53. Played in the mud- yes
54. Gone to a drive-in theater- no, though it might be fun. On the other hand, we have Alamo Drafthouse in Austin and I’ve been there many times- a awesome theatre + restaurant + Austin kitch awesomeness. Beat that.
55. Been in a movie- Um, not that I know of, though peole film movies in Austin all the time so I might be in the background somewhere.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China- no
57. Started a business- no, and never felt the need.
58. Taken a martial arts class- no, but I’ve want to take Kempo ever since I took a self defense class that used lots of marital arts.
59. Visited Russia- no but I worked for a Russia for a while…
60. Served at a soup kitchen- no, I volunteer with animals, not people. I’ve always trusted animals more than people.
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies- Nope! And I’m ok with that
62. Went Whale Watching- I ache to do this! I’ve seen lots of dolphins, though, while on research cruises- both bottlenose and spotted, as well as some porpoises in Galveston, and those are all whales, technically, so there ya go.
63. Got flowers for no reason- Please. Like the boy has even given me flowers when he did have a reason. He fails in that department.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma- I always pass out when I try to donate stuff
65. Gone sky diving- not yet
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp- Um, no. I don’t need to visit a place of atrocity to know it happened.
67. Bounced a check- Oooooh yes. Sigh.
68. Flown in a helicopter- No
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy- Are you kidding?? I have all my He-man and She-ra toys, Ninja Turtles, Barbie stuff (including my mom’s vintage stuff), and I still sleep with the teddy bear I had in the crib.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial- no
71. Eaten caviar- yes, bleh
72. Pieced a quilt- Yes, just last week!
73. Stood in Times Square- Again, never been to New York
74. Toured the Everglades- Not yet, on the list of ecotourism stuff I want to do (though ecotourism isn’t as good as just leaving places like this alone…)
75. Been fired from a job- not techincally, though places where I’ve worked “didn’t continue funding” when I came back from internships, etc.
76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London- No
77. Broken a bone- Probably a toe or two and my cocyx, though I’ve never had x-rays. Honestly, what could doctors do about those anyway?
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle- no, and never see the need. Scooters are exciting enough for me.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person- Several times
80. Published a book- no. If this was “read over 500 books in 20 years” I could say yes.
81. Visited the Vatican- nope, and don’t feel the need
82. Bought a brand-new car- HA! I’ve barely even ridden in a new car before
83. Walked in Jerusalem- no
84. Had my picture in the newspaper-yes, for nerdy things like getting alumni scholarships
85. Read the entire Bible- no, but I started it once to try and understand my first boyfriend. Yikes.
86. Visited the White House- Nope.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating- Only a fish (see #48 )
88. Had chickenpox- yes, still have scars (I think they make me look distinguished and interesting- I have one above my right eye)
89. Saved someone’s life- Maybe?
90. Sat on a jury- Nope.
91. Met someone famous- Hmm. Only science folks. And possibly “celebrities” that I had no clue I was meeting, who knows.
92. Joined a book club- the kind where you sign up and get discounts? Yes. The kind where you read a book a week and then discuss? No. I hate people telling me what to read.
93. Lost a loved one- yes
94. Had a baby- not. Still going back and forth on that one.
95. Seen the Alamo in person- Yes. Thought it was boring. And if you know the *real* story of the alamo, you will be less impressed with it, too.
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake- Nope
97. Been involved in a law suit- No. Why is this on this list?? Let’s make it “Had crushes on tv stars?” Yes. Daily.
98. Owned a cell phone- Yes. I do not live under a rock
99. Been stung by a bee- Not that I know of, and they might kill me…
100. Ridden an elephant- no, and never wanted to. Leave them alone!

Ok, I don’t feel as lame after doing this list as I thought I would. Sweet. Still have a lot of traveling to do, but I’m only 27 so it’ll happen, eventually.

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