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Friday, June 06, 2008


One of my favorite people in this world that I have never met is Neighbor Jane Payne. She has a weekly newsletter that she writes which is AMAZING and always brightens my day. Some day I will meet her and when I do I know I will cry. A few weeks ago I had a dream about her and I at the Lincoln Memorial and we were picking up trash - weird. She is down right amazing.

Today in her newsletter she had this list of 200 things in honor of her 200th newsletter. (way to go Jane) She invited anyone who wanted to to put them on their blog as a way of journaling some things they have done or not done in their life. Thanks Jane and here is to another 200!

All you have to do is copy the list and bold what you have done.
This is a great thing for kids to have their grandparents do.

200 Have and Have nots!

1. Touched an iceberg

2. Slept under the stars

3. Been a part of a hockey fight

4. Changed a baby's diaper

5.
Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Swam with wild dolphins

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a tarantula

(growing up in NM these were like catching a Caterpillar to most)

10. Said "I love you" and meant it

11. Bungee jumped

(never!)

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise

15. Seen the Northern Lights

16. Gone to a huge sports game

17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty

(this is kind of huge thing to have on someone’s list because I don’t think they let you do this anymore?)

18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables

(I agree Jane, nothing tastes as good as homegrown)

19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope

20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment

(last week during a meeting during the prayer)

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Bet on a winning horse

23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

(I think I was 7 and we had a pool in our backyard, just me and my sister. Just feel like I need to clarify)

27. Taken an ice cold bath

28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar

29. Seen a total eclipse

(I was a getting a perm in high school and stood out on the street in my perm rods))

30. Ridden a roller coaster

(but hope to never again in my life, I don’t like them)

31. Hit a home run

32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking

(last month at Jill’s house – Come on Eileen)

33. Adopted an accent for fun

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

(not yet but will this summer in Italy)

35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment

36. Loved your job 90% of the time

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Watched wild whales

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach

41. Gone sky diving

42. Visited Ireland

43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited India

45. Bench-pressed your own weight

46. Milked a cow

47. Alphabetized your personal files

48. Ever worn a superhero costume

49. Sung karaoke

50. Lounged around in bed all day

51. Gone scuba diving

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

(This is where I first saw Star Wars in our blue VW bus)

55. Done something you should regret, but don't

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Been in a movie

60. Gone without food for 3 days

61. Made cookies from scratch

62. Won first prize in a costume contest

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Been in a combat zone

65. Spoken more than one language fluently

66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone

67. Bounced a check

68. Read - and understood - your credit report

69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy

(so funny Garage sale last weekend)

70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did

71. Called or written your Congress person

72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over

(Utah, New Orleans, South Dakota and other mission states, Tennessee, D.C. I am tired…)

73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge

74. Helped an animal give birth

75. Been fired or laid off from a job

76. Won money

77. Broken a bone

78. Ridden a motorcycle

79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph

80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon

81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing

(I wish!)

82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days

83. Eaten sushi

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read The Bible cover to cover

86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about

87. Gotten someone fired for their actions

88. Gone back to school

89. Changed your name

90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands

91. Eaten fried green tomatoes

92. Read The Iliad

93. Taught yourself an art from scratch

94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt

96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language

97. Been elected to public office (I wish!)

98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream

(Wengen)

99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care

100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you

101. Had a booth at a street fair

102. Dyed your hair

103. Been a DJ

104. Rocked a baby to sleep

105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four (Stacy promise me we are still friends)

106. Raked your carpet

107. Brought out the best in people

108. Brought out the worst in people

109. Worn a mood ring

110. Ridden a horse

111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap

112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe

113. Buried a child

114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play

115. Been inside the pyramids

116. Shot a basketball into a basket

117. Danced at a disco

118. Played in a band

(Alto Saxaphone)

119. Shot a bird

120. Gone to an arboretum

121. Tutored someone

122. Ridden a train

123. Brought an old fad back into style

124. Eaten caviar

125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need

126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant

127. Published a book

128. Pieced a quilt

129. Lived in an historic place

130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage

131. Asked for a raise

132. Made a hole-in-one (does put put count)

133. Gone deep sea fishing

134. Gone roller skating

135. Run a marathon

136. Learned to surf

137. Invented something

138. Flown first class

139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite

140. Flown in a helicopter

141. Visited Africa

142. Sang a solo

143. Gone spelunking

144. Learned how to take a compliment

145. Written a love-story

146. Seen Michelangelo’s David

(no but will this summer also!)

147. Had your portrait painted

148. Written a fan letter

149. Spent the night in something haunted

150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane

151. Ran away

152. Learned to juggle

153. Been a boss

154. Sat on a jury

155. Lied about your weight

156. Gone on a diet

157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget

158. Written a poem

159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox

160. Gotten food poisoning

(on my me and Ryan at Frontier Pies – Navajo Tacos!)

161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission

162. Hiked the Grand Canyon

163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks

164. Gone to the opera

165. Gotten a letter from someone famous

166. Worn knickers

167. Ridden in a limousine

168. Attended the Olympics

169. Can hula or waltz

170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books

171. Been stuck in an elevator

172. Had a revelatory dream

173. Thought you might crash in an airplane

174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert

175. Saved someone’s life

176. Eaten raw whale

177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint

178. Laughed till your side hurt

179. Straddled the equator

180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing

181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival

182. Sent a message in a bottle

183. Spent the night in a hostel

184. Been a cashier

185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

186. Joined a union

187. Donated blood or plasma

188. Built a campfire

189. Kept a blog

190. Had hives

191. Worn custom made shoes or boots

192. Made a PowerPoint presentation

193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course

194. Served at a soup kitchen

195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube

196. Know CPR

197. Ridden in or owned a convertible

198. Found a long lost friend

199. Helped solve a crime

200. Responded to a NJP newsletter



are you going to do it? It takes a lot less time than you think.

18 comments:

Autumn said...

I love the way you are always challenaging your readers! I'm gonna go do it then I'm gonna get my mom to do it.

denise said...

What a great idea - I'm going to do it now.

Jill said...

This is wonderful, I'm going to do it too. I love Jane! I really hope she'll come to the blog party next year so we can meet her in real life.

Amanda L. said...

So bizarre. I was just thinking about her and you today and wondering where/how you two connected. I obviously have too much free time to be thinking random thoughts like that!

This is great. I'll do it.

Tiffany said...

what a great idea.. I am going to do it now...

Mrs. Organic said...

I'm going to, but first I'd love to know what that recipe was.

April said...

What a fun, fast idea! I just did mine.

Bahama Shores Mama: said...

thanks for providing me with blog fodder for today......I was busy and coming up blank!

Laurie said...

This will make a fun addition to everyone's blogs. Thanks for the idea Jane and Kristi! Fun to see what you've done - and what I've done!!

michelle said...

It was fast and easy and I think it will be a great thing to have recorded for the future! Love that Jane.

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Oh gee. My eyes have completely misted over (and I went to a funeral today and they didn't mist once there), thank you for your very, very kind words and for the kind words from everyone in the comment section.

Oh, but Kristi, I'm sure you've experienced #172. I'm certain that dream of us picking up trash at the Lincoln Memorial is revelatory . . . and if it isn't? Well, I'm sure we can arrange it so it is :) (I'm so glad you mentioned you dream about bloggers. A couple of weeks ago I had a few dreams about diferent bloggers and thought, "Oh geeze. I'm not sure this is normal.")

And if anyone is interested, you're welcome to a FREE subscription to the newsletter. Just go to www.neighborjanepayne.com and click on subscribe at the top, enter your information and I'll activate your account.

Do tell, do tell. HOW did you go over 100 miles per hour and WHERE?

Marla said...

thanks for this exercise...a great way to reflect on a few things that i have done, and even more that I would like to. And thanks for introducing me to Jane.

melanie said...

Kristi, I have no doubt you will cry the day you get to meet Jane. She is in every way amazing and I can't count the tears I've shared with her. Oh she is a wonderful friend!

I love that so many are doing this. It's great to get one more peek into each person's haves and have nots.

Liz said...

Fun list! I am working on mine now too!

Holly said...

I enjoyed reading your list! I just finished mine this morning and am glad I took the time to do it. It made me realize some things I still hope to do some day--and giggle about some of the things I have done. Thanks for sharing about Jane too--I just subscribed to her newsletter.

Barb said...

I might have to visit the south if I'm ever going to accomplish #91.

Staci said...

Fun list. I just did it ad it was pretty fun to see what I have and haven't done.

Linsey said...

I am a lurker... But a loyal one. I love your blog. I just wanted to say, I knew I liked you but I just danced to Come On Eileen last month at my girlfriends house!!! I thought I was the only crazy one!