Monday, July 6, 2009

one hundred things

This is my onehundreth post! I found the perfect way to celebrate the occasion. When I started out blogging I wasn't sure that it would continue past ten or even five posts and now here's One Hundred already. I'll not talk about the many ways in which blogging has changed my life, that would surely deserve a post or two of it's own, but I'd better get on this, reading one hundred things about a person is enough to get through in one post (if you make it to the end!) ...

This meme is from Lola, I think it's called the One Hundred meme, and if you'd like to do it too the directions are below...

The instructions are simple: just copy the list of 100 accomplishments, highlight the ones you've achieved in bold, and elaborate as desired. You can also add color, cool heh? :)

here goes:

1. Started my own blog. Not quite a year ago. Last august. Did you know you can have your blog printed and bound, your own blog book?!

2. Slept under the stars. As many times as there are stars. well, alot :)

3. Played in a band.

4. Visited Hawaii. Too many times to keep count. I lived there twice. Had relatives there. Almost gave birth there. My son went to University there for four years. Got engaged there. I love Hawaii.

Here in Hawaii feeding a GIANT Sea Turtle! it's not legal to touch them so I sort of just dropped the seaweed into it's mouth. photo by my son Kyle.

5. Watched a meteor shower.

6. Given more than I can afford to charity.

7. Been to Disney World/Land. Both, Florida and California.

8. Climbed a mountain. Two so far, Mt. Whitney~tallest mt. in the contiguous U.S. and Mt. Langley. SO MUCH FUN. a little scary, alot of work, but really FUN.

Mt. Whitney, 14,496 ft., California

9. Held a praying mantis. in New Zealand, at least we thought it was a praying mantis.

10. Sung a solo.never.

11. Bungee jumped. My boys did in New Zealand and my husband tried his best to talk me into going double with him. I hid in the car.

12. Visited Paris. Several times.

13. Watched lightning at sea. Once on a boat out in the Indian Ocean almost 100 miles off the coast of Sumatra, it was spectacular and frightening at the same time.

14. Taught myself an art from scratch.

15. Adopted a child. Child sponsorship only.

16. Had food poisoning. yes. many times. i try to forget.

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty. in 1973. You could still walk to the top then. (i just found out you can again now.)

18. Grown my own vegetables.

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France. i smiled back at her :)

20. Slept on an overnight train. (this is one i want to do like Darjeeling limited)

21. Had a pillow fight.

22. Hitchhiked. no, i never ever did that.

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

24. Built a snow fort.

25. Held a lamb. Does petting one count?

26. Gone skinny dipping. In the pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, oh and in a pool in Africa, no one was around, ha!

27. Run a marathon. does a half count? I ran a half, twice. and i think that's far enough.

28. Ridden a Gondola in Venice.

29. Seen a total eclipse.

30. Watched a sunrise or a sunset. Almost everyday.

31. Hit a home run.

32. Been on a cruise.

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.

34. Seen my Ancestors birthplace.

35. Seen an Amish community.

36. Taught myself a new language.

37. Had enough money to be satisfied. sometimes...

38. Mastered the cartwheel.

39. Skimmed the surface of water on water skis.

40. Seen Michelangelo's David.

41. Sung karaoke. this would be worse than bungee jumping for me.

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant.

44. Visited Africa. Three times. Planning the next trip now. Can.not.wait.

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight. well, of course,we live at the beach, but the most memorable would be on my honeymoon in Western Samoa, bliss...

46. Been transported in an ambulance. When i was 17.this goes with #77

47. Had my portrait painted. by my Mom, me at 2 years old.

48. Gone deep sea fishing. watched other people deep sea fish.

49. Been to the Sistine Chapel in person.

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

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling. I was certified at age 9, well, a Jr. certification. But diving scares me. I'd rather go 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. I think my Mom bought them all from me.

62. Gone whale watching. lots of times.

63. Got flowers for no reason. Which is the best reason!

64. Donated blood, platelets, or plasma.

65. Gone sky diving. No, thank you.

66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp site.

67. Bounced a check.

68. Flown in a helicopter. Over Kilauea, The Big Island of Hawaii. I can't find those photos, hmmm...we flew right over the bubbling lava!

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy up until my late 20s.My Mom saved it first, but now i have it.

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.

71. Eaten Caviar. I'll pass.

72. Pieced a quilt.

73. Stood in Times Square. I'll be standing there soon again, my youngest son is transferring to a University in Manhattan. In August. :(, no, i mean :)

74. Toured the Everglades.

75. Been fired from a job.

76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London. I saw where they do the changing...

77. Broken a bone. My sternum cracked, snow skiing in Jackson Hole Wyoming. That led to #46.

78. Been on speeding motorcycle. My son's, never again. *shudder*

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person. I wish everyone could see it.

80. Published a book. Been published in a book, does that make sense? my photos are in a book, there, that's better!

81. Visited the Vatican.

82. Bought a brand new car. It had only 200 miles on it, that's new right?

83. Walked in Jerusalem.

84. Had my picture in the newspaper.
Here is a photo (and article) that my husband did on our recent trip to Zimbabwe. If you'd like to read it go to Photo by Chuck Graham.

85. Read the entire Bible.

86. Visited the White House.

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. yuck.

88. Had chickenpox.

89. Saved some one's life. Took a CPR class just in case.

90. Not known that 90 comes after 89, not 91. Huh?

91. Met someone famous.

92. Joined a book club. And then dropped out when I didn't have time to read the book!

93. Lost a loved one.

94. Had a baby. Five beautiful babies.

95. Seen the Alamo in person.

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake. drove by the G.S.L.

97. Been involved in a law suit.

98. Owned a cell phone. Own a cell phone. I love my cell phone.

99. Been stung by a bee.

100. Ridden an elephant. I don't know if I want to ride one, have you seen how BIG they are?

Whew! that's it. Now, I'm handing this meme over to you. Have fun!... :)

love, lori


  1. Well done!

    I've fixed the link to you....
    thanks for letting me know.
    I'll let others know too. I want everyone to be aware of all that you share Lori as it's good for the soul.

    xx Ribbon :-)

  2. Wonderful, wonderful - I love this post, Lori. Reading about the places you've been, the mountains you've conquered, the oceans you've swam in, the adventures you've been on...I had to read this list twice because it conjures up yet more pictures of the Lori we've all grown to love through the wonders of blogging!

    Chuck's article is absolutely stellar! He should write a blog too, you know - he is a magician with words. (Not to mention his brilliant artists' eye with a camera!) I will remember always his the closing words of that piece...'their indelible spirit glowing like a Zimbabwean sunset.' So exactly, perfectly right. (I have such hope for them, Lori - I saw, first-hand, how the Uganadan people rose out of the ashes of Amin's deadly swathe and how they, too, glow with a special spirit and and the sheer joy of life.)

  3. Tessa,those were very adequate words (Ribbon`s, too)!! Yes, please everyone, read Chuck`s article and see his photos (also on his website). He and Lori make such a remarkable couple!
    Lori, I did a few things that you haven`t! I swam in the Great Salt Lake, I did! And I rode on an elephant, in the Hamburg Zoo. You are right, too high!! And I also jumped from a ten meter tower into a basin, and that was not even mentioned. But you beat me nevertheless with Whale Watching and seeing Hawaii and many other things.
    I don`t know how to copy this from you AND change the colors. But reading yours was lovely enough, thank you! Maybe I`ll make up my own 100 questions?

  4. CCongrats on your 100th.This is a very interesting post and enjoyed getting to know you a little better.

  5. You are leading a fun, adventurous life. Congratulations on 100 wonderful posts. (Mine came and went and I didn't even know it!)

    I hope your life continues to be an amazing swirl of love, adventure, excitement and serenity.

  6. What a great list! Your life looks so rich from this perspective (it feels that way when I read your blog anyway).

    It also made me appreciate many of the things I've done (and haven't thought of or really counted as special in awhile). As always, thank you!

  7. Congratulations!! Loved reading this post Lori - I should take this list and convert it into a 'to do' list :)

    Chuck's article was very good as well - he does write wonderfully.

  8. Dear Ribbon,

    ♥ thank you friend,

    It's a blessing for sure to go and see and do, I love this planet.

    Thank you for reading Chuck's article and for the wonderful comment. I'll be sure to show him. A blog? no no! then i would never see him, being an editor and writer keeps him entirely too busy on computers as it is! haha!

    you jumped?? that is bungee jumping. Good Grief!! you are a braver woman than I. It's just copy and paste to make this post, I will tell you in an email ok?

    Thank you, it's fun to do, looking back, I wonder who started these lists?

    I'm not sure why 100 struck me as a special number, hmmm? I guess because i'm still here! thank you for the wishes and same to you ☺

    I hope you will try this meme, it is fun to do. Everyone's will be special in its own way ☺
    Thanks Bhavana,

    I thought 100 things might be overdoing it, I'm glad you liked it, let me know when you've done yours! oh, and thanks for saying that about my husband ☺

  9. Wow, you've done and seen a lot! Good for you! You are my inspiration, in so many ways, Lori. Thanks for the peek.

  10. fabulous post
    some really awesome things on your list!
    you've given me so many more to add to my bucketlist

  11. Oh I love people that live life to the full Lori!

  12. Great life Lori. And congratulations on the 100th. Your magnetism draws everybody closer.

  13. For some reason I find it fascinating to read these things about complete strangers :-D
    although I suppose - once one reads them, you're no longer a COMPLETE stranger.

    ♥ maria-thérèse

  14. Hi sweet Lori, I enjoyed your list very much too.I have to say the answers didn't really suprise me, which was wonderful, as I realise I have built up an acurate portrait of you, in my mind.

    Tell Chuck that I enjoyed his article very much too. :D

    Congratulations on your 100 posts! It has been my absolute pleasure to come across your wonderful blog, and even more wonderful to makes friends with you.

  15. very best wishes on your 100 ~many more please~elk

  16. Nancy,

    oh my gosh, dear friend thats the thing i want to say to you. i'm sorry i let you get ahead of me. you are an amazing soulful person. I have to get to Tahoe so we can meet, ok? over icecream??!

    I imagine that's a great list. Mine just keeps getting longer and longer too...

    We live in exciting times i think, one where we have so many choices. Plus I'm at the stage now where my kids are just about all grown up. freedom!

    Thank you, thats a lovely compliment, will you do the 100 meme?

    I know exactly what you mean, I think its because even though we are all so much alike, our differences make others very interesting! It's so nice to meet you!

    I will tell him and thank you for saying that. You know how much I value our friendship too, my little sister ☺

    Thank you ♥

  17. That's a lot of doin! I really enjoyed that. If you come with me to Nepal you'll be riding an elephant. They are big, but very gentle.

  18. Congratulations Lori-Ann, what a life you have lived.

    All of the travels and five children (what a travel of the heart that is).

    You are so dear and so sweet, and so beautiful.

    Love Renee xoxo

  19. that took some dedication! congratulations!!

  20. Jeri,

    If I could go with you to Nepal, I would ride 10 elephants!
    Dear Renee,

    well, i could say the very same thing about you. Thank you dear friend.XOXO

    no! it was really easy, just copy and paste. Or, um were you meaning 100 posts? then yes! dedication. haha!

  21. "sung karaoke .... worse than skydiving" LOLOLOL

    I LOVED skydiving before i became a Mum now I dont do it, but the thought of karaoke... *horrified shiver runs through my spine.....NEVER, I am with you on this one, lets sit in the corner Lori, drink a fine wine and laugh and cringe at everyone else, a dark corner where no one can see us
    fun post, thank you

  22. Congratulations on your 100th post!

    I am looking forward to post number 200!


xoxo lori