003 // One of those lists…

  1. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
  2. Swam with dolphins
  3. Climbed a mountain
  4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
  5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
  6. Held a tarantula
  7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
  8. Said “I love you” and meant it
  9. Hugged a tree
  10. Bungee jumped
  11. Visited Paris
  12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
  14. Seen the Northern Lights
  15. Gone to a huge sports game
  16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
  17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
  18. Touched an iceberg
  19. Slept under the stars
  20. Changed a baby’s diaper
  21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
  22. Watched a meteor shower
  23. Gotten drunk on champagne
  24. Given more than you can afford to charity
  25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
  26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
  27. Had a food fight
  28. Bet on a winning horse
  29. Asked out a stranger
  30. Had a snowball fight
  31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
  32. Held a lamb
  33. Seen a total eclipse
  34. Ridden a roller coaster
  35. Hit a home run
  36. Danced like a fool and didn’t care who was looking
  37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
  38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
  39. Had two hard drives for your computer
  40. Visited all 50 states
  41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
  42. Had amazing friends
  43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
  44. Watched whales
  45. Stolen a sign
  46. Backpacked in Europe
  47. Taken a road-trip
  48. Gone rock climbing
  49. Taken a midnight walk on the beach
  50. Gone sky diving
  51. Visited Ireland
  52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
  53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
  54. Visited Japan
  55. Milked a cow
  56. Alphabetized your CDs
  57. Pretended to be a superhero
  58. Sung karaoke
  59. Lounged around in bed all day
  60. Played touch football
  61. Gone scuba diving
  62. Kissed in the rain
  63. Played in the mud
  64. Played in the rain
  65. Gone to a drive-in theatre
  66. Visited the Great Wall of China
  67. Started a business
  68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
  69. Toured ancient sites
  70. Taken a martial arts class
  71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
  72. Gotten married
  73. Been in a movie
  74. Crashed a party
  75. Gotten divorced
  76. Gone without food for 5 days
  77. Made cookies from scratch
  78. Won first prize in a costume contest
  79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
  80. Gotten a tattoo
  81. Rafted the Snake River
  82. Been on a television news program as an “expert”
  83. Gotten flowers for no reason
  84. Performed on stage
  85. Been to Las Vegas
  86. Recorded music
  87. Eaten shark
  88. Kissed on the first date
  89. Gone to Thailand
  90. Bought a house
  91. Been in a combat zone
  92. Buried one/both of your parents
  93. Been on a cruise ship
  94. Spoken more than one language fluently
  95. Performed in Rocky Horror
  96. Raised children
  97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
  98. Passed out cold
  99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
  100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
  101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
  102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
  103. Had plastic surgery
  104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
  105. Wrote articles for a large publication
  106. Lost over 100 pounds
  107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
  108. Piloted an airplane
  109. Touched a stingray
  110. Broken someone’s heart
  111. Helped an animal give birth
  112. Won money on a TV game show
  113. Broken a bone
  114. Gone on an African photo safari
  115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
  116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
  117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
  118. Ridden a horse
  119. Had major surgery
  120. Had a snake as a pet
  121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  122. Slept for 30 hours in a 48 hour period
  123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. States
  124. Visited all 7 continents
  125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
  126. Eaten kangaroo meat
  127. Eaten sushi
  128. Had your picture in the newspaper
  129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
  130. Gone back to school
  131. Parasailed
  132. Touched a cockroach
  133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
  134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey
  135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
  136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  137. Skipped all your school reunions
  138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
  139. Been elected to public office
  140. Written your own computer language
  141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
  142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
  143. Built your own PC from parts
  144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
  145. Had a booth at a street fair
  146. Dyed your hair
  147. Been a DJ
  148. Shaved your head
  149. Caused a car accident
  150. Saved someone’s life


Time spent: 16 minutes

Updated: 6/12/16.


002 // Rainy Autumn Mornings

My alarm woke me at 4:55 this morning. I kept my head on my pillow as I pondered clothes for the day. It is a generally useless activity – the first outfit I plan is never the one I wear. The cold air hit my legs as I pushed away the covers and sought the comfort and warmth of my slippers.

Sleepily I dragged myself to the dresser and pulled on workout clothes. Feetures socks. Nike capris. Champion sports bra. Aasics tank. Champion long-sleeve. REI vest. Nike jacket. As I shuffled around the apartment, I tried to keep track of what was left to do. “Purse. Brush teeth. Gym bag. Clothes for work. Water bottle. Watch. Yoga pants. Phone.”

I grabbed black pants and a red sweater for work and was out the door into the pitch black by 5:30. The ground was wet from a night of rain. The air had that crisp, sweet smell. I love this time of morning – no one is around and you get to enjoy the few minutes you have.

Also, I don’t know why I packed yoga pants. I’m not going to do yoga today. Instead I’m going to nap in my car or eat leftover pizza. One of the two. I should read my homework, but I know it will not happen.

This morning was my first time running at the track in nine weeks. I started early so that I wouldn’t feel compelled to keep up with people as I get back in shape. Instead people joined me for my cool down as they warmed up. It was nice to have company on the dark track. By the time 6:00 rolled around, I was back to being bundled up in my layers, and by 6:15 I was yelling encouragements and times at the other runners. It isn’t much, but it is the only social activity I have on some of the more stressful and jam-packed weeks.

I liked being at the track this morning. Everyone was in a good mood. It was dark. It was quiet. It was raining again, and by 6:30 all you could hear was people breathing and their wet shoes hitting the rubber track. It was a comforting morning and a good way to start off the day.

Time spent: 23 minutes

001 // Rules of Engagement

I’ve never been much of a chronicler, or at least not a consistent one. Journals get lost, blogs lose their ease, and the 365-photo challenge thing just seems overwhelming. But I live far away from family and it’s hard to keep up with everyone. Thus, this is my attempt to simplify family updates. Super original, I know.

At any rate, there are some rules/guidelines for this blog:

1) Spend no more than 30 minutes on a post. I’m sure that life-consuming blogging works for some people. It doesn’t for me. I’m limiting my commitment to this blog in an effort to keep it from spinning out of control.

2) The key part rule #1 is “no more than,” meaning that I can spend fifteen minutes on a post if I want. But it also means that I may post something mid-story. And you may never get the end of that story because of rule #3.

3) I post what I want.

4) And I post it when I want. I’ll try to do 2-5 posts per week. But there is no set schedule. I post on my schedule, you read on yours. And thus we can both move forward.

5) I reserve the right to delete any comments that result in a strong negative emotional reaction. It’s my blog and my time. In real life I choose to avoid people who are ridiculously negative. I’m choosing that for my blog life too. My blog, my choices.

6) Pictures fall into the “nice but not necessary” category. As a result, I may post something that is a picture with a few sentences. Or I may post a picture with no words. Or I may post words with no picture. If it takes more than thirty minutes (uploading, editing, formatting, etc), it just won’t happen.

7) A certain level of privacy. I’ll be open and tell you my name is Emily (which is a name as common as water or dirt). But I’m going to try my darnedest to keep others in my life anonymous unless they request a change. People will be given nicknames. Stories will be tweaked. If it is something that would allow you to identify a person, it’s been changed or omitted. Count on it. My blog, my rules, remember?

8) I reserve the right to change it up. Which means that these rules are only applicable so long as I choose to abide by them.


Time spent: 16 minutes