Sweetfern Meme – And Valentine’s Inspiration

A very belated meme from the wonderful Sweetfern!

1. Started my own blog (thanks, Dad!)
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (Irish, sadly dissolved)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower (with a good friend out in the Hamptons)
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch (pennywhistle!)
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning (at the Japanese equivalent of Denny’s, ugh >_<)
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on 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
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight (Greece, four years ago.)
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my 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
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
62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
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
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

100. Ridden an elephant


These kinds of memes are nice, because sometimes you need to be reminded just how many things you’ve seen an experienced, even when you’re just a young’un like me!  Oh, and I tag ArtandLife to do this meme next!  And speaking of things we’ve done, you should go over to Sweetfern’s blog and read the little excerpt she’s posted about not losing faith in winter.  January and February are the hardest months for me, when I’m just too grouchy and missing green, but that little excerpt reminded me why I should be enjoying it while I can!  My students often ask “What’s your favorite season?” but I can never answer why because all of them are wonderful in their own ways!

~MS the Younger

PS:  Here’s a little pre-Valentine’s poem to get your poem-writing skills ready and raring to go; a poem by the amazing Roman poet Catullus:

“You ask, my Lesbia, how many of your kisses
are enough and more than enough for me.
As big a number as the Libyan grains of sand
that lie at silphium producing Cyrene
between the oracle of Sultry Jupiter
and the sacred tomb of old Battus;
Or as many stars that see the secret love affairs of men,
when the night is silent.
So many kisses are enough
and more than enough for mad Catullus to kiss you,
these kisses which neither the inquisitive are able to count
nor an evil tongue bewitch.”

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Leanne
    Feb 04, 2009 @ 20:56:42

    Thanks for the tag. I love these memes because it is always fun to see what other bloggers have been up to.


  2. Kristina
    Feb 04, 2009 @ 23:55:15

    Thanks so much for posting this! I looove links.


  3. madsilence
    Feb 05, 2009 @ 09:57:38

    My pleasure, Leanne! And Kristina, check out Catullus. You know I’m not a big poetry fan, but I <3 Catullus! He writes a combination of the most real-life (bitching about people owing him money and the sexiness of his most recent crush) and the most romantic (check out the Hymn to Marriage) poetry! I love it when people write about real life in poetry, makes it more understandable and easy to relate to, even though it was written in the time of the Romans!


  4. Lauren
    Feb 24, 2009 @ 22:20:35

    You know I’m not a big poetry fan, but I <3 Catullus!

    You’re welcome ^_~


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