Monday, January 26, 2009

What Have You Done?

I saw this on Tammy's blog and thought I'd participate. If you want to participate, just copy and paste it in your own blog, and bold all of the things you have done. It's kind of fun!!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked

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 your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
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
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your 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 your 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 Pacific Ocean
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

100. Seen Mount Rushmore in person

101. Learned to play an instrument

So how'd you do? I had 61 out of 101. I guess there's a lot of things I still need to do.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Today I read the gut-wrenching novel Sold by Patricia McCormick. It is an excellent adolescent lit book that tells the story of Lakshmi, a 13 year-old Nepali girl who is sold by her step-father into a life of prostitution. She is taken from her mountainside village in Nepal and transported to India to work in a brothel. It is a quick read that shows the harsh reality that so many young girls face in the world. Although, for the most part, the story is bleak, the book ends with a message of hope. I highly recommend it.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Post-LOST Post

As I went to watch LOST last night, Alina said, "Good Luck." I asked, "Why are you wishing me good luck?" She replied, "So you're not disappointed." Disappointed, NEVER. It was good stuff. I loved the hour recap show. It explained things very well. Lesli watched it with me and was wanted to continue watching the season premier, even though she hasn't seen many episodes.

So, one question was answered: The zodiac boat filled with Daniel Faraday and the other passengers made it to the island because they were within some kind of radius when the island moved.

But, of course, now I have new questions:
  1. Why is Charolette's nose bleeding? What's happening to her. Obviously, Daniel knows and isn't telling her.
  2. Although 3 years pass before the Oceanic 6 try to come back to the island, will 3 years pass on the island? I'm guessing no, but we shall see.
  3. What is Daniel Faraday's mother doing at Oxford? What's she working on?
  4. Who wants to have Kate and Aaron's blood tested to see if they're related?
  5. Who was the women Ben met in the church? Plus, who was the women in the butcher shop?
  6. Why did Locke have to die in order to leave the island?
  7. Still, what's up with Richard?
Okay, there are probably many more questions, but that's all I have for now. This may have to become a weekly post. I'll love to hear any of your theories.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

More LOST Questions

As I mentioned in my last post, all I've been able to think about is LOST. Luckily, only a few more short hours until the premier airs. So, here's a few more questions:
  1. Why didn't Charlotte leave the island? And what did Miles mean when he asked her why'd she want to leave when she had tried so hard to get back?
  2. What's up with Richard? Why doesn't he age?
  3. Plus, if Richard could leave the island to recruit John and Juliet, why couldn't Ben leave to have his tumor removed? Or why couldn't the women leave to have their babies? These questions or more about inconsistencies in plot, but I hope they're answered.
Stay tuned, more questions may arise throughout the day.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pre-LOST Post

This is my Pre-LOST Post, meaning my post before I watch the season premier of LOST. I will be doing a Post-LOST Post (I know, it's wordy) about the season premier after I watch it.

Enough of the explanation . . . on to the actual post. So, I have been a huge LOST fan since the beginning. I remember sitting down in 2004 flipping through the channels after a long day hoping to find something semi-entertaining on TV to watch. As I was flipping through the channels they announced that the pilot episode of LOST was on next. I remember thinking, "Oh yeah. I've seen previews for that. It has the hot guy from Party of Five on it. I'll watch that." What followed next was the most visually stunning thing I've ever seen on network television. The pilot episode was amazing!! In fact, it was the most expensive pilot ever filmed in TV history. From then, I was hooked. I've never missed an episode and several of my friends consider me a LOST expert. Now, I'm not a crazy fanatic, just a fan. I don't spend my time in chat rooms discussing every aspect of LOST, I just watch it (and occasionally blog about it).

Anyway, I am super excited for tomorrow's season premier. Now since I've never missed an episode (and I'm not talking about renting the DVDs and watching every episode - I mean NEVER MISSED AN EPISODE), I consider myself pretty up to date on what's going on. However, when I saw that the Sci-Fi channel was airing the last 5 episodes of season 4, I decided to watch it to refresh my memory. As I was watching it, I kept thinking, "Oh, I forgot about that. Oh, I totally forgot about that too." After watching those episodes, I realized I had completely repressed all of what happened last season. I think it was to maintain my sanity so I wouldn't be thinking about it for the 8 months it was off the air. Now that I've refreshed my memory, it's all I can think of. So, here are my top questions I hope are answered this season (hopefully, in the first few episodes):
  1. What happened to the zodiac boat filled with Daniel Faraday and the other passangers? Did they make it to the island before it moved or were they stranded on the ocean?
  2. How did Locke die? Will the island bring him back to life?
  3. Why the hell did Claire follow Christian? Plus, what was that creppy smile all about (you know, the one she gave to Christian when Locke asked him about saving the island)?
  4. How will Sun be convinced to go back to the island? Why would she want to go with Jack (whom I assume she hates) and why would she want to leave her baby?
  5. Why did Sayid stop working for Ben?
  6. Does Ben try to kill Penny? If so, how does that effect Desmond?
  7. What favor did Kate do for Sawyer once she left the island?
Okay, that's all I can think of for now. I'm sure my Post-LOST Post will have more questions to add.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Day of Laughter

Today has been a day of laughter. First of all, I read this post on Alina's blog. It was cracking me up because it was written by our friend Tom. Last night Tom was using Alina's computer to update the ward website, or so we thought. When I read the post, I was laughing so hard I was crying!!

The other thing that was cracking me up was this clip from the daily show. It's a little long, but the real good stuff is between 1:30-2:40 minutes, especially the last 15 minutes of that time. Watch it!!