A to do list I stole from Melinda

Melinda’s a friend of mine and a great author. Yes, I’m name dropping, but that’s okay isn’t it?

Here it is. I bolded the ones that I’ve done.

Have you ever:
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (briefly. I did the bongos)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower (lots, good times)
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis (lots)
10. Sang a solo (still don’t know what the heck I was thinking)
11. Bungee jumped (It’ll happen)
12. Been to the top of a lighthouse
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (writing is an art)
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning (more times than is fair)
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (uh, that’s a long walk… take the elevator!)
18. Grown your own vegetables (lots!)
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France (way more hype than it’s worth)
20. Slept on an overnight train (can’t confirm this)
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked (fun, actually got my first ride from my mother)
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping (sorry for the offensive image)
27. Ran 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 (it was infield.. and it counts, I don’t want to hear it)
32. Been on a cruise (a day cruise)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person (briefly. It’s a bunch of water falling.)
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (England, Scotland, France… sure)
35. Seen an Amish community (lived in Pennsylvania)
36. Taught yourself a new language (doing Italian)
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 (saw a replica somewhere)
41. Sung karaoke (lots, good times)
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 (it was drawn, but that counts)
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 (It’ll happen)
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 (awesome. top ten event)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Eaten New England clam chowder in New England
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (Until they took it away…. jerks)
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 (waited for it, took too long, we left)
77. Broken a bone (here’s the list: nose three times, arm in two places, foot, tooth, probably a cracked rib once)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (good times)
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book (It’ll happen)
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper (lived in small town Kanab, anything is newsworthy there)
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (Lots of fish.)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life (not singlehandedly, but as a team)
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous (want a list? Here it is (semi-famous): Margot Kidder, Max Casella, Jake Busey, Russell Means, Jason Wiles, Tim LaHaye, Senator Ted Stevens…)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby (my wife’s given birth to five… that counts right)
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 (hundreds of times)

About jaredgarrett

Jared Garrett is the author of Beat, a YA scifi thriller, and its forthcoming sequel, both published by Future House Publishing. A new series, debuting in January 2016 and also published by Future House, kicks off with Lakhoni, a fast-paced rescue adventure in a world reminiscent of Aztec culture, to be released in January 2016. He self-published Beyond the Cabin, a novelization of his childhood in a cult, in December 2014. Both Beat and Beyond the Cabin were Whitney Award nominees, and his story Song of the Wind, received honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest. In addition to writing, he's spent fifteen years in adult education and is an accomplished public speaker and workshop leader.
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