Friday, June 29, 2012

ninety nine

Coucou mes amies. Things are settling down here a bit and a sense of normalcy feels like it might be around the corner. I'm a bit drained though, but I miss you and I miss being here. Since writing an actual blog post is completely out of the question, I thought I'd answer the ninety nine questions that were floating around the blogosphere awhile back. Seems easy enough for my drained brain.

{Rules: bold what you've done}

1. Started your own blog Really? 
2. Slept under the stars I'm guessing that camping falls under this one, and since I've camped about a whole three times in my life, yes, I've slept under the stars (Me and camping are not friends, if God had wanted us to sleep outdoors, he wouldn't have invented houses)
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii Here's a fun fact: I ate my very first chicken mcnugget ever in Hawaii back in the 80's
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity 
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain Since The LPV is located atop a mountain, I kinda climb one everyday. 
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris But oddly enough, not once since I've lived in France
13. Watched a lightening storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child Does Gatz count? 
16. Had food poisoning I had food poisoning on the first night of my first trip to Paris. There was nothing romantic about it. 
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty I lived in New York yet I don't think I ever did this, I can't remember. Mom, help me out on this one? Update: confirmation from Mother - I have
18. Grown your own vegetables I grew tomatoes for a brief second in Texas. I'd love to grow something now but with Papa's garden and Brother-in-Law's garden, we've already got courgettes, tomatoes and such coming out of our ears. 
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France Here's another fun fact about me: I'm not a fan of the Louvre, now the grounds of the Palace I love, but the museum itself didn't really do it for me. 
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight I have pillow fights with Fifty. I usually win. 
22. Hitch hiked During summers in Wexford, Ireland a long time ago I did. Everybody did. It was the only way to get from the town back to the caravan park.
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill Everyone needs a Ferris Bueller day every once in awhile. Life would be dull without them.  
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping You know what's embarrassing? Going skinny dipping with a bunch of friends but when you all jump in the creek, you find out that it's run pretty dry thanks to a hot Texas summer and the water only comes up to your knees and you all stand there awkwardly for a second before racing back to your clothes. 
 27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse I feel like a might have when I was little. Mom, can I get a ruling? Update: confirmation from Mother - I have
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset 
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise I'm a cruise girl. Love a cruise. 
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community And I've seen the movie, Witness, so I feel like I get two points for this one. 
36. Taught yourself a new language every. freaking. day.
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 I hate karaoke, like loathe it, but I have done it once, and that was enough
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 Does it count if I was on the boat while others around me did the deep sea fishing? I was there, I just didn't hold the pole. 
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person I wrote a little bit about it here.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain Probably, because it's like always raining in Dublin so kissing someone in the rain is bound to happen at some point. But, if we're talking about Nicolas Sparks style kissing in the rain, then the answer is no. That's just dumb. 
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 The Husband picks me flowers almost everyday, but he always tells me that Fifty does it. I don't really believe him, due to Fifty's lack of thumbs and all. 
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 I never have but I'd like to learn. You know who can piece the hell out of a quilt? Kirsty
73. Stood in Times Square And I did a New Year's Eve there too. That should be on everyone's bucket list. 
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone knock on wood. 
78. Been a passenger on a 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. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year's Eve 
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox 
89. Saved someone's life Does Fifty count? 
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
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 When were these questions put together???
99. Been stung by a bee And I didn't like it. Not one bit. 

The Husband and I are headed out of town this weekend. 

It's time to get the hell out of dodge.

à bientôt et bisou


  1. Great list! We have so much in common. Can you believe I grew up in AZ and have never seen the Grand Canyon.

  2. Enjoy the weekend away! And yes, Gatz totally counts as adopting a child.

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  4. Wow you have done a lot more than me!!! Take care and enjoy your weekend. Diane

  5. I cyber love you (oh my god, that came out so wrong) you know what I mean... Im going to do the 99 as well. In honor of you.
    Come back soon.
    T x

  6. Very cute. Love the new layout too. The Louvre didn't do it for me either and I was surprised how small the Mona Lisa was. I was like, "Seriously? What's all the hype about." Like you, I was more impressed w/ the grounds and architecture. Didn't help that I was still jet lagged and Logan's stomach was acting up! xo

  7. Ahhh! You were stung by a was it? I scream and run in terror whenever I seen one and in 23 years I am proud to have never been stung. Knock on wood. Have fun this weekend.

  8. Hi Sara, thankyou for stopping by my blog! You are so lucky to be living every girls dream! I have to agree with you on the camping thing! I always say my idea of camping is having somewhere to plug in my hairdryer! LOL Have a nice weekend getting out of Dodge. Traci

  9. Fun list! Wondering which famous person/persons you met.
    Have a great weekend. Really love your new blog design.
    xo, A

  10. I love it!

    I don't know why I focused in on #79, but I saw the Grand Canyon 11 years ago on my very first road trip (without family) in college. I have been day dreaming about seeing it again ever since. It was so incredible, and I have a picture I took there on our wall. Avery asks about it all the time, and I can't wait to take her there one day!

  11. Am I losing my mind or did your blog theme/layout change? Well I am probably losing my anyway but...
    Interesting list maybe I'll have to answer them on my own blog.

  12. Fun read! Hope you are well and that the weekend away will do you good. Cuidate mucho! xx

  13. You should make it over to a concentration cap while you're in Europe. It's sad, but definitely an interesting and important piece of history to "observe."

  14. What a fun list. One can learn a lot from it. I see you are not a bungee jumper - how odd!

  15. this was fun to read. #s 26 & 36 made me laugh.

  16. love your 99 facts - i did something similar for my 100th post last summer.

    warning noted - don't go skinny dipping in a drought. hoping your weekend is very bon!

  17. That was a fun list - haven't seen it anywhere before (so maybe I'm just a little bit behind?). Great blog layout! -Anja

  18. that skinny dipping moment just made me laugh out loud for real

  19. Holy flashback to AOL chain letters from friends that I LOVED. this was great. kissed in the rain always reminds of great expectations and when i finally do meet you, pls tell me about your NYE in Times Sq. x

  20. Interesting list and I liked your little additions at the side. I quite like the Louvre but was shocked when I saw how small the Mona Lisa actually was!


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