99 Things

I got this from Alynda and thought it would be fun to do on the day before Christmas.

Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to – leave in plain font

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/world. (Both)

8. Climbed a mountain. (Pine Mountain here in Cartersville!)

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 (physically) ill.

24. Built a snow fort.

25. Held a lamb.

26. Gone skinny dipping.

27. Run a marathon.

28. Ridden 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. (Once. It didn’t go very well..)

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person.

41. Sung Karaoke. (Absolutely not.)

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.

43. Bought a stranger a meal in 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 snorkelling.

52. Kissed in the rain.

53. Played in the mud.

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre.

55. Been in a movie. (An independent film being shot in Dalton needed some extras, and since I was there covering it they had me walk by the camera in a scene. I haven’t seen it, though.)

56. Visited the Great Wall of China.

57. Started a business.

58. Taken a martial arts class.

59. Visited Russia. (My brother has.)

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout cookies.

62. Gone whale watching. (On our honeymoon!)

63. Gotten flowers for no reason. (Joe’s pretty good about this!)

64. Donated blood. (I can’t anymore, though, because of my arthritis meds.)

65. Gone sky diving. (Never, ever, ever, will I do this.)

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.

67. Bounced a check.

68. Flown in a helicopter. (Over the Grand Canyon!)

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy. (My parents have boxes and boxes of these.)

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial. (Numerous times. Boy, I miss living near D.C.)

71. Eaten Caviar. (Ick.)

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 Guard in London.

77. Broken a bone.

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person. (Twice.)

80. Published a book. (Hopefully soon!)

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. (Cal Ripken, Jr.; Al Gore)

92. Joined a book club.

93. Lost a loved one. (I’m very lucky in that I haven’t lost anyone yet.)

94. Had a baby. (Next December…:)

95. Seen the Alamo in person.

96. Swum in the Great Salt Lake.

97. Been involved in a law suit.

98. Owned a cell phone.

99. Been stung by a bee. (Try an entire nest of hornets.)

Sears Contest Roundup

There are a plethora of Sears gift card/gift packages going on around the internet as part of Sears’ Grant a Wish campaign. Several are for gift packages for various interests worth around $500, and others are for $100 gift cards to spend any way you want. In addition, if you happen to not like any of the packages offered, you can list what you would buy with $500 in the comments. It’s a great promotion, especially given the current economy. Here’s a list of the blogs sponsoring contests and what you’ll find on each site:

$500 prize packs
ted.me — Tool Addict, Technerdia and Shapeshifter
Liz Strauss — Chicago DVDs; Cool Tools; and Images, Music and Words
Joseph Jaffe — The Practical One, The Fun One and The Wii One
Jim Kukral — Photo/music, Blu-Ray DVD player, and an XBox 360 system and games
Steve Spalding — XBox Elite, The Bored Traveler and Homeward Bound
Tamar Weinberg — The Family Fun Package, The Camping Package and The Pamper Herself Spa Relaxation Package
Aaron Brazell — The iPod Pack, The Playstation 3 Pack and The “Electronics for your Car” Pack

Again, the following contests for $100 gift cards allow you to pick whatever you want from Sears’ Web site as long as it totals $100. Just leave a comment with the item numbers/product names.

$100 gift cards from Izea Insiders
Ben Sparks

Good luck to everyone who enters!

An On-Air Proposal

A Lubbock, Texas weatherman surprised his morning show anchor girlfriend by asking her to marry him during the weather segment. This is probably one of the neatest proposals I’ve seen, and she was floored. What an awesome keepsake to have, too.


I know this is *really* late, but I was tagged by Connie and Lisa, and since it’s been a while, I figured it was time to share some more random facts about me. Lisa’s tag actually only required six random facts, but I figured I’d combine them.

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about you.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end, and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.

Here it goes…
1. I love filling out forms. I get excited about going to a new doctor’s office or other such place because I know there will be lots of paperwork to fill out. I know, I’m a dork.

2. I *hate* cheese, but I love Kraft macaroni and cheese (the only macaroni and cheese I will eat) and nacho cheese.

3. I am addicted to collecting logo pens. I get one from every business I can. I hit the jackpot when our Chamber of Commerce held a business expo last week — Joe came home with the motherload of logo pens.

4. I am extremely shy. I don’t talk to people I know, and I tend to hang back when in a crowd or at a party. Most people think it’s odd that I’m in a profession that requires to me to talk to and interview people on a regular basis.

5. I always sit on specific side of a table when we go out to eat.

6. I have to sit in a booth when I go out to eat. I am more than willing to wait if only tables are available.

7. I buy soaps and shower gels based on the seasons. Right now, it’s a cinnamon pumpkin overload in my house.

I am tagging Joe, Liz, Princess Extraordinaire, Casey, Sara, Shannon and Mandy.

Wordless Wednesday: Watch out Clint Eastwood!

in the line of fire

My grandpa looks like such a special agent with his big, dark sunglasses and his hearing aid headphones, so Joe couldn’t help but Photoshop him into the original Clint Eastwood poster. I think it’s awesome. My dad calls me every so often laughing hysterically after looking at it.

Weekly Winners: The On the Road Edition

These are a few of my favorite pictures from our road trip to Ohio. I’ll have more to share next week, especially after our drive through Amish country today!!

Thanks, Ike.

The birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken

“Dude, you rock.”

It’s Florence, Ky., ya’ll!
florence, ky

The ceremony

Just married!

Do the hustle.