Wednesday, December 03, 2008

A list - about me

A fun little list of things I have and haven't done. If it's in bold, I have, if it's not, I haven't.

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

3. Played in a band.
4. Visited The
Great Barrier Reef.
5. Stood under the stars in the outback, the real outback – think
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to the Gold Coast’s
theme parks – anyone, you take your pick.
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis.
10. Sung a solo.
11. Bungee jumped, jumped out of plane, been paragliding or hang-gliding, hot air ballooning – you get the idea, you’ve been hundreds of metres about earth in a seemingly flimsy contraption.
12. Visited
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.
15. Had a child. Raised a child. Worked with children. (only worked with for me so far)
16. Had food poisoning.
17. Been to the
Snowy Mountains. (I’d say climbed Uluru, but the Aboriginal custodians would prefer you didn’t.)
18. Grown your own vegetables.
19. Visited the Brett Whitely
studio in Surry Hills, Sydney.
20. Slept on an overnight train or bus.
21. Had a pillow fight.
22. Been backpacking.
23. Taken a mental health day.
24. Been buried in sand with just your head and toes sticking out.
25. Held a possum, kangaroo or koala – or any other native Australian animal.

26. Gone skinny dipping.
27. Been in a fun run.
28. Been on the Blue Mountain
29. Seen a total eclipse.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.
31. Played, or watched, summer cricket.
32. Sailed, kayaked or canoed our beautiful waterways.
33. Seen the
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.
35. Visited an Aboriginal settlement or mission.
36. Learned a new language.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.
38. Toured the
Sydney Opera House.
39. Tried rock climbing (indoor or outdoor), abseiling or just simple bushwalking.
40. Visit Queensland’s
Gallery of Modern Art.
41. Been to the
Tamworth Country Music Festival.
42. Sunbaked at
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant.
44. Visited
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
46. Been transported in an ambulance.

47. Had your portrait painted.
48. Gone fishing.
49. Seen Tasmania’s old growth forests.
50. Been to the top of
Q1, on the Gold Coast.
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.
56. Driven the
Great Ocean Road.
57. Started a business.
58. Taken a martial arts class.
59. Visited
Norfolk Island.
60. Served at a soup kitchen.
61. Sold
Girl Guide biscuits.
62. Gone whale watching.

63. Got flowers for no reason.
Donated blood, platelets or plasma.
65. Gone jet boating.
66. Visited Port Arthur.

67. Bounced a cheque.

68. Flown in a helicopter.
69. Saved a favourite childhood toy.
70. Visited the
Australian War Memorial.
71. Eaten Caviar.

72. Pieced a quilt.
73. Stood in
Federation Square.
74. Been on the
Murray River.
75. Been fired from a job.
76. Travelled, or
climbed, over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. (travelled, would love to climb it one day)
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.
79. Seen the
Three Sisters at Echo Point, Katoomba.
80. Published a book.
81. Visited
St Mary’s Cathedral, in Sydney.
82. Bought a brand new car.
83. Been to
84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
85. Read the entire Bible.
86. Visited
Parliament 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. Saved a
95. Been to the site of the
Eureka Stockade.
96. Swum in
The Whitsundays.
97. Been involved in a lawsuit.
98. Owned a mobile phone.
99. Been stung by a bee.

100. Read an entire book in one day.

This is an Australian version put together my Katie. There's also the original American version going around. Join in, it's fun, quick and easy.


katiecrackernuts said...

Yah for you. I hope you didn't feel too homesick reading it. There's a lot of Aussie sunshine in that list and I'm guessing it would be cooling down where you are.

Orchid64 said...

I've often wondered about 37 on your list, having enough money to be truly satisfied. I'm not sure where that line is drawn. I've found that drawing that line somewhere usually results in the redrawing of another line once I've reached the first target. Part of that is that the value of money keeps changing, but part of that has to do with how I conceptualize security.

I used to think that line was $100,000 in savings. Now, I think it's $300,000 in savings. If and when I ever hit $300,000, I'm guessing I'll be drawing the line at $500,000. :-p

Where would that line be drawn for you?

katiecrackernuts said...

Thanks for dropping by with chicken soup for the soul. I can't believe how lovely people have been and supportive. We're all strangers after all.

Christmas is hard and I am sorry you're both away and feel responsible for their lack of merrymaking. Maybe you just have to let them have it their way. Maybe they need to see that they need to be involved in the Christmas cheer. It's not a one way street.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Hey Katie - Yeh, I did feel a bit homesick actually, but with less than four months to go before I move back there, that's probably a good thing.

Christmas can be hard, with some members of my family being funny, it's made me think more about how I dearly want to start my own family. We can then celebrate as we please and other family members are more than welcome to join in. Lead by example, I think that's all you can do sometimes.

Hey Orchid - That's a very interesting question. Actually, I remember when I was doing this list, sitting and wondering about that particular one myself.

I'm not sure I have a line. I think about it sometimes, but I have a bit of a fear of money, or the lack of. I think I need to get over that before I'll ever feel comfortable with any amount of money.

It's funny actually, my husband feels comfortable with a lot less, and that just adds to my fear. The idea of letting go of an earning responsibility for a while, while we start our family when he was happy with less money than I was, terrified me. I think we have worked that out now (best to do it BEFORE), so all is well.

Mmmmm... did that actually answer your question?

Syahiran Samsuddin said...

Melanie..u did a lot of fun stuff!! my fav is no.13-watching lightning storm at sounds dangerous and fun at the same time

Michelle said...

I'll join in! That's a great list of stuff you've done, Melanie

Jamaipanese said...

very interesting post

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Hi Syahiran - It's a pretty cool experience, one I'd recommend

Hi Michelle - thanks for joining in!

Hi Jamaipanese - thanks!