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January 15, 2009

smile, local wildlife, and a sticky note
posted by soe 11:56 am

Folks, it’s sunny here! Sun! Blue skies! Sun!

(Okay, as anyone from New England knows, a clear bright day in the middle of winter means cold weather is impending. But, really, it’s only just around freezing right now, so I don’t think it’s that bad out. This weekend might be another story, when I plan to stand outside for hours at a free concert, but for today, it just adds to my general giddiness.)

And on that note, I offer you three beautiful things from the past week:

1. Monday mornings are tough normally and this week was even harder than usual. I am feeling glum as I hurry from the metro station to my office, when I pass an older woman on the sidewalk. Our eyes meet and I smile reflexively. She smiles back and the day feels more possible.

2. A possum skirts the window well on her way out into the neighborhood just about 8 every night. None of the cats have noticed until this week when Della is on my lap when it happens. She was also there last night when a raccoon waddled past. If it weren’t so cold by the window, I suspect she’d set up camp to watch for intruders…

3. I win the December raffle of free cookies from AlbuqCookie, a company I learned about from the knitblogger who did their photography back this summer. The owner contacted me to find out where he should send my prize and I told him he’d brightened my sick day. When the cookies arrived, he’d included a note hoping the cookies would help me feel better. (The cookies, you ask: Chocolate piñon biscotti. Delicious. Solid without being hard. Definitely fresh. High quality chocolate and tasty pine nuts… From a previous purchase I can also recommend their pistachio chocolate chip biscotti (which have cranberries in them) and their green chile pecan sandia cookies, which have more kick than the chocolate pepper chile shortbread.)

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random things meme
posted by soe 2:44 am

This has been going around the blogosphere for some time. Play along if you’d like by bolding the items you’ve done:

  1. Started my own blog
  2. Slept under the stars
  3. Played in a band
  4. Visited Hawaii
  5. Watched a meteor shower
  6. Given more than I can afford to charity
  7. Been to Disneyland/world
  8. Climbed a mountain
  9. Held a praying mantis
  10. Sung a solo
  11. Bungee jumped
  12. Visited Paris
  13. Watched lightning at sea
  14. Taught myself an art from scratch
  15. Adopted a child
  16. Had food poisoning
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
  18. Grown my own vegetables
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
  20. Slept on an overnight train
  21. Had a pillow fight
  22. Hitchhiked
  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 my ancestors
  35. Seen an Amish community
  36. Taught myself 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 my 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 (although I have quit several to avoid having it happen)
  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 my 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 Great Salt Lake
  97. Been involved in a law suit
  98. Owned a cell phone
  99. Been stung by a bee
  100. Rode an elephant

My total: I think it’s 40.5…

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