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Meme!

I've stolen this meme from sgamadison, because I sometimes miss the long conversations by lj-post that sometimes happened:

Bold are things I've done. Italicized are things I want to do. Strikethroughs are noways.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (does Rockband count?)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyworld
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm
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 bus (The trip back from Basic was 28 hours by bus - and an hour by train, and an 1 walking from the train station to the bus station, and a 4 hour drive from the bus station home. There was much sleeping. )
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 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
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
(but without sirens)
47. Had your portrait painted (my senior year art class was a lot of self-portaits)
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
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class (it didn't take)
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 (I tried, only to discover that based off of when/where I was born, the Red Cross bars me from giving blood).
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a cheque
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favourite childhood toy (most are long gone, but one is still with me, carefully protected for the day I might want it again)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square / Stood in Trafalgar Square/Piccadilly
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job (I'm counting being laid off here)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone (Sophomore year; slipped walking outside in the snow. Walked a mile back to school and around campus for 5 days before going to the hospital and admitting it might be broken).
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 your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible (I've tried to do this before, but I just get fedup with it. But I want to read every major holy book one day).
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chicken pox
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 lawsuit
98. Owned a mobile phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
(My all-time record is reading 7 books in 2.5 days, and we're talking real books - the middle of the Drizzt Series - here, not little ones.)

My additions (sad as they are):
101. Gotten a Commercial Driver's License (tractor-trailer's are scary).
102. Written a Book (2.5 actually; but I could never get them published, and eventually lost interest in the series, though I do plan to revise it someday).
103. Backback across Europe/South America/Asia.
104. Gotten a tattoo (I'm at 5 now, but I'd like more oneday. I'm a bit of an odd person for self expression. I really don't talk much, but my car is covered in bumper sticker's and I buy men's tshirts because they've got cooler things on them.)
105. Been repelling. (When I was 10, my dad was in charge of a JROTC thing - at least, for some of it. He took them repelling at his work and used little old me as an example, saying if his 10 year old daughter could do it, so could they. Granted, I'd never been before, but it was kind of fun. After the initial terror.)
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I should have added 'gotten a tattoo'! That's a good one! But you saved a life? DISH WOMAN!!
Well... It's kinda not a great story. You know about my sister, right? She's schizophrenic and I was her primary caretaker for many years. Pretty much from the time I was 19 to shortly before I got my lj account.

Anyway, she's attempted suicide more times than I can rightfully count. I can't tell you how many times I've bandaged up cuts down her arms and face, where she;s tried to open veins, or piled her into a car with a towel wrapped about her arm to stop the bleeding until I could get to the hospital. There was one memorable occasion where she'd swallowed an entire bottle of aspirin and I got to sit with her in the hospital until mom got off of work.

I'm not sure if it really counts, since she didn't particularly want to be saved, and only half a dozen of these were really serious attempts, but.... I counted it.
It counts. You were there for her when no one else was, and at a very young age--a time when someone should have still been taking care of you and not the other way around.

I didn't know about your sister. I'm sorry--family burdens are hard to bear and not ones we can easily share. No one knows what we're going through until they have been there themselves, and even then, it is not usually the same.
(shrugs) Dad was deployed a lot. Once I was in college, mom started working again. Someone had to take care of my brother and sister.

It's no big deal. My sister hasn't lived at home in years and I've not seen her since, oh, last Thanksgiving, which sounds awful but really is the best thing. I've never been able to forgive her for some of the things she did when things were really bad, even though I know a lot of it was her illness and she doesn't even remember why, but that's just the way it is. We're all happier if we're not around each other.

On the positive side, she's been doing much better at the group home she's in now. Her suicide attempts are down to once every few months now. At least, that mom tells me about.
We all tend to do what we need to do at the time--sometimes I look back at certain times in my life and wonder how I managed to survive x-y-z but at the time, I just dealt with it.

Your sister sounds like she is in the best place for her right now.
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