#172 go fishing
#188 make cookies and eat them all
#275 chase a duck
So...this wasn't really very exciting. I felt like I should have planned out something more dramatic, but I ended up just kind of hunching over & running very awkwardly. Here's the video.
#195 go to Bub's and eat the 1 pound Big Ugly burger
here. Be sure to look for my picture hanging on the wall at Bub's. : )
#148 climb to the top of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument
#155 explore Mass Ave.
Our exploring was kind of eh. Some of us don't really like shopping. Or browsing. Or exploring. Or walking really. We were pretty tired at this point, so we left most of Mass Ave. unexplored. And apparently without a picture. : )
#276 polish someone's shoes
To continue in the tradition of not taking pictures...apparently I don't have one of me as I polished Ashleyne's boots. This is what happens when I don't blog until months after the fact. Pretty sure they're the shiniest boots she's ever owned though!
#269 throw a drink in someone's face
This was definitely my favorite item from the day!!! Holly was the one who put it on the list initially, so she knew that she would someday be the victim. She knew it would be coming at some point during the 24-hour extravaganza, but I wanted to do my best to surprise her. I texted Kim while we were all sitting around the living room so that she'd be ready to videotape the instant I got a chance to do it. I only ask that when you watch the video later in the blog that you will cut me some slack. I drank most of the water from my glass first, I asked to see her phone so that there would be no chance it would get wet, and I didn't do it to her while we were out in public. And I promise it only looks so hard because it was from such a short distance & I had to do it fast before I started laughing. Don't worry, the video is farther down in the blog. Kim's laughter is definitely my favorite part.
#186 eat corn on the cob without using my hands
This one comes thanks to one of my high school kids, Maggie Roth. She is one of the people who added several items to the suggestion box for my list (which will remain open for ideas until the list is completed), and this one made the list. Not as hard as I thought it would be, except for having to turn it over to start the next row. And the fact that I didn't want to eat another bite of food for the day. Corn!
#182 go cosmic bowling
#237 light firecrackers
#266 go star gazing
#284 host a spelling bee
#271 post a video on You Tube
#175 go camping
#89 read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
#90 read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
#91 read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
#92 read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
#93 read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
#94 read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
#95 read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
#133 visit California relatives
#30 read Beau Geste by P.C. Wren
#34 read Autobiography of Wilbur Willman or The Farm Boy Grows Up by Wilbur Willman
My grandfather was a hard worker, still gardening outside his assisted living center last summer. He was extremely bright, and continued to keep his mind sharp by doing jigsaw puzzles until the last. He loved his wife, kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids with his whole heart. Nothing was more precious than seeing him coo and chuckle as he held a tiny baby in his arms. He remained physically active as he recovered from hip surgery, beat multiple cancers, and continued to golf well into his 90s. He is the most generous man that I have ever known, and we were blessed to receive money from him every birthday & Christmas that helped to pay for college. Grandpa was a wonderful storyteller, had a home that provided us with so many childhood memories, had his own unique fashion sense with his suspenders & famous mustard yellow socks, gave extremely entertaining speeches to his clan at family holidays, and gave hugs that involved him viciously pounding you on the back.
There is so much more I could say about my grandpa and the impact he had on my life, but I will just finish by saying that the things I am most grateful for are his strong faith and the fact that he is now reunited with my equally wonderful grandma in heaven. Our patriarch will be deeply missed. I love you, Grandpa.