18 Things

The Boulevard Trail
The Boulevard Trail (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“18 Things” by Jamie Ayres releases on January 24, 2013!  Check out her blog here to get the latest on that and the “18 Things” blog hop.  If you decide to do the “18 Things” challenge, you can link up here to post your site!

So without further ado, here are the 18 things that compose my bucket list:

  1. Publish a novel.
  2. Pay down all my debt (not fun, but still…)
  3. Travel to Germany.
  4. Ride a motorcycle down to Deal’s Gap.
  5. Ride “The Dragon” at Deal’s Gap.
  6. Visit Rome.
  7. Build a hot rod.
  8. Drive across the country!
  9. Go mountain climbing.
  10. Run a marathon.
  11. Visit the Bill Wilson House in Vermont.
  12. Meet Shinedown.
  13. Own my own business.
  14. Eat breakfast at every single diner in Pennsylvania in a year!
  15. Get a Bugs Bunny tattoo!
  16. Hike the (entire) Appalachian Trail.
  17. See a Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field.
  18. Meet Nikki Sixx and share our experience, strength and hope over coffee.

Not an eye-popping list of things to do before I die, but it is a start.  The thing is, I can do all these things in time because I am clean and sober with a new lease on life.  A couple I know got married at the Bill Wilson house in Vermont last summer.  I did not go to the wedding, but I saw pictures (my good friend Heather went) and it looks like the most amazing place!

I would really like to consolidate some of my buckets… like drive across the country and meet Shinedown in San Fransisco or something. How cool would that be?

Be sure to link up and share your list!  Lists are fun… especially when they are filled with adventure.

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A – Z Challenge ~ Q is for Quarantine

Quarantine Island, Otago Harbour, New Zealand....
Quarantine Island, Otago Harbour, New Zealand. Photo from Heyward Point Road (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Q words, Q words.. I had an awful time thinking of a Q word.  I made a list (did not check it twice – maybe I should have) and did some free writing.  And then I said:

“Ooh, Quarantine. How about that one? I like that one.”

We quarantine more than sick people. We tend to quarantine our emotions, right?

Especially when we feel our feelings are invalid. We quarantine them until they change into something much more acceptable. We quarantine our jealousy, our anger, our mistrust for starters. I am guilty of this almost every day. I just feel like such a bitch or a whiny little brat when I am talking about any negative feelings I may have. Sometimes I even quarantine my happy feelings because people might deem them inappropriate.

  • Have you ever quarantined your emotions?
  • Were you ever quarantined for being sick?

The picture shown is Quarantine Island, New Zealand.  Back in the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s, passengers that arrived in Otago with infectious diseases were sent to this island until they either got better or died. I can imagine it would be difficult to get well on an island infested with sick people.  One building still stands, and restoration is in progress.

I have now added another destination to my bucket list.