Friday, August 17, 2012

A girl and her goat

When my daughter is not attending other camps, she's been going to Real Life Farm day camp -- with horses, rabbits, sheep... and goats.  The kids are allowed to take some of the animals home for a night visit.  In the past couple of years, my daughter has opted to bring home baby bunnies. But -- with the new Greyhound family member -- we decided that a bunny was not a good option (Greyhounds have very high "prey drives" -- and bunnies are very tempting prey). 

Instead, she opted for a baby goat this year!
Isn't he cute?  His name is Peanut Butter.
We brought him home in a crate.  Fortunately, it was a cooler evening (around 75 degrees instead of the 100s heatwave that has been coming through Michigan), so Peanut Butter could stay in the garage. 

My daughter had to spend most of the evening in the garage because baby goats don't like to be left alone.  She also got to bottle feed him.

Enjoy a few pictures! 
Yum! Dinner looks good!

Whatcha looking at?

My son hung out with the goat for a little bit, but then wanted to go play more Legos Star Wars!

That's one hungry goat!

Here's my daughter feeding the goat and talking about him:

Sunday, August 12, 2012

See Garrett run.

I took some video and pictures of my greyhound doggie Garrett at the dog park the other day, so here's my chance to share them, responding to the Summer Blog Challenge prompt, "August 10- Share a pet that you have or had in the past."

Getting the lay of the land in the evening sun.

See Garrett run!

See Garrett smile.

Garrett finds a friend (another greyhound at the dog park).  This is a good picture of his "tiger stripes" -- officially called red brindle.

And another friend -- her name is Butternut.  Notice that greyhounds naturally keep their ears back, unlike most dogs who keep them up.

Three greyhounds -- plus one extra -- running (the extra is still a hound, so he's allowed in the gang!).  Sorry, I didn't get any that weren't blurry.  They run fast!  Garrett is on the upper right.

See a happy dog.
See Garrett run!  (this is not full-speed, but you get the idea)




See Garrett chase! (notice that he gives the other dogs a head-start... just to make it more fun!)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Checkin' off the Bucket List

This is for the Summer Blog Challenge.  The prompt is "August 8- Create a bucket list with a minimum of 10 things."

I'm horrible at coming up with my own list of things to accomplish, so I decided to take this 225 item bucket list from lifed.com, and see how I'm doing.  If I get to count my Honorable Mentions, I'm over 30% done with the list!

Here's my legend and tally:

51 = Things I have already done.  Yay me!





18 = Things I should get an "Honorable Mention" for completing.  AKA... close enough!





72 = Things I would *Love* to do!  So these are my new bucket list I guess





52 = Things that sound interesting, so "lets put a pin in that." I'll do the LOVE ideas first, then get to these, OK?

32 = Ain't gonna happen.  Nope. Does not sound like fun to me!








1. Throw Tomatoes at La Tomatina -- an hour-long festival in Bunol, Valencia (Spain) where an estimated 150,000 tomatoes (a whopping 90,000lbs of juicy, pasty awesomeness) are flung everywhere and at everyone.  I think I'll pass on a huge food fight.


2. Hang from Toronto’s CN Tower -- No, thanks.



3. Eat at One of the World’s Best Restaurants



4. Visit Area 51



5. Set Foot On All Seven Continents -- How about all of them except Antarctica?



6. Help Out a Random Stranger in Distress



7. Go White Water Rafting in the Tatshenshini River -- Rafting yes; but the 11-day hike to get there?  No.



8. Solve a Rubik’s Cube



9. Do Something That Absolutely Terrifies You -- Considering that I used to donate blood, I get to count this one.



10. Skydive Over Mt. Everest in Nepal -- I don't jump out of perfectly good airplanes.



11. Finish a Jigsaw Puzzle



12. Learn a New Vocabulary Word Every Day


13. Watch the Top 100 Best Movies of All-Time -- I've probably already seen most of them, but I'll keep adding to the list.


14. Go Horseback Riding in Swan Valley, Montana



15. Hold an Event in the Sky -- That's just weird.



16. Vacation in Igloo Village in Kakslauttanen, Finland.

 

17. Get in the Guinness Book of World Records



18. Join the Peace Corps



19. Learn to Sail




20. Bungee Jump from Royal Gorge Bridge -- I don't jump off bridges.



21. Become a Lifelong Collector of Something That Fascinates You



22.  Cross a Country On a Bicycle -- Maybe if I pick a really, really small country?




23. Learn to Speak Another Language Fluently -- To truly be fluent, I'd have to move to another country, and that's unlikely to happen.




24. Climb One of the World’s Seven Summits



25. Bathe in the Ganges River During the Purna Kumbh Mela



26. Attend the Olympic Games




27. Visit the Birthplace or Gravesite of a Cultural Icon



28. Enjoy a Freshly Rolled Cigar in Cuba -- Ick.  Cigars are icky.



29. Drive Your Dream Car



30. Drive the Great Ocean Road in Australia



31. Climb Pacaya in Guatemala



32. Drink Beer at Oktoberfest -- I don't drink.



33. Become a Fighter Pilot for a Day



34. Go to the Super Bowl



35. Go on a Toboggan Run in Grindelwald via Bussalp



36. Learn to Make a Dish and Become Known for It



37. Visit Redwood National Park



38. Float Around the Dead Sea



39. Watch the Sunset from Oia, Santorini, Greece



40. Hang Glide Over Rio de Janeiro




41. Relax on Poipu Beach in Florida



42. Stargaze at the Atacama Desert in Chile



43. Get Passionate About a Cause



44. Listen to War Stories -- I've listened to my dad's stories (which includes his time in the army). Anyone who knows my dad, knows I get to count this one!



45. Create Your Family Tree -- I've spend some time researching here and there;  I even found the ship that my grandfather immigrated on. But I have a great uncle really gets a gold star:  he did an enter 300 page book on my mother's family's tree.  Impressive, huh?



46. Watch a Space Shuttle Launch -- I think we missed our chance on this one!



47. Learn to Tango in Buenos Aires



48. Ride a Hot Air Balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey



49. Make Your Own Wine in Napa Valley -- Still don't drink...



   50. Learn to Juggle


   51. Scuba Dive on the SS Yongala



52. Get a Deep-Tissue Massage



53. Get Through the Longleat Hedge Maze



54. Ride on the Singapore Flyer



55. Take a Week-Long Technology Hiatus



56. Write Your Last Will and Testament




57. Drive on the German Autobahns




58. Party at Mardi Gras




59. Ride a Gondola in Venice, Italy


   60. Visit Stonehenge During the Summer Solstice


  61. Attend the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain



62. See the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)



63. Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial



64. Ride All of the Roller Coasters at Cedar Point -- I have ridden all of the roller coasters -- when I was about 18 or 19.  But there are more now, and my back and head can no longer tolerate the coasters.


   65. Go on an African Safari at the Masai Mara National Reserve (Kenya)


  66. Attend the FIFA World Cup


  67. Bathe in the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa -- a huge geothermal (heat that’s naturally produced underground, naturally) spa in a lava field in Grindavik, Iceland.


  68. Learn to Master Chess


  69. Spend the Night at the The Myrtles Plantation -- (St. Francisville, Louisiana) is often attributed “one of America’s most haunted houses”, and that’s not surprising considering that it’s almost as old as the U.S. itself.


 70. Play Golf on The Old Course at St. Andrews


 71. Attend a Blue Man Group Show


 72. Spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney, Australia


  73. Milk a Cow


  74. Chase a Tornado -- I live in the Midwest.  This is not something you are supposed to do.  You are supposed to go in your basement and hide!


  75. Stand in the Crown of the Statue of Liberty


   76. Work for Tips -- I was a waitress for a short time in college.


   77. Ride the Rocky Mountaineer -- the breathtaking trainride through western Canada.


   78. Visit Machu Picchu


  79. Tour the Neuschwanstein Castle




80. Cage-Dive with Crocodiles -- What?


   81. Explore the Great Pyramid of Giza


    82. Visit the Colosseum


  83. Walk on the Great Wall of China


 84. Drink a Piña Colada in San Juan, Puerto Rico -- I'll have to make it a virgin Piña Colada, but whatever.


  85. Fast for Three Days -- this migraineur needs food!


  86. Visit the Taj Mahal


  87. Learn to Surf


  88. Ride an Elephant


 89. Be Part of a Flash Mob


   90. Attend a Murder Mystery Dinner -- This was my 18th birthday party! I even made everyone dress in character!


  91. Break Plate Glass With a Ball-Pen Hammer -- Channel your inner destructive child with this one. Step 1: Acquire ballpoint pen 2: Acquire plate glass 3: Have camera/camcorder handy Step 4: Puncture glass 5: Enjoy. Feel better?! Other than that, there’s not much else that could be elaborated on with this idea…!


  92. Eat at an Undersea Restaurant -- Ithaa (Maldivian for ‘pearl’), on the Maldivian island of Rangalifnolhu, is one of the only ones in the world.


    93. Collect Your Favorite Recipes


    94. Swim With Dolphins -- The hubby and I did this in Cancun a few years back.  It was awesome!


   95. Learn to Sing


  96. Thrown Down a Large Amount of Money on Roulette


   97. Become a Cheese Connoisseur -- Totally get to check this one off!  I am a lover of all things cheese. I've been known to sit down with a very large serving of brie and crackers for dinner.


  98. Stay in an Overwater Bungalow in Bora Bora


  99. Go Couchsurfing -- Not really interested on sleeping on a stranger's couch, thank you very much.


  100. Leave a Hefty (50% or more) Tip for Excellent Service


   101. Eat a Six-Course Meal That You Prepared -- I've served Thanksgiving dinner to my family.  I get to check this one off!


    102. Go to Ferrari World -- This amusement park is in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Can you say HOT???


   103. Eat Outside Your Comfort Zone


  104. Quit a Job That You Really Hate -- I was 19, working at a greenhouse.  The boss was evil and condesending.  I quit. Yay me.


   105. Kayak in the Bioluminescent Bay of Fajardo, Puerto Rico


 106. Be a Movie Extra -- I totally get points here for helping my hubby get onto numerous movies, including Ides of March and Real Steel!


   107. Ride a Cable Car in San Francisco


  108. Learn to Bartend -- I have hosted enough parties that I at least get an honorable mention here.


  109. Participate in Geocaching


  110. Get a Ph.D. Degree


  111. Stand Atop the Eiffel Tower -- Ok, we only made it to the second level.  That's pretty good, right?


  112. Swim in the Devil’s Pool -- on the edge of the 355ft-high Victoria Falls waterfall on the Zambezi River (S. Africa), Devil’s Pool is a naturally occurring ‘pool’ that sits perilously close to almost certain death awaiting below. AKA... are you nuts???


  113. Become Financially Literate


   114. Become a Foster Parent -- I think two kids is enough for me!


  115. Ride a Segway -- Hubby and I took a tour of New Orleans on Segways.  It was so much fun!


   116. Learn a Martial Art


   117. Gamble at The Venetian Macao


  118. Pass on a Family Heirloom


 119. Drink a $1,000+ Bottle of Champagne -- What's with all the drinking?


  120. Develop a General Knowledge on Important Topics -- Anyone who knows me knows that I got this one conquered.


  121. Attend the Grand Ole Opry


 122. Visit Hershey’s Chocolate World -- We've gone to HersheyPark.  That counts, right?


   123. Tour the White House


   124. Learn CPR


 125. Kick Negative Habits -- I'm a work in progress.


   126. Attend the Midnight Screening of a Blockbuster Movie on Opening Day -- They would take away my geek license if I didn't do this!


  127. Go to a Blues Bar in Chicago


 128. Visit Death Valley in July -- Have I mentioned that I don't do heat?


   129. Watch a Movie at a Drive-In Movie Theater


  130. Have Your Portrait Painted


    131. Visit Vatican City and All of Its Attractions


   132. Buy a Round of Drinks for the Whole Bar


 133. Party at the Rio Carnival


  134. Travel on the Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway



135. Become a Space Tourist -- When I become a billionaire!


  136. Climb to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa -- We went to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but we were only there for about an hour.  No time to climb!


   137. Participate in a Polar Bear Plunge -- We were called "Polar Bears" if we jumped into the lake at Girl Scout camp in the early, frigid morning.  That counts, right?


   138. Get Married


 139. Master a Lawn Sport -- "Back in the day" I was pretty good at Ultimate Frisbee.


   140. Go Whale Watching


  141. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland


 142. Take a Helicopter Tour Over Kauai -- No helicopters, but we did bike down a Hawaiian volcano, lead by a crazy guide.  I totally get an honorable mention for that!


  143. Take a Submarine Tour in Waikiki


  144. Tour the Titanic Wreckage At the Bottom of the Atlantic -- I think I'll just visit the museum exhibit!

  145. Swim in the World’s Largest Swimming Pool


146. Stay at the Icehotel in Sweden


 147. Hold a Koala


  148. Watch Andrea Bocelli Perform Live in Milan -- He sometimes comes to Michigan... does that count?


  149. Visit the Louvre Museum


 150. Participate in a Protest -- Back in college, I was once tear gassed during the Fab Five finals.  Does that count?


151. Fly First Class With Emirates -- I'll do this right after I earn my first billion.


 152. Drive a Motorcycle -- I've ridden (but not driven) on one, and my brother is a motocross biker.  That at least gives me a few points, right?


153. Build a Sand Sculpture at Texas SandFest


 154. Forgive and Let Go of Grudges -- I continually work on this.


155. Attend the Monaco Grand Prix



156. Spend Christmas in Leavenworth, Washington -- I'd rather spend Christmas with family.



  157. Write a Book


  158. Shake Hands with the President of the United States


   159. Participate at Burning Man


  160. Attend a Japanese Tea Ceremony


161. Learn to Paint


162. Go to the World Series


163. Buy a Round-the-World Air Ticket


    164. File Your Own Taxes -- Every year!


   165. Attend a Cirque du Soleil Show


 166. Visit the Auschwitz Concentration Camp -- I've been to Bergen-Belsen -- The camp where Anne Frank died. *shiver*


167. Hike the Appalachian Trail


 168. See and Photograph Christ the Redeemer


 169. Tour Hagia Sophia -- Considered the finest example of Byzantine architecture in the world, the huge church is now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey.


  170. Tour Petra -- is an ancient archaeological city in Ma’an, Jordan that’s famous for its ancient rock cut structure (carved into/out of the slope of Mount Hor in the Arabah Valley) and water conduit system.


 171. See a Performance at the Sydney Opera House


   172. Visit Red Square in Moscow


   173. Visit Walt Disney World Resort


  174. Visit Easter Island


    175. Help Someone Else Fulfill a Goal


176. Take a Cooking Class


177. Go to the Airport and Take the Next Random Flight


  178. Buy a House


 179. Go on an Amazon Rainforest Expedition


  180. Take a Cruise on the Allure of the Seas


  181. Fly a Kite at the Cervia International Kite Festival -- held in the spring in Cervia, Italy (a town on the Adriatic coast, about two hours south of Venice) is one of the most prominent, longest-running festivals of its kind in Europe and probably the world.


 182. Tour Kiyomizu-dera -- a Buddhist temple (of the Goddess of Mercy) and integral relic and treasure of ancient Kyoto, Japan.


  183. Visit Tikal -- one of the largest archaeological digs of the ancient Maya civilization in all of South America.


  184. Visit Jerusalem’s Old City


185. Walk on the Grand Canyon Skywalk -- I'll just visit the Grand Canyon.  I don't need to walk over it!


186. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge


187. Observe from the Burj Khalifa -- I saw Mission Impossible.  That's enough for me!


188. Travel Through the Channel Tunnel


189. Tour the New World Trade Center



190. Start Your Own Successful Business


191. See a Lunar Eclipse and a Solar Eclipse


192. Learn Sign Language -- Does doing the "Signing Time" videos with my kids count?


193. Experience A Symphony of Lights on the Star Ferry-- Located between the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour is famous many things, especially the Symphony. Every day (excluding those of inclement weather), ferry-goers of the Star Ferry are whisked around the Harbour and treated to a synchronized light and laser multimedia show—thanks to the help of 44 skyscrapers, miles of optic lighting, LED lights, searchlights, and laser beam equipment.


194. Play in the Mud at the Boryeong Mud Festival -- mud-slinging at the annual Boryeong Mud Festival in Seoul, South Korea on the Daecheon beachfront.


195. Connect With Teachers From Your Past



196. Explore the Paleolithic Cave Art in Altamira -- the paleolithic cave art in Altamira, Spain the “Sistine chapel of Paleolithic art”. These ancient caves bear what is thought to be the earliest-known drawings and pictures in recorded history, said to date back to (as far as) 16,000 years ago.


197. Wander Through the Shops of Akihabara --  a.k.a. ‘Akihabara Electric Town’ (‘Akibaa’ locally), is one of the many gadget store-havens and districts of Tokyo; and Tokyo’s metro area is, by the way, the largest on Earth with nearly 35-million residents.


198. Go on a Dinner Sleigh Ride in Frisco, Colorado


199. Eat at Tom Wahls in Avon, NY --  old fashioned, 100% American grub and experience (or even relive) the mid-1950s restaurant scene at the original Tom Wahls of Avon, NY (upstate New York).


200. Acquire Persuasion Skills


201. Visit Toys ‘R’ Us Times Square


    202. Build a Bonfire and Make S’mores


203. Trek on the Perito Moreno Glacier - Los Glaciares National Park, situated in the Santa Cruz province of southern Argentina.


   204. Read At Least Five Books From Modern Library’s Best Novels List


205. Go to the World Expo


206. Take a Photography Class


   207. Perfect a Magic Trick


   208. Rescue a Dog/Cat From an Animal Shelter


   209. Pay for a Strangers Groceries


210. Ride the “X” Train -- travel between Los Angeles and Las Vegas on the luxury “X” Train.


211. Zip Line in Monteverde, Costa Rica


   212. Visit Niagara Falls


  213. Stay in the Burj Al Arab Hotel -- Self-proclaimed “the world’s most luxurious hotel” and even “the only 7-star hotel there is” by many-a-journalist, the 70-floor hotel was designed to mimic the sail of the sailboat.


214. Go Wakeboarding



215. Skinny-Dip at Turtle Island, Fiji -- I like the resort idea, but skinny dipping?  I'll pass.



216. Visit Yosemite Valley



   217. See Old Faithful


218. Assemble a List of Your All-Time Favorite Quotes


219. Learn to Manage Time and be More Productive -- I'm pretty good at this.


220. Sleep in a Hammock


221. Master the Scorpion Yoga Pose


   222. Tour Hearst Castle


223. Write Yourself a Letter and Read it 10 Years Later



224. Compete in a Triathlon



225. Create a Bucket List -- I went through this list!  I get points!







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