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, 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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