Thursday, August 28, 2008

What's in a List?

Well...Friends life has thrown me a curve ball. And sort of knocked the wind out of me. Oh, no worries I will get back up and dust off my pants and take whatever life throws at me face on!

I just didn't have any creative thoughts running around so I borrowed an idea from a darling friend! CSI Seattle. I thought it evoked emotions in me that I have not felt in a long time. For an example; as in SAVING A LIFE.

I will never forget when I was a transporter and I had my first CODE BLUE. There I was face to face with someone my own age, laying so very still and dying as I looked on. I rememeber everything slowing down and the ER Doc yelling at me to 'get on the chest to start compressions'. I was a robot! I climbed up and started...and then being told I needed hard and deeper compressions. I pumped and pushed harder, trying with all my might to push life back into her!
I was doing compressons for 25 minutes (a very long time) but I didn't and couldn't fail her. Finally, the ER Doc called out 'we have a pulse'! I started to cry....once I let up on the compressions. I remember slipping off the gurney and slumping to the floor with exhaustion and pure happiness that I SAVED my first life.

Take a look and do what CSI has done and make it your own...add one that is not on the list! To make this your own!

Here we present a list. Highlight those tasks that you have accomplished in your life.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s nappy
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten tipsy on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse of both the sun and moon
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had/Have amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted a river
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Gotten flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in a Rocky Horror Picture Show
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept 30 hours in a 48 hour time frame
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read “The Iliad”
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
50. Saved someone’s life

and the one to make my own!
151. Have organized a HUGE event!

With much love,


Joshua said...

Robyn I'm sorry to hear about the health problems. I hope that everything gets better and that this doesn't keep you out of action to long.

When I was a medic in the ER I remember my first code. Sadly it was a child and sadly the little one did not make it. Things like that remind you that life is short, live, love, and enjoy it while you can.

I'm gonna try this to with a future post :)

Michael Lockridge said...

Quite a list, and a great idea.

Saved lives- yeah. I work in a jail. Sometimes people try to kill themselves. We stop them. Most of the time. Few do much with the gift returned to them. Sad.

Tarantulas- We have had several live in the house. One in particular was not the holding kind, unless you no longer needed the hand. Goliath Bird Eater. Fun.

You could throw in "write a book" or "write a poem" or song or whatever. Lots of people want to write a book. I finally did. It feels good. Now I need to get it polished up and sold.

I will have to play with this idea. It seems healthy, like a spiritual tune-up.

MJ said...

"Played in the mud"...

Is that a euphemism for "mud wrestling"?

Walker said...

I hope you start feeling better soon.
I know the rush of trying to save someone from the brink of oblivian and the relief you feel after.
A stiff drink goes a long way later too.

Quite the list and I see you still have a few you need to get ticked so get better and back at it.
Life doesn;t slow down when there is fun to be had ;)

Terri and Bob said...

Robyn, you email me and tell me what is going on, ok? I did a stint in the ER, too, and I got to put together a man who had a tractor accident. Not pretty.

Missing you...

Suzanne said...

You know me. I'm crying while writing this. I love you, but you already know that. The comments are so beautiful. Just buried my face in my hands and sobbed. Robyn, I love you. This so reminds me of the beautiful post to wrote to me and Brian, and yes, I still remember. How could anyone forget that much love.

Hang in there baby. We all love you so much. An just to remind you, I'm right here. Just a few miles away. If you need me, I'm right here.


Anonymous said...


Wow, you've done so much! What a lady!

Not sure what's going on with 'the curve ball', but I'm thinking of you my dear.
Take the best care - please....

Peter x

CSI Seattle said...

Hey there,

Very cool list. It's interesting to see the things that we have done in our collective lives. I was disappointed to see that you don't have a tattoo. I was hoping for a big dragon on the side of your leg, or a gecko on your shoulder, or... never mind.

Although I stole the list from Kylie, who stole it from Peter, I have a new idea for the list. How about if we see if we can combine the list. For example, "Take a candlelit bath in tarantulas" or "skydiving while kissing in the rain". This could work you know.

Leah said...

Hi Doll, wonderful list. I would love to know some of the stories behind these items...


Brian said...

Great list! I am sorry to hear that life has thrown you a curveball. I hope that things improve for you.

You played D&D for over six hours?

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

This is great! I think I'll do this next week on my blog!

bj said...

OK, I am a little slow...not understanding just what is what here. Is this list things YOU have done, things you'd LIKE to do, add on's from other people ????
love, bj

scrapmomof5 said...

That is a long list! I just posted it on my blog. It will post tomorrow! Come see what I added.

tamy@simplymein said...

what a fabulous list!!
I will definately take some of these ideas and make it my own
Very inspirational
Get well soon

ShutterSpy said...

The bit about saving that person's life actually brought tears to my eyes. Thanks so much for sharing that :)