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I did it! I took the plunge and signed up for 30 Days of Lists for December.
My daughter, Amy is hosting this project with her friend Kam and although I’m going to be pretty busy in December, I thought I could squeeze in some time to do this for at least some of the days.
I’m not setting expectations to create journals or scrapbook pages or even create a book or anything, but I THINK I can at least write a list a few days each week. You see, I’m not even committing to doing it every day. I’ll just take it one day at a time and see how it goes.
As soon as I saw the challenges for the first two days I started thinking of pictures that I could take to go along with a blog post with the list, so that’s probably what I’ll do.
Dec 1 – Before the end of the year…
Dec 2 – Around my home…
These are the first two challenges for lists. I’ll have to get to work on them tomorrow.
Let me know if you sign up.
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Posted in About Me, Creativity, Family & Friends, Learn Something New Every Day, Travel, tagged "Oak Creek Canyon", 30 Days of Lists, Apache Trail, Arizona, Biltmore Fashion Park, family, music, Phoenix, Phoenix Zoo, photography, restaurants, Tonto Natural Bridge, travel on March 12, 2011|
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O.k., so you’re probably thinking that I can’t count or I fell off the face of the earth for the last 8 days because I just skipped from List # 3 to List # 11 on the “30 Days of Lists“. Well, of course, its none of the above. I’ve just been busy and decided to skip a few of the lists for now.
I’ve pretty much determined that I can’t realistically do any number of consecutive days of quality blog posting or crafts or scrapbooking or whatever because I just have too many other things tugging on my time. In fact, I’m not quite sure how anyone with a full time job (or close to it ) can pull it off.
So, here’s my idea for those who might be listening/reading. I think we should do a blogging or scrapping/art journaling challenge that’s only 1 to 3 times a week. I think that’s much more do-able for the average Joe or Josephine (like me anyway). I think that’s something that I could commit to over several months or even a year. I’ll have to think about starting one of those of my own. Let me know your ideas on what you would enjoy doing.
With that said, here’s the next list I chose, just because it sounded like fun! Some of these are unique to Arizona, but many can be adapted to your local area as well.
Inexpensive Date Ideas:
- Picnic and a movie in your own living room
- Coffee and browsing at a bookstore
- Happy Hour at a local restaurant – food and drinks are usually quite reasonable
- Head out to a local coffee shop and enjoy the free music that’s offered.
- Browsing the local arts, crafts and music festivals. Many are free or very low cost. Here’s a list of Free Events in AZ in March 2011.
- This year my husband will be performing with his friend, Bob at the Tucson Folk Festival, which offers two full days of free music at outdoor venues in Old Town Tucson in the first weekend in May.
- Head out to your local farmer’s market – buy some great food, go home and enjoy the process of cooking and dining together.
- Ride public transportation downtown and take in the sights and sounds of the city.
- Picnic in the park
- A good old fashioned bike ride
- Steaming hot clam chowder and a walk on the beach at sunset.
Single, Double or Triple Dates:
Day trips out of town – you’ll find lots of pics and stories on my blog about our weekend travels with and without other couples.
- In Arizona we love destinations like Sedona, Jerome, Flagstaff, Prescott, etc.
- The whole day can just be about a scenic drive. The adventure is half the fun!
- Look for interesting places to browse the art galleries, small shops, and quaint restaurants.
- We also love getting out into nature and going on a hikes wherever we can find beautiful weather and gorgeous surroundings.
- Places like: Oak Creek Canyon, Apache Trail, Tonto Natural Bridge, or any number of state parks, national parks and monuments in Arizona
- Story time at the Library
- Playground fun!
- Rainy day game tournaments – stay in your PJs and play together all day! (board games, cards, video games, etc)
- Draw, sew or do art projects together
- Volunteer to help at a charity, church or community organization – it builds relationship skills, builds character and provides a lesson in thinking about others before ourselves
Chihuly Glass at the Desert Botanical Gardens
Fun For Anyone Dates:
- Movies in the parks – lots of local shopping centers and parks host free outdoor movies when the weather is nice. Take a picnic blanket or folding chair, your favorite beverage and a picnic of great snacks and enjoy the gorgeous evening watching a favorite classic movie. Here’s one going on now at the Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix.
- Check out the Library Culture Pass Program – Library card holders can check out free passes through many Phoenix metro area libraries for free admission to selected area attractions like the Phoenix Zoo, AZ Desert Botanical Gardens, and many museums.
- An awesome concert or an exciting basketball game are perfect for a night on the town.
- A day trip to the snow for sledding or making snowmen.
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Yeah, I’m still behind on the 30 Days of Lists; This is # 2 and I should be on # 5. We’ll see if I can catch up during the week.
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So here’s list # 1 on the 30 days of lists that was supposed to start on March 1st. I admit that I’m a little bit behind, but I’m hoping to catch up this weekend. In honor of the #30, there are 30 items on this first list.
- When I think of things about me I immediately think of the other people who are an integral part of my life…family, friends, pets, etc.
- I’m a wife of 33 years to my wonderful husband, Terry.
- I’m so thankful that God brought him into my life. He’s pretty amazing for putting up with me all these years.
- I’m a mother of a daughter (Amy), a son (Kevin) and a son-in-law (Andrew).
- I’m so proud of all three of them. I could brag on them all day long.
- I wish I could see them more often.
- I love going to Disneyland and California Adventure. (That’s where the photo was taken.)
- I have a 20 year old cat named Shredder. (she’s not in the family photo since she didn’t come to California Adventure with us.)
- Just about me… I love to take photos – I consider myself a tourist of life.
- I cry very easily, mostly about happy things…not sure why – just the way God made me, I guess.
- I love God and the am constantly amazed by how much he loves me, in spite of what I do that must break his heart.
- I wish I had more of a green thumb so I could bring more of God’s creation into my home and yard.
- I enjoy interior decorating.
- I never have enough time to do all the fun and creative things that I’d like to do.
- I love unique architecture.
- I love to travel.
- I have an idea for a travel related blog, now I just need to find the time to work on it.
- I live in Phoenix, AZ.
- I miss having all four seasons.
- I lived in a very small town in northern Ohio until I was almost 16.
- I lived in Southern California for 18 years.
- I’m learning to love the beauty of the desert.
- I work 4 days a week helping several non-profit organizations.
- I tear interesting pages out my magazines when I find something that I want to refer back to again. (recipes, decorating ideas, gardening tips, restaurants, web sites, etc.)
- I was in the gifted program in high school (that was a blast) and graduated a semester early. woohoo!
- I’m a chocolate snob.
- My favorite is Lindt Intense Orange Dark Chocolate bars. Just buy me a case of it and I’d be happy as a clam.
- My absolute favorite food is Alaskan King Crab. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! That (and maybe a good steak) would be part of my last meal, if I had to choose one.
- I love watching live musical theater and live musicians.
- I love hearing foreign accents and finding out where they’re from.
Hey! Check this out. A fellow blogger at R.S.V.P Responding to Life that connected with me through Amy’s blog, just put up a post with some responses to my list above. Isn’t that just so sweet of her? She’s a dear woman from Pennsylvania. I love the internet! Our world is growing smaller every day.
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