Go Curling

Ever since watching the 1998 Winter Olympics as a girl, I’ve wanted to try out Curling. So I was a little excited when, while at work, I received a meeting notice for a team-building activity at the Granite Curling Club of Seattle, which turns out to be a mere 3 miles from my house! Here…

Invent a Drink

I’ve invented many many many drinks over the years, many with dubious results… but this one is going down in the books: a drink I call The Toucan. How did I come up with that name? Well initially it was because the drink is colorful and tropical tasting. And then I later discovered it’s also…

Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

This is Amazon’s list of 100 books to read in a lifetime. I love making lists of books I will never get the time to read so here is my version: 1984 A Brief History of Time A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier The Bad Beginning:…

Summer Break

There is nothing like summer break and as an adult it is heartbreaking when you no longer can take two and a half months off during the best part of the year. And this is Washington so there are like three months of good weather. The last summer I didn’t work full-time was back in…

Travel Literature

This list via Insider shows some of the best travel writing. I’ve crossed off the ones I’ve already read. ‘On the Road’ by Jack Kerouac ‘The Great Railway Bazaar’ by Paul Theroux ‘Into the Wild’ by Jon Krakauer ‘The Sun Also Rises’ by Ernest Hemingway ‘The Geography of Bliss’ by Eric Weiner ‘In Patagonia’ by…

All the Countries

I found a book titled 198: How I Ran Out of Countries and decided to create yet another travel list–this one just a simple list of countries. I haven’t read the book yet but will probably be getting around to it soon. Countries I have visited: Afghanistan Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia…

Business Insider’s 100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime

I found another great travel list on Business Insider. Definitely more fodder for my bucket list. Here is the list with the ones I’ve done crossed out: Ride a dogsled through the backcountry of Sweden. Taste some of the best pizza in the world in Naples, Italy. See the great wildebeest migration in Africa’s Serengeti National…

The Northwest Bucket List

I snagged this list from discoverthenw.com and thought I should tackle some if not all of it since I live here. Mount Si Trail – WA Grand Sawtooths Loop – ID Wallace Falls Hike – WA Sky Lakes Wilderness – OR Hall Of Mosses Trail – WA Boulder Chains Lake Trail – ID Oyster Dome Trail…

Books of 2015

I’ve never really been able to stick to a reading list. Inevitably an awesome sounding book comes my way and I have to derail my plans. This year, I’m actually giving myself assigned reading so I can power through some of these books I’ve either half-read or have been putting off for a bit. Here…

Cities to visit in your lifetime

As a supplement to my To-Do list, here is a list I stole from a HuffPost article about the top 50 cities to visit in your lifetime. I’ve striked out the places I’ve been. 13/50! Venice, Italy Seville, Spain New York City, USA Lhasa, China (the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil…

UNESCO World Heritage List

As a supplement to my To-Do list, here is a list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, a good list of more places to visit. I have bolded and striked-out the ones I’ve done so far. The links lead to a handy map to interact with. Enjoy! Afghanistan Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam Cultural Landscape…

How to Hide Gold

I am currently helping a friend search through his father’s home for approximately $30,000 worth of gold coins he suspects are somewhere in the house. We’ve taken a number of measures: flipping through the pages of every book, knocking on walls, pulling out the insulation in the attic, testing out wood paneling. We’re considering pulling…