Friday, February 13, 2009

Pictures - and a meme

"Heron Eclipse"

The words have been used up today. I did think of sharing a short story I've been messing with but, well, just but... Maybe another time, eh?

"Floral Notes"

Instead I'll share with you some dabblings from the digital darkroom and a meme-thingy which I found over at Rob's Inushuk Adventures some time ago. I've been saving it up for one of these "wordless" days. Feel free to do it if you haven't already.

It's the 100 Things I Have Done meme - the things I've done are in blue. Those which I haven't are in black.


1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (I've jammed with friends but I'm not sure that counts)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower (no, but I've wished on many shooting stars ie meteors)
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb (I've held a cheetah cub, does that count?)
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (both)
31. Hit a home run (so long as Rounders counts!)
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language (we-ell, I've tried...)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa (was born there and still live there...)
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing (I always wonder how deep the sea has to be qualify to answer this sort of question - and I caught a great white, not a marlin...)
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (not to the top, only halfway up!)
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud (you should have seen those mud pies!)
54. Gone to a drive-in
55. Been in a movie (does it count that I scripted and directed it and it was corporate video production and not a real movie?)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business (does starting a small NGO count?)
58. Taken a martial arts class (I'm hoping to start Qi Gong soon, if that counts...)
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (no, but I was a Girl Scout/Guide)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp (no, but I have visited Yad Vashem the Jewish Memorial to Holocaust victims in Jerusalem)
67. Bounced a check/cheque
68. Flown in a helicopter (but I have flown in a light aircraft)
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London (never saw the point of that one)
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book (not yet!)
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible (just the New Testament)
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (do fish and shellfish count? If so, yes.)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life (does saving my own life count?)
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (no, but I've paddled in the Dead Sea!)
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee (no, but I talk to bees and they sing to me...)
100. Ridden an elephant (no, but I've walked hand in trunk with an elephant!)

"Through Time"

And here's wishing all of you a very happy and loving Valentine's Day!


Lori ann said...

Wow! the pictures are gorgeous Nicky! I love the heron. The meme looks fun, i forgot about this one. You have done alot! maybe we ought to make a meme like a "bucket list" also, the things we'd like to do still...
Happy Valentines Day to you and your sweetie too!
xx lori

JaneyV said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you too AV. Love the digital darkroom wonders - particularly the clock. I love the idea of a gateway to another time and space.

There's quite a lot there that I have yet to experience but I do think holding a cheetah cub trumps a lamb any day. I've eaten lamb - does that count? And the chickenpox experience is so yesterday's pizza.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Rob Inukshuk said...

I had forgotten all about this one. So cool to read your list. Gosh, you've done some wonderful things and all your bracketed things count for sure!

Have a great weekend.

laughingwolf said...

good insight into what makes vanilla absolute ;)

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Thanks, Lori! I didn't realise I'd done so much - and I think the idea of a bucket list is excellent!

Thanks, Janey, playing with the clock was good fun, it opens itself to all sorts of possibilities!
Erm, I'm not sure that eating lamb counts - it might be more effective if you could say you've eaten crocodile - as I can! ;-P

I had too, Rob! But it's a good, fun one.
Have a totally fantabulous weekend.

LOL - nice turn of phrase, Wolf!

Ropi said...

Happy Valentine dy but I dislike this holiday.

R.L. Bourges said...

I hereby formally resign from any attempts at #11 #27 and #72 in this lifetime.( But you may add #24 to my list of memorable achievements )

Sincerely yours etc

have a great weekend, av:

Fire Byrd said...

Love the photos, especially the roses at the end.
Have a lovely Valentine weekend with your partner and Bo!

steph said...

You never cease to amaze and enthral me, AV

Enjoy the weekend!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

LOL, yes, I know you do, Ropi - it doesn't do much for me either but one may as well enter into the spirit of the thing and "spread a little love"! ;-)

Tee hee, Renee! I am impressed about the snow fort and I'm with you on not bungee jumping. We have one of the world's highest bungee jumps in SA and it's totally terrifying - I've watched them do it - madness!

Thanks, FireByrd! xx

Aw, thanks, Steph!

Baino said...

Gawd, another one who's been to Paris. Happy Valentine's day to you to. I'd venture out and buy myself some flowers but they're tripled in price .. ha! They'll all be half price tomorrow! And you haven't missed anything by not having chicken pox, it sucks.

lakeviewer said...

The trouble with lists is the sinking feeling that we are not there yet.
How about, a list of three things that we can keep upfront everyday: less,
2. consume less,
3. encourage more.

Happy Day!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Much easier to "make" your own flowers, Baino! Isn't it revolting the way the price just soars at Valentine's Day. So much for the intent behind the day!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Oops, you snuck in their, Lakeviewer - fortunately I'm not obsessive about lists - of any sort! And as for not yet being there, well, I'm inclined to always think that where we are, right now, is exactly where we're meant to be right now :-)

Ropi said...

Well, I did an extra task as well so I got more than 100%. So simple.

Megan said...

Happy Valentine's Day! Those are some lovely pictures and some great things done!

Re: # 17 - I'm pretty sure the top of the statue is closed, I think since 9/11. You can visit the island but you can't go up in the crown. And the steps to the torch have been closed for even longer, I believe. Hopefully those things will change someday soon...

Maithri said...

Bautiful pictures!

And what a great list of things you've done,

Peace and light, M

Le laquet said...

It's the hand in trunk with an elephant that makes me most jealous!

lettuce said...

Happy Valentines, 'Nil.

I hope its a good weekend, wordless or otherwise

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Aha, thanks for explaining, Ropi - and there I was thinking you were just beyond genius! ;-)

Thanks, Megan - you can probably tell from the list that one of the few places I haven't been is the US! My bad! ;-)

Thanks, Maithri, and thanks for stopping by!

It is best described as a totally awesome experience, Laquet, the one thing I came away with is the realisation of how incredibly sensitive ellies are.

Thanks, Lettuce - hope after your awful week you have a good and gentle weekend. xxx

mouse (aka kimy) said...

happy hearts to you!!! my word of the day is the quechuan word means from my heart to yours.....

love the art from the digital darkroom ...your list was fun.....nice to have that as an ace up the sleeve for one of those days when in bloggingland

gaudiumdegaea said...

You have done so much!
I have something for you at my place! :)

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

What a wonderful word, Mouse! I love the sentiment!
Yes, very handy to have memes and suchlike things lying around for "wordless" days!

Ooh, I'm coming right over to look, Gaye Oh yummy!!! Lindt Choccie! Slurp! xxx

Middle Ditch said...

I hope that you had a lovely Valentines Day ... The short story please! And let me know when you post it please ... LOL

Gaelyn said...

Love the computer art.
I'll be back.

GutsyWriter said...

I love the colors. I'm a color woman. I wanted to know the answer to #91. Who is the famous person?
You've done and seen a lot.

Gail said...

I love the digital art. Can you suggest a good program for the computer?

Mellifluous Dark said...

Fabulous stuff, AV. I hope you had a lovely Valentine's weekend...