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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Ask and you shall get answers...the babble is a freebie

What Have YOU Done?

I've seen this on a few blogs and decided it was time to do it as part of my countdown to my 300th post. Loni at Joy in the Morning was the last person who's (whose ?) blog I saw this on so if you don't like it blame her (kidding :-).

Of course in usual Church Lady fashion I am going to put a twist on this.

I have been thinking of doing another 100 things about ICL, plus as you may or may not know, I've been begging asking nicely for your questions so I could post answers today. I am still going to do that, see way below. But first I bring you the 150 list which I'm going to colour code the items as follows:

Green and bold = been there, done that, got the postcard.
Red = no way Jose, not doin' that, nope, nada, no how, not if I can help it!
Pink and bold = yes please, I want some of what she's having (aka I'd like to do that before I die)
Creme = comme ci comme ca, no biggie, take it or leave it, you get the picture.

Man I feel all jiggedity writin' like that. Whose yo' Mama?!!

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 diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk 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
27. Had a food fight
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
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 - I would love to do this, if I knew how!
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 amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign (street 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 (organized women's touch football)
61. Gone scuba diving (in Mexico)
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 (Pool Boy aka hubster has)
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 (now if it was blogged more than six hours straight it'd have to be green!)
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 the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got 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 (I wish)
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country (not sure if this would qualify as exotic, but rented bikes to tour the Aran Islands, off the coast of Ireland)
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 T.V. 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 (when I was about 10, caught one at the cottage and brought it home and kept it for a few days)
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents (NA, Europe, Asia only - still SA, Africa, Australia, Antartica left to do)
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 - and the Odyssey
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
150. Saved someone’s life

And now on to the part of the show you've all been waiting for! (Shaddup! A girl can dream...). Here's my random questions and answers as posted by you, my cherished internets and answered by moi, my silly self.

This is known as the 9 things that internets wanted to know about ICL (even though there were 10 comments back on the topic ~ don't ask....my blog ....my way....my calculation errors do not have to be corrected even though the terribly anal person in me wants to)

Thanks internets for your queries. You don't have lives either eh?

The NINE THINGS asked about ICL

At 2:42 AM, scribbit blabbed...
I'd like to know how you pronounce your blog title. Dumb American that I am, I'm off on the Gaelic and it looks like it's not how I may think it is pronounced.

ICL blabs back: Scribbit, that is not a question about ICL. I cannot answer that. Next question.

ICL's alter ego sweetly interjects: Oh Scribbit darling! Thank you for asking. Did you know that is the most frequent question from search engines that brings up my site? What does it mean and how the heck to you pronounce it? It means "To your health" in Gaelic Irish and is commonly used in toasting like Cheers! It is prononunced - "Slawn-cha". Not like it looks, eh?

At 9:16 AM, happy and blue 2 blabbed...
I like the new design. Woohoo.You Rock as well..

ICL blabs back: HB2, you don't mind if I call you that, do ya buddy? 'cause if you do, I already have been and I ain't gonna stop now. That, my dear gentleman friend, is not a question. That is a statement. Actually it's two statements and an expletive. Two very nice statements, I must say and one of my favourite expletives, even though it is not profane.

I'm a little concerned about your punctuation though. I would have preferred to see an exclamation point behind that expletive, because as anyone who reads my blog and comments to their blogs will know that I have a strong attachment to the exclamation mark, right Lisa?
Lisa and I are kindred spirits in this domain, we both have a fear that we overuse exclamation marks but we don't care and continue to use them anyways because our writing feels naked without them.

So I can turn these two statements and an expletive from HB2 into a question of "Why do you use so many exclamation marks when you write?" Oh I just told you why above. Next question.

At 9:25 AM, Caylynn blabbed...
Great ideas. :) I have to get around to creating a "100 things" page one of these days!

ICL blabs back: Yes you do. And then I will feature it on my 102 things site where I collect them. I don't read 'em, I just collect them. You know this blogging business can take over your life. You have to draw the line somewhere. BTW, Missy, don't think I didn't notice that was not a question. All you internets are alike. You just want to talk about yourselves.

ICL's alter ego sweetly interjects: And we love hearing about you sweetheart. Really we do, that's why we keep visiting everyone's blogs. Why, I've been known to talk about myself once or twice or other people's blogs. It's all very innocent.

ICL's third alter ego takes control of the conversation: Well the truth of the matter is that sometimes when we comment we want to show our similarity with the blogger, and to do that we need to relay a part of our lives in that comment. This is much more preferable to having comments like "Nice post, I played. " Don't you think?

ICL's fourth alter ego censors: Um she didn't really mean that second last sentence.

ICL's third alter ego interrupts: Yes I did. We will now move to the next question to keep this post in keeping with our standards of open, and honest, but kind and tactful blogging.

ICL: Uh folks...I'm really sorry about the Sybil thing going on here. The other personalities just take over. Let's hope they go to bed now and don't come back again.

At 10:23 AM, Cheeky blabbed...
YEAH! Let the countdown begin. So what do I want to know...hmmmmm....Enquiring minds want to know - what is the funniest thing you ever did?Have you ever sang Kareoke?

ICL blabs back: Finally a question! Cheekster, when I first read your question a few days ago I thought I had not done Karaoke, however in doing the 150 things above I realized I had. It was lame, not in a bar, but at a museum somewhere. I always wanted to try it so I jumped at the opportunity since it was just my family watching and some other kid.

What is the funniest thing I ever did? Oh gawd I can think of all the most embarrassing, dorky and stupid things I did that were kinda funny, but just funny on it's own? Hmmmmm....trying to remember what were the things that caused me to wet myself or laugh so hard that my stomach hurt but those were probably group efforts. OK so I'm still waiting for my funniest thing to happen. I better get working on it. The closest I can come up with is when I changed the words to a song and me and a girlfriend sang it at our Christmas work dinner ala Blues Bros style. Not true thrilling. I'm a dork.

ICL's third alter ego says: Maybe you can't remember them because they were also so embarrassing that you have pushed them out of your mind?

ICL: Go to bed!!!

ICL's third alter ego says: Well someone needs to hang around to make sure you tell the truth and don't lie to these people.

ICL: True. You have a point.

At 10:50 AM, Goofy Girl blabbed...
I have an old 100 things, not sure if you are interested in old ones!I would love to hear a doggie story, but I understand if it's to difficult to share one at this point. :(

ICL's third alter ego says: I'll take this one. She'll just f it up. Yes she would love to take your 100 things plus 25 new things and will post them on my 102 site soon. I'm going to do a post about the ones I've collected on this site soon too! Now I've got lots of doggie stories I could tell. I will put one on a Monday Memory sometime soon. In the meantime here's a few past ones. Read the first one at your own risk. Coprophagia, Dog in a bike Trailer?, Helper Skelper, Doggie Haircut Blues, Blue Dog, It's a Dog's Life .... I'm after (Music Video)

At 11:19 AM, mist1 blabbed...
I am not a planner. How do you know what you're going to feel like writing about for the next 25 days?

ICL blabs: Well, Mist1, I am a planner so what I did is I did a little chart after I figured out how many more posts it would take to get to 300 and I wrote up for each day what I normally write on (i.e. if it's a usual Meme day - which for me are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, sometimes Fridays and Saturdays.) Then I made a list of topics that I wanted to write about that were kinda special which I inserted into the blank days on my chart, which I follow religiously, with tweaking of course, 'cause things do change, I'm not that rigid....oh sorry what was that? Do you feel ill now??

At 6:24 PM, Mrs Lifecruiser blabbed...
Wow! New design - I'm impressed. You and Goofy Girl did a really good job :-)I so recognize that "...getting on my nerves..." My layout does too, so I just MUST switch to something else soon or I'll go even more crazy!You've just reminded me that I still don't have a 100 things post. I never seem to get around to actually write one, just thinking that I shall all the time.

ICL blabs: Yes Dr. Goofy Girl rocks fo' sure!! I cannot take any of the credit. Now have you done your 100 posts yet LC or are you too busy showering naked and eating sandwiches with the blinds closed to do this for me? I know a lot about ya already you know. I could probably write your 100 things and more! What'll you pay me? I'm easy but I'm not cheap.

At 4:59 PM, happy and blue 2 blabbed...
I liked the video. I've never heard the song before.Read your 102 things list. What questions could I possibly ask after that, ha,ha..umm..Have you always lived in Ottawa? Have you met any MP's or the Prime Minister?Does your husband blog?Do you travel a lot? Why did you start blogging? What's that. My questions suck.I know..I'll try to think of better questions,ha,ha..

ICL blabs: How did you know I lived in Ottawa?

ICL Alter Ego #3 blabs: Hey you're not supposed to ask questions back!! Get a grip already!

ICL blabs: Are you still not in bed already?....... To answer your question, Happy, yes I feel like calling you Happy now, Yes and No. I lived in Waterloo where I went to university and I lived in Renfrew 45 minutes from Ottawa for about a year. So I am a real homespun girl, but I have no desire to stay in Ottawa if a fabulous opportunity abroad comes my way.

Over the years I have met some MP's. My mother was fairly active in the Conservative party so I had the opportunity to help her in election campaigns when I was young. I am particularly thrilled with how our Mr. Harper is running things so far. If I ever get the opportunity I would like to meet him, but it's not high on my list.

I travel a reasonable amount, and even less so lately. I would actually not mind traveling more now that my kids are grown. Most of my travel is to the States. I have travelled to the following countries on business - France, England, Sweden, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, US - Texas, California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Las Vegas, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Albany New York, Boston. For pleasure I've been to England, Ireland, Caribbean, Mexico, Canada (east but not west), California, Florida, Maine and have driven through the Eastern states to Florida many many times (North & South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York.)

Don't worry, I'm starting to fall asleep too. I think the other alter egos have now all finally gone to bed. Two more questions left.

Oh and the reason I started blogging is for photosharing plus my kid started me on MSN Spaces. Eventually I moved to Blogger because I found most of the people I like to blog with were on Blogger. Here's my
first post on Blogger. I stopped posting to my MSN blog in July. see Why 2 Blogs? (shade over it with your mouse because the colours are now wacko since I changed my template). It's a form of entertainment and therapy for me. It's the humour that keeps me coming back. I also enjoy the aspect of documenting personal experiences and memories. Plus I love doing the photos and the cool tools that I like to play with. I'm not into the blog debating. I'm a lover not a fighter.

At 9:02 PM, Cheeky blabbed...
More questions....What music is on your ipod, cd player or whatever your medium of choice would be?What was your worst fashion stage? (I sorta did the valley girl thing but like you coulda like figured that out by now...lol)

ICL blabs: Um I don't have an ipod. I like a mixture of pop, rock, some jazz and classical. I'm thinking of getting a mini ipod for running, however it's not high on my list as I run with a partner and we blab all the way. If I started listening to music that would be rude.

My worst fashion stage would be the early eighties. I wore suits with ties, pleated flared skirts, my hair was permed .... oh my dog it was awful. Ya the valley girl thing too.

ICL Alter Ego #3: Stop it. Stop it now. You're scaring me.

ICL blabs: You're still up??? Well if you went to bed you wouldn't have to listen to this is alls I'm sayin'.

At 7:22 PM, happy and blue 2 blabbed...
Count me in if you are going to Mexico. I haven't had dysentery for a long time..Thanks for commenting on my videos..Question: What is the significance of your 300th post?

ICL blabs: Happy is so nice to keep coming back with more questions, isn't he? Hooray for Happy! Check out his videos on YouTube. They rock!

Well Hap, it's a milestone. I totally missed the 200th, I must have been in the bathroom. But also on Blogger the most posts you can view on your blog edit list is 300. I haven't figured out what that means yet but it must mean something or worthy of an award or total blognation recognition. I've noticed other bloggers doing special posts for their 100th and 200th posts etc. Haven't seen anyone do a 25 day countdown yet ... I am me and I am unique.

After my 300th post we will return to our regularly scheduled programming. Which is pretty much the same as I've been doing but maybe with just a teensy little less diligence. Bite me.

Frig this is a long post. If you're still here you deserve an award. I may have to call in sick tomorrow. O wait it is tomorrow. Well then .....

Good night! and Good Morning to you!

ICL Alter Ego #3: 'Night


Gattina said...

OMG ! What a long post ! I am breathless now. Don't wait too long to swim with a dolphin, I don't know if he still wants you when you are 95. Milking a cow is dangerous, I have done it and got a slap with the tail in my face because nobody had told me to tie the tail. Gondolas in Venice are very expensive but romantic ! Take your lover with you.

The CATS ON TUESDAY is created, see on my catblog.

Gattina said...

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Mr. Fabulous said...

You stole a street sign?

My illusions are being shattered...

Lisa said...

You have a chart planning out your posts??? I am impressed!! (Note the double exclamation points, my kindred punctuation sister) You have motivated me to finally finish my 100 things page. It was hard, but I did it.

I believe that I've done this list of things of I've done. I need to go check. The only place I sing karaoke in in my basement! LOL

You make me laugh, girl. ;-)

Goofy Girl said...

Hahah I like all the different egos!

mist1 said...

Maybe you need a hobby. Your planning is making my dizzy. I need to sit down.

Cat. said...

I stole your 150 things...and I think charting your posts is a great idea...

...then again, I have OCD tendencies...


Tug said...

Hey, let's go parasail into a herd (??) of dolphins!! I'm surrounded by tree huggers in this state & they all SUCK, so I'll skip that thanks. ;-) Thanks for stopping by & letting me know about yours, I love reading these things!