A Little Like Bogie and Bacall

Or not.
Yesterday, I read Kristi's and Jill's Have and Have Not Lists and thought it would be a neat thing to journal too. They are faithful readers of Neighbor Jane Payne, who recently celebrated her 200th newsletter by sharing her own list of have and have nots. If you have never visited with Jane, you should! I just subscribed to her newsletter and am looking forward to her homekeeping and general living tips.
Jane took a list of interesting life events and highlighted in bold the things she has experienced. If you would like to play along too, well, c'mon! All you have to do is copy the list then highlight in bold the things YOU have done.
Without further ado...
My 200 Have and Have Nots!

1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby's diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity(I feel like we are generous, but then again, probably not to the point that it's more than we can spare--which we should.)
7. Swam with wild dolphins (No, but I've fed stingrays in Grand Cayman)
8. Climbed a mountain(No, not a real mountain, but maybe an humble hill or two)
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said "I love you" and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game(if Astros games count)
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables(They are currently growing as I type.)
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment(Why does this always happen at church?)
21. Had a pillow fight

22. Bet on a winning horse(the whole concept of odds baffles me)
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort(Not going to happen in Texas, at least South Texas.)
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow(only if the cow replica at the Children's Museum counts)
47. Alphabetized your personal files(files? I should have files?)
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Done something you should regret, but don't(well, maybe a smidge)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie(it was a film our church made, I was probably 8.)
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy(did not buy, but my mom kept several of my FP Little People sets for me)
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over(I've always admired people that can and have done that.)
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth(not helped, but observed cows give birth as a child)
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone(my left foot, but without Daniel Day Lewis)
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing(How do people do that?)
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover (I know I've read lots of the Bible, but never straight through Genesis through Revelation.)
86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name(When I got married?)

90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language(in Russia and Singapore and here in US)
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care(Not hospice, but nursing home for my grandfather)
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep(When we adopted A., she was not used to being held or rocked before bedtime.)
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four feet(Not too high though.)
106. Raked your carpet(No, but my mom's friend offered to pay me to hunt and dig BBs out of her shag carpet)
107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse

111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child(in a sense, miscarriage)
114. Gone to a Broadway play
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book(only through Blurb though!)
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in an historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one (if Putt-Putt counts)
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking (What exactly is spelunking anyway? I've heard it before, but now it escapes me.)
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away(like to the end of our driveway)
152. Learned to juggle

153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox (I miss metal lunch boxes.)
160. Gotten food poisoning

161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon(Just visited briefly.)
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous(if form letters count)
166. Worn knickers(gauchos in 6th grade)
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator (HUGE fear--What if I have to potty?)
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane(another big fear)
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing

181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a campfire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Responded to a NJP newsletter(Not yet, but I plan to.)

There you go. My 200. It was fun to see what I have done and realize the things I still want to experience some day. Go ahead and make your own list! It'll be fun and it really doesn't take that long. If you play along be sure to let me know so I can check out your list too.


  1. What a fun list, Holly, thanks for sharing it with us. I forgot all about gauchos!

  2. Oh, I forgot, I'm amazed at your ability to run a marathon. That is truly an accomplishment.

  3. Holly- I loved reading your list!
    this was a fun one :)

  4. what a fun list. so why did you have your picture in the paper?

  5. Hahaha! It was in college(ACU), in Abilene, TX. I went with a friend to a peace rally thing for her social work credit and the local paper took some pictures. I think you could only see part of my head. Fame is fleeting. ;)

  6. That was so fun, Holly! Thanks for sharing. I copied and pasted into my own blog and chose my top 200.

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  8. cool list! I will post mine too! I can already see so many I wish I could highlight or hope to one day!

    btw-spelunking is exploring caves

  9. What a great list! It's a fun journaling idea. I'm curious though...out of those you didn't list which two or three would you like to do the most?

  10. Hmmm, good question Willpower. I'd like to fly first class to Paris or the Great Wall of China--well, anywhere really.

    Seriously though, the ones that struck me most that I'd like to do, and know I should do, have to do with service and generousity.

  11. isn't it fun searching back down memory lane for some of these? reminded me that i should probably lather, rinse and REPEAT a few of the really good ones!

  12. I may go with this the split second I have the chance to thing of 200 things other them monkeys dancing around me!~ Ha!

  13. You should do this list if you can, Lacie (and anyone else too). It's really fast since you just copy it and make the things you have done bold. If I had to come up with an original list, it would take forever!.


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