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In With The New

In the spirit of the New Year and de-cluttering my house, I felt like my 100 Things list could use a makeover. New year, new things to accomplish. I didn’t really make any resolutions this year. Losing weight is obviously out of the question, so the next best thing is to complete my list. Hopefully before #2 arrives. ‘Cause I know this mommy won’t have much time for anything after that!

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I updated my 100 THINGS list. It was in need of a makeover. Check it out at the tab at the top or HERE. And if you’re wondering what the heck this list is all about, check out my guest post HERE.

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Just For Fun

Here’s the rule: Bold the things you’ve done & post on your blog!
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20.Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
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
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
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
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted-drawn but not painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
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
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
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
77. Broken a bone-collar bone when I was little.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating-does fish count?
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous-I shook John Stamos’s hand…does that count?
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
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

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Door County Weekend

J and I were able to enjoy some time away together this past weekend. My parents offered to watch S and the pooch overnight so we could head up to Door County. This was the first overnight stay we have had without S since she arrived, all 19 and a half months ago, so needless to say, we were more than ready to enjoy a night off.

Our hotel reservations were set for the Eagle Harbor Inn in Ephraim, so we had a nice leisurely drive up through many of the door county towns before we found our hotel. We stopped in Fish Creek to check out some of the quaint shops, pottery workshops, the Door County Confectionery (I highly recommend the chocolate covered s’mores!) and a really neat olive oil shop called the Oilerie.  This is a great shop for cooks. You can sample many kinds of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I have to admit, the thought of downing little thimblefuls of plain oil was a little strange at first, but you really only take enough in your mouth to get a taste for the oil.  Here we are sampling the oil.

After spending some time sampling things, we decided on the garlic flavored olive oil (can’t wait to try popping some popcorn with it!) and an amazing 25 year aged balsamic.  It was so sweet tasting, just melted in your mouth. We also picked up some fire-roasted salsa. Here I am paying. J thought it would be funny to get a shot of me NOT saving money. (just incase you were wondering, I left my coupon binder at home…pretty sure there are no great deals to be had in Door County!)

This was a risky shot, it almost cost us the life of our camera. Luckily, J was able to fix the jammed lens! (the lens cap got stuck in our car when J tried to take the camera off the car and the camera got bumped around)

It wasn’t quite time to head to our hotel for check in yet, so we headed north to Sister Bay to have a burger at the Sister Bay Bowl. Now, there is nothing fancy about the Sister Bay Bowl. As the name implies, it is indeed a bowling alley. There’s a bar and booths facing a big flat-screen tv (which had the Badger basketball game on when we were there). We each ordered a Spotted Cow and I had the most unbelievable cheeseburger I have ever had in my life and J ordered the chili dog.

After a very satisfying lunch, we headed south to our hotel. We got checked in and squared away and took in our lovely accommodations for the night. The rooms here are spacious, have a kitchenette, a two-way fireplace, and a whirlpool.  There is also a pool, sauna and workout room, but we didn’t use those during our stay. Cookies and hot apple cider were served in the main commons from 3-5, so we headed down to partake. The cookies were store-bought, so nothing to write home about, but the cider was good and served in cute little glass cups with handles (nice for drinking hot cider). We enjoyed actually being able to converse without being interrupted by a certain little toddler. Definitely a relaxing, romantic Valentine’s Day weekend.

Our dinner reservations were at 7:30 at T Ashwell’s. That’s a post that will take some time, so check back later if you want the scoop on our valentine’s day meal.

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