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  • mjperry1 4:04 pm on January 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ballet, hash harrier, poetry slam, , trapeze, urban adventure, warrior dash   

    Alright, Friends:

    I actually regret my efforts the last time I attempted this, having only made it maybe 10 adventures in, and only writing up about 3 of the adventures. They’re on here someplace. So this year, I vow to complete all 52 adventures, will photo and blog, by December 31, 2012.

    My list is below, and is mostly centered around the New York area with sidebars to DC, New England, Chicago, and Florida. I’ve posted it here in its entirety because, unless there’s a good reason not to, you are 100% invited to any of these adventures. Friends and strangers alike. Just let me know!

    January: Attend Ballet (Copeland at the New York City Ballet with Surkhab; Tickets already purchased)
    March: Skydiving (Skydive New Jersey with Amie; Tickets already purchased)
    March: Recording session (For Twelfth Night, so let’s call this one invite-only)
    April: Cherry Blossom Festival (no dates set, but it’s in Washington, DC – all are invited)

    (More …)

     
    • Kimberly Hula 4:12 pm on January 5, 2012 Permalink

      Mark these are some savory selections! I can’t wait to join you New York Neighbor!

    • Jackie 1:46 am on January 6, 2012 Permalink

      Mark! I have wanted to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. for some time now (since it’s more likely than attending the one in Japan). I think that may be a fun meet-up, if I’m not broke from the long vacation I’m taking right beforehand!
      Great list, lots of ideas. On New Years’ I asked my kids what they want to do in the New Year and my 8 year-old responded quickly, “Sky-diving!” Obviously you and him are more adventurous than me.

      Best of luck! :)

    • wip78 6:14 pm on January 8, 2012 Permalink

      Amazing!!! I can’t wait to read on your adventures!! I”m in Chicago…if you’re looking for an adventure companion when your here, let me know.:) I love cupcakes and was contemplating taking a bike ride through Chicago to different cupcake speciality shops to enjoy in their sugary deliciousness. Plus, we burn calories at the same time…just an idea:)

    • wip78 12:12 am on January 9, 2012 Permalink

      I missed your post about Chicago Marathon. I’ll be on the sideline cheering you on….while eating a red velvet cupcake…with cream cheese frosting.

  • mjperry1 3:24 am on May 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventure 8 – being honest with the internet….and attaching my name to it. 

    Initial disclosure. This posting isn’t so much about an adventure as it is about the concept of adventure. Second disclosure. I don’t consider myself a writer as such. I can write things, certainly … subject verb object … and it generally works rather nicely. I even use things like metaphors and similes. But a writer in the real sense of the word – the sense of being able to communicate profound human truths in interesting or perhaps pithy ways … this is not something I do in a written form. But tonight I’m going to make the attempt. Because tonight is my birthday. And I’m slightly drunk. And I’m alone. And if we combine those three things into a single metaphor, you kind of have my life.

    Now, I’m not actually depressive. I’ve been through counseling, and I’ve worked through most of my issues, and I’m really in a pretty good place in my life. I think. But as I face the big 2-8, I can’t help but feel a certain sense of “I’m an adult now.” Which is so damn scary. (More …)

     
    • blueskiesinva 10:15 pm on May 3, 2010 Permalink

      Your post is brave and inspiring. Don’t worry about being an adult (whatever that means). I’m about halfway through this life now, and I spend very little time thinking about what I’ve “accomplished.” It’s more important to, as you say, “plunge in and live life from day to day.” Happy Birthday!

    • yearof52adventures 11:17 pm on May 3, 2010 Permalink

      I’m so proud of you. I can’t wait for forthcoming adventures!

    • Jean Ann 3:19 pm on May 5, 2010 Permalink

      Thanks for referencing Our Town. (And no, I wasnt in Our Town, I tried out, and didn’t get cast.)

    • faolan01 12:48 pm on May 11, 2010 Permalink

      This is very courageous! Thank you for sharing this adventure with us, and happy birthday!

  • mjperry1 7:58 pm on January 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 300 workout, French, , ,   

    Chose My Own Adventure 

    Okay friends. So adventures usually find me. I’ll get lost someplace and follow where the spirit takes me, meeting people and making plans as I go. So planning adventures in advance is a bit of a new thing for me. As a result, I’m not very good at it. The first 20 that I’ve come up with are below. The rest, dear friends, are up to you.

    I am hereby committing to engaging in any and all suggestions that you offer that are legal, adventurous, feasible, and at least arguably safe. Come friends, we have 32 more adventures to discover.

    1) Polar Bear Plunge – Chicago Illinois – January 1, 2010
    2) [Redacted]
    3) Fire a handgun (non-wimpy)
    4) Appear onstage sober
    5) Learn to cook a French dish
    6) Host a dinner party – and actually cook things, having removed the sweaters from my oven
    7) Redo counters and floor in Kitchen/bathrooms
    8) Find a job
    9) Complete the 300 workout
    10) Finally found my foundation
    a) Develop a way to avoid unnecessary alliteration
    11) Design that second tattoo I’ve been imagining for years.
    12) Get it – from a tattoo artist with a scary name – paid with tips.
    13) Memorize 1 Corinthians: 13
    14) Memorize the last monologue from Jumpers
    15) Build a fire, spend all night tending it and watch the sun rise
    16) Learn to do a standing backflip.
    17) Go on a squad car ride-along.
    18) Take nephew to attend his first play
    19) Snowball fight
    20) Poetry slam

     
    • mjperry1 7:59 pm on January 3, 2010 Permalink

      Okay, wordpress is a tricky minx. It totally changed my number 8 into an emoticon. You should all just know that I didn’t do that on purpose.

    • Jen 8:16 pm on January 3, 2010 Permalink

      Okay I keep hearing about this 300 workout. What is it?

    • mjperry1 8:26 pm on January 3, 2010 Permalink

      Well, the guys in the movie 300 worked out many hours a day, many days a week, for several months before shooting began (sidenote: they also ate a diet of wild game). The 300 workout was originally conceived as a test for those guys. I think it was something like they had to pass this fitness test in order to actually be on screen. Or something. But it wasn’t an actual workout that they did regularly. The list for the test is:

      25x Pull-up +
      50x Deadlift @ 135# +
      50x Push-up +
      50x Box Jump @ 24” box +
      50x Floor Wiper @ 135# (one-count) +
      50x KB Clean and Press @ 36# (KB must touch floor between reps) +
      25x Pull-up

      you can find more about it at http://www.gymjones.com/knowledge.php?id=35

    • Jackie 10:51 pm on January 4, 2010 Permalink

      Ok, I couldn’t figure out how to start my own comment, so I’m replying to yours. But pretend like this is a new comment altogether. (Although I enjoyed reading your list)

      This is what I have so far, not necessarily to be done in this order:

      1) Get accupuncture
      2) Take a “hot” yoga class
      3) Get a Brazillian wax
      4) Take the kids to Medieval Times
      5) Spend a weekend with the kids in Amish country
      6) Volunteer with the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans
      7) Take a pole-dancing class
      8) Let my friend Jon teach me how to knit
      9) Eat only raw food for a week
      10) Milk a cow
      11) Visit an Indian reservation, sleep in a teepee

      Looking forward to completing some of these :)

    • mjperry1 12:32 am on January 5, 2010 Permalink

      To create your own posts, you have to (1) register for an account with wordpress, and then (2) email kimberlyhula@gmail.com. She’ll set you up as an author.

      ps – I love that wordpress keeps changing the number 8 to a smiley.

    • yearof52adventures 2:54 am on January 5, 2010 Permalink

      Jackie, let me know if you need me to set you up as an author. We would love to have you. AND, do all the aforementioned adventures! They are wild and awesome. I’m all about the teepee.

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