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  • myndevore 9:34 pm on December 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Hello fellow adventurers! It looks like … 

    Hello fellow adventurers!

    It looks like I was able to squeak out my list of 52 before the new year begins. I look forward to seeing the year through with each of you and keeping each other on track as we adventure along.

    Wishing everyone a safe and happy new year’s eve!

    1. Create ten postcards and send them.
    2. Spend a day alone at the Art Institute.
    3. Write three anonymous letters and hide them in books at the library.
    4. Send chopsticks, $20, and takeout menus to a friend.
    5. Learn to play a song on the piano.
    6. Write down one sentence everyday.
    7. Drive west and go camping.
    8. Photograph strangers.
    9. Bake a soufflé.
    10. Read a book in one day.
    11. Build a fort.
    12. Spend a day drawing only green things.
    13. Get off at an el stop I haven’t stopped at before. Buy a cup of coffee and take photos.
    14. Watch the sun rise.
    15. Run the Chicago Half-Marathon (Maybe the full? Can’t commit at this point).
    16. Take a sewing class at the Needle Shop.
    17. Write something I’m proud of. 

    18. Plan a wonderful surprise.
    19. Give away something I love.
    20. Go a week without purchasing anything.
    21. Make a large cake and write something obscure on it.
    22. Find books by my favorite writer in the library. Find the writer that comes next on the shelf and check out one of his or her books.
    23. Go on a photobooth crawl around Chicago.
    24. Master a Bob Dylan song on the harmonica (for campfire serenades).
    25. Buy some of my favorite books from childhood for our future children.
    26. Go apple picking.
    27. Write letters to friends on their birthdays.
    28. Record the stories of my grandparents.
    29. Make a blurb book.
    30. Start and finish a new painting.
    31. Harvest summer fruits and vegetables and do some canning and pickling.
    32. Finish watching the Ken Burns Jazz documentary.
    33. Keep the television off for one week.
    34. Make a poster and hang it somewhere.
    35. Ask Charlie to teach me to sail.
    36. Learn to whistle properly.
    37. Go to the opera or the symphony.
    38. Take a photo everyday for 30 days.
    39. Make a short film.
    40. Go biking.
    41. Sew something and give it away.
    42. Spend one evening making and eating favorite foods from childhood and watching old cartoons.
    43. Master calligraphy.
    44. Draw something everyday for 30 days.
    45. Go on a hike.
    46. Explore a Chicago neighborhood I haven’t been to yet.
    47. Volunteer.
    48. Host a seasonal gathering.
    49. Go roller-skating.
    50. Go to a play.
    51. Write about and photograph/draw/paint each person in my family.
    52. Make Christmas gifts.

    • Rick Williams 10:22 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink

      great list ….. it has me thinking ….. January was a great adventure month for me but Feb is wide open….
      if you finish with Burns/Jazz, it will may inspire you on the short movie ….. i just tried calligraphy … i am starting with a fat brush and huge sweeping strokes …. simple but fun ….. best of luck with your Feb adventures …..

  • Berton 5:24 am on December 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Daniel, List   

    Time for some thrilling heroics (the real post this time) 

    Ok.  So a few days ago, I started typing up my list of adventures and ideas for the coming year.  But I wanted to give myself some time and consideration before posting it (as well as organize it and such).  But when I wanted to hit  the “save” button, I apparently hit the “publish” one.  So the list I posted before was incomplete and all that jazz.  Here is what I meant to say:

    (Oh, PS before I post my ideas, I am keeping my own 52 adventures blog.  When I blog, I get kind of long winded and crazy with it.  So to spare some people who may not know me or want to read the unabridged versions of my exploits, my blog is http://bertons52.wordpress.com/  I will be posting short versions of my adventures with a link to the longer version here on this website when they happen though)



    • Stop complaining about not finding good sushi in Minneapolis and make my own
    • Make a five-course dinner for a party of eight people
    • Give up soda to help me get into shape for my wedding
    • Be vegetarian for a week

    Twin Cities and Minnesota

    • Go sail boating on Lake Calhoun
    • Go to Al’s Breakfast
    • Go to a non-football University of Minnesota sports event (probably going to be a wrestling duel)
    • Start a snowball fight with the kids at my local elementary school
    • Go dog-sledding up  in northern Minnesota
    • Take my lady for a night on the town that isn’t simply dinner and a movie
    • Eat a Jucy Lucy at Matt’s Bar (where they originated)

    Crazy or Relaxing

    • Look fear in the face and win (ride a horse)
    • Get a tattoo (popular choice it seems)
    • Learn to dance (other than ballroom, which I already can do)
    • Spend a day watching classic films
    • Fire a hand gun
    • Get hypnotized
    • Go to my bachelor party
    • Get married (this was a pre-planned one, not a random thought, just so you know)
    • Go to the National NCAA Wrestling Tournement in Omaha with my father and two brothers


    • Run a 5K
    • Climb a mountain
    • Canoe a long stretch of river
    • Listening day (no talking)
    • Shut-it-off day (no electricity)
    • Get more involved with my friends lives and show them I care
    • Attend grad school (or apply for many more if I don’t get in)

    Out and About

    • Go to a high school sporting events and cheer loudly
    • Go to la ive dog or horse race
    • Attend a film festival
    • Get all snazzed up and go to a balet, opera, or some such event
    • Volunteer at a shelter
    • Go to a museum
    • Go to Six Flags
    • Attend a religious service of a religion not my own

    So far my ist is at thirty-five adventures.  And if the math skills I teach my preschool students is correct, that leaves me with seventeen adventures left to come up with.  I will probably swipe some of this stellar community’s awesome ideas as they appear, but also, please feel free to suggest some more or invite me on your own!

    Oh, and Hula, a Boston adventure sounds GREAT!  But I challenge you to come to a Minnesota adventure with me (or maybe we can meet up in Chicago for one?)  Your Minnesota adventure should be to come to my wedding August 7th!  Here’s my deal (I already talked with Becky about it) if you do come, you can speak at it like you wanted to 🙂  I will call you later in the week to chat about it.

    • Andralyn 10:43 am on May 4, 2011 Permalink

      I bow down humbly in the presence of such greantses.

  • Kimberly Hula 4:39 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    And when we see it/ 

    …we’ll do what is natural/ we’ll take our burned hands/ out of our pockets/ and clap/ – Tony Hoagland

    So now, what’s on the docket?  I’m jumping in an icy frozen lake.  We needn’t be competitive, but I would just LOVE to compliment you on your forthcoming fun risk-takes.

  • jeindeer 3:26 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: juggling, pledge, talent   

    Happy boxing day, adventurers!

    I might have a houseguest during week 1/52, so my inaugural adventure isn’t going to be a bona fide outing–more an 80’s action movie training montage that extends through multiple days. I don’t have enough strange novelty talents to whip out at a moment’s notice, so I have decided to teach myself how to juggle. I’m going to devote as much time as necessary during the first week of 2010 to keeping three items or more consistently airborne. I checked it out online, and they suggest apples as well-weighted, inexpensive starters, so if you knock on my door and all you hear is a noise of surprise followed by three dull thuds, that’s the story.

    • Dahrann 2:05 pm on May 4, 2011 Permalink

      You’re on top of the game. Thanks for shianrg.

  • Kimberly Hula 5:56 pm on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    At This Most Wonderful Time of the Year 

    I want to remind you that now, in the thick of the holidays and a new year and resolutions, that you are so much more than an itemized list sequence. You are unique and brave and a great source of inspiration. So I would like to extend an adventurers salute and wish you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays. Here’s to an awe-inspiring 2010. Keep doing what you’re doing. See you on the adventure trail!

  • Berton 4:30 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Time for some thrilling heroics… 

    I have known Hula for close to three years now, and this little idea of hers is a perfect example of why I cherish her as a friend. Interestingly enough, she told me about this idea right when I realized how boring my life is. Since then, I have given a lot of thought to how I was going to make 2010 a year worth remembering. And the ideas so far are…


    • Stop complaining about not finding good sushi in Minneapolis and make my own
    • Make a five-course dinner for a party of eight people


    • Look fear in the face and win (aka – attempt
    • Get a tattoo (popular choice it seems)
    • Go sail boating on Lake Calhoun
    • Start a snowball fight with elementary schoolers
    • Go dog-sledding
    • Go to high school sporting events and cheer loudly
    • Go to live dog or horse races

    Attend a film festival

    Get all snazzed up and go to a casino

    • yearof52adventures 7:53 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink

      You are such a delight. I want video of this dog sledding endeavor. And then I want you to meet me in Boston and adventure with me on site.

  • Kimberly Hula 7:04 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

    2 Adventurers ((see: cupcakeemergency & Shawna Bailey)(with a potential 3rd!: I’m looking at YOU Sarena Johnson)) have agreed to jump into the icy waters of Lake Michigan on January 1st. I encourage all you Chicagoans without heart conditions to join us. I’ll pack a picnic!

    • cupcakeemergency 7:20 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink

      yikes. I’m majorly scared already.

  • Kimberly Hula 5:45 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Straight from our cranium glove box, to yours 

    I’m fortunate to have a Rebecca-neighbor.  Not many people are so fortunate.  Not only is Rebecca the neighbor to borrow from, cry to, embarrass yourself before, but, BUT, she’s also an adventure chaser!  What are the odds!?!  So, with unlikely odds in our favor Rebecca and I collectively assembled the following list of future adventures and chances.  Join us in all and any.


    (In no particular order and with no particular preference)

    • Polar Bear Plunge
    • All the Single Ladies Dance performed at a Boston night club (gulp!)
    • Read my poetry to an audience at a poetry reading (Kim)
    • Play guitar and sing in the subway (Kim)
    • Visit and gun shop & potentially fire a weapon
    • Touch a bird (Rebecca)
    • Pet a spider, or do something eerily spider related (Kim)
    • Hot air balloon ride in VT during the turning of the leaves
    • Bike ride across state lines
    • Camp (build a fire, assemble a tent)
    • Get hypnotized
    • Gamble in Atlantic City
    • Participate in a Civil War re-enactment
    • Visited a Haunted Sighting, at night, in Salem, MA
    • Go sailing
    • Run a 1/2 marathon in the winter in Hyannis
    • Pick apples in New England
    • Eat Lobster in Maine (first time for Kim!!!)
    • Travel from Boston to California on public transport
    • California Adventure (Jen N, fellow adventurer, chooses our adventure)
    • Fishing, including baiting, hooking, unhooking (yuck! – Kim)
    • Single woman bar crawl
    • Protest passionately for something I believe in (Kim)
    • Perform a professional dance at my sister’s wedding (Kim & Brad)
    • Wear a bikini (aye yi yi)
    • Ride a roller coaster with a loop (Kim’s first time!!!)
    • Visit a bat cave
    • Be an extra on a movie set
    • Shut it off day (no electronics, no phone, nothing!)
    • Overnight walk for suicide prevention
    • Meet Louise Gluck (Kim)
    • Zipline in New England
    • Visit Presidential Libraries
    • Get on NPR
    • Adventure Piercing (Kim is thinking…. nose?)
    • Adventure “52” tattoo (Kim)
    • Host Thanksgiving Dinner (Kim)
    • 1 day of speaking ONLY Japanese in Japan (Kim)
    • Glass shelf of the Sears Tower in Chicago
    • Empire State building on Valentine’s Day (there’s a longer explanation involved)
    • Naked Run in Boston (Kim)
    • Be a mall santa
    • Be a balloon holder for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade
    • Audition for a play
    • Learn and perform belly dancing
    • adventurechaser 5:53 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink

      Woohooo!!!!! Let’s go!

    • adventurechaser 6:36 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink

      BTW – I wanna sing in the subway too. You’ll have to be completely in charge of the guitar though.

    • Anonymous 9:20 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink

      Ok, I don’t have a list yet, but I already have one adventureompleted!!
      I’m fostering the ugliest-cutest dog (yes the do exist) on the face of the earth.
      So far, he has crapped on the floor, chewed up a blanket, and molested my cat.
      I’m thinking about keeping him 🙂

    • Jen 3:20 am on January 5, 2010 Permalink

      You’re Cali adventure could be being an extra in a move if you don’t get the chance in Boston. Otherwise save it up and we’ll do one together that week. BTW- one of mine is to visit 5 US cities I’ve never been to. That includes Boston, so we’ll have an East Coast adventure that week.

  • Kimberly Hula 2:07 am on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

    “The Sky Was as Blue as the Ribbon of a Prize Winning Lamb” 

    What would YOU do???

    • adventurechaser 1:42 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink

      I JUST bought that card and sent it to a friend!

    • Ella 1:06 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink

      Fell out of bed feienlg down. This has brightened my day!

    • goervtz 11:25 am on May 9, 2011 Permalink

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  • Kimberly Hula 1:10 am on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Alright you lovely adventurers you. I’m getting a 52 tattoo. That’s how dedicated I am.
    Who is going to do what? We have a little over a week left…

    • yearof52adventures 1:13 am on December 22, 2009 Permalink

      To start. A little over a week to start! I thought I’d qualify the comment.

    • cupcakeemergency 5:14 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink

      YOU ARE NOT!!! ( :

    • yearof52adventures 5:47 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink

      I am so! The number 52! If anyone is an especially adept artist let me know what you have in mind!

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