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  • jscribe 6:52 pm on January 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    It Took Me a Minute 

    I’m getting a handle on WordPress just as I’m getting a handle on the beginning of my 52 Adventures.

    My first one is tonight. The adventure was to join a writing group in my new hometown of Chicago. I meet tonight for the first time with my group. Woot!

    On my still growing list:

    join a sport
    get behind the scenes at a history museum
    ride the L from end to end
    run a 10 miler, maybe a 1/2 marathon
    ride my bicycle on the mean streets of chicago (as opposed to trails and paths!)
    join a writing group
    go on a blind date
    volunteer with an LGBT organization
    submit three pieces of writing for publication
    learn to make real part appetizers (hopefully containing bacon)
    learn to make a real dessert (that is not made of milk and cream and…ice)
    take a mini road trip to see a historical landmark
    eat a whole piece of fish without complaining

    Thats the list so far i have so many more adventures ahead. I’m thrilled.

    PS: Tweet #52Adventures

    • Lauren 7:50 pm on January 6, 2010 Permalink

      As far as the bacon part hors d’oeuvres are concerned— bacon wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo are a huge party pleaser. Take pitted dates, stuff with some Spanish chorizo/Portuguese chourico (not Mexican chorizo), wrap in bacon, affix with toothpick. Seriously the easiest thing ever– then just brown them in a saute pan, or even throw them all on a cookie sheet and pop under the broiler, flipping once. So easy, and ALWAYS a huge crowd pleaser– doesn’t get any better than salty sweet! (Especially when the salty is bacon…) Give it a go!

      Maybe I should just be an adventure-facilitator? 🙂

    • jscribe 12:15 am on January 8, 2010 Permalink

      Um. Theres not a whole lot id rather it than whatever it is you described. OMG. I want it. (I want to learn it!)

    • heididino 4:09 pm on January 8, 2010 Permalink

      i’ll gladly try the dessert you make!

  • jeindeer 3:53 pm on January 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Possible Adventures 

    I don’t have 52, but some of the ideas I’m working with include:

    Take an exhaustive inventory of all the belongings I have with me here in Boston.

    Read a bunch of Poe, then take the “Raven in the Frog Pond” Poe walk through Boston as illustrated in the BPL exhibit.

    Attend a B movie marathon in its entirety.

    Participate in a poetry reading. As a reader.

    Attend a cake decorating class.

    Try to become an extra in a movie.

    Detoxification week. No caffeine, alcohol, sugary junk food, or meat, and easy on the cheese. Not so much a “cleanse” as airing out the weird shamanistic relationship I have with food—ice cream doesn’t solve problems.

    Take a chess lesson or attend a chess seminar to learn basic strategy.

    Same deal with playing pool.

    Extend my memorized multiplication tables up to fifteen–I’m embarrassed by how long it takes me to do simple math sometimes.

    Go to a wine tasting.

    Finish reading Infinite Jest in some specific place. It’s already been a memorable book for me, and I think it would be worthwhile to read the last hundred pages or so (granted, I’m not there yet) in a location I’d like to remember.

    Beg, borrow, or steal my way back to Pittsburgh to revisit the participatory improv show I attended in undergrad, and actually go up for a few scenes.

    Develop a “signature dish.” Document the preparation in some kind of faux food blog entry. (Sub-adventure: figure out how to work settings on camera.)

    Play a board game in a public place, with the usual degree of enthusiasm I use to play board games, which is: an embarrassing degree of enthusiasm. Attempt to recruit passerby.

    Possibly: No Pants T Ride on Sunday? The Boston version of Improv Everywhere’s annual No Pants T Ride is planned for this Sunday, and if they get their act together, I might be swayed.

  • Kimberly Hula 3:41 pm on January 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chicago Tribune, WGN News   

    Adventure for All: Surviving the cutting room floor! 

    It is with great pleasure I direct your attention to this article, re: the year of 52 adventures, in none other than the Chicago Tribune! (see it here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/travel/chi-talk-52-resolutionsjan06,0,2694118.story)

    I am also OVER THE MOON to report that Chicago WGN News did a segment on our adventure blog!

    • JScribe 7:20 pm on January 6, 2010 Permalink

      Soooo Awesome!

  • Lauren 3:00 pm on January 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    I’ve Always Been an Overachiever 

    …just apparently not when it comes to adventures. Ever since Kim first told me about wanting to start this project, I’ve been trying to come up with adventures of my own. Well, after my “but I just changed my tail light all by myself!” attempt was voted off the adventure island, I came to the conclusion that my list was going to be on the smaller side. This is a bit strange, seeing as I’m a huge planner and list maker, and have always had a number of goals that I’ve pushed myself to meet. Apparently not so much in the adventure department– but that’s okay, I’m coping, and am thinking about joining an adventure-challenged support group 🙂

    But in the meantime, drum roll please…

    1. Successfully complete the culinary school section of my masters degree, with minimal cuts and burns (The class starts in exactly 1 week…eep!)
    2. Run the Hyannis half-marathon in February 2010 (With Miss Kim, of course)
    3. Run the Portland, ME marathon in October 2010 (Also with the lovely Kim)
    4. Start and maintain a food blog, complete with play by play of culinary school (It’s up! Now we’ll see how long it lasts…trialbyfireblog.com)

    …aaaand I’m spent. Thats right, 4 adventures. Take that, former-overachiever-Lauren– you’re a slacker now. (and loving every minute of it.) 🙂

    • Zariel 10:39 am on May 4, 2011 Permalink

      Now we know who the sebsnile one is here. Great post!

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