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  • lisametts 1:35 am on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventure 2 – Making a Cake from Scratch 

    This was a very adventurous week. My second adventure was supposed to be to attend a professional basketball game. I bought tickets for my family to attend a professional basketball game. The professional basketball game was the Orlando Magics vs. Charlotte Bobcats. I live about 25 miles from Orlando. On Wednesday, my son, Jacob, asked me if the game was on Friday. I replied, “No, Jake. It is on Saturday.” About 15 minutes later, he said, “Mom, I think you bough

    t the tickets for the game in Charlotte.” I said, “I don’t think so.”, as I am walking to get the tickets. I get the tickets and look at the location of the sporting event and sure enough the tickets were for the game in Charlotte, NC. Then, I started laughing and saying “What am I going to do with these tickets?” I called my sister, who lives near Charlotte, if she w

    ould like to attend the Charlotte Bobcats vs. Orlando Magic on Saturday night. She said, “Yes.” I then had to get the tickets to the post office and mail them to her overnight. On Thursday, I went to the post office and mailed the tickets to her. She got the tickets on Friday. She attended the ballgame on Saturday night. Needless to say, the Magic won in overtime. Go Magic!!! It was an adventure within itself to get rid of the tickets.

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  • Kimberly Hula 8:18 pm on January 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Have Legs, Will Carry 

    I am secretly fond of my legs.

    I don’t tell anyone for fear of sounding vain, or receiving an eye roll or a haughty nod when wearing a skirt. And, to be fair, there’s not a lot to boast. Sure, I have long legs, runner’s legs that make already short dresses shorter. But I can’t take them on tour. I have a folded skin scar from a poisonous spider bite on my left knee. I can count, at any given time, upwards to ten bruises that make a pattern of my calves. I’m a lax shaver. Basically, my legs are a hot mess.

    But they are mine. They’ve carried me across finish lines in races and lend me some advantage on dance floors. And I like them.

    So I can’t defend my need to cover them, save my penchant for pant suits. And, because I am often in pants I think the allure of a pant-less Sunday was enough to warrant a bare-all adventure. On public transport.

    The plan was simple: take off your pants on the subway.

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    • Try2StopMe 2:36 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink

      and i had thought for sure you had more conviction than myself for this one! call me the German 😉

  • adventurechaser 11:08 pm on January 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Poets Of Cambridge 

    My week two adventure looked something like this…. It was a dark and cool night. Two friends ventured to the green line only to be encapsulated for mere minutes until delivery to the red – taking us to an unknown land called Cambridge. Ok so it really wasn’t unknown as I had been there many times before but for nothing quite as special as this.

    Jane and I ventured out that night to support our good friend and founder of The Year of 52 Adventures, Kim, in her first ever poetry reading. Let me back up for a moment and inject that the mere fact that Jane and I made it somewhere together and didn’t get lost or have an awkward train experience in and of itself qualifies as an adventure – but that’s not the focus of this particular post. This adventure wasn’t so much about the location where it took place or transport there. However the eclectic artwork that lined the walls top to bottom and side to side, the stray cat that seemed to be endeared by everyone (well, everyone but me due to a distant memory that included a lunging cat, hissing, blood, a spray bottle, scars, and cat-scratch disease), and the over-zealous host who very well could have been elated for reasons other than being the keeper of such an evening were cause enough for sensory overload and future poetry material. (More …)

    • yearof52adventures 12:28 am on January 21, 2010 Permalink


    • Jane Showalter 12:37 am on January 21, 2010 Permalink

      You’re right, it is a big triumph that we made it somewhere together! And I think that cat had some radar for the people who wanted to pet it (I’ll admit it: me), and went instead to the people who didn’t really care for it (like the man sleeping on the sofa.)

  • jenitz 5:47 pm on January 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventure for Week 2- Trip to NYC (LA to NY is an adventure in itself) but I did a run in Central Park (7 miles), spent the afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, tried Vietnamese Food at Le Colonial and had brunch at a NYC diner- all FIRSTs.

    The Met Sculpture Courtyard

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  • jscribe 9:03 pm on January 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventure #2 The Bacon Dip 

    I knew from the start that one of my adventures this year would be cooking related – since I’ve moved back to Chicago and am living on my own, I don’t do much cooking any more. Also, my friends here are a little bit older and more “adult” than my old friends in DC and I’ve been desiring some competitive adult party skills such as bringing a dessert to a party, gifting a bottle of wine that cost more than $6.99, and most importantly, having something a little flashier than a bag of chips on the coffee table when I am hosting friends.

    So I wanted to make an appetizer, but I made this adventure a little more specific—I wanted an appetizer than included everyone’s favorite food: Bacon. Oh bacon, you delicious mistress. Bacon, you glorious food item even vegetarians dream about. Bacon, like a stripper inside a birthday cake, you just make every gathering so much more enjoyable.

    You can check out the actual recipe for my dip here, but I’ll just tell you that it included bacon, garlic and blue cheese, among other delights.

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    • heididino 9:29 pm on January 18, 2010 Permalink

      this adventurer thinks you should try sometihng vegetarian. or just make me a fancy dessert. i often use my vegetarinism to eat more desserts than i really should.

    • wip78 9:36 pm on January 18, 2010 Permalink

      It definitely warmed my heart. Bacon makes the world a better place 🙂

    • jscribe 3:42 pm on January 19, 2010 Permalink

      fine. I’ll learn a veggie dip. Can it still be complete with cheese and garlic, though??

    • teresa mcgarry 3:46 pm on January 19, 2010 Permalink

      hah! YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • heididino 9:29 pm on January 21, 2010 Permalink

      i’m good friends with cheese and garlic. probably 2 of my favorite spices-since i don’t really like things with flavor or condiments.

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  • heididino 5:17 pm on January 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventure #2 Join a Gym 

    Ok so this adventure wasn’t on the original list. I was kind of scrambling for a good adventure this week and I decided that joining a gym was good enough. I have been a member of a gym before but it was either the YMCA or an old big beautiful ballroom that had been turned into a gym. The ballroom gym was great. It was cozy, quiet, sometimes a little private depending on the time you went. It left me spoiled for future gym experiences. On Sunday I became a member of Xsport which is nothing like the comforts of the ballroom gym.  I feel like these mega gyms are filled with d-bags that only want my money or want me to go tanning or sign up with a personal trainer and consume mass quantities of strange vitamins. I have a gym bias, its true. All my insecurities tend to surface at the gym. Why is everyone looking at me? Can they tell I don’t belong here because I can’t maneuver this weight contraption? Are all these beefy men going to pick me up and toss me back downstairs to the safety of a treadmill? The gym kind of messes with my brain but I like working out. Making the decision to give my hard earned money to an establishment such as this was definitely an adventure. Overcoming my gym insecurities will be an even bigger one.

    • jscribe 3:43 pm on January 19, 2010 Permalink

      I joined the gym on sunday too! the balleys on clark and diversey. Im scared of creepy dbag gym guys too, but you and i are going to be super hot AND gym experts before you know it! plus, the gym is a good place to meet that special someone…. 🙂

  • wip78 7:00 am on January 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventure #2: A date with myself 

    I went and saw “Invictus”  on Saturday all by myself.    I bought myself some popcorn and a bottle of water and settled  into my seat.  I felt a little awkward at first.  I finished half the bag of popcorn before the movie even started.  Once it did, I forgot I was solo.  I really had a great time.  I would definitely do it again!  Great date:)  Hope he calls…..

    • yearof52adventures 5:34 pm on January 18, 2010 Permalink

      That sounds like the BEST.DATE.EVER.
      I’m going to take myself on an adventure date soon. Thanks for posting!

    • jscribe 3:45 pm on January 19, 2010 Permalink

      Oh hells yes. you deserve a perfect date! I’m glad you enjoyed yourself and that you found out a little something about yourself, too. Now lets see Avatar together.

  • Berton 5:29 am on January 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Week 2 – My Marriage (not the act, but the thought of it) 

    I will be getting married this summer (August 7th, 2010) and I am fortunate enough that the person who will be overseeing my wedding is also one of my best friends.  I know he cares truly about the ceremony, about what is said, about how it is presented and received. So what does he do for me?  He gives me fucking homework.  BASTARD!  But in retrospect, the homework is VERY beneficial.

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    • eatveggiesdrinkwine 2:29 pm on January 16, 2010 Permalink

      This is NOT boring — it’s beautiful! What a great homework assignment. I’m tempted to try this adventure with my husband of 10 years.

  • Kimberly Hula 12:55 am on January 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Check out author Lisa Gillis (try2stopme) prepare to de-pant 

  • jeindeer 6:22 pm on January 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    #2: No Pants T Ride – “But get on that train right here.” 

    January 10th, 2010: Boston’s Society of Sponteneity’s third annual No Pants T Ride.  Wearing regular underwear in public doesn’t violate decency laws; wearing regular underwear and a sweater plus a coat, scarf, hat, and knee socks gives you maybe eight times more coverage than your average bathing suit.  It’s legal, but it’s strange, unexpected, and horrifyingly cold– an excellent fit for the second of 52 adventures.

    The Alewife T station is the northern end of Boston’s red line, and looks kind of like a stern Soviet aviation museum.  Participants were instructed to meet there (still in pants) and find for organizers with question mark umbrellas.  Kim and I got there early, before BSOS popped up, and immediately sought out coffee.  It’s important to be alert for public transporation pants-shedding.  We approached the nearest restaurant in Alewife–approached, that is, until we saw the wild turkey standing on the stoop.  Staring at us.  Daring.  When it comes down to it a gigantic bird is a stronger deterrent than even the cruelest Yelp review, so we tracked back to the in-station Dunkin’ Donuts counter.  I prepped that coffee on a metal payphone table and went over two facts made clearer by caffeine: “The Summer Shack” had a large, live turkey for a bouncer, and it was not the strangest thing I was going to see that hour.

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    • eatveggiesdrinkwine 2:27 pm on January 16, 2010 Permalink

      What a fantastic adventure — and a great picture to boot! Excellent work.

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