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  • Kimberly Hula 3:20 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Albert Camus, awakening, Lake Ontario, Polar Bear Plunge, raymond carver, remake, reuinon   

    In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. 

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  • Berton 7:03 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Polar Bear Plunge   

    Week 5 – Polar Plunge 

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  • jscribe 6:19 pm on January 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 1/2 Marathon, Future Adventures, Polar Bear Plunge   

    For Adventure Seekers out there who are jealous of those Adventurers who Polar Plunged into the icy depths of beautiful lake Michigan on the first of the year (such as myself), there’s a chance to plan out a Plunge in the future, and raise money for a good cause: http://www.chicagopolarplunge.org/site3.aspx. A few Adventurers are planning a to join this organized plunge in March and to raise some money for the Special Olympics. I also plan to make and wear a 52 Adventures t-shirt. Do we have a logo yet? Also, I know that some other folks had “run a 1/2 marathon” on their lists, I believe this is the one I’m doing in Chicago (also in some 52 Adventures garb, of course) –so I thought I’d share: http://www.131marathon.com/13_1_Chicago.htm (June 13, 2010 -plenty of time to train!!

    • yearof52adventures 6:34 pm on January 24, 2010 Permalink

      What a GREAT idea! Let’s rally Chicago!

    • renea 1:47 am on January 25, 2010 Permalink

      Love the shirt idea!!!!!!!!!

    • wip78 4:53 am on January 25, 2010 Permalink

      I second the t-shirt idea!

  • Kimberly Hula 2:27 am on January 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Polar Bear Plunge   

    ADV. #1: Baptism by Ice 

    2 ex-boyfriends of mine walked into a 2009 New Years Eye party I was attending.  Only one left unharmed.

    This is not how I hoped to jumpstart my year of 52 adventures.

    However, as a saving grace, it was the sage word(s) of the unharmed ex who really lent credence and gave meaning to adventure #1: The Polar Bear Plunge. See, after my fist met the shoulder of the harmed one, I put down my drink, found Mark (of the unharmed) and sighed.  And sighed.  I said how I always chose the wrong men and spoke how how I never learned and reminded him that I had punched someone!  Punched him!  Like a spoiled child.  My racing words did little to suggest maturity and I was lothesome, near tears and without a drink. (More …)

    • mjperry1 3:22 am on January 7, 2010 Permalink

      I love this, but for the life of me I can’t htink of the new vocabulary term you taught me – something about ritual washing? I think it started with an “A,” but I don’t think it was ablution. What was it.

      PS – thanks for not punching me.

    • yearof52adventures 4:30 am on January 7, 2010 Permalink


    • cupcakeemergency 7:53 pm on January 7, 2010 Permalink

      love it! So kicking myself for missing it. 2011?

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

    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.

  • Kimberly Hula 7:04 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Polar Bear Plunge   

    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.

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