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Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'm a Chevy? Ack.

I'm a Chevrolet Corvette!

You're a classic - powerful, athletic, and competitive. You're all about winning the race and getting the job done. While you have a practical everyday side, you get wild when anyone pushes your pedal. You hate to lose, but you hardly ever do.

Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.

The following is something you can cut and paste to your blog, then bold the items you've done.

1. Started your own blog
Um....you're here right?
2. Slept under the stars
Regularly. We dragged some mattresses out onto our deck this summer and watched meteors and stars for hours. Some of us came inside when it got a bit damp.:)
3. Played in a band
Flute. Jr. High school band. woohooo...
4. Visited Hawaii
Several times. Lived there for a year.
5. Watched a meteor shower
See above. I remember camping out in a friend's field one time, to watch the Leonid meteor shower. We didn't see a damn thing but we froze our butts off.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
Land. Several times. You can have it.
8. Climbed a mountain
Mt. St. Helens several times, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood (just shy of the peak).
9. Held a praying mantis
Heck, I've hatched them. Unintentionally, but there ya go.
10. Sang a solo
In my car, all the time.
11. Bungee jumped
Hell no. I value my back more than that.
12. Visited Paris No, but I plan to hike the Compostela trail and Paris will get checked off during that trip.
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
From our family cabin on Busby island.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
Not sure what counts. I took art classes in high school but have learned many things and methods on my own since then.
15. Adopted a child
Not me personally, but my parents adopted three children.
16. Had food poisoning
Um...yeah. Hasn't everyone?
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
Thought I'd get a glimpse of it while driving through NY last May. Big mistake.
18. Grown your own vegetables
All the time. Best food you can get.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
One day......
20. Slept on an overnight train
To Mt. Mckinley from Fairbanks. We weren't on the train overnight, but I slept on the train and it WAS an overnight train. :)
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
Most definitely
24. Built a snow fort
I grew up in Alaska, what else was there to do?
25. Held a lamb
Oh yes. They are the most beautiful, adorable creatures ever. I rented a small apartment under a house that was on a sheep/goat farm when I was single. It had rolling green hills and cute babies everywhere.
26. Gone skinny dipping
Hells yeah.
27. Run a Marathon
Nooop. Does a triathlon count? Competed in the Santa Rosa Island triathlon in 2001. Came in 16th for my age group (out of something like 38).
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Watched a total eclipse: Solar and lunar
Partial solar, total lunar.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
All the time. Doesn't everyone?
31. Hit a home run
I think my Dad was just being nice though and handicapping himself.
32. Been on a cruise
One in Hawaii and one in Mexico. You know, those little dinner cruise type things? Never on those big cruises. I think they sound like one of the most wasteful things you could possibly do. The luxury part always sounds nice until I think about all the waste that must go on to make it happen.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
Which ancestors? I'm living in Cherokee country. So I live in the birthplace of some ancestors. I'd need to visit a lot of places to get them all though....Scotland, Norway, Switzerland. Who knows what else.....
35. Seen an Amish community
That's on the bucket list. Only I want to live there for a short time.
36. Taught yourself a new language
Working on it still......I need to live in Mexico for a while.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
That's mostly a choice.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
Not much. Once on real rock, a few times in a gym. I've decided it's not my thing, I like hiking better but Sierra is a natural and loves getting up high on a wall.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
That was La's fault. I'm pretty sure I scared small children but had a ton of fun with my gurlz.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
Yep, yep.
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
When a homeless guy needs food and the restaurant is right there, what else do you do?
44. Visited Africa
My parents and grandparents went, so I have some lovely pics of something I haven't done.:)
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
Many a time. I lived in Hawaii and Florida yo.
46. Been transported in an ambulance
No, but Bleu was. When Jared was exactly one week old, Bleu fell off Mt. Hood. Scary stuff. I was at the emergency room most of the night with our wee babsy boy, waiting for the ambulance to arrive, not knowing if he was mostly ok or dying. As it turns out, he was injured and had exposure injuries but was mostly ok.
47. Had your portrait painted
That goes with the territory of being in art class.
48. Gone deep sea fishing
Remember the Alaska thing? If you're at my house more than 10 minutes, I'll pull out the pic of my 80 lb. Halibut.
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
Yes, yes.
53. Played in the mud
I have children. Hell, I am a children.
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
I wish these were still around.
55. Been in a movie
I'd rather do the makeup.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
More than once.
58. Taken a martial arts class
Did a few with the kids years ago.
59. Visited Russia
My Grandpa went and told me they eat a LOT of meat and if I go I'd have to eat lotsa meat too. I put it lower on the priority list.:)
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
That's what you do if you're a girl scout ya know...
62. Gone whale watching
Not the paid-for-tour kind. Just watched the orcas out at our cabin in Alaska. They're all over the Prince William sound area. Grey whales too.
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
Not often enough! But I get chocolate from
complete strangers now. It's good to gear conference talks
around food I've decided.:)
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
On the bucket list! Kelly Lovejoy beat me to it.:)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
Can we talk about something else?
68. Flown in a helicopter
Right over Mt. St. Helens in 1985
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
Several. My children play with some of them.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
January baby...trying to get to the inauguration!
71. Eaten Caviar
Yeah, it's overrated. Hell, we made our own caviar squeezing the eggs out of salmon we caught. ooooh icky.
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
Yeah, it still hurts. Got a bone crushing hug last week and broke a rib.:)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
120mph on a Ninja with my friend Tony!
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
Sierra was a wee babsy when we saw it. The Japanese tourists were more interested in the baby in a bunny suit than the Grand Canyon. It was hilarious.
80. Published a book
Working on it!
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
Yeah, bad idea.
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
Probably. I grew up in a Christian cult, dontcha know?
I know more Bible than most Christians, which really
freaks them out because they expect a heathen to be
drooling and dumb. Or at least growing horns or something.
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
Um....fishing requires gutting.
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
Not that I know of, though I've stopped at accidents to help. Held a woman's hand through her flipped over truck and talked her down while the rescue team prepared to cut her out. I think she was mostly uninjured, just trapped. I instructed people to get blankets on an injured pedestrian once. Don't know if she survived or not.
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
All the time! Do you know who I AM?
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
More than I'd like to think about.
94. Had a baby
Four babies.
95. Seen the Alamo in person
Yeah, that was pretty cool. Especially since I now
live near the birth place of Davy Crockett and all.
I've been to his birthplace AND deathplace. Kewl.
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
Ok, didn't swim in it...hell it was December! Touched it and took pics though.
97. Been involved in a law suit
Without my knowing apparently. Some financial group just sent me a settlement check for a whopping $4 last week. Dumb.
98. Owned a cell phone
It's a great thing to have while freelancing. Otherwise I could live without it.
99. Been stung by a bee
Beekeeper. Duh.

Thanks to Frank for the above blog fun!:)


Anonymous Candy Cook said...

I'm a "chevy corvette," according to the *test.* But, I had totally expected to see the Trans am from Smokey and the Bandit. :D

2:55 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Hey, Ren!

Thanks for playing! Personally, I don't see you as a 'vette. Of course, that's cuz I don't especially like 'vettes (except the early 60s ones) but I do like you. I think of you as more of an Acura NSX-T! (wink!)

And your answers reminded me that I should have bolded two that I didn't:

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. Like you, I gotta bold this on because of fish.


97. Been involved in a lawsuit. I was part of a class action lawsuit against Microsoft for temp workers simply because I had worked there as a temp for a while before I became an employee. I got a pretty big check from it, too, which was a nice surprise; but I never think of it cuz I wasn't actively involved. It just kinda happened off my radar. Until I got the check!

3:04 PM  
Blogger ZZZ said...

Cool Post Ren. What's a bucket list? - Zoa

10:31 PM  
Blogger Ren said...

Well heck, I'd like to think I'm a sleek, sexy Jaguar but I'm so NOT.

A bucket list is your list of things you want to do before you die. Inspired by the movie (though I've not seen it). I knew I loved my son's girlfriend when I walked into her room and she had a big paper plastered on the wall with "things I want to do before I die" where she added items as they inspired her.

She had "sleep in an ice hotel" and such things on there. Very cool.:)

I should start a blogpost about bucket lists...yeah, that's what I'll do.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Alex Polikowsky said...

Had to laught at 78.
I had not read yours util today and just too funny we both were speeding on a Ninja with a friend we named!

1:51 AM  
Blogger Ronnie said...

You are *so* not a Chevy. But if you gotta be a Corvette, you should be a '64 Corvette.

1:55 PM  

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