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Monday, October 25, 2010

Chapter 21: 99 Things

This list is just for fun, seen on some other blogs... Bold the things you’ve done and post on your blog! (I've added my thoughts/stories to the ones I have done in Italics...)

1. Started your own blog Duh

2. Slept under the stars I slept outside on my trampoline a few times as a child

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower Amazing!

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland

8. Climbed a mountain I think the only one I have fully accomplished was when I was 6 or 7...

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm I recorded one in Colorado. It was amazing, especially since we were surrounded by the Rockies!

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch Does scrapbooking count?

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning I think so...

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight 3 days after I had stitches put in on my eyelid... some of which were conveniently ripped out by my cousin's damn pillow...

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill Who hasn't?

24. Built a snow fort And then had it crushed by a friend

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping This is one of the most freeing things you can ever do - I highly recommend trying it!

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse When I was in first grade. We made these special little viewing boxes, and went outside to watch!

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset Both, actually.

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person From the Canadian side!

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community We drove by many of them when I was in Pennsylvania, but never actually went TO one... does that count?

36. Taught yourself a new language Not a fully speakable language, but I did pick up a book on how to speak Greek, and learned a few phrases. My favorite phrase? "The green duck is little." Yeah. Try going to Greece and saying that...

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing My boyfriend lives for this, so, naturally, I have participated

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance I'm pretty darn accident prone

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

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 Cliched and oh so romantic!

53. Played in the mud Yeah... we made giant mud balls. My mom wasn't too happy about it...

54. Gone to a drive-in theater We actually had one in the town I lived in when I was little!

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business As a teenager, I actually started my own pet-sitting business, and did pretty darn well for myself!

58. Taken a martial arts class I took Judo when I was 5, but quit shortly after because my mom's boyfriend forgot to pick me up, and it scared me.

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies Although, I didn't stay in the Girl Scouts for too long... it was too... girly...

62. Gone whale watching Very recently, actually!

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving The only plane I have ever been in, I jumped out of. Go figure.

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy I have probably 90% of the toys from my childhood in my mom's attic.

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job Not very fun.

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone Oh wow. Too many, actually. I've broken my nose 7 times. Let's just say I was a very clumsy child...

78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle My dad has always had one.

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox I had 3 when I was 4 years old... does that count?

89. Saved someone’s life Well, I've saved animals' lives before. I consider that a "done!"

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous A few, actually. Roger Clyne, Michael and Tre Twitty (Conway Twitty's son and grandson)

92. Joined a book club

93. Got a tattoo I have 3

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone In this day and age, it's rare for someone to NOT have one

99. Been stung by a bee I had a bee literally chase me for 20 feet before I fell off the curb, and then it stung me. :-\
-Grizzly Girl

Chapter 20: What a Horrific Day

So, here’s the story of what happened Saturday, which actually kind of begins the night before.

Friday night, I asked B if he was climbing on Saturday. (We have this thing where, if I work on Saturday, that’s the day he climbs, so we can actually spend time together on the weekends.) He said, "probably not", and I asked why. He told me that he just wasn’t feeling it this weekend. He was tired on Thursday when he climbed, and tired today (which was Friday), so he was most likely going to take the weekend off.

So, Saturday rolls around, and I got out of work at 1:00. When I got into my car, I took my phone out and checked for any missed texts or calls. I did have a missed call, but they didn’t leave a message, and it was a number I didn’t recognize, so I figured they had just gotten the wrong number.

I got home around 2:00, and B's car wasn’t in the driveway. As I pulled up closer to our section of the house, I saw that his climbing pads were sat outside, next to our door. (When you go rock climbing, the safe/responsible thing to do is to bring a climbing pad with you, so if you fall, you have something to land on.) When I got inside, I noticed that there was a bag of bread just left open on the counter, and that all of our garbage and recycling bins were gone. So, okay, he had gone to the dump. He had to take his climbing pads out of the car so he could fit the bins in the back. Gotcha.

The dump is only a 15-minute drive from the house. Once you’re there, it only takes maybe 10 minutes to empty the bins and throw the garbage away, and then, obviously, a 15-minute drive back.

3:30 came around, and I hadn’t heard anything from him. I was getting nervous, so I went around the house trying to find a note that said where he had gone. I couldn’t find one. I was getting increasingly nervous, because he knows to leave me a note letting me know where he’s going, and what time I could expect him to be home. (I’m a worry-wart. It was bred into me. My mother did the whole note thing, and when I was younger, I never understood it, but now I can fully comprehend why she asked me for these details.) I called his cell phone in hopes that he would pick up. Nothing. I got his voicemail. Of course, my mind started jumping to conclusions. What if he was on his way to the dump, and got into an accident? Yes, my mind automatically jumps to these horrible thoughts. It’s actually a part of my OCD and personality disorder. I know, it’s very irrational, but I can’t help it.

I decided to drive to the dump to see if, by some chance, he had gotten held up there for some reason, or worse, his car was in a ditch and he was hurt.

I checked every car driving by me to see if it was his, and none of them were. I pulled into the dump, and saw that none of the cars there were his, either. I thought, "I know he couldn’t have gone out climbing, because he would have brought his pads. He’s seen too many people get hurt because of some idiotic decision; he knows to be safe. He also has the recycling bins in his car, so it doesn’t make sense that he would bring them out there with him". On my way back home, I took a different route, just in case he had done the same thing and happened to be on that road. Nothing. I got home, and he still wasn’t here.

By this time, I had started getting chest paint and heart palpitations. Stress is really not good for a not-so-healthy heart.

I pulled out my cell phone, and was going to call him again, when I remembered the unknown caller from earlier in the afternoon. I had this brief moment of relief when I thought, "Oh, maybe he went somewhere, and his cell phone doesn’t have service, so he called my phone to let me know…"

(By the way… he’s incredibly bad at leaving me a message if he calls me and I can’t pick up. So, I figured that was what had happened.)

I didn’t just want to call the number in this babbling state I was in. (Did I mention that I had started to cry, and was shaking really badly? Yeah…) I decided to do the "Reverse Number" lookup on and see who it was that called me. And that’s when I really broke down…

It was the hospital.

I started crying hysterically thinking that something had happened to him. Why wouldn’t they leave a message?! What if it was the doctor who was taking care of him in the emergency room, and he had to hang up suddenly because B had started to crash?! I couldn’t control the horrible thoughts. The only solution I could think of was to call that emergency room and ask if B had been taken there. (This actually happens to be the same hospital that my cardiologist is in, but I knew they weren’t open on the weekend, and figured they would have left a message…)

In some moment of clarity, I decided to try his cell phone again, just in case.

And he answered.

"Where are you?!" I half asked, half cried.

"What? What’s wrong?!" he asked.

"Where have you been?!"

"What’s wrong, honey? What’s going on?" he asked again.

By this time, I was getting angry because he wasn’t answering me. (I know, he was concerned because I was crying, which upset him and he wanted to make sure I was okay. I can see this now. But at the time, I wanted to know where he was, and that he was okay, and he was dodging my questions with more questions.)

"Where the fuck have you been?!" I snapped.

"I went out to the park. Are you okay? What’s wrong?" he asked. ("The Park" being the state park in town where he goes climbing.)

I was crying so hard, and was so angry, that I couldn’t talk, and just hung up.

When he got home, I think he thought that I was super pissed at him and wouldn’t talk to him, so he just went upstairs and didn’t say anything to me for almost 2 hours. (Yes, I was angry, partially because I had no note letting me know he was okay, but also partially because I get so worked up over the smallest things, and I hate when I do that.)

He came downstairs when I was in the bathroom washing my hands, and just hugged me. I started crying again, and he asked what was wrong. I told him the whole story of what had happened. All he could do was hug me and say, "Oh honey…"


I still don’t know why he was out there. I don’t think he was climbing, so the only logical thing I can think of was that he wanted to go take pictures.

And I know, I majorly overreacted, but like I said, I can't help it. Things like that happen to me naturally.

But, I can definitely say that he knows now to leave me a note.

-Grizzly Girl