Monday, April 29, 2013

37 Things for 37 Years

In honor? of turning 37..... Wait a minute. Ummmm....huh? How did that happen? Where did the last, oh decade go? I just turned 30 right? Nope. Guess not. *sigh

Where was I? Oh yeah. In honor (still not sure if that's the right word) of turning 37, this post will be in the vein of others I've read. Some are things I've learned in my X years. Me? I learn something new daily, which is something I think we should all strive for. Learn something new. Even if that is something as complex as a new skill or a new word or a random fact. Your mind should continue to expand. And no, not the head expansion from too many compliments. This will be about 37 things I've seen. From the random to the "bucket list."

Sooooo, here's my list of things for the recent anniversary of my birth.

1. Many sunrises

2. Many more sunsets

3. The Leaning Tower of Pisa

4. A soft rain shower in the midst of a beautiful, bright sunny day

5. The Pantheon in Rome

6. A double rainbow

7. The canals of Venice, Italy

8. A lunar eclipse

9. The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

10.  A rocket taking off (from about 2 miles away)

11. The Passion Play at Eureka Springs, Arkansas {Info found here}

12. Verona...where there actually was a Capulet family and a Montague family, although there is no record of the "star-crossed lovers" bit per Shakespeare

13. Rain coming down sideways. Happens in the Acores. We lived on Terceira for 3 years. Reason for the rain? The storms can move so fast that the rain doesn't have time to come down...straight

14. The Rosetta Stone at the British Museum in London, England

15. A dust storm in Saudi Arabia

16. The Louvre in Paris, France

17. A mountain whose top was covered in snow on a hot day in June (seen from a few miles away)

18. The Roman Forum

19. A wave of dust from cars flying down a dirt road

20. The Trevi Fountain in Rome

21. The first buds of flowers awakening in spring

22. Trajan's Column

23. Strangers of both sexes holding a door open for someone they didn't know

24. Tower of London

25. A circus with clowns and performers

26. Tower Bridge (the London Bridge from the song is actually not even in England although there are quite a few bridges in London that cross the Thames River)

27. A child's smile when they see their parent for the first time in 6 months

28. Arc de Triomphe

29. A spouse tear up when their military member gets off the bus after being deployed and in harm's way for months

30. Notre Dame

31. A mother and son reunited because of a wedding ceremony

32. Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

33. Too many funerals (and not done by any means....the hardest ones are still to come)

34. EuroDisney in Paris, France

35. Leaves turning shades of red, yellow, orange, and brown

36. Circumstances and lives changed through prayer to Jesus Christ

37. The smile on my guy's face when we said our vows almost 14 years ago