So much to learn, so little time.


As New Years Eve approaches people all over the world are considering resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking, spend less time online, start exercising, etc. Many years ago I accepted the grim reality that I don't keep traditional resolutions very well, so I take a different approach to bettering my life.

Every year I set out to learn something new or try something I have never tried before. Just over the last few years that has meant dirt biking, roller derby, krav maga, kayaking, crocheting and jewelry making. (My "have done" list is actually longer than my "to do" list.)

I have a long list of things I still want to try and I add to it all of the time. Some are even travel goals. Here is a quick glimpse of what is still on my list....
try fire dancing
learn a few fancy bullwhip tricks
belly dancing
crash a demolition derby car
drive a jetski
tai chi
learn more American Sign Language
yodeling lessons
scuba diving
Luxor, Karnak, Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Giza, Cairo (Egypt)
learn to read heiroglyphics
go on an African safari
vacation in Bora Bora (over-water bungalow)
wander Le Louvre Museum for days
Vatican City, waterways of Venice, Roman Forum, Colesseum, Palantine Hill (Italy)
Ancient Ruins of Greece
renew marriage vows in Austria
train a companion animal
visit Birkenau Auschwitz in Poland
learn how to do cartwheels and walkovers
enter a real cooking competition
take an Alaskan cruise
visit Bran castle in Romania
swim with dolphins
space travel
ride a unicycle
hold a monkey or chimp
deliver a baby (not my own)
build a house with Habitat for Humanity
take a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the snow
and so on..... the list is very long.

It looks like most of those things will have to wait a little longer because I've been sitting on a shiny new banjo and a very cool brazing/welding set-up for the last couple of years and I'm thinking its high time I found myself the right teachers. If you know anyone who brazes/welds or plays the banjo, please give them my contact info. Even if they can't teach me, they might know someone who can. I'm especially interested in playing some punk rock on my banjo, but I'm not picky. Pardon the pun.

Bring on 2010!


So much cool stuff going on, but so crazy busy. I'll make this short and sweet.

Had a great xmas with the family. In an effort to put more heart into our gifts I made some pretty bracelets and four batches of delicious caramels. I even crocheted a couple of blankets. I know not everyone appreciates getting homemade gifts, but I think I chose the right people to make the effort for. Our boys got way too many toys from relatives and friends, as usual. They also some got very cool microscope slide sets. Such a great gift idea for science-minded kids.

I'm really happy because Drew bought the two of us passes to my favorite place on Earth... Disneyland! It's hard to believe that it's been eight years since we've had passes. Bring on the corn dog date nights! I know many people will think we are mean because the kids did not get passes of their own, but we don't want the magic to be jaded by overindulgence. They get to go once or twice a year for birthdays or special events and that keeps it super exciting for them. I think that little kids should be so pumped up that they can hardly sleep the night before a trip to Disneyland. It should be one of the highlights of their year, not just another play date location.

Spent today at San Diego's Natural History Museum (Balboa Park). We went to see the Darwin: Evolution Revolution exhibit. It was truly exciting to view such an amazing display. I could have spent another three hours reading every little note. While we were there, we saw the film "Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs" and it was fascinating. They said they have the largest 3D screen in the state. I highly recommend both experiences for inquisitive minds of all ages.

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  • I'm Karen (Cupcake) Carter
  • From Orange County, California, United States
  • I am happily married to my best friend and proud to be the Mommy of two sweet little boys. My world revolves around these three handsome guys. Everything I do is for or because of them. I am happy to the core!
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