I just loved Terps' answers to my 'Have you ever...?' questions, and then she went on to do a list of things she had done. Wow! A very long list!
I am going to try to answer, but I suspect I haven't done even half these things.
Have you ever danced down a street in Maine?
The only bit of Maine I have visited was the airport en route to Florida many years ago. I didn't dance, but the passport people were very nice - much nicer than the ones in Florida!
Have you ever seen the seals on the pier in San Francisco?
No. But I have seen the seals sleeping on the rocks in La Jolla near San Diego, and they were just gorgeous. I sat on a little wooden bench and watched them for ages.
Have you ever stubbed your toe three times in a day?
No. Once in a day is usually enough for me.
Have you ever been to Disney World?
Yes, twice. And the rides scared the living daylights out of me, so I waited at the bottom mostly. They were two of our best holidays ever.
Have you ever laughed so hard you cried?
Yes, many a time.
Have you ever injured yourself sneezing?
No, but I can assure anyone that sneezing with a bad back is to be avoided at all costs.
Have you ever been playing a game with a child only to realise that you are still playing long after they left?
Mostly hide and seek! LOL!
Have you ever spun yourself dizzy?
When we were teenagers, we used to spin ourselves so dizzy we fell over. Very strange what teenagers find entertaining!
Have you ever said 'I love you' and meant it?
I try to say it on a regular basis, and I always mean it.
Have you ever stopped and truly looked at the beauty in nature before you?
Once, in the Highlands of Scotland, Dan and I sat side by side overlooking a loch, the hills rising gently behind us covered with purple heather, and the Isle of Skye reflected ahead of us in the green blue waters. We agreed that there was so much beauty that it was difficult to take it all in.
Have you ever been so relaxed and lazy spending Christmas day with your immediate family that instead of cooking a big fancy meal you ended up making hot dogs for dinner instead (and saved the Christmas meal for the day after)?
No. Although we've had some pretty relaxed and lazy Christmases I cannot recall eating hot dogs! LOL!
Have you ever heard someone say hello and say hello back, only to realise they were talking to someone else?
Yes. And even stranger than that, I once said hello to someone thinking I knew them, and they said hello back, and then when we drew close enough to see each other properly, we realised that neither of us knew each other!
Have you ever wished upon the first star of the night while reciting the poem "Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight?"
Yes, lots of times, but I often get the words mixed up.
Have you ever opened your front door to be welcomed by a hissing snake?
We don't get much in the way of hissing snakes over here. But I have had copious mice, pigeons and rabbits thoughtfully provided by one or other of our cats over the years.
Have you ever eaten peanut butter straight out of the jar?
Oh yummy! And yes!
Have you ever gone into the woods and screamed as loud as you could, just to see if you could?
No woods around here, but no.
Have you ever nursed your babies...almost 5 years in a row (2 years for the first child all the way through your pregnancy of the second and then two and a half years with the second)?
No, but I take my hat off to you.
Have you ever been so sleep deprived that you made a potentially dangerous mistake and even though everything turned out fine, you still feel guilty about it?
No, but I had two children who didn't sleep through the night till they were three years old, and there were times when Dan would take the older one out in the car in the middle of the night to try to get her off to sleep, whilst I walked around the block with the baby in his pram. We were both sleep deprived. LOL!
Have you ever gone outside on a rainy summer day with your umbrella so you could dance while singing "Singing in the Rain"?
No, as we don't have lamp-posts along our lane, and in England the rain is usually of the cold, miserable type, even in summer.
Have you ever watched a lightning storm?
Many times. Aren't they amazing?
Have you ever spoken with someone in a completely made-up language, just for fun?
Sadly, yes. But I was much younger!
Have you ever written a children's book and tried to publish it?
No. But Dan wrote some delightful stories for our children all about Mellissa Moo cow. He never tried to get them published.
Have you ever felt the magic of holding someone's hand?
I've always felt there is something magic in holding the hand of a small, trusting child.
Have you ever kissed someone at midnight?
Every single New Year's Eve!
Have you ever written a novel?
Have you ever smiled so much your cheeks ached?
I remember when we got married that my whole face ached at the end of the day from smiling for the photographer.
Have you ever followed your dreams and started your own business?
Yes, once upon a time. It was much more complex than I had anticipated, but it taught me a lot.
Have you ever cried during a commercial?
I'm not sure I actually cried, but I remember a commercial or two that have made my eyes fill.
Have you ever jumped in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean?
More times than I could count. We are surrounded by it. It is very cold!
Have you ever done the Hula in Hawaii?
No, but here's hoping that one day....
Have you ever followed a butterfly?
Strangely enough, yes.
Have you ever finger painted as an adult (not with a child present)?
Only when experimenting with textures.
Have you ever fallen up the stairs?
Yes, and taken a chip out of my tibia.
Have you ever fallen down the stairs multiple times?
Once is enough for me!
Have you ever walked into a wall, when you were completely sober?
No, not a wall, a lamp post. I was too busy talking to notice where I was going.
Have you ever started to go into the wrong car?
Yes, this summer. I opened the door of a car at our local supermarket and started to unpack my groceries, and then wondered why the car was full of children's toys, crisp packets and other sundries that didn't belong to me. It was the same make and the same colour as mine, and for some very odd reason my key fob unlocked it!
Have you ever had a pet bunny? Or a pet chinchilla? Or pet fish?
No bunnies or chinchillas - the pet cats wouldn't get on with them. But pet fish, yes. Gold fish mostly.
Have you ever played truth or dare?
No, I think I missed out on this one. Perhaps, knowing me, for the best.
Have you ever felt really close to someone you've never met?
Thanks, Terps, for these questions. They were fun to do and made me realise that life can be so interesting if you keep an open mind. I hope everyone else will have a go at these as they are very different from the norm.