The Lizard Chronicles

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Forty-Four Notable Things I Did While I Was Forty-Four October 24, 2019

Filed under: Life tales,lists,Uncategorized — lizardesque @ 10:24 am
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  1. Made the most of renovations that were in progress during our Halloween party.

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    Spooky ghost wall!

  2. Won NaNoWriMo (again)
  3. Started learning to play the ukulele
  4. Saw Twelfth Night at the Chicago Botanical Gardens
  5. Finally rode the “new” Ferris wheel at Navy Pier

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    Bigger and better!

  6. Learned some origami

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    My first origami!

  7. Had carpal tunnel surgery
  8. Expanded my haikubulary
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  9. Made cake pops (and learned it was such a PITA that I’m unlikely to ever do it again)

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    I don’t do this for just anyone!

  10. Helped my parents celebrate their 50th anniversary–at the very place they met!

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    Aren’t they cute?

  11. Solved a mystery in the 1920s

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    1920s murder mystery dinner

  12. Saw immersive theater
  13. Went to Cat Video fest
  14. Made a Mary Peepins diorama

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    Just a spoonful of sugar…

  15. Tried acupuncture for various ailments (unfortunately, it didn’t help)
  16. Took an enameling class

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    I made these!

  17. Bought something from a Mold-o-Rama (which I never did as a kid)

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    Meet Stephanie

  18. Saw several big metal chickens
  19. Celebrated my 15th anniversary (by eating dinner in the dark
  20. …and meeting anniversary twins!)
  21. Re-created some photos

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  22. Visited Mariposa Grove

    Bachelor & Three Graces

    Bachelor and Three Graces – absolutely magical in the snow!

  23. Saw Tunnel View

    Sun-kissed colors of Tunnel View

    Tunnel View

  24. Hiked the Mist Trail

    Vernal Fall mistbow

    Complete with mistbow!

  25. Impersonated a sheep

    Not actually a four-horned sheep

    Baaaah!

  26. Saw Old Faithful Geyser of California erupt
  27. Took goat selfies

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    Goat selfie!

  28. Engaged in some much-needed hammocking

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    Yes, hammock can be a verb!

  29. Learned my height in cherry pies (42)

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    I’m not sure why the cherry pie is not a standard unit of measure!

  30. Visited Pyramid Point
  31. Completed Julaiku
  32. Went to my first Cubs rooftop game

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    Go Cubbies!

  33. Bought new coffee and end tables (a big deal for a person with furniture commitment issues!)
  34. Unearthed some curious things while cleaning out the old tables

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    Honestly, I have no idea

  35. Illuminated with Hello Kitty

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    Hello Tipsy

  36. Knitted a baby blanket
  37. Saw Hamilton
  38. Bought little pieces of art from an old cigarette vending machine

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    I really love this idea!

  39. Had the world’s most insane milkshake (well, some of it anyway)

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    I won’t even speculate about the calorie content!

  40. Entered Pitch Wars (fingers crossed!)
  41. Visited Baltimore for the first time
  42. Did some boozy arts and crafts

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    Bipedal lunar beavers especially rule!

  43. Took a beading workshop

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    I made this too!

  44. Met Liz Phair!

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    The Liz Club!

 

Amusing Searches That Have Led People to My Blog (Part 2) November 4, 2018

Filed under: lists,Oddities,Writing — lizardesque @ 2:14 pm
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Not to toot my own horn (honk), but I’m being a goddamn overachiever by writing a blog post in November since I’m participating in NaNoWriMo. I’m not even going to count these words toward my total today.

Anyhow, last night, a comment was posted on a 6-year-old entry post of mine. It seems someone typed “Jackie Paper is a dick” into google, and it led them here. That reminded me that several years ago I had compiled a list of amusing searches that have led people to my blog. After chuckling over that, I looked over my blog stats and decided it was time for an update.

What brings people here more than anything else are searches related to sherbet push-ups (because of this particular post). I wasn’t necessarily looking at the most popular searches when I compiled the following list, though, just the ones that tickled me the most.

  • Wedding arm wrestling
  • T-rex running
  • How can I write the tale of lizard in apostrophe?
  • Hemlock stairs hallway ideas
  • Footlessnesses
  • Analogy lizard vagina
  • View of wine from giant Ferris wheel
  • Fruit loops banned why?
  • Elizabeth zazzy
  • Epilady vulva
  • My nickname puffin
  • How to wear sexy sleepwear in public under clothes without people noticing
  • Lizard sings Call Me Maybe

I hope everyone found what they were looking for, and if not, I hoped they at least enjoyed the search. Stay weird, people!

 

Forty-three Notable Things I Did While I Was Forty-three October 24, 2018

Filed under: Life tales,lists,photography — lizardesque @ 5:09 am
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  1. Had fun in the photo booth at Gilt Bar
    Giltbar
  2. Visited the Catcade

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    I’m a kitty!

  3. Took control of my hair loss by getting my hair cut and later shaving my head

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    Perhaps the most badass I’ve ever looked

  4. Donated my hair to charity

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    I hope it made someone else happy!

  5. Colored my hair with a Sharpie

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    Before it fell out–not like I was worried about damaging it!

  6. Finished knitting an afghan for my brother

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    All cozy under the afghan with Yoda

  7. Went to Story Sessions at City Winery
  8. Added romance to chickpea burgers

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    I had chemo on Valentine’s Day, so we kept it low key

  9. Knitted a ridiculously long stocking cap
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  10. Escaped another room

    Escape

    Victory!

  11. Attended a Seder for the first time (and found the afikoman, thus winning a major award!)
  12. Finished chemo—fucking hooray!
    Award

    Another major award!

    Fuckcancer

    I wore these for every chemo session

  13. Made funnel cakes at home

    Funnelcakes

    I hardly even burned myself!

  14. Had a lumpectomy (especially notable since I was originally was looking at a mastectomy before chemo shrank my tumor down to almost nothing!)
  15. Helped produce Monsters, Myths and Other Matters
  16. Got a Lyft with Snoopy

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    I wonder how much Snoopy increases this Lyft driver’s tips

  17. Had fun with new hair colors
  18. Got a Kit-Kat clock
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  19. Kept up with my Spanish lessons (almost daily)
  20. Danced on the ceiling

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    Oh, what a feeling!

  21. Leaped into a pot of happiness

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    The big leap

  22. Played in a confetti room

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    Silly fun

  23. Hugged a giant rubber duck

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    You’re the one!

  24. Gave and received henna tattoos

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    We’re not quitting our day jobs to become henna tattoo artists, but it was fun.

  25. Completed Julaiku for a fourth year
  26. Educated people about feral shopping carts
  27. Saw Anthony Rizzo’s 1000th career hit (live and in person)
  28. Banged the gong after finishing radiation therapy

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    Get it on!

  29. Made use of the emergency crown that I keep in my wallet

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    You just never know when you might need one!

  30. Applied to be a Cards Against Humanity writer
  31. Was depicted in painting

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    Amazingly, a friend of mind did this in about 10 minutes!

  32. Visited House on the Rock as an adult for the first time
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    The Infinity Room

    Attack

    Eeeek!

    Bunny

    Who doesn’t want to sit on a giant hare?

  33. Visited the National Mustard Museum

    Mustard

    Yes, this is a thing.

  34. Got crafty with my husband
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  35. Knitted a shrug

    Shrug

    It’s cozy.

  36. Saw some cool stuff during Open House Chicago
    Library

    Charles Deering Library

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    Charles Deering Library

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    Book and wine return? (look closely)

    Observatory

    Dearborn Observatory

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    Dearborn Observatory

  37. Visited the American Toby Jug Museum
  38. Visited Few Distillery

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    Distillery or giant clarinet?

  39. Took some pretty cool black and white photos

  40. Went on a major organization kick and finally made a dent in my clutter
  41. Sent a goat to a friend
  42. Got my old tattoo spruced up

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    Like new!

  43. Finally got the new tattoo I’ve been talking about for ages

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    My favorite punctuation mark

 

Forty-two Awesome (or at Least Notable) Things I Did While I Was Forty-Two October 24, 2017

Filed under: Life tales,lists — lizardesque @ 9:20 am
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Today my age is tweedle and twee. I’m prettier than I used to be.

-–Woody Guthrie

  1. Was unbreakable! (at least for Halloween)
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  2. Cheered, jumped up and down, and hugged total strangers when the Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908…

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    Holy cow!

  3. …and then drank 30-something year-old whiskey (saved especially for the occasion) from a ceramic cub

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    I’m not a whiskey person, but I took one for the team

  4. Finished NaNoWriMo for the fourth time
  5. Finished knitting my first afghan

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    Stewart approves of my knitting

  6. Saw the Terracotta Warriors exhibit at the Field Museum
  7. Waffled many things
     

  8. Marched for women
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  9. Contacted my elected officials more than I ever have before
  10. Successfully escaped another room with some friends

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    The escapees

  11. Went to a murder mystery party (my fourth one) and (for the first time) was not the murderer
  12. Adopted Daisy

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    Daisy also approves

  13. Knitted a cat

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    Life imitates art

  14. Made a ceramic narwhal

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    They’re the unicorns of the sea, you know

  15. Made robots

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    Robot date night

  16. Knitted a bunny
    Bun
  17. Took a knife-throwing class
  18. Won the family Peeps diorama contest

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    Power to the Peeps!

  19. Marched for science

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    Science is real!

  20. Became aunt to a furry niece

    Cleo

    Miss Cleo

  21. Brushed up on my Spanish

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    Neigh

  22. Had a drink that contained Pop Rocks

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    Candy Crush

  23. Visited La Sagrada Familia

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    La Sagrada Familia

  24. Visited Montserrat
  25. Visited Sitges
  26. Visited Park Güell

    Gingerbread

    Park Güell

  27. Purchased a suitcase to bring home wine and shoes from Barcelona
  28. Added another European Ferris wheel to my collection

    Ferris

    Giradabo

  29. Took a selfie with Jesus
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  30. Had some fun in a hall of mirrors

    MIrrors

    Trippy

  31. Ate at NoMi

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    The view from NoMi

  32. Went to a baseball game with my brother for the first time

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    Now if I could just convince him that there are not 27 outfielders on the field at once

  33. Waffled more things (yes, I’m counting this twice–I waffled a lot of things!)
     

  34. Got an honorable mention in the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest
  35. Finished another year of Julaiku
  36. Explored weird Chicago
  37. Participated in much silliness

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    Wedding photo booth fun

  38. Saw the total solar eclipse from within the path of totality

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    It was freakin’ amazing!

  39. Saw Hamlet in the park
  40. Shot a gun for the first time (It was target shooting, and I’m hesitant to call this awesome since, deep down, I’m still a gun-hating liberal. However, it did seem like a notable experience.)
  41. Started…and eventually finished knitting a shawl
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  42. Expanded my vocabulary
 

Forty-one Awesome Things I Did While I Was Forty-one October 24, 2016

Filed under: Life tales,lists,Poetry,Publications,Travel,Yoga — lizardesque @ 7:58 am
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  1. Got a piggy-back ride part of the way home from a bar on my birthday
  2. Got a picture of one of my cats wearing a witch hat (this had been a longstanding dream of mine)

    Toil and Trouble

    Toil and Trouble

  3. Achieved a NaNoWriMo three-peat
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  4. Sipped and painted
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  5. Attended the Grilled Cheese Meltdown (yum!)
  6. Made kitty plates
    Feb19
  7. Saw the Van Gogh exhibit at the Art Institute
  8. Attended the Cider Summit

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    Cider: delicious and beautiful!

  9. Colored Ruth Bader Ginsberg on a unicorn
    Apr17
  10. Successfully escaped a room
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  11. Had fun with helium
  12. Used a magical cupcake machine
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  13. Read Infinite Jest (It’s somewhat debatable whether this counts as “awesome,” but it’s definitely an accomplishment, so I’m counting it)

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    Footnotes and all!

  14. Was on TV! (I’m in the background in the orange jacket)
  15. (Obviously) did more SUP yoga
  16. Took this fierce selfie
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  17. Experimented with buttons
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  18. Experimented with lots of new hairstyles
  19. Took an arm balance yoga workshop
  20. Met a dog named Friday while with a person named Friday
  21. Stayed at a goat farm in Ballyvaughn, Ireland
  22. Visited the Cliffs of Moher
  23. Brought a cutout of my alma mater’s founder along with me on my travels

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    Bradley alums with Flat Lydia at the Cliffs of Moher #CelebrateLydia

  24. Saw the Poulnabrone Dolmen
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  25. Visted Ailwee Cave
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  26. Visited Dunguaire Castle
  27. Learned about King Puck
  28. Saw a traditional Irish music session in and Irish Pub
  29. Wrote limericks while in County Limerick
  30. Visited Killarney National Park
  31. Visited the Rock of Cashel
  32. Went on a literary pub crawl in Dublin (and won a t-shirt by correctly answering the most quiz questions afterward)
  33. Saw the Book of Kells
  34. Took a selfie with an Irish sheep
  35. Toured the Guinness Storehouse
  36. Twirled a la Stevie Nicks in the Luxembourg City town square
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  37. Took a walking tour of Luxembourg City
  38. Visited the Bock Casemates
  39. Sang about a buck-toothed girl in Luxembourg while in Luxembourg
  40. Helped bring You Don’t Know Us..., the first collection of stories and poems from one of my writing groups, to publication
  41. Celebrated  the Cubs’ first pennant win 71 years
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