Done That

This is a running list of unique things I have done and places I have seen. The list is not in any particular order.

  • Got to experience bonding with our six week old yellow lab puppy and the joy he brings into our lives

  • Moved our family and company across states to a warm climate, Chicago, Illinois to Westlake, Texas

  • Took my boys to Disney World and watched them go through Jedi Training at Hollywood Studios

  • Rode the monorail in Disney World

  • Took the ferry to Magic Kingdom

  • Experienced IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in Epcot

  • Watched Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios

  • Watched the Frozen fireworks and experienced snow throughout the entire park in Hollywood Studios

  • Watched a sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean in Vera Beach

  • Swam in the Atlantic Ocean

  • Watched Shamu at the “One Ocean” show in SeaWorld, Orlando

  • Picked sea shells with my sons at Captiva Island

  • Watched the sunset on the beach at Anna Maria Island

  • Had the privilege to be nominated and published in DePaul University’s “14 under 40” magazine

  • Finished a Ph.D. in Computer Science

  • Practiced Yoga, mastered how to do the crow pose, headstand, and many other advanced asanas

  • Became a mother to two precious boys

  • Ran 21 miles of the Chicago marathon with a friend of mine as her running buddy (yes, should have signed up for the whole race)

  • Ran the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago several times

  • Travelled to many international conferences to present my research work

  • Attended a workshop at Googleplex in Mountain View, California

  • Visited the Stanford Linear Accelerator, longest linear accelerator in the world - 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) long

  • Went up to the observation deck at the Reunion Tower in Dallas

  • Ice skated at the Galleria

  • Saw Komodo Dragons in Memphis Zoo

  • Fed parakeets at the Fort Worth Zoo

  • Hiked the “Angels Landing” trail at the Zion National Park

  • Watched the fireworks at Navy Pier in Chicago

  • Rode my bike along Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago

  • Got my Open Water Certification for scuba diving at the Black Rock in Maui, Hawaii

  • Rock climbed a 110 foot outdoor climbing wall

  • Got certified to lead climb

  • Rode in the “Late Ride” in Chicago

  • Ran a sprint triathlon

  • Snowboarded in Breckenridge, Vail, and Copper Mountain

  • Snowboarded down Parsenn Bowl at Winter Park, Colorado

  • Went bobsledding at the Olympic track in Innsbruck, Austria - February 2004

  • Listened to Madonna in concert at the United Center in Chicago

  • Went to see a rodeo

  • Ran the “Crazy Legs” race in Madison, Wisconsin

  • Went on a hot air balloon ride at the Danville Balloon Festival

  • Canoed for 36 miles on the Delaware Water Gap

  • Got a video tape of us swimming along with sting rays as we were scuba diving around a coral reef in Cancun

  • My husband and I performed a choreographed “Pas de Deux” to the tango from the Mask of Zorro at our wedding reception

  • My husband proposed to me on top of the Eiffel Tower on a surprise trip to Paris

  • Watched the Champ Elysees from the top of the Arc de Triomphe

  • Seen the Mona Lisa at the Musee du Louvre in Paris

  • Had our wedding reception on the 99th floor of the Sears Tower

  • Had our wedding ceremony in the Grand Lobby of the Sears Tower

  • Flew a small airplane

  • Went on a romantic gondola ride on a summer night on the Chicago River

  • Took the elevator up to Skydeck Chicago on the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower

  • Had dinner at the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building

  • Sailed the blue waters of the Aegean Sea from the coast of Bodrum

  • Tasted foie gras in Bordeux

  • Tried raclette and fondue in Switzerland

  • Went on a cable car overlooking the Swiss Alps

  • Climbed to the summit of “Cima della Trosa” at 1869 meters

  • Visited the Pantheon

  • Walked up the Spanish Steps in Rome

  • Went inside the Colosseum in Rome

  • Climbed up the stairs to get to the top of Michelangelo’s Dome at St. Peters Basilica

  • Stayed at a pension overlooking the Duomo in Florence

  • Held up the leaning tower of Pisa

  • Travelled in a “couchette” on a European train

  • Seen the canals and gondolas in Venice

  • Took a hydrofoil from Naples to Capri

  • Went into the Grotta Azzurra in a row boat while being serenaded by a local Italian

  • Watched the Jet d’Eau fountain from the shore of Lac Léman in Geneva, Switzerland

  • Went for a river walk by the Rhone River in Geneva, Switzerland

  • Took the mountain train to Chamonix, France

  • Went up to Aguille du Midi via cable car and saw Mont Blanc

  • Went on the champagne tour at the Moet et Chandon in Epernay, France

  • Visited a number of vineyards for wine tasting in Bordeaux, France

  • Walked down the aisle of the Sacré Coeur de Montmartre

  • Climbed the bell tower of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

  • Watched a beautiful sunset while drinking a Lava Flow in Maui, Hawaii

  • Went to a “Luau” at the Royal Lahaina resort in Maui, Hawaii

  • Went on a cruise to the Bahamas

  • Seen the festival of lights at the Brookfield Zoo

  • Had the biggest honor to become a United States citizen

  • Visited the “House on the Rock” in Wisconsin

  • Got a video tape of us while we experienced a climb to 150 feet in one second on the “Ejection Seat”

  • Planted a vegetable garden in my backyard - smelled and tasted truly fresh tomatoes

  • Grew my own sunflowers

  • Spent a fun day at Noah’s Ark - the biggest waterpark in the United States

  • Gambled in Las Vegas

  • Visited the White House

  • Visited the Statue of Liberty

  • Watched Michael Jordan play at a Bulls game in the United Center

  • Watched a Cubs game at the Wrigley Field in Chicago

  • Went to the Strawberry Fields in Central Park in New York City

  • Watched a Blackhawks game from one of the sky boxes at the United Center

  • Ate at the Cheers Pub in Boston

  • Experienced many of the rides at Six Flags Great America

  • Went to Disneyland and Universal Studios in California

  • Swam in the Pacific Ocean

  • Went to Disney World and Universal Studios in Florida

  • Went on a helicopter ride in Kauai, Hawaii after a massive rain shower

  • Walked on the boardwalk in Atlantic City

  • Seen the Niagara Falls

  • Had my photo taken with George Bush - he was the graduation speaker at Monmouth College in 2000

  • Ate at a churrascaria (Brazilian Barbeque) in Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Went on a road trip with my brand new red Jeep Wrangler to the East Coast of the United States - May 1997

  • Seen the Grand Canyon

  • Visited Hoover Dam

  • Went hiking at Yellow Stone Park

  • Visited Mount Rushmore

  • Seen the Old Faithful erupt

  • Seen the Devils Tower

  • Went hiking in the Badlands National Park in South Dakota

  • Went white water rafting at the Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

  • Visited the Indian ruins in the Four Corners

  • Studied my senior year in high school in the United States as a Rotary Youth Exchange student

  • Went on a cruise on the Mediterranean

  • Sailed a Laser Radial in sailing races on Marmara sea in Istanbul

  • Visited Meryem Ana - “The House of the Virgin Mary”

  • Crossed the Bosphorus Bridge which connects Asia to Europe

  • Seen the Golden Horn

  • Travelled on a ferry boat

  • Took a boat to the Maiden’s Tower (Kiz Kulesi)

  • Walked around the Topkapi palace

  • Went to the Dolmabahce palace

  • Went to the Rumeli Fortress in Istanbul

  • Seen the dome (made up of 30 million gold mosaic tiles) of the church of “Hagia Sophia” - Ayasofya

  • Walked underground Istanbul in the Basilica Cistern

  • Shopped and bargained at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

  • Sailed to the Princes’ Islands

  • Seen the Blue Mosque

  • Walked around the ancient city of Ephesus

  • Went to the Manavgat waterfall

  • Went to the Duden waterfall

  • Swam in the Mediterranean Sea

  • Trailed behind a speed boat in a parachute at Oludeniz

  • Swam at the Cleopatra Beach and visited the Damlatas Cave

  • Visited the archaeological site for the city of Troy and climbed into the belly of the wooden Trojan horse

  • Took a bath in a Turkish Bath at the “Eski Kaplica” (Old Spring) in Bursa, Turkey