My Bucket List

BucketPinThere are so many things I’d like to see and do, so many people I hope to one day meet, but these are the ones that matter the most to me, the ones I don’t want to forget to go after (as trivial as some of them may sound):

  1. travel around Tuscany
  2. see a musical on Broadway
  3. learn to start a fire with flint & steel (a real fire, like one you can roast marshmallows on, not just a wimpy little flame)
  4. meet actor Robin Williams (sadly, no longer possible)
  5. try fencing, including suiting up in all the garb – or maybe because of all the garb
  6. take a tropical vacation
  7. meet Ann Lamott
  8. eat beignets in New Orleans, preferably at Cafe Du Monde
  9. go horseback riding in the Smoky Mountains
  10. take a cream pie in the face – just not shaving cream
  11. go to the Bristol Renaissance Faire
  12. meet Johnny Depp
  13. travel to Russia
  14. go to a midnight opening of a cool movie
  15. spend a night in a sleeper car on a train, hopefully sleeping
  16. write a novel (in a month)
  17. learn to speak a foreign language – or two or three
  18. study costume design (but not necessarily at a college)
  19. get a book published by a traditional publisher
  20. hear Diana Kroll perform live
  21. open a creativity studio for crafts, sewing and writing
  22. guest speak at a women’s retreat
  23. own a home with a first-floor powder room
  24. take a class in digital photography
  25. hang out with Bob Goff
  26. visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder sites in MO, MN, WI, IA, SD
  27. meet author Ann Voskamp
  28. volunteer as a turn-of-the-century costumed interpreter at a living history museum
  29. have a candlelit, wine & cheese picnic under the stars while listening to Tony Bennett perform live
  30. shake hands with Sean Connery
  31. travel to speak across the country
  32. fly a single-engine plane over the city of Chicago (and get some great skyline shots and photos of Wrigley Field)
  33. be invited to lead a workshop at a conference
  34. get a gym membership
  35. go on a cruise
  36. play whirlyball
  37. memorize an entire book of the Bible
  38. host a foreign exchange student
  39. write Tributes to my parents
  40. visit New York City
  41. see Nickel Creek in concert
  42. meet author Tosca Lee
  43. tour Sonoma or Napa Valley wineries
  44. be personal assistant/concierge to a well-known speaker at a big conference
  45. give a TED talk
  46. try stand up paddle boarding
  47. complete at least a first level Italian language course
  48. travel abroad with my daughters
  49. hang out on the set of a movie being filmed
  50. crew for a hot air balloonist
  51. fly in a hot air balloon
  52. go to the new Eataly concept store in Chicago
  53. be interviewed on a national radio show
  54. raise money to help preemies/fund a NICU or research related to premature birth
  55. earn enough to pay for my girls’ college educations
  56. be able to hire a cleaning lady to clean my house once a month
  57. travel the U.S. in an RV
  58. take my dad to visit the towns and regions of our Carpatho-Rusyn ancestors
  59. visit Ireland and the counties where my mom’s forbears hail from
  60. create a Little Free Library
  61. go to the Cirque du Soleil
  62. tour Prince Edward Island – home of Anne of Green Gables
  63. ride in a horse drawn carriage
  64. eat ice cream on our roof
  65. attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
  66. hike the trails of the Cinque Terre in Italy
  67. write a memoir
  68. take a cooking class with my husband