Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The List

Alright, intarwebs. You and I hang out together lots, but I have this whole other life outside of you in your many manifestations. And there are things that I want to get done over here.

I tried not to make this a list of Things That Would Sound Good on a Life List, things like 'take bellydancing' and 'swim with dolphins' and 'go skydiving' and 'live in an orphanage' because that is not the purpose. Also, I have already done those things. I have tried scare up things that make me more of who I am, and that I would be really disappointed if I didn't do before I died.
(to be added to at will)

1. Own a puppy.

2. Make croissants from scratch.

3. Grow enough of my own vegetables to make a salad (Caesar salad does not count).

4. Bring a meal to someone who is grieving.

5. Host a wine and cheese party.

6. Host a fondu party (that people actually show up to. Not like that time me and Robyn ate $30 worth of fruit and chocolate by ourselves because everyone cancelled).

7. Host a raclette party.

8. Tip a waitress $100.

9. Taste 1000 fruits.

10. Ring a church bell (the kind in a tower. With a rope).

11. Change a tire.

12. Do a 10k run in less than 50 minutes.

13. Read The Odyssey.

14. Read The Illiad.

15. Go to the symphony.

16. See a musical.

17. Own a fruit tree that produces fruit.

18. Make Herbed Butter Burgers from The BBQ Bible.

19. Taste the following:
      - a crumpet
      - whole-hog bbq
      - blancmange
      - clotted cream
      - sherry
      - roast capon
      - mead
      - foie gras
      - paella

20. Have a picnic involving wine and a baguette.

21. Have some babies.

22. Take those babies to Disneyland when they are old enough to appreciate it, but not too old to enjoy it.

23. Wake up with clear vision (so...have laser surgery on eyes. OR take nap with contacts in).

24. Submit a book to a publisher.

25. Attend a book-reading.

26. Read all of Entertainment Weekly's New Classics.

27. Become conversant in another language.

28. See the Northern Lights.

29. Wear more dresses.

30. Ride a horse.

31. Take ballroom dancing.

32. Go scuba diving/snorkling (but if it's snorkling, it has to be for-real snorkling where there's fishies. Not just on my own up at Cultus...with a snorkle).

33. Get (another) BA.

34. Get MA.

35. Get PhD.

36. Knit a sweater (for a baby is ok).

37. Make apple cider from scratch.

38. Attend a literary convention.

39. Meet another book-blogger In Real Life.

40. Host a Thanksgiving dinner wherein I cook the Turkey.

41. Not have cancer anymore.

42. Own a pair of Miu Miu teacup heels.  These ones:

43. Go to Prague to see Mike and Leah.

44. Be in boo's wedding.

45. Meet Lauren in real life.

46. Make bagels from scratch

47. Go to the top of a lighthouse

48. Send three surprise care packages in the mail to three different people, for non-holiday reasons.

49. Spend a day at the spa.

50. Go to the library and leave nice notes in random books.

51. Pick out a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.

52. Visit a brewery/winery/chocolate/cheese factory (tastings must be involved).

53. Have an actual tea party with, like, tiny sandwiches and things.

54. See a drive-in movie.

55. Make a clock.

56. Go snowshoeing.

57. Get driver's license seriously how is this not on the list already.

58. Learn basic HTML

59. See a solar eclipse.

60. Eat a wild animal (like a moose or something).

61. Make 1000 pretty things.

62. Learn how to put eye make-up on properly.

63. Watch the Pride and Prejudice BBC mini-series.

64. Own a house.

65. Learn to speed read.

66. Own a venus fly trap.

67. Try deep-fried ice cream.

68. Try hot yoga.

69. Try tapas.

70. Grow my own herbs.

71. Fly a kite.

72. Skinny dip.

73. Learn how to run properly so that my knees don't hurt all the damn time.

74. Wear my hair down and curly, on the regular.

75. Meet Tim Gunn (and hug him).

76. Make a baked Alaska.

77. Do a triathalon.

78. Dogsled.

79. Decorate my house (at least a little bit) for all the major holidays.

80. Start a monthly board games night.

81. Wear a dress with tulle.

82. Hike the Grand Canyon.

83. Climb Mt Kilimanjaro

84. Learn to do a cartwheel (or break something trying).

85. Hike the West Coast Trail.

86. Attend a Canucks playoff game.

87. Visit Menabilly (the inspiration for Manderley in Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca).

88. Learn to juggle.

89. Make a soufflé.

90. Try macarons and then make them.

91. Attend a masquerade.  Or throw one.  Or crash one.  Somehow be present at fancy masquerade.

92. Go to Austin, Texas to watch the bats.

93. Visit the Winchester House.

94. See all seven wonders of the world.

95. Try turducken.

96. Make doughnuts from scratch.  The deep-fried kind, not the half-assed baked kind.

97. Pet an owl (comme ça)

98. Host a Favorite Things party

99. See Old Faithful erupt.

100. Participate in a Color Run.

101. Share a pizza with Alice.

102. Do yoga every day for a week.

103. Make pasta from scratch.

104. Make cheese from scratch.

105ff: TBD


Rachel said...

oh dear! have you never seen a musical?

That is tres sad.

Also, I am skeptical of that new classics list. you should skip some of them.

King Rat said...

In 2000, I went to Europe with my brother. When I got back I stayed with him in SF for a couple of days before heading back to Seattle. Him not being a good cook (at the time) and having no cooking materials, I ate out. I also had leftover spending cash from the Europe trip. So I paid $100 for a $7 breakfast. The waitress tried to refuse the tip.

Eva said...

Changing a tire is NOT fun when you're a small girl. My dad and I just changed all of mine last month, and the last one I made him talk me through it all by myself as if I were on the side of the road. Let's just say, I was bouncing up and down with all of my body weight trying to get the lug nuts loose. And I think the tire weighted half of my body weight! I really hope I never have to change one by the actual side of the ride.

Karenlibrarian said...

As much as I love my dog, I gotta warn you -- puppies are REALLY cute, but they're a LOT of work -- and sometimes it takes a long time to outgrow the puppy behavior. My dog is 18 months old and she STILL thinks it's fun to steal socks, etc., so we'll chase her around the house. I recommend skipping puppies in favor of adult dogs.

However, I highly recommend literary conventions! I attend the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) convention in October, it was fantastic. Well worth joining JASNA just for the convention.

trish said...

I hope I'm the blogger you meet in real life.

leah boldt said...

why are these people being so negative about your list?? i love it! and i love that mike and i made the list! yah! i'm pretty sure you'll be able to knock down "vist a brewery avec tastings" while you're here too. *smiley*

and ps. has uncle walter not tried to feed you moose jerky yet??

Sara said...

thanks for visiting my list and commenting! i love your list and you're right, there is a lot in common. you are making great progress!

Rhiannon said...

I'm impressed, you've hit some great ones.
Fair warning- bring towels (as in plural) and new clothes (including underwear) for hot yoga, and do not attempt in the summer! At least that is what I would do differently my first time.
Oh and try to not bring a friend who passes out. It's a motivation killer.

Mrs. K said...