It’s my last day in my 30’s and since I’m posting a quiz on my birthday tomorrow I’m posting my bucket list today. These are things I’d like to do before I die and I figure at 40 I’ve got at least 40 good years to accomplish them. Plenty of time. Maybe I’ll find a place on the blog to keep track of it.
1. Write and publish a novel.
2. Open my own bookstore.
3. Spend a night in an English castle.
4. Visit Ireland.
5. Meet a US president. (Jimmy Carter came to Cleveland last year for a book signing but couldn’t do it because of a health scare. So close!)
6. Learn to start a fire without matches. (this probably comes from watching too many seasons of Survivor)
7. Learn to play the piano.
8. Raise a happy and successful son.
9. Celebrate my 50th anniversary. (13 in)
10. Make exercise a daily priority. (never has been but I need to start taking care of my health)
11. Get back to my wedding weight, just once.
12. Try a vegetarian diet for a year.
13. Drive across country.
14. Visit all 50 states.
15. Stay in an overnight car on a train trip.
16. Fly first class.
17. Take Gage to Italy.
18. Ride a boat down the Mississippi River.
19. Trace ancestry to when all branches entered the US. (we’ve been here a long time so this will take many more years of research)
20. Spend a week touring Napa Valley.
21. Live somewhere warm year round. (As a midwestern girl I love my seasons but I’d like to see if I’m missing anything :))
22. Volunteer on a political campaign.
23. Sit on a jury.
24. Buy only American for 1 year.
25. Have a library with wall-to-wall built-in bookcases.
26. Write and mail 1000 letters. These can include cards if I include a personal note.
27. Be an extra in a movie.
28. Watch a play from backstage.
29. Go skiing.
30. Attend a murder mystery dinner.
31. Volunteer weekly.
32. Read all the books I own. (I’d like to have no TBR pile just once. I can give away books to reach this goal)
33. Start my own book club.
34. See all 4 tennis majors. (2 down, Wimbledon & Australian Open to go)
35. Give blood.
36. Sleep under the stars.
37. Have a hammock.
38. Fire a gun.
39. Make a daily goal list and use it.
40. Do a random act of kindness every day. (and keep a journal for it)
Jason and I have attended the US Open a few times. This was in 2005.
I’m not a tennis player but Jason is very good. I like to watch. Rafa Nadal is my current favorite.
I’m giving away new copies of Reading Like a Writer by Francise Prose and Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. Just leave a comment telling me which one you’d like to win (or both!). I’ll draw a winner October 19.