My 40 Bucket List

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)

Birthday Photo

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.

30 thoughts on “My 40 Bucket List

  1. rhapsodyinbooks says:

    I love your list. The ones that I have done on it were great, and I also want to do most of the others! (NOT sitting on a jury, though!)

    Please enter me for Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, since I am the last person in the universe not to have read it!

  2. Kay says:

    You’ve got some worthy goals on your bucket list. I’ve donated blood (not so bad), taken a train trip and stayed in an overnight car (ask me any questions you’d like) and I certainly live in a place that is warm pretty much year round (mostly). I suspect you already do random acts of kindness. 🙂

  3. JoAnn says:

    Great photo! I was at Shea Stadium for a Sept. game back in the 80’s – our seats were so high up on the 1st base side, we turned our heads and watched the US Open (with binoculars, but still…)

  4. Stephanie D. says:

    This reminds me – I created a small list some years ago. Kind of a five-year plan. I have to look around for it and see if I’ve done anything on that list. Hmmm.

  5. jennygirl says:

    The list is a great idea. We definitely share things in common (Italy, Ireland, Survivor, and firing a gun). There’s more but these stand out to me. This also gives me ideas for my 40th.
    I could possibly help you with the tbr thing, keep you on track. I plan to start a tbr thing in 2012: read only my books allowing for very limited outside books.
    Want to join me birthday girl?

    Very Happy Birthday to you 🙂

    Throw my name in for Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt please 🙂

  6. Marce says:

    I loved this list…….

    3. Spend a night in an English castle. WOW

    8. Raise a happy and successful son. ALWAYS

    11. Get back to my wedding weight, just once. TAKE PICTURES 🙂

    16. Fly first class. ONLY ON A LONG TRIP IS WORTH IT

    17. Take Gage to Italy. CAPRI IS GORGEOUS

    23. Sit on a jury. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR, EEK

    24. Buy only American for 1 year. I THINK THIS IS AMAZING, WOW

    25. Have a library with wall-to-wall built-in bookcases. BUT OF COURSE

    27. Be an extra in a movie. TOTALLY FLIPPING COOL IDEA

    30. Attend a murder mystery dinner. CAN I COME WITH YOU?

    36. Sleep under the stars. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING

    40. Do a random act of kindness every day. (and keep a journal for it) SWEET

    What a fun bucket list. Hope you had a great birthday.

  7. Marjorie says:

    Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt would be a book I would like to read and win.
    Nice giveaways and thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Heather says:

    Wow! That’s quite the bucket list. I’ve got a few similar ones myself but haven’t talked about it in a blog post yet! I’ve been wanting to read Cee Cee Honeycutt for awhile now.

  9. Margot says:

    Stacy, you have a great list here – ambitious but still doable. You have several I’ve already done and a few I still want to do (Ireland and sit on a jury). I’ve enjoyed your focus on your birthday the past few weeks. I hope your year ahead is a happy one.

    Include my name in the list for Francine Prose’s Reading Like A Writer.

  10. Teddyree says:

    Absolutely love your post. I’ve done a small travel bucket list in the form of scrapbooking but I think I might take a leaf out of your book and create one for the next 20 years of my life. Saving CeeCee is my pick 🙂

  11. Diet To Go Coupon says:

    I especially like your last paragraph – and I did start a blog – two in fact – just a few months ago! I always write letters to my children at Christmas – sometimes more often, but at least once a year. They know their letters will be in their stockings! Probably wouldn’t do anything you said not to – just a little bit inhibited! But that’s just me. Congratulations on being freshly pressed!

  12. christa @ mental foodie says:

    I started a list (though it was 50 things but I don’t think I had enough things to fill the list!) when I was about 20 or something! I still have it in my wallet I think, I should review! I have “Read all the books I own” too lol! 🙂 And also write a book if I remember right…

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