Thursday, June 9, 2011

Have You Crossed Anything Off Your Bucket List?

By Ellery Adams

I haven't really made an official bucket list. I know that lots of folks want to see a baseball game at every ballpark in the U.S. or jump from an airplane or take a ride in a hot air balloon, but I find baseball games rather long and am skittish of heights.

I can think of a few things to add to my list:

1. The Holy Grail: seeing my name (any of my names!) on the New York Times List
2. Taking a ride on the Orient Express
3. Going to Egypt (again. I've been once and I'd love to return)

And the more I think about this, the more my list revolves around travel. Eating
croissants in Paris, gelato in Florence, etc. Luckily, my kids have swimming with the dolphins on their bucket lists and we're going to surprise them with a trip to do just that in July.

How about you? What are some items on your bucket list?


The Cozy Mystery Journal said...

Oh you have great things on the bucket list, especially Egypt!

I've travelled a lot but one thing high on my bucket list is seeing the polar bears in Manitoba, up here in Canada.

Aimee said...

BHE has promised that we will go on the Orient Express for our 25th wedding anniversary - only 13 more years to wait. :)

Sarita said...

My list includes travel, which I'm contemplating turning into a reality. Something to look forward to, which is good.

Would love to see Egypt, too!

Booklady said...

I refuse to call mine a bucket list. But as I was going through radiation treatments earlier this year, I did create a life celebration list. It has categories: 1. Give into my wild side, 2. Be more active 3. Become more involved in the fight against breast cancer. 4. Follow my dreams 5. Other things to be added as I think of them. Under each category I have a few things listed. Mostly, I'm doing things that I was either too afraid to do before the cancer or convinced I just couldn't do. I'm needle phobic, so I celebrated the end of radiation by getting a book tattooed on my ankle. In August I plan to do the Pike's Peak Ascent. Earlier this week, I stepped up my training for that by hiking the Manitou Springs Incline. My legs are still sore. I'm doing the Rocky Mountain Avon Breast Cancer Walk at the end of the month and plan at some point to do a Komen 3 Day Walk (the fundraising requirements for these events makes them a little more challenging). Those are just a few things on my list. I love seeing what others have on their lists because they give me ideas of things to add. My book club just finished reading "The Next Thing on My List" by Jill Smolinski. June gives a young women a ride home from a meeting. There's a car accident and the young woman is killed. June discovers the woman had a list of things to do before her 25th birthday and June decides to complete the list for her. Interesting read.

Ellery Adams said...

I love the "life celebration list" name! We should doing that on a weekly basis, even in little ways.

I think a nice orange Creamsicle is in order this afternoon. There's a nice and easy life celebration.

Elaine said...

Travelling is definitely on my list.

I saw whales last summer in New Brunswick.

I'm not crazy about heights but I'll be taking a hot air balloon ride this summer (thanks Groupon!).

Linda McDonald said...

Last year I crossed some things off the bucket list: swam with the sharks, traveled to Tahiti, saw a total solar eclispe. I have a lot on my list to do though and a few things are:
Travel To Egypt
Climb Mt. Whitney in CA
Climb Half Dome at Yosemite
Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef
Oh goodness...I can go on an on, and like you, a lot has to do with travel. I like the "life celebration" list, and yes, even if in small ways we all should be doing that weekly.

Anonymous said...

Tuscany, preferably taking a cooking course. Australia and New Zealand. Nepal. I've already lived in Japan, Brazil, France, and West Africa.

And, of course, the NYT Bestseller list!


signlady217 said...

I've got a few things on mine. Ride in a hot air balloon, work on a Habitat for Humanity house, go on an archeological dig, walk in a Komen 5K, visit Scotland, Greece and Spain. Maybe someday I'll get around to marking some of these off the list! :)

Ellery Adams said...

Swimming with sharks? Linda, you are brave. I think I'd drown upon seeing my first fin.

Ah, I highly recommend Greece. The island of Santorini is heaven on earth.

I have worked on a Habitat house and it's really fun. I love using a nail gun!

Dru said...

I'm still waiting for my trip to Rome.

Kaye said...

It's the Grand Canyon for me. My dreams of foreign travel have shriveled like dust in our retirement. Grand canyon should be doable.

Barbara said...

My bucket list mostly involves travel, but one big trip has now been accomplished. Several years ago when my husband was first diagnosed with early Parkinson's and the future looked pretty scary, he said we needed to take the trip I had always dreamed of to England and Scotland. No more waiting for the right time. We went, had a lovely trip, and I was in heaven. Now for the rest of my list.

Angela - Bookaunt said...

Some friends and I made a Twenty Wishes scrapbook album after reading the book Twenty Wishes and seeing the main character made a scrapbook about her wishes. A couple of mine are: Travel to Europe, Spend the night in a castle, Meet Brett Favre and/or Tim Mcgraw and their wives. I also have some simple ones. See both of my kids graduate high school (only one more to go) - collect 500 bookmarks, get a postcard from everystate. It is fun to dream and also have some realistic dreams too.