Inspired or Tired?

This week, I’m participating in Mama Kat’s writer’s workshop for the first time.  I’ve been fighting a chest cold all week and I’ve felt lousy, so when I saw that one of her prompts was to write a bucket list, I thought easy peasy, I’d just whip out a list that would help you to get to know me a bit better while I limited the amount of time I spent coughing all over my keyboard.

Yeah, not so much.

Making this list was far more challenging and made my brain ache.

What did I learn about myself in this process of composing this list?

That I’m a bit cliche, there are too many places to visit and not enough time, I’m a bit of a nerd, and I love food.  Here goes…

  1. Try Bikram Yoga.
  2. Eat every dinner on the patio for an entire month.
  3. Run a 5K.
  4. Work with Craig to build a treehouse for our kids.
  5. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace.
  6. Take a cross-country road trip.
  7. Make pizza on the grill.
  8. Meet Kris, Adrienne, and Lori somewhere fun and spend a weekend laughing and talking.
  9. Wear my bikini again.
  10. Become a better writer.
  11. See the Red Sox play at Fenway Park.
  12. See the Patriots play at Gillette Stadium.
  13. Teach Shakespeare’s histories to eager college students.
  14. Earn my M.A. in British History.
  15. Earn my PhD.
  16. Write and publish a piece of literary criticism.
  17. Learn to make perfect risotto.
  18. Live to see my grandchildren.
  19. Return to Antigua to celebrate one of our anniversaries.
  20. Fully experience the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.
  21. Learn to surf.
  22. Move out of California.
  23. Reread all of Jane Austen’s novels, but with my Katie this time.
  24. Visit Fiji.
  25. Spend a week in the Cotswalds.
  26. See Henry VIII performed at The Globe Theatre.
  27. Own a cabin on the lake in Maine.
  28. Learn to make a perfect pie crust.
  29. Live in Austin, Texas.
  30. Run a 10K.
  31. Take my kids to a drive-in movie.
  32. Learn how to make photo layouts like Becoming Sarah (help, anyone?)
  33. Read French Literature in French.
  34. Attend BlogHer.
  35. See a Broadway show.
  36. Eat and drink my way through Tuscany.
  37. Learn to play poker.
  38. Tour the castles of Scotland.
  39. See our children graduate from college.
  40. Finally figure out our iMac.
  41. See Dave Matthews in a small venue.
  42. Learn to water ski.
  43. Attend mass at the Vatican.
  44. Learn to properly care for orchids.
  45. Learn to paint with watercolors.
  46. Have a picnic in Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park.
  47. Learn to sew and make a pillowcase dress before Katie is too old to wear one.
  48. Watch Casablanca.
  49. Build a home for Habitat for Humanity.
  50. Learn to give Craig a great massage.
  51. Plant a vegetable garden.
  52. Own a brewpub.
  53. Learn to meditate.
  54. Learn how to make fabulous enchiladas.
  55. Swim with dolphins.
  56. Have a home library, complete with ladder.
  57. Fill a large jar with sea glass that I’ve collected myself.
  58. Adopt a kitten.
  59. Learn how to apply self tanner.
  60. Have a glass of wine with Kelly Corrigan.
  61. Conquer my anxiety.
  62. Throw a surprise party for one of Craig’s milestone birthdays.
  63. Donate breastmilk to a baby in need.
  64. Have a housekeeper.
  65. Convince one other person that Tom Jones is an awesome book.
  66. Find a way to adequately express our tremendous gratitude to Lyndsey, Katie’s speech therapist.
  67. Return to Cabbage Island.
  68. Take a vacation somewhere relaxing with just my mother.
  69. Join a book club.
  70. Organize my closet (and keep it that way).
  71. Host a dinner party for 12.
  72. Print out our digital photos and make actual albums.
  73. Take a photography class.
  74. Learn HTML.
  75. Make peace with my butt.
  76. Learn to make fresh pasta.
  77. Ride the wine train.
  78. Inspire someone to breastfeed.
  79. Own a home with a pool.
  80. Spend a week at a cabin in Lake Tahoe.
  81. Read A People’s History of the United States.
  82. Capture both of my grandmothers on video, telling me their stories.
  83. Swim in the Mediterranean.
  84. Eat gelato in Italy.
  85. Donate 60% of the clothes in my closet.
  86. Teach Katie confidence and grace.
  87. Watch Katie perform in a dance recital.
  88. Help Matthew grow into a courteous young man.
  89. Outlaw skateboarding anywhere within 10 miles of my house.
  90. Help my neighbors find a new home…far away from us.
  91. Buy myself the Tiffany Grand Quartz watch.
  92. Knit something other than a scarf.
  93. Hold a lion cub.
  94. Go camping in Yosemite.
  95. Visit our family in Seattle.
  96. Run in the rain.
  97. Teach my children impeccable manners.
  98. Eat in the Pioneer Woman’s kitchen.
  99. Grow old with Craig.
  100. Come up with a 100th item for my list.

And now I’m off to find the disinfectant to clean this keyboard!


  1. Alena

    You should link back to this post when you do those things!!!

  2. Great list! I have some of the same things on my life list too.

    I am gonna help you achieve #49. I go to New Orleans every year to build houses. It's an organized trip and loads of fun. Next year? You should come too. :D

  3. Nice list! :) I also must make peace with my butt. Butts are tough to make peace with, really they are.

    Also, gelato in Italy? Fab.U.Lous. Way better than any I've had in the U.S. Have coffee while you're there. Also fabulous. You can go to a crap gas station & have the best coffee ever. And buy porn from the rack while you wait. It's a little weird there. :)

  4. Adrienne

    I just can't get over my disappointment that you don't like Shakespeare. ;-)

    I'm in favor of combining numbers 8 and 98. For the sake of efficiency, of course.

  5. Natalie

    Get in my bikini again….me too! And eat gelato in Italy…maybe we can eat gelato, swim in the Mediterranean, AND wear our bikinis all at the same time while on vacation together!

  6. kris

    Wow. Your list makes me tired. I do not have this sort of list. I try not to worry about things left undone.

    Every day, I make choices about what to do TODAY.

    And my bucket list? Is just a whole bunch of those days strung together.

    I guess I am not a long-range sort of planner.

    #8 made me laugh.

  7. Nichole

    That's such a great idea. Plus, it's major incentive to work my way through some of the list right away!

  8. Nichole

    What an amazing experience that must be!
    My husband builds a house every year, but it's always local. It must be amazing to be a part of something so powerful. I'd love to learn more.

  9. Nichole

    I'm pretty sure that the eating of gelato will work against the whole making peace with my butt thing, though! ;)
    And, coffee, YUM.
    And gas station porn? You have me curious now…

  10. Nichole

    Number 8 is pure genius, if you ask me. ;)

  11. Nichole

    I absolutely love the way you think.
    The multitasking that you are suggesting is quite well-thought out and efficient!

  12. Nichole

    Trust me, I felt like I needed a beer and a nap after writing my list.

    I'd never done one before, so it was interesting to look at different groupings. When I look back over it? Not even one adventurous thing!

    #100 should have read "wear down a certain reluctant friend…"

  13. LoL – we stopped at a seedy gas station (that had excellent cappuccinos) and there was a 6 foot tall DVD spinning display full of porn *outside* by the pumps. In Italy? They are much more blase about their porn…

  14. CDG

    #75 is my favorite. I'd like to make peace with mine, too :)

  15. Lori

    Oooh! I love number 8!! :)

    And I did a bucket list a little while ago…I couldn't actually get to 100.

    Which is probably a good thing?

  16. Lyndsey Bustos

    The fact that I made your bucket list, #66, is thanks enough! I truly love that "I" get to know Katie. She is a true gem with a wonderful Mom.

  17. That's a great list. I will join you in Maine. I would love a house on the beach.
    My post yesterday was pizza on the grill. It was really fantastic.

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