May 10, 2011

Bucket List

I really should have spent more time reading over the latest 30 day challenge.  Seems there are a few vacation days built into it and a couple of the prompts I don't like, soooo....I'm dropping it.  I may take a few cues from it now and then.  Like today.


A bucket list. 

Everybody has one or at least it seems that way thanks to the movie of the same name.  I don't ever remember hearing about bucket lists before the movie.  We just called them wish lists or dreams and it seemed like only children had time to make such lists or even expect to see those things come true.

I kind of like bucket list better as a name because wishes and dreams are sort of like rainbows....beautiful and bright but hard to catch and the time frame on wishes and dreams is very open-ended and implies all the time in the world.  A bucket list, on the other hand, suggests time is limited.  Life is short so you'd better get your behind up off the sofa and get to the things on your list.

I made a bucket list for myself a couple of years ago and I have it tucked away here at my desk.  I have to admit I haven't looked at it in quite a while.  Now that it's out I thought I'd share it and tell you how things are going with it.


  1. Study photography.
  2. Study gardening/horticulture.
  3. Drive across the country on U.S. Route 30 (the old Lincoln Highway) with no particular plan.  I'd also like to drive Route 66 from one end to the other.
  4. Live in the country.
  5. Take a long train trip.
  6. Volunteer with a charity.
  7. Rediscover my creativity by crafting things, or drawing or writing.  I am doing more writing, at least here on the blog.
  8. Travel to New England and research my ancestors.
  9. Be grateful.  I've come a long way on this one.
  10. Go deep sea fishing.
  11. Join a club or group I really enjoy.  I'm in a club, but I haven't been too excited about it.  I will be the president next year so we'll see if I can bring it back on track.
  12. Find a church to attend.  YES!!! Got this one done. :)
  13. Repair family relationships.  I was talking about my aunts.  No real progress there, but they both live at least 1000 miles away so it's hard to do anything about it.
  14. Live in the moment. When I see or hear of something I want to it!
  15. Own a Mustang (the car, not a horse).
  16. Go whale watching.
  17. See a musical on Broadway.
  18. Visit Sea World, San Diego and the San Diego Zoo.
  19. Go to Washington, D.C. (I've been as a kid...not the same) and see all of the Smithsonian, visit the Library of Congress, see the Constitution, see all the memorials to presidents and soldiers, stroll through Arlington and really appreciate the great sacrifice represented there, stand on the spot MLK delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.
  20. Tour the Gettysburg battlefields on horseback.
  21. Go to the Caribbean.
  22. Go to Mexico.
  23. Go to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
  24. Tour the Mediterranian area...Greece, Italy, etc.
  25. Take the tour that goes behind Niagara Falls.
  26. Look for the elk in Benezet, PA.
  27. Go back to Gallup, NM.
  28. Go to the Four Corners region of the Navajo reservation and stand in 4 states at once.
  29. See the Pacific Ocean.
  30. Visit....New Orleans, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Cheyenne.
  31. Visit the island off the coast of Washington state that I've heard is true virgin, primordeal forest.
  32. Visit Alaska (NOT in the winter).
  33. Learn to sew.
  34. Make a quilt.
  35. Visit the Smokey Mountains.
  36. Finish all the craft projects I already own.
  37. Be happy/more positive/beat the depression.  I do think I'm making a good bit of progress on this.
  38. Do one new thing or at least learn one new thing every day.
  39. Plant a pink dogwood tree on my grandparents' grave.
  40. Go on a cruise.
  41. Learn to shoot a gun.
  42. Go on a big game hunt with Ted Nugent.
Some are easy.  Some are hard.  Some are just silly.  The list isn't done.  It's been a while, but I add new things as I think of them.

So, tell me.....what's on your bucket list?


Beth Zimmerman said...

#24 gave me a *Twister* visual. Remember that game? My mother would never allow us to play it (inappropriate) which made no sense to me at the time but I completely get now.

And on the brain theme ... mine is playing HopScotch today!

I totally root for you to do the Route 66 thing (Get your kicks on Route 66) because it goes right through my backyard! Almost literally!

Stacy Lynn said...

We're always talking about taking a trip through the West, renting an RV and just going with the flow, but might have to see what happens with gas these days. I'm sure when we get around to it, OK will be on the itinerary (it wasn't before...not even for a slim chance of seeing Toby...LOL).

WhisperingWriter said...

Great list.

I'm not totally sure what would be on mine.

Going to Hawaii for a vacation would be one.

Stacy Lynn said...

Didn't I put Hawaii on there? Shoot! Number 43....go to Hawaii.

Gill said...

Hi Stacy, Ive never heard of the term bucket list but i love some of the things on yours.
I may give it a go myself, i am certain i have loads of things i want to achieve.

Valene Marie said...

Stopping over from Beth's Top 10!
I enjoyed reading your list. Lots of great things on it and quite a few I'd like to do as well!

Have a wonderful rest of the week :)

Stacy Lynn said...

Thanks for stopping by Valene! I hope we both get to do lots of the things on our lists.


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