Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Bucket List

As I near the half century mark, I've been thinking about my Bucket List.  When I first sat down to write my Bucket List, it was pretty pathetic.  I couldn't really think of anything I want to do before I depart this earth ... except sleep for an entire month - waking up only to eat chocolate and drink beer.  :-)

Realizing that I'll have plenty of time to sleep after I'm dead (unless I'm spending my days fanning away the fires of hell), I decided that I really need to think about things I want to do in my life because I don't have a whole lot of time left (best case scenario) and I need to have something to look forward to besides spending my days drafting contracts and suctioning snot.

So, after much some thought, this is what I've come up with so far:

1. Travel to Ireland (can check this off my list after this summer)
2. Rent a beach house on Coronado Island and spend an entire month there ALL.BY.MYSELF
3. Write a book composed from the hundreds of emails between myself and Jack's doctors
4. Write a book about my personal journey as the parent of a medically fragile/special needs child with an incurable disease
5. Hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (and back out, of course) ***
6. Take a Caribbean Cruise that includes a stop in Puerto Rico (to visit a very special doctor who cared for Jack)
7.  Travel the Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a convertible, staying in really nice hotels along the way
8.  Visit New England in the Fall and stay at a B&B
9.  Travel to the UK to meet my sorority sister and one of the most supportive cyber-friends I know - Julie W.
10.  A photo shoot with me and my kids by the photographer who took Mary's senior pictures

That's all I've got for now.  But, I'm working on expanding my List to include not only things that will take planning, time and money, but also some "little things" that I want to experience and/or accomplish.

So tell me .... what is on YOUR Bucket List?


*** Btw, I am looking for company on my hike of the Grand Canyon.  You have to book lodging at the bottom of the canyon at least a year in advance, so if you are interested in hiking it with me - next year, two years from now, or whenever -- let me know!


Anne said...

Let's do the canyon girlfriend.

Katie said...

#2 sounds good to me :) Also the sleeping only to wake for chocolate and beer!!! Can I do that too?! :) Love it!

Love your bucket list! I need to think about what I'd like to do. :)

Susan said...

#2 oh-my-gosh-does-that-sound-fabulous! Though you have some tough items on your list, like writing a book I think a month at the beach ALL ALONE is the hardest feat to accomplish! I wish you luck! Actually I hope you get to do every one of those things.

worthy said...

I'd definitely do the month at the beach alone, and I'd want to sleep and wake for chocolate and beer too! As for visiting you my friend - that's top of my list! and we'll hike that canyon together. I'll need a few years to save up though :D

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a great list Ann. I like the visiting Julie part. She is awesome. The one about the beach and alone for a month. Cool. I hope you get it and good luck on the books. I will one of the first to read them. xoxo

Anonymous said...

Well let's make fall in new England happen!!! Please?
Xoxo christina

boysons said...

I see quite a few achievable things there (even before retirement), so I hope you make them happen!

bettyd said...

The previous comment is from me - I am getting confused with all the gmail stuff I set up for my new phone!

Tatia Strang said...

What a beautiful tribute to your daughter!!!

CS said...

Great list! I especially look forward to the books. Although, I think sleeping, chocolate and beer and valid bucket list entries. Nothing sounds better to me at the moment. ;)

Your Niece Kelsey! said...

Okay so I'm just catching back up on your blog, but I'm totally game to hike the Grand Canyon!