Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bucket List

As I launch into my fortieth year,here are the 40 things on my Bucket List,
in no particular order…
(Note, updated since originally posted)
Trans Siberian Railroad
Semester at Sea (again)
Bike trip in Holland
Family Disneyland Trip (1/15)
Bhutan Adventure
A year in NYC
Elementary Chaplain at an international school
Wind Star Cruise
Tanzania Trip (Kili, Safari, and Zanzibar) - modified to overnight safari somewhere in Africa
Teach 1:1
Try teaching M.S. (2012 - 2013)
My own set of Malmark Handbells (12/2016)
U2 in concert
complete a marathon 10/09
Another Breast Cancer 3-Day
Mom / Wife Excellante
Read all Newberys
Machu Pichu
Transit the Panama Canal
Do our Iran Trip (planned and tried in 2005, but no visa granted - though no visa denied either)
Play in an International Handbell Symposium (summer 2016)
Balloon Fiesta 10/09
Hike the Wonderland Trail majority summer 2000 – completed summer 2008
Ring in Distinctly Bronze 2/10
Pregnant 08 – 09
Deliver via natural childbirth (with the Daddy there would have been preferred)5/09
Breast feed 09 – 10
Drive the Dempster Highway 6/97
Ride on a dog sled (50 miles) 12/97
See the Iditarod in person
Semester at Sea 1995
Work at camp summers of 1991 – 1994
Tour Director in Alaska 1996 – 1999 seasons
Certified Ski Instructor 3/01
Visit all 50 States
Silent Retreat at a monastery 3/01
Ride a camel through the desert 12/06
own home 10/11
See the gorillas in Uganda
Ski in Europe
March SOLC


  1. Great writing idea (for kids and adults). A lot of fabulous things you've crossed off that list and some amazing ones to come.

  2. I couldn't wait to read your bucket list. You've already ticked off some amazing adventures.

  3. Wow! What an amazing glad I found your blog today. Can't wait to read and learn more from you!

  4. This is a terrific list! Lots of great adventures!

  5. Good thing you are only you lots of time to complete this great list. Makes me want to write mine down...I just carry it in my head.

    1. Mine got written down as an idea of generating writer's notebook ideas. It helped me in the process of discerning if it was something I just wanted to do or if it was Bucket List worthy.

  6. This is a great bucket list!!I like how you crossed out the ones that you already did. I def. recommend a year in NYC! I <3 NY. I would love to see U2 in concert and see Machu Pichu sometime soon. I hope you get to do everything on your bucket list! Thanks for including me on your blog roll! I'm putting your blog on my 2 teaching blogs as well!

    1. You were the inspiration, I think I put it in your comments. I had one in my notebook and just had to figure out the dates to put the completions down.
      Thanks for the reciprocal blog roll. When the day comes to move to Manhattan you will be one of the people I ask loads of questions.

  7. You are an adventurous person! Adventures to come, adventures completed, that is awesome. My husband is longing to do a bike trip in Holland. I love the flat aspect of that. I see possibilities of slices in the future to relive some of these. I hope?

    1. My husband would bike anywhere. It is the flat aspect that I find to be hugely appealing as well.

  8. Hmmmm - what a great idea for a post. Got me thinking. Not sure I could come up with a list even as remotely amazing as yours.

  9. You have just inspired a bunch of us to do bucket lists! Great ideas, great adventures and a lot to look forward to! Good luck

  10. Read the Newberys! Girl, we must be kindred spirits.

    1. I love kindred spirits. Other great lists of books you want to share?

  11. That's a good idea. You have accomplished some pretty amazing things already.

  12. This is an amazing list! Good for you . . I think I need to think about my list you've inspired me thanks!

  13. Oh, look how much you've accomplished already! I see lots of exciting adventures in your future! P.S. Forty sound young to this fifty-seven year old grandma!

    1. Fifty-seven sounds young to me to be a grandma!

  14. I'm turning 40 this year. What a great idea to make a list like this. Thank you for sharing!

  15. I'm curious - anything specific in NYC or just loving the city! I was there last summer for two weeks and loved it. I live about an hour outside Chicago and I realize I need to take advantage of the city more.

    1. I want to live in the City, preferably Manhattan, for a full year. I have spent a couple of month chunks there for work, but think it would be great to experience the full cycle. There is an international school there so it is a reasonable possibility, even while we are still teaching.

  16. I can see you crossing off more things with the years to come. You dream bold and make them come true. Happy launch into 40!