Thursday, August 5, 2010

Before I die...

Here is the whole list. (Minus the 30 that I will do before I turn 30.)  Who knows, maybe I'll finish some of these things before I'm 30 too!

31. Buy an amazing pair of designer shoes
32. Learn how to play tennis
33. See a Broadway show on Broadway
34. Visit another country on a mission trip
35. Learn how to play at least one song on the guitar
36. ‘Pay it forward’ project
37. Find the perfect timeless cocktail dress
38. Crash a wedding
39. Go on vacation with just my girlfriends
40. Read the classic American novels:  (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Red Badge of Courage, The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, Call of the Wild, Invisible Man: A Novel, A Farewell to Arms, Fahrenheit 451)
41. Tutor a child (not mine)
42. Watch the launch of a space shuttle
43. Live in a cool city
44. Cook an entire Thanksgiving meal by myself
45. Go to Australia and Scuba Dive in the Great Barren Reef
46. Sun-Bath in Rio-De-Janeiro and see Christ the Redeemer 
47. Take a surfing class
48. Cliff jumping
49. Kite Surfing
50. Kiss under the Eiffel Tower
51. Watch the 100 best movies of all time
52. Learn another language and use it in their country
53. Visit Italy and see an Italian Opera
54. Visit Spain and see the running of the bulls
55. Go on an African Safari
56. Go whale watching in Alaska and see the Northern Lights
57. Visit the Grand Canyon
58. Read the bible cover to cover
59. Be a mentor to someone
60. Get an article or book published
61. Visit Ireland
62. Fish in Costa Rica
63. Spend the whole day naked
64. Experience one of the big music festivals (South by Southwest, bonnaroo or lollapalooza)
65. Do a triathlon
66. Get my masters degree
67. Visit a real Dude Ranch out West
68. Go to a music festival in New Orleans
69. Go to the food and wine festival in Aspen
70. Go to a Superbowl
71. Go to a Kentucky Derby
72. See the Pyramids
73. Visit the Holy Land
74. Bike ride down a volcano in Hawaii
75. Walk on the great wall of China
76. Attend the Masters golf tournament
77. Ride down the Amazon River and experience a Rainforest
78. Diving/Snorkeling in the Galapagos 
79. Eat my way through the Mediterranean
80. Lay in a field full of real wild flowers
81. Sit at the foot of Angel Falls  (Niagara or Victoria will also do)
82. Take an RV road-trip to Yosemite National Park
83. Sit on a cliff admiring Machu Picchu
84. See the Taj Mahal in person
85. Ride in a hot air balloon
86. Be an extra in a movie
87. Grow my own garden
88. Experience the beauty of child birth
89. Drink beer at Oktoberfest in Munich
90. Spend New Year’s Eve somewhere glamorous
91. Go mountain climbing
92. Eat all the foods on the '100 things' you must try list.  I've already had 70!
93. Swim with whale sharks
94. Go spelunking
95. Go to Boston and see a baseball game
96. Watch a football game in Lambeau Field
97. See the statue of liberty
98. Go on a yoga/meditation retreat
99. Get backstage at a concert
100. Travel somewhere by train

I've already done so much!

Before I started my list I had a pity party for myself.  I was upset at the thought that 30 was happening sooner then I was ready for it and that I hadn't accomplished nearly as much as I hoped by this age.  Logan reminded me of how much I already have done.  After I was done making my list of things to do - I wanted to write down all that I have already accomplished as a reminder of how far I have come.  I visited a site where you can check off how many of the 100 things that you should do before you die that I have done.
  1. Attend at least one major sporting event: the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the U.S. Open.  (Rays in the world series baby!)
  2. Throw a huge party and invite every one of your friends.  (Our Wedding was the biggest party of our lives!)
  3. Swim with a dolphin.  (Biggest Grin on my face ever!)
  4. Skydive.  (Best thrill ever!)
  5. Bungie Jumping (Wasn't really on the list but I still think it was pretty cool)
  6. Spend a whole day eating junk food without feeling guilty.  (Can't lie - that happened a lot in college...and sometimes now)
  7. Make love on a forest floor. (no comment needed)
  8. Learn to rollerblade.
  9. Own a room with a view.  (Our condo bedroom views the canal - not shabby!)
  10. Give your mother a dozen red roses and tell her you love her.  (Not roses - but I send her flowers every year on her birthday and mother's day and always tell her I love her!)
  11. Be a member of the audience in a TV show.  (nickelodeon baby!)
  12. Fall deeply in love -- helplessly and unconditionally.  (Logan is my heart)
  13. Make a complete and utter fool of yourself.  (Can't even count how many times this has happened!)
  14. Sleep under the stars.
  15. Spend a whole day reading a great novel.
  16. Forgive your parents
  17. Find a job you love.  (I literally work in Paradise!)  :)
  18. Drive a convertible with the top down and music blaring.  (Did this a lot in high school - sorry Cindy.  And Logan and I did this driving from San Francisco to Napa.  Beautiful!)
  19. Learn to use a microphone and give a speech in public.
  20. Attend one really huge rock concert.  (Many rock concerts!  And many more to come...)
  21. Kiss someone you've just met on a blind date.  (Does it count if they kissed me unwilling?)
  22. Be able to handle: your tax forms, Jehovah's Witnesses, your banker, telephone solicitors.
  23. Give to a charity -- anonymously.
  24. Fart in a crowded space.  (Embarrassing.)
  25. Make love on the kitchen floor.
  26. Go deep sea fishing and eat your catch.  (Caught it, fillet, cooked and ate it all in the same day - all by myself!) 
  27. Create your own web site.
  28. Learn to bartend.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The List (30 things before 30)

1.    Start my own website/blog
2.    Cage Dive with great white sharks:  Failed Attempt. 
3.    Run a half marathon
4.    Stand up paddle surfing
5.    Have a passionate kiss in the rain
6.    Buy a very nice camera and take a photography class
7.    Take a cooking class
8.    Go ziplining
9.    Go on a trip just with my dad
10.   Go on a trip just with my mom
11.   Become actively involved in a charity I am passionate about
12.   Memorize my 10 favorite bible verses
13.   See the sun rise and set in the same day on a boat
14.   Learn how to ballroom dance 
15.   Do the Yuengling Brewery Tour
16.   Go vegetarian for a month
17.   Go somewhere to actually experience an Autumn (leaves changing and play in them!)
18.   Plant a tree on my birthday
19.   Sing a favorite song in front of a crowd of strangers
20.   Go to a matinee by myself
21.   Do something with all the hundreds of photos I have in random places
22.   Decide for good whether I want a tattoo or not
23.   Go car shopping, pick out and pay for the car I want
24.   Shoot a gun (at a gun range)
25.   Ride a motorcycle
26.   Write the people who I care about the most a letter telling them I love them
27.   Pay for a stranger’s meal at a restaurant
28.   Go paintballing
29.   Dedicate 3 months to getting in the best shape of my life and get photos done to remember it
30.   Go somewhere fabulous to celebrate my 30th birthday