As I've mentioned a couple times, I was a bit of a blog
whore jumper before I settled into my little space here on the great WWW. This morning, while everyone was returning to the wonderful world of reality by getting ready to go back to work (and I only say that with a slight degree of smugness because I know I don't exactly have a vacation in store for me soon and I might well be wishing I could be getting ready for work, too!) I sat down and started thinking of things I could blog about.
Since I had put it out there that I want to blog more, the next logical course of action was to think about what. So far, my blogging tactic has been to just sit down and write whenever I have done something that has seemed remotely interested to other people, ie. a race or before and after or decorated a cake, etc. Leaving my only blogging criteria to what I think is interesting has yielded spastic results, so I thought that in addition to that, I would have some set posts with set topics that I could fall back on for some content.
I felt like I had a much more creative outlet back in the day so I hunted down some of my older online journals and came across one of the first generations of "Catherine let loose in the online world" aka my Livejournal account.
Which, incidentally, I think is fitting considering that today is Thursday and commonly known as #ThrowbackThursday. So let's throwback to 2006, shall we?! While perusing around my 7-8 years ago thoughts, I cam across an updated version of my "bucket list" if you will. Seeing that it's labelled as updated, I'm curious to go looking for my original list, but I've already committed to this list so I'm just going to go ahead and throw it down because I'm really curious to see what's happened to it since then and if I've done any of the things that I deemed "worthy" to do before I died.
CONFESSION: Although it's not really so much a confession since it's painfully obvious that this list came on because of Mandy Moore's A Walk To Remember movie.
- See the Northern Lights
- Be in two places at once (yeah, I punked that from A Walk to Remember, but I still want to do it...)
- Earn more than one degree
Swim with dolphinsAccomplished a couple times actually! Both times in Cuba 2012 with Bart and family!
- Travel around the world
- Mayan Ruins in Guatemala
- The Taj Mahal in India
- The Eiffel Tower in Paris
- Acropolis of Athens in
- Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt
- Hanging Gardens of Babylon in Iraq
- Temple of Artemis at Ephesus in Turkey
- Alhambra in Spain
- Angkor in Cambodia
- Pyramid at Chichen Itza in
MexicoThe Chichen Itza tour was full both times we were in Mexico and it was explained to us that the steps were no longer stable enough for people to climb it so we would have just been able to look at it. Instead, we went to another pyramid that is a whole bunch higher than Chichen Itza! Last time we were there was September 2007 for our honeymoon.
- Christ Redeemer in Brazil
- Roman Colosseum in
- Statues of Easter Island
- The Great Wall of China in...well, China
- Kremlin and Red Sqaure in Russia
- Machu Picchu in Peru
Neuschwanstein Castle in GermanyMay 2010
- Stonehenge in the United Kingdom
- Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
- Timbuktu in Mali, Victoria Falls separating Zimbabwe from Zambia
- An Aurora in Canada
- See the Seven Wonders of the World
- Read the ENTIRE Encyclopedia
- Learn one new word every day until my 25th birthday
- Read the whole Bible
- Learn about photography
- Make my parents proud
- Make myself proud
- Learn Japanese
Fall in love Get married
- Have kids
- Get my teeth whitened
See a shooting starAugust 13, 2006 on my front porch with Bart
- Get a star named after me
- Save someone's life
- Be a talkshow host
- Have a column in a magazine
- Be famous
Go to Disneyland/WorldThis was also accomplished twice in one year! January 2010 @ Disney Land and December 2010 @ Disney World
- Run a marathon
- Write a thesis
Start my own businessCake decorating
- Buy a house
- Learn to be an interior designer
- Own a boat
- Learn to do an oil change
- Go hang gliding
- Make a sculpture
- Be featured in an art gallery
- Have something I write be published
- Celebrate a 50th marriage anniversary
- Name my daughter Grace
Donate bloodMelissa was a volunteer at the Canadian Blood Donor clinic and pretty much made us do it. Can't remember the exact date, but it wasn't exactly my favourite experience. The needle was a lot bigger than I thought it would be *LOL*
- Volunteer at a hospital
- Invent something
Lose 10 15 poundsAwww, yeah!
- Help fulfill a wish from The Children's Wish Foundation
- Design and build a house
- Have something dedicated in my name
- Be a millionaire
- Learn how to tap dance
- Fire someone
- Start a charitable foundation
- Be someone's boss (I guess I would need this before I can fire anyone)
- Own every single
Friends, Angel, Buffyand CSI episode Thank you, boxing day sales!
- Be the inspiration of a song/poem
- Have a portrait painted of me
- Take Bart on a trip
- Be a juror in a high profile case
- Try my hand at waitressing
- Meet my grandchildren
- Meet my great-grandchildren
- Go down in a submarine
- Stop a pursesnatcher or mugger (without getting hurt hopefully)
- Go to a symphony
- Spend the rest of my life with Bart
- Own a black Audi A4 or A6 with tinted windows and silver rims
Reading through the list...some of the things makes me legit LOL! I have to remind myself that this is an updated version of my bucket list and that there's more things that I aspire to do. I remember when I had it written out in my physical journal, that it was pages and pages long, so these 62 things are just in addition to what I already had. Now I really have to find that list!
The list seems all over the place, mixing some pretty big things with just random things that I'm sure some of them I just made up off the top of me head as opposed to having life-long dreams about them *LOL* Especially my travel list. I'm wondering or trying to remember where I got the inspiration to go to those specific places. I was able to cross off the destinations in general that I've been able to visit, though not exactly the destinations within them.
Some of the points are also kind of...vague. Make myself and my parents proud. How in the world do I decide officially that I've done that!? When do I get to cross it off? *insert blank look here* I also want to fire someone!? BWAHAHA, man, 2006 me was a bit of a jerkface, huh? I also feel like I need to clarify what I mean by point 58 when I say I want to go down in a submarine. I'm preeeeetty sure that I don't mean I want to go down in one as in, I die in one. Hehehe, at least hopefully. I know I've forgotten a lot of things during this pregnancy, but I'm sure I would remember if I had any suicidal intentions to live out the last of my moments in life in a submarine. So I think I would just like to hang out in a submarine while it does its thing...you know...sub water and all.
There's also a few points on there that I'm not really sure I want or care to fulfill. Own a black Audi? I wanted that specific vehicle that badly? Funny how when you're a grown up and you realize you just want one that you can afford or pay off within a realistic period of time (including the gas) and it just runs more than it doesn't.
Well, that's that. My next goal will be to find the original list and see if there's anything that I have since been able to cross off and I think a good goal to have in 2014 would be to take stock of where I am in life now and make up a new, 2014 updated bucket list!
Q: What about you? Do you have a bucket list?
Q: Anything you plan on crossing off your list THIS year?!