My Musing Mighty Life List

After reading about Life Lists here and here, I decided to make one of my own. I’m in good company, as this google search shows. I worked on it yesterday morning until I had 100 items in the rough draft. I’m not quite sure how many that will make in the final, but here goes, in no particular order except that this is the way I thought of them. And because I loooooooove to talk, some of them will have commentary.

1. Have in my yard at least one of each of the following plants: hydrangea, peony, lantana, butterfly bush, hibiscus, mandevilla, lilac, mimosa and that thing that blooms in little balls, I think it’s called a fuschia. These will most likely be in containers, because I have sand for dirt, and also because of an item that occurs further down on the list at #13.
hydrangea June 17, 2010 lantana July 21, 2010

2. Make 100 pretty things, and to do this over and over until I die or cannot see.
July 2010 1. BSJ 2. Insatiable Hat
August 2010 3. Country’s Hat 4.Wear it in Good Health Hat 5.Funny Furry Hat 6.That One’s Purple Stripey Hat 7.Shirley’s Hat 8. Sarah’s Clapotis 9. My mini-clapotis 10. My hat 11. That One’s keyhole scarf

3. Try 100 500 fruits. I basically lifted this one right from Mighty Girl, only she said 1000. Except that I am not sure there really are 1,000 fruits, at least not that I can buy within a 100 mile radius. I suppose I could say 500 and just look for the ones she finds, right? Okay, 500.
A. 10 different apples

4. Read 1,000 books. Cookbooks and pattern books don’t count.
July 2010 1. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey by Audrey Niffenegger 2. Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman 3. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks 4. Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch
August 2010 5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
September 2010 6. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
October 2010 7. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 8. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
November 2010 9. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
December 2010 10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 11. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gababldon
February 2011 12. Roanoke the Abandoned Colony by Karen Kupperman 13. Celia, A Slave by Melton McLaurin 14. At Fault by Kate Chopin
March and April 2011 15. Viking Tales by Jennie Hall 16.The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon 17. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg 18. Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin
May 2011 19. A Study in Scarlet by Sit Arthur Conan Doyle 20.The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma 21. Apostles of Disunion by Charles Dew 22. Keeping Secrets by Debbie Sue Bass Williamson 23. Tin House Volume 12, Number 2

June through August 2011 24 and 25. Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty 26 through 30. Sign of Four, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Hound of the Baskervilles, Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 31. Tin House #15 32. A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson 33. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch 34. Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose by Sandy Balfour 35. Patches of Godlight by Jan Karon

5. Publish 3 magazine articles.

6. See the Grand Canyon in person.

7. Drive fast, really fast, like about 120, just one more time.

8. Take a bus trip across the US. Going in the truck would be an acceptable substitute, provided it’s coast to coast.

9. Go to Scotland.

10. Complete my genealogy, as far as I can using the resources I have without spending a buttload of money or joining

11. Do five really scary things with That One, and by this I mean that if he suggests something, I purpose to say yes instead of “no, I’m afraid”. And I might suggest a couple, too. 11a: Snowboarding, but going skiiing first 11b: lean off a building 11c: spend the night in the morgue under the sanitarium, sleep optional

12. Catch a baby, and it has to be human to count.

13. Move to the farm.

14. Own, at one time, 40 pairs of kickass heels. No, I mean really kickass.

15. Own, at one time, 10 dress hats.

16. Own, at one time, 15 really cool handbags. I get to define “really cool”, but color, texture and style all come into play. As does my sheer love of it.

17. Own and agility train an Australian Shepherd. My Awesome Boyfriend is an Aussie mix, but I’m counting it!

18. Visit 15 vineyards.

19. Write a book, publishing doesn’t matter, just the writing.

20. Dye 100 beautiful yarns, that is create 100 appealing colorways, but I can repeat colorways I already developed that I still love.

21. Be financially able to quit my day job.

22. Get a degree of some sort.

23. Memorize 10 personally significant passages of scripture. I can start with Proverbs 31 and I Corinthians 13.

24. Sing the Star Spangled Banner in public. Not an “interpretation” like so many people do today, but actually sing it.

25. Learn to play a musical instrument.

26. Blow bubbles with DaBaby and Drama while it still fascinates them June 2010

27. Rebuild my kitchen, doing part of the work myself

28. Paint the inside of my house

29. Buy the fluffer phone June 2010

30. Go to the park and play by myself

31. Buy myself flowersFebruary 2011

32. Buy myself pearls

33. Go blonde, just once

34. Go silver/grey/white just once

35. Do the the thing I said I would do when pigs fly. This is the scariest item on my list.

36. Get laser treatments for my face

37. Subscribe to Cosmopolitan

38. Wear, in public, fishnet hose at least once. Also, seam up the backs.

39. Develop my film pictures

40. Print my digital pictures

41. Scrapbook my pictures

42. Put together my puzzles

43. Learn how to take an hour long bath again

44. Play chess with That One

45. Beat him

46. Teach all of my children to play chess and beat me

47. Get a poem published

48. Get a spiral piercing

49. Visit all 13 original colonies

50. Visit 5 foreign countries, which I have not visited before, not contiguous to the US

51. Spend a month in Europe

52. Spend six months not in the US

53. Spend a year not in the US

54. Relearn French, Italian and German, all by immersion

55. Learn to speak one of the languages That One speaks, that the kids don’t know, so we no longer have to communicate via military shorthand, even though that’s kind of fun

56. Learn to fire a handgun with reasonable accuracy

57. learn to shag, salsa and samba, charleston and jitterbug

58. Visit Ang. several times

59. Watch 500 movies
July 2010
1. Monty Python’s Holy Grail
2. Apocolypto
3. Secret of Roan Inish
4.Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief
August 2010
5. Dr. Doolittle (original)
September 2010
6. Forrest Gump
December 2010
7. Sentinel
8. Eat, Pray, Love
9. Robin Hood
10. Scott Pilgrim vs The World
11. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
January 2011
12. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
13. One True Thing
14. The Sound of Music
15. Being There
16. The NeverEnding Story
17. The NeverEnding Story 2
18. Her Majesty
19. Michelangelo: Self Portrait
20. Meeting David Wilson
21. Fame (new)
22. The Life Before Her Eyes
23. The Proposal
24. Beauty and the Briefcase
25. Heroes Shed No Tears
26. Little Monsters
27. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
28. Apocalypse Now
February 2011
29. The Neverending Story 3
30. The Black Dahlia
31. The Sting
32. The Butterfly Effect
March/April 2011
33. Last Airbender
34. Little Women
35. Grownups
36. Language of the Enemy
37. Despicable Me
38. Never Ending Story 4
39. Final Cut
40. Alice In Wonderland
41. Dexter Season 1
42. Dexter Season 2
43. Single White Female
44. though 52. Jazz, episodes 1-9
45. Death of a Salesman
46. Fantastic Mr. Fox
47. The Pagemaster
48. Dirty Dancing
49. Jaws
50. The Birdcage
51. Donnie Darko
52. The Room
53. 10 Things I Hate About You
54. O Brother, Where Art Thou

June through August 2011
55. Where the Wild Things Are
56. Under the Sea
57. One Hour Photo
58. Disc 1 Season 1 of Dog Whisperer
59. Disc 2 Season 1 of Dog Whisperer

60. Visit all 7 continents

61. Be able to trust people again

62. Have sex in the rain

63. And on a trampoline

64. And on the beach

65. Take a walk on the river front, holding hands and talking

66. Camp at 15 state or national parks or forests 1. Lake Wacammaw State Park September 2010

67. Go hunting–kill it, skin it, dress it, cook it, eat it

68. Go fishing alone, all day

69. Take a walk on the beach at night, marvel at the sound of the waves, the sight of the stars and the feel of the sand under my feet and stop to kiss under the pier

70. Go to a theme park Carowinds with my cousins September 2010

71. Find a mentor

72. Be a mentor

73. Find out why I don’t remember stuff

74. Camp with nothing but a sleeping bag

75. Learn to operate a gas grill without being afraid of it October 2010

76. Have my entire house clean at one time, just once, before the kids leave home

77. Get rid of the possessions I have that serve only to bring me pain or remind me of loss

78. Have chickens

79. And goats

80. And sheep

81. Spin yarn from my own animals

82. Make one fibery garment from shearing to wearing

83. Start and continue the tradition of a big ass annual party at my house, on or around June 3rd

84. Visit an adult store by myself, to satisfy my curiosity, refuse to be embarrassed, and buy the biggest toy there just for the shock value. I’ve been told I need an escort for this one, so it won’t be alone. Apparently the toy stores here in the US aren’t as safe as the ones in Germany were 20 some years ago, when I was too embarrassed to look.

85. Knit hats for Shirley and Angie, because I said I would and they think I have forgottenFinished Shirley’s on the truck in July 2010 and Angie’s in August 2010

86. Tackle lace and win

87. Bowl a 300 game

88. Post this list on my blog, in it’s entirety with the exception of one item, despite those who will be scandalized by it or ridicule itDone June 16, 2010, and I even coded the one item

89. Make a collage frame of my kids and hang it in my bedroom

90. Go around the world

91. Get an eye exam and new glasses September 2010

92. Get a physical and address my health issues August 2010

93. Test drive a sports car with no intention of buying it

94. Tour a million dollar home with no intention of buying it

95. Lean my head into a milking cow one more time, just to breathe in the smell of her

96. Take a picture every day and then tell it’s story

97. Ride a horse…in Montana or some other wide open place that looks like a Marlboro commercial

98. Present those hats personallyNovember 2010

99. Have hair down to my waist

100. Perform at a club on amateur night

101. Go to a ballet

102. Go to an opera

103. Take 500 pictures of hands
12 pictures of 14 hands published on July 13, 2010

104. Build a firepit in my backyard

105. Scrapbook the life list

106. Work through a few Bible reading plans

107. Work through the history curriculum of Ambleside Online

108. Complete Year 7 of Ambleside Online

That One’s list for me: go to a male revue, go to a female impersonator show, shower under a waterfall, go snow sledding, zipline

3 thoughts on “My Musing Mighty Life List

  1. Good luck on your list! I’m inspired to write my own now. I’ve already been taking steps this year to do the things I always dream of doing, but never make time to do. It does help to get those desires in writing so that you can focus on them. I’m working on my 101 in 1001 list, but this would be great for those things that are outside of that time frame.

  2. I had a 101 list, but I had too many things that were open ended and not cross-offable, and too many things that depended on other people’s cooperation. I tried to bear that in mind when I wrote this one.

    I’d love to see what you come up with, and thanks for commenting. Sometimes it seems like no one reads the actual blog anymore, what with facebook and such, LOL!

  3. I know what you mean about feeling like nobody is reading. Even when I do make a blog post, people comment on the Facebook page about it instead of on the actual blog. I miss blog comments. Oh, well. One thing I am going to do is write more there and less on Twitter/Facebook. I realized that a lot of things that have happend lately aren’t archived because I didn’t write about them on the blog.

    Hope life continues to get better. I’m sorry you’ve had such struggles lately. I’m putting meeting you and Ang. one day on the list.

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