Life list

So, I asked myself, what do I want to do in this life?

In no particular order. Some are stolen from Birthday letters (3): the best of intentions, a little life list I wrote on my 27th birthday.

  1. Ride a horse and dismount in a controlled manner. Done in January 2012 at Disney World.
  2. Wrap my hands around a steaming cup of coffee while staring at St. Basil's in the snow.
  3. Finally tour New England. Done in autumn 2011. Taking a job with a Boston-area company helped.
  4. See the Carolinas. Done in April 2013, on a sewing retreat with Jacob.
  5. Successfully complete a Mariner's Compass quilt.
  6. Learn to read music.
  7. Finally take that decades-delayed trip to London. Stayed there for two weeks in September 2012. Going back a second time in 2018.
  8. Go back for a master's degree.  But in what? Not sure I really want to do this.
  9. Finally, actually, really, and truly -- write the novel.
  10. Then write the next one.
  11. Visit China. October 2016.
  12. Camp overnight within earshot of the ocean. Cape Blanco, 2015.
  13. Learn to drive on snowy roads.  2011, we had a snowstorm. I learned.
  14. Learn to make the perfect biscuit.
  15. Skydive.
  16. Successfully order beer. In German. In Germany. August 2012, DrupalCon Munich, in a beer garden. 
  17. Learn to blow glass. November 2009.  Learned the basics, at least.
  18. Learn to juggle.  July, 2009.  Thanks, Jacob.
  19. Go intercontinental. August 2009. France.
  20. Stand on top of Great Wall. Turn to $traveling_companion and say, "Once upon a time, a random raging Mongol horde looked at this and said, 'Hmph. We'll just climb over it.'" Done on my 40th birthday.
  21. Finish off seeing all 50 states.
  22. Figure out why in the world I'd go to North Dakota.
  23. French Laundry. Dinner for one if necessary.
  24. Now that I finally have contact lenses again, go snorkeling. February 2014 in the Whitsundays.
  25. Drive across Canada.
  26. Find some way of making the drink-and-snarkfest with Matthew a yearly event. We're managing.
  27. Spend at least half of dragon*con in costume. Did it a couple of years ago.
  28. Find out how billboards are put up.
  29. Continue to avoid going on a cruise of any kind. This is sort of an ongoing thing.
  30. Find out what the contents of a >$100 bottle of wine taste like. October 19, 2007. See the twitterlog.
  31. Occasionally buy a piece of clothing not because I'm replacing something similar that I just wore out, but because it was pretty and I liked it. I think I've finally hit that point.
  32. Finish Quarto. Done - and moved on to Drupal.
  33. Attend the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Done in October 2013.
  34. See aurora borealis in person. Extra credit: aurora australis.
  35. Photograph the Alhambra.
  36. Do a work stint in Australia and/or New Zealand. (Preferably 'and'!) Worked from Australia and New Zealand from late December 2013 - March 2014.
  37. Taste a real Kouign-amann in Brittany.
  38. Make a passable soufflé.
  39. Be adopted by another cat. Hi, Beryl and Kolohe.
  40. Resume my Netflix DVD subscription in 2014.
  41. Goal: watch at least 24 movies in 2014.  Done, and Noah and I moved on to the Oscar Project -- watching all of the Best Picture winners in sequence. 
  42. Learn to set up a tent by myself. Crater Lake, 2014.
  43. Get certified on a longarm machine in Portland.
  44. Visit Glacier National Park.
  45. Have a favorite bakery in Portland.
  46. Hang fairy lights in my next home.
  47. Learn how to use a camp stove. Crater Lake, 2014.
  48. Knit something with qiviut.
  49. Make a terrine. Preferably edible.
  50. Make fewer lists. Live more.
  51. [Open for suggestions. Tomorrow's another day.]


Umm, yes please to all of the above. Okay, so 6 and 11 and 15 are already checked off for me, and DAMN that's a great list! Coincidentally, I'm working on number 5 myself right now. And oh dear God, I'm never going to be able to go near 16, but I'll cheer for you when you do!!!!

 That's awesome :) I have some of my own for that kind of list.... Visit Japan/learn Japanese is part of it :)

I can help you with the German.  :)

I can certainly help you with #'s 1, 5 and 12.

I smell a road/camping trip to an SC beach!

You, me and Sooz are going to one of the many beaches in the Carolinas. Let's pick some dates.

I should see what my holiday schedule looks like...

But ....

#15 is impossible...there is no such thing.  All you can hope for is to get close :)

I should put together one of those at some point.


I learned how to juggle out of a book.  You can too.


1.  Practice with one ball (actually, I like hackeysacks).  Just throw it back and forth, a couple feet up in the air, until you get really comfortable with it. 


2.  Now bring in the second ball.  Hold one ball in each hand.  Throw the first ball up in the air to your other hand, just like you've been practicing, then when it's about 2/3rds through its arc, throw the other ball to the other hand, and immediately catch the first ball.  Then catch the second ball.  Notice there are two "directions" you can go with this, left hand first and right hand first.  Practice both of those until you get comfortable with them. 


3.  Third ball.  Hold one ball in one hand, two balls in the other.  Throw the extra ball up in the air toward the other hand.  When it gets to be about 2/3rds of the way through the arc, throw the ball you have in your hand up in the air, and catch the one that is falling towards your hand.  Repeat. 


If you have any questions we can go over them when you come to Minnesota.  At the very least, practice step 1!

Oh dear. You and Jacob, jugglers both. I sense this is going to happen in MN.

I could give you some tips for #9, you know. #aidingandabetting

when you get around to 25 and/or 12... drop us a ping. ;-)

Well, North Dakota is pretty :) It not that far from Manitoba, you could just swing through on your way to Canada ;)