A Monotonous Life List

So what’s this?

This is my life list.  Aka my reaper list, my bucket list, my list of things to do before I die.  A long time ago, I was inspired by Mighty Girl’s list – Mighty Life:Things To Do Before I Go – and started working on my own.  I’ve kept it mostly under wraps, but over the last few years I’ve been actively working on crossing some items off and bringing other items closer to fruition so I decided that it’s time to unveil it to the world…or just to put it in a public place that I can use to manage it: add to it, make changes, cross things off, and document my progress.

That’s great. Where’s the list?

Well! Someone’s impatient today. It’s below and you can scroll ahead if you must…but here are few notes first:

First, when I first created this list I decided not to add things that I have already completed.  Partly because I was not convinced I had done anything yet worth noting, and partly because I felt like that was cheating.

Second, I reserve the right to add or take things off at any time.  I’ll be fleshing the list out as time goes by, and changing my mind about some of the items.  Maybe next year I’ll decide I’m okay with seeing only some of the 50 states and alter the list to reflect that.  And maybe a few years later I’ll decide that I really do want to visit all 50 states, and I’ll change it back.  I’ll do what I want, it’s my list!

Third, I tried to make all of the items on it achievable.  It’s not about unrealistic goals that I’ll never achieve, or need to win the lottery in order to afford.  It’s about creating a list of experiences I want to savor.  There are some items on my list that look at first like it’s just about acquiring some material thing (furniture, clothes, home, dog), for me it’s really about having the experience of living with that thing. Seeing it every day and experiencing it’s beauty.

Fourth, the sub items!  The lists within the list.  I’ve added the completed items for these (MLB ball parks, Hitchcock movies, etc…) and will continue to add them as I complete them.

And without further ado:

  1. Travel to Cuba
  2. Road trip across the US (aka: Get my kicks on Route 66!)
  3. Go kayaking Done, again, and again
  4. Become conversational in Español
  5. Visit all seven continents
    1. North America
    2. Europe
    3. Australia
  6. See all fifty states
    1. California
    2. Connecticut
    3. Delaware
    4. Florida
    5. Georgia
    6. Illinois
    7. Maine
    8. Maryland
    9. Massachusetts
    10. Minnesota
    11. New Hampshire
    12. New Jersey
    13. New York
    14. Ohio
    15. Pennsylvania
    16. Rhode Island
    17. Tennessee
    18. Vermont
    19. Virginia
    20. West Virginia
    21. Wisconsin
  7. Visit Tibet
  8. Rescue a giant, snuggly Bernese Mountain Dog
  9. See the Grand Canyon
  10. Attend the JP Lantern Festival Done
  11. Move to a city I’ve never lived in
  12. Create a reading nook in my house
  13. Go on a National Geographic photo expedition
  14. Have professional portraits shot (Kinda done)
  15. Volunteer regularly
  16. Complete a sprint triathlon
  17. Become a certified yoga/fitness instructor/coach
  18. Finish a masters degree
  19. Drive the PCH in a convertible
  20. Live in a foreign country
  21. Flower bomb a vacant city lot
  22. Go on a yoga/wellness vacation
  23. Spend an entire day at the spa with a girl friend
  24. Make my own wine
  25. Visit Martha’s Vineyard
  26. Learn to take the top off a soft boiled egg
  27. Have a guest room that visitors look forward to staying in
  28. Attend a black tie benefit dinner & gala
  29. Visit Kangaroo Island
  30. Cruise the Mediterranean
  31. See the Corn Palace
  32. Own furniture by Eames and/or Saarinen
  33. Experience a full minute of free fall while skydiving
  34. Learn to rock climb
  35. See the Aurora Borealis
  36. Walk the Freedom Trail Done
  37. Watch the Dalai Lama speak, live
  38. Hike Mt Washington Done
  39. Learn to surf
  40. Live in a green (eco, not color) home
  41. Spend a week building a house with Habitat For Humanity
  42. Attend the Olympics
  43. Attend a game at every MLB ball park
    1. Fenway Park, Boston
    2. Camden Yards, Baltimore
    3. Nationals Park, DC
    4. AT&T Park, San Fran
    5. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
  44. Donate money & put my name on something (building, bench…whatever)
  45. See a show on Broadway
  46. Watch every movie Hitchcock directed
    1. Psycho
    2. Vertigo
    3. Rear Window
    4. Foreign Correspondent
    5. The Lady Vanishes
    6. Young and Innocent
    7. Sabotage
    8. Secret Agent
    9. The 39 Steps
    10. Number Seventeen
    11. The Manxman
    12. The Farmer’s Wife 
  47. Attend a NASCAR race
  48. Visit the Hearst Castle
  49. Watch every Oscar “Best Picture” winner
    1. Argo (2012)
    2. This King’s Speech (2010)
    3. The Hurt Locker (2009)
    4. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    5. The Departed (2006)
    6. Crash (2005)
    7. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    8. Chicago (2002)
    9. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
    10. Gladiator (2000)
    11. American Beauty (1999)
    12. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
    13. Titanic (1997)
    14. Braveheart (1995)
    15. Forrest Gump (1994)
    16. Schindler’s List (1993)
    17. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    18. Dances with Wolves (1990)
    19. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
    20. Rain Main (1988)
    21. Out of Africa (1985)
    22. Rocky (1976)
    23. The Sound of Music (1965)
    24. My Fair Lady (1964)
    25. West Side Story (1961)
    26. The Apartment (1960)
    27. Gigi (1958)
  50. Live without worrying about $$$
  51. Dip my toes (or more!) in all of the (Modern) Seven Seas
    1. North Pacific
    2. South Pacific
    3. North Atlantic
    4. Indian Ocean
  52. Fly first class
  53. Visit all of the Boston Harbor Islands 
    1. George’s Island
    2. Long Island
    3. Nut Island
    4. World’s End
    5. Brewster Island
    6. Spectacle Island
  54. Visit Cedar Point
  55. Start crocheting something and actually finish Done
  56. Buy a house, make it a home
  57. Eat breakfast in bed
  58. Savor a crazy expensive bottle of champagne
  59. See a live taping of Wait Wait Don’t Tell MeDone
  60. Visit Berlin during the Festival of Lights
  61. Have Thanksgiving Dinner at Plimouth Plantation
  62. Hike all of the White Mountains 4,000 footers
Leave a comment


  1. This is a great idea!! Any idea what you will be crossing off next?

    • For sure I’ll be visiting another Boston Harbor Island (thats #54) by September at the latest (to run a 5-miler!), but hopefully I’ll get another one in before then. I think this coming fall/winter will be when I tackle #35 (learn to rock climb). #17 (sprint triathlon) is in my 2015 plans!

      I need to start chipping away at my movie ones – #47 and #50 – on rainy days, too! Theoretically #9 (rescuer a Berner!!) will happen in the next year or two, but that depends on #58 (buy a house, make it a home) happening…and the market isn’t in our favor lately!

      What’s going on YOUR list?!

      • That’s impressive – you’re cruising right along. I think number one on my list is making a list!! :)

  2. emily

     /  May 30, 2014

    You need to add Georgia to your list of states. :)

  3. emily

     /  May 30, 2014

    PS – I’d be happy to help you accomplish number 23 and 24!

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