The Life List

September 19, 2011


The fantastic Maggie started this internet project years ago. Since then I’ve had a few iterations, but recently I’ve come to realize that mine had become “heavy”.

My life list had many things on it that, while amazing, could not be completed easily or soon. Too many of those items were taking up space that fresher, faster items could be. And I’m nothing if not impatient.

Life happens and things change. I’m realistic about more of my physical capabilities now, so a few things needed adjusting. That’s okay – the basic idea is still there, just in a different form.

This list has sat dormant far too long so I took a few moments to clean up this list – and refresh it. It is still not complete, but that’s still the point right?Β  To leave a little to discover as life goes on.

Want to help me with one of these items? I’d love to know how. Β Life is more fun as a team.

Learn to take better pictures and use my camera | Make challah from scratch | Master winged, liquid eyeliner | One broadway show a year in NYC | Dance in high heels and a small dress in South Beach | Learn to ski again | Go on a picnic | Be published in a national magazine | Learn to make amazing pizza dough | Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge | Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge | Create a menu item for a restaurant | Go to (retail) Market | Attend an awards show in a great dress | Make a souffle | Skate on an outdoor ice rink | Sabre a champagne bottle | Play in the rain | Learn to shoot skeet | Create an actual office for myself | Walk the Mizzou campus again | Own an Oscar de la Renta dress | Learn to cut a diamond – and keep it | Belly dance & pole dance | Attend Catholic Mass | Spend a weekend in silence | Develop a new ice cream flavor | Go camping with my kids | Live in another country for one summer | Live in another city for one summer | Get back on the horse. Literally. | Have a snowball fight with my kids | Shop a flea market | Thrift shop for clothes | Get back to the piano | Learn photoshop | Bid in a Christie’s auction | Own a Burberry trench coat | Wear colored tights | Wear fishnet stockings | Make over a friend’s closet | Shake Michael Kors’ hand | Visit Auschwitz | Attend NY Fashion Week | Eat a lobster roll from a shack in Maine | Learn to grill well and without fear | Sit in a dunking booth | Attend the Kentucky Derby – hat, mint julep & all | Get a set of professional family portraits taken | A “Love Actually” airport moment | Buy maple syrup direct from a Vermont Farm | Climb Masada and blow bubbles off the top | Blow bubbles off of major landmarks (Eiffel Tower, London Tower) | Take a girls’ trip with my best friend | Finish decorating one house in its entirety | Stand on a Broadway stage | Create a sensible skin care routine and stick to it | Send 10 friends something special on a random day | Style a friend for an event | See James Taylor in concert | Underwrite a wish for a Wish Kid | Travel to: Italy, France, London, Greece, Brazil, Montreal, (return) Israel, Spain | Learn to breakdown a chicken | Learn to filet a fish | Help someone else with a Life List item | Be a public speaker again | Go back to ballet class – have my ass kicked by a Russian ballet mistress | Attend Alt Summit (2012) | Own the perfect pair of cowboy boots | Breakfast at Tiffany & Co. | Open a Swiss Bank Account in Switzerland In Person | Commission a Piece of art | Dye part of my hair purple | Whistle with two fingers | Jump in the water fully dressed | Redesign outsidevoice | See The Sweet Remains play in a pub in Burlington | Do 10 pull-ups | Take a trip with each kid | Own monogrammed sheets | Read an informational book completely outside my knowledge base | Start brushing up on spanish again | Take french classes | Create something handmade for Benjamin to keep | Throw a cocktail party | 10,000 kisses a year for each kid for as long as I can

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26 Responses to “The Life List”

    • Pammer Says:

      Fantastic! And a little wicked. Love it. I need to add the race car thing to mine – always wanted to go to racing school. πŸ˜‰

  1. Knighton Says:

    Love the blowing bubbles off Masada. But I have a serious fear of Russian ballet instructors – last one kicked my ass AND made me cry. lol

  2. Amie aka MammaLoves Says:

    This turning 40 thing really has me thinking about these sorts of things.

    Tops on the list at present is learning to surf and looking fierce in a bikini. Sadly, I think the former is far more likely than the latter.

    • Pammer Says:

      Yeah, I’m with ya. And, while not stated SPECIFICALLY, the bikini thing is in full effect. But notsomuch the surfing thing. πŸ™‚

  3. hope Says:

    i’ve done #9 and #65…lived in coconut grove in my 20’s. miami merchandise mart rocked!

  4. elz Says:

    I really need to write my list down. I love some of your items. I can help with #19 and my husband is a championship BBQer. Let me know! πŸ™‚

    • Pammer Says:

      Oh, man you are so ON! That just seems like so much fun. And I promise not to give away any super squirrel secret rub recipes. πŸ™‚

  5. Sosha Says:

    The best and the one I am cribbing is: Dance in high heels and a small dress in South Beach. Terrific, girl!

  6. Susan Says:

    We’ll bust out the colored tights at Alt Summit and cross TWO things off your list. πŸ˜‰

  7. alicia Says:

    I’m working on putting my list together because I’m going to Camp Mighty in a few months. Things I can assist with? I’m a pro at wearing tights and even fishnets on occasion. (And by occasion I mean a company-wide conference when I was 22. What was I thinking? This would have been a good time to figure out that engineering wasn’t going to pan out, but it took me another 7 years.) And if you saber a bottle of champagne I promise to help you drink it… does that count?

    • Pam Says:

      Oh, Camp Mighty! I so wanted to go to that, but had to choose between that and Alt Summit this year … and Alt won. πŸ™‚

      I am on the hunt for this hue of purple tights: Have you seen it? That would be totally helpful!

      And, yes! Drinking champagne totally counts. Champagne cannot and should not be drunk alone. πŸ˜‰

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