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My bucket list

In the movie “The Bucket List“, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman decide to make the most out of what time they think they have left. In the movie they compile a list of things they still wish to accomplish, giving them some much-needed motivation and a desire to still stay young at heart.

As Grace and I were rocking tonight, I thought that my own bucket list would consist of seeing her graduate from high school and college, get married, fulfill her dreams, and maybe have a kid or two. But then, I realized that those aren't things I can do. I have spent a lot of time wrapped up in Gracie Anna, and I sometimes forget that I was a pretty cool person before she came along. I forced myself to think about things that I would like to do, just for myself, and I think I came up with a pretty nice list.

  1. Ride in a convertible with the top down – Pure, unadulterated fun!
  2. Read the Bible from cover to cover – I got one of those read the Bible in one year books in 2007, but I haven't gotten around to actually doing it. I should start. Tomorrow.
  3. Earn a Ph.D. or D.Ed. – This was a childhood dream of mine, but it will have to wait until Grace is in high school or later.
  4. See Hawaii, Alaska, a major desert, the Great Pyramids, the African savanna, Greece, and the Bay of Fundy
  5. Photograph an anaconda in its natural habitat – I've always been fascinated by the Amazon rain forest.
  6. Maintain a weight of 180 pounds – That will require losing almost 180 pounds and keeping it off. I have lost and gained a lot more than that in my life, and I am determined to do it. I am joining Weight Watchers, meetings start January 25. (I've never done WW before, so I'm going to give it a try. I think I can do it.)
  7. Read all the books in my To Be Read pile – With an infant in the house, this is unlikely at the moment, but some day, she'll grow up and I'll have time to read again.
  8. Learn to play the piano – Another childhood dream
  9. Attend a taping of the Oprah show – I think Oprah is one of the most influential people of our time, and I adore her.
  10. Done! 8/2008 Spend a week with my husband and daughter at “the beach” – Any beach will do. The only times I have ever even been to a beach were the Normandy beach in France (where the D-Day invasion took place) and a private, secluded beach in Mexico. I spent about two hours in each place. Joe loves the beach and spent weeks during his childhood in Rehoboth, Delaware. I would like to see what the fuss is about.
  11. Ride in a helicopter and a hot air balloon – I've been afraid of heights for most of my life, but these two things seem thrilling to me.
  12. Mange dans un café Paris – For you French-challeneged, that means “Eat in a cafe in Paris” I was in France when I was 15, but it was a school trip, very structured. I'd like to go back and walk around and see and do whatever I want.
  13. Learn Greek – My maternal grandmother is Greek, and I would like to learn at least a little of the language.

There are, of course, a million things I want to see and do and share with Gracie, but I'll leave them for another entry. What's on your bucket list?

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26 thoughts on “My bucket list”

  1. This is a great post. Moms always put themselves last and it is important not to do that. I hope you get to do all of these things!

  2. This is a great post. Moms always put themselves last and it is important not to do that. I hope you get to do all of these things!

  3. Tara, you have a good plan. It is never to late to have dreams and to work on them and with every step you little girl will be proud that she has you as her mom.

  4. Tara, you have a good plan. It is never to late to have dreams and to work on them and with every step you little girl will be proud that she has you as her mom.

  5. Hi Tara,
    Hello from the Bay of Fundy. I just came across your blog! I think your Bucket List is awesome – very original,yet very connected to your values in some way, I can sense that. I’m sure you’ll get to do all these things (and more!) and that Gracie will grow up dreaming big. We’d love to have you visit the Bay of Fundy. Best wishes, Terri
    (Bay of Fundy blogger: bayoffundy.blogspot.com)

  6. Hi Tara,Hello from the Bay of Fundy. I just came across your blog! I think your Bucket List is awesome – very original,yet very connected to your values in some way, I can sense that. I’m sure you’ll get to do all these things (and more!) and that Gracie will grow up dreaming big. We’d love to have you visit the Bay of Fundy. Best wishes, Terri(Bay of Fundy blogger: bayoffundy.blogspot.com)

  7. I loved all your things on the list and hope that many of your dreams can come true, especially all the things with Grace. And BTW I originally from the Philly area and spent many summers on the beach right next to Rehoboth and have nothing but great memories. My family is renting a house this summer and we are going to hopefully spend at least a few days there with them. I can’t wait and I hope you get a chance to go there with your family.
    Becky

  8. I loved all your things on the list and hope that many of your dreams can come true, especially all the things with Grace. And BTW I originally from the Philly area and spent many summers on the beach right next to Rehoboth and have nothing but great memories. My family is renting a house this summer and we are going to hopefully spend at least a few days there with them. I can’t wait and I hope you get a chance to go there with your family.Becky

  9. This is a great post!! I wrote 100 things about me, and I think I will also make my Bucket List…. One of my New Year Resolutions is to take care more of ME.
    Great job!!

  10. This is a great post!! I wrote 100 things about me, and I think I will also make my Bucket List…. One of my New Year Resolutions is to take care more of ME.Great job!!

  11. Love your Bucket List – I just Loved that movie and I am trying to work on my own list . I did do a list of 100 things on my blogg – next thing will be my Bucket list . I hope you are doing better after the bad news last week :o)
    I just started yet another diet ..sigh…

    Your baby is the sweetest little thing

  12. Love your Bucket List – I just Loved that movie and I am trying to work on my own list . I did do a list of 100 things on my blogg – next thing will be my Bucket list . I hope you are doing better after the bad news last week :o) I just started yet another diet ..sigh… Your baby is the sweetest little thing

  13. what a great post, thanks for sharing. i understand how easy it is to lose yourself our little ones. i feel like everything about me revolves antonio now. it’s hard to find a balance between what parts of me i want/need to keep and what parts will have to go in order to be a better mom.

    and for the record, i still think you’re a pretty cool person. 🙂

  14. what a great post, thanks for sharing. i understand how easy it is to lose yourself our little ones. i feel like everything about me revolves antonio now. it’s hard to find a balance between what parts of me i want/need to keep and what parts will have to go in order to be a better mom.and for the record, i still think you’re a pretty cool person. 🙂

  15. hey tara,

    i enjoyed your bucket list… i have so many things that i wish to complete that i should start my own, but i did think of the things that you said first (about seeing your daughter graduate, ect…) its hard to remember that you are you outside of your child.

  16. hey tara,i enjoyed your bucket list… i have so many things that i wish to complete that i should start my own, but i did think of the things that you said first (about seeing your daughter graduate, ect…) its hard to remember that you are you outside of your child.

  17. Great list! Can I tag along to Paris? 😀 You’re on your ow with the anaconda though! For your daily dose of vintage goodness & a bit of silliness, stop by Confessions of an Apron Queen

  18. I adore the beach! I grew up and currently live on the East Coast and “the beach” was part of our summer every year, although it was about an hour away. We’d go for the day once in a while and for a week we’d rent a cottage. At home we swam in the river. I love to be around water and find it very soothing.
    I came here via the Bucket List link. I love your designs!

  19. I adore the beach! I grew up and currently live on the East Coast and “the beach” was part of our summer every year, although it was about an hour away. We’d go for the day once in a while and for a week we’d rent a cottage. At home we swam in the river. I love to be around water and find it very soothing.I came here via the Bucket List link. I love your designs!

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