Life List

A Better Me

  1. Finish building this list
  2. Accomplish half of it
  3. Spend a year fully exploring and practicing Buddhism
  4. Never stop dreaming
  5. Go a day complaint free
  6. Go a week complaint free
  7. Go a month complaint free
  8. Take a deep breath and have fun.  Because if I’m not having fun, I’m doing it wrong.

Mentally Healthy

  1. Go a year mental health meds free
  2. Go 5 years mental health meds free
  3. Go 10 years mental health meds free

Career Me

  1. Have a career that involves business cards (October 31, 2012)
  2. Become a Notary Public (August 27, 2012)
  3. Figure out where my education is taking me
  4. Become a professor

Educate Me

  1. Earn My Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology
  2. Earn my Master’s in General Psychology
  3. Earn my PsyD
  4. Have at least a basic understanding of physics
  5. Learn common words in sign language
  6. Become conversational in Irish
  7. Be considered an expert in something
  8. By someone who has the right to call me such
  9. Learn how to knit
  10. Knit a blanket
  11. Learn how to crochet more than just a single rope
  12. Crochet a blanket
  13. Relearn how to sew
  14. Use the skill as an adult
  15. Learn how to quilt
  16. Quilt a blanket
  17. Become a better photographer


  1. Snog a Great-Grandbaby
  2. Take my daughter prom dress shopping
  3. Help my daughter pick out her wedding dress
  4. Learn how to make tutus for Sammy or a grandbaby
  5. Own a porch swing
  6. Rock grandbabies to sleep on it
  7. Take Luke to build his own bear (January 21, 2012)
  8. Take Sammy to Build a Bear
  9. Take Thomas to the Lego store
  10. Take the kids to Lego Land
  11. Get a tattoo for my family
  12. Take Samantha to get her owl tattoo or something she holds dear to represent the strong women in her life
  13. Put Samantha’s hair in pig tails before she turns 2 (January 21, 2013)
  14. Learn how to French braid
  15. French braid Sammy’s hair before she turns 10
  16. Buy mom a designer purse
  17. Buy Sammy a full tool box for her 16th birthday

Love Life

  1. Renew my wedding vows
  2. In a creek
  3. Buy fancy new wedding bands (February 2013)
  4. Build a lasagna with Pat
  5. Take some form of dance lessons with Pat so he and I can perform when we renew vows
  6. Have sex in the rain
  7. Celebrate my 1st Anniversary (April 24, 2004)
  8. Celebrate my 5th Anniversary (April 24, 2008)
  9. Celebrate my 10th Anniversary (April 24, 2013)
  10. Celebrate my 15th Anniversary (April 24, 2018)
  11. Celebrate my 20th Anniversary (April 24, 2023)
  12. Celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary (April 24, 2053)


  1. Have a savings account with an actual balance that is maintained and added to weekly
  2. Complete the weekly savings challenge
  3. Complete the 5$ challenge
  4. Get off government assistance
  5. Have an investment portfolio
  6. Retire at a reasonable age with investments allowing me to take it easy
  7. Achieve good credit
  8. Buy a house
  9. Open a Swiss bank account in Switzerland
  10. Have an inheritance for my children
  11. Earn over 100,000 in one year
  12. Earn over 120,000 in one year
  13. Have a net worth of 1,000,000

Oh The Places You’ll Go

  1. Visit a foreign country that involves crossing the ocean
  2. Visit Gatlinburg Tennessee
  3. Visit Niagara Falls
  4. Visit the Hoover Dam
  5. Visit the Grand Canyon
  6. Take my kids to Disney
  7. Take my Grandkids to Disney
  8. Not on the same trip
  9. Go on a cruise
  10. See the Great Pyramid of Giza
  11. Visit all 50 states (Ohio, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Iowa, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Illinois, Michigan)
  12. Visit all 7 continents
  13. See Alaska
  14. See the Hanging Garden of Babylon
  15. See the Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  16. See the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  17. See the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  18. See the Colossus of Rhodes
  19. See the Lighthouse of Alexandria
  20. Walk the wall of China beginning to end.
  21. Visit Stonehenge
  22. Camp at Stonehenge
  23. See the Colosseum of Rome
  24. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  25. See the Taj Mahal
  26. See the Great Barrier Reef
  27. Take a snorkeling lesson while there
  28. Visit Victoria Falls
  29. Attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  30. Go on a road trip
  31. Tour an English castle
  32. Visit 6 major Cathedrals and Chapels around the world (National Cathedral)
  33. Ride a train from the West Coast to the East Coast
  34. Stay at a 5 Star hotel
  35. After a 5 star dinner
  36. Go on a ghost tour (Spring break 2002 – New Orleans)
  37. Ride a train across Europe
  38. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  39. Tour the landmarks of this nations birth and history
  40. See Washington DC as an adult
  41. Go to Rocky Horror
  42. Dress the Part
  43. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  44. Sleep in a castle

People To See

  1. Attend a Con
  2. Meet Dawnie
  3. Meet Savi (May 2018)
  4. Meet an author whose work I couldn’t put down (March 19, 2013)
  5. Meet an author who made my life better (March 19, 2013)


  1. Skydive
  2. Climb a rock wall (August 13, 2012)
  3. Make it to the top of a climbing wall (December 17, 2012)
  4. Successfully climb something made by nature
  5. Rappel down the side of a skyscraper
  6. Go kayaking (October 2012)
  7. Become good at kayaking
  8. Zipline
  9. Go whitewater rafting
  10. Learn to fly a plane
  11. Experience Zero Gravity
  12. Go parasailing
  13. Learn to scuba dive
  14. Scuba dive in the Caribbean
  15. Ride in a hot air balloon


  1. Swim with dolphins
  2. See polar bears up close (Summer 2014)
  3. See panda bears
  4. Pet an otter
  5. Hug a penguin
  6. Rescue 30 animals from a dire fate
  7. Go horseback riding on the beach or into the sunset
  8. Ride a camel
  9. Ride an elephant
  10. Give an elephant a bath/shower
  11. Be crawled on and lovingly mauled by at least a half-dozen puppies at once
  12. Get licked by a giraffe
  13. Get chased by an ostrich


The Shape Of Me

  1. Learn to punch through a board
  2. Get down to 250 pounds
  3. Get down to 225 pounds
  4. Get down to 200 pounds
  5. Get down to 175 pounds
  6. Get down to 150 pounds
  7. Run a 5K
  8. Run a 10K
  9. Run a half marathon
  10. Run a marathon
  11. Take a Zumba Class
  12. Get decent at Zumba
  13. Take a Latin Dance class
  14. Get decent at Latin Dance
  15. Take a Yoga class
  16. Get decent at Yoga
  17. Take a Belly Dancing Class
  18. Get decent at belly dancing
  19. Do 100 push-ups

Entertainment to Experience

  1. See a show on Broadway
  2. Go to a concert
  3. Go to the Opera
  4. Go to the ballet (2007 – Sleeping Beauty, 2014 – Alice in Wonderland)
  5. See the Nutcracker
  6. See Swan Lake
  7. See Wicked (August 2016)
  8. See Hamilton
  9. See Phantom of the Opera (March 2014)
  10. See The Book of Mormon (May 2014)
  11. See Les Mis
  12. See a play in the globe theater
  13. Use a high power telescope to gaze into the heavens, cosmos and beyond
  14. See Halley’s Comet (July 28, 2061)
  15. See Van Gogh’s Starry Night in person
  16. Accomplish my Pop Culture Musts List
  17. Never stop adding to my Pop Culture Musts List
  18. See the Northern Lights
  19. Watch a spacecraft launch live and in person

Things To Read

  1. Read all the books on the BBC’s Top 100 Books list
  2. Read 1000 books as an adult
  3. Read 2000 books as an adult
  4. Read the Bible all the way through
  5. Read the Koran all the way through
  6. Read the Tao-Te-Ching all the way through
  7. Read the Torah all the way through
  8. Read The Book of Mormon all the way through

Things To Eat

  1. Learn how to bake (Summer and Fall of 2012)
  2. Learn how to bake from scratch (Fall and Winter 2012 into 2013)
  3. Master peanut butter cookies
  4. Buy and cook a live lobster
  5. Cook raw chicken (Winter of 2014)

Parties To Crash

  1. Have a Pi Day Party  (March 14, 2012)
  2. Make Pi Day parties an annual tradition
  3. Pick 3 more “holidays” to throw parties for – 1 for each season
    • March 14 – Pi Day Pie Party
    • May the 4th – Star Wars Party
    • September 19 – International Talk Like A Pirate Day Party
    • December – To be decided between November and January
  4. Have a Pumpkin Carving Party (October 2014)
  5. Attend New Year’s in Time Square
  6. Ring in the New Year in New Zealand – As close to the international date line as I care to get
  7. Learn to appreciate New Year’s first
  8. Wear a ball gown
  9. Paint the town red while in it
  10. After attending a ball
  11. Go to Burning Man
  12. Join the Red Hat Society once I’ve turned 50

Fame! I Want To Live Forever!

  1. Publish a book (2015, 2016)
  2. Publish a book with a publisher
  3. Improve the life of a stranger  (February 13, 2013)
  4. Go viral, even with just a single post, just once
  5. See my blog turn 10 (December 28, 2018)
  6. Build a legacy
  7. Sell something out of my zazzle store, even if to myself (January 2013)
  8. Earn enough in my zazzle store to be able to receive my profits (2018)
  9. Take on a secret identity known only to a select few
  10. Have my blog mentioned on a radio show
  11. Be a guest on a radio show
  12. Have my blog mentioned on a TV show
  13. Be a guest on a TV show
  14. Have a bench, fountain, or tree dedicated in my name
  15. Before I pass so I can visit it
  16. Become a tree in death
  17. Come out to my family
  18. Legally change my name to Max

Joy And Giggles

  1. Photograph 1000 faces
  2. Photograph a wedding as the official photographer  (October 2010)
  3. Photograph the wedding of someone I’m not related to
  4. Get a tattoo (November 10, 2012)
  5. Poop on a purple potty.
  6. Describe Pink Floyd laser shows to the blind
  7. Ride in a limousine (Summer 1995ish – OK, don’t remember exact year)
  8. Own a Mustang Convertible
  9. Pick strawberries
  10. Have a spa day – The works
  11. Go apple picking (Fall 2008)
  12. Go to a pumpkin patch and pick my own pumpkin (October 2005)
  13. Do or say something that makes a stranger laugh (January 2, 2013)
  14. Give a fake name for a coffee order
  15. Get a professional Manicure (Summer 2013)

Buy Me

  1. Own purple suede shoes
  2. Own a pair of heels that cost at least 150$
  3. Buy a metal chicken for my yard large enough to piss off or embarrass the neighbors
  4. Convince the neighbors to buy a metal chicken for their own yards
  5. Own a pair of glasses for every day of the week
  6. Own a scarf for every day of the month
  7. Own a dress for every color in the rainbow
  8. Own an Orchid
  9. Keep it alive
  10. Without help

Survival Of The Fittest

  1. Survive the zombie apocalypse
  2. Survive a predicted apocalypse that I’m old enough to snicker about (Y2K)
  3. Survive 5 predicted apocalypses that I’m old enough to snicker about (Y2K, Rapture 2011, End of the Mayan Calendar 2012)

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