I never really had a Bucket List because I didn’t really understand what it was. I mean, I get that it’s a list of things you’d like to do before you die, but do they have to be super cool and profound? Like if it’s not “hike Machu Picchu” level cool, does it even belong on there? And does it have to be so lofty that chances are, I’ll never actually get to it? Because then, what’s the point?
But after the fam and I got on the Jumbotron dancing to Crazy Train at a Celtics game and I posted about it on Facebook with a “crossed that off my bucket list” brag, my friend Tony put the idea in my head when he said, “Post the whole list please.” So fine, Tony, here’s my bucket list. But fair warning: hiking Machu Picchu isn’t on there (and neither is hiking anything else).
Before I die I’d like to:
- Dance on the Jumbotron to Crazy Train
- Run a marathon (planning on doing this in April)
- Go to a KISS concert (also planning on doing this in April)
- Raise two kids, specifically Hazel & George, to be caring, kind, interesting adults (probably won’t be done by April, but they will have gone to a KISS concert, which I think we can all agree is Step 1)
- See Billy Joel and Elton John do that dueling pianos thing.
- Take care of elephants at an elephant reserve
- Meet Jon Stewart, make him fall in love with me (using magic if necessary), and marry him. (It’s my Machu Picchu, guys.)
- Have a clean and organized house (I’ll probably hike Machu Picchu first.)
- Learn to sing on-key
- Take my family to at least three foreign countries outside of North America
- Live in another country
- Learn to play the piano
- Teach Rosie to chill out
- Learn how to wear make up like a grown up
- Write a more interesting Bucket List
- Beat up someone who’s hiked Machu Picchu (just kidding)
- Learn how to get people to comment on a blog post
And here are a few Ball List* items:
- Help my friend Alistair move from Harvard Square back to San Francisco
- Learn to go the bathroom before I am on the verge of peeing in my pants
- Figure out a workable system for (paper) mail
- Clean out my Gmail so I’m not perpetually on the edge of my storage limits
- Win the office Bachelor Pool, “House of V-Cards” (currently in 8th place out of 10)
- Organize my digital photos and videos
- Read 50 books (I’m taking recommendations)
*I just made that up. It’s things I want to do before the ball drops for New Year’s.
What’s on your Bucket List? What about your Ball List?
5 thoughts on “The Bucket List (and a Ball List)”
Hi Natasha, Long time reader, first-time commenter. What is a ball list? Great post and I think you should keep beating up someone who hiked Machu Picchu its a solid goal.
I finally got you! A ball list is a list of things you want to accomplish before the ball drops at the end of the year. xoxo
The bucket list item caused me to comment. So meta. Go ahead and cross it off your list.
You’re the best. Thanks!
ON BALL LIST: paying real estate tax bill residing in my jumbled mail collection.