Bungee, Rugby, Homebrewing, & Europe: A Reverse Bucket Listfeatured

Reverse Bucket List {the ponytail diaries}

Linking up with Kiki from In Its Time today — everyone’s sharing their “reverse bucket lists,” or lists of things they’ve *already* accomplished, instead of all the things they’ve yet to do…

Over the past 28+ years, I’ve…

// gone bungee jumping

During my senior class trip to Australia/New Zealand/Fiji (I should include “traveled Down Under” to this list, huh?), we had the chance to bungee jump off a platform into a not-very-big pond in New Zealand. It was a complete rush, but what I remember most is how impossibly tiny the platform seemed once I got up there and crept up to the edge.

(Reverse Bucket List) Bungee Jumping {the ponytail diaries}

// lived in Europe

For nine months, this cold-and-dark-hating California girl made Copenhagen home. I learned about hygge and drank copious amounts of Carlsberg and Tuborg and butchered the Danish language and gallivanted around Europe and generally had the time of my life.

(Reverse Bucket List) Living in Copenhagen, Denmark {the ponytail diaries}

(Sub-entries under this item include: spent Christmas in London, spent New Year’s in Paris, had my camera stolen in Florence, narrowly avoided getting fined for not have a bus ticket in Naples, limped around Capri and Munich on a sprained foot, snowboarded off-piste in the Alps, almost got myself killed/severely injured in the Alps (NOT while riding off-piste), celebrated Halloween in a Czech castle, raced from a Venice bus stop to the train platform and boarded my train with minutes to spare, climbed trees near Viking graves, survived the “storm of the century” in Munich, got cussed out by a Danish girl while playing soccer, attempted to rock climb in Czech Republic, mastered half a dozen foreign public transportation systems, wandered around Prague drinking absinthe, took an endlessly amusing day-long train trip from Munich to Barcelona, and got “stranded” in Paris for 12 hours)

(Reverse Bucket List) European Adventures - Barcelona, French Alps, London, Venice {the ponytail diaries}

// run two marathons

And I’m DONE. (unless I get into NYC one day…)

// started freelancing with some reasonable success

// played rugby

In my brief time as a rugby player, I scored 3 “tries,” broke my ankle, and learned dozens of drinking songs.

(Reverse Bucket List) Rugby {the ponytail diaries}

// won my husband’s heart when I went boulder-scrambling with him on our second “date” and made a jump over a gap that he said many of his (guy) friends were too scared to do

I like to think this is how I won him over, at least. After I did that, he said “You know, I think you’re the craziest girl I’ve ever met,” and I told him I was taking that as a compliment.

// seen the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead (minus Jerry Garcia, RIP), Journey (minus Steve Perry), and Steve Miller Band perform live.

(Reverse Bucket List) Steve Miller Band & Fleetwood Mac concerts {the ponytail diaries}

Can’t help listing that my concert bucket list includes: Led Zeppelin (COME ON REUNION TOUR), Aerosmith, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Elton John, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, and Bruce Springsteen. Also, if I could go back in time and see the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix and all those bands when they were at their peaks, that would be fantastic.

// gotten quite proficient at driving jet-skis

// tried escargot

Surprisingly, I rather enjoyed the little buggers (probably because they were just little chewy things drenched in butter).

// made my own beer (with a lot of help)

(Reverse Bucket List) Homebrewing {the ponytail diaries}

// run at the California high school state cross-country finals

I definitely finished somewhere near the back.

// adopted one of the sweetest pups ever

(Reverse Bucket List) Onyx {the ponytail diaries}

Enough said.



  • hey. let me know if you get that time machine working, we could go to Woodstock (yes, I did just invite myself time traveling. whatcha gonna do about it?) also I am all parts jealous about your living in Europe. ALL parts.

    • Oooh, we can also go back and watch Babe Ruth and Willie Mays and Ted Williams and Hank Aaron play in person!

  • 1.You playing rugby makes me think of my journalism teacher I had in high school who played too and he would always show up at school with black eyes, swollen lips, or teeth knocked out. Then he would proceed to show us the video of how awesome he did aka how he achieved each battle scar. He made me laugh and wonder why someone would play such a crazy game. I stub my toe and have to rest for a half hour (kidding… maybe).

    2. I really want to try and make my own beer. I think that’d be a crazy fun Christmas gift to give!

    • Go for it! (the beer making) You can get basic kits for not too much money and make small batches. It’s really fun to come up with new recipes and see if they’re any good!

  • Your pup is adorable!!! I’m a huge dog-person so seeing that photo as the last one made me smile. 🙂

    And I could never ever ever go bungee jumping. I’d probably scream the whole time or I wouldn’t even make it off the ledge/platform because I really do not like heights!

    Thanks for linking up! I loved reading your list!

    • Thanks Kiki! (And I did scream the entire time I was in the air. I didn’t even realize it until someone showed me a video later, and you could hear people laughing at how much I was screaming in the background.)

  • Oh Europe! What an awesome experience you must have had there!! So cool that you made your own beer!!! Was it good? My uncle made his own beer once, he had lots of fun with it! Escargot! You are brave! I don’t think I could try that…

  • you literally ‘lived’ in Europe by getting to experience so much while here, but the rest of the list also sounds awesome!

    Diana L. My Reverse Bucket List.