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.
// 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.
(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)
// 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.
// 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.
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)
// run at the California high school state cross-country finals
I definitely finished somewhere near the back.
// adopted one of the sweetest pups ever