The Bucket List

Starting in 2017 I wanted to make life a little more, well, more. So I sat down and started this list. It’s a more than a bit daunting, but I do want to do everything on it. Everything on it and more. I’m sure the list will grow as I do! 

Some of the listings I have done at some point, but I added them if I don’t remember (too young, too intoxicated, etc.) or if I think they are worth doing again and documenting. 

Young at Heart

  • Build a blanket fort
  • Climb a tree
  • Go to a top zoo (besides HDZ)
  • Put on a talent show
  • Dance in the rain
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Build a snowman
  • Play with sidewalk chalk
  • Visit childhood home

Life-long Learner

  • Go to a science museum
  • Take a Zumba class
  • Learn to ice skate backward
  • Take a fencing lesson
  • Learn to say “hello” in 10 languages (Spanish, French, …)

Physical Challenges

  • Try yoga
  • Rock wall climbing
  • Try pole dancing/ Take a class
  • Bike tour
  • Walk on stilts
  • Learn to juggle
  • Ride a tandem bike
  • Do a Themed Run

Capture the Moment

  • Take couple glamor shots
  • Take photo booth pictures
  • Take family portraits with pets
  • Take a picture with a TARDIS – July 2016
  • Get professional photos taken
  • Do a boudoir photo shoot

Artistic Ambitions

  • Draw Significant Other, a la Titanic
  • Knit something
  • Crochet something
  • Embroider something for your home
  • Learn how to make a candle
  • Make a handmade card
  • Take a painting/wine class
  • Create a flower arrangement
  • Create something and sell it


  • Go to Disneyland (California)
  • See New York City
  • Visit the Grand Canyon
  • See a show at the Moulin Rouge (Paris, France) – December 2016
  • Go to a convention in San Diego
  • Pose with the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Ride a Vespa in Italy
  • See the Ruins of Petra
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Visit Stonehenge
  • Attend a Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico
  • Attend Holi in India
  • Carnival of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • See Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Attend Burning Man
  • Go to Harry Potter Wizarding World
  • See the Eiffel Tower – December 2016
  • Visit the Louvre – December 2016
  • Drink beer in Germany
  • See windmills in Holland
  • See the Eiffel Tower at night
  • Walk the Las Vegas Strip
  • See Times Square in New York
  • Get wet at Niagara Falls
  • See the Tulip fields in Holland
  • See the Cherry blossoms in Japan
  • See the Cherry blossoms in Washington DC
  • Visit the White House
  • Walk on the Great Wall of China
  • Visit the Galapagos Islands
  • See the Changing of the Guard, UK
  • See the Mona Lisa – December 2016
  • Set foot on all 7 continents (not at once!)
  • See an Egyptian pyramid
  • Be in 2 places at once
  • See the Aurora borealis
  • See the Hollywood sign
  • Visit all 50 states in the US
  • See all New Wonders of the World
  • The Roman Colosseum
  • Mayan ruin Chichen Itza (Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico)
  • Machu Picchu (Peru- Incan city)
  • Christ the Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
  • Hagia Sophia (Istanbul)
  • Tour Robber’s Cave under Blue Blood Brewery (Lincoln, NE)

Romantic Intentions

  • Kiss under mistletoe
  • Kiss underwater
  • Snuggle by a fire
  • Get a couple’s massage
  • Kiss in the rain
  • Stay up all night with SO
  • Get married – October 2016
  • Cover the bed in real rose petals
  • Plan a date night for Nick
  • Plan a fun party for Nick’s Golden Birthday
  • Give my SO a lap dance
  • Buy lingerie and wear it
  • Ask my spouse 20 questions
  • “king of the world” on a boat with SO

Media Relations

  • See a drive-in movie
  • Be a member of a studio audience
  • Be an extra in a movie

Outdoor Excursions

  • Have a picnic
  • Horseback riding
  • Fly a kite
  • Mini golf
  • Make a sandcastle
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Mountain ziplining
  • Go Snowshoeing
  • Explore a rainforest
  • Go on a safari

Water Related

  • Stand in a waterfall
  • Canoe trip
  • Midnight skinny dipping
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Touch a shark
  • Sail on a sailboat
  • Try to surf
  • Scuba dive
  • Snorkel
  • Whitewater raft
  • Relax in a hot spring
  • See the Coral Reef
  • Swim in the Pacific Ocean
  • Swim in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Swim in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Go on a cruise
  • Drive a speedboat
  • Stay in an underwater hotel
  • Ride in a glass-bottom boat
  • Have a bonfire on a river sandbar

Animal Objectives

  • Dog sledding
  • Horse-drawn carriage ride
  • Touch an elephant
  • Ride a camel
  • Feed a dangerous animal
  • Hold a monkey
  • Horseback ride on the beach
  • Milk a cow
  • Whale watching
  • Beekeeping
  • Visit a butterfly sanctuary


  • Hug a redwood tree
  • See a tornado
  • Climb a volcano
  • Name a star
  • Witness a solar eclipse
  • Cave tour
  • Walk on a black sand beach
  • Plant a tree

Family, Friends, People

  • Visit a psychic
  • Be a bridesmaid
  • Meet a world leader
  • Meet a famous person – May 2016
  • Create a family coat of arms
  • Create a family tree of at least 4 generations

Make a Difference

  • Attend a gay pride parade
  • March for a cause
  • Donate blood
  • Donate books
  • Donate clothing
  • Be an organ donor on my license
  • Do a charity walk

Nightlife and Fun Oddities

  • Go to a concert
  • Ride a Ferris wheel – 2007, August 2016, December 2016
  • Play strip card games
  • Geocache
  • Take a Ghost tour
  • Sumo pillow-wrestling
  • Release floating lanterns
  • Indoor skydiving
  • Murder Mystery dinner
  • Learn how to hula hoop
  • Airboat across alligator-infested swamp – 2012
  • Play a game of paintball
  • Attend a rodeo
  • Karaoke
  • Jump into a pool at a party fully clothed
  • Attend a black tie affair
  • Attend a Masquerade
  • Dance on a bar
  • Get a caricature done
  • Learn a line dance
  • Go to a comic convention
  • Join a Flash Mob
  • Make a house of cards
  • Play a real pinball machine
  • Pose with a figure at a wax museum
  • Ride a mechanical bull
  • See a Las Vegas burlesque show
  • Try urbexing an abandoned building
  • Build an elephant a la Moulin Rouge.

Patron of the Arts

  • See a ballet
  • See the Nutcracker
  • See a play on Broadway- Chicago
  • See a play on Broadway – New York
  • See Hamilton
  • See the Nutcracker
  • See a play on Broadway- Chicago
  • See a play on Broadway – New York
  • See a ballet
  • See Hamilton
  • See an Opera

Personal Development

  • Go blonde
  • Dye my hair an unnatural color
  • Get a new piercing
  • Get a bikini wax
  • Get a blow-out
  • Get a makeover
  • Get a pedicure
  • Get a foot massage
  • Get a henna tattoo
  • Try acupuncture
  • Mud bath
  • Wear colored contacts
  • Write a letter to my future self
  • Achieve my ideal weight

Career Advancement

  • Be a published author
  • Learn a little bit of sign language
  • Get a college degree
  • Write a book

Food, Drink, and Dietary Adventures

  • Go vegan for a week
  • Attend a wine tasting
  • Try a new recipe
  • Drink absinthe
  • Drink from a coconut
  • Try moonshine
  • Eat an insect
  • Eat at a Food Truck
  • Go to a French Cafe
  • Eat fish and chips in London
  • Eat fondue
  • Have a wine collection
  • Hunt for wild mushrooms
  • Make a gingerbread house
  • Make cheese
  • Make fresh pasta
  • Make veggie pasta
  • Stomp grapes
  • Toss pizza dough in air
  • Try a deep fried twinkie
  • Eat a cactus
  • Try caviar


  • Have 3 months of bills in savings
  • Have no credit card debt
  • Pay off student loans


  • Attend a high school reunion
  • Attend a same-sex wedding
  • Leave a note in lipstick on mirror
  • Write a Thank You letter to a Company that treated you well – February 2017 (Blush Bridal)
  • Throw a Themed Party
  • Throw beads at Mardi Gras
  • Get beads at Mardi Gras
  • Walk a red carpet, looking fly
  • Try a sensory deprivation tank
  • Take a ride on a yacht
  • Flip a house
  • Stay in an ice hotel
  • Find something with a metal detector
  • Finish a New York Times crossword puzzle
  • Get ordained
  • Join and participate in a book club
  • Send a message in a bottle
  • Smoke a hookah
  • Smoke a cigar
  • Smoke a cigarette
  • Smoke weed
  • Solve a Rubik’s cube
  • Start a blog
  • Use a paddle to bid at an Auction
  • Visit a nude beach
  • Win something at a carnival
  • Play a song well on the Ukulele
  • Meditate
  • Read a banned book
  • Attend the Olympics
  • Drive an ATV
  • Fly in a helicopter
  • Race a Go-Kart
  • Ride a Segway
  • Ride in a Gondola
  • Ride on a Cable Car
  • Ride on a subway
  • Attend a Luau
  • Climb a lighthouse
  • Fly First Class
  • Pan for gold
  • Sleep in a hostel
  • Stay in a bed and breakfast
  • Vacation Solo
  • Visit a castle – Windsor Castle, December 2016 
  • Walk on a glacier
  • Wear a fresh lei
  • Ride in a rickshaw
  • Catch a double-decker bus
  • Drive in or ride in a semi truck
  • Design a flavor of ice cream

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