Life List

  1. Get laser eye surgery October 24, 2009 at Woolfson Eye Institute in Asheville
  2. Fly on a trapeze October 24, 2008 at the Trapeze School of New York
  3. Attend a Broadway musical “Wicked” on October 26, 2008
  4. Tap dance in a recital as an adult “Cabaret Fever” April 23-26, 2009 with the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre
  5. Figure out what I really believe about God spring 2008
  6. Make charitable giving a regular activity spring 2010
  7. Refinish a piece of furniture to fabulousness wicker chair on July 12, 2009
  8. Go vegetarian for an entire month February 15-March 16, 2011
  9. Repair Grandma Fain’s sewing machine and make something useful with it cloth napkins on December 28, 2008
  10. Ring a church bell March 2011 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis
  11. Have a sleepover with my nieces June 19, 2010
  12. Ice skate at Rockefeller Center December 4, 2009
  13. Host Christmas/Thanksgiving dinner for my entire family November 27, 2008—and everyone got along!
  14. Be madly, passionately in love August 2010-present
  15. Marry that man! August 27, 2011 at the Forge Valley Event Center in Mills River
  16. Attend an opera late October 2011 in Rome
  17. Make crème brulee from scratch November 30, 2008—much easier than I thought it would be
  18. Tip a waitress $100 January 24, 2013 to Lauren at Blue in Charlotte
  19. Go on a cruise September 25-29, 2014 from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas
  20. Experience life as a redhead September 2013
  21. Adopt a child
  22. Attend an Olympic sporting event
  23. Become a morning person again
  24. Cross the Canadian border
  25. Dance/kiss in the rain
  26. Earn a master’s degree
  27. Get a part in a play
  28. Go two weeks without Internet access
  29. Have dinner at “John’s place” in Todi, Italy, again
  30. Maintain the ability to do splits until I’m at least 50
  31. Make physical fitness a lifetime goal
  32. Milk a cow
  33. Overcome my chronic tardiness
  34. Organize my photos
  35. Perform a solo routine in a clogging competition
  36. Pilot an airplane
  37. Publish a collection of poems
  38. Redesign my website
  39. Ride a gondola in Venice
  40. Ride a zip line through a rain forest
  41. Ride in a hot air balloon
  42. SCUBA dive
  43. Skydive
  44. Stand on the glass deck at the Grand Canyon
  45. Take a surfing lesson
  46. Take at least one voice lesson. Sing in public without the aid of alcohol. Earn sincere applause.
  47. Teach a college-level class
  48. Update my website regularly (monthly?) for at least five years
  49. Visit Greece
  50. Volunteer regularly for a cause I really care about
  51. Write and publish at least one book
  52. Become a great dinner party host: 50 fun, delicious dinners for 6+ people
  53. Dance in an Irish pub
  54. Fill a passport before it expires
  55. Learn to drive a stick shift
  56. Live in a city where I don’t have to own a car
  57. Return to Bamberg, Germany, and visit as many places in the photo albums as possible
  58. Set foot on all seven continents
  59. Set foot in all 50 states
  60. Swim in the Pacific, Mediterranean and Indian oceans
  61. Go on a yoga retreat
  62. Stand inside the Taj Mahal
  63. Stand atop the Great Wall of China
  64. Eat fresh lobster in Maine
  65. Walk the red carpet
  66. Go to Disney World
  67. Get baptized
  68. Own a piece of real estate January 10, 2014 in Charlotte, NC
  69. Go on a vacation, just Mom and me
  70. Go on a vacation, just Vanessa and me
  71. Have coffee with my biological father
  72. Establish a scholarship at Carolina
  73. Ride the Orient Express
  74. Ride a horse at a full gallop. On the beach.
  75. Figure out how to not kill plants. Grow food.
  76. Go on a safari in Africa
  77. Fly first class
  78. Egypt: Camel rides, pyramids and a boat ride on the Nile
  79. Improve my Spanish enough to have a conversation with a native speaker
  80. Live in a house with a window seat and/or turret
  81. Go sailing
  82. Stomp grapes for making wine
  83. Take a road trip across the United States
  84. Taste miracle fruit
  85. Ride a bicycle across Hatteras and Ocracoke islands
  86. Participate in a drum circle
  87. Learn to swing dance with lifts and flips
  88. Read the Bible cover to cover
  89. Be debt free
  90. Paris: Crème brulee, the Louvre, a cooking class and the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower
  91. Ride a zamboni
  92. Go on a horsepacking trip
  93. Experience zero gravity
  94. Drive an Aston Martin
  95. Tip a busker $100 August 2013 in Paris
  96. Photograph the aurora borealis
  97. Complete a sprint triathlon
  98. Listen to U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” without being able to relate at all