Life List

My life list is inspired by the wonderful Maggie Mason. Seriously, check her out. Her amazing stories as she accomplishes each item on her list have inspired me (and so many others) to create a Life List of my own.

Maggie has adventures. I want adventures!

So, here goes:

| Redesign my website, add new content
| Create 1,000 lovely things:

  1. Andrew’s Scarf
  2. Shoo Fly Pie
  3. Christmas Tree Earrings
  4. Reupholstered Chairs
  5. Baby Farley’s Blanket
  6. A Gnome, a Lovebug, a Brain Slug and a Bee
  7. Robyn’s scarf
  8. Goomba Hat
  9. Christmas Purses (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  10. Soap Sox
  11. Kindle Cozies
  12. Poptart Cell Phone Sleeve
  13. Destiny’s Hackey Sack
  14. Julius Monster for Holden

| Appreciate 1,000 lovely things:

  1. Grandpa’s Plastic Painting
  2. Frozen Waves and Mini Icebergs
  3. Mystic Fog and a Horizon Gone Missing
  4. Andrew’s Company Site Redesign

| Fly in a hot air balloon
| Get a tattoo
| Live in another country
| Finish or give up all of the knitting projects I’ve started
| Dance on my wedding day
| Remove money as a concern
| Throw my parents a giant wedding anniversary party
| Take another pottery class
| Have vintage-style (modest) pin-up photos taken
| Go Kayaking
| Own a piano and play it well
| Give birth
| Donate a generous amount to an animal shelter
| Ride in a gondola in Venice
| Take a dance class as an adult
| Enjoy a pint of Guinness at a pub in Ireland
| See the Alice In Wonderland statue in Central Park
| Knit a baby blanket for my own baby
| Learn to surf
| Celebrate Independence Day in Washington DC
| Go Parasailing
| Visit the Statue of Liberty
| Plant a tree in my own back yard
| Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans
| Hang a large map to keep track of my travels with pins
| Paint a mural in my own home
| Go wedding dress shopping with my mom
| Romantic ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park (complete with champagne or hot chocolate!)
| Own a hot tub
| Visit Hawaiian beaches
| Ride a motorcycle
| Climb the steps of the Eiffel Tower
| Create a quilt from my significant high-school t-shirts and sweatshirts
| Re-pierce several of the piercings I used to have in my ears
| Actually be able to play my guitar, with love
| Adopt another dog from a shelter
| Have 2(+) dogs at once
| Stand and admire the Mona Lisa in person
| Eat fish and chips in a true British pub
| Hug an elephant
| Get Henna done on my arms and feet
| Successfully complete a flying trapeze catch
| Grab a drink at a swim-up bar
| Sit at an outdoor cafe and people watch in various European cities, see what I see
| Ride in a helicopter
| Swing dance to a live band
| See the Egyptian Pyramids
| Visit the Acropolis in Athens
| Tip a waitress $100
| Stomp grapes at a vineyard
| Sing the National Anthem at a major league baseball game
| Spend a weekend at a dude ranch. Yep, a dude ranch.
| Spend time as a tourist in my own city — Chicago:

  • View from the top of the Sears Willis Tower: Skydeck and the Ledge, 103rd floor
  • View from the top of the Hancock Building: Signature Lounge, 96th floor
  • Taste of Chicago, June/July
  • Air & Water Show, August
  • Museums — Field, Science & Industry (12/2010), Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago (11/2010), Shedd Aquarium (03/2010)
  • Explore Navy Pier, ride the ferris wheel
  • Chicago River Architecture Boat Tour
  • Go to at least one Cubs game (x2)
  • Go to at least one Bears game
  • Go to a Blackhawks game
  • Go to a Bulls game
  • Go to a Sox game (maybe)
  • Wander around Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Make the most of the Theatre District: Wicked, Legally Blonde, The Addams Family
  • Laugh through a Second City Show
  • Grab a bag of Garrett Gourmet Popcorn
  • Explore Millennium Park — Eat lunch at The Bean (”Cloud Gate“), watch kids play in the Face Fountains (”The Crown Fountain“), Ice Skate on McCormick Plaza
  • Shop on Michigan Avenue, State Street
  • See the skyline from a boat on Lake Michigan
  • Enjoy Chicago’s finest Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza: Gino’s East, Giordano’s, Lou Malnati’s, Pequod’s

| Knit 1 million stitches

And, because I didn’t just sit on my bum the first 25 years of my life, here’s a few things I’m proud to have experienced thus far:

| Sing and dance on a stage
| Act in a play
| Learn to knit
| Sew a quilt
| Steal home plate
| Go to Europe
| Sing in a world-renowned cathedral (Notre Dame – Paris, France and St. Marks – Venice, Italy to name a few)
| Outdoor opera in Verona, Italy (Aida)
| Paddle boat on a lake in Austria
| Become Editor-in-Chief of my High School yearbook
| Try out for American Idol
| See a musical on Broadway (Aida)
| Learn to drive stick
| Develop photos in a dark room
| See a movie at a drive-in theatre
| Win something
| Go on a cruise
| Vacation with my mother
| Gamble in Vegas
| Adopt a dog from a shelter
| Have my design and photos on public display
| Graduate college (with a BFA)
| Go sailing
| Restore furniture
| Move to Chicago
| Live without a car
| Try escargot
| Sip a martini at the top of the John Hancock building
| Learn a thing or two about wine
| Live within a block from the beach
| Live alone

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