Sunday, June 29, 2008


On the back of one of my kitchen cabinet doors is a special written list. At the time, I didn't know it was called a bucket list. My husband encouraged me to write it out. I not only found it cathartic but hopeful. Even if I meet everything on my list, I will look back with satisfaction and wonderful memories.
I wrote a weird email today. To Ellen DeGeneres. My daughter told me about a trip that Ellen had given. It included a car and the winner was supposed to drive across country. That of course reminded me of my bucket list. So I sent an email making a wish that Ellen would grant me a trip across country sharing the beauty of the US and creating memories with my family.
Then I realized that while the list is posted on my cabinet door; I have not posted it here in my most public of forums. So here goes. My bucket list. (Now I will have to do all of this!)

Travel across country camping. A very long, multi week vacation driving to national parks, monuments and historic cities. Sharing every moment with my family.

Deliver a comedy monologue at an open mic night in a comedy club.

Travel to Egypt to see the pyramids then onto Greece to see the Parthenon.

Travel through Europe; especially Germany where my grandmother was from and visiting my distant cousins.

Zip line over and through the jungles of Costa Rica.

Whale watch off either the east or west coast. Perhaps we can do that on the trip out west.

White water rafting through the wilds of PA or WV.

Co host a radio show for just one day. Just like I did in college.

Snorkel off the Great Barrier in Australia. Then onto hiking in New Zealand. Or the Bahamas - I do want to see the Red Rock in Australia though. But Iwon't be picky.

So that's it. I know there is more in me. I have already crossed off climbing a rock wall and hiking Mammoth Cave. Slowly but surely I will fill those photo albums.


Anonymous said...

I'll by in the audience for open mic night. A glass of wine or two and you won't even care what you say or if anyone is listening. HA HA Hang tough.. Work hard on that list.. YOU WILL do it all...

Nicole said...

I've been whale watching here in San Diego, and I can tell you that it is not very exciting. But, it isn't very expensive, so it will be very easy to cross off your list. If you come out to the west coast, you can pair it with a nice trip to Sea World. Or if you are further north, like in the Bay Area, you could go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. (We have the Stephen Birch Aquarium here in San Diego). You could do something fun like kayaking out here, too. Sometimes, just walking along the beach I can see dolphins jumping through the waves.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on making it through your chemo. We did it together! Hope these last days have been okay, also. Mine have been a mixed bag--but no major complaints. Loved your bucket list & you're inspiring me to start mine.