Monday, February 4, 2008

Fun Monday #51: the bucket list edition

Tiggerlane, who still thinks she is a neophyte blogger even though she really is pretty adept at it, is our host this week.

She wants us to delve deeeeeep into our secret dreams and do the following:

Have you heard of The Bucket List? Well, that's what I want from you! Make a list of things you want to do before you die. It must be at least five items -- and you can make it as long as you desire. Photos are optional. And let's hear about some of the wackiest, most bizarre to-do's on your Bucket List!

Ah, my bucket list.

Truthfully I don't really have one, so this challenge made me sit down and think.

Since thinking is always my best thing, it was a little difficult to narrow it down. Much of my world involves just getting through the day without tripping over my own feet or forgetting to be somewhere I promised to be.

But here is what I came up with.

1. I want to go to Tahiti. For reasons I have never understood myself, Tahiti is the first place I mention when people ask about dream vacations. It's supposed to be hot and muggy there, I hear. So I don't know what it is about it that draws me there. I just want to go.

2. I want to dance at my great-grandchildren's weddings. Hey, why not? I don't want to be gone until after my grandchildren have babies... (No, I don't have grandchildren yet.)

3. I want to sing in public. Not just karaoke sing. I want to have a one-woman concert that sells out the house. I don't need Carnegie Hall. An intimate club setting would work too. I just want the adoration of the crowd. (An ego? Why, yes. Why do you ask?)

4. After I have satisfied my burning need to go to Tahiti, I would like to travel. I want to go back to Japan, take an Alaskan cruise, tour Europe, possibly an African safari (though my brother once said he'd show me his photos and save me the time and trouble).

5. I would like to organize and properly display the photos of my family and my children. This is a problem that goes back almost 27 years with the birth of my first child (OMG, he's going to be 27 in May!!!). I am not a scrapbooker. Nor am I organized. Nor am I creative. But it makes me sad that my children's baby and childhood photos are not put together in a way that makes sense. This will never happen, by the way. I just don't have the creative gene for this kind of stuff.

Well, that's five. That's what Tiggerlane was asking for. I feel totally lame for not being able to figure this out in a more interesting manner, but ... I have a very comfortable, happy life. It hasn't always been comfortable or happy, so the fact that it is ... well, other than an iPhone, I don't want for much.

So if you're looking for me, I'll be checking out the things that other Fun Monday'ers want to do before they kick the bucket. Maybe I'll get some good ideas!

54 comments:

arkansassongbird said...

I love that singing is included on your list. I'm a singer and choir director myself and have performed countless times. The applause and occasional standing ovation never get old!

Nekked Lizard Lady said...

Well, my bucket list is certainly that, just a bucket list. I'm fairly content, too. My list is just for fun and sentiments. And I have always thought I want to be able to meet my grandchildren's grandchildren (I'm really stretching it, but wouldn't that be cool)

Peter said...

Hey don't ever apologize for being contented with your lot, if only that was the case with everyone there would be a lot less conflict.

Alison said...

you have a wonderful bucket list!! being content in your life is an awesome gift.

Faye said...

Think we all have the travel bug--It will be interesting to see where all the Fun Mondays want to fly away to.

I'm for contented--it's usually followed by happy.

susan said...

Great list. I was right with you on Tahiti until you said it was hot and muggy. Ick. Send me a postcard and I'll pretend it's just balmy.

Gattina said...

I even was unable to make a list, because I never do lists for nothing, and then I also should hurry up because I already have a foot in my grave, lol ! Imagine my son is already 34 !!

-Ann said...

I could have filled my entire list with travel - if I could only do one thing with the rest of my life, that would be it. But maybe your brother could just show me his pictures and save me the trouble? :)

ChrisB said...

Great list. Put me down for a ticket for your concert~I'm sure with all the blogger the hall would be filled!

SwampAngel65 said...

So your great-grandchildren get married in Tahiti. You sing at the reception! See, it's completely do-able! The rest though...well, you're on your own!

Great list. Hope you get to each and every thing on it, plus more!

mjd said...

Janet, there you are my long lost sister. I do some tripping over my feet almost everyday. I want to sing in public too although I really can't sing. In my mind. I am a singer and long for adoration of others. I have ancient photographs to be categorized, and my modern digital photos are only diplayed on my hard drive.
Your Sis

Sayre said...

I'm in the midst of that photograph-organizing thing myself. I discovered, to my horror, that my parents keep them in the BARN! Some are already too far gone, but I'm scanning the rest to CD so they'll at least survive.

Hootin' Anni said...

You go girl!!!! Dancing and your great grandchildren's weddings. Yessiree.

My Fun Monday is posted. I had a good time this week, voicing my opinions on Fun Monday.
Happy week to you.

laurie said...

what a happy bucket! full of dancing and singing and beach vacations!

Lil Mouse said...

seems like a lot of people are interested in going someplace, in particular maybe someplace warm..

Tink said...

Just be careful you don't do your singing in Florida while wearing a bathing suit... It's illegal. ;)

Jenni said...

I have a dream of visiting Africa, too:o) I would really love to have the scrapbooking thing done and be able to say I did it, but the process is a bit labor intensive. I am a great starter of projects but not such a great finisher of projects.

nikki said...

Alaska is beautiful. Everyone needs to visit it at least once.

Simply Jenn said...

I like your list. I was starting to feel shallow.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

I like your list a lot. And singing in public - wow. You're either a very brave woman or a very good singer.

Or both.

Pamela said...

I want to sing back up!!!!

Robocop said...

Nice list. I would like to sing in public as well.

Cynthia said...

It is a wonderful list. I hope to meet many generations that pass after me also!

Mandy said...

Great list! Now I would like to sit down and think one up...

btw thanks for the comment on my blog, I've enjoyed reading your and hope you don't mind if I link to you! :)

Carrie Sue said...

Great list, I would love to sing in public, but I have an aweful voice.

Karmyn R said...

I would love solo to an audience too - but now that I'm getting older and have let my voice slide downhill, I have a sneaking suspicion I might not get the applause I would have 15 years ago!

And as for looking at your brother's pictures instead of taking your own safari - bah humbug. You need to go!!!

Junebug said...

I sing in church. I am on the music team and I play the keyboard. So I get to sing every Sunday. Sometimes I sing a solo. It is fun. I only wished I had a better voice.

Sandy said...

I love your list! Have you tried digital scrapbooking? Just drop and drag, sweetie, just drop and drag. Oh yeah, and pay!

But it is easier, less space consumptive, and somehow just more manageable.

DIXIECHICK said...

As I stated in one of my previous post, I see the movie, The Bucket List...and it was great! It also makes you think, exactly what would you do if you were going to kick the bucket...I must say your list was awesome...my main priority would be to spend every minute with my family, traveling and doing everything we could..until the last possible moment.

Joy T. said...

I thought your list was fantastic!! I can so relate to the scrapbooking. I didn't put that on my list for Fun Monday, but when I continued on with my own private bucket list, it's on there. I think I can I think I can I think...ya I might be fooling myself here, but it's on there!

Tiggerlane said...

I would love to sing on stage, too - that would be such a cool dream to fulfill. And I share the scrapbooking dream - as I pack up boxes of momentos, I regret not doing this....sigh. Thanks for participating!

Jettie said...

Hello!! I too suggest digital scrapebooking!! I love it!! Great list like the singing one!!

Robin said...

I love to sing but for some reason my son can't stand it. Is it that bad?
I once told him I used to sing in the church choir. His response "out loud?"

Robin of mytwoblessings

Sauntering Soul said...

Great list!

My dad went to South Africa and visited Kruger National Park. I saw his pictures and that's as close as I've gotten. Well, I went to Egypt but it's not exactly a safari.

Serina Hope said...

Your list sounds perfect. I hope you make it to Tahiti sooner than later.

Ari_1965 said...

I think I'm more of a "virtual" safari-type person. I don't like bugs, but they like me and seek me out wherever I am. And then there's the humidity--I don't like to sweat in front of other people.

Linda said...

Ugh, the organizing photos just makes me tired! You go sing, that'll be more fun!

ellen b. said...

Lovely. Tahiti would be nice! I don't have any grandchildren yet either but they is a nice thought to be at great grandchildren's events...

Celeste said...

You have a great list, and I agree with the others -- contentment with your current life is probably the best thing to have on your list.

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

I'll drink umbrella coctails with you in Tahiti.

Michelle said...

Great list! I would love to sing too!! Don't get me wrong, I can't sing a lick, but I love to!!!

Mamalang said...

I found this harder than I thought...apparently, I, too am very content with my life.

dawn224 said...

get all your photos in one place - start small :)

sirdar said...

Seems everyone wants to travel. Me too.

Good luck on getting the singing gig. Hey...you never know!!

We also have TONS of pictures. Our oldest is only 16 and the youngest 10...and we have four. Needless to say...lots of pictures. One day Dawn will get on it!! LOL

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

Talking of buckets....I can't hold a tune in one so wanting to sing in public is very brave!

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

Good for you for having the guts to want to stand up and sing in public.

Crown Princess said...

GREAT list. I too have phot issues. Good thing my mom is a Creative Memories person, she does it all and all our preciuos memories will be saved...lol


You are signed up for next week.

Canadian flake said...

love that list...it is a great one!

Megnificent said...

I'm with you on the organizing photos part. It's difficult since I'm not so crafty. :/

kitten said...

#5 sounds like what I need to do.

raising3saints said...

I like singing too! And I like your whole list, although I'm not too keen on the safari thing, as I think there are mosquitoes and I get really itchy ;-)

Karina said...

I'm amazed with how many people put "organize pictures" on their lists. Seriously, everyone did it...what does that say about us? ;-)

Great list!

Kaytabug said...

Love your list. I will go to Tahiti with you! I would love to go to several beach vacation spots...
I have all of my photos is chronological order in photo albums nothing fancy like scrap booking. But all my photos since I went digital are just in files on my computer. I'd love to print them out and put them in books so I could sit and flip through them.

MomofJJ said...

Great list! I too have been working diligently to organize years of pictures. I have been taking digital pictures for 9 years but have now been scanning older pictures to make them digital since I found an amazing, QUICK way to scrapbook. I found this scrapbook at a great family travel website: www.familytravelplanet.com These scrapbooks can be e-mailed, posted on blogs or printed the "old-fashioned" way. They can literally be created in just a few minutes with tons of templates to choose from and a program that will even suggest placement of your pictures for you.

 
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