Things To Do…

I started this list on a sunny afternoon under the russian olive tree in the back corner of the playground during lunch recess, added most of the items while daydreaming through Mrs. Burcham’s 7th grade math class, and had capped it at 100 before Mom forced me to get a drivers’ license. It’s going to take some serious serendipity to accomplish some items on “the list,” but I’m discovering the world is a pretty serendipitous place.

  • 1. Hike Long’s Peak (Aug. 2000)
  • 2. Pray with a Tibetan monk
  • 3. Win a Blue Ribbon at Field Day
  • 4. Own a pure-bred Persian cat (February 2013)
  • 5. Swim with a Beluga whale
  • 6. Fly over the Bermuda triangle
  • 7. Perform on a Broadway stage (Oct. 2004)
  • 8. Get elected to student council (1995-1999)
  • 9. Organize and maintain an orphanage in Ghana
  • 10. Dance on pointe
  • 11. Skate at Rockafellar Center with the Christmas tree
  • 12. Sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • 13. Learn to play the harp
  • 14. Sleep in a snow cave (January 2006)
  • 15. See Old Faithful erupt (July 2005)
  • 16. Go to the temple in Ghana
  • 17. Have black babies
  • 18. Ride a tandem bike along a boardwalk
  • 19. Kiss behind a waterfall
  • 20. Visit the wailing wall
  • 21. See an Eastern Fall (Autumn 2002)
  • 22. Walk in the cherry blossoms at the capitol
  • 23. Grow a bonsai tree
  • 24. Sketch in Venice
  • 25. See the Declaration of Independence
  • 26. Be struck by lightening (too close for comfort Aug. 2004)
  • 27. Learn Spanish (Summer 2007)
  • 28. Be sung to in a gondola in Italy
  • 29. Climb to the top of an Incan temple
  • 30. Hike the Grand Canyon at sunrise
  • 31. Float in the Great Salt Lake (June 2005)
  • 32. Plant fairy rings of daffodils and tulips in my lawn
  • 33. Pick a fresh pineapple
  • 34. See an iceberg calve
  • 35. Box—for real
  • 36. Experience zero gravity
  • 37. Wear a red hat to church (Sept 2007)
  • 38. Run a marathon
  • 39. Learn to tango
  • 40. Hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • 41. Spend at least 3 consecutive days in the Smithsonian
  • 42. Sign a bill into law
  • 43. Work in the temple (February, 2005)
  • 44. Kiss on the Oval at midnight with a full moon
  • 45. Pet a penguin (December 2008)
  • 46. Request extra pages for my passport
  • 47. Sleep in a hammock in the rainforest (July 2011)
  • 48. Sleep in a glass-bottom hut
  • 49. Be able to teach in 10 languages
  • 50. See a volcano erupt
  • 51. Be arrested
  • 52. Watch all the Star Wars movies in order
  • 53. Grow and harvest wheat from scratch (Spring/Summer 1997)
  • 54. Teach my kids sign language
  • 55. Play a real game of marbles on the street in a big city
  • 56. Grow herbs on my kitchen windowsill
  • 57. Publish a book (January 2009)
  • 58. Work as a waitress
  • 59. Be there for someone when they die
  • 60. Read all the Caldecott, Newbury and Pulitzer prize winners since 1900
  • 61. Eat sushi (Summer 2003 – CTWM)
  • 62. Do disaster relief with the Red Cross
  • 63. Visit the Vietnam memorial…visit Vietnam
  • 64. Heckle the guards at Buckingham Palace
  • 65. Eat a fresh pastry on the streets of Paris
  • 66. Be someone’s hero
  • 67. Grow a fruit tree in my kitchen
  • 68. Memorize all the hymns
  • 69. Walk along the Giants’ causeway
  • 70. Celebrate Canada Day with the fireworks competition in Vancouver
  • 71. Teach High School in an inner city
  • 72. Invent and market a product
  • 73. See an original Matisse sketch
  • 74. Walk ten miles along the Great Wall of China
  • 75. Start a non-profit organization (April, 2009)
  • 76. Inspire a poem (August, 2006)
  • 77. Learn to play the cello
  • 78. Develop curriculum for gifted, at-risk middle school students
  • 79. Visit all seven continents
  • 80. Dance on the beach in a red dress and elbow gloves
  • 81. Hatch chicks on the kitchen counter
  • 82. Give away at least one Book of Mormon a year for the rest of my life
  • 83. Learn to read Hebrew
  • 84. Go pearl diving
  • 85. Raise a million dollars
  • 86. See an authentic African masquerade
  • 87. Sail on an old three mast ship – learn the rigging
  • 88. Rope a cow
  • 89. Present a lifetime achievement award
  • 90. Make out at a drive-in movie
  • 91. Live a whole day with no regrets
  • 92. Christen a boat
  • 93. Write a personal history
  • 94. Make the news
  • 95. Participate in a meaningful protest of social injustice
  • 96. Send someone to college who couldn’t go otherwise
  • 97. Climb a pyramid
  • 98. Go parasailing/hang-gliding…
  • 99. Assist a surgery
  • 100. Experience poverty—and do something about it