The Life List

This will be a very “listy” post. For obvious reasons, see the title.  I thought it would be a good idea to get some of my goals and stuff up and crossed off. I know, super long list and it is constantly getting updated. This is by no means all of them. But a good start and I plan on writing posts about them:

Personal Goals

  1. Become an Ordained Minister.
  2. Own a Piece of Lalique Jewelry.
  3. Solve a Rubik’s cube
  4. Fall in love and get married
  5. Have a baby
    1. Subsequent baby calls me momma
  6. Create a Rube Goldberg Machine
  7. Find a conch shell. The Conch Catastrophy
  8. Walk a mile backward
  9. get a tattoo
  10. Break a bone And This Little Piggy Went Directly Into a Baby Gate and Broke
  11. Create and set off a thermite explosion
  12. Open a champagne bottle with a saber.
  13. Get fired, especially (but not limited to) when you’re getting fired because you want to get fired.  (Should happen to everyone at least once)
  14. Own a flamethrower
  15. Dance with my dad at my wedding
  16. Learn to BBQ some “Slap yo mama” ribs
  17. Save a life
  18. Go whale watching (Again, Thank you Bruce and Melissa)
  19. Cook a book
  20. Be able to do the scorpion yoga pose
  21. Have a hero.
  22. Be a hero.
  23. Meet your hero.
  24. Go ghost hunting. Poke around the Shanghai Tunnels they said..
  25. Lose 130 pounds (wow seems like a lot! It is a freaking lot. Oh well)
  26. Become a published author
  27. Have my artwork displayed in a gallery (When I was 12, but still counts)
  28. Publish a children’s book
  29. Restore a classic car
  30. Restore an old house
  31. Hug a redwood  The Redwood Didn’t Hug Back..Jerkface
  32. Start a blog! (it can be found here :P)
  33. make a 16-hour full day playlist  (I am on Spotify if you want to find me)
  34. Read a book about every American president
  35. Swim / stand under a waterfall (one in Zion pushed me flat to the ground)
  36. Ride a Harley
  37. Cruise in a Ferrari
  38. swim with dolphins
  39. Become a vegetarian (for 6 months, but I did it)
  40. Taste the finest wine. (Sweet surrender – from Keyways Winery)
  41. read the top 100 books (List can be found here Modern Libraries Reader’s List)
  42. run a marathon
    1. 3.5r
    2. mini
    3. 1/2
    4. whole
  43. Have 100,000 in savings
  44. Have 10,000 in savings
  45. Have 1,000 in savings
  46. Have 10 bucks in savings
  47. Own a 1971 Mach 1 Mustang (have only hugged one, and drooled from afar)
  48. Dye hair black and blue
  49. Dye hair red and black
  50. Read the Kama Sutra
  51. Know the names of all the American presidents
  52. Memorize the rhyme of the ancient mariner
  53. Complete a triathlon
  54. Walk a labyrinth  
  55. Help Lisa Fly in a plane
  56. Roll around in 20’s like the 3rd rate rap star that I am
  57. Roll around in 50’s like the 2nd rate rap star that I am
  58. Roll around in 100’s like the 1st rate rap star that I am
  59. Change my own serpentine belt
  60. Change my own brakes
  61. Change my own oil
  62. Rotate my own tires
  63. Fly my car 30 feet
  64. make 1000 paper cranes
  65. Attend the Nebula Awards (Thank you Bruce and Melissa. You made one of my dreams come true)
  66. Meet Neil Gaiman (I hugged him)
  67. See a major league baseball game
  68. Participate in a food fight
  69. Read 1000 books
  70. Be photographed in the Iconic breakfast at Tiffany’s pose.
  71. Get a blue box from Tiffany’s.
  72. Go grape stomping
  73. Experience a white Christmas
  74. Hug a pug (Lisa, I miss your pugs. Snort snort)
  75. Watch over 100 artists live in concert.
    1. Dave Mathews
    2. Dave Mathews and Tim Reynolds
    3. Elton John and the red piano
    4. Reba Mcentire
    5. Rodrigo y Gabriella
    6. Metallica
    7. Godsmack
    8. U2
    9. Black-eyed peas
    10. Buckeye cherry
    11. Cypress Hill
    12. Kitty
    13. nonpoint
    14. Cherry Poppin Daddies
    15. Big bad Voodoo Daddy
    16. Big bad Voodoo Daddy
    17. New Kids on the Block
    18. The killers
    19. Phil Lesh and Trey Anastasio
    20. The Black Crowes
    21. Damien Marley
    22. Godsmack
    23. Deftones
    24. Homegrown
    25. Incubus
    26. Stone Temple Pilots
    27. The Keller Williams Incident featuring Keller Williams backed by The String Cheese Incident
    28. Big and Rich
    29. Boston
    30. Styx
    31. The life is beautiful festival. I was a bit too drunk to remember.
    32. Jerry Lee Lewis
  1. Watch a Cirque du Soleil show. (Seen a few, those crazy bastards)
  2. Kiss under mistletoe
  3. Experience zero gravity
  4. Go to a drive-in movie (many times as a kid)
  5. Test-drive a car you can’t really afford
  6. Try on jewelry you can’t afford. (Tried on a pinky ring that cost a half million dollars)


  1. See the underground Paris catacombs
  2. Eat pasta in Italy
  3. Travel through five states in a day
  4. See Starry Night in person at the MOMA. (almost saw it on a New York trip. It was traveling..I sat on the floor and cried. Had to make do with Jaspar Jones)
  5. Go on an Alaskan Cruise with my family
  6. See the inauguration of an American president
  7. Visit times square
  8. Visit every state
    1. Alabama
      New Hampshire
      New Jersey
      New Mexico
      New York
      North Carolina
      North Dakota
      Rhode Island
      South Carolina
      South Dakota
      West Virginia
  9. Visit Montreal, Quebec and see the ice hotel
  10. Visit the seven sacred pools
  11. Visit the Athabasca glacier
  12. Go to a TED Conference
  13. See the Olympics
  14. Go to Mardi Gras
  15. Go to Oktoberfest
  16. See Versailles
  17. Go to the Louvre
  18. See Niagara Falls
  19. Have Buffalo wings in Buffalo New York
  20. See Falling Water house
  21. Go to the Caribbean
  22. Visit Jamaica
  23. Cruise the Greek Islands
  24. Hike Kilimanjaro
  25. Visit the Grand Canyon
  26. Kayak the grand canyon
  27. See the smokey mountains
  28. Climb a great big mountain. (climbed Mt. Charleston 11,916 ft)
  29. Ride the Trans Siberian railroad
  30. Storm a castle in Ireland
  31. Walk the Inca Trail and see Machu Picchu
  32. Be serenaded by a Venetian gondolier (maybe next time. really expensive in Venice)
  33. skinny dip in Ireland
  34. Drive across the USA (Have driven south to north on both sides of the US)
  35. Go to the mall of America
  36. See Mt. Rushmore
  37. Visit my father’s hometown in Tennessee
  38. Helicopter ride over a Hawaiian Volcano
  39. Helicopter ride over the Strip
  40. See wolves in Yellowstone
  41. Go to New Orleans
    1. Try a hurricane
    2. Try a Muffalata
    3. See Jackson square
    4. See the french quarter
    5. Have Beignets and Creole coffee.
    6. Get some beads.
    7. Have some seriously southern food, gumbo, red beans and rice, alligator.
  42. See Flamenco dance live in Spain
  43. Drink Hot Cocoa in Switzerland
  44. Live in Italy for three months
    1. See the city center of Pienza
    2. See the blue grotto
    3. See the Last Supper
    4. Visit Assisi
    5. Frasassi Cave
    6. Visit the botanical garden of Padua
    7. See Cinque terre
    8. See Verona Italy
      1. Say “Romeo Romeo where for art thou Romeo” in Verona.
    9. See Villa D’este
    10. Visit Genoa Italy and eat some seafood
    11. Visit Rome
      1. Visit the Holy See
      2. Michangelo’s David
      3. The Colosseum
        1. Go into the Colosseum
      4. The Pantheon
      5. Have the best Gelato in Italy
      6. Arch of Constantine
      7. Church of Santa Constanza
      8. Tempietto di San Pietro
      9. Villa Farnesia
      10. Colonade of St. Peter
      11. San Carlo alle Quattro Fontone
      12. Basilica of San Marino
      13. Trevi Fountain
    12. Visit Florence
      1. San Minialo al monte
      2. Palazzo medici
      3. florence cathedral
      4. Hear the bells pf florence
      5. Have a hotel that faces the dome
      6. Hospital of the innocents
      7. Palazzo Vecchio
      8. Palazzo Piti
      9. Florence Baptistery
      10. Uffizi
      11. Boboli Gardens
    13. See Castle Vecchio in Verona
    14. See the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scalla
    15. Palazzo piccolomini in Pienza
    16. Palazzo Ducale in Urbina
    17. Villa Farnese, Caparola
    18. See Nice
    19. See Sienna
    20. See Pompei
    21. Watch the races in Sienna
    22. See the Leaning Tower of Piza
    23. Cross from Italy into France
    24. See Lake Como
  45. Sleep in hotel California
  46. See Angel Falls in Venezuela
  47. Experience a dim sum breakfast in Hong Kong
  48. Go on a cruise
  49. Bike across the USA
  50. Attend a comic con
  51. See Venice beach
  52. See Venice canals
    1. Basilica of San Marco
    2. Feed the insane number of pigeons in front of the basilica
    3. See the Church of the Redeemer
    4. Santa Maria dei miracoli
    5. Ca d’oro
    6. Watch glass blowing in Venice
  53. See The Venetian in Las Vegas
  54. See the Hershey’s Chocolate Factory
  55. See the Spiral Jetty
  56. See the Golden Spike
  57. Have Dim Sum in San Francisco You lose some, and then you dim sum.
  58. Find the best pork buns in San Francisco
  59. Visit Muir Woods in San Francisco
  60. See the Painted ladies of San Francisco
  61. Go Across the Golden Gate bridge
  62. See Fishermans Wharf
  63. Ride The San Francisco Cable Car System


  1. Try Kopi Luac coffee or poop coffee
  2. Create a book club
  3. Try 100 year old balsamic Vinegar
  4. Cook and eat a Chinese tea egg An Egg-ceptul amount of Umam
  5. Go panning for gold
  6. Forge my own knife
  7. Brew my own beer
  8. Blow my own glass
  9. Create a ring plane
  10. Fly a paper airplane 500 feet
  11. Create a supper club
  12. Start a science fiction book club
  13. Help build a house for habitat for humanity
  14. See the murmuration of Starlings
  15. Go zorbing
  16. Go whitewater rafting
  17. Fly in a hot air balloon
  18. Go in a submarine
  19. Race cars on a track
  20. Do an AIDS walk
    1. 3 day breast cancer walk
    2. Do a MS walk
    3. Do an Alzheimers walk
  21. See Nesun Dorma sung live
  22. Attend a ballet
  23. Be a trainer for a day at sea world
  24. Go skydiving
  25. get boobs done
  26. Have a bonfire on the beach
  27. Drink glacier water
  28. Walk on hot coals
  29. See a firefly
  30. Fire Dragons breath from a shotgun
  31. See the salmon run
  32. Go dog sledding
  33. See the naked bike race
  34. Ride an elephant
  35. Dive with sharks
  36. Research my family tree 
  37. Change a flat tire
  38. Hug a redwood tree
  39. Try fifty different types of fruit.


  1. Teach a college class
  2. Take a budtending class.
  3. Take Tango lessons
  4. Take a bartending class
  5. Take a molecular gastronomy class
  6. Learn to glide step
  7. Learn to Juggle  (I can juggle 4 balls for a few seconds, but mostly 3)
  8. Learn to roll quarters across my knuckles.
  9. Learn to speak
    1. Spanish
    2. German
    3. French
    4. Italian
  10. Take shooting lessons
  11. Become good at pool
  12. Become a black belt
  13. Take flamenco lessons
  14. Learn to ski
  15. Get Scuba certified
  16. Learn to belly dance
  17. Learn to weld
  18. learn to play guitar
  19. Learn to Surf
  20. Learn to boogie board
  21. Learn snowboarding (changing this one to “Try snowboarding” learn that you hate it)
  22. Learn Origami
  23. Learn to program (This is ongoing, but I have learned the basics)


  1. Bake 30 types of brownies
  2. Make 30 types of hot cocoa
  3. Eat ham from/in spain
  4. Make dinner for 25 people. Done this one, twice.
  5. Drink 50 types of tea
  6. Try 50 whiskeys (up to 27 now)
  7. Make 50 types of pie (up to 24)
  8. Drink thirty-year-old scotch
  9. Make an old-fashioned pie. “More hot pies! More hot pies! – Part 1”
  10. Make Turkish delight.
  11. Make Ratatouille.
  12. Make Coq au vin.
  13. Make French Macaroons.
  14. Flambe something
  15. Make Boeuf Bourguignon.
  16. Make Black forest cake.
  17. Make butter from scratch
  18. Make buttermilk from scratch
  19. Make Saurkrat


  1. Grow a cutting tree
  2. Grow a lemon tree
  3. grow a “black” rose
  4. Become a master gardener
  5. Grow a cutting garden
  6. Set up a hydroponics garden
  7. Get my home on a portland home gardens tour.
  8. Grow some of the world’s hottest peppers. 
  9. grow a bird of paradise