Jillian’s Life List: 100 Things

Participate In NaBloPoMo
Make Great Halloween Costumes for My Kids
Take a Picture a Day for a Year
Own a Goat
Get a Proper Bra Fitting
Learn to Build a Roaring Fire
Drive Across the US Without Using Expressways
Attend an Al-Anon Meeting
Run a Mile
Educate Myself About Wine

Try 1,000 Recipes from My Cookbook Collection
Visit Termini Imerese
Take a Trip On a Boat Smaller Than a Cruise Ship
Take a Train Trip
Catch Up On My Backlog of Podcasts
Learn American Sign Language
Attend Alden and Elliot’s College Graduations
Grow an Herb Garden
Take Another Trip With Dad
Live Abroad for At Least Six Months

Get a Dog
Attend a Legally-Recognized Gay Wedding
Save One Million Dollars
Make Mustard
Sponsor an Animal at a Zoo or Sanctuary
Take a Photography Class
Volunteer 1,000 Hours
Try All the Vegetarian Options at Tomato Head
Get Laser Hair Removal
Make a New Friend

Attend a Luau
Watch an Argument Before the Supreme Court
Get a Gorgeous Family Portrait Taken
Finish All Christmas Prep By December 1
Take the Boys Camping
Go an Entire Year Without Soda
Be a Season Ticket Holder to an Arts Organization
Visit Boca del Toros
Get Back to My Pre-Pregnancy Pants
Read All the Unread Books In My House

Make a Great Birthday Cake
Get SCUBA Certified
Try 100 Cheeses
Buy Fresh Flowers Every Week for a Year
Visit Every Continent
Get a Fish Tank
Stay In a Monastery
Send Damon and His Mom On a Cruise
Ride the Maid of the Mists
Skinny Dip at a Mexican Villa

See the Galapagos Islands
Adopt a Daughter
Stay In an East-Coast Beach House
Live In a Cottage
Go a Week Without Wearing Shoes
Make a Great Lemon Curd
Become Known at a Favorite Bar or Restaurant
Make the Perfect Stuffed Artichoke
Win an Award at Work
Move Back to Cincinnati

Serve On the Board of a Non-Profit Organization
Make a Lamp and Lampshade
Have a Water Feature In My Home
Send a Message In a Bottle
Take My Kids to the Places My Dad Took Me
Attend Tapings of The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
Take Damon to Howth
Have Original Art for Every Room In the House
Learn Three Dances
Observe Lent

Complete a Family Genealogy
Learn More About Buddhism
Take an Impulsive Train Trip In Europe
Get a Masters Degree
See the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
Mentor a Brilliant Young Woman
Complete the World’s Largest Crossword Puzzle
Take a Cooking Class
Live at the Cabin for a Year, Starting In Summer
Visit 50 Museums

Collect State Quarters With My Kids
Get Rid of All My Clothes (15-Item Exemption) and Start Over
Sleep In a Hammock In the Backyard
Try a Zip Line
Get Comfortable Ice Skating
Renew Our Wedding Vows
Take the Kids to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon
Compost
Institute a Regular Sunday Dinner With Family and/or Friends
March In a Pride Parade

Volunteer In a Political Campaign
Pick Five Charities to Support Regularly
Put Window Boxes On My Home
Grow a Lemon Tree
Have an Indoor Swing
Go to Disney World with Mom and the Kids
Drive the Length of Route 1
Sunday Pedicure (Professional Or at Home) for a Year
Sleep In a Tree House
Stay In a Lighthouse

Build a Birdhouse

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16 responses to this post.

  1. I have done 17 of these things. By far the one I most recommend is getting fresh flowers every week.

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  2. I have done 17 of these things. By far the one I most recommend is getting fresh flowers every week.

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  3. We will have to discuss as I go.
    Somehow “Build a Birdhouse” got left off. I may need to do an edit.

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  4. I think I could cut and paste about 85% of this to make my list.
    Especially getting a proper bra fitting.

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  5. I think I could cut and paste about 85% of this to make my list.
    Especially getting a proper bra fitting.

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  6. I wasn’t going to say anything.

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  7. This was a very thought-provoking post, thank you for making it. I don’t know that I would be able to compile such a list unless I could change it all the time and keep a parallel list of things I’m proud of having done since that seems very important too… but at that point the whole enterprise seems like too much work. It was still fun to read and think about. I think everyone must have such a list in their head, however ill-formed.
    I would have two things on my list from childhood: visit all 50 states, and learn five languages (Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese; these are what I thought were the most important languages when I was a kid in the eighties). The former, I think I will manage. Eventually. But it’s become less important to me as I get older. The latter turns out to be both harder and less useful than I’d thought. I will never accomplish it. But I’d still keep it on my list because it would be cool ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. This was a very thought-provoking post, thank you for making it. I don’t know that I would be able to compile such a list unless I could change it all the time and keep a parallel list of things I’m proud of having done since that seems very important too… but at that point the whole enterprise seems like too much work. It was still fun to read and think about. I think everyone must have such a list in their head, however ill-formed.
    I would have two things on my list from childhood: visit all 50 states, and learn five languages (Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese; these are what I thought were the most important languages when I was a kid in the eighties). The former, I think I will manage. Eventually. But it’s become less important to me as I get older. The latter turns out to be both harder and less useful than I’d thought. I will never accomplish it. But I’d still keep it on my list because it would be cool ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I don’t know what got into me. I saw someone else’s life list, and I couldn’t let go of the idea. It turned out to be great fun to create. To your point, I am maintaining the right to add and edit, although I will never strike anything fully because it’s a record as much as it is anything. I can’t tell you how much this list has shaped the way I’m thinking about my future, both immediate and far away.
      What states do you have left to visit?

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      • Rhode Island, Michigan, West Virginia, Alaska, and Hawaii. We’ll go visit in July, which is what made me remember the goal in the first place.

  9. I don’t know what got into me. I saw someone else’s life list, and I couldn’t let go of the idea. It turned out to be great fun to create. To your point, I am maintaining the right to add and edit, although I will never strike anything fully because it’s a record as much as it is anything. I can’t tell you how much this list has shaped the way I’m thinking about my future, both immediate and far away.
    What states do you have left to visit?

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  10. Rhode Island, Michigan, West Virginia, Alaska, and Hawaii. We’ll go visit in July, which is what made me remember the goal in the first place.

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  11. […] do have a wish to make a lovely birthday cake on my life list. I think maybe this is the year to get to work on that. While I will combine the birthday party for […]

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  12. […] I know that soon, at least for Alden, these days of noise makers and party hats will soon give way to laser tag and… Whatever else big boys do. Wrestling matches? Sports… Fighting? Definitely uncharted territory. This seemed like the right year to get that birthday cake off the life list. […]

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