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100 Life List | Things to Do Before You Die
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100 things

March 4, 2012


As I sit here on the eve of my 37th birthday (I’m writing this Sunday night but you are probably reading this on Monday and yes, it’s my birthday – all wishes are welcomed!) and I’m thinking about my life. It’s probably the first time I’ve ever looked ahead and not behind. What concerns me are the fuzzy and undefined images I see when I close my eyes and try to imagine what lay before me.

I’m not talking about goals but instead about dreams. Wild, extraordinary adventures. I started a “life list” or “bucket list” sometime last year. I’ll be honest, the idea of creating lists like that make me very uneasy. It was a heavy chore and I held off for a long time. But why? We only have one life, right? And who knows how long it’s going to be. So I best be getting to this list because if I know anything for sure it’s this: “Once a task is once begun, never leave it until it’s done. Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all.”

1. Tandem skydive.
2. Be a centerfold.
3. Meet and take a photo with Gwen Stefani.
4. Teach my daughter how to drive.
5. Learn how to properly use my camera.
6. Learn to speak French and/or Spanish.
7. Take guitar lessons, again.
8. Walk with the Maidens for Mammograms and Margaritas.
9. Get my Masters Degree in Physical Anthropology.
10. Work as a barista at Starbucks.
11. Write my memoir.
12. Eat a thin crust pizza in Venice, Italy.
13. Visit the Louvre and ride the carousel in Paris, France
14. Adopt a child.
15. Rescue a Vizsla.
16. Attend my 20 year high school class reunion.
17. Spend some time on the East Coast with my husband and daughter.
18. Meet Dave Grohl.
19. Lose 25 lbs.
20. Have my dreams analyzed.
21. Get a real tattoo.
22. Grow a vegetable garden in my backyard.
23. See a NFL game live from the sidelines.
24. Learn more about my family history.
25. Reconnect with my Grandmother.
26. Reconnect with my Mother.
27. Read Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22.”
28. Recreate the white chocolate chunk and raspberry cookie from Marceline’s Confectionary in Downtown Disney.
29. Camp overnight.
30. Spend less than $100 at Target on any given day.
31. Learn more about Buddhism.
32. Make a baby book for my daughter.
33. Make photo books from all of our downloaded photos.
34. Buy a retirement home on Balboa Island.
35. Ride as a passenger on a motorcycle.
36. Learn to sew.
37. Design and decorate a play room/art studio for my daughter at the house.
38. Wear a Wonder Woman costume for Halloween.
39. Meet a Top Chef.
40. Have a meal made by Top Chef All Star Richard Blais.
41. Have dinner at a Master Chef’s restaurant.
42. Make the perfect lemon meringue pie.
43. Get Kelly Corrigan to autograph the two books she’s penned.
44. Meet Ann Murray Paige.
45. Learn proper knife skills.
46. Switch to a plant based diet.
47. Watch the TV series Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy on DVD.
48. Give and receive 100 kisses in a day from my daughter everyday.
49. Walk the sands of Poipu beach with my husband and daughter.
50. Develop better and deeper relationships with my siblings.
51. Go to Graceland.
52. Wear a bikini.
53. Participate in a breast cancer clinical study.
54. Take a creative writing class.
55. Cook and/or bake one recipe from every cookbook I own.
56. Speak in front of a large audience.
57. Help create a child care program at an Orange County hospital for cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment.
58. Develop a website where women can share their personal experiences with women’s cancers.
59. Study Evolution and Creationism and find out if the two ideas can co-exisit.
60. Run a 5K.
61. Watch the following never-seen movies: The Godfather I,II, and III, The Sound of Music, Citizen Kane, and Good Fellas.
62. Become a morning person.
63. Climb a rock wall.
64. Make more friends and successfully manage my friendships.
65. Pick apples from an orchard.
66. Hike to the Hollywood sign.
67. Be married for 50+ years.
68. Be a team mom and/or classroom mom.
69. Hire an assistant.
70. Meet the cast of the original Beverly Hills, 90210. Or just Jennie and Tori.
71. Tour Disneyland after park hours.
72. Witness a birth.
73. Be more spontaneous.
74. Take a cake decorating class.
75. Play craps in Las Vegas.
76. Stay in the penthouse suite of any five-star hotel.
77. Visit all 50 states.
78. Bike down the Haleakala Volcano with my husband.
79. Grow a thicker skin.
80. Go wine tasting in Northern California.
81. Stick to my guns.
82. Attend a Golden Globe Awards after party.
83. Throw an ’80’s party.
84. See Jay-Z perform live.
85. See Prince and Madonna perform live.
86. Teach my daughter to swim.
87. Be a Girl Scout leader.
88. Ride a horse.
89. Visit the memorial site at Ground Zero.
90. Get Botox.
91. Visit MoMA, LACMA, and The Getty.
92. Parasail.
93. Ride the subway.
94. Visit the Great Wall of China.
95. Read the “China Study.”
96. Read “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama.
97. Practice Yoga and meditation.
98. Read Michael Pollan’s “Food Rules,” “In Defense of Food,” and “An Omnivore’s Dilemma.”
99. Have Sarah Richardson renovate my master bedroom and bathroom.
100. Have my house saged.

So, where should I start?

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Jennifer March 5, 2012 at 8:36 am

Happy birthday!


Wendy March 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Thank you Jennifer!! xo


Jennifer March 5, 2012 at 10:45 am

#s 24, 25, 26 — possible to start even today, and probably so worth it.
# 30 — impossible! :)


Wendy March 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

24, 25, 26 are a bit complicated but not impossible. 30 is definitely impossible, right? Damn you Target *shaking fist* Thanks for stopping by and commenting!! xo


Adrienne March 5, 2012 at 11:05 am

I wanna be invited to the 80’s party! Happy Birthday!


Linda March 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I would love to help you learn to sew.


Wendy March 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I might take you up on that!


By Word of Mouth Musings March 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I would print this list out as my own except, darn it woman, you have a bunch of stuff on there that scares the crap out of me! But I am proud to say there are more than a dozen I could already cross off …
Happy birthday to you, and love you sat and created a life list such as this … congrats and may you conquer them all xxx


Wendy March 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Thank you!! Which ones are scary? Skydiving and parasailing? Yep, those scare me too but I’ll regret not doing them!! Thanks for the birthday wishes and the support!


The Woman Formerly Known As Beautiful March 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

When you write things down they tend to happen. You can skip the Botox though. I did it and looked like a Vulcan. Of course you might get a better Botoxician.


Wendy March 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

HA! Honestly, I’ve only ever heard horrible Botox stories! But these wrinkles between my brow is only getting worse and I’m thinking a Vulcan doesn’t sound that bad. Thanks for stopping in!!


Natalie March 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Happy Birthday, Wendy! I have no idea where you should start- that is quite a list! I have to ask- what does it mean to have your house saged? I have no idea. You done taught me somethin’ new!


Wendy March 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Hey Natalie! Thanks for the birthday wishes! Here’s a link to what it means to sage a house. http://www.ehow.com/how_6498474_sage-house.html It’s basically cleansing or healing the area in which you live. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for some time since finishing cancer treatment but I haven’t and thus the reason it’s on my “bucket list!”


Ashley March 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Holy long list woman. But I like it!! What are you saging your house for? Evil spirits lurking, or just negativity??
Anyway – happy birthday gorgeous. Hope you have an amazing year!! And it better involve coming up to visit me!


Wendy March 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Thank you beautiful girl! And yes! I hear you are a fabulous hostess so I’m looking to stay at the Fitting Inn very soon!
I don’t know…I’ve been thinking about doing a saging since finishing treatment. I want to rid the house of illness. It’s a little new-age for me but what the hell, right? I either need to find someone to do it or figure out how to do it myself!


Annette | Bucket List Journey March 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Love, LOVE, love your list! I live in Northern California Wine Country and I do hope you have the experience of wine tasting here. It is amazing. Happy to hear you were a true centerfold šŸ˜‰


Wendy March 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Thank you so much for popping in and leaving some comment love! I too hope I get to No Cal. It’s hours away – I have no excuse!


Megan March 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Happy birthday! There are so many of these that would be on my list, including growing a thicker skin. I’ve already done 10 things on your list, which is making me think of ten more to add to one of my own šŸ˜‰
And also – add ‘intelligent design’ with the creationsim and evolution. It’s a good middle ground opportunity.


Wendy March 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Thanks for the bday wishes, Megan! Which ten things have you done, I’m dying to know if they are worth doing. Thanks for the tip on “intelligent design” – I’ll definitely check it out.


Megan March 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm

6, 30, 36, 49, 54, 65, 74, 88,93, 97.
Definitely the mediatation (I do it sporatically). And the cake decorating class, except then everyone will want you to make a cake for them.


Sara @ Periwinkle Papillon March 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm

That is an AWESOME list and I’m so proud to be on it!!!! Happy Birthday! You and my hubby share the same birthday!!!!


Wendy March 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I’m still down with the Maidens! You tell me what I need to do – other than training.
Happy birthday to your husband! March 5th birthdays are the best!!


Katie Hurley March 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Well, obviously we should start by tracking down Gewn Stefani together! Happy birthday. I love this list, but I really love that you sat down and made it :)


Wendy March 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

It’s a plan, Katie! And you’ve got a musical in so I’ll stick with you!! :-)
Thanks for the birthday wishes.


Sherri March 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

First of all, Happy Birthday! And secondly I LOVE this list! So many made me smile…ambitious, silly, a little bit crazy. I may have a new blog crush.


Wendy March 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Oh Sherri, you have no idea what that means to me! Thanks for stopping in and leaving some comment love!! xo


Lizz March 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I love your list, my friend! Happy, happy birthday to you!
I have a very similar list… I’ve actually been working on it so I can finally post it… we’ll have to compare notes! :)


Wendy March 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Definitely want to compare notes. Definitely!


natalie March 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I don’t want to frustrate you but Dave Grohl is not a hard person to meet… we have seen him in Rehoboth, Deleware on a family vacation…. then we saw him walking through beverly hills, then I ran into him 4 times at a local coffee shop in sherman oaks… where he apparently lives.. then last week i went back stage at the fresh beat band and there he was … with his kids.. yeah I feel like a stalker but I swear we never intended on being in the same place!!!

happy, happy birthday!!


Wendy March 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Thank you for the birthday wishes! And omg, your news is music to my ears! It makes me believe it’s possible!! He was steps from me at a Yo Gabba Gabba show two years ago but I chickened out as I was having a fan-girl moment. I’m afraid of ruining the illusion!

Thanks for the comment love! xo


Shelby Barone March 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Happy Birthday Wendy! I love this idea of a bucket list! I am going to do #1 this summer…let’s just hope that I survive!


vanessa March 6, 2012 at 12:05 am

Happy birthday and I so need to make this list for myself.


Galit Breen March 6, 2012 at 4:27 am

I love your adventure list and seriously sweet friend, Happy Birthday!! xo


Caryn Bailey March 6, 2012 at 6:43 am

Happy Birthday! You have so many things on your list that I have too! : ) Although I don’t anticipate I’ll be wearing a bikini unless I have something nipped and tucked : )


Wendy March 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I wouldn’t mind a little nip/tuck either. Maybe that should be #101.


Kathleen March 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I can help with #6 and #72… Let’s chat! :)


Wendy March 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm



Jamie March 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Oh Wendy! I have a pre-30 bucket list! It is only a list of 30, which now seems short next to yours, but considering you have you entire (long!) life to do this, I guess 30 items is about right for completing in the next five years.

If I could make a suggestion? Other people I’ve spoken with that did bucket lists and completed them broke them up into sections creating “leap lists”- so before your next big life event (having another child, retirement, before X age) you must complete X amount on your list. It helps people actually accomplish their lists because it gives you a deadline prior to death (lol which i guess is the deadline for a bucket list)

Oh, and being an adoptive mommy I am going to say start on #14 now! Ain’t no time like the present! If it is something that both you and your husband are on board with, honestly, it is the most beautiful experience you will ever have. Not only adding to your family, but learning that blood is thicker than biology. Our son has given us more than we could ever give him. My husband and I are better parents and people because of him, and my son will grow up with an understanding of love and true family. So, ya….I like that one!

And if you need a partner for number 66 I volunteer myself!


Wendy March 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I adore the idea of a “leap list” – I’m definitely going to evaluate my 100 and find which ones can be done before this summer!

Thanks for the advice on adoption. It’s something we have considered for about three years now but still haven’t made a final decision and honestly don’t know exactly where to start (though I have been soliciting advice from people I know who have adopted).

YES!! Wouldn’t #66 be fun!

Thanks for stopping in and commenting! xo


Heather March 12, 2012 at 12:47 am

Oh Damn! I missed your birthday :( I hope you celebrated in a fabulous way!!
That is some list. Kinda makes me want to make one for myself. And really??? You’ve never seen Sound of Music? It is one of my all time favorites! And about the Botox… I almost got it, but got scared. I keep hearing horror stories. So instead I got that StriVectin stuff. It seems to be working in diminishing a few fine lines that have been bothering me. And do you have Netflix? I recently finished watching the first 4 seasons of MadMen. I am addicted to it.


Presley's Pantry March 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I say you teach your daughter to swim and dive at the same time…. then lean to speak Spanish and french….. the photo with Gwen can wait.


Wendy March 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I hear you and the swimming and the language! Plus, I already have a photo with Gwen it’s just circa 1994. Thanks for commenting!


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