THE LIST

Here is a good sampling of the list in all its glory. I made this list when I was undergoing chemotherapy and have added to it the past 6 years. For those of you that want to keep track of me and keep me accountable, it’s here. For those that just want some ideas of things to learn, it’s here. I am going to be posting pictures and video as I tackle these, which should provide some great entertainment along the way as well. If you have additional ideas for me, I am always open to suggestions.

Sports and Adventure

  • Run the races- 5K, 10K, 13.1, and the 26.2 marathon.
  • Run in 3 good marathons- Marine Corps, Boston, and NY marathons
  • Participate in the triathlons – sprint, olympic, half ironman, and the ironman, and KONA
  • Learn how to change a tire on my bike
  • Learn how to mountain bike
  • Participate in the 15 mile epic ride (mountain biking)
  • Complete the 109 mile El Tour de Tucson bike race
  • Complete the Warrior Dash
  • Complete an Xterra triathlon
  • Learn to kayak
  • Learn the hurdles
  • Be an ice hockey goalie for a day
  • Learn how to do an axel in ice skating
  • Learn how to play water polo
  • Learn how to play volleyball
  • Learn how to play sand volleyball (with a bikini baby)
  • Learn how to play lacrosse
  • Play in a tennis tournament
  • Learn how to vault in gymnastics
  • Learn to surf
  • Play in a game of polo (horse)
  • Become a kickboxing instructor
  • Get my black belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • Complete RAGBRAI
  • Take a self defense class and break a board
  • Take a boxing class and jump rope with the best of them (must have gloves)
  • Make a video of my mad double dutch roping skills
  • Learn bikram yoga and document my progression from stiff, dead one to Gumby- in progress
  • Learn the Tibetan rites
  • Get a 6 pack instead of drinking one
  • Take Barre method classes - in progress
  • Try Pilates Reformer and document improvement
  • Join Master’s swim program and make videos on starts, underwater streamlining, turns, strokes, and drills
  • Swim in Master’s Nationals
  • Learn how to play golf and join a lady’s group
  • Master spinning classes
  • Attend a strip pole class
  • White river rafting trip (multiple day)
  • Go parasailing
  • Attain scuba certification
  • Go 4 wheeling with family
  • Go snorkeling in exotic place
  • Learn how to spearfish
  • Re-learn how to waterski, slalom, and barefoot
  • Ski the black slopes
  • Learn how to snowboard
  • Attend Corefit
  • Learn how to do dives from springboard and platform (play with the dry land equipment!)
  • Go mountain/rock climbing
  • Learn how to skateboard and do jumps at skatepark or on ramp
  • Take horseback riding lessons
  • Learn equestrian riding (must have the outfit and boots)
  • Ziplining through the jungle
  • Learn how to do one handed pushups
  • Drive a race car on a Nascar track
  • Learn archery
  • Go snowmobiling
  • Taking a class at the shooting range
  • Learn how to dunk a basketball (assistance may be necessary)
  • Learn how to perform various touchdown dances
  • Go camping with the family every summer and learn camping skills
  • Dutch oven cooking while camping
  • Hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim
  • Learn how to flyfish
  • Skydive
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Spulunking
  • Try the bobsled
  • Take a tap dancing class
  • Salt River tubing with Jeff
  • Learn to sail and go on a multiple day excursion
  • Join crew team for a day (expecting to die a short, painful death)
  • Chronicle my journey towards health- 130# and 18% body fat – in progress 7/10/11 view here
  • Make a family Project Health Video- in progress
  • Achieve the perfect squat, lunge, and mountain climber

 

Homemaking and Organization

  • Learn the art of couponing
  • Learn how to hang a ceiling fan
  • Learn how to make my own cleaning supplies
  • Learn floral arranging
  • Organizing system for clothes in closets
  • Organizing system for pantry
  • Learn how to reupholster a couch
  • Build plant/garden beds
  • Plant a garden
  • Build my dream kitchen table
  • Learn how to lay brick (patio)
  • Learn how to install a sprinkler system and drip system
  • Discover an organized way to remember birthdays/anniversaries
  • Work with landscaper on designing dream backyard and pool
  • Experiment with creative and healthy school lunches (bento, etc)
  • Help build a photo niche with TVs (like Becky Higgins) 

Travel/Events

  • Visit 25 waterparks with family
  • Visit every MLB ballpark and eat a hot dog and peanuts at each- in progress, see here
  • Organize an annual girls only retreat
  • Travel in an RV for a summer and visit U.S National parks, landmarks, and festivals
  • Travel through Canada and visit with Jeff’s extended family
  • Attend a Barrett Jackson car auction
  • Attend an Outstanding in the Field dinner
  • Follow University of Arizona through March Madness – travel in person baby! Bear down!
  • Visit Mount Rushmore
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland
  • Take family to Spirit West Coast Concert
  • Visit the Canada side of Niagra Falls
  • Attend the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
  • Attend the Monaco Grand Prix
  • Visit the sea turtles and snorkel in the Galapagos
  • Attend the Indy 500
  • Attend the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D. C.
  • Dance in front of the monuments in Washington D.C.- completed 8/9/11 view here
  • Sail the Greek Islands with friends
  • Visit Greece with my parents and grandparents- tour with family, take a cooking class, learn Greek dancing
  • Take a Mediterranean cruise
  • Italy- Ride a gondola, visit Tuscany, Venice, Rome, Florence, and Laglio, Lake Como, Cinque Terre, Sistine Chapel
  • Swiss Alps- snow ski, sing like Julia in Sound of Music, visit castles
  • Take family to Mudbug Madness Festival in Shreveport, LA
  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans with Jeff
  • Explore Amsterdam
  • Visit the Olympic Training Park in Park City, Utah
  • Swim with dolphins and scuba dive in Kizimkazi- Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Go on an African safari (Kenya or Tanzania)
  • Israel- visit the Holy Lands, attend the Feast of the Tabernacles
  • Attend Octoberfest in Germany
  • Tour China- Great Wall of China, terracotta soldiers, Yangtze river cruise
  • Scuba dive and beach vacation in the Seychelles Islands
  • Take Jeff to an Arizona Diamondbacks game and sit poolsidecompleted 5/9/12
  • Attend the Nagoya Basho in Japan
  • Track gorillas in Rwanda (Can you tell I want to do everything that I read about in National Geographic Traveler?)
  • Visit Spain- America’s Cup, Run with the Bulls in Pamplona, Festival of the May Crosses, Bastille Day
  • Visit the Rock of Gilbraltar
  • Visit Hammershus Castle in Denmark
  • Explore Sweden
  • Attend the Festival of Diwali in Mumbai, India
  • Scuba dive at Fushifaru Thila in the Maldives
  • See the tulips in Holland
  • Attend the Rio Carnival in Brazil
  • Explore Norway
  • Ski indoors at the infamous Ski Dubai
  • France- Seine River , Eiffel Tower, eat a Lauduree macaron, visit flower and food markets
  • Attend the Tour de France
  • Attend Cannes Festival
  • Attend a Saturday Night Live in NY
  • Visit the pyramids in Egypt, Library of Alexandria, Cairo, and ride the camels
  • Climb Machu Picchu
  • Go to Summer Olympics- attend the opening ceremonies, volleyball, swimming, track & field
  • Take Emily to Olympic Trials for Swimming - completed, read here
  • Attend a pro surfing tournament
  • Go to the X Games
  • Go to Winter Olympics
  • Go to Roaring River and fish with my dad and kids, visit old waterside and make family chain
  • Hawaii- helicopter tour over waterfalls, snorkel on Molokini island, whale watching
  • NYC- plays, upper rail park, statue of liberty, serendipity, Yankees stadium, picture of family in central park
  • Visit Casablanca, Morocco
  • Explore New Zealand
  • Visit Portugal and attend the floating lantern festival
  • Camp at Yellowstone
  • Attend a Home Run Derby with Ben completed 7/12/11 view here
  • Attend an All Star Baseball game
  • Take Jeff to the Masters
  • Slide rock with kids
  • Tombstone
  • London- BigBen, Wimbledon, why possibly everything. High on the list my friends.
  • Explore Ireland
  • Take Jeff to the British Open
  • Host a dance off with my 2 faves
  • Disney cruise
  • Chicago- deep dish pizza, Chicago River green river, take kids on architectural tour
  • Host a tailgating party at U of A game
  • Host a tailgating party at Cardinals game
  • Throw a strike off a Major league ballpark mound
  • Make a video with kids on double dutch jump roping (I have skills)
  • Learn pop/funk dancing
  • Attend a pro volleyball sand tournament
  • Go to a Superbowl
  • Play Pebble Beach with Jeff and Ben
  • Attend the Kentucky Derby with girls. Attend festivities and the girls and I wear great big hats!
  • Attend the Preakness

 

Food/Entertaining

  • Host a kite making party with neighborhood kids
  • Bake 52 different cupcakes in one year -in progress 6/27/01, view cupcakes here
  • Learn how to make tamales
  • Learn how to make fried rice and use chopsticks (embarrassing people)
  • Host a party and make fire grilled pizzas
  • Taste testing pizza dough family night
  • Learn how to make refried beans
  • Make homemade donuts with the kids completed here 1/5/12
  • Make chocolate filled croissants
  • Learn how to decorate cakes
  • Learn all about wine- visit a winery perhaps? Wine tasting tour…hmmm
  • Host quarterly brunches at my house- women only, different themes
  • Host monthly outdoor/patio parties- at least one new couple every month
  • Host a fondue party
  • Host a sundae making party
  • Learn how to make chocolate eclairs
  • Make 52 different desserts in one year
  • Learn how to make cake balls and cake pops
  • Host a Baked potato and chili party
  • Host a progressive dinner party via bike in neighborhood
  • Host an annual crawfish party
  • Host a wacky olympics party
  • Host outdoor dinner parties at special Phoenix venues
  • Make homemade strawberry, blackberry, and raspberry jam completed 7/25/11 view here

 

Design, Fashion, and Health

  • Learn how to find properly fit sunglasses for my face
  • Visit Roundtop to buy furniture
  • Learn about hair- braiding, up-dos, hair care (teach girls)
  • Learn about makeup- buying and applying
  • Work with a skin anethesist/dermatologist and follow their treatment plan- chronicle before and after pics
  • Try accupuncture
  • Document building our house and design choices – in progress  6/30/11 start here

 

Capturing Life

  • Begin project life to document our family life – in progress 7/18/11 start here, here, and here
  • Learn photography- shooting manual and proper exposures- in progress
  • Learn photoshop skills for blogging- Blogfest- in progress
  • Learn photoshop skills for memory keeping- Ali Edwards and Cathy Zielske tutorials- in progress 7/18/11 start here and here
  • Learn how to make and edit videos- in progress
  • Learn how to use screenflow- in progress, used first in polaroid tutorial see here
  • Make a weekly video of family- weekly interview questions- in progress, see here
  • Write monthly letters to my kids- included in my weekly Project Life layouts starting 2012, view here
  • Learn Illustrator
  • At least one picture in every room on the walls- live with pictures
  • Attend a conference on food photography
  • Attend a Blissdom conference
  • Attend Alt Design

 

Holidays/Traditions

  • New Years- celebrate in NYC and Sydney, family party with resolution cards and favorite memory of previous year, make cascerones
  • Valentines Day- make valentines with kids, baked goods for neighbors every year
  • St Patricks Day- host rainbow parties, visit Chicago and see the green river
  • Purim- themed costumes, cookies, noise makers
  • Passover- host seder for neighborhood each year
  • Easter- sugar cookies, “egg” our neighbors, big feast, and make cascarones yearly- completed, view here 4/4/12
  • Cinco de Mayo- salsa dancing, outdoor party, Mexican tea cookies, refried beans, tamales
  • Memorial day- neighborhood parade with flags and decorated bikes, bbq, potluck
  • Fourth of July – take kids to celebrate in Washington D.C, NYC, and Lake Tahoe, host annual feast – 7/3/11 feast view here
  • Arbor Day- how to plant a tree
  • Sukkot- turn patio into a sukkah every year, have families over for dinner each night
  • Rosh Hashanah- go to services in Tucson, host dinner one night in PHX
  • Halloween- host an annual family pumpkin carving party and an annual adult costume party, make a hayride, family outfits every year, travel to a real (and different) pumpkin patch every year , host class parties
  • Thanksgiving- make cornucopia and fruit sugar cookies each year, thankful cards, big feast, make pilgrim outfits and put on a play for family
  • Hanukah- make latkes, play dreidel, eight crazy family gifts and then 1 gift for each kid on the 1st and 8th night
  • Christmas- make a wreath, cinnamon rolls every Christmas morning, advent calendar activities, December daily album, enchiladas on Christmas Eve after Christmas Eve service
  • Make kids birthday cakes every year
  • Make gratitude keys  see here
  • Have a weekly family night
  • Host an annual father/child cake baking contest- great memory
  • Annual TGIF baseball game feast with Julie and Chris
  • Take each kid on a special weekend trip on their 16th birthday
  • Attend an annual family Young Life camp
  • Attend family reunions and make t-shirts each time

 

 

Crafts/Hobbies/Arts

  • Learn bookbinding to make journals for myself and the girls
  • Learn how to play the guitar
  • Learn the basics of wood working
  • Learn ballroom dancing
  • Make hanging beds
  • Make platform beds
  • Learn how to play the piano - completed 3/8/2012, read here
  • Widen my stamping/embossing skills
  • Learn how to salsa dance
  • Learn how to sew
  • Make my own personalized stamp and stationary
  • Learn skills matting and framing of pictures
  • Take quilting classes
  • Learn stained glass work- work with glass kiln
  • Take a pottery class- pottery wheel
  • Learn how to use a serger and make tablecloths and napkins
  • Learn how to make candles
  • Learn calligraphy
  • Learn letterpress
  • Learn screenprinting
  • Learn how to paint (pictures)
  • Learn how to paint (walls)
  • Learn how to paint/ redo furniture
  • Help paint a mural at non-profit or orphanage
  • Learn how to draw (flipping intimidated- i can draw a stick figure)
  • Learn how to make baskets
  • Learn how to knit- make a scarf
  • Buy season tickets to theater
  • Attend a crafting/hobby conference once a year with Julie- completed

 

Random careers/skills

  • Be an elephant trainer for a day
  • Learn how to ride a unicycle
  • Play in the World Series of Poker
  • Be a magician’s assistant during the show
  • Be a TV journalist for the day
  • Play hoops with the Globetrotters
  • Be in a Pomplamoose video
  • Go train with olympic trampolinists for a day
  • Ride a mechanical bull
  • Work at a florist for a month
  • Make a video with Kenny Mayne
  • Work at a bakery
  • Learn French
  • Be a dolphin trainer for a day
  • Dance to Can’t Touch This with M.C. Hammer
  • Dance with the Rockettes
  • Explore all that Phoenix has to offer- restaurants, stores, and sites (“Phoenix Finds on Fridays”)
  • Learn how to brew beer
  • Learn how to do a trapeze
  • Chronicle journey of putting dogs through obedience training
  • Work as a bartender for a weekend and learn how to make awesome cocktails
  • Learn how to be an auctioneer
  • Be in a video with Jimmy Fallon
  • Work with a voice coach to learn a mean English accent- totally want to say “Buggar” Sounds so cool.
  • Drive a Monster truck at Monster Jam rally
  • Be a flight attendant for a day
  • Work with a butcher and learn about best cuts of meat and grass-fed beef, etc
  • Work with a pastry chef
  • Be in a parody or video with J.T. & A.S.
  • Be a Navy Seal for a day (hour? minute? 30 seconds? come on people… Demi did it!)
  • Host PTI with Tony Cornheiser
  • Dance with Ellen on the Ellen DeGeneres show
  • Meet Scott VanPelt and learn his job
  • Learn Spanish (Jeff says this might be the most impossible of all of them. I butcher the poor language)

 

 

Mom/Kid experiences

  • Teach kids how to snow ski
  • Teach kids how to water ski
  • Make a Go-cart and race it
  • Build a genuine, kicking treehouse
  • Make various homemade popsicles with kids- in progress, view here
  • Make each kid a quilt of their own
  • Take the kids to a circus
  • Teach kids how to play croquet
  • Take kids to the Greek Festival
  • Adopt a resident at the local retirement home
  • Take kids to feed the giraffes- completed 3/7/12 view here
  • Make paper airplanes
  • Take kids boating and tubing
  • Teach kids how to cook and bake
  • Make tye die shirts
  • Make corn syrup paintings- completed
  • Make homemade playdoh
  • Instill a love of reading
  • Work as a family every year around Thanksgiving at the Downtown Mission serving food
  • Teach kids how to make scrapbooks and journals
  • Make different versions of homemade ice cream
  • Take Ben to a Spring Training Baseball game and sit on the lawn
  • Host backyard campouts and made different versions of smores

 

Things I want to own

  • Own a red english phone booth
  • Own a Ms Pacman video game
  • Own a photobooth in our house- have guest book at house, daily pictures
  • Own a VW bus

 

Ultimate Dreams

  • Own a lakehouse and a boat ( a girl can dream can’t she?)
  • Travel the world for 1 year with family (ultimate, ultimate bucket list bullet point)

Comments

Julie Coryell

This has definitely encouraged me to expand my “list”. I made a list years ago and I’m proud to say that I’ve marked several things of that list. Your list makes me realize that there are so many more things I want to do and they are all worthy of making “the list”!

27 June 2011 at 12:42 am
maryann perry

I love this….it so inspires me to create a list of my own….i just love you jenny

27 June 2011 at 7:07 am
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