6 Month Bucket List Evaluation and Some Hunky Dudes

So I had a busy night last night, and didn’t have a chance to stalk everyone to find out who was racing this week.  Race Shout-Outs will have to take a break this weekend.  I’m so sorry!

I do know that Rachel is running a half marathon, and I’m hoping that the rain gives her a break this weekend!

Good luck to everyone racing this weekend! 


So, here we are, halfway through 2012.  I can’t believe 6 months have gone by so fast! In January I made a Bucket List of items that I wanted to accomplish during the year that was a mixture of life experiences, personal growth, and fitness goals. As a bucket list, there is less pressure to make sure everything gets done as opposed to resolutions which sound much more concrete.  But still, I would have a heck of a year if I pulled it off!

So…at the half way point, am I anywhere near meeting my goals?  Time to revisit and re-evaluate my game plan!

1) Get Passport stamp #4: It is still a slight possibility, but it may have to wait until next year.  MAYBE.

2) Pay off credit card debt: Um….this needs to be a bigger priority…MAYBE

3) Ride in a hot air balloon. Wow, it is way more expensive than I thought it would be.  Still in the works though! MAYBE

4) Run a full marathon: ON TRACK!

5) Run a race every month: ON TRACK!

6) Compete in a triathlon: I suppose it could still happen if I can find a sprint distance in like, December, but it may have to wait until next year. And, it all rests on #7. MAYBE

7) Learn to swim: I started to learn, but haven’t been in the pool since February.  MAYBE

8) Read my way through Newsweek’s Top 100 Books of all time: This is probably going to take several years.  I’ve LOVED a few of these books, but some (ahem, Heart of Darkness), have taken me forever.  Like, great that you have such an extensive vocabulary, Joseph Conrad, but you don’t have to use every big word you know in one sentence.  NOT GONNA HAPPEN

9) Go on a White Water Rafting weekend expedition: The ones I want to do are in Oregon, and we probably aren’t going to get there this year.  All of the rivers here are pretty unexciting since we didn’t really have a snowy winter. But still not completely out.  MAYBE

10) Start dressing my age: Ummm (looks down at flip flops)….not even close.  We’ll work on this one. I always feel a little weird walking into a meeting with everyone else dressed professionally while I look like I’m running late to homeroom.  MAYBE

11) Visit a new state: ON TRACK!

12) Send a birthday card in the mail to people on their birthdays: I’ve done this a few times! So, I’d say, DONE!

13) Learn how to use my camera and take awe-inspiring photosI’ve learned a few settings, although Aaron has experimented more.  I’ll resolve to sign up for an online class.  MAYBE

14) Relearn French: I looked into Rosetta Stone, but a lot of people don’t seem to think that it is worth the price.  But I don’t want to spend money on a cheaper product and have it not work.  Anyone have any good suggestions? MAYBE

15) Go horseback riding on the beach: Still a possibility.  I actually looked to see if they offer horseback riding on the beach in Chicago, but it looks like not. MAYBE

16) Write a novel: I need to actually sit down and start first.  This seems to be the hardest part.  MAYBE

17) Buy a new car (hopefully BEFORE the Taurus self-destructs ). DONE April 2012

18) Do a massive house cleaning and reorganization: This needs to happen.  Maybe this weekend?  ON TRACK

19) Take the GRE: I actually had forgotten about this.  I really want to go to grad school for my own learning pleasure, but seeing as how I’m still paying off student loans and I have a job that doesn’t really require it, it seems kind of silly.  Still, the longer I wait the more things like long division I’ll forget.  MAYBE

20) Go to a live music festival: DAMN YOU PEOPLE AND YOUR MUSIC FESTIVALS!! (you know who you are).  I was actually thinking Austin City Limits but that was way sold out when I checked a few months ago.  This may have to wait, but I’m sure there are plenty of smaller music festivals that I can probably get to pretty easily just to say that I did.  MAYBE

21) Choose an NFL Team to cheer for and learn everything about them (then go to one of their games): I’ve narrowed myself down to three teams, but I still have a couple of months before football season begins.  ON TRACK

22) Win something (anything) in a radio contest: I need to reignite my efforts! MAYBE

23) Invest in a piece of artwork: This is still a possibility. I need to start looking into it.  I have a friend who is an art dealer, but I know nothing about the process.  MAYBE

24) Finish a Tough Mudder: This will have to be put off until 2013.  When I made the bucket list, Tough Mudder was supposed to be here this year.  They’ve postponed it until my 29th birthday (and yes, that freaked me out a bit to type that).  NOT GONNA HAPPEN

25) Figure out what in the world I’m doing with my life and take steps to get there: Um, yeah…nowhere closer than I was in January.  Life decisions are hard. MAYBE

So…we have:





Looks like I need to get my bucket list butt in gear! I’d like to accomplish at least half this list, otherwise, this is the saddest little unaccomplished bucket list in the land. Time to get going!


Other Friday Noteworthies:

1) I wanted to say thanks to Laura who posted a link to a conversion calculator on her blog today.  It estimates how fast you would run at cooler temperatures (3 minutes off my recent 10-K time), and how fast you would run at different elevations (2 minutes off my recent 10-K time).  I’ve already spent some time playing with this!

2) My coffee grinder died.  I have had no coffee this morning.  This is really not fun. (As an example, I just published this without a title).

Question: How many of you ladies (and well…I suppose men too if you’re so lucky) are going to see Magic Mike this weekend?  I totally wasn’t planning on it, but then my friend texted me yesterday and now we’re going.  Not that I’m complaining.  I haven’t seen a bunch of women this excited about a movie since the first Sex and the City.


25 thoughts on “6 Month Bucket List Evaluation and Some Hunky Dudes

  1. I read #6. Then I read #7. Then I read #6 again. Then I laughed.

    21. Kansas City Chiefs. You’e welcome.

    25. If you figure out how to figure this out, let me know. I’m no closer today than I was on my 18th birthday.

    And probably gonna wait until, like, never to see Magic Mike.

    • I think the #6-#7 transition worked a little better in the original post! But yes, before I can do a tri, I’m going to have to learn how to swim!

      I can honestly say that the Chiefs are not in my top 3. I like cheering for winners! And you know you want to see some Matt and Channing abs on the big screen! Have a good weekend, Sam!

  2. You have totally motivated me to make a bucket list for the next 6 months! You have some pretty awesome things on your list and I wish you all the best getting there. Reading all of Newsweek’s Top 100 books is pretty intense BUT you can always say you did it.

    As a language teacher, I’m always on the fence about Rosetta Stone. I’ve worked with it but I feel it limits your ability to be creative with the language. Also, if you are someone who needs to understand the rules or why something is the way it is, you won’t get that from Rosetta Stone. You can always find a French friend and learn from him/her =)

    And yes, I will be going to see Magic Mike this afternoon. I wasn’t planning on it either but a friend asked so I said yes. I’m kind of excited now =)

    Good luck with the run this weekend! I’m looking forward to reading your Monday recap.

    • There are some pretty dry books on that list, and as much as I try to get into some (like Heart of Darkness), I just can’t. I am however understanding a lot of references made to these books, AND getting more Jeopardy questions right, so that’s a plus!

      Good to know about Rosetta Stone! I would love to find a French friend! We also have a French school here where my sisters took some lessons, but they didn’t really like their tutor.

      Have fun at Magic Mike! I’ve only seen good reviews so far, but how can you go wrong? I’ve got 13 miles this weekend which is my longest non-race run to date!

  3. Oh my god, I TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTALLY agree about Heart of Darkness. Conrad needs to stop being such a dick.

    I am also in the ‘I want to do a triathlon’ camp. I want to conquer a half ironman, and was on the website last night ready to sign up for 2013. Until I saw the price!! I’ve got bills to pay, thank you very much!

  4. That’s a pretty bad ass goal for your first tri! And I’ve heard about how expensive full Ironmans can be. Half that price is still really expensive!

  5. Your list makes me appreciate the experiences I’ve had to date: I’ve done about six of your goals. My husband’s cousin is trying to get me to do a sprint triathlon this fall, but I don’t have a bike! I’d like to do a Tough Mudder eventually, but first I’d do a Spartan Race to see what it’s like. Can you not count your roller thingy from Twitter as ‘winning something on the radio’ kinda? When it comes to art, what exactly do you want? You can easily buy an original anywhere, it just depends on what you’re looking for. The first time I dropped a lot of money on art was in Australia, when I bought an original Aboriginal painting, it’s beautiful (and in storage in Canada!). I’ve also bought a cute painting of cupcakes for $40; it’s all in the eye of the beholder I guess.

    • I kind of consider the twitter thing a fluke. I want to win backstage passes for Pit Bull (aka Mr. Worldwide) or something similar by being the one person out of a million whose phone call gets answered! As far as art, I don’t really know. An Aboriginal painting would be AMAZING! Anytime we travel, we try to to find some authentic artisan goods to bring back. I went through a phase in college where I was an art history buff, but I don’t know too much about contemporary artists or their price ranges. I’m thinking a painting or a glass sculpture, but I know NOTHING about the market. If only I had the funds to purchase some Caravaggio!

  6. Wow, you had some BIG goals- good for you! You’re well on your way to many of them. The swimming one is tough for me too- I don’t love it, and it takes so much more effort than heading right out the door for a run.
    I’m so glad you’re enjoying playing with those calculators, isn’t it fun? It’s made me feel a lot better about my slow summer running. 🙂

    • I love that calculator! And I am so bad at swimming! 2 miles takes way more effort than it should! But YOU are doing awesome with it!

  7. Good goals! I laughed at the swimming part…ONLY because I used to be a swimming teacher! lol! And I’m actually going to take the GRE really soon, hopefully end of next month when I back from vacation!

    • GOOD LUCK on the GRE! I think it is completely necessary for you! And when I was little, my mom took me to swimming lessons, but my learning style wasn’t compatible with the instructor’s teaching style, so I dropped out. I can survive, but I’m not a swimmer by any means!

  8. Number 14 is on my list too – I go to France for work every year and here are my thoughts on Rosetta Stone (which I have free access to via military): I LOVE it for vocabulary building. I’m a very visual person and it really did help me learn to recognize words and such, but for learning to actually speak the language, nothing (of course) beats actually having to speak it. There’s some new program online that matches you with a person in, say, France who wants to learn English (and matches you based on your ability) you can chat with via skype. I’ve heard it works pretty well!

    • I’ll have to look it up! I remember some of the grammar and vocabulary, but I can’t understand anything when I hear it, so “immersion” style might be the best option! And I am completely jealous that you get to travel to France on business (aside from the whole living in Paradise thing!).

    • Yeah…pretty much any of the travel options or major purchases will require a credit card charge. Next year, I should just have “pay off credit card debt” as my bucket list item!

    • We saw it yesterday! I was actually surprised…I wasn’t expecting it to be that serious of a movie. Can’t these nice men just dance and be happy about it instead of getting involved in the drug trade and wanting better things for themselves? I guess I should have gone in with higher expectations! It was still fun though.

  9. 10) When i get on the DC metro, i see a number of young women going to work dressed like they’re going to a frat toga party. Maybe it’s all they can afford because of crushing student loan debt.

    14) Alliance Française de Albuquerque has a good french program. Some thing like <$200 for a weekly 10 week series.

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