2016 Bucket List Update: A Beast, a Bowl, and Bratislava


Last year I made updates to my life “Bucket List,” which had been in progress for about five years. One year later I am thrilled to see the progress I have made, almost miraculously checking off all four of my newest goals and one of my longtime goals:

  • Meet and talk to Margaret Cho UPDATE:√ March 1, 2015

  • Broad Street Run – 10 miles! UPDATE:√ May 3, 2015

  • Spartan Race or similar UPDATE:√ Two Spartan Sprints in 2015

  • Renovate top floor to include bathroom, therefore finally not having to share a bathroom with my children. UPDATE: √ May 2015
  • Publish a revised version of Spit That Out! – with the addendum that I will only do this with proper backing from a publisher OR after waiting another 15 years when everything I have said will be completely obsolete. UPDATE: √ To be published by New Society Press Fall 2016!!

Goals which I still have not met include:

  • Spend at least a two-week stretch of time in London
  • Be in the audience of The Graham Norton Show
  • Perform a really good Karaoke duet, preferably “Candy” by Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson or “Stop Dragging my Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty
  • Visit any major U.S. cities and parts of the country I haven’t seen (SHIFTCON will be in New Orleans in 2016!!)

Instead of traditional “New Year’s Resolutions,” which require specific and immediate change, I prefer the long-lead bucket list – and it is time to add some new ones!

  • Complete a Spartan Super in 2016 – 8+ miles of hell!
  • Complete a Spartan Beast before age 40 – 14+ miles of hell!
  • Do a CrossFit competition where I don’t place last!
  • There is a little town in Slovakia where everyone’s last name is Bederka. They are my husband’s “people” and have sent us correspondence extending an invitation to their kin. It sounds amazing. My son would be like a crowned prince. This is from an actual email my husband received: “Lopašov is a small village, and certainly we’re all family. I invite you to Slovakia. Lopašov is just 170 km away from Vienna. Just when you buy a ticket. You’ll be my guest. Best regards, Bronislava”
  • Take a pottery class. Yes, this is such a silly “old lady” goal. And that’s exactly when it’s going to happen – when I am an old lady. I once took a pottery class in college and loved it. But it’s been almost 20 years and remains way down on my priority list. I’m planning to be like the old lady in the beginning of Titanic, sitting silently with a pottery wheel at the ripe age of 97.

    You gave me hyacinths first a year ago. They called me the hyacinth girl.
    You gave me hyacinths first a year ago. They called me the hyacinth girl.

What’s on your bucket list? Do you plan to cross it off in 2016?

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