Janet's Lists

Below are two lists.

First, I decided to start my own bucket list.  I learn something new about myself on a regular basis, and creating this list will be an on-going project.

I realize that some of things seem near to impossible, but there are a lot of things on the list that, living the military life, can actually happen sooner or later.  There are a few things that I may have to save for my next life though.

Maybe I can inspire someone else to do make their own list.  I mean, really think about it.  What would you like to do before your time here ends? 

As for me, here goes...
  1. Visit the Holy Land.
  2. Learn to speak French fluently.
  3. Run a marathon.
  4. Be a Runner!
  5. Dip my toes in the Arctic Ocean.
  6. Go "off the grid" for about a month.
  7. Enjoy a gondola ride in Venice, Italy.
  8. Learn to ski or snowboard.
  9. Watch a ballet by a major dance company.
  10. Go white water rafting.
  11. Visit the Smithsonian...all of it, or at least the most interesting parts:  Museum of Natural History, Air and Space Museum, Museum of American History.
  12. Learn to ride a horse.
  13. Learn to play Fur Elise or Claire de Lune on a grand piano.
  14. Visit Havana, Cuba.
  15. Dance, or see someone dancing, the Tango in Argentina.
  16. Go skydiving.
  17. Ride in a hot air balloon.
  18. Learn to fly.
  19. Cruise the Mediterranean.
  20. Experience weightlessness.
  21. Watch a live rocket launch.
  22. Visit the Grand Canyon.
  23. Take a really good picture of the Northern Lights!
  24. See the Pyramids.
  25. Take a canoe through the Amazon.
  26. Be known for, and consulted on, my expertise in something.
  27. Have a picnic at Machu Picchu.
  28. Attend Carnival in Rio!
  29. Know what it feels like to entertain a sold out crowd (sing like Christina Aguilera).
  30. Sleep in the Cinderella Suite at Disney World.
  31. Tour the US in an RV.
  32. Live in a foreign country for at least six months.
  33. Make a quilt.
  34. Go on a medical mission to another country to help others in need.
  35. Read at least 50 classic novels.
  36. Learn to allow myself to make mistakes.
  37. In old age, savor sweet moments with a grand-baby.
  38. Plan my funeral, and die knowing that it will be an event filled with tears of joy.  Would you please send me on my way, make a gumbo, and celebrate my life?
  39. Go back to college to finally earn that PhD in Anthropology that I've always wanted.
  40. Attend a mass at the Vatican.
  41. Sail a boat to "Margaritaville", wherever that may be.
  42. Give Oprah a hug.
  43. Attend a major award ceremony of some kind, and know that I've had something to do with the person receiving that award.  Be the Mother of a Nobel Peace Prize recipient maybe?
  44. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  45. Spend a week at a 5-star spa.
  46. Own a Degas painting.
  47. Sleep in a castle.
  48. Design wedding dresses as a hobby, or maybe just run a bridal salon (?).
  49. Vacation at a Sandal's resort.
  50. Host an exchange student.
  51. Go dog mushing.
  52. Go on a whale watching cruise, and take a picture of a whale tail.
  53. Live in a high rise apartment/condo in a major city.
  54. Design our dream home.
  55. Own an antique half tester bed.
  56. Attend a Dave Mathews Band concert at The Gorge.
  57. Bet on a horse and attend the Kentucky Derby.
  58. Visit the source of one of the world's great rivers.
  59. See a Geisha perform a traditional tea ceremony.
  60. Inspire someone.
  61. Learn to play the violin.
  62. Watch a volcano erupt.
  63. Learn to crochet.
  64. Crochet a baby blanket.
  65. Learn to make Petit Fours.
  66. Spend time with a Lost Tribe, and learn from them.
  67. Attend a Broadway performance of The Lion King, so that I can hear "The Circle of Life" live.
  68. Visit La Rochelle, France (the origins of both Mom and Dad).
  69. Run a Bed & Breakfast on the coast.
  70. Learn to take better pictures i.e. take a photography class.

Second, I always have to have something to look forward to, and before deployments, I like to have an idea of what I'm going to do (besides taking care of myself, house and kids) to keep me busy; I need something fun to accomplish.

I always hear about these great movies, but have never taken the time to watch them.  I may have seen bits and pieces, but...

So, here is a list of classic movies that I plan to see in the future (I think that completing 20 is a safe number in the time that he's away):
  1. Casablanca
  2. Gone with the Wind
  3. Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor)
  4. Breakfast at Tiffany's
  5. Dr. Strangelove
  6. African Queen
  7. American Graffitti
  8. The Maltese Falcon
  9. Roman Holiday
  10. An American in Paris
  11. Singing in the Rain
  12. Bridge on the River Kwai
  13. Bell, Book, and Candle
  14. Lawrence of Arabia
  15. To Kill a Mockingbird
  16. Arsenic and Old Lace
  17. Dial M for Murder
  18. The Sound of Music
  19. Sabrina
  20. The Great Gatsby
  21. Giant (James Dean)
  22. A Streetcar Named Desire
  23. The Sound of Music
  24. Silkwood
  25. Great Expectations
  26. My Fair Lady
  27. Oklahoma!
  28. The Glenn Miller Story
  29. Doctor Zhivago
  30. The Grapes of Wrath
  31. The Postman Always Rings Twice
  32. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
  33. Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf
  34. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  35. Rebel Without a Cause
  36. East of Eden
  37. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
  38. How to Marry a Millionaire
  39. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  40. La Ronde
  41. The Kid (Charlie Chaplin)
  42. The Quiet Man
  43. An Affair to Remember
  44. Hello, Dolly!
  45. The Great Gatsby (1974)
  46. A Farewell to Arms
  47. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  48. Deliverance
  49. 12 Angry Men
Did I mention anything twice?  I hope not.

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