Friday, 26 October 2012

Life List

Life's too short. It's time to get up, put on your best frock and dancing shoes and go have a good time.

I have a life list of things that I'd like to experience before I close my eyes for the last time...

  1. Be an expat
  2. See Roman Holiday on the big screen
  3.  Appear on a radio show
  4. Create my own alter-ego
  5. Vroom! Vroom! Get my Irish driver's license
  6. Travel an entire London Underground line
  7. Have a deluxe picnic in the Iveagh Gardens
  8.  Find a job where I can cycle or walk to work on a daily basis (or better still, do in my pajamas)
  9. Say yes to every opportunity for one week
  10. Make the perfect playlist for every situation and mood
  11. Eat in at least 15 Michelin star restaurants
  12. Transfer all the old family movies and photos into digital format
  13. Write a bedtime story for the girls
  14. Build the world's coolest snowfort
  15. Build a sandcastle that's bigger than me
  16. Throw himself the best 30th/40th/50th/60th/70th/80th/90th/100th birthday parties possible
  17. Watch a summer sunrise over Grampie's pond
  18. Pick strawberries at the U-Pick and make strawberry shortcakes for dessert
  19. Make up a dance routine with Dann & Eric (preferably to a song from one of the two cassette tapes we owned as kids and used to make up our own musicals to)
  20. Watch "Power, Passion, Murder" with Eric again and see if we laugh as hard the second time around
  21. Make the biggest chocolate chip cookie that can be cooked in my oven
  22. Throw an old-fashioned tea party complete with handwritten invitations
  23. Unplug and live a Walden-like existence for one month
  24. Build a really cracking bonfire and make smores
  25. Live a bi-continental lifestyle for at least one year
  26. Paint a decent watercolour of a sunny destination
  27. Make my own unique flavour of homemade ice cream
  28. Ride a tandem bike - weee!
  29. Do an annual cartwheel
  30. Outdoor yoga in St Stephen's Green
  31. Do a 20km Volksmarch (ideally finish with a bratwurst and chips mit curry ketchup und einen Bier)
  32. Take a long bike ride by a beach
  33. Have a pint of Guinness at an early house
  34. Watch every single Hitchcock film
  35. Build a maze out of cardboard boxes and challenge my friends to go through it after many cocktails
  36. Create a fun fair in the back garden for one of the girls' birthdays
  37. Design a house that is Frank Lloyd Wright-esque
  38. Drive a vintage VW bug (or bus, I'm easy)
  39. Make a breakfast egg mcmuffin on a camping stove on the beach
  40. Throw a cabaret
  41. Make up a really killer verse for "The Auld Triangle"
  42. Discover an undiscovered artist and buy some of their work
  43. Go skating as far down the Rideau Canal as possible
  44. Scall all my letters from Pappy that he's sent me since I was 8 years old
  45. Host the perfect BBQ
  46. Act silly at every opportunity
  47. Take fancy dress for Halloween VERY seriously
  48. Own a house by water
  49. Build my own walled garden
  50. Soak up Europe by Interrail
  51. Visit Shakespeare and Company in Paris
  52. Show himself how much fun Oktoberfest can be
  53. Raowr! Go on the Viking Splash Tour!
  54. See a musical in London's West End
  55. Go to a London Blitz Party
  56. Go lawn bowling and drink Pimms in the sunshine in summertime London
  57. Have Afternoon Tea at Claridge's
  58. Rent a surf cottage for the winter
  59. Explore the universe like it's 1785 at Dunsink Observatory
  60. Be Quasimodo and ring the bells at Christchurch Cathedral 
  61. Travel to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with 2 of my favourite boys
  62. Go to the airport and take the next available flight outta here
  63. Get on a bus going to an unknown destination
  64. Visit Central Park
  65. Take the overland/water route from Dublin to continental Europe
  66. Do a wine tasting tour in Napa
  67. Visit the artist colony in Deia, Ibiza
  68. Go sailing in the Mediterranean
  69. Spend a summer in a cottage in the 1000 islands
  70. Go camping in Corsica
  71. Document visits to 100 Carnegie libraries
  72. Cross the Atlantic by boat
  73. Go surfing in Hawaii
  74. Cross my own country sea to sea - Oh Canada!
  75. Discover what's left of Route 66
  76. Travel in style on the Orient Express
  77. Cross at least 3 countries on foot
  78. Perfect my French and German language skills
  79. Have a conversation entirely in Irish
  80. Build a reperatoire of cocktails - at least 10 classics
  81. Learn how to swim without a noseplug
  82. Join a chess club
  83. Learn how to play guitar
  84. Learn how to drive the 4-wheeler and take it for a spin in Grampie's woods
  85. Figure out how to knit
  86. Hit the bulls-eye in archery
  87. Take a dressmaking course, design and make a frock that Audrey Hepburn would be proud to be seen in
  88. Make the perfect apple pie
  89. Learn to make homemade pasta
  90. Master the waltz
  91. Have a tea party with the girls using Nanny's baby pink art deco teapot
  92. Start the Blackrock Artist Colony
  93. Open my own vintage clothing business
  94. Renew our vows in fancy dress...
  95. Make a bed so a quarter can bounce off of it
  96. Ride in the sidecar of a vintage motorbike
  97. Never go to bed angry
Photo credit: Conor Buckley


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