Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Yes to the elephant, no to skinny-dipping

A cousin of mine sent me an email the other day titled Bucket List. Since she recently crossed one of her bucket list items off (driving from California to Georgia), I opened it. It had a list of things that I was supposed to check if I'd done it. Color me surprised that I found several on the list that I couldn't put an X by.

Since I'm in full confession mode in the wake of my handwriting post, I figured it might be interesting for you to see just how sheltered I've been, and yet I still consider myself a writer. Seems to me that my education needs to be furthered a bit, don't you agree?

Here's the list.

(  ) Shot a gun
(  ) Shot anyone
(x) Gone on a blind date
(x) Skipped school
( ) Been to Canada
( ) Been to Alaska 
( ) Been to Cuba  
( )Been to Bahamas 
( ) Been to Europe
( ) Been to Las Vegas   
( ) Been to Mexico
(x) Been to Florida
(X) Been to California
( ) Been to Maine
(x) Been on a plane
( ) Been on a Cruise Ship
(X)  Finished reading books you started
(X) Sang Karaoke 
(X)  Paid for a meal with coins only 
( ) Made prank phone calls
(x) Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose 
(X) Read the Bible completely through
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Made snow angels
(x) Danced in the rain
(X) Skipped Rocks
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus 
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone
( ) Stayed out all night.
(x) Blown bubbles
( ) Gone ice skating
( ) Gone skiing
( ) Camped out under the stars
(x) Seen something so beautiful that it took your breath away 
(x) Are or have been married
(X) Have children. 
(  ) Have Grand Children
(x) Have / had a pet
( ) Been skinny dipping outdoors 
(x) Been fishing
(x) Been boating
( ) Been water skiing
( ) Been hiking
( )  Been scuba diving
(X) Been camping in a trailer/RV
( ) Flown in a small 2-seater airplane
( )Flown in a glider 
(X)Been flying in a helicopter 
( ) Been flying in a hot air balloon 
( ) Been BUNGEE-jumping
(x) Gone to a drive-in movie
( ) Ever sneak into a drive-in movie
(X) Done something that should have killed you (could have) 
(x) Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life
( ) Been to Africa
( )Taken  a train ride
(X) Ever ride an elephant (nope, the pix with the elephant isn't me -- I was about 7 when I rode a pachyderm.)
(x) Ever eaten just cookies for dinner 
(X) Ever been on T.V. 
( ) Ever steal any traffic signs   
(x) Ever been in a car accident  
(x) Had a nickname 

(x) Name ever been in the local paper
(X) Ever been to Asia
( ) Ever been to Australia
( ) Been sky-diving
( ) Driven/ridden in a car going more than 100 mph
(  ) milked a cow
( )went to summer camp
(  ) plucked a chicken
Favorite drink:  Iced tea
Tattoo: Nope    
Do you drive a 4-door vehicle: Yep
Favorite number: 7
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving
favorite dessert: apple pie and ice cream
Where do you see yourself  in 10 years: Seeing my daughter start college, maybe a full time writer

So of this list, what surprised you the most about me? What have you done that I haven't? How have you mined those experiences to use in your writing? Share a few stories in my comments trail, and if you'd like, consider yourself tagged to use this in YOUR blog!


Linda G. said...

The one that surprised me is that you've done something you'll regret for the rest of your life. Hard for me to picture that. :)

Piedmont Writer said...

I can't believe you've never been kissed under the mistletoe. You need to rectify that.

I think this is fun and I might just steal the idea, although not the list (hope you don't mind) my bucket isn't anything like your cousin's.

Anonymous said...

Yes. Definitely kiss under a mistletoe. I kissed under one at my wedding. It was a Christmas wedding. :)

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

I go up in a small plane about once a week. And I've actually stolen a traffic sign, but it was when I was a teen. I'd never steal anything now.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Ooh, you've been to Asia?? I've been as far as Africa, but a trip to the Far East is definitely on my bucket list!

Matthew Rush said...

Wow, what a list Cynthia! I've done a lot of stuff you haven't, but also haven't done some of the things you have. What fun this is to think about!

Also, I thought you were from Georgia? I live north of Atlanta (though am no native) and as far as I can tell there is no such thing as Iced Tea around here. The is only Sweet Tea and everything else!

Elizabeth Flora Ross said...

Don't knock skinny dipping outdoors. I am a very modest person, but have done that on more than one occasion. Very freeing and exhilerating. ;)

That is a huge list! I thought a bucket list was supposed to be shorter. LOL On the regret thing, I don't believe in it. Regret is a waste of time. You can wish you had done something differently. But you probably learned a valuable lesson. And how can you regret that?

Tawna Fenske said...

I counted 46 yeses on my own list, and I'm totally forcing you to go skinny dipping if we ever meet in person :)