Life List

  • Attend mermaid camp in Weeki Wachee Springs or Boracay
  • No McDonalds for a whole year
  • Read 1000 books
  • Plant a vegetable garden
  • Take a month long technology vacation
  • Write and publish a novel
  • Cook Christmas lunch for my family
  • Wear lipstick every day for a month
  • Make a king size bed quilt
  • Conquer my fear of sharks and get scuba certified
  • Visit a pick-your-own cherry orchard
  • Sew a dress for myself from scratch
  • Have a baby
  • Get lost in a foreign city, alone
  • Cut my hair shorter than shoulder length
  • Eat Mexican food in Mexico
  • See Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the whole thing
  • Visit the Emily Dickinson house in Amherst
  • Pose for artistic nude photography
  • Raise backyard chickens
  • Stick with a blog for five years
  • Complete a degree
  • Complete a PhD
  • Learn to throw pizza dough in the air
  • Keep a journal for a whole year
  • Write a book of poems about my dogs, a la Mary Oliver
  • Publish a poem
  • Publish a short story
  • Get married
  • Run a half-marathon
  • Have professional family photos taken with the dogs
  • Learn to play a song on the ukulele
  • Make pickles
  • Throw a birthday party for each of my dogs
  • Go snorkeling with Dad
  • Live overseas again
  • See a performance of Swan Lake
  • Bake a rainbow layer cake
  • Paint my front door red
  • Spend Chinese New Year in Taipei as an adult
  • Stick to a vegetarian diet for at least six months
  • Attend a protest or a march
  • Become fluent in Mandarin
  • Take the dogs on a holiday to Apollo Bay
  • Host a big party
  • Ride a bike from Geelong to Queenscliff and back again
  • Read all the Anne of Green Gables books
  • Watch a really intense thunderstorm
  • Learn how to juggle three balls
  • Get my ears pierced
  • Attend an industry conference
  • Go to the Tulip Festival
  • Keep my fiddle leaf fig alive until it reaches the ceiling
  • Take a cooking class with Mum
  • Win an award for my writing
  • Get down to my goal weight and stay there
  • Speak out in support of an important cause
  • Own two fish called Fluffy and Bill Paxton
  • Grow a new plant from a cutting
  • Attend a yoga retreat
  • Make a family of amigurumi animals
  • Do a cheese making class
  • Make my own gyoza
  • Take Nathan to Boston, New York and Washington DC
  • Walk on the beach in Hawaii
  • Make embroidered felt Christmas decorations
  • Frame and hang art all through the house
  • Visit the homelands of my ancestors
  • Eat at the Flower Drum with Nathan
  • Grow beautiful roses in my front yard
  • Listen to and record my grandmother’s stories
  • Get my giant telescope out of storage and find some constellations
  • Grow my own garlic and use it in a recipe
  • Bake sourdough bread from scratch
  • Walk on a suspension bridge over a big drop
  • Have a proper, grown-up skincare routine
  • Organize our wardrobes and cull everything that isn’t needed
  • Sponsor an animal in a foreign country
  • Get an inflatable pool for the backyard
  • Grow my hair to waist length
  • Make a time capsule for my future child
  • Knit an adult sized cardigan
  • Own a mermaid tail