Life List

100 Things To Do Before I Die

  1. Take an unconventional family portrait
  2. Pimp my closet
  3. Learn to make his grandma’s black beans & chile mole
  4. Learn to make my grandma’s fudge sauce & carrots and wine sauce
  5. Visit the seahorse exhibit at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
  6. Sell my thrifted finds on Etsy MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
  7. Road trip with Anthony up and down California
  8. Create a Family of Isobel book
  9. Create a seasonal family calendar with our traditions and celebrations
  10. Decorate Isobel’s big girl bedroom
  11. Own a wardrobe I am proud of
  12. Find the best local fruit stand
  13. Visit a local, you-pick farm
  14. Join a CSA program
  15. Participate in Family Kite Day in the mountains
  16. Shop the giant Gault flea market
  17. Host a food swap
  18. Bike the Virginia Corridor Trail with family
  19. Visit Jose and Lupe in San Jose
  20. Xerescape my front yard
  21. Visit the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  22. Visit handborn with Isobel
  23. Get business cards
  24. Go on a photowalk
  25. Swim in a turquoise colored ocean
  26. Participate in a drum circle
  27. Tour castles in Europe
  28. Navigate through Modesto with ease
  29. Teach Isobel to cook
  30. Turn our hallway into a photo gallery
  31. Own memberships to my favorite zoos, museums, & parks
  32. Visit all the state parks & reserves in my area
  33. Finish remodeling the inside of our house
  34. Meaningfully preserve the items in my Memory Box
  35. Learn to edit video
  36. Back up all the information and files on my
  37. Create a thrifted dress-up chest
  38. Speak basic Spanish
  39. Take Isobel to the library for story time
  40. Host regular family dinners with extended family
  41. Thank all of my friends personally for their friendship
  42. Take a Mommy and Me class with Isobel
  43. Walk the English moors
  44. Stay in a hotel room overlooking the ocean
  45. Research our family tree
  46. Master a working menu for a year – IN PROGRESS
  47. Have a family snow day with sledding
  48. Visit the UC Davis arboretum
  49. Visit Modesto’s lotus gardens
  50. Have a campfire at the beach
  51. Eat one of Valerie’s desserts at Galletto’s
  52. Pick out and carve Isobel’s first pumpkin
  53. Plan a getaway with my friends
  54. Try on wedding dresses since I missed my opportunity
  55. Grow my own shiitake mushrooms
  56. Help a needy family have a bountiful holiday
  57. Bathe in a hot spring
  58. See the Northern Lights
  59. Stargaze in the desert and find the Milky Way and the North Star
  60. Take a whale-watching tour
  61. Taste ice wine
  62. Try 50 kinds of cheese
  63. Go camping
  64. Try Geocacheing
  65. Ride a train across Europe
  66. Learn to work my GD sewing machine
  67. Redesign my website; host & maintain it
  68. Have an English-style tea
  69. Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge
  70. Take Isobel to our local park to play in the water MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
  71. Knit a fancy scarf
  72. Make homemade bagels
  73. Fly First Class
  74. Find a wonderful destination and go glamping
  75. Save for Isobel’s future
  76. Grow vegetables in the backyard
  77. Create a coloring book for Isobel with my friends
  78. Craft family Christmas stockings
  79. Learn to bake truly excellent bread
  80. Make a keepsake book for Isobel’s birth
  81. Turn my backyard into an oasis
  82. Have another child
  83. Visit my friends Dave & Stef in Reno
  84. Learn to jumpstart a car
  85. Perfect my punch
  86. Go dog sledding in Truckee
  87. Prepare for the apocalypse
  88. Eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant
  89. Take a family trip to NYC
  90. Record my Grandma’s life story
  91. Record Anthony’s Grandma’s life story
  92. Create a car emergency kit
  93. Explore the ruins in Guatemala
  94. Cook a campfire meal
  95. Become proficient at building a fire
  96. Learn basic and advanced embroidery techniques
  97. Crochet an amigurumi animal
  98. Plant a dwarf orchard in the backyard
  99. Explore San Francisco with Zack and Heidi
  100. Fill a pantry with homemade preserved goods
  101. Sow a garden of poppies
  102. Get a beautiful, meaningful tattoo
  103. Tour a rainforest
  104. Make homemade ice cream
  105. Set up a compost bin and a rain barrel in our yard
  106. Visit the SF MOMA
  107. Hike Vernal Falls in the Springtime with family
  108. Visit a Japanese temple
  109. Meet as many of my Twitter friends in real life as possible
  110. Zipline through the redwoods
  111. See Japan’s cherry blossoms in the springtime
  112. Start a movement for backyard herb gardens
  113. Make homemade ice cream
  114. Host one dinner party a month for a year
  115. Host a fabulous cocktail party
  116. Stay in a woodland cabin
  117. Explore the Badlands
  118. Dine at the underwater restaurant in San Francisco
  119. Visit a Viking museum in Sweden
  120. Visit a natural history museum
  121. Purchase copies of my favorite childhood books
  122. Create an awesome second-hand dress-up chest
  123. Meet our financial goal so I can be a SAHMMISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
  124. Visit the Rosicrucian Museum
  125. Cut the excess clutter out of my life
  126. Photograph my favorite local sites
  127. Take a Mommy and Me swimming class
  128. Spend a summer devoted to day trips
  129. Throw my parents an anniversary party
  130. Renew our wedding vows
  131. Vacation in New Zealand
  132. Witness a huge lightning and thunder storm
  133. Host an outdoor movie night
  134. Throw party for Olivia
  135. Host a dance party for Isobel
  136. Watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly
  137. Stock my garden with a village of gnomes MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
  138. Grow a fabulous herb garden on my patio
  139. See England at Christmas
  140. Meet Anthony Bourdain MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
  141. High-Five DJ Lance Rock
  142. Participate in the 100 Foods Bucket List with Cookbook
  143. San Juan Bautista Yard Sale Festival with Jose & Lupe
  144. Visit the Rose Bowl Flea Market
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27 Responses to “Life List”

  1. Alicia April 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    Awesome list! I’ve accomplished some of the things you have listed, and we have some things in common that we would like to do 😉

    • Sosha May 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

      Alicia has commented exactly what I was going to say! I recently struck off the item about eating a good dinner prepared by a Michelin star chef, when I was in Germany last week 🙂

      Good luck with crossing all your items off the list!

  2. LittleBig April 29, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    Thanks! My list is very much a work in progress. For example, I need to cross off a few things, delete a few things, and add a few things. I’d love to see yours!

  3. Jessica May 18, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Your list is great! I’m hoping to plant some dwarf fruit trees next year.

    • LittleBig May 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

      I’m thinking of planting mine in pots in case we ever move.

  4. Jessi B. May 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    This is a great list! I only have 42 in my list right now, I’m sure once I have kids, I will get to 100 easily 🙂 I have never heard of dwarf fruit trees but this intrigues me greatly!

    • LittleBig May 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

      When I first started making my list I got to about 60 (and that was with stealing liberally from other people’s lists) before I got stuck. It’s taken over a year and many rewrites for me to really figure out what I want.

  5. Marie October 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    You forgot to add:
    Go to New Zealand and organize all Marie’s shit.

    But since I’ve now noticed that you have “Vacation in NZ”, I’ll just get you when you land. What time’s your flight?

    • LittleBig October 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

      You’d better BELIEVE I will look you up when we make the trip.

      I hear you have a closet that needs my attention…

  6. Mollie Katie October 11, 2010 at 7:36 am #

    YOU ARE A GNOME ENTHUSIAST TOO?! I’m going to sound like a creeper, but whatever, I think we’re kindred spirits on this one. My dishes are this French gnome set. And my gnome collection itself is multiplying…I’m glad people know that about me! Makes gifting a lot easier on them for Secret Santa and the like.

    http://www.poshchicago.com/product.asp?lt=d&deptid=3071&pfid=PSH00810

    • LittleBig October 11, 2010 at 9:04 am #

      HELLS YES.

      ::gnome high-five::

  7. unapologeticmoxie December 1, 2010 at 5:19 am #

    I love your life list. I just came across a life list I made two years ago and it seems so outdated already. The faster time moves, the more I add to the list. Thanks for your post!

    • LittleBig December 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

      I’m so glad you like it. I’ve already updated mine several times. Certain things totally lost their appeal while I found other things to add. It’s an ongoing process, isn’t it?

  8. theBLogMuSe January 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to make a life list for so long. I really need to sit down and do it. I WILL do it… Item #1. Make life list.
    #2. …
    #3. ….
    #4. FINISH life list.

    • LittleBig January 27, 2011 at 11:19 am #

      Life lists are fun to make. You should go for it.

      That’s the link with to do lists. Eventually they get all meta and include items like, “Make To do list.”

  9. Courtney March 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    Fun list lady! I am in your BYW class and I had to come over and check your site out because I loveed your ideas so much! 🙂 Can’t wait to look around more and see everything here…

    p.s. what is glamping?

    • LittleBig March 16, 2011 at 11:04 am #

      Hi Courtney! Nice to see you here!

      Think “glamorous camping.” Living it up in nature luxuriously.

  10. Erin C. May 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    this is inspiring me to make my own list, so i thank you for that.

    also: #135 is pretty amazing and highly recommended. monarch butterfly.

    • LittleBig May 13, 2011 at 8:59 am #

      Yes, do it! Then share it! I love reading people’s life lists.

  11. beckerwindowfashions October 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Been thinking about my bucket list recently. Newest addition: drive a really fast car on the audubon- really fast! LOL!!!

  12. cissychik November 22, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    It appears that 37. Create a thrifted dress-up chest and 122. Create an awesome second-hand dress-up chest are very similar, AND therefore you have accomplished both?! Way to go! 🙂

    • LittleBig November 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

      So nice I listed it twice! P.S. I am old and have memory problems. What was I saying?

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