My “bucket list”

I feel like some major parts of my life is on a treadmill.  I have tried my best to move things forward and to make changes.  For one reason or another, things are at a standstill.  I need to feel that I’m learning, growing and evolving in order to be happy.  I need it like I need air.

So, in order to get out of this rut and to move forward in some parts of my life, I’ve created this new realistic “bucket list.”  I had first made a list in my early 20’s.  I don’t know where that list is.  I do remember having items like parachuting on the list.  Unfortunately, I never accomplished the more adventurous items and now I’m too scared to put them back on this list.

This items on this list are realistic goals, God willing I live long enough to accomplish them.  They just require time, and of course, money.  Some of these things have been on a “list” for a long time.  Like going to California.  I’ve been wanting to visit since I was 22 years old.  Going back to Korea, forever, since I’ve never stopped wanting that since I left at seven.  In fact a lot of the items on the list are from my childhood.  I think it’s about time I start accomplishing them, don’t you?

If you’re reading this, may be you too can make a list.  May be if you’re around we can accomplish some of these together.  Or come up with new ones to do together.  Or you have ideas on how to accomplish some of these.  Like the whole visiting Pioneer Woman’s ranch is probably a pipe dream.  And apparently crabbing is also difficult to do without a bunch of equipment.  Or may be you are my goal in which case, I will see you one day.  It may take me a few years. It may take me my lifetime.  But it will happen. I promise.


  1. Peru/Machu Picchu while D’s Abuela is still alive – going on August 5th!!!
  2. Italy, including Rome, Venice, Florence, Sicily.
  3. Korea while my aunts and uncle is still around.
  4. Go back to Disney World before Soso is 10.
  5. San Diego Zoo
  6. LA/Hollywood
  7. San Francisco
  8. Tour the Napa Valley Region
  9. Las Vegas
  10. Grand Canyon
  11. Alaska
  12. Maine, Acadia National Park
  13. Red wood National State Park
  14. Visit Uncle Carmen in FL
  15. Visit best friend in Nashville, TN


  1. Take swim lessons and swim a lap with ease
  2. Run a half-marathon
  3. Jump off a diving board
  4. Hike part of Appalachian trail
  5. Go horseback riding on a beach
  6. Try Yoga
  7. Try Zumba
  8. Try Belly Dancing
  9. Buy a bike and start cycling around town
  10. Ski down one more black diamond before I turn 40
  11. Go snowshoeing
  12. Try cross-country skiing
  13. Go canoeing
  14. Run a mile in 8 minutes
  15. Go crabbing or fishing


  1. Learn how to make Zizi Angie’s Italian Wedding cookies
  2. Learn how to make the family pizza rolls
  3. Learn how to make basil pesto
  4. Learn how to make Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon (inspired after watching Julie and Julia)
  5. Take a cake decorating class
  6. Learn how to bake bread
  7. Make Korean Dumplings (Mandoo) from scratch
  8. Learn how to make a pie crust
  9. Bake a gingerbread cookie for D
  10. Make cornbread/cake for Soso

Other adventures

  1. Help build a house for Habitat for Humanity
  2. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  3. Make meatloaves for soup kitchen by Easter 2011!!!
  4. Visit a ranch (hopefully Pioneer Woman’s – how cool would that be?)
  5. Ride a snowmobile
  6. Try snow tubing
  7. Go on a sleigh ride
  8. Have a snowball fight
  9. Build a snow fort
  10. Visit Aquatica or something like it and play with dolphins
  11. Go whale watching
  12. Go visit the top of the Statue of Liberty if still possible
  13. See Lion King
  14. See a Cirque du Soleil performance
  15. Take Soso to see 4th of July fireworks in DC
  16. Take Soso to see 4th of July fireworks in Boston
  17. Go see Macy’s Thanksgiving parade
  18. Visit a lighthouse
  19. Learn how to knit something
  20. Go on a top ten train ride

One thought on “My “bucket list”

  1. “Learn how to make Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon (inspired after watching Julie and Julia)”

    The best way to do this is to buy Julia’s cookbooks which are still in print. Julia’s instructions were/are superb. I made this for my wife’s bookclub. Smart, professional, hungry women who take no prisoners..I made a lot and they took a lot home. Their husbands were calling me at work telling me how great it was. 🙂

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