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My Life List

I’ve been slowly, quietly creating a Life List. Some of this is laughably aspirational, and other bits are embarrassingly rudimentary. They are listed in no order whatsoever. This list will likely be ever-changing, and I’m going to add and subtract as I go.

  1. Eat at the French Laundry
  2. Write a children’s book
  3. Start a high-quality community arts center in my neighborhood
  4. Stand quietly in La Sagrada Familia for ten minutes
  5. Wear a bikini and feel good about it
  6. Find a form of exercise that I really love
  7. Host/coordinate a “long table” dinner party
  8. Completely refurbish an old building
  9. Own a piece by Diana Fayt
  10. Win a MacArthur Grant or become a TED fellow (ha!)
  11. Grow a (rooftop?) garden
  12. Go to New Zealand
  13. Make jam out of six different fruits in one year
  14. Learn to alter patterns and make beautifully-tailored clothing
  15. Raise a really great dog
  16. Send someone to college
  17. Commission a new work by an amazing composer
  18. Go to Hawaii
  19. Have a one-on-one session with Michael Kaiser, and pick his brain
  20. Receive an honorary doctorate
  21. Eat beignets at Cafe du Monde with someone I love
  22. Do a seasonal dinner/cooking class in my home
  23. Own a Persian rug
  24. Make homemade pasta in Italy
  25. Commission a painting by Paul Ferney
  26. Sew or commission a quilt made out of sentimental garments (like Grandmom’s leaf quilt)
  27. Surf
  28. Establish an annual vacation tradition
  29. Drink a fancy cocktail (garnished by a tiny umbrella) by the pool in Palm Springs
  30. Own at least five acres of land
  31. Get all of my moles and freckles checked out
  32. Host a huge family Thanksgiving dinner
  33. Learn how to effectively say “no” without sounding like a mean person
  34. Donate $5,000 to a cause I care about
  35. Get into the habit of flossing daily
  36. Run/Walk a 5K
  37. Attend an Outstanding in the Field dinner
  38. Sing with a band
  39. Do a pull up
  40. Own a perfectly-fitted trench coat
  41. Go to Paris
  42. Celebrate May Day by secretly dropping off bouquets at my neighbors’ front doors
  43. Barbecue oysters at Point Reyes or Tomales Bay
  44. Send my parents on a surprise vacation
  45. Attend a sing along at the Castro Theatre
  46. Host a Christmas cookie party
  47. Learn to sail a boat
  48. Establish a scholarship in someone’s name
  49. Take ballet classes again
  50. Make a chair
  51. Sit on the beach in Mexico, drinking a beer
  52. Stay in a yurt in Big Sur
  53. Strip old wallpaper out of an entire room (I have no idea why I think this would be so appealing, but I think I’d love it)
  54. Visit all 58 (or 59, depending upon the list) National Parks
  55. Start a small shop to sell things that I love: ceramics, textiles, vintage housewares, homemade things
  56. Go hiking in a foreign country
  57. Dye my hair red
  58. Fall madly in love with someone who madly loves me
  59. Cook a whole fish