My Bucket List

I’ve been absent from blogging for a number of reasons, but I’m getting back into the swing of things. So many lists I could be sharing, but today I bring you my bucket list of sorts. Some items left to do, and some that probably won’t ever happen (university convocation – already have my two degrees and didn’t attend convocation for either and going back to school is not likely in the cards for me). It’s an ever changing list with additions and deletions and completions (indicated by those with a bolded date).

What’s on your list?

  1. Ride in a hot air balloon. July 17, 2013
  2. Stand at the edge of a volcano.
  3. See the Riders play on Taylor field. October 23, 2005
  4. Become a mom.
  5. Take a cake decorating class.
  6. Complete a university degree. November 20, 2008
  7. Attend a filming of a talk show.
  8. Be in a play.
  9. Ride a gondola in Venice.
  10. Own my own house. September 1, 2013
  11. Get married.
  12. Go to a drive in movie.
  13. Own a clawfoot bathtub.
  14. See a Broadway production. March 2, 2008
  15. Stay up all night watching a meteor shower.
  16. Swim in a hot spring.
  17. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
  18. Kiss the Blarney Stone.
  19. Go gambling on the Vegas Strip.
  20. Make out in the rain.
  21. Cut my hair and donate it to Locks of Love.
  22. Walk on the Columbian Ice Fields.
  23. Ride the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria.
  24. See Niagara Falls. July 18, 2012
  25. Visit the home of Anne of Green Gables. July 20, 2012
  26. Walk Spadina in the fall. September 8, 2012
  27. Buy a brand new vehicle. July 28, 2009
  28. Visit Disneyland/world. August 11, 2013
  29. See an NHL game. March 11, 2008
  30. Donate blood.
  31. Adopt an animal from the SPCA.
  32. Swim with the dolphins.
  33. Go on a Caribbean cruise.
  34. Go skating on the Rideau Canal.
  35. Learn to speak a second language fluently.
  36. Scuba dive off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
  37. Attend a large music event.
  38. Learn to play an instrument well.
  39. Have a day treatment at a spa. March 2, 2013
  40. Take a class in photography. March 10, 2013
  41. Have a house with a huge veranda.
  42. Visit/Stay at the Ice Hotel in Quebec.
  43. Be healthy enough to enjoy running.
  44. Ride a mechanical bull.
  45. Try playing the bagpipes.
  46. Visit the Louvre.
  47. See the Scottish Highlands.
  48. Try to find the Loch Ness monster.
  49. Visit the Stonehenge in England.
  50. Plan a trip to the United States. March 24 – 31, 2007
  51. Attend an Oktoberfest in Germany.
  52. Drink beer in Munich and lots of it.
  53. See Mainau, the Island of Flowers.
  54. Work with Habitat for Humanity.
  55. Complete a photo scavenger hunt.
  56. Participate in a walk/run for a cure. October 2, 2005
  57. Take a tour of the Big Rock brewery.
  58. See Riverdance on stage. February 23, 2008
  59. Swim in a waterfall.
  60. See penguins in a zoo. February 19, 2006
  61. Visit a chocolate factory. February 13, 2006
  62. Have a layout published in a scrapbook magazine. September, 2006
  63. Plan a real holiday outside of the Prairie Provinces. February 11-19, 2006
  64. Learn enough German to talk to my dad.
  65. Research our relatives in England.
  66. Sing in front of a large crowd.
  67. Cook/bake something that needs to be set on fire.
  68. Go to Montreal in the spring.
  69. See Ottawa when there isn’t snow on the ground. July 16, 2012
  70. Go to San Francisco and ride a cable car. July 13 – 17, 2010
  71. Take the train somewhere. Tuesday, November 10, 2009 (Mission to Vancouver)
  72. Ride the subway. July 13 – 17, 2010
  73. Stop being so terrified of the LRT. 14, 2007 (Portland, OR)
  74. Dye at least part of my hair a crazy colour. May 27, 2009
  75. Stay outside to watch a storm pass through.
  76. Attend Mardi Gras.
  77. Go scuba diving.
  78. Attend my university convocation ceremony.
  79. Get a henna tattoo. February 14, 2011
  80. Get a small, real tattoo.
  81. Work abroad.
  82. Holiday in Australia.
  83. Make the dean’s list once.
  84. Get accepted into education. June 26, 2006
  85. See where the city of Pompeii once stood.
  86. Spend a day or two on the Great Ocean Road in Australia.
  87. Watch the sun rise from a beach.
  88. Read the Harry Potter series.

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lwf2014This post is part of a list-making project called Lists With Friends 2014, an effort to document the year in lists of all types.

What I Love About Where I Live

I’ve used some of my time off this past week to tackle some house projects that have been sitting on my to do list for awhile. It’s nice to look at some different spaces in my house that have been bothering me for awhile and now see how nice they look.

IMG_9383I love all the white in this kitchen. As someone who loves colour it really surprises me how much I love all of the white. What I love though is the way that the white makes any little bit of colour really pop.

 IMG_5230 I love the tile backsplash and this new owl vase I bought on sale at Michaels. I have plenty of drawer space that I don’t need to have any utensils on the counter, but I loved this vase too much to not give it an important place on the counter.

IMG_9399I love this clock that I bought in Saskatoon this week. It’s made by Umbra, makers of all things really cool. I also love the colour of this old washstand, which came from my Uncle Noah’s house after he passed away. I love that some of the furniture in my house has been made modern, while still having some old charm.

IMG_9394This little corner is off of the kitchen and used to be the original entrance into the house. The closet has been turned into a pantry, and this was a perfect spot for this cabinet to house my Pyrex. I love Pyrex, and also, Ikea!

IMG_9402I love that this washstand finally got painted this week, although now I don’t love the colour. I’m wishing I had painted it dark grey, so there is still a chance it will get repainted again. I love that this piece came from my Grandma’s. I also love that poster!

IMG_9396I love this saying above my bed. I also love my quilt. I have material to make a new orange and grey quilt, but this one is the first quilt I ever made and I’m a little partial to it. I also love this very comfortable bed, especially on a week when I get to sleep in.

IMG_5233I’ve shared a photo similiar to this on Facebook and Instagram several times, but that is because I absolutely love my living room. I love how incredibly comfortable that couch is, even if it doesn’t totally go with the rest of the room. I love that I got it for free. I love the beadboard on the back of those cupboards. I love the Ikea lamps, and I love that I took all of the pictures in those frames.

IMG_5234I love this old dresser and that it came from my Mom and Dad’s. I love the warm yellow in this otherwise cool coloured house. I love my nesting dolls.

IMG_5235I love this old chair that came from an old friend of Dad’s, and that the new fabric makes it feel modern. I love that I could repurpose that old desk into a place for my computer. I’d like to find a low profile monitor so I could close the lid. The hunt for that continues. I love the cross stitch on the wall tat was made by my Aunt Susie. She gave away cross stitch pictures when her great nieces and nephews were married. She passed away before I could get married, but it was understood that when the time came, this picture was to be mine. I love that it’s got such a special place to hang.

IMG_9409I love that my sewing machine is finally out for the first time in…a year? I love that so many of the framed items were either made by me or cards sent to me. That wheat picture? Something I made in printmaking my first or second year of university. And again, I love Ikea.

IMG_9407I love that this space is clean and usable, even if it’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to do anything. I love that it’s organized and sort of hope that by being organized it might inspire me to do something with it? I love that yellow frame.

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lwf2014This post is part of a list-making project called Lists With Friends 2014, an effort to document the year in lists of all types.

For a Good Laugh or Good Advice

I love Pinterest. I love it for all the obvious reasons, the recipes, the home decor ideas, the crafts, but especially for the humorous ecards and quotes. My For a Good Laugh or Good Advice is by far my favorite board, and one that I come back to often. I admit to being Pinterest obsessed, with over 5000 pins, but this board is the one I go back to the most when I’m needing a laugh or a pick me up.

Here are some of my favorite quotes and funny finds – some that are just good and some that are totally fitting to life right now.

goodadvice1 goodadvice2 goodadvice3 goodadvice4 goodadvice5 goodlaugh1 goodlaugh2 goodlaugh3 goodlaugh4 goodlaugh5

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lwf2014This post is part of a list-making project called Lists With Friends 2014, an effort to document the year in lists of all types.

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