I know I have a lot of lists. The Bucket List, however, has no ending date except the obvious one.
To that end here is my Bucket List: Items in grey have been on the list for awhile; items in orange are new to the list; items in blue have been accomplished.
See the pyramids in Egypt – hoping also to cruise on the Nile and ride a camel.
Inspire somebody to do something great — not sure that if I do inspire anyone I may never actually know it.
Own my house
Write a book and have it published — I don’t know what the actual subject might be but I think I would write a fictional story.
Visit the Louvre in France — I have been to the Louvre and have seen the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, and Venus de Milo.
Ride in a hot air balloon
Take a ride in a gondola in Venice
Go on a cruise — I’m making plans to leave from Baltimore Harbor and cruise to Bermuda.
Audition for a movie — I would have to check the local casting calls. Getting the part is not as important as auditioning.
Own a beach house — I have been regularly checking real estate ads for a run down fixer-upper. I don’t know if this will happen but it is not impossible.
Invent something — I’m hoping I could invent something that would be useful and bring in some cash.
Have a million dollars — working on it.
Go whale watching
Buy a stranger a meal
Do something I know is reckless!
Fly in a helicopter
Read the Bible — I read the entire Bible in a year. Very inspirational and enlightening.
Save somebody’s life
Fly 1st class
Make and sell a product
See the Southern Cross in person
Visit London — Planned for Fall, 2018.
See the Northern Lights — I’d like to view the Northern Lights — the Aurora Borealis — from Iceland.
Visit New Orleans
Learn to Tango
That’s 25 items. I reserve the right to add more. As I was looking at other people’s lists and trying to add to my own I realized I had already done quite a few things in my lifetime that would have been on my list had I made one earlier in my life.
I have a lot to do and see in this world. I better get busy.
I have been putting off and putting off committing to accommodations in London.
I wasn’t sure whether Sug would meet us over there or not so I was researching both small and large apartments at the same time. Impossible.
Sug has decided, instead, to go on a mission to Central America so I limited my search to accommodations for two, Charlie and Jo.
I searched two different websites: AirBnB and VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) and finally settled for an AirBnB one bedroom flat in Chelsea, an area of London north of the river and west of London city center.
Because we’re staying for 7 days in the same place we are getting a 10% discount. (While we were visiting Paris we moved once across the city on a Sunday which was a hassle.)
One important feature is proximity to the London Underground, especially the Piccadilly Line (dark blue line on the map) which goes directly to Heathrow Airport.
I’m excited to now have all our accommodations pinned down so I can begin to plan the sights and attractions.
The second item on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days is to confirm my ancestry through DNA testing. I read all the pros and cons not just for which kit to select but also the risks of DNA testing in general. I decided to go ahead.
After researching the various tests I decided to use Ancestry and pulled the trigger when the cost was the lowest I had seen it, $59.
After ordering I received the kit in about a week.
First step is to activate the kit online which I did by entering the code on the collection tube. The directions were easy to follow. I chose not to participate at this time in the Human Diversity Project.
Second, after waiting at least a half hour after eating or drinking I spit into the provided tube.
Again following the directions was easy.
I shook the saliva and stabilizer mixture for five seconds before sealing it in a special bag from the kit.
I mailed the tube back to Ancestry in the mailer enclosed with the kit.
I should have my results in 6 to 8 weeks. I bet it tells me I’m Irish.