Life of Karen

My Bucket List of Things to Do

  • swim with dolphins
  • go white water rafting
  • skydiving
  • watch my children graduate high school and college
  • achieve my ideal weight
  • participate in a triathalon
  • witness a solar and lunar eclipse – solar eclipse – August 2017 in Carbondale IL
  • fold 1000 origami cranes for someone special
  • walk the Camino de Santiago
  • hike or ride (mule or horse) down the Grand Canyon – completed Oct 26-29, 2015
  • see my children marry
  • see Chris Tomlin in concert  – completed Nov 2014
  • witness a meteor shower
  • climb to the top of a lighthouse
  • walk through a corn maze
  • watch the 10 greatest movies of all time (ranked by the American Film Institute):  Citizen Kane, Casa Blanca, The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, The Wizard of Oz, The Graduate, On the Waterfront, Schindler’s List, Singin in the Rain
  • be a respite foster parent
  • landscape my back yard
  • go on a silent retreat
  • create a website/blog  – completed sept 2012
  • ride in a hot air balloon – Completed Nov 2, 2015
  • hear a wolf howl in the wild
  • milk a cow (or goat, or camel….)
  • mush a dog sled
  • stay at a dude ranch
  • read the bible from cover to cover
  • retire
  • see the Oberanmergau Passion Play
  • be debt free
  • earn a Bachelors of Theology
  • go whale watching
  • float in the dead sea
  • play with lions or tigers
  • walk the Via Dolorosa
  • swim with Manatees – completed April 2012
  • hear Handel’s Messiah at the Washington National Cathedral
  • learn to sculpt or make pottery
  • blow glass
  • donate bone marrow
  • get a reflexology massage 
  • write in my journal every day for a year
  • see sandhill cranes at Bosque Del Apache
  • paragliding
  • learn Hebrew (at least a few prayers in Hebrew)
  • walk through a labyrinth
  • take cooking classes
  • watch every Academy Award winning movie for best picture – 1928 Wings, 1929 The Broadway Melody, 1930 all Quiet on the Western Front, 1931 Cimarron, 1932 Grand Hotel, 1933 Cavalcade, 1934 It Happened One Night, 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty, 1936 The Great Ziegfeld, 1937 The Life of Emile Zola, 1938 You Can’t Take it With You, 1939 Gone With the Wind, 1940 Rebecca, 1941 How Green Was My Valley, 1942 Mrs. Miniver, 1943 Casablanca, 1944 Going My Way, 1945 The Lost Weekend, 1946 The Best Years of Our Lives, 1947 Gentleman’s Agreement, 1948 Hamlet, 1949 All the King’s Men, 1950 All About Eve, 1951 An American in Paris, 1952 The Greatest Show on Earth, 1953 From Here to Eternity, 1954 On the Waterfront, 1955 Marty, 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days, 1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1958 Gigi, 1959 Ben-Hur, 1960 The Apartment, 1961 West Side Story, 1962 Lawrence of Arabia, 1963 Tom Jones, 1964 My Fair Lady, 1965 The Sound of Music, 1966 A Man for All Seasons, 1967 In the Heat of the Night, 1968 Oliver!, 1969 Midnight Cowboy, 1970 Patton, 1971 The French Connection, 1972 The Godfather, 1973 The Sting, 1974 The Godfather Part II, 1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1976 Rocky, 1977 Annie Hall, 1978 The Deer Hunter, 1979 Kramer vs Kramer, 1980 Ordinary People, 1981 Chariots of Fire, 1982 Ghandi, 1983 Terms of Endearment, 1984 Amadeus, 1985 Out of Africa, 1986 Platoon, 1987 The Last Emperor, 1988 Rain Man, 1989 Driving Miss Daisy, 1990 Dances with Wolves, 1991 The Silence of the Lambs, 1992 Unforgiven, 1993 Schindler’s List, 1994 Forrest Gump, 1995 Braveheart, 1996 The English Patient, 1997 Titanic, 1998 Shakespeare in Love, 1999 American Beauty, 2000 Gladiator, 2001 A Beautiful Mind, 2002 Chicago, 2003 The Lord of the Rings:  The Return of the King, 2004 Million Dollar Baby, 2005 Crash, 2006 The Departed, 2007 No Country for Old Men, 2008 Slumdog Millionaire, 2009 The Hurt Locker, 2010 The King’s Speech, 2011 The Artist, 2012 Argo, 2013 12 years a slave, 2014 Birdman, 
  • sleep under the stars in a Beduion tent in Jordan
  • see a cirque de soleil show
  • attend a murder mystery dinner
  • see my children have children of their own
  • go on a missions trip
  • go tubing on the river
  • attend a midnight blockbuster opening movie showing
  • complete every Beth Moore study
  • write 5 things that I am thankful for every day for a year
  • go on a segway tour
  • roast marshmallows with my kids for smores
  • take a photography class (or two….)
  • Overnight hiking trip, carrying my own camp supplies  – June 2017 – 4 day hike on the AT
  • hike in at least 10 different states:   VA 2015, AZ 2015,
  • find a geocache in every state
  • find a geocache on every day of the year
  • Hike the AT

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