Life List

Inspired by Maggie Mason’s 100 things to do before I go.

  1. Set up file sharing between my Mac and my netbook
  2. Make gnocchi gorgonzola from scratch
  3. Host my own seder
  4. Hang shelves in my bedroom
  5. Go to grad school
  6. Pay off my grad school loans (working on it)
  7. Own a globe
  8. Adopt a pet (oh hello, George Margot Kitty)
  9. Take a dance class
  10. Make a cake with more than two layers (proof)
  11. Pick berries
  12. Make jam with said berries
  13. Can (well, technically, jar) things:
    1. jam (so far: cherry, apple butter, peach, marmalade)
    2. homemade Sriracha
    3. homemade barbecue sauce
  14. Frame and hang a set of art and photos, like this (voila!)
  15. Go camping in the snow
  16. Live in Uganda for a year
  17. Go back to Uganda
  18. Go back again
  19. Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Lake Baikal
  20. Visit zoos in 10 different countries (so far: Chile, Guatemala, Kenya, Netherlands, Uganda, United States)
  21. Ride trains in 20 different countries (so far: Bosnia, Croatia, Canada, France, Hungary, Netherlands, Russia, United States)
  22. Have a favorite cocktail (currently: a tie between Death in the Gulf Stream and The Burlington)
  23. Learn how to make five cocktails from memory
  24. Have a barista offer me “the usual” at a coffee shop
  25. Work at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  26. Teach a university course (have TA-ed a couple, but I want to write my own curriculum)
  27. Experience white nights
  28. Give a professional (i.e., not for class) presentation/talk in a language other than English
  29. Learn how to whistle (note: I have been trying for 20 years. I think this will be the hardest thing on this list to accomplish)
  30. Learn how to do a handstand
  31. Successfully operate a parachute
  32. Stop being afraid of spiders
  33. Make homemade pad thai that tastes better than (good) restaurant pad thai (amazingly, a vegetarian version of Alton Brown’s recipe was the winner)
  34. Learn how to make Massaman curry from scratch
  35. Learn how to play five songs on the harmonica or the piano or the guitar
  36. Live in New York City
  37. Spend a week as a vegan
  38. Successfully climb a volcano
  39. Road trip up (or down) the West Coast
  40. Spend a month offline (so far: 19 days is my longest stretch)
  41. Go on a weekend yoga retreat
  42. Be able to hold Chaturanga Dandasana for 10 seconds
  43. Learn how to bake a consistently, solidly delicious loaf of bread off the cuff, sans recipe
  44. Teach someone how to bake a consistently, solidly delicious loaf of bread off the cuff, sans recipe
  45. Go backpacking
  46. Own a swing (rope, tire, or porch)
  47. Own a hammock (in college; sadly no longer in my apartment)
  48. Own another hammock (mission accomplished)
  49. Read 100 books in 365 days (underway!)
  50. Take 1000 photos in 365 days
  51. Wear plaid
  52. Chop (almost) all my hair off
  53. Grow vegetables (mmmm, lettuce)
  54. Submit an idea to Radiolab that makes it onto the show
  55. Take a vacation that involves buying a last-minute plane ticket at the airport
  56. Practice yoga at least once a week for a year (thank you, O2)
  57. Take my niece + nephews on a trip abroad
  58. Spend an afternoon at a Turkish bath, in Turkey
  59. Run a half marathon
  60. Learn to like poached eggs (turns out I just needed to, you know, try one) (update: back to thinking they’re disgusting, but at least I temporarily liked them?)
  61. Run The Other Half
  62. Try 15 new vegetables (so far: okra, Brazilian cucumbers, parsnips)
  63. Complete a triathlon
  64. Run a marathon (trained up to 22 miles and then got injured. current goal: rehab, base building)
  65. Run an ultramarathon
  66. Become comfortable using R
  67. Take CS50
  68. Fix the bugs in Wedding Draft
  69. Use Wedding Draft at an actual wedding
  70. Give someone a balloon bouquet
  71. Make a quilt
  72. Give someone a handmade quilt
  73. Make something out of clay that I can use every day
  74. Seek out a mentor
  75. Mentor someone
  76. Knit a sweater
  77. Give someone a sweater I’ve knitted

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