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The 2011 Bucket List

February 15, 2011
by Rachel Elizabeth

While I have my lifetime Bucket List for the really big goals (attend an Olympics opening ceremony, bicycle cross country, deliver a baby, et al) I thought it would be equally as fun to make a Bucket list for 2011 so that my inner procrastinator doesn’t push these things until I’m like 80 (the pictures won’t be as cute, anyway). Ashley and Crystal loved the idea and helped me come up with a few more ideas:

1. Go to the San Francisco Zoo
2. See a whale
3. Visit New Orleans
4. Ride in a hot air baloon
5. Go on a road trip
6. Camp (Yellowstone?)
7. Learn a new language
8. Take dance classes
9. Get promoted (ps. Kudos to Ted, who has already crossed this off her list!!!)
10. See the Grand Canyon

11. Volunteer more
12. Make new friends (but keep the old)
13.  Be better about staying in touch
14. Find out how to be in the Macy’s Parade on Thanksgiving
15. Learn to drive (stick shift)
16. Come up with a big adventure to execute in 2012
17. Do a bike tour of Napa
18. Visit Eah at Lehigh before she graduates
19. Spend more time with the ladies, take them to the vet
20. Go to church every Sunday
21. Join a club
22. Join a gym, lose 5 pounds
23. Learn how to use Twitter

24. Start a new blog (accomplished!)
25. Go to the Monteray Bay Aquarium
26. Cook at least 5x per week (revised to be try one new recipe a week)
27. Take an art class and start an art project
28. Go to House of Air (the trampoline place)
29. Find out what a Yurt is
30. Learn to make Parisian Macarons
31. Win a contest (luck or skill, doesn’t matter)
32. Become less of a hoarder, get rid of some things
33. Write Thank You Notes at least 1x per week (Thankful Thursday)
34. Call Paba and Moo more often
35. Try Yoga
36. Film Tea Time with Brooke and Augustine
37. Learn to Surf
38. Go to Chicago
39. Visit Hannah!

40. See a celebrity (accomplished courtesy of Kourtney Kardashian at Barney’s in LA)
41. Spend a weekend with Germana in Marin
42. See a ballet
43. Make friends with a homeless person, bring them dinner
44. Bicycle to work at least 2x per week
45. Sign up for Destination Sitters
46. Go to Tahoe
47. Visit Neimark in Sacramento
48. Participate in Bay to Breakers
49. Bike in Critical Mass
50. Go Vegetarian for a Month

New Additions (ideas compliments of Ash and C):

  • Ride in a Go Car (those little Yellow cars)
  • Float down the American River
  • Visit Mendocino/ Sea Ranch
  • See the Jelly Belly Factory
  • Go to Big Sur
  • Take a cooking class
  • See Cavalia
  • Go to a Golden State Warriors Game

Anyone else have any other good ideas? It’s going to be a busy year!

  1. Hannah permalink
    February 15, 2011 1:53 am

    Is number 39 me?! Or another Hannah? You are soooo welcome anytime! And I’m hoping to be back in SF sometime this Spring. Love the new blog BTWs.


  2. Phoo permalink
    February 15, 2011 10:50 am

    Rach, have you checked out 101 in 365? ( ) Started by a Cornellian, ithelps you keep track of your goals for the year!

    Good luck and I’m especially excited for you to join twitter!

  3. Kelly permalink
    February 16, 2011 9:31 pm

    I would LOVE to learn how to make french macarons! After my trip to Paris, I’m sure I’ll be extra inspired. Let’s figure it out together sometime :)

  4. Arielle permalink
    February 17, 2011 6:03 pm

    Well I know you will be checking off “Visit Chicago Soon” and couldn’t be happier! Let me know if you need me to plan anything!

    I would love to go camp in Yellowstone and raft/kayak down the Grand Canyon. Maybe I’d visit 1 in 2011 and the other in 2012…

  5. liza moodle permalink
    February 26, 2011 8:25 am

    Doodle, A Yurt is a hut, approximately octagon in shape, that Moodle had dinner in one night in Wyoming! Origin maybe Norwegian, and the sides are usually leather-like, not really hard. Make sure you write down a couple of items on your bucket list every week to accomplish….I have one more for you….try 5 different types of seafood

  6. February 26, 2011 4:39 pm

    Did you ever figure out Twitter? I’m over there as AmidPrivilege. If you want any help, let me know.

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