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Books 2020

Resolved: 2020 will be the year I only read books that I currently own and/or borrow from the library. 
Pandemic Revision: 2020 is the year I bought books from numerous independent bookstores to help keep them in business.

Below I've listed over 150 books and will use a random number generator to select my next read. Although for the summer, I'm focusing on Cape-themed books, poetry and books by Carol Goodman and Lauren Groff. Looking forward to being able to focus more than ten minutes so I can read this year's discoveries!

I'm also participating in two reading challenges this year -- The Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge (total of 30 books for the year) and the 2020 Provincetown Library Reading Challenge:

  • A book associated with Provincetown or Cape Cod

  • A book written by a woman before 1920, when women got the vote (Middlemarch, George Eliot)

  • A book written after 1920 by a woman who won a major award (Pulitzer, National Book Award, Nobel, etc.) (The Round House, Louise Erdrich)

  • A book nominated for an award in 2020 

  • A book you’ve been meaning to read (Ship Fever, Andrea Barrett)

  • A book published before you were born (DONE: Flush, Virginia Woolf/published 1933)

  • A book in translation (A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki)

  • A book of any genre that addresses current events 

  • An immigrant story – true or fictional (Behold the Dreamers, Imbolo Mbue)

  • A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection 

  • A book by or about an American Indian (There There, Tommy Orange)

  • A book about a subject that fascinates you (How to Read Water, Tristan Gooley (361)



  1. Flush, Virginia Woolf (206)

  2. Dept. of Speculation, Jenny Offill (194)

  3. Broken Girls, Simone St. James (336)

  4. Plum Crazy: A Book About Beach Plums, Elizabeth Post (160)

  5. Summer Solstice, Nina McLaughlin (72)


  1. Franny, the Queen of Provincetown, John Preston (134)

  2. The Outer Beach, Robert Finch (327)

  3. The Outermost House, Henry Beston (218)

  4. Cape Cod, Henry David Thoreau (118)

  5. Upstream, Mary Oliver (192)

  6. The Orphans of Race Point, Patry Francis (544)

  7. Provincetown Seafood Cookbook, Howard Mitcham (288)

  8. The House on Oyster Creek, Heidi Jon Schmidt (346)

  9. On the Vineyard, Jane Carpineto (256)

  10. A Place Apart: A Cape Cod Reader, Robert Finch (464)

  11. So Happy Together, Maryann McFadden (400)

  12. We Chose Cape Cod, Scott Corbett (307)

  13. The Forever Summer, Jamie Brenner (384)

  14. Summer Longing, Jamie Brenner (384)

  15. Time and the Town: A Provincetown Chronicle, Mary Heaton Vorse (372)

  16. The House on Nauset Marsh: A Cape Cod Memoir, Wyman Richardson (232)

  17. My Pamet: Cape Cod Chronicle, Tom Kane (472)

  18. Truro: The Story of a Cape Cod Town, Ricard F. Whalen (255)

  19. The Deadliest Blessing, Jeannette De Beauvoir (292)

  20. How to Love a Jamaican: Stories, Alexia Arthurs (241)

  21. Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube, Blair Braverman (271)

  22. Here Comes the Sun, Nicole Dennis-Brown (352)

  23. A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James (688)

  24. The Fates Divide, Veronica Roth (464)

  25. The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman (464)

  26. Bellweather Rhapsody, Kate Racculia (354)

  27. Vivian Apple at the End of the World, Katie Coyle (288)

  28. Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden, Diane Ackerman (246)

  29. How to Read Water, Tristan Gooley (361)

  30. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See (258)

  31. The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh (338)

  32. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles (468)

  33. A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki (433)

  34. Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi (322)

  35. Spill Simmer Falter Wither, Sara Baume (290)

  36. H is for Hawk, Helen McDonald (322)

  37. Lily and the Octopus, Steven Rowley (321)

  38. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt (760)

  39. We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (320)

  40. This Is Paradise, Kristiana Kahakauwila (240)

  41. All Decent Animals, Oonya Kempadoo (272)

  42. Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations, Richard Wagamese (140)

  43. The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky, Ellen Meloy (336)

  44. Ship Fever, Andrea Barrett (256)

  45. Party of One: A Memor in 21 Songs, Dave Holmes (304)

  46. The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores, Diana Marcum (240)

  47. One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays, Scaachi Koul (256)

  48. The Round House, Louise Erdrich (332)

  49. Wave, Sonali Deraniyagala (274)

  50. The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs, Tristan Gooley (416)

  51. Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, Carl Safina (496)

  52. Green Shingles: At the Edge of Chespeake Bay, Peter Svenson (195)

  53. Blue Road to Atlantis, Jay Nussbaum (160)

  54. The Street of a Thousand Blossoms, Gail Tsukiyama (448)

  55. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver (432)

  56. Garlic and Sapphires, Ruth Reichl (352)

  57. The Alchemist, Paulo Coehlo (160)

  58. Sea Lovers: Selected Stories, Valerie Martin (336)

  59. Carsick, John Waters (336)

  60. Pack of Two, Caroline Knapp (272)

  61. Leeway Cottage, Beth Gutcheon (432)

  62. I Am Pilgrim, Terry Hayes (624)

  63. The Turner House, Angela Flournoy (352)

  64. Mattanza, Theresa Maggio (263)

  65. Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks (352)

  66. Pachinko, Min Jin Lee (496)

  67. Mañana Mañana: One Mallorcan Summer, Peter Kerr (231)

  68. The Folded Clock, Heidi Julavits (290)

  69. The Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan (276) 

  70. Olive's Ocean, Kevin Henkes (234)

  71. The Rules Do Not Apply, Ariel Levy (209)

  72. Behold the Dreamers, Imbolo Mbue (401)

  73. Maine, J. Courtney Sullivan (401)

  74. The Spice Necklace, Ann Vanderhoof (479)

  75. Moonbath, Yanick Lahens (216)

  76. Circe, Madeline Miller (400)

  77. The Outrun, Amy Liptrot (304)

  78. Washington Black, Esi Edugyan (400)

  79. The Essential WS Merwin, MS Merwin (200)

  80. The Overstory, Richard Powers (512)

  81. Lab Girl, Hope Jahren (304)

  82. There There, Tommy Orange (304)

  83. Lost Children Archive, Valeria Luiselli (400)

  84. So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo (256)

  85. The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai (448)

  86. The Friend, Sigrid Nunez (224)

  87. Sea and Sardinia, DH Lawrence (256)

  88. How to Stay Alive in the Woods, Bradford Angier (320)

  89. Island Beneath the Sea, Isabel Allende (480)

  90. The General in His Labyrinth, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (304)

  91. The Yiddish Policeman's Union, Michael Chabon (464)

  92. Hall of Small Mammals, Thomas Pierce (304)

  93. Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation, Kyo Maclear (240)

  94. Charlotte Sometimes, Penelope Farmer (208)

  95. Neverworld Wake, Marisha Pessl (328)

  96. At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels through Paraguay, John Gimlette (400)

  97. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, William Finnegan (464)

  98. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer (408)

  99. The Oysters of Locmariaquer, Eleanor Clark (203)

  100. The Line Tender, Kate Allen (384)

  101. The Dutch House, Ann Patchett (352)

  102. The Collected Schizophrenias, Esme Weijun Wang (224)

  103. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, Patrick Radden Keefe (464)

  104. Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (226)

  105. The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo, FG Haghenbeck (354)

  106. Loteria: A Novel, Mario Alberto Zambrano (304)

  107. The Distance Between Us, Reyna Grande (352)

  108. Middlemarch, George Eliot (289)

  109. The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher (272)

  110. Here For It: Or, How to Save your Soul in America, Essays, R. Eric Thomas (272)

  111. Real Life, Brandon Taylor (335)

  112. How We Fight For Our Lives, Saeed Jones (204)

  113. Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again, Dan Pfeiffer (304)

  114. Day Pulls Down the Sky/A Filament in Gold Leaf, Asiya Wadud, Okwui Okpokwasili (56)

  115. Mostly Dead Things, Kristen Arnett (354)

  116. Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo (496)

  117. Severance, Ling Ma (304)

  118. Themes and Variations, David Sedaris (18)

  119. Your Blue is Not My Blue, Aspen Matis (345)

  120. The Last House Guest, Megan Miranda 9352)

  121. Outline, Rachel Cusk (256)

  122. People of the Book, Gerladine Brooks (372)

  123. Untamed, Glennon Doyle (352)

  124. Little White Secrets, Carol Mason (334)

  125. Security Mom, Juliette Kayyem (272)

  126. Something That May Shock and Discredit You, Daniel Mallory Ortberg (256)

  127. Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff (400)

  128. Wall of Silence, Tracy Buchanan (381)

  129. Unspeakable Things, Jess Lourey (300)

  130. Elmet, Fiona Mozley (320)

  131. The Fall of Lisa Bellow, Susan Perabo (368)

  132. Arcadia, Carol Goodman (320)

  133. Delicate Edible Birds: And Other Stories, Lauren Groff (320)

  134. Slade House, David Mitchell (272)

  135. The Other Mother, Carol Goldman (352)

  136. River Road, Carol Goodman (304)

  137. How to Be Drawn, Terrance Hayes (112)

  138. The Night Visitors, Carol Goldman (320)

Audible listens: 

  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama

  2. The Gene: An Intimate History, Siddhartha Mukherjee

  3. Calypso, David Sedaris

  4. Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain

  5. The Feather Thief, Kirk Wallace Johnson

  6. The Genius of Birds, Jennifer Ackerman

  7. You're on an Airplane, Parker Posey

  8. Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi

  9. Hunger, Roxane Gay

  10. Birds by the Shore: Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast, Jennifer Ackerman

  11. Milkman, Anna Burns

  12. Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business, Frank DeCaro

  13. Our Harlem, Marcus Samuelsson

  14. Toil and Trouble, Augusten Burroughs

  15. Blowout, Rachel Maddow

  16. Little Weirds, Jenny Slate

  17. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, Samantha Irby

  18. Open Book, Jessica Simpson

  19. GuRu, RuPaul

  20. A Tall History of Sugar, Curdella Forbes

  21. These Ghosts Are Family, Maisy Card

  22. Gold Fame Citrus, Claire Vaye Watkins

  23. The Last Season, Eric Blehm

Books 2019

As promised, here is my reading list for 2019. My goal is to read 30 pages a day or 10,950 pages by the end of the year. I'm starting with books that I've already begun in past years but never finished. Bolded lines indicate completion.


  1. Florida, Lauren Groff (288) 

  2. The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances, Ellen Cooney (307) 

  3. The Punishment She Deserves, Elizabeth George (704) 

  4. An Embarrassment of Mangoes, Ann Vanderhoof (300)

  5. How to be a Good Creature, Sy Montgomery (200)

  6. My Sister, the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite (226)

  7. At the Bottom of New Lake, Sonya Larsen (24)

  8. The Seas, Samantha Hunt (232)

  9. The Last Book Party, Karen Dukess (256)

  10. Tending the Marsh: Poems, Linda Marie Steele (48)

  11. Hollow Kingdom, Kira Jane Buxton (320)

  12. Ghost Wall, Sarah Moss (132)

  13. Ark, Veronica Roth (39)

  14. When My Brother Was an Aztec, Natalie Diaz (103)

  15. American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, Terrance Hayes (112)

  16. Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, Mark Russell (168)

  17. Boca Raton, Lauren Groff (31)

  18. Winter Hours, Mary Oliver (132)

  19. Odes to Lithium, Shira Erlichman (100)

  20. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehihi Coates (176)


Life Lists

50 in My 50s

  1. finish my 1,000 book goal

  2. read all of Mary Oliver’s work

  3. train Stephen to return to me safely when off leash

  4. rescue more dogs

  5. make jam

  6. attend a farm to table dinner

  7. experience a sound bath

  8. learn how to tie knots

  9. learn how to do embroidery and make 10 projects

  10. learn sashiko mending

  11. learn to knit and make a sweater and a blanket

  12. learn to identify mushrooms in the wild

  13. take an animal tracking class

  14. participate in a permablitz project

  15. hike the dunes

  16. hike Thoreau’s Seven Ponds (Gull, Newcomb’s, Sweti’s, Slough, Horse-Leech, Round, Herring)

  17. plan/complete a Cape Cod Kitsch Tour

  18. go on a reading holiday

  19. stay at Captain Jack’s Wharf

  20. stay in a Dune Shack

  21. stay at Days Cottages

  22. visit Martha’s Vineyard again

  23. visit Cuttyhunk Island

  24. stay at Race Point Lighthouse

  25. do either the 4 day Cape Clean-up or the cross-Nantucket Clean-up

  26. do a Cape Cod Field School in birding

  27. plan a stay at bird nerd camp at Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine

  28. do the Shoals Ecology 3-day program through Shoals Marine Laboratory

  29. do Wilderness Awareness School Katana Independent Study Program

  30. take the Creating A Year List Birding Program at Long Pasture Audubon Sanctuary

  31. live in Mexico for a month

  32. visit Isla Holbox

  33. visit Uruguay

  34. visit Lanzarote, Canary Islands

  35. visit Sardinia

  36. visit Brittany, France

  37. visit Scotland

Life List Completed

  1. touch one of the sharks at the aquarium (completed 1/26/12)

  2. taste conch (completed 3/11/12)

  3. eat lobster at the Office of Nature in Negril, Jamaica (completed 3/13/12)

  4. take a swimming strokes class (completed 4/1/12)

  5. float a lantern in the Forest Hills Lantern Festival (completed 7/12/12)

  6. design tshirts for the 5th Annual Family Barhopping Night  (completed 7/13/12)

  7. have my aura photo taken (completed 7/19/12)

  8. go on the Cape Cod Modern House Tour (completed 8/19/12)

  9. create a gallery wall in our home (completed 9/27/12) 

  10. witness a cranberry harvest (completed 10/6/2012)

  11. walk a labyrinth (completed 10/25/12)

  12. attend Camp Mighty (completed 11/15-17/2012)

  13. wear a crazy wig in public (and not at Halloween) (completed 11/16/12)

  14. touch a flamingo (completed 11/30/2012)

  15. create a fun, girly Advent grab bag for my niece (completed 11/22/12)

  16. start an art collection (completed 12/16/12)

  17. own a real disco ball and place it where I can see it every day (completed 12/28/12)

  18. complete a 365 photo project (completed 12/31/12)

  19. drink a martini at Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle (completed 4/13/13)

  20. spend a weekend at Kripalu (completed 8/18/13)

  21. wear a tutu for one full day (completed 8/22/13)

  22. take a glassblowing class (completed 10/19/13)

  23. watch all the episodes of Friday Night Lights from beginning to end (completed 10/25/13)

  24. master dim sum ordering (10/28/13)

  25. change professions (completed 1/1/14)

  26. add a dog to our family (completed 3/31/14)

  27. have my own fireplace and learn to use it (completed 1/20/15)

  28. move my blog to my own domain and to a new platform (completed 2/11/15)

  29. try kimchi (6/23/15)

  30. see a shooting star -- Perseids at outdoor amphitheatre at Province Lands Visitor Center (completed 8/12/15)

  31. live in Provincetown for at least a year (completed 1/16/16 ... and still going)

  32. decorate a giant pink artificial Christmas tree for the holidays (completed 12/15/15)

  33. take a birdbanding class (completed 5/13/18)

  34. take my niece to Jamaica (completed 7/21/18)

  35. have drinks at Floyd's Pelican Bar in Jamaica (completed 7/24/19)

The Mother of all Lists

  1. learn to make my mom's applesauce

  2. re-visit every lighthouse on the Cape (DONE: 1. Race Point Light)

  3. attend Figawi

  4. stay in a dune shack in the Cape Cod National Seashore

  5. attend the Daffodil Festival on Nantucket

  6. stay overnight at Race Point Light

  7. drive 6A with my mom, stopping where we want in the moment

  8. march in a costume in one of Provincetown's parades

  9. during one summer, visit every art gallery in Provincetown

  10. do the Polar Plunge on New Year's Day in Provincetown Harbor

  11. visit 20 Caribbean islands (DONE: 1. Nassau, Bahamas (2x) 2. Puerto Rico (2x) 3. Jamaica (8x) 4. Dominican Republic (2x) 5. Paradise Island, Bahamas (2x) )

  12. visit all the countries in Central America (DONE: 1. Mexico (3x) )

  13. visit the flamingo colony on Inagua Island, Bahamas

  14. see the pigs swim in the Exumas, Bahamas

  15. visit Harbour Island, Bahamas

  16. walk on the pink sand beaches of Bermuda

  17. drink a mojito in Cuba

  18. celebrate Christmas in a warm place wearing a bathing suit and a Santa hat

  19. eat all the food in Mexico City

  20. celebrate the Day of the Dead in Mexico

  21. see a toucan in Costa Rica

  22. visit Belize

  23. visit Uruguay

  24. stand in front of Picasso's Guernica

  25. eat my way through Spain and Portugal 

  26. see Gaudi's work in Barcelona

  27. visit Sardinia

  28. return to Rome

  29. return to Ireland -- eat all the food in Kinsale and stay at Ballymaloe House again

  30. see the bridges of Prague

  31. visit Croatia

  32. spin the globe/map and go where my finger lands

  33. see the northern lights

  34. visit Nova Scotia

  35. go on a cross-continent train trip (or at least an overnight trip)

  36. sleep in a monastery

  37. go on a cross-country road trip (regional is fine)

  38. visit Fallingwater

  39. attend the Mummers Parade in Philly on New Year's Day

  40. visit Charleston

  41. finally ride Space Mountain

  42. go shelling on Sanibel Island

  43. visit Hemingway's house in Key West

  44. attend Modernism Week in Palm Springs

  45. see spinner dolphins and attend a luau in Hawaii

  46. rent a houseboat

  47. see Lake Tahoe

  48. stay in an A-frame cabin on a lake

  49. attend the Westminster Dog Show

  50. attend the US Open (tennis, that is)

  51. see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in person

  52. eat at Red Rooster in Harlem

  53. visit Mackinac Island

  54. see puffins in Maine

  55. go on a silent retreat

  56. make Basque chicken

  57. have a traditional New England clambake on the beach 

  58. prepare a Feast of Seven Fishes

  59. go blueberry picking

  60. learn to make cocktail garnishes

  61. pickle something (cranberries? daikon radishes?)

  62. go clamming in my own pair of waders

  63. go for a walk in the woods ... by myself

  64. pick beach plums

  65. learn to cook fish myself

  66. learn to shuck an oyster (without injury)

  67. tap a tree for maple syrup

  68. roast chestnuts over an open fire

  69. learn to take better wildlife photos

  70. read all of Mary Oliver's poems

  71. organize and preserve our family photos

  72. be conversant in Spanish

  73. knit or weave something

  74. read a Murakami book

  75. learn to paint in watercolor

  76. read 1,000 books (currently at 765/1,000)

  77. see the Whirling Dervishes

  78. finish collecting the mismatched china set for my niece and give it to her when she moves into her first apartment

  79. go whitewater rafting 

  80. try snowshoeing

  81. explore the ocean in a Scubadoo

  82. attempt firewalking

  83. go dogsledding (bonus: yell "mush!")

  84. learn to sail

  85. go tubing down the Pamet River

  86. learn the salsa

  87. play a game of bocce

  88. ride a Vespa

  89. see a blue whale

  90. train a companion or therapy animal

  91. swim with a whale shark

  92. take an animal tracking class

  93. feed a hummingbird by hand

  94. disentangle and properly dispose of 300 balloons from the wrack line on the beach (Stop letting your balloons fly free, people!) (147/300)

  95. save sea turtles on the Cape 

  96. volunteer for a research project addressing marine debris issues

  97. volunteer at a wild animal care facility

  98. see my original $100 loan on Kiva go to 100 people (currently at 50/100)

  99. wear giant angel wings

  100. make friends with a drag queen

  101. get a watsu treatment

  102. get a fish pedicure

  103. build a fire on the beach

  104. learn more about Caribbean history

  105. swim in bioluminescent water

  106. participate in an archaeological dig (satisfying a goal I made in 4th grade)

  107. live on an island, on the beach, and/or some place where there are palm trees

  108. live in a foreign country for at least 3 months

  109. claim "snowbird" as my profession

The Original Mother of All Lists (Jan. 2012)

For months now I have been working on a list that I originally christened "The Mother of All Lists," and then quickly shortened to "The Mother List." Some people call it a Bucket List, a Life List, or even a Mighty Life List. Some of my list items have been rattling around in my head for awhile or have been intentions for a long time. Others are more recent ideas. The Mother List will expand and contract over time, I am sure. And it's a given that it will be hard to complete them all, but it sure will be fun trying. Without further ado, The Mother List ...

  1. See a blue whale

  2. Complete the Swim for Life in Provincetown

  3. Visit 20 Caribbean islands (done: 5/20)

  4. See the northern lights

  5. Go to Skywalker Ranch

  6. Wear giant angel wings

  7. Make Basque chicken

  8. Swim in the largest pool in the world at San Alfonso del Mar, Chile

  9. Eat fromage, a baguette, and pain au chocolat in Paris and kiss the Mr. at the top of the Eiffel Tower

  10. Make my own salt from seawater

  11. Hear Handel's Messiah performed at Boston Symphony Hall

  12. Complete a 365 photo project (completed 12/31/12)

  13. Visit Mass MoCA

  14. Own a set of really, really high thread count sheets

  15. Enjoy a gondola ride in Venice 

  16. Complete the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, raising money for cancer research

  17. Go on an Earthwatch expedition

  18. Participate in the Night of Writing Dangerously

  19. Have a traditional New England clambake on the beach 

  20. Take turns reading a book out loud with the Mr. until we finish it together (he is not enamored with this idea and suggested a Dr. Seuss book)

  21. Live in Provincetown for a year

  22. Ride a Vespa

  23. Attend the Winter Music Conference in Miami

  24. Go ziplining

  25. Post 1,000 posts on this blog 

  26. Train a companion or therapy animal

  27. Go whitewater rafting 

  28. Prepare a Feast of Seven Fishes

  29. See Waterfire in Providence, RI

  30. Take a pottery class

  31. Decorate a giant pink artificial Christmas tree for the holidays

  32. Go skydiving (indoors)

  33. Have my own project funded on Kickstarter

  34. Learn to DJ

  35. See a murmuration in nature

  36. Take hip-hop dance lessons

  37. Publish photo books for wedding, honeymoon, and our special trips

  38. Join a CSA

  39. Float a lantern in the Forest Hills Lantern Festival (completed 7/12/12)

  40. See puffins in Maine

  41. Do a walking tour of Russian and/or Jewish cuisine in Brookline

  42. Get a watsu treatment

  43. Attend the Mummers Parade in Philly on New Year's Day

  44. See my original $100 loan on Kiva go to 100 people (currently at 39/100)

  45. Hardboil an egg (Shut up.)

  46. Start an art collection (completed 12/16/12)

  47. Walk on the pink sand beaches of Bermuda

  48. Attend ComicCon ... in costume (I'm thinking Darth Vader but fear I may end up looking more like Dark Helmet.)

  49. Go blueberry picking

  50. Make a documentary about the Ptown Pool

  51. Walk a labyrinth (completed 10/25/12)

  52. Stay at the Boston Yacht Haven

  53. Finish collecting the mismatched china set for my niece and give it to her when she moves into her first apartment

  54. Stand in front of Picasso's Guernica

  55. Save sea turtles

  56. Film and submit a Cancer Dancer video in memory of Sarah Sadtler Feather

  57. Go snowshoeing

  58. Do some line dancing wearing cowboy boots

  59. Touch one of the sharks at the aquarium (completed 1/26/12)

  60. March (or shimmy) in a Pride parade

  61. Read Ulysses

  62. Pet every dog I see for a week

  63. Go on a silent retreat

  64. Learn to use a letterpress

  65. Have fresh flowers in our home continuously for a year

  66. Learn to scuba dive

  67. Watch all of Errol Morris' films (Gates of HeavenVernon, FloridaThe Thin Blue LineThe Dark WindA Brief History of TimeFast, Cheap and Out of ControlMr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.First PersonThe Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamaraStandard Operating ProcedureTabloid; The Unknown Known)

  68. Drink a martini at Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle (completed 4/13/13)

  69. Stay at Castello di Spannocchia in Tuscany

  70. Attend all 25 hours of the Moby Dick marathon at the New Bedford Whaling Museum

  71. Design tshirts for the 5th Annual Family Barhopping Night  (completed 7/13/12)

  72. Dance all night at a club in Ibiza

  73. Pickle something (cranberries? daikon radishes?)

  74. Go clamming in my own pair of waders

  75. Move my blog to my own domain and to a new platform

  76. Learn to skate backwards

  77. Celebrate Christmas in a warm place wearing a bathing suit and a Santa hat

  78. Read 1,000 books (currently at 714/1,000)

  79. Perform a synchronized swimming routine wearing glittery eye shadow and a fabulous sparkly swimsuit

  80. Eat a Burmese tea leaf salad

  81. Go firewalking

  82. Visit Fallingwater

  83. Learn to roll a kayak

  84. Cover my ceiling with tiny lights

  85. Go dogsledding (bonus: yell "mush!")

  86. Work on a film

  87. Attend the White Party in Provincetown held during Labor Day Weekend

  88. Hold a koala bear

  89. Finish a paint-by-numbers painting

  90. Try kimchi

  91. Volunteer on the Charles River Cleanup Boat

  92. Take my dad to dinner at the Harvard Faculty Club

  93. Spend a weekend at Kripalu

  94. Attend Figawi

  95. Write a short story and publish it

  96. Do a high-speed RIB (rigid inflatable boat) tour of Boston Harbor

  97. See Metallica in concert

  98. Create a fun, girly Advent grab bag for my niece (completed 11/22/12)

  99. Completely finish a New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle

  100. Go to the Galapagos

  101. Attend Friday After Thanksgiving (FAT) Chain Reaction at MIT

  102. Wear a crazy wig in public (and not at Halloween) (completed 11/16/13)

  103. Rewatch every episode of The Love Boat (watched through Season 1, Episode 12)

  104. Learn to hand roll sushi

  105. Fly on a trapeze

  106. Get a fish pedicure

  107. Swim in the infinity pool atop the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

  108. Go on the Cape Cod Modern House Tour (completed 8/19/12)

  109. Own a boat

  110. Meet Peter Sis and have him sign my books

  111. Go on a reading retreat

  112. Taste conch (completed 3/11/12)

  113. See the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in person

  114. Knit a chunky wool blanket with giant knitting needles

  115. Stay at The Summer House on Nantucket

  116. Work on a political campaign

  117. Disentangle and properly dispose of 300 balloons from the wrack line on the beach (Stop letting your balloons fly free, people!) (74/300)

  118. Attend the US Open (tennis, that is)

  119. Live in a foreign country for at least 3 months

  120. Successfully set and fill a champagne tower

  121. Conquer my fear of sharks

  122. Stay in a dune shack at the Cape Cod National Seashore

  123. Ride a camel

  124. Try 25 different brands of salt and vinegar potato chips and rank them

  125. Write enough reviews on TripAdvisor to be a Senior Contributor

  126. See spinner dolphins in Hawaii

  127. Have my own gallery show filled with work I've yet to create

  128. Explore the ocean in a Scubadoo

  129. Volunteer at Best Friends in Utah

  130. See the crab swarm on Christmas Island

  131. Complete a Fight for Air climb

  132. Watch every Academy Award-nominated documentary

  133. Make Baked Alaska

  134. Have drinks at Floyd's Pelican Bar in Jamaica

  135. Finish a One Slow Thing a Week Project

  136. Walk a Great Dane

  137. Go fly a kite

  138. Go shelling on Sanibel

  139. Spend a day at the spa at the Mandarin Oriental

  140. Learn to silkscreen Tshirts

  141. Wear a tutu for one full day (completed 8/22/13)

  142. Go candlepin bowling

  143. Participate in NaBloPoMo

  144. Learn to take wildlife photos

  145. Churn my own butter

  146. See an orangutan in Borneo

  147. Change professions (completed 1/1/14)

  148. Go to The Smiths Reunion Concert (It's my list!)

  149. Learn needle felting

  150. Attend Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, and Silverdocs or Hotdocs film festivals

  151. Have my aura photo taken (completed 7/19/12)

  152. Sleep in a lighthouse

  153. See a concert at Tanglewood

  154. Taste sea urchin

  155. Run the Tufts 10K and the James Joyce Ramble

  156. Live on an island

  157. Read all of Edgar Allen Poe's Work

  158. Take a tour of Legal's fish processing plant

  159. Maintain a koi pond

  160. Build a fire on the beach

  161. Attend a roller derby match

  162. Visit Plimoth Plantation

  163. Attend the Westminster Dog Show

  164. Ride a Carsten Holler slide

  165. Learn Italian

  166. Run through an enormous field of sunflowers

  167. Attend Art Basel

  168. Participate in the citizen scientist program on the Boston Harbor Islands

  169. Experience tailgating at a real football game

  170. Share the hot springs with the snow monkeys of Nagano

  171. Eat at every restaurant in our restaurant jar

  172. Make a bottle tree

  173. Host an exchange student

  174. Take a SeaDream Yacht Club cruise around the Caribbean

  175. Swim with a whale shark

  176. Eat lobster at the Office of Nature in Negril, Jamaica (completed 3/13/12)

  177. Have my own fireplace and learn to use it

  178. Learn to hula dance

  179. See the gardens of Kyoto

  180. Tour WGBH

  181. Wear false eyelashes

  182. Roast chestnuts over an open fire

  183. Fold 1,000 paper cranes

  184. Learn to play bocce

  185. Relive the romance of Joey Potter and Pacey Whitter (rewatching all of Dawson's Creek)

  186. Stand on the Great Wall of China

  187. Learn to surf

  188. Volunteer at a wild animal care facility

  189. Mentor someone

  190. Care for a bonsai tree

  191. Fly on a plane that has a bar/cocktail lounge

  192. Enjoy Summer Shack's clambake on Spectacle Island

  193. Own a real disco ball and hang it where I can see it every day (completed 12/28/12)

  194. Stay at the Wickainnish Inn

  195. Participate in a Holi color fight

  196. Drive the length of 6A from Ptown to Sandwich and back with my mom

  197. Try waterskiing

  198. Have a panchakarma treatment

  199. Finally ride Space Mountain

  200. Live on the beach

  201. Complete Red Cross disaster relief training

  202. Attend a workshop at Salt Water Farm in Maine

  203. Swim in bioluminescent water

  204. Take my niece to Italy 

  205. Touch a flamingo (completed 11/30/2012)

  206. Complete a month of Naikan

  207. Stand on the equator

  208. Catch a marlin or a shark

  209. Go on a cross-continent train trip

  210. Visit all of the Boston Harbor Islands (1. Georges, 2. Peddocks, 3.Bumpkin, 4. World’s End, 5. Spectacle, 6. Lovells, 7. Grape, 8. Thompson, 9. Little Brewster, 10. Deer, 11. Webb Memorial, 12. Nut)

  211. Visit Nova Scotia

  212. Do a year's worth of 30 day projects

  213. Participate in an archeaological dig (thus satisfying a goal I made in 4th grade)

  214. Attend a workshop conducted by Carolyn Myss

  215. Learn to make preserves

  216. See Gaudi's work in Barcelona

  217. Rent a houseboat

  218. Make it through a Hell Night meal at the East Coast Grill

  219. Learn more about jazz music

  220. Participate in a Relay for Life, raising more money for cancer research

  221. Climb a rockclimbing wall

  222. Get a plot of land to garden in the Victory Gardens of the Fens

  223. Witness a cranberry harvest (completed 10/6/2012)

  224. Try fencing 

  225. See the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year ceremony

  226. Sleep in a monastery (preferably in Italy)

  227. Volunteer for a research project addressing marine debris issues

  228. Witness a live performance of Saturday Night Live

  229. Jump off a high-dive

  230. Learn to make my mom's applesauce

  231. Attend Camp Mighty (completed 11/15-17/2012)

  232. Meander through a corn maze

  233. List "snowbird" as my profession

  234. See the wild ponies of Chincoteague

  235. Make a pinata from scratch and fill it with confetti

  236. Volunteer at the New England Aquarium

  237. Complete one complex scherenschnitte

  238. Sail on the Liberty around the Bahamas

  239. See more of Iceland than just the airport

  240. Do a walking tour of Boston's Chinatown

  241. Own personalized cocktail stirrers

  242. Cross all the bridges in Prague

  243. Tap a tree for maple syrup

  244. Complete a 5,000 piece puzzle

  245. Attend ROFLCon

  246. See the whirling dervishes

  247. Watch all the episodes of Friday Night Lights from beginning to end (completed 10/25/13)

  248. Go tubing

  249. Sit at the gliding table at Yuerba Buena in San Juan, Puerto Rico (and finally see Old San Juan)

  250. Make a list of all the great things I did before I made this list ***

  251. Finish all the cocktails on Clio's cocktail list

  252. Stay in the Igloo Village at Hotel Kakslauttannen in Finland

  253. See the green river in Chicago on St. Patrick's Day

  254. Watch a live Sumo wrestling match

  255. Ride a mechanical bull

  256. Participate in a Japanese tea ceremony

  257. Take a swimming strokes class (completed 4/1/12) -- learn that damn butterfly once and for all 

  258. Learn to sail

  259. Knit my own scarf

  260. Walk entire length of the Boston Harbor Walk

  261. Take an ikebana class

  262. Master dim sum ordering

  263. Participate in a sake tasting

  264. Take a self-defense class

  265. Learn to cook fish

  266. Learn the salsa

  267. Go iceskating on Frog Pond

  268. Have a salt-tasting party 

  269. Visit Mt. Auburn Cemetery 

  270. Have a smoked foods night

  271. Feed a hummingbird by hand

  272. Make a meal entirely from items found at the farmer's market

  273. Take a glassblowing class (completed 10/19/13)

  274. Tour the Taza Chocolate Factory

  275. Have a Diane Keaton movie marathon (watched 4 of her movies so far)

  276. Make coconut shrimp

  277. Learn to play mah jong (with real tiles) 

  278. Learn the elusive art of origami

  279. Learn to shuck an oyster (without injury)

  280. Make 3 different types of bread

  281. Learn to make paella

  282. Participate in an Ethiopian coffee ceremony

  283. Publish this list on Bucket List Productions

  284. See the pigs swim in the Exumas, Bahamas

  285. Visit the Corning Museum of Glass

  286. Be a guest blogger on someone else's blog

  287. Visit Croatia

  288. Do 10 DIY projects: glitter disco balls; galaxy glitter play dough; owl paper figures from a kit; paper flower party headbands; star projector kit; Sparkle Labs solar kit; geometric paper ornaments; crepe paper flower garland; paper hats; giant tissue paper flowers

  289. Complete the Cape Cod Ragnar Relay Series

  290. See a performance at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA

  291. Eat at Hartwood in Tulum, Mexico

  292. Visit City Museum in St. Louis and climb Monstrocity

  293. Own a working neon sign

  294. Create a gallery wall in our home (completed 9/27/12)

  295. Learn to play the steel drums

  296. Bend a spoon (see Martha Beck)

  297. Sing The Girl from Ipanema on Ipanema Beach

  298. Learn how to open a champagne bottle with a sword

  299. Visit Hemingway's house in Key West

  300. Drink a mojito in Cuba

  301. Visit all the Shaker round barns in New England (1. Canterbury Shaker Village)

  302. Learn to make mole sauce

  303. Live some place where there are palm trees

  304. Get paid to be creative

  305. Find a group of like-minded creatives

  306. Make friends with a drag queen

  307. Visit the flamingo colony on Inagua island

  308. Go on a moonwalk during a full moon

  309. Do the Ultimate Trainer for a Day at Atlantis, Bahamas

  310. See a shooting star

  311. Watch the Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale

  312. Dance with Ellen

  313. Attend an Ace Camp photography workshop

*** End of original list, created 1/29/12

Mondo Beyondo additions (added 10/24/2012):

  • be a National Geographic photographer

  • be a documentary filmmaker

  • live in the Caribbean -- Negril, Jamaica to be specific, the "Capital of Casual"

  • learn to snorkel really, really well and do it every day

  • never work in an office or wear business attire ever again as long as I live

  • be outside most of the time

  • meet Jimmy Buffett

  • throw out all of my wool except a couple of sweaters for nostalgia sake

  • wear flip flops only

  • walk on the beach every day

  • meet Diane Keaton

  • have a pet monkey (a dream from childhood -- I had to settle for a stuffed monkey that I named Uncle Jessie. From Dukes of Hazard, people!)

  • write my tell-all book

  • use my blog as a vehicle to make a living that is not location dependent

  • become known as an expert in something

  • be healthy and fit

  • have a studio space that I share with other creatives

  • add a dog or 3 to our family (completed 3/31/14)


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