Elle’s bucket list

This is virtually a list of lists. Click on the headings to see more detailed lists for each category, and some projects also have individual lists, which are linked.

Family bucket list

*Box* Teach my kids how to drive
*Box* Take my kids to the theme parks on Australia’s Gold Coast
*Box* Do these things with my kids (which means participating, not watching them do them!):
*Boxcheck* Go camping (in a tent, with sleeping bags!)
*Boxcheck* Draw
*Boxcheck* Go on a picnic
*Box* Go possum hunting (note to non-NZers, possums are an environmental pest in NZ)
*Boxcheck* Go ice skating
*Box* Snorkel
*Boxcheck* Go to a music concert
*Boxcheck* Cook
*Boxcheck* Watch a sunrise
*Boxcheck* Watch a sunset
*Boxcheck* Show them where I grew up
*Boxcheck* Point out constellations in the night sky
*Box* Roast marshmallows over a campfire
*Boxcheck* Volunteer for a charity or help someone in need
*Boxcheck* Take a road trip
*Box* Ride in a hot air balloon
*Boxcheck* Have a no-reason, not-because-they’re-sick, Bueller-caliber free day off school
*Boxcheck* Take them trick-or-treating
*Boxcheck* Write, post and receive handwritten letters in the mail
*Boxcheck* Care for a pet
*Boxcheck* Swim
*Box* Sew
*Box* Play hopscotch and elastics
*Boxcheck* Watch a big fireworks display
*Boxcheck* Write and send a letter to Santa
*Boxcheck* Make a video
*Boxcheck* Watch a movie
*Boxcheck* Go ten pin bowling
*Boxcheck* Play miniature golf
*Box* Host a dinner party
*Box* Plan a surprise party
*Boxcheck* Go hiking
*Box* Climb a tree
*Boxcheck* Jump on a trampoline
*Boxcheck* Roll down a really big hill
*Boxcheck* Skim a stone
*Boxcheck* Dance
*Box* Dance in the rain
*Boxcheck* Sing really loudly along to the car stereo
*Boxcheck* Fly a kite
*Boxcheck* Catch a fish
*Boxcheck* Eat fruit straight from the tree
*Boxcheck* Pick berries
*Boxcheck* Hunt for bugs
*Boxcheck* Play a board game
*Boxcheck* Have a snowball fight
*Boxcheck* Build a sandcastle
*Box* Make a mud pie
*Box* Pick watercress
*Boxcheck* Bury someone in the sand
*Box* Race snails
*Boxcheck* Slide down a waterslide
*Box* Feed a bird from your hand
*Boxcheck* Call an owl/morepork
*Boxcheck* Investigate what’s living in a rock pool
*Box* See glowworms
*Boxcheck* Plant it, grow it, eat it
*Box* Find your way with a map and a compass
*Boxcheck* Finish a puzzle
*Box* Have a food fight
*Boxcheck* Write a poem
*Boxcheck* Write a story
*Boxcheck* Explore a cave
*Box* Do the World Vision 40 Hour Famine
*Boxcheck* Ride a bike
*Boxcheck* Travel on a train
*Boxcheck* Visit a farm
*Boxcheck* Have a treasure hunt
*Boxcheck* Learn how to tie a tie
*Boxcheck* Ride a roller coaster
*Boxcheck* Dine in a restaurant
*Boxcheck* Accept – and execute – a dare, double-dare or, best of all, triple-dog dare.
*Boxcheck* Experience one unplugged weekend without cell phones, computers or TV
*Boxcheck* Sell something at a stall
*Boxcheck* Conduct a science experiment
*Boxcheck* Take photos
*Box* Ride a horse

Work bucket list

*Box* Wear makeup to work every day for a month
*Boxcheck* Have my own business cards
*Boxcheck* Have a company phone
*Boxcheck* Have a company laptop
*Boxcheck* Have a company car
*Boxcheck* Travel for work
*Boxcheck* Travel overseas for work
*Boxcheck* Earn a promotion
*Boxcheck* Earn a payrise

Adulting bucket list

*Boxcheck* Learn to drive a manual/stick shift
*Boxcheck* Get my learner driver licence
*Boxcheck* Get my restricted driver licence
*Boxcheck* Get my full driver licence
*Box* Create an emergency survival kit, including at least three days’ worth of water, food and pet supplies
*Boxcheck* Get married
*Boxcheck* Have kids
*Boxcheck* Write a will
*Box* Establish Enduring Powers of Attorney (a living will)
*Box* Set up a family trust
*Boxcheck* Buy a house
*Box* Regularly deposit savings and make no withdrawals for one year
*Box* Be debt free
*Box* Pay off our short-term debt, e.g. credit cards
*Box* Pay off our mortgage
*Box* Have a contingency fund equal to one month’s income
*Boxcheck* Have a KiwiSaver retirement investment
*Boxcheck* Own shares
*Box* Have an investment portfolio
*Boxcheck* Have home and contents insurance
*Boxcheck* Have full cover car insurance
*Boxcheck* Have medical insurance
*Boxcheck* Have life insurance
*Box* Have income protection insurance
*Box* Have business insurance
*Boxcheck* Own a bottle of alcohol worth more than $100
*Box* Own a bottle of alcohol worth more than $500
*Box* Own a bottle of alcohol worth more than $1,000
*Box* Own a bottle of port from the year of my birth
*Box* Own a bottle of port from the year of my son’s birth
*Box* Own a bottle of port from the year of my daughter’s birth
*Boxcheck* Sponsor a child in a third world country
*Box* Own a holiday home
*Boxcheck* Pay for a stranger’s petrol
*Box* Pay for a stranger’s meal
*Box* Do jury duty

Writing bucket list

*Box* Handwrite all my poems into journals
*Boxcheck* Finish, edit and print Grand & Epic Adventures
*Box* Write a short story based on one of my ancestors
*Box* Write a short story based on my own life
*Boxcheck* Write a poem about Boxing Days
*Box* Write a poem about each of my family members
*Boxcheck* Complete National Poetry Writing Month
*Box* Complete National Novel Writing Month
*Box* Fill a journal with writing
*Boxcheck* Send a snail mail letter to my younger sister in the UK
*Boxcheck* Send a snail mail letter to my godson in Australia
*Boxcheck* Send a snail mail letter to my goddaughter in Australia
*Boxcheck* Send a snail mail letter to my grandmother in Australia
*Boxcheck* Send a snail mail letter to my great uncle in the UK
*Boxcheck* Send a snail mail letter to my uncle in Australia
*Boxcheck* Send a snail mail letter to my friend Beth in the US
*Boxcheck* Send a snail mail letter to my old next door neighbour
*Box* Take a poetry writing or appreciation class

Reading bucket list

*Box* Read every book in my Kindle library

Blogging bucket list

*Boxcheck* Have the courage to share my blog with family and friends on Facebook
*Boxcheck* Get 100 followers on this blog
*Box* Get 500 followers on this blog
*Box* Get 1,000 followers on this blog
*Box* Catch up on missing blog posts on my Livejournal blog
*Box* Convert my Livejournal blog posts (including private posts) into printed books (click here to see the separate page for this project)

Photography bucket list

*Boxcheck* Take photography lessons
*Boxcheck* Go to Tiritiri Matangi Island to photograph the birds
*Box* Photograph all New Zealand’s endemic birds
*Box* Take a scenic shot of New Zealand’s South Island
*Box* Take a classic shot of cows or sheep blocking the road
*Boxcheck* Photograph a wedding
*Box* Photograph the Northern or Southern Lights
*Box* Do a newborn baby shoot
*Box* Photograph penguins in Antarctica
*Boxcheck* Photograph a professional model
*Box* Take a frame-worthy photo of Auckland’s skyline
*Box* Complete a 365 project
*Boxcheck* Get 100 followers on Instagram
*Box* Get 500 followers on Instagram
*Box* Get 1,000 followers on Instagram
*Box* Get 100 followers on Facebook
*Box* Get 500 followers on Facebook
*Box* Get 1,000 followers on Facebook
*Box* Take a photo of a geyser
*Box* Go on an African photo safari
*Boxcheck* Do street photography of strangers in a major city
*Box* Take a photo of a thunderstorm or tornado
*Boxcheck* Photograph an ancient stone circle
*Box* Photograph a field of flowers
*Box* Photograph a named waterfall
*Box* Photograph waves crashing around a lighthouse
*Box* Take a frame-worthy photo of fireworks
*Box* Take a frame-worthy photo of a rainbow
*Box* Take a long exposure photo of the stars
*Boxcheck* Photograph an abandoned house or barn
*Box* Effectively use panning to photograph a moving vehicle
*Box* Photograph someone jumping a skateboard or bike
*Box* Take a well-exposed photo of a live band
*Boxcheck* Take a well-timed sports photo
*Boxcheck* Take a macro photograph of a flower
*Box* Take a macro photograph of a snowflake
*Boxcheck* Take a macro photograph of a bug, spider or insect
*Box* Photograph someone crying
*Boxcheck* Photograph someone laughing
*Boxcheck* Photograph a couple kissing
*Boxcheck* Take a frame-worth photo of food
*Box* Own a professional level Canon camera
*Box* Own a macro lens
*Box* Own a super-telephoto lens (over 300mm)
*Box* Take a photo that is so abstract it is impossible (or hard) to tell what the subject is
*Boxcheck* Take a photo that freezes motion and shows a person (or object) in motion
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of a building
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of something in space, eg the moon or a star
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of a plane
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of a bird
*Boxcheck* Take a photo using only black and white
*Boxcheck* Take a photo that shows a person acting naturally, where they are unaware they are being photographed
*Boxcheck* Take a photo that focuses on the clouds in the sky
*Boxcheck* Take a full colour photograph
*Boxcheck* Take a photo that focuses on what someone is wearing, rather than the person wearing it
*Box* Take a photo of a fire
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of fireworks going off in the sky
*Box* Take a photo using the flash on my camera
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of food
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of a landscape
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of someone that shows an important part of their life, eg their occupation or hobby
*Box* Take a photo using a slow shutter speed
*Boxcheck* Take a close-up photo of something small
*Box* Take a photo that shows motion blur as something in the photo moves
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of a plant or animal
*Boxcheck* Take a photo at night
*Boxcheck* Take a panoramic photo
*Boxcheck* Take a photo or series of photos that tells a story
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of a person
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of the rain
*Box* Take a photo of a rainbow
*Box* Take a selfie
*Boxcheck* Take a photo that shows an aspect of modern life that concerns you, eg poverty, littering, etc.
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of someone playing a sport
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of an inanimate object (or objects)
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of a stranger on the street
*Box* Take a photo of a sunrise
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of a public place
*Boxcheck* Take a photo of something ordinary or domestic

Family history bucket list

*Boxcheck* Create a family tree on Ancestry.co.uk
*Box* Complete my wedding scrapbook
*Box* Complete my family recipe book (Click here to see the separate page for this project)
*Box* Create and print family history books (Click here to see the separate page for this project)
*Box* Get my grandfather’s war medals framed
*Box* Get my father-in-law’s family war medals framed
*Boxcheck* Get my DNA tested
*Boxcheck* Get a DNA test done for my mum
*Box* Get a DNA test done for my dad
*Box* Upload all the photos on CDs and store them online in the cloud
*Box* Transcribe tape recordings

Travel bucket list

*Boxcheck* Fly business class
*Box* Fly first class
*Box* Apply for a UK passport
*Boxcheck* Go inside St Matthews in the City, Auckland, New Zealand
*Box* Go to New Zealand’s South Island
*Box* Go to Larnach Castle in Dunedin, New Zealand
*Boxcheck* Go to England as an adult
*Boxcheck* See Buckingham Palace in England as an adult
*Boxcheck* Go inside Westminster Abbey in England
*Boxcheck* See the Tower of London in England
*Boxcheck* Go to Hyde Park in England
*Boxcheck* Go to Scotland
*Boxcheck* Go to Gretna Green in Scotland
*Box* Go to Dunfermline Abbey in Edinburgh, Scotland
*Box* Go to the Isle of Skye in Scotland
*Box* Go to the Orkney Islands in Scotland
*Box* Go to Ireland
*Box* Go to Wales as an adult
*Box* Go to ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli
*Box* See the Northern or Southern Lights
*Box* Go to Antarctica

Experiences bucket list

*Box* Meet my friend Beth (I met her on Livejournal in 2001 and she lives in the USA)
*Box* 
Meet my friend Teresa (I met her on Writing.com and she lives in NZ)
*Box* 
Meet my friend Gaby (I met her on Writing.com and she lives in the USA)
*Box* 
Meet my friend Rhonda (I met her on Writing.com and she lives in Canada)
*Box* 
Do a tour of New Zealand’s South Island with my husband
*Boxcheck* See the Exponents perform live
*Box* Go to a strip club/show
*Box* Go to the Last Night of the Proms in England
*Box* See Oliver! performed live on stage
*Boxcheck* See the Phantom of the Opera performed live on stage
*Boxcheck* Buy and wear a pair of knee high boots
*Box* Learn sign language
*Box* Learn the international radiotelephony spelling alphabet
*Boxcheck* Ride a horse
*Boxcheck* Take dancing lessons
*Boxcheck* Go camping
*Boxcheck* Make cheese
*Boxcheck* Make soap
*Boxcheck* Make candles
*Boxcheck* Make wine
*Boxcheck* Go canoeing
*Box* Build a house
*Box* Have a psychic reading
*Boxcheck* Volunteer for a charity
*Box* Dance at a ball as an adult
*Boxcheck* Do one tramp or walk every month for a year
*Boxcheck* Camp in the Australian outback
*Box* Do a fishing trip in Niue with my husband
*Boxcheck* Get my colours done
*Boxcheck* Get my photo taken crossing Abbey Road in England
*Box* Drive the Glossglockner High Alpine Road in Austria
*Boxcheck* Do Auckland’s Coast to Coast Walk
*Boxcheck* Do the Round The Bays Walk
*Box* Do the Colour Run
*Box* Do all of New Zealand’s Great Walks
*Box* Experience a medieval feast
*Boxcheck* Eat at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants
*Boxcheck* Eat pumpkin pie
*Boxcheck* Eat haggis in Scotland
*Boxcheck* Drink wine on Waiheke Island, New Zealand
*Boxcheck* Drink Lemon & Paeroa in Paeroa, New Zealand
*Box* Eat a Chelsea bun in Chelsea, England
*Box* Eat a Cornish pasty in Cornwall, England
*Box* Eat Shrewsbury biscuits in Shrewsbury, England
*Box* Eat Yorkshire pudding in Yorkshire, England
*Box* Eat cheddar cheese in Cheddar, England
*Box* Eat stilton cheese in Stilton, England
*Box* Eat Welsh rarebit in Wales
*Box* Eat a Black Forest gateaux in the Black Forest, Germany
*Box* Eat a frankfurter in Frankfurt, Germany
*Box* Eat a hamburger in Hamburg, Germany
*Box* Eat Bavarian cream in Bavaria, Germany
*Box* Eat Turkish delight in Turkey
*Box* Eat Baked Alaska in Alaska, America
*Box* Eat Boston baked beans in Boston, America
*Box* Eat Buffalo wings in Buffalo, America
*Box* Drink Mississippi Moonshine in Mississippi, America
*Box* Eat colby cheese in Colby, America
*Box* Drink a Long Island iced tea on Long Island, America
*Box* Drink a Manhattan in Manhattan, America
*Box* Eat bolognese sauce in Bologna, Italy
*Box* Eat Brussels sprouts in Brussels
*Box* Eat French fries in France
*Box* Eat French onion soup in France
*Box* Eat French toast in France
*Box* Eat brie cheese in Brie (now Seine-et-Marne), France
*Box* Eat camembert cheese in Camembert, France
*Box* Drink a burgundy wine in Burgundy, France
*Box* Drink a chablis in Chablis, France
*Box* Drink armagnac in Armagnac, France
*Box* Drink cognac in Cognac, France
*Box* Drink champagne in Champagne, France
*Box* Eat Madeira cake in Madeira, Portugal
*Box* Drink Madeira wine in Madeira, Portugal
*Box* Drink port in Porto, Portugal
*Box* Eat parmesan cheese in Parma, Italy
*Box* Eat Gruyère cheese in Gruyère, Switzerland
*Box* Eat Emmental cheese in Emmental, Switzerland
*Box* Eat edam cheese in Edam, Netherlands
*Box* Eat gouda cheese in Gouda, Netherlands
*Box* Drink shiraz in Shiraz, Iran

Writing.com bucket list

*Box* Complete the Comma Sense class at the New Horizons Academy 
*Boxcheck* Complete a challenge at a very Wodehouse challenge
*Box* Complete the October NaNoWriMo Prep Challenge
*Boxcheck* Complete an ‘I Write’ challenge
*Boxcheck* Complete a full month of the Construct Cup
*Boxcheck* Write an editorial for each official site newsletter
*Boxcheck* Write an editorial for the unofficial Blogging Bliss newsletter
*Boxcheck* Earn a Product Reviews merit badge at Angel Product Reviews
*Box* Earn a Rockin’ Review Artist merit badge at the Paper Doll Gang
*Boxcheck* Enter every official site contest
*Boxcheck* Write and submit an entry for Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest
*Boxcheck* Submit an entry to Shadows and Light Poetry Contest
*Box* Write and submit an entry for The Weekly Quickie Challenge
*Boxcheck* Write and submit an entry for The LGBT Writing Contest
*Boxcheck* Write and submit an entry for HONORING OUR VETERANS
*Box* Write and submit an entry for Thrice Prompted
*Boxcheck* Write and submit an entry for the Night & Day Poetic Prose Contest
*Boxcheck* Write and submit an entry for the Verdant Poetry Contest
*Boxcheck* Write and submit an entry for The Writer’s Cramp
*Box* Write and submit an entry for the Magic Words Contest
*Boxcheck* Write and submit an entry for the Rebel Poetry Contest
*Box* Write and submit an entry to Distorted Minds Contest
*Box* Write and submit an entry to No Dialogue Contest
*Boxcheck* Write a blog entry for Blog City and submit it promptly
*Boxcheck* Write a blog entry for Blogging Circle of Friends and submit it promptly
*Boxcheck* Complete an official month of the 30-Day Blogging Challenge
*Boxcheck* Participate in a full month of unofficial camping activities with the 30-Day Blogging Challenge
*Boxcheck* Complete a full month (20 or more entries using prompts from a single month) for Welcome To My Reality
*Box* Write and send a snail mail letter, card or postcard to every member of The Snail Mail Group
*Box* Review something in each of Writing.com’s genres

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