Checked into Mighty Girl, a blog I tune into occasionally, and Maggie Mason had posted a sidebar full of witty “To Dos”, her “Mighty List”. She challenged readers to do the same, so I’m taking that challenge.

So my to do list, like hers will be posted as a sidebar and you can cheer with me as I cross completed things off the list or goad me as I take too long to complete them. Some goals are big, some are small. Some seem achievable this month. Some may be just wishful thinking.

My Bucket List

Learn to play the guitar I bought with my babysitting money when I was 15

Nurture an organic garden.

Gather at least 70% of my meals from that garden for at least one 8-month period

Eat on the 100 Mile Diet for one year.

Can and preserve fruit from my own orchard

Complete a walking marathon (I know my limits!)

Reduce my carbon footprint

Spend a week on a dude ranch

Become proficient in simple conversational Spanish

Wear a size 4 again

Attend the Olympics

Travel to India, Laos and Vietnam

See Haiga Sophia in Turkey

Master photography and Andy’s Nikon D80

Retrace the path of Chief Joseph’s retreat — preferably on horseback

Follow the Long Walk of the Navajos — preferably with a Navajo

Learn to ride my Vespa

Take a winemaking course at UC Davis

Trek through the Outback and camp at Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Successfully cook one recipe from the French Laundry Cookbook

Go on safari in Africa (with a camera)

Take my 12th road trip across America — but this time by the Northern route.

See wolves in Yellowstone Park

Keep chickens

Make a kick-ass Cabernet

Take our place in Sonoma completely off the grid

Master composting

Travel the length of the Nile

See the terra cotta warriers in China

Make a difference in a child’s life

Learn not to sweat the small stuff

That’s it for now. And I’m sure I’ll be adding a lot more items than I manage to cross off. Anyone got any suggestions?

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