Bucket List

My mate over at Jay’s Insight started her Bucket List and tagged me a while back and I’m finally getting around to working on it (started 28th December 2011) – please note this is a work in progress. I may have stolen a few ideas from Jay and also Stacey over here. I’ve added some things that have been on my mental bucket list that I have already been able to do. My wishes range right from the trivial but they are all important to me. They are not in any particular order but the first one is top of my list for a reason – and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter one is another one I’d like to come to pass soon, pretty please – it did).

  • Write and publish a novel (I’m getting there on the writing side – 60,000 rough words have gone to Beta readers)
  • Have my novel filmed (pipe dream as potentially out of my control but it has to be on the list anyway)
  • Be asked for my autograph by someone I don’t know (delusions of grandeur)
  • Win some sort of writing competition (not that I need validation…much)
  • Fall in Love & Get Married
  • Have some Kiddlywinkles (number undecided)
  • See my sister get married
  • Become an Auntie
  • Become a Grandmother
  • See my parents reach their 60 wedding anniversary like my grandparents did this year
  • Own my own house outright
  • Get my BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy (Achieved in 1999 but obv wanted to do this once I’d applied)
  • Get an Open University degree (In Sept 2009 went to the Barbican in London to be awarded a 1st in BA (Hons) Literature (Open) which incorporates a Distinction in Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing)
  • Get my PhD (I’m registered as a student at least now) – I actually decided to forgo this one for a number of reasons – at least for now.
  • Get an OT or OS related journal article published
  • Present at Conferences (have achieved this a few times now)
  • Read all seven Harry Potter Books (a number of times – plan to reread when e-books come out)
  • See all eight Harry Potter films (also a number of times, the last twice on the day of release at the cinema)
  • Join Pottermore – I’m a Hufflepuff as are all my besties.
  • Read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Read Quidditch Through the Ages
  • Read The Tales of Beedle the Bard (and thanks to my lovely friend Stacey my gift for being her bridesmaid was a lovely special edition of this)
  • Read Harry Potter Film Wizardry cover to cover (before repeat visit below)
  • Read Harry Potter From Page to Screen cover to cover (before repeat visit below)
  • Read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Script
  • Watch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play (Parts 1 and 2) (Booked for Aug 2016)
  • See Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 1, 2, 3. Read Screenplays 1, 2, 3.
  • Visit the Harry Potter WB Studio Tour at Leavesden Studios (booked for Easter Monday [09.04.2012] – squuueeee) To Visit Again (Aug and Dec) To keep visiting as able because it is amazing – Jan 2016 was visit no 6.
  • Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida (Aug 2014). And in LA
  • Meet J.K.Rowling, Pierce Brown, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, Stephanie Meyer and Stephen King and lots of lovely UKYA authors (as I have loved their book series enough to be mentioned on my Bucket List – more of a dream really)
  • Listen to all 7 Harry Potter Audiobooks by Stephen Fry (not at night when I fall asleep – I do own them)(Achieved Jan/Feb 2016)
  • Complete a Harry Potter Movie Marathon – booked with friends for March 2013
  • Attend LeakyCon London 2013 – OMG so excited about this. LeakyCon Florida 2014, LeakyCon LA 2016
  • Start a Blog (I think you can see I achieved this one – Keeping up with it is the next goal)
  • See the Northern Lights (On a cruise in Norway March 2016)
  • Sledding with Huskies (Tromso in Norway March 2016)
  • Read all three Red Rising Books (Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star) and all three Iron Gold books (1,2,3)
  • See Red Rising films (Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star).
  • Read all three Divergent books (Divergent (2011), Insurgent (2012) Allegiant (2014))
  • See all four Divergent films (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Ascendant) (Not quite sure what happened with Insurgent!)
  • Read all three The Hunger Games books (needed to as soon as a few chapters into the first)
  • See all four The Hunger Games films (The Hunger Games (2012), Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1, Mockingjay Part 2– have just finished the books within a week).
  • See the two three Hobbit Films (Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3)
  • Read The Host (this is by Stephanie Meyer and I think is better than the Twilight series)
  • See The Host film
  • Read all four Twilight Books
  • See all five Twilight films (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn Part 1, Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Nov 18th 2012) – actually I haven’t enjoyed the films as much as the books but once you’ve started)
  • Read Under the Dome by Stephen King (Still prefer The Stand)
  • Learn to play the Guitar (bought and sold an electric guitar – now have bought an acoustic version but no idea where to start)
  • Finish knitting the scarf I’m currently knitting and then knit a scarf that looks OK Hurrah finished my scarf on Sunday 22nd January 2012 – See here for picture. It’s not perfect but I think it looks OK.
  • Do a Bungy Jump (Taupo, New Zealand, 14th Feb 2001 – tandem with Catherine)
  • Do a Parachute Jump (Not sure if I’m brave enough to do this one now)
  • Ride in a Hot Air Balloon (This seems more my speed now – and Jay and Stacey have got it on their lists too)
  • Stay at a really gorgeous spa hotel (stolen from Stacey because it sounded so nice)
  • Make my will (got this one from Jay – so need to do this but keep putting it off for some reason!!)
  • Swim with Dolphins (when I can actually see them and don’t get a nasty rope burn boomnetting – therefore not counting swimming with wild Dolphins in NZ). Achieved in Florida in 2014.
  • Take a Photo everyday for a year (and write a small stone too) – (See my Tumblr blog (link on the menu above) – I’ve set myself this challenge for 2012. Jay do you want to join in?)(I can’t believe I actually achieved this one – achieved 31st Dec 2012)
  • Visit New Zealand (did for two weeks in 2001) – Go back again and visit the South Island too
  • Visit Canada and see some Mounties
  • See it properly snow on Christmas Day (when I’m with my family safe at home)
  • Make a snow angel (I made two last year)
  • Swim in a picturesque ‘lake’ with a waterfall
  • Weigh less than 12 stone again so that I can fit into a size 16 and feel happier with my body and healthier (not sure when the last time this was and trying to be realistic with the weight – I did achieve this in 2015 – slipped a bit but hoping to achieve again and maintain in 2016)
  • Have one year without a major cold or chest infection (I will allow a minor sniffle – as I ended 2012 and started 2013 with one this isn’t going to happen for a while)
  • Start Giving Blood Again (I’m already on the Organ Donation Register – phoned today – this will be a longer term goal whilst thyroid is wonky)
  • Register as a Bone Marrow Donor (longer term as you have to be a healthy blood donor first)
  • Have enough energy (and rhythm) to perform a Jive or Lindy Hop or Charleston
  • Have a really tidy house (even if only for an hour – hmm still not quite).
  • See Wicked at least three times (And many more)
  • Meet some more of my online friends in real life (ongoing but did achieve some in 2012) This will always be a thing.
  • Find out the name of the kids book I read where a king has a party and the guests each have a number of the step of the tower where their party food etc is (It’s really bugging me now – May 2016 – still no joy!)
  • See Dynamo the Magician perform a Magic Trick in the flesh (he is freaky) March 2016 I saw his show at the BIC – it wasn’t 100% up close and personal but he was about 6ft away so close enough.
  • Own a cinema where you have sofas instead of chairs (ok this one is really more of a dream and I know you could say my lounge would fit this but I class a cinema as one where you get to legally watch films as soon as they are released – or even earlier in some cases – I went to someone’s personal cinema in 2012- fab).
  • Complete my 2013 Kirigami calendar challenge (see my tumblr blog for photos). I can’t believe I stuck with this one.
  • See a show on Broadway my mate and I are thinking a little New York trip for our 40th year might be a nice treat! BTW I started a separate Musicals Wishlist

Right think that’s plenty to be going along with – I’m sure this will be added to and gradually crossed off…

(I’ve had to copy the pic as the code on Jay’s page wasn’t working – it said image currently unavailable)

  1. Fab list! I’m going to have to pinch one or two of those for mine! Good luck crossing off as many as possible 🙂 xx

  2. Visited ‘The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Brothers Studio Tour) on 9th April 2012 and immediately added to go again to the list and thanks to Jay it looks like I shall in August.

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