I have been blessed the past 29 years in family, friends, travel and experiences. I do, although, have a few things I have not been able to accomplish or wish to accomplish again since having two babies and all that entails.
1. Conversational Spanish. After four years of Spanish in high school and college, I should be able to say more than ‘no hablo espanol,’ and ‘uno mas cerveza, por favor.’
2. Book Project. Amazingly enough, in college, in a drunken Hemingway stupor, I have about half a fictionalized Florida Keys book written… But, since children and the lack of drinks flowing my way on a nightly basis (add in responsibility) the creative juices haven’t really worked well for about 5 years. Time to get the husband and dad off my back and get back in this thing!
3. Dive the Florida Keys Wreck Trek. Thunderbolt and Adulphus Busch have been completed. So time to add a few more boats to my list.
4. Dive Adolphus Busch with Adolphus Busch IV. I have connections…i.e. Chase and Mirabella.
5. Kayak around Key West.
6. Get rid of Cable – after the Superbowl…
7. Blog weekly. Between Chase, the other Kritters and I, we have more than enough stories. See ‘almost getting hand bit off by bull shark while spearing blog to come shortly…)
8. Kiteboarding. Dude, this is like the ultimate Keys sport and I want to partake.
9. Consealed Weapons Permit i.e. License to carry a gun – because it will look cool in my wallet . Any takers want to join me in the class??
10. Edible garden. The Florida Keys have one of the most tolerable year round environments in the United States and I have been very successful in Barbados cherries and key limes.
11. Fulgurites. You know those things from the movie Sweet Home Alabama. Yeah, I want one and heard they can be found around here. The girls and I will be searching soon.
12. Pescatarian. I could totally live off fish and lobster for a year.
13. 7-Mile Bridge Run. It has been done before. Senior year, bam, I beat the bus. Signed up two years ago, bought a new pair of running shoes, took 2 runs around the block then decided to sleep in instead of take a leisurely 7-mile run in the heat of April. Needless to say, I still have a new pair of sneakers that need to take this 7-mile run. The only obstacle is waking up at 6 a.m. in February so I don’t miss the sign up. April 13, 2013
14. Run 5K. In the meantime to prepare, I might as well sign up for a couple Florida Keys 5Ks. But, I want to actually RUN the thing. It’s ambitious, but doable.
15. Sea Grape Wine. Um, this should be a Florida Keys no-brainer.
16. Mud Run. Because it sounds dirty!
17. SpearCrazy. Work with my favorite people, and get invited to be on their spearo team.
19. Full Moon Kayak Trip. Have kayak, will travel.
20. Message in a Bottle. Tossed into the Gulf Stream. The only amount of littering I can tolerate.
21. Walk Summer to School once a week. We don’t live far from the school and seeing another mom walk her daughter lately is super inspiring. I just have to wake up at a decent time…
22. Bill a Sailfish. I have caught one sailfish in my life. Waking up at an ungodly hour to catch bait, sitting in a boat with no shade, hungover, for hours and tirelessly reeling on the beautiful fish, I got it to the side of the boat and the line broke. My fishing tale of this would look more ‘Old Man and the Sea,’ but in real life, the line just broke. Such a bummer. So I NEED a picture of myself holding a billfish to be complete.
23. Fantasy Fest Float. Insert foot in mouth. Invited on floats every year since 2006 and for some reason I have always found a great excuse to miss the float. Damn you, Neil Cataldo. It MUST happen this year. October 2013 it is.
24. Rubix Cube. I would like to give the darn thing a try without losing interest in 10 minutes. Anyone have one of these lying around? Of the subject – learn the difference between lying and laying, because clearly with my journalism degree, I shouldn’t have to second guess every single time I write the word.
25. Smoke a real Cuban cigar. And hope to not die. (Side note – Just did a little research and these bad boys are expensive!)
26. Teach Summer to Wakeboard. I used to be pretty awesome at it, and I have the board and bindings just sitting in my shed wanting a little attention. Plus, my little Kritter kids need a little lesson on fearlessness.
27. Crochet more than a line. My baba, a.k.a. great grandmother, taught me the useful skill of crocheting a line for the unlikely case that I get stuck on an abandoned island with only my stick and a lot of yarn. Anyways, my stick, a light purple crocheting needle thing, has followed me through elementary school, high school, apartment-to-apartment in college and has made its home here in my attic. It needs a little more use in memory of a great woman.
28. Book List. There are a few books from high school I missed reading. Cliff Notes were just too easy to use and in turn I missed the Great Gatsby and a few other classics a person with my background should know. Don’t get me wrong, I can tell you the storyline of all the classics as if I actually read the thing, but I didn’t. And, I should know the color of Gatsby’s porchlight (a question I missed on my exam senior year…)
29. Got your Bags? Because everyone in the Keys should be more aware of our fragile ecosystem and this would be a great cause to be more involved with in the future.
30. Epic Snowboard Trip. Last time I went snowboarding resulted in a baby and the time after that a trip was planned and resulted in a cancelation because of another baby. Well, Travis is vasectomized, so I should be good to go to plan the best, most amazing ski trip a 30-year-old can celebrate. Who’s in, circa December 2013…
The Snowboarding Crew, December 2006 – Three weeks pregnant with Summer, no idea…
And, one for good luck. 31. Surf Trip Daytona May 30, 2013, and get to see my beautiful, smart, talented neice graduate high school. A win-win.
No Waves, No Problem – Surfing on Gilligan’s back, 600 feet of water in the Gulf Stream off Bimini, Bahamas.