Friday, January 29, 2010

Ten Year Plan??

So my dear sister was up thinking about goals last night and it got me to thinking. What exactly are my goals of what I want to do? I am always telling my husband and kids that if they need a plan of what they want and how to get there. I admit, I love lists, I especially love writing other people lists, although the feedback that I have gotten is that others do not especially love my lists, hmmmm.

So as my birthday is coming up, and as my dear son Jesse informed me, soon I will be closer to 40 then I am to 30 (lovely son eh?) and therefore am running out of years to get things done in my 30’s. Besides that, I have big plans for when all these kids are adults ,and seeing that I will be a mere 40 when my youngest turns 18, I think that I will make my list a ten year list.

Things I want to do over the next 10 years:

1. Buy a boat – I am not sure what type of boat I want, but at this point I would be happy with anything from a kayak to a motorboat.

2. Take up skiing – I have always regretted not knowing how to ski, but I am a bit clumsy and I have always worried that I would severely injure or kill myself. Plus, it is an expensive hobby, one that we have not been able to afford to indulge.

3. Go to England and drink tea and eat crumpets - well I would actually do more than that, but that would be a good place to start.

4. Run a marathon well at least a half marathon. Actually writing that as a goal seems kind of scary.

5. Learn sign language – Tia started to teach me, but I am old and forget things fast that I don’t use. I need to take the class I think.

6. Learn how to play chess - I do “know” how to play chess, but I think a bright monkey may be able to beat me. I need to know how to play to win.

7. Learn my geography! It is embarrassing that I seem to have no ability to retain where things are in this great world we live in. I am going to buy a HUGE map to mount in my family room as a good start.

8. Read at least 20 “classics” and form my own opinions of them.

9. Go to the symphony.

10. Get my first face lift – he, he, he. Okay, very vain, shallow and frivolous, but hey, it is still a goal :)

11. See at least one of my children get married and have the gift of my first grandchild. Okay, I realize that this is not within my control – but maybe I could put it on their 10 year plan???

12. Go on an Alaskan cruise.

13. Read the entire Bible (I have to admit that I have skipped some of it).

14. Go to Italy with Jerry and Dar.

15. Learn how to drive a motorcycle and drive across Canada with my hubby.

16. See the Maritimes (Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island).

17. See the Grand Canyon.

18. Go skydiving (maybe…).

19. See a whale in the wild.

20. Travel the Southern States and try “Southern food”.

21. Go somewhere tropical on vacation, somewhere with long, hot, white beaches where they serve liquored drinks with little umbrellas in them.

22. Be a tourist in New York for a weekend.

I guess we will see how much of this list I get done...I want to do alot of traveling, there were lots of other places I could have added, but I rained myself in a bit.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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  3. So for those of you who don't know me, I am "dear sister", the baby of the family, MUCH younger, more carefree and well, the Instigator of the List.

    And since the Blond went though my list to put her ten cents in - here is my evaluation of hers:

    1. Yes, but either a SAILBOAT or a Houseboat (I personally would love to live on either – imagine…)

    2. Nope, I almost killed myself skiing when we were in Junior High – that was more than enough of an experience!!

    3. I would totally go to England – but it is extremely expensive there, and if one were to go, one really should do the entire UK while over there…

    4. OK, so I WAS a little ambitious there… I agree with you maybe a half marathon. Do they have quarter marathons? Or one eighths?

    5. Sign language – I am finding “text message language” challenging enough!

    6. Chess… nope

    7. Geography, I agree YOU should learn that. At least the hot parts of the globe!! Shocking.

    8. Reading = good, Classics = good.

    9. Does a live rap concert count as a symphony?

    10. No.

    11. No kids, no grandkids… but I do want a puppy!!

    12. I will substitute a tall ship sail through the Caribbean… pirate-style.

    13. Pass

    14. Italy…. I’m in. Totally!! Pasta, wine, yum yum!!

    15. Motorcycle? I am surprised by that. I think you should do it though!

    16. Personally I regret not seeing the Maritimes while I was living in Quebec… I was never going to be closer geographically than I was then.

    17. Grand Canyon – retirement plan, seriously, see that when you retire to Arizona.

    18. Skydiving… are you out of your mind? Pass.

    19. Whale, sure…

    20. Travel the Southern States and try “Southern food”... AND an authentic Southern Baptist Church… come on, that would be cool!

    21. Tropical – see my list: Belize and Costa Rica. I may never return to Canada….

    22. New York – theatre, martinis, car-jacking… cool.

    Love you too!