Bucket List

This is the big bucket list which includes challenges and completed lists.  This will include the items on my equestrian bucket list as well (LINK).  It is always in progress as I think of new things I'd like to try.  :D  


1.  Visit a lighthouse (go inside of one)
2.  Visit 10 National Parks
3.  See Lion King on stage in person
4.  Visit Canada
5.  See the Aurora Borealis
6.  Visit Yellowstone National Park
7.  See the Redwoods in person
8.  Swim in the ocean (I've waded in the ocean and even snorkeled but I was too afraid to let go of the boat, so I want to actually swim just once)
9. Visit all 50 states (still to go: AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, HI, ID, IL, IN, ME, MD, MA, MI, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY)
10. Visit the Great Lakes
11. Visit Niagra Falls 
12. Visit Ireland
13. Visit the Netherlands (specifically Friesland)
14. Visit Africa and take pictures of the wildlife
15. Ride a subway
16. Visit salt flats
17. Visit the Stonehenge
18. Visit New Zealand
19. Visit Australia
20. Swim with or at least pet a dolphin
21. Go whale watching
22. See a real castle
23. Ride in a sailboat
24. Ride a train across state lines on a multi day trip


1. Fly in a plane COMPLETED 2007 went to Las Vegas for the FEI World Cup
2. See the ocean COMPLETED 1st time 2007 2nd time 2009 for honeymoon
3. Visit my husband's home state COMPLETED 2007
4. Ride in a gondola COMPLETED 2007 rode in one in Vegas
5. Go snorkeling COMPLETED 2009 on honeymoon in Florida (was too scared to leave the boat, but I did get in the water and I did see fish by my hands and toes hehe)
6. Go deep sea fishing and catch a fish from the ocean COMPLETED 2009 (the man on the boat caught it, but let me reel it in, it was a snapper)
7. Stand in two places at once.  COMPLETED 1-3-13
8. Meet a fellow blogger COMPLETED 4-25-2015 at Rolex
9. Visit Kentucky Horse Park COMPLETED 4-25-15
10. See Circe de Solieu in person COMPLETED 2016 Saw Toruk & it was awesome!


1. Read 100 novels everyone should read (there is a list of these floating around the internet somewhere)
2. Play a grand (or baby grand) piano (learn to play again!)
3.  Crochet a blanket for my husband (started one in 2007 that I never finished)
4. Have a conversation in ASL with someone who is deaf
5. Read (and track) 100, 500, 1000 books (I've probably read 1000 books but I always forget to write them down...)
6. Own a DSLR camera
7. Try a photography class
8. Learn how to play Fur Elise all the way through on the piano


1. Print coffee table book of my own photographs COMPLETED 11-14-12
2. Write a complete novel COMPLETED (as of 2013 I've won NaNoWriMo four times)
3. Photograph and walk under a waterfall COMPLETED 2013
4. Learn more about photography and using manual settings COMPLETED 4-16-13
5. Be a wedding photographer for a friend COMPLETED 10-27-13
6. Blog for five years (COMPLETED - started a blog for Jackal in 2008 and still blogging today), ten years, fifteen years, etc.
7. Get my first sketchbook COMPLETED 2014
8. Learn more than 100 signs in ASL  COMPLETED 1-1-15
9. Expand my art skills COMPLETED 7-4-15
10. Try charcoal, graphite, watercolor, chalk pastels, oil and colored pencil COMPLETED 2014/2015

Learn New Skills

1. Ride/drive a jet ski
2. Learn to skate (roller or ice)
3. Learn karate or some other self defense
4. Learn Spanish
5. Learn French
6. Learn to ballroom dance
7. Try scuba diving (not sure I'll ever have the guts to do this)
8. Learn to rock climb
9. Take a pottery class
10. Learn to drive a standard
11. Paintball... seriously I have never done it and I want to!
12. Go zip lining
13. Try flyboarding
14. Try white water rafting and don't drown lol
15. Try zorbing!
16. Take a class and get my concealed carry license
17. Learn five new types of dancing
18. Try belly dancing


1. Learn to shoot a handgun COMPLETED 2006 (hubby was a competitive shooter)
2. Drive a bass boat COMPLETED 2012 drove my dad's 17' Bass Tracker
3. Learn to swim COMPLETED 7-4-13
4. Go kayaking COMPLETED 7-10-13
5. Own my own bow and learn archery COMPLETED 11-30-14
6. Learn calligraphy  COMPLETED 7-18-15


1. See a huge, professional fireworks show
2. Donate blood
3.  Ride/Drive in a convertible preferably a Camaro with the top down!
4. Win a blue ribbon
5. Test drive a car I can't afford
6. Get a massage
7. Try hang gliding with someone
8. Be a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding
9. Fly in a hot air balloon
10. Own my own Camaro
11. Write a letter to myself and open it in ten years
12. Do a color run 5k
13. Leave an inspirational note in a library book for someone to find
14. Build a snowman (bigger than a foot tall lol)
15. Ride around in one of those big air boats like they use in swamps
16. Send a message in a bottle
17. Build our own house
18. Ride in a train


1. Fly in a helicopter COMPLETED when I was a teen I rode in a glass bottom helicopter over the school during a festival
2. Meet someone famous COMPLETED met Clinton Anderson at a clinic when I was 17
3. Get an autograph COMPLETED (got one from Clinton Anderson when I was 17 and got one recently from a famous photographer)
4. Go wine tasting COMPLETED
5. Get married COMPLETED 4-26-2009
6. See Trans Siberian Orchestra in person COMPLETED  I don't remember what year it was but it was awesome!
7. Watch a meteor shower COMPLETED 2012 I saw somewhere around 70 meteors in one night
8. Ride a roller coaster COMPLETED 2013
9. See a play on stage COMPLETED 2014
10.  Take a tour through a cavern COMPLETED 4-26-14
11. Do something special for my fifth wedding anniversary COMPLETED 4-26-14
12.  Run or walk a 5k COMPLETED  5-17-14
13. Go gluten free (I have celiac disease) COMPLETED 6-24-15

Pets and Animals

1.  Have my own dog complete the CGC

2.  Try showing a chicken (yes there are chicken breed shows)
3.  Train a rabbit in agility
4.  Go to a dog show
5.  Go dog sledding (sled or wheeled cart)
6.  Train a dog in some sort of sport (agility, disc, flyball, rally)
7.  Train or foster police dogs
8.  Foster a guide dog or service dog
9. Pet a big cat (not sure how this will ever happen, but my dad got to hold two lion cubs once so it does happen!)
10. Rescue a dog from an organization
11. Visit zoos in all 50 states 
12. Have my very own Papillon
13. Hold a monkey or at least pet one
14. Watch baby turtles hatch on the beach and run to the ocean
15. Milk a goat or cow
16. Have a Highland cow
17. Have pet fancy pigeons


1. Pet a deer COMPLETED 1990s as a kid went to a petting zoo
2. Pet a zebra COMPLETED 1996 on a family vacation I pet one at a petting zoo
3.  Have my dream dog, a Siberian Husky COMPLETED 8-26-01 (more about Storm here)

4. Film an egg hatching COMPLETED I filmed one of our chicks hatching in the incubator
5.  Own a Friesian sporthorse COMPLETED 10-19-2009 Chrome (see his blog HERE)
6. Have a birthday party for one of my pets COMPLETED 5-19-2012
7. Pet a shark and a ray COMPLETED 7-7-13 on a trip to the zoo we got to pet them both. Check out this video!

8. Grow up with a dog COMPLETED Aug 23 2001-Feb 24 2014  I got Storm when I was a teenager and she died a couple of years before my thirtieth birthday.  She really was there for all of my major growing up.
9. Pet a Kangaroo COMPLETED 4-26-2014
10. Pet a giraffe COMPLETED 4-26-2014
11. Have a pet dove (I love listening to them) COMPLETED Spring 2016  I forgot to post about this!  I rescued her.

Jackal's List

1. Go hunting COMPLETED 2008 (he went one time when he was a pup and whined the whole time hehehe) 

2. Take Jackal camping
3. Take Jackal out on a boat
4. Take Jackal on a road trip out of state
5. Let Jackal swim in the ocean or a lake
6. Take Jackal to visit the elderly
7. Take a video from Jackal's perspective
8. Take Jackal to a parade
9. Take Jackal to a pet store COMPLETED 2-5-12
10. Take Jackal to work with me COMPLETED 2008-2009 when I worked at a vet clinic
11. Take Jackal to a dog friendly 5k
12. Take Jackal backpacking
13. Take Jackal to a pet friendly restaurant
14. Reach his goal weight
15. Do a photo shoot of me and him.

Chrome's List

1. Overnight tent camping
2. Ride in the fog and get pictures
3. Ride in the snow at night preferably with a full moon
4. Ride in a rodeo arena
5. Train for Competitive Trail Riding
6. Ride in a Competitive Trail Ride
7. Own him for (at least) twenty years
8. Teach him to drive
9.  Train for Working Equitation.
10. Camp at his sire's home for a clinic
11. Dress him for Halloween
12. Train him to accept mounted shooting
13. Take him to a SCA event (do jousting, etc.)
14. Stand up his back and him not kill me
15. Ride Chrome on every major holiday (still need Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day)
16. Work cattle
17. Win a ribbon (don't care what place lol)
18. Teach him 10, 15, 20, 50, 100 tricks with clicker training
19. Teach him to play polo
20. Ride him in a parade
21. Ride him in a hunt.
22. Ride through a drive through
23. Teach him to bow
24. Take him on a midnight trail ride
25. Teach him to neck rein
26. Have a longe lesson on Chrome
27. Ride him on a racetrack
28. Make or buy a saddle pad with my horse's name on it
29. Ride him through town at night to see all the Christmas lights
30. Ride him in a clinic
31. Make a video of me riding Chrome in a pretend musical freestyle
32. Have pictures of me riding Chrome in a dress
33. Gallop him
34. Take him on a cattle drive
35. Ride him on a beach
36. Take dressage lessons
37. Compete in a dressage schooling show
38. Go on a trail ride with Chrome and his sire or dam


1. Meet Chrome's sire Jan!  COMPLETED 3-27-14
2. Ride Chrome on the trail or roads completely by myself. COMPLETED 5-11-2014
3. Canter Chrome  COMPLETED 5-21-14
4. Ride him bareback and bridleless (with no hands!)  COMPLETED 6-14-14
5. Canter Chrome bareback COMPLETED 10-26-14
6. Jump Chrome  COMPLETED 11-2-14
7. Train him from weaning through the basics under saddle on my own COMPLETED 11-4-14
8. Canter Chrome off property  COMPLETED 11-15-14
9. Trail ride off property in the snow COMPLETED 3-5-15

Equestrian Items

A list of things I want to do with horses before I die.  :)

1. Own a purebred Friesian
2. Train a horse through each level of dressage (Training, First, Second, Third, etc.)
3. Learn different kinds of braiding for manes and tails 
4. Ride a Grand Prix dressage trained horse and try the upper level movements (piaffe, passage, etc)
5. Use a horse to cut grass and plow garden (affording the equipment is the hard part)
6. Watch the birth of a foal in person
7. Ride a draft horse
8. Adopt a wild Mustang
9. See the Cavalia show in person
10. See the famous Lipizzan stallions at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna
11. Ride horses (or mules!) at the Grand Canyon
12. Own an awesome trail mammoth mule
13. Own, ride or at least meet a Morgan
14. Own a black blanket patterned Appaloosa
15. Own (or meet) a Norwegian Fjord (and learn how to trim the manes on them)
16. Ride a horse in Ireland (or Scotland)
17. See the Chincoteague ponies in the wild
18. Build my dream barn
19. Meet a famous horse or one that has been in a movie
20. Grow a horse's mane to at least his/her elbow.
21. Try riding sidesaddle
22. Learn to pull a gooseneck horse trailer (and back one).
23. Own a stock trailer.
24. Paint a picture of a horse.
25. Own a miniature horse
26. Go to a keuring
27.  Drive a horse or horses in single or pairs
28. Learn archery on horseback
29. Ride on a beach


1. Go on a guided trail ride COMPLETED 1996 As a kid on family vacation we went on a guided trail ride.  I rode an Appaloosa gelding named Moe, short for Molasses.
2. Attend a clinic by someone famous COMPLETED (I don't remember when it was sometime between 2003 & 2006, but it was Clinton Anderson before I decided I didn't like his training methods)
3. Attend the FEI World Cup COMPLETED 2007 in Las Vegas
4. Volunteer for a therapeutic riding center COMPLETED 2011
5. Own a black horse.  COMPLETED 6-19-11 and 5-30-15
6.  Attend a horse race in person.  COMPLETED 1-16-12
7. Ride a purebred Friesian COMPLETED 2-17-14
8. Find Faran a good home. COMPLETED 4-19-14
9. Pull a trailer with horses on it COMPLETED 5/2014 
10. Have pictures of me riding a horse in a dress.  COMPLETED 5-18-14 
11. Ride in a horse drawn wagon COMPLETED 9-13-14
12. Attend a polo match in person COMPLETED 9-13-14
13. See Rolex in person COMPLETED 4-25-15
14. Find a suitable horse for hubby that he loves and can ride COMPLETED 5-20-15
15. Have a triple crown winner in my lifetime COMPLETED 6-6-15

Total Items: 241
Total Items Completed: 77


Challenges & Completed Lists

30 Before 30 - COMPLETE

Started Jan 2012 - Finished Aug 2015

1.Find some houseplants that even I can't kill COMPLETED 7-27-15
2. Stand in two places at once (state lines). COMPLETED 1-3-13

3. Go to a live horse race. COMPLETED 1-16-2012
4. Learn calligraphy. COMPLETED 7-18-15
5. Get pasture soil samples tested and make plan for improving pasture. COMPLETED but didn't post.
6. Actually see a horse win the Triple Crown COMPLETED 6-6-15
7. Ride/drive a horse drawn carriage/wagon/sleigh. COMPLETED 9-13-14
8. Learn archery, bonus if it's on horseback. COMPLETED
9. Go to the Kentucky Horse Park and meet fellow bloggers. COMPLETED 4-25-15
10. Print out a coffee table book of my photos. COMPLETED 11-14-2012
11. Learn more about photography. COMPLETED 4-16-13
12. Learn American Sign Language (learn 100 signs). COMPLETED 1-1-15
13. Do something special for my fifth wedding anniversary. COMPLETED 4-26-14
14. Learn some sort of dancing.  COMPLETED but didn't post.
15. Do a photo shoot with Jackal. COMPLETED 8-8-15
16. Experiment in different mediums (graphite, charcoal, watercolor, etc.)! COMPLETED 7-4-15
17. See cross country in person, like WEG or Rolex. COMPLETED 4-25-15
18. Train a horse from weaning to basics under saddle. COMPLETED 11-4-14
19. Eat something I've never tried before, bonus if I cook it. COMPLETED 8-8-15
20. Eat gluten free for a year. COMPLETED 6-24-15
21. See a polo match in person. COMPLETED 9-13-14
22. Write a letter to myself that I can open in ten years. COMPLETED 8-7-15
23. Go on a trail ride off property in the snow. COMPLETED 3-5-15
24. Ride a purebred Friesian! COMPLETED 2-17-14
25. Teach Chrome a new trick with clicker training. COMPLETED 7-18-15
26. Grow a garden at my new home. COMPLETED 7-27-15
27. Find a suitable horse for my hubby to ride with me. COMPLETED 5-30-15
28. Learn to swim. COMPLETED 7-4-13
29. Write my 40 Before 40 list. COMPLETED 7-25-15
30. Go kayaking! COMPLETED 7-10-13

To see all of my posts related to my 30 Before 30 list click here.


2015 Reading Challenge - COMPLETE

1. A book with more than 500 pages - Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
2. A classic romance - Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
3. A book that became a movie - Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
4. A book published this year - The Netherfield Affair by Penelope Swan
5. A book with a number in the title - Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank
6. A book written by someone under 30 - Red Rising by Pierce Brown
7. A book with nonhuman characters - Curse of the Scarab by H.Y. Hanna
9. A book by a female author - Hidden Riches by Nora Roberts
10. A mystery or thriller - Barker Street Regulars by Susan Conant
11. A book with one-word title - Birthright by Nora Roberts
12. A book of short stories - Dragon Fantastic
13. A book set in a different country - Playing For Love by H.Y. Hanna
14. A nonfiction book - Anxiety by Chris Kelly
15. A popular author's first book - Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts
16. A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet - Evil Breeding by Susan Conant
17. A book a friend recommended - The Playboy's Redemption by Diana Fraser
18. A Pulitzer Prize winning book - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
19. A book based on a true story - Sing For Us by Steven Wise
20. A book at the bottom of your to read list - Aurora by Steve Lowe
22. A book that scares you - Absolute Fear by Lisa Jackson
24. A book based entirely on it's cover - A Rancher's Promise by Jillian Hart
25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't - The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
28. A book with antonyms in the title - Hot Ice by Nora Roberts
29. A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit - Melting Into You by Tracey Alvarez
30. A book that came out the year you were born - Done but not listed for privacy.
31. A book with bad reviews - Wicked by Gregory Maguire
33. A book from your childhood - The Perfect Date by R.L. Stine
34. A book with a love triangle - Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
35. A book set in the future - B The Exxtinction by Santiago Mantilla
36. A book set in high school - Confessions of a Kleptomaniac by Jessica Sorensen
38. A book that made you cry - The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
39. A book with magic - Cold Fire by Tamora Pierce
40. A graphic novel - Tintin in Tibet by Hergé
41. A book by an author you've never read before - The I's of Iris by Gayle Sliva
42. A book you own, but have never read before - Creature Discomforts by Susan Conant
43. A book that takes place in your hometown - Done but not listed for privacy.
44. A book that was originally written in a different language - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
46. A book written by an author with your same initials - Done but not listed for privacy.
49. A book based on or turned into a TV show - Veronica Mars by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
50. A book you started but never finished - Share & Share Alike by Hannah Hooton

To see the posts about the books I've read for this challenge click here.


2016 Scrabble Reading Challenge - COMPLETE

This challenge is one I made up and the goal was to read one (or more) books for each letter of the alphabet and score them based on the game Scrabble.

A - Awakening You by Jessica Sorensen/All Butter Short Dead by H.Y. Hanna

Total Points: 136
Total Books Read: 48

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