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Working… In Progress

Posted: September 9, 2010 in The List

I had a look at my bucket list today.  There aren’t many things on there that I feel as though I can accomplish right now.  It’s all things that are ‘to do later’, which I don’t like.  This month I’m participating in a ‘Live A Better Life in 30 Days‘ Challenge.  It’s quite intensive, which is great, but it’s causing a lot of inward reflection, even more so than I already did.  In a positive, forward-moving way though.  Thus, I’ll be reevaluating my Bucket List to ensure it includes things I can achieve, and really want to achieve.

In the mean time, part of this challenge was to create an ‘action plan’ for the month of September, to help us complete some projects we need to work on.  I’ve decided I want to pick 2 items (which turned into 3 items, possibly 4 items) on my bucket list and make them happen this month.  I haven’t chosen ones that are huge, life-changing items, but I will get them done nonetheless.  Here’s what I’ve chosen.

Create a time capsule before I’m 30, to be opened when I’m 40

Well geez, I’m 30 in barely over a month, so I need to get going on this.  I considered making this capsule a geocache, but I don’t really want to have other people tampering with it.  I’ve not decided if this is going to be something I keep around with me for the next 10 years, or bury some place and dig up later (after marking it’s GPS coordinates, of course… I’m not a squirrel!).  I expect a lot of thought, research and writing to go into this.  Oh dear, maybe this is a huge item.

Send a Message In a Bottle

Littering…  I know.  For shame.  But, I think this could be a really interesting thing to do.  Doing it on my 30th birthday, and considering I live in a beach town, it seems a perfect opportunity.  What to say, what to say….. that’s the trick.  Also, to pick the perfect bottle.  hmm…

Write a letter to my future child(ren)

Yes, more writing.  I know that writing things will be ‘easier’ than trying to obtain the big items on the list (easier financially, at least).  Right now I just need some motivation, so I chose items that I know I could complete.  Yes, I’m taking the easy way.  Sort of.  I thought this would be an ‘easy’ task, but, I can’t imagine that envisioning my future children’s lives is ‘easy’.  I don’t know what they’ll be like, how many there will be, where we’ll live, what their names are, what I REALLY want them to know about ‘life’.  No, this one will not be an easy task after all.

BONUS, if I have time: Tell close family of my funeral/burial wishes

Specifically my husband needs to know this.  We talk about it sometimes, but he doesn’t want to consider the idea that I could die before him.  lol  But, you really never know what will happen in life, and despite all this ‘into the future’ planning that I am going to have this month, I also need to plan for no future.  I was recently in a car accident for the first time (and hopefully last, let’s be honest), and while it was relatively minor with some significant  but repairable car damage and no personal injury, it still shakes things up a little.  If that accident had been worse, much worse, I wouldn’t want my husband to have to worry about what I would’ve wanted.  He’ll have enough to worry about.

Well that was certainly ended on a high note…  😐

So there.  Stay tuned for updates on some of these Bucket List tasks.  I can’t believe some progress is going to be made!!!  I’m nervous…  lol

Fold 1,000 Paper Cranes

Posted: August 4, 2010 in The List
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I have been asked why I would take on the project of folding 1,000 origami cranes.  In all honesty, I can’t remember how I originally came across the idea, but I couldn’t resist once I’d read more about it.

According to wikipedia, legend says that anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes is granted a wish.  Duh!  That’s a good enough reason right there!  😛  Ultimately the most popular idea is that it is a symbol of long life.  It has also become a symbol of peace, thanks to the heartwarming/heartbreaking story of Sadako Sasaki, a little girl who ended up with leukemia from the bomb on Hiroshima.  She attempted to make 1,000 paper cranes before she died.  The stories vary on whether or not she succeeded in time.  Supposedly 1,000 paper cranes are also given to couples at their wedding for prosperity and happiness, or to babies for wishes of long life and good luck, or to people who are ill in hospital.  I also just thought it’d be an interesting little crafty project, and get me doing something other than just sitting at the computer.  Unfortunately, my crafty table is attached to my computer desk, so I’ve ended up doing these mostly while at the computer watching something or other on Netflix.

the first three amigos

On July 22nd, I began this adventure with some origami paper I had on hand, which I’d purchased back in Canada a couple of years ago.  I used my trusty google skillz and found several websites to help me learn how to make paper cranes.  This is a good one, as well as this one, and there are some great origami youtube videos here, for all sorts of projects (though they really need some music playing in the background or something!).  It took me about 4 attempts before I felt like I’d memorized the process.  I also got distracted with figuring out other things like lilies, but that’s another story.  Anyways, now I am quite successful with them, and can make a paper crane like there’s no tomorrow.

Apparently a good way to display them is to string them up in 25 sets of 40 cranes each.  The next question becomes ‘Where the heck are we going to put them?’, and then ‘How do we keep the cats from eating them?’.  I picked up some very cheap beaded necklaces at a local dollar store, and cut them into little sections to put at the end of the strings to dress them up and hold the cranes in place.  For now I am just stringing them up with a thin thread, but think that I should use something a little thicker just in case it breaks (also got the thread at the dollar store, so don’t have much faith in it).  I’ve tacked them up onto the wall to make them out of cat range, and stop them from swaying (and in theory to lessen the weight pulling on the thread).

1 little, 2 little, 80 little paper cranes...

Since taking this picture on Aug 4th, I’ve added yet another string of 40 cranes, which means I am officially over 10% of the way towards my goal.  I’ve also finally convinced my husband that this is not going to be a horrible project that will result in us being buried under a mound of paper birds.  It might actually turn out kinda pretty!

One challenge will be where to get the paper.  I’ve already run out of the paper I had on hand (it was less than 100 sheets, let alone 1000), and purchasing more has proven to be pricier than I’d hoped.  Upon further googling, I discovered that most of these projects seem to be made from TINY paper only 3″ x 3″ in size.  The smallest I have is 4 1/2″.  So I think if I tear some of my paper in half that will help.  Anyways, that’s not that interesting to you, but there you have some of the personal challenges involved with making 1,000 paper cranes.  😛  I might have to end up purchasing a kit specifically for this purpose (I’ve found some on amazon).

I have given myself until either my birthday, of Oct. 20th, or Christmas, to finish this project.  So far so good I think!  🙂  Tacking up each string has been quite satisfying.

My ‘Bucket List’

Posted: June 26, 2010 in The List

Check out the about page to find out more about me and the list, and what makes a Bucket List.  Also, check out my Been There, Done That list of things I’ve happily accomplished so far and thus didn’t go on the list.  🙂  I plan to have 66 things on the list when it’s done.  It’s alphabetical, which doesn’t work when a lot of things start with ‘Go’, but that’s ok.  lol

  1. Adopt an animal or animal habitat though WWF (done this, but want to again), or sponsor an animal in a zoo or local animal rescue shelter
  2. Be an extra in a movie or music video
  3. Backstage at a concert (technically done this, but technically haven’t?)
  4. Buy, and wear a dress or skirt as a regular part of my wardrobe
  5. Camp on the beach/sleep under the stars
  6. Create a time capsule before I’m 30, to be opened when I’m 40
  7. Dance with a stranger overseas
  8. Donate blood again
  9. Drive or ride a train across Canada and the US
  10. Enter a major photography contest
  11. Experience weightlessness and/or go to an indoor skydiving place
  12. Feed a tiger cub
  13. Feel ‘high’, whatever that means
  14. Finish a Final Fantasy game
  15. Fold 1,000 origami cranes
  16. Get a tattoo
  17. Get boudoir photos taken
  18. Get my M license and a scooter
  19. Get something named after me
  20. Go ‘zorbing’ (google it)
  21. Go horseback riding without a ‘guide’ or trainer
  22. Go paragliding
  23. Go sailing
  24. Go scuba diving or snorkeling
  25. Go to and ‘relax’ in a natural hot spring
  26. Go to a Six Flags/Disneyland or Walt Disney World
  27. Go to Vegas
  28. Have a ‘real’ wedding or reception, or renew my vows with my husband
  29. Have a baby
  30. Have a ‘successful’ popular website (more than 500 youtube subscribers, or 5000 visits to a blog)
  31. Have my portrait painted
  32. Hold a snake
  33. Hold myself accountable for my own regrets and stop blaming others for the past
  34. Identify 101 things that make me happy
  35. Learn to dance (take lessons)
  36. Learn to knit, and make a blanket
  37. Lose 50 lbs and keep it off completely until I decide to have children
  38. Move back to Canada for at least a year
  39. Participate in a large food fight
  40. Play paintball
  41. Read 10 ‘classic’ books I haven’t read before
  42. Ride an elephant or camel
  43. Ride in a helicopter
  44. Ride in a hot-air balloon
  45. Save up $200 just in pocket change
  46. See the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park (and other ‘wonders’ and attractions that I will add to this sub-list)
  47. Send a letter, postcard or package to my parents every 2 months for at least a year straight.
  48. Send a message in a bottle
  49. Spend a day or week in silence
  50. Spend Canada Day in Ottawa at Parliament Hill
  51. Tell close family about my funeral/burial wishes
  52. Visit at least 5 countries in Europe
  53. Visit Cambodia for a least a month
  54. Visit the graves of my grandparents who’ve passed away
  55. Watch an eclipse/meteor shower again
  56. Write a letter to my future child(ren)
  57. Write and send a real fan letter (snail mail) to a ‘celebrity’ I admire.
  58. Write my will