Monday, January 23, 2012

Once in My Life


I am in recovery mode today, as we spent yesterday partying it up for Maevie baby! As the girls play with the plethora of new toys, I have a moment to sit back and write feverishly until one or both start beating the shit out of each other over bongos or a puppy guitar. (Because that's how they roll here. Why hit with your hands, when a drumstick or plastic guitar could cause more damage?)

When I read this week's prompt, I figured many following will go global. Ally from Two normal moms said we should write a list about “10 things you’d like to see happen before you die” and really how can I not want a cure for AIDS, clean water for all, and such? 

 6 Things I'd Like to See Happen Before I Die 

1. Politicians who actually do what they promise.
2. Children not having to go without: food, health care, shelter & love.
3. Clean water and access for those in areas where sources have been depleted. 
4. Cures for AIDS, Cancer, and other lethal diseases, with a reasonably priced tab.
5. True equality for all.
6. The Eagles winning the Super Bowl.

But I'm also going to be a bit selfish. 

I'm turning this one into a bucket list of sorts. 

6 Things I'd like to see, hear, smell, taste, or feel before I die. 

1. Publish Something 

I think this is the wish of many of us bloggers. To create a piece that is worth publication and circulation, and found in a library. I'd love to write either a series of vignettes or dare I say, a young adult novel? I have quite a few ideas running around my head that I feel are "story worthy", if only I could sit down and write. 

2. Compete (and complete) in an ocean swim

Source: pinterest

I have had a crazy fear of swimming in the ocean growing up. Bryan has helped alleviate most of this fear, but deep down I would love to finish an ocean race. 
No, I'm not swimming across the English channel or anything crazy like that. Just a simple open water swim down the shore. 

3. Attend the Summer Olympics

Yes, I'm biased.
I prefer the Summer games:
Swimming, Track, Soccer, Gymnastics, Basketball, Diving.
Watching any of these events in person and attending the medal ceremony after, is but a dream.

4. Dine at the French Laundry
This is the French Laundry, a world renowned restaurant in Yountville Ca. 
Everyday they offer two distinct nine-course (yes 9!) tasting menus using the freshest produce and proteins.
Just might be the closest thing to heaven on earth and I want to eat here, with Bry of course.

5. Sport a Pixie cut

First, I need to lose a little of the face fat, but this cut is something I'd love to be brave enough to sport. The ease in the morning, the air on the back of my neck. Sigh....

6. Witness my Children find their Success
Yes, they're a bit wacky, but I do love 'em!

I'm leaving this one fairly broad, as I don't know what or how success will be determined for them. Could it be following a passion, completing a degree(s), or having a family of their own?

I don't know.

But, I want to be here for it.

I want to be around to see them get their own happily ever after.


  1. oh, to be able to pull off the pixie cut and not have something call me "sir", as opposed to ma'am. that would be great.
    Love how you ended this with the wish for your children.

  2. Yeeeup, "dine at the French Laundry."
    Me too, sistah. Me too!
    I love your list. (-:

  3. I do truly, wholeheartedly hope your hopes and dreams come true. I had a pixie in high school and I want to be brave again.
    As for your first 6 I think if we keep dreaming, w might just get to see some...

  4. Duuuude, I love your list!! I'd love to sport a pixie cut, but yeah, I need to lose some poundage from my face!

  5. just seeing the hair cut, gave me anxiety. I think for baby #2 I'll do that and a change in hair color whoa!

    p.s. I love the change in your blog headers.

  6. I've always had short hair, except for a couple of times (including currently) when I managed to grow it out. There is definitely something to be said for the ease and quirkiness of it!

    That restaurant sounds AMAZING.

    And I will read your books when they come out, for sure. Especially if you sign them for me. :)

  7. Do you mean you want the Eagles to win this year? Because, well, I have several folks hoping it is the Patriots.

    I liked how you broke down your list. You are right - who doesn't want a cure for AIDS, etc. We all have global wishes. Here's hoping we see much of what you listed come to fruition. Especially the part about you witnessing the success of your girls.

  8. Fabulous lists. I like that you broke it into global and personal! And yes, that pixie cut is so tempting, especially with it's ease of care.

  9. I'm a Summer Olympics fan too.
    Love how you did this, Jackie. Hope the party went well :)

  10. Beautiful! Global is nice, but I really love your personal list. I love the summer Olympics too. And publishing something that goes in a library, yes, please!

  11. I've always loved the look of the pixie cut. On other people. I don't have the face for it!

    And politicians who do what they promise? Now that would be a dream come true!

  12. I would love to dine at the French Laundry...what an awesome idea but it hold way down there compared to your hope for food and shelter for children and clean water...such a wonderful desire!

  13. Love your list but your intro has me LOL ing, hope there is no wounding.

  14. I would LOVE to be at a summer or winter olympics! What an amazing thing that would be!

  15. The French Laundry Restaurant sounds amazing! And I am also biased towards the summer games. It would be so awesome to attend.

  16. Going to the Olympics (summer, duh) is on my list too. Let me know if you need a travel buddy.

  17. Such great lists. Both of them! An can I come to dinner with you? ;)

  18. Both lists are great! I would like to see politicians keep a promise too. And the French Laundry sounds AMAZING!


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