Lifetime Goals

1. Have a party and serve everyone fruity drinks in pineapple shells

2. Look good in a swimsuit - or, I should say, feel like I look good in a swimsuit

3. See an active volcano (preferably the one on Hawaii's Big Island)

4. Live in Manhattan

5. Kiss the foreheads of my own children goodnight*

6. Get paid for something I have written or created.

7. Go to every single state in the Union. (Just getting out and touching the ground doesn't count).** 25 more to go!

8. Drink margaritas in Mexico

9. Own a dog - preferably from puppy to adulthood

10. Have a FULL DAY at the spa. One of those that costs a fortune and involves lunching in a robe between facials and wraps and mudbaths and vichy showers.

11. Learn to take fantastic photographs

12. Go a whole year without forgetting the birthday of one single person I love

13. Take my mom on a hot air balloon ride

14. Not worry about money

15. Pick blueberries. Apparently I did this as a child, but I don't remember it.

16. Hire someone to do all cleaning and laundry

17. Go to Santorini, Greece, and have a beautifully romantic visit there

18. Read the Bible, cover to cover. I've tried a couple times, but get very bored with all those begots and begats in the beginning, so that I'm easily distracted.***

19. Be graceful

20. Watch a space shuttle launch

21. Karate-chop a board with my bare hand

22. Go to Coney Island. Yes, I've heard it sucks, but I really want to go!

23. See the Sphinx and the pyramids in Egypt before they blow away

24. Get a really great, accurate psychic reading

25. Go on an African safari

26. Travel through the Bermuda Triangle (without disappearing, of course)

27. Have a house with a gigantic porch and rocking chairs where I can sit and drink sweet tea or something else lovely

28. Ride in a sleigh, cuddled up with Wilman, with a blanket over our knees and thermoses of hot toddies in our hands

29. Own a MiniCooper

30. Speak Italian beautifully

31. Play in a band. A cool band.

32. Have a well-stocked, endless wine collection

33. Learn to sail

34. Swim with manatee and/or dolphins

35. Own my very own photo booth, and have anyone who comes over do a series of photos for me. Also do my own on a regular basis.

36. Be able to fix my own car

37. Own and run a bookstore. Serve wine there.

38. Own and run a fantastic bar

39. Visit Cuba before it's taken over by McDonalds and Starbucks

40. Figure out what I want to be when I grow up

41. Make homemade pasta

42. Bake and decorate a cake so beautiful, it looks store-bought

43. Be less self-conscious

*to be continued*
*Don't get too excited here - this is not some sort of sly unveiling of a personal scandal. I'm just saying I want kids someday. Not that I already have them and that something or someone is keeping me from kissing them goodnight. Ha.

**Wow, I've been to 25 of them. That's better than I thought. Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont!

***I realize this is odd, considering that I am not particularly religious.