Bossy List

The Bossy List: 100 things in 10 years. Counting down to April 22, 2018.
  1. Stop waiting for a man to take me to Paris and just go there already.
  2. Take cello lessons again. Get beyond "Go tell Aunt Rhodie."
  3. Bake Christmas cookies with Mama Bossy.
  4. Complete a year-long Happiness Project.
  5. Get a piece of my writing published somewhere other than on the internet.
  6. Live in Europe for at least a year.
  7. Go to a café enough times that I can order "my usual" without explaining it.
  8. Direct Figaro.
  9. Swim with dolphins.
  10. Drive across the country on a leisurely road trip, stopping often on a whim to see anything that looks interesting.
  11. Vote for someone who actually becomes President.
  12. Run a race. Finish it.
  13. Find my best friend from childhood and reconnect.
  14. Have a baby.
  15. Successfully teach someone to drive a stick shift.
  16. See a sifaka outside of a zoo. This might involve a trip to Madagascar.
  17. Take a girls only weekend away.
  18. Make a home that I love returning to.
  19. Grow a plant and keep it alive for more than a month.
  20. Take a tree-top canopy zipline tour.
  21. Get Elite status on my frequent flier miles program.
  22. Go on an all-day hike.
  23. Teach an acting class for singers.
  24. Get Jennifer Aniston arms (but not Madonna arms).
  25. Fall in love. Make it stick.
  26. Drink something that comes in a hollowed-out coconut or pineapple.
  27. Finish a knitting project. Any knitting project.
  28. Have one of my photographs hung on the wall of someone else's house. Or, you know, a gallery. I'm flexible.
  29. Go to Vegas. Stay somewhere outrageous.
  30. Learn to salsa dance, or at least to fake it.
  31. Live in a house with a bay window, complete with window seat. (A dream of mine since I first read Jane Eyre oh so many moons ago.)
  32. Teach someone to read.
  33. Pet a koala bear.
  34. Spend an entire day at a spa getting pampered, massaged, exfoliated, and facialed.
  35. See an opera at La Scala. Or direct one.
  36. Design and create my own website.
  37. Learn to make Papa Bossy's famous biscotti.
  38. Grow my hair long enough to cut it off and donate it to Locks of Love.
  39. Go sailing. Preferably wearing a striped boatneck top.
  40. Play a piece from memory on the piano.
  41. Ride a horse on a beach.
  42. Bring back cocktail hour.
  43. Get over my fear of drawing.
  44. Go to Paris with CameraMan.
  45. Be a bridesmaid.
  46. Stay up all night somewhere that the sun doesn't set in summer time. (Rekjavik, anyone?)
  47. Take a hot air balloon ride.
  48. Learn to whistle. I hear anyone can do it.
  49. Go to Disneyworld.
  50. Help someone else cross something off their list.
  51. Stop picking at my cuticles. It's a disgusting habit.
  52. Be mistaken for a native German. Preferably while speaking German.
  53. Tapas and sangria in Barcelona.
  54. Become a person who throws dinner parties.
  55. Write letters on pretty stationery.
  56. See the whole Ring cycle.
  57. Tell someone who has hurt me that I forgive them. Mean it.
  58. See the cherry trees in bloom in Washington, DC.
  59. Drive a convertible with the top down.
  60. Make a delicious mojito.
  61. Change a tire by myself.
  62. Throw a surprise party.
  63. Play the stock market.
  64. Make someone cry from happiness.
  65. Fly International Business Class. Preferably on an airline with flatbed seats.
  66. See a movie at a drive-in.
  67. Be debt free.
  68. Climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
  69. Go somewhere for the sole purpose of seeing the fall colors. Probably not Houston.
  70. Go one week without internet, phone, or TV.
  71. Eat snails the next time I'm at a restaurant that has them on the menu.
  72. Live in Chicago.
  73. Become an expert at parallel parking.
  74. Discover a talent I didn't know I had.
  75. Take skiing lessons.
  76. Read (or re-read, as the case may be) every book on the Modern Library's 100 Best Novels list despite the fact that the vast majority are written by white men.
  77. Go kayaking.
  78. Take a picture every day for a year.
  79. Drink hot chocolate in front of a fire while it's snowing outside.
  80. Give a month's salary to charity. Doesn't count if it's during a month when I'm unemployed, obvs.
  81. Christmas in Vienna
  82. Grow an herb garden.
  83. Become a decent tennis player.
  84. Sell my car and live without one.
  85. Spend at least 250 days with CM in a calendar year.
  86. Learn to like coffee.
  87. Take the Mensa test, just to see.
  88. Spend a night in a castle.
  89. Get in the habit of reading non-fiction.
  90. Ride in a gondola in Venice. If the gondolier feels like singing "O sole mio," I won't object.
  91. Sing in a piano bar.
  92. Go to Oktoberfest in Munich.
  93. Watch a sunrise on the beach.
  94. Go sledding.
  95. Attend Austin City Limits or South by Southwest.
  96. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park.
  97. Tasting menu with wine pairings somewhere schmancy
  98. Donate blood despite my freakishly small and hard-to-find veins.
  99. Fly across the country (or the world) to surprise someone.
  100. Write about every goal I cross off this list.
  101. Roast a chicken.
  102. Become a strong swimmer.

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  1. Hey, I think a few of these can be crossed off! 18? 25? 97?? And I'll do 87 if you will... :)

    1. Yes! 18 for sure, but it needs photos on the blog, don't you think? Crossing off 25 feels like chutzpah to me. :) 97 - not quite yet. I mean SCHMANCY. And yes, we should definitely do 87. Eek!

  2. 25? Uh....seems like you're there, lady!


  3. i love this so much!! i want to make one! and I'll take you to Disneyland anytime you want! xox

    1. You should make one! I've found it so helpful. And YES to Disneyland!!! xo


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