Well, this seems like a much more manageable list after culling was complete, taking me from 75 undone to only working on 14 (or rather 4 in progress plus 10 other ones).  Plus I didn’t go too crazy on the remaining 10 — most of them (well, all except one) are within Ottawa area or a day’s driving distance, thus drastically reducing the resource requirements to do them.

Number Goal Status Keep or Drop
COMPLETED
1 Own a house
  • Completed – June 2007
2 Finish my website
  • Completed – January 2011 (polywogg.ca, thepolyblog.ca)
  • Completed – Revamped September 2015 (polywogg.ca)
3 See solar eclipse
  • Completed – Ottawa, 2008
4 Own my own telescope
  • Completed – June 2013
5 Live abroad for 3 months
  • Completed – New York City, 2008
6 Develop a Top-500 Books To Be Read list
  • Completed – Developed the list, 2008
7 Get married for love
  • Completed – September, 2008
8 Have a child
  • Completed – May 2009
9 Romance on a beach
  • Completed – September/October 2008
10 Help someone through university
  • Completed – 2005+
11 Rent a theatre
  • Completed – June 2007
12 See Beethoven’s Fifth performed live
  • Completed – National Arts Centre Pops Orchestra, 2006
13 Design a game
  • Completed – January 2014
14 Write a short-story
  • Completed – 2006+
15 Write a play
  • Completed – 2007
16 Learn to golf
  • Completed – Ottawa, 2007
17 Spelunking or cave tubing
  • Completed – Hawaii, September 2008
18 Climb a mountain
  • Completed – Gaspé. 2006
19 Swim under a waterfall
  • Completed – Hawaii, September 2008
20 Snorkle with sea turtles
  • Completed – Hawaii, October 2008
21 Ride in a helicopter
  • Completed – Hawaii, September 2008
22 Ride in a submarine
  • Completed – Hawaii, September 2008
23 See a volcano
  • Completed – Hawaii, September 2008
24 Eat tropical fruit under a tree
  • Completed – Hawaii, September 2008
IN PROGRESS
1 Read the Top-500 Books
  • Slowly working on reading the items, reading challenge set for this year
Keep
2 Write HR Guide
  • Sections have been completed in previous years, and major update and rewrite started in November 2015
  • About 30% done (as of February 2016)
Keep
3 Write a novel
  • Preliminary work done on Year of the Gods, trackers developed
Keep
4 Compile cookbook of great recipes
  • Preliminary list started
  • Tried to create “family” cookbook for Malcolms / Hortons but no interest
  • Focus only on own recipes at this point
Keep
NOT YET COMPLETED
5 Attend Mardi Gras or NYE in Times Square-like event
  • This is a great one-off thing to do, and I like the premise. Maybe not on the scale of MG or NYE, but something smaller-scale would be fun.
Keep
6 Have a movie extravaganza weekend
  • I’m going to keep this one. I keep planning on doing it, and even set aside some time once, but then did other things that weekend instead.
Keep
7 Watch Best Picture Oscar winners back to 1928
  • This is the visual alternative to the Top 500 books, seems doable.
Keep
8 Skate Rideau Canal both ways
  • I don’t know if this is a true bucket-list-type item, but I’m keeping it. Mostly it is just a proxy for being able to be strong enough and fit enough to actually do it, but I’m keeping it.
Keep
9 Go fly fishing
  • Something I really want to try sometime.
Keep
10 Rappel or use a zipline
  • Something I really want to try sometime. Okay, no, I really don’t, the whole “afraid of heights” thing, but I’m keeping it anyway.
Keep
11 Treetop sleeping
  • Something I really want to try sometime. Like having a treefort again.
Keep
12 Cage diving with sharks
  • Something I really want to try sometime. I’ve done a simple reef dive with sharks, but I need bigger sharks.
Keep
13 Learn to waterski
  • Something I really want to try sometime. I may completely suck at it, but I want to try.
Keep
14 Learn archery
  • Something I really want to try sometime. I have wanted to ever since I was a kid. I had targets, did it a bit when I was younger. Always wanted to get back to it.
Keep


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PolyWogg’s Bucket List, updated for 2016 — 2 Comments

  1. Apparently the RA centre has a really good Archery club with instruction. I belonged to an archery club at university. I sucked but it was still really fun!

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