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Summer Bucket List 2017

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Every year, my summer bucket list gets shorter and shorter, but this year I’m finally facing the facts: it has to be super short or not done at all. It’s obvious that I don’t do too many things on a summer bucket list.

Although I’ve had my full list since 2003, I’ve only been making summer lists the last three years.

  • 2014: the first year, with a whopping 25 things (I did 7)
  • 2015: again, 25 things (but this time I only did 3)
  • 2016: last year, trying to be realistic with “only” 15 things (I did 4, and learned a 5th was illegal, so I didn’t do that one)

I’m all for ambitious goals, but I also like to balance it with some progress, which usually comes from a solid understanding of reality.

My reality is that I’m not willing to eliminate all other summer activities just to do the things on this list (this is in line with my overall goal of having non-obsessed bucket listing life balance and allowing space for spontaneous activity).

However, I still like the idea of having a smaller subset of my existing list (plus a few special things added just for summer), because it makes summer feel special in a way that’s somewhat challenging to do, now that I’m out of school and don’t have summer break anymore.

So… my much abbreviated (and way more realistic) 2017 Summer Bucket List has all of… 7 things on it!

(This list will be updated throughout the summer using the same key as the full list: bold = completed; linked = link to the post about it; * = in progress.)

Summer Bucket List 2017

  1. Ride a motorcycle
  2. Learn to make paper flowers
  3. Look out the window of a room in the top floor of a downtown skyscraper
  4. Have a picnic
  5. Eat rabbit
  6. Write 3 posts for this blog on previously accomplished bucket list items
  7. Organize my bedroom so it’s a restful space

What do you think of choosing fewer goals in order to get more accomplished? Do you have a summer bucket list? What are some of the things you have on yours?

2017 Bucket List Subset + 2016 Review

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As part of my New Year tradition, I make a list of the list items I accomplished in the previous year, and I pick a subset of items to work on for the current year. This past year was especially fun because in one road trip I did 5 things on my list. I’m also happy that although it wasn’t an official list goal, I had a personal goal to post something at least once a week on this blog for the whole year – and I did!

In 2016, I accomplished these 8 things from my bucket list (I’ll add links as I write the posts):

  • Learn to surf
  • Live in a mansion (I stayed one night each in two separate mansions during the road trip, so not really “living there” but given the likelihood of it actually happening, I’m counting it)
  • Go on a road trip with friends
  • Go skydiving
  • Visit Hollywood
  • Have coffee with a stranger
  • Learn a magic trick
  • Make a Youtube video

This is still in progress:

  • Learn Japanese and visit Japan (started learning in preparation for Hokkaido trip, but actually went before I was functional in the language)

I also did many more things that were bucket-list worthy but not actually on my bucket list (added to the retrospective list).

And I added 5 new items to my bucket list this year (and one’s already done!):

  • Learn to fence/sword fight
  • Make a YouTube video – Accomplished! See link above
  • Learn to do the splits
  • Stay in an ice hotel
  • Complete a photo project

The 2017 Bucket List Subset

Every year I make a subset list of 10 items for goals I want to give myself a little extra pressure to finish before the year’s over. The purpose is to move me closer to the chosen goals, even if I don’t complete them that year. These aren’t the only goals I work on during the year, and they may not even be the most important goals to me. They also don’t include any goal I know for sure will happen this year (that’s almost like writing a to-do list with things you’ve already finished!)

So, here’s the subset list for 2017 (as with my full list, some are hidden until I complete them, and this is in no particular order):

  • Ride in a train (travel by train)
  • Act in at least one movie
  • (hidden)
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  • Eat rabbit
  • Ride a motorcycle
  • (hidden)
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  • Get a sponsor for at least one thing on my list (click here for general inquiries)
  • Learn to do the scorpion pose

What’s on your list this year?
If you have a list or bucket list blog of your own, please let me know in the comments!


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Illegal? Update on the floating sky lanterns

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Turns out some bucket list items are so much harder to accomplish than they seem at first. Releasing a floating (sky) lantern is one of those difficult ones.

Made popular by increased awareness of global festivals and the movie Tangled, releasing floating sky lanterns seems like a great summer activity… that is, until I found out how complicated it can be to find a place to release them.

My future sister-in-law gave me a bunch of lanterns for Christmas, so I was really excited to release them this year. However, I’d heard that it might be illegal in some places (especially if there’s a burn ban in effect), so I thought I’d ask the authorities before I release the lanterns.

Where I live, even fireworks are illegal unless you have a permit for a special event, and open flames can be an issue if not attended at all times (as the flame would be in a sky lantern because it flies away from you).

When I contacted the Seattle Fire Department, they emailed me this response:

The use of “Sky Lanterns” violates several sections of the Seattle Fire Code (SFC). When used with a flame these devices are considered Recreational Fires, as defined in Section 302.1 of the SFC. Section 307.5 requires that Recreational Fires “shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished…” and that they “shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material.”

Since sky lanterns cannot be used in compliance with these requirements, they are not allowed in the City of Seattle.

For more information, please contact the Code Compliance Section in the Fire Marshal’s Office. [from a June 24, 2016 email]

There are lantern festivals in the USA, but when I looked at the most popular one I noticed they have several locations listed that currently (and usually) have fire burn bans due to the heat. Many states and even entire countries have banned sky lanterns due to the fire risk.

Since I believe in and encourage responsible bucket listing, and never advocate disregard for the laws of any country you travel or live in, I’ll have to wait on (or maybe remove) this list item.

Please let me hear your story:

  • Have you had to choose between a bucket list item and doing what was right?
  • Have you had to give up a list item for any reason?