I took the list to 100, 99 of which you get to see.
Here they are, edited for television:
18. Swim with dolphins in open water, not in a sad amusement park
19. Lead a generative life
20. Fit back into my wedding rings
21. Visit La Casa Azul
22. Help my daughter get through school/adolescence in one piece
23. Travel with The Morah
24. Attend one of Christine Kane’s retreats
25. Teach Howl to teenagers
26. Perfect Walt Whitman curriculum and then teach the shit out of it.
27. Learn how to sew.
28. Get a hammock, and then take a nap in it.
29. Read more canonical fiction
30. Follow 100 pushup challenge and then do 100 pushups.
31. Learn how to make jam
32. Learn how to make pickles
33. Seedbomb the hill behind the house
34. Veggie garden!
36. Mentor a new/student teacher
37. Volunteer in Livy’s classroom and/or on fieldtrips
38. Publish an article in Radical Teacher, Teaching Tolerance, or the like.
39. Publish an article in Brain Child or the like.
40. Learn how to stand up for myself without resorting immediately to nuclear options
41. On my 40th birthday get a glasses chain
42. Accept my daughter for who she is while helping her become the best version of herself she can be.
43. Read more poetry
44. Write more poetry
45. Practice yoga
46. Learn how to meditate
47. Take SLB on a whiskey tour in Edinburgh. Bonus points for taking the Weavers with us.
48. Vacation in the San Juans with Livy and SLB
49. Take Livy and SLB whale watching
50. Go to Buenos Aires
51. Go to a traditional Onsen in Japan
52. Buy something ridiculous from a Tokyo vending machine
53. Get pulled up onstage during a concert like Courtney Cox in “Dancin’ in the Dark.”
54. Raise a courageous daughter who is engaged and invested in her own life and happiness.
55. Eat vegetarian 4 days/week and possibly work up to more.
56. Learn Seattle and its glories like the back of my hand.
57. Take a letterpress class and make something lovely
58. Make this silly little house feel like a silly little home.
59. Say “yes” more than I say “no.”
60. Create lovely and ridiculous family traditions (pancakes on Sundays; Turkey King, Leprechaun, Cupid; fried fish on Leap Year; etc.)
61. Hang out in the front yard more often (veggie garden?) so as to ensnare unsuspecting neighbors in friendship and community-building.
62. Make more ice cream. Eat more ice cream that I’ve made.
63. Conquer fears of making pie crust, rolling dough, and using the coffee grinder.
64. Always feel comfortable in a bikini, and never give a shit when I can’t really pull it off.
65. Invest in good food, good bras, and good shoes.
66. Agritourism in Italy and France
67. Go to the Grand Canyon
68. Adapt Custom of the Country into a screenplay
69. Read all the children’s books I was discouraged to as a kid.
70. Learn a little about photography. Take better pictures.
71. Stay in Germany over Christmas
72. Make real eggnog.
74. Take SLB to SXSW
75. Just once, regardless of price, buy Livy the perfect dress (Prom? Wedding?)
76. Take Livy to Disneyland for her kindergarten graduation.
77. Go on safari. Shoot nothing. Pretend to be Hemingway. Drink gimlets.
78. Go to St. Paul and get my Fitzgerald geek on.
79. Oktoberfest in Munchen, ja wohl!
80. Learn how to pronounce Sartre
81. Be the old chick in front at the rock show.
82. Be the (good God, hopefully) cool mom with her daughter in front at the rock show.
83. Bake cakes for more celebrations.
84. Come to a decision on the tattoo issue.
85. Drink more champagne.
86. Leave encouraging notes around town for strangers to find.
87. See someone break a pickle (baseball-style, not cucumber-style)
88. Take the family to an outdoor movie in the summertime.
89. Host an outdoor movie in the summertime
90. Host an inflatable-pool party for all the babies this summer
91. Learn the German lyrics to “99 Luftballons” and make it one of my go-to karaoke songs.
92. Watch AFI’s 100 best films
93. Write letters of appreciation to writers, artists, and musicians I love.
94. Balance being the fun teacher with being the effective teacher.
95. Do the Great Columbia Crossing race
96. Stop trying to mother people to whom I never gave birth
97. Compile a repertoire of 30 recipes for vegetarian lunches/dinners
98. Face mortality and make a will
99. Get rid of all the books I think I should read but never will (without guilt or remorse)
100. Love this little family, and tell them I love them every, every, every day
ETA: 101: Ride in a sidecar. Bonus points for drinking a sidecar while doing so.