Life List



  • Make a list of daytrip destinations
  • Take the kids to see the redwoods
  • Take the kids to a warm beach
  • Stay in a hotel in SF for a few days
  • Take the kids to the Exploratorium
  • Take the kids to the Planetarium in SF
  • Take the kids to Delores Park
  • Take the kids to Golden Gate Park Conservatory
  • Have a weekend away with just Anthony
  • Try Anthony’s favorite dim sum place
  • Visit the basque restaurant again
  • Try the new Thai place in town
  • Eat some local Indian food
  • Take Isobel and Elias to the Aquarium in Monterey
  • Visit the Assyrian market
  • Return to Alemeda flea market


  • Pimp my closet
  • Write eBooks
  • Decorate Elias’ nursery
  • Own backyard chickens
  • Teach Elias to cook
  • Teach Isobel how to cook
  • Take a thrifting roadtrip with friends
  • Sing with Stefalynda
  • Learn to make his grandma’s black beans & chile mole
  • Learn to make my grandma’s fudge sauce & carrots and wine sauce
  • Create a Family of Isobel & Elias book
  • Visit a local you-pick farm
  • Participate in Family Kite Day in the mountains
  • Bike the Virginia Corridor Trail with family
  • Xerescape part of my yard
  • Visit the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • Get business cards
  • Get my business license
  • Swim in a turquoise sea
  • Participate in a drum circle
  • Tour a European castle
  • Teach Isobel to cook
  • Teach Elias to cook
  • Turn a wall into a photo gallery
  • Learn to edit video
  • Speak basic Spanish
  • Walk on an English moor
  • Research our family tree
  • Have a family snow day with sledding
  • Visit the UC Davis arboretum
  • Have a campfire at the beach
  • Plan a getaway to the cabin with friends
  • Try on wedding dresses (since I missed my opportunity)
  • Grow my own mushrooms
  • Help a needy family have a bountiful holiday
  • Cook a food for a homeless shelter
  • Bathe in a hot spring
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Taste ice wine
  • Try new cheeses
  • Go camping
  • Try Geocacheing
  • Learn to work my GD sewing machine
  • Have an English-style tea
  • Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Knit a fancy scarf
  • Make homemade bagels
  • Fly First Class
  • Take family photos at the beach
  • Create a coloring book for Isobel with my friends
  • Sing a karaoke duet to Shoop with Stefanie
  • Craft family Christmas stockings
  • Learn to bake truly excellent bread
  • Perfect my punch
  • Prepare for the apocalypse
  • Eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant
  • Take a trip to NYC
  • Record my Grandma’s life story
  • Record Anthony’s Grandma’s life story
  • Create a car emergency kit
  • Explore the Tikal ruins in Guatemala
  • Cook a campfire meal
  • Become proficient at building a fire
  • Learn basic and advanced embroidery techniques
  • Crochet an amigurumi animal
  • Plant a dwarf orchard in the backyard
  • Learn to make preserves
  • Visit Hong Kong
  • Get a meaningful tattoo
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Set up a compost bin and a rain barrel in our yard
  • Visit the SF MOMA
  • Hike Vernal Falls in the Spring with family
  • Visit Japan and eat ramen
  • Meet as many of my online friends in real life as possible
  • Stay in a woodland cabin
  • Explore the Badlands
  • Visit a Viking museum in Sweden
  • Visit a natural history museum
  • Visit the Rosicrucian Museum
  • Visit as many museums as possible
  • Photograph my favorite local sites
  • Throw my parents an anniversary party
  • Renew our wedding vows
  • Witness a huge lightning and thunder storm
  • Host a dance party for Isobel
  • Watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly
  • Grow a fabulous herb garden on my patio
  • Visit San Juan Bautista Yard Sale Festival
  • Fondue party!
  • See Rifftrax live
  • Contribute financially to our family
  • Help Anthony get his game published
  • Display my photography in a gallery show
  • Visit a giant planetarium
  • Look through an observatory’s telescope

37 Responses to “Life List”

  1. Alicia April 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    Awesome list! I’ve accomplished some of the things you have listed, and we have some things in common that we would like to do ;-)

    • Sosha May 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

      Alicia has commented exactly what I was going to say! I recently struck off the item about eating a good dinner prepared by a Michelin star chef, when I was in Germany last week :)

      Good luck with crossing all your items off the list!

  2. LittleBig April 29, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    Thanks! My list is very much a work in progress. For example, I need to cross off a few things, delete a few things, and add a few things. I’d love to see yours!

  3. Jessica May 18, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Your list is great! I’m hoping to plant some dwarf fruit trees next year.

    • LittleBig May 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

      I’m thinking of planting mine in pots in case we ever move.

  4. Jessi B. May 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    This is a great list! I only have 42 in my list right now, I’m sure once I have kids, I will get to 100 easily :) I have never heard of dwarf fruit trees but this intrigues me greatly!

    • LittleBig May 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

      When I first started making my list I got to about 60 (and that was with stealing liberally from other people’s lists) before I got stuck. It’s taken over a year and many rewrites for me to really figure out what I want.

  5. Marie October 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    You forgot to add:
    Go to New Zealand and organize all Marie’s shit.

    But since I’ve now noticed that you have “Vacation in NZ”, I’ll just get you when you land. What time’s your flight?

    • LittleBig October 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

      You’d better BELIEVE I will look you up when we make the trip.

      I hear you have a closet that needs my attention…

  6. Mollie Katie October 11, 2010 at 7:36 am #

    YOU ARE A GNOME ENTHUSIAST TOO?! I’m going to sound like a creeper, but whatever, I think we’re kindred spirits on this one. My dishes are this French gnome set. And my gnome collection itself is multiplying…I’m glad people know that about me! Makes gifting a lot easier on them for Secret Santa and the like.

    • LittleBig October 11, 2010 at 9:04 am #

      HELLS YES.

      ::gnome high-five::

  7. unapologeticmoxie December 1, 2010 at 5:19 am #

    I love your life list. I just came across a life list I made two years ago and it seems so outdated already. The faster time moves, the more I add to the list. Thanks for your post!

    • LittleBig December 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

      I’m so glad you like it. I’ve already updated mine several times. Certain things totally lost their appeal while I found other things to add. It’s an ongoing process, isn’t it?

  8. theBLogMuSe January 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to make a life list for so long. I really need to sit down and do it. I WILL do it… Item #1. Make life list.
    #2. …
    #3. ….
    #4. FINISH life list.

    • LittleBig January 27, 2011 at 11:19 am #

      Life lists are fun to make. You should go for it.

      That’s the link with to do lists. Eventually they get all meta and include items like, “Make To do list.”

  9. Courtney March 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    Fun list lady! I am in your BYW class and I had to come over and check your site out because I loveed your ideas so much! :) Can’t wait to look around more and see everything here…

    p.s. what is glamping?

    • LittleBig March 16, 2011 at 11:04 am #

      Hi Courtney! Nice to see you here!

      Think “glamorous camping.” Living it up in nature luxuriously.

  10. Erin C. May 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    this is inspiring me to make my own list, so i thank you for that.

    also: #135 is pretty amazing and highly recommended. monarch butterfly.

    • LittleBig May 13, 2011 at 8:59 am #

      Yes, do it! Then share it! I love reading people’s life lists.

  11. beckerwindowfashions October 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Been thinking about my bucket list recently. Newest addition: drive a really fast car on the audubon- really fast! LOL!!!

  12. cissychik November 22, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    It appears that 37. Create a thrifted dress-up chest and 122. Create an awesome second-hand dress-up chest are very similar, AND therefore you have accomplished both?! Way to go! :)

    • LittleBig November 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

      So nice I listed it twice! P.S. I am old and have memory problems. What was I saying?

  13. Mark January 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    “Vacation in New Zealand”? You should, I do this all the time and it’s amazing.

  14. Mary @ Fit and Fed July 7, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    I should make a list like this! I have grown mushrooms, it makes for a good project with your kids. We almost gave up: it took about a month for the mushrooms to sprout. But once they did they really grew. We got our mushroom log from Fungi Perfecti Paul Stamets, the company founder, is a very interesting person with a lot of ideas about how mushrooms could be used for environmental projects.
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  15. Rebecca Fabyan March 23, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Now is that a certain Japan in particular that you would like to visit or just any ol’ Japan will do? Your website is awesome, and congrats on the second peanut ;)

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