1. Visit Australia! I’ve been infatuated with Australia since I first heard Tristan Rogers speak on General Hospital when I was about 12. (Yes, I am aware of how sad that is *and* of the fact that I just dated myself.) I watched “The Thorn Birds” because it was set in Australia. I even had a wonderful pen-pal from Bridgewater, Victoria named Megan. Um, the girl in “The Thorn Birds” was named Megan…and, sadly, this infatuation is probably why I have a daughter named Megan today. If you happen to know a girl named Megan from Bridgewater, Victoria whose maiden name was Wheelhouse, tell her Kris said, “Hi!”.
2. Write a book. Yes, it’s my secret (well, I guess not anymore) dream to write a book. I would love to write a historical romance — one set in the Scottish Highlands would be nice. And, Julie Garwood, if you’re reading this (because I know that she probably daily reads the blogs of random would-be authors), you’re my hero! And, you know, if my friends from church are reading this, yes I know that God did not give me a talent (if, in fact, I have one) to write smut, so I’ll keep it clean.
3. Visit Scotland. Yeah, this one is Julie Garwood’s fault, too. I suppose there’s not much chance of me running into a rugged Highlands warrior, wrapped in a plaid, sitting atop some giant, black stallion. My husband wouldn’t like that anyway…and I’m the faithful sort who loves my husband, so it wouldn’t do me any good. Maybe I could take a picture, though (see #13).
4. Be on The Price Is Right. I’m not sure it’s such a big dream anymore now that Bob has retired…but I’d still love to play! And, you fanatics can keep your Plinko…I want to play Cover Up. I *always* win at home.
5. Own an Orange Tabby Cat…and a Boxer Puppy…and Maybe a Yorkshire Terrier. I’ve always said that an orange tabby cat would be my “empty nest” cat. And, I think boxers and Yorkies are the cutest dogs ever, so I’m thinking maybe I need an empty nest pet to represent each kid. 😉
6. Visit New England. Someday I would love to take an autumn drive to this beautiful area of the United States. I would love to see all the brilliant fall foliage as I drive through Amish country, through history-laden Pennsylvania and into Maine for some lobster or clam chowder.
7. Be on The Family Feud. The Family Feud and The Price is Right are basically tied for my two favorite game shows. Again, this one isn’t the same without it’s original host, Richard Dawson and I would probably pass altogether if John O’Hurley were still the host when I got my opportunity. He really gets on my nerves. But, oh, I love the lighting round!
8. Take a Cruise. Disney cruise, Alaskan cruise, Caribbean cruise. I don’t care. I’d just love to go on one. I’ve heard wonderful things about them. And, unless it’s a Disney cruise, I’d love to go with just my husband. I love my kids, but a week alone with my husband sounds wonderful. I would try all the foods — even the exotic ones like escargot and squid.
9. Travel the U.S. in an RV. This is probably incredibly shocking to those who know the “I hate camping, even in an RV” side of me…but seeing the United States first-hand via the back roads and quiet places would be so worth the “camping out” part. If we were independently wealthy, I would so be the “weird homeschooling family” from the movie “RV.”
10. Lose 80 or so pounds. Yeah, this should probably be one of those sooner rather than later things, but it’s so hard. Putting the weight on was much easier than taking it off is proving to be. It doesn’t help that, though I can’t seem to drag myself out of bed to exercise, getting up early to blog is not a problem. I want to be one of those folks on The Biggest Loser…without having a trainer yelling at me and working out until I throw up.
11. Provide Childcare for my Grand Kids. Ideally, my daughters and daughter-in-law will feel called to be stay-at-home, homeschooling moms to their kids. However, if they’re not, I want to be the grandma who keeps all her grand kids (and, hey, I could homeschool them, too) and feeds them chocolate chip cookies. I would love to do this as a blessing to my kids and their spouses, so that they can go about their day knowing that their kids are loved and well-cared for without the financial burden of daycare.
12. Learn Web Design. I have seen some awesome web designs and blog templates lately. I am so envious of the people who have this talent. I would love to learn to do that, both for my own benefit and for possibly earning some income doing something that would thoroughly enjoy doing.
13. Learn Photography. Anybody can take pictures. I want to learn photography — how to capture a thought, a feeling, a moment, a personality with the snap of a shutter. Again, I know some people who are incredibly talented photographers and I envy them their gift.
So, what’s on your bucket list?