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  • the mother of all lists (revised and edited October 2015)

    1. learn to make my mom's applesauce
    2. re-visit every lighthouse on the Cape (DONE: 1. Race Point Light)
    3. attend Figawi
    4. stay in a dune shack in the Cape Cod National Seashore
    5. attend the Daffodil Festival on Nantucket
    6. stay overnight at Race Point Light
    7. drive 6A with my mom, stopping where we want in the moment
    8. march in a costume in one of Provincetown's parades
    9. during one summer, visit every art gallery in Provincetown
    10. do the Polar Plunge on New Year's Day in Provincetown Harbor
    11. visit 20 Caribbean islands (DONE: 1. Nassau, Bahamas (2x) 2. Puerto Rico (2x) 3. Jamaica (6x) 4. Dominican Republic (2x) 5. Paradise Island, Bahamas (2x) )
    12. visit all the countries in Central America (DONE: 1. Mexico (3x) )
    13. visit the flamingo colony on Inagua Island, Bahamas
    14. see the pigs swim in the Exumas, Bahamas
    15. visit Harbour Island, Bahamas
    16. walk on the pink sand beaches of Bermuda
    17. drink a mojito in Cuba
    18. take my niece to Jamaica
    19. have drinks at Floyd's Pelican Bar in Jamaica
    20. celebrate Christmas in a warm place wearing a bathing suit and a Santa hat
    21. eat all the food in Mexico City
    22. celebrate the Day of the Dead in Mexico
    23. see a toucan in Costa Rica
    24. visit Belize
    25. visit Uruguay
    26. stand in front of Picasso's Guernica
    27. eat my way through Spain and Portugal 
    28. see Gaudi's work in Barcelona
    29. visit Sardinia
    30. return to Rome
    31. return to Ireland -- eat all the food in Kinsale and stay at Ballymaloe House again
    32. see the bridges of Prague
    33. visit Croatia
    34. spin the globe/map and go where my finger lands
    35. see the northern lights
    36. visit Nova Scotia
    37. go on a cross-continent train trip (or at least an overnight trip)
    38. sleep in a monastery
    39. go on a cross-country road trip (regional is fine)
    40. visit Fallingwater
    41. attend the Mummers Parade in Philly on New Year's Day
    42. visit Charleston
    43. finally ride Space Mountain
    44. go shelling on Sanibel Island
    45. visit Hemingway's house in Key West
    46. attend Modernism Week in Palm Springs
    47. see spinner dolphins and attend a luau in Hawaii
    48. rent a houseboat
    49. see Lake Tahoe
    50. stay in an A-frame cabin on a lake
    51. attend the Westminster Dog Show
    52. attend the US Open (tennis, that is)
    53. see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in person
    54. eat at Red Rooster in Harlem
    55. visit Mackinac Island
    56. see puffins in Maine
    57. go on a silent retreat
    58. make Basque chicken
    59. have a traditional New England clambake on the beach 
    60. prepare a Feast of Seven Fishes
    61. go blueberry picking
    62. learn to make cocktail garnishes
    63. pickle something (cranberries? daikon radishes?)
    64. go clamming in my own pair of waders
    65. go for a walk in the woods ... by myself
    66. pick beach plums
    67. learn to cook fish myself
    68. learn to shuck an oyster (without injury)
    69. tap a tree for maple syrup
    70. roast chestnuts over an open fire
    71. learn to take better wildlife photos
    72. write enough reviews on TripAdvisor to be a Top Contributor (50 Reviews)
    73. read all of Mary Oliver's poems
    74. organize and preserve our family photos
    75. be conversant in Spanish
    76. knit or weave something
    77. read a Murakami book
    78. learn to paint in watercolor
    79. read 1,000 books (currently at 740/1,000)
    80. see the Whirling Dervishes
    81. finish collecting the mismatched china set for my niece and give it to her when she moves into her first apartment
    82. go whitewater rafting 
    83. try snowshoeing
    84. explore the ocean in a Scubadoo
    85. atempt firewalking
    86. go dogsledding (bonus: yell "mush!")
    87. learn to sail
    88. go tubing down the Pamet River
    89. learn the salsa
    90. play a game of bocce
    91. ride a Vespa
    92. see a blue whale
    93. take a birdbanding class
    94. train a companion or therapy animal
    95. swim with a whale shark
    96. take an animal tracking class
    97. feed a hummingbird by hand
    98. disentangle and properly dispose of 300 balloons from the wrack line on the beach (Stop letting your balloons fly free, people!) (147/300)
    99. save sea turtles on the Cape 
    100. volunteer for a research project addressing marine debris issues
    101. volunteer at a wild animal care facility
    102. see my original $100 loan on Kiva go to 100 people (currently at 46/100)
    103. wear giant angel wings
    104. make friends with a drag queen
    105. get a watsu treatment
    106. get a fish pedicure
    107. build a fire on the beach
    108. learn more about Caribbean history
    109. swim in bioluminescent water
    110. participate in an archeaological dig (satisfying a goal I made in 4th grade)
    111. live on an island, on the beach, and/or some place where there are palm trees
    112. live in a foreign country for at least 3 months
    113. claim "snowbird" as my profession