The Bucket List

Hey, peeps. Suze here. So, today I thought I’d talk a bit about the Bucket List. Even if you never saw the movie that came out a few years ago, I’ll bet you know what a Bucket List is: it’s those accomplishments and experiences you want–need–to have before you die, the things you can’t let go of and have always wanted to do.

Here are a few things on my Bucket List:

1. Ride in a limousine. True story: I’ve never ridden in a limo! I have three sisters and a brother, but they all had small-town weddings (back then, I don’t think there even was limo service within 40 miles or so). Mr. Suze and I had a lock-and-load-type wedding at a hotel. We got married on the waterfront gazebo, and had the reception right there.

When I told my mom and sisters about this wish at Thanksgiving, we came up with the idea of renting a limo (now available even in that little boondocks town up north!) and riding around to look at Christmas lights. So I’ll be able to cross this one off in about a month. Go Suze!

2. See the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Nope, I’ve never seen the show and I’ve always wanted to. This one is very doable, since it’s only a day trip away. And yet I’ve never managed to get there. Anyone up for a visit to the Big Apple with me?

3. Solve the last of the family mysteries that have plagued me since I was a kid. I’ve already cracked a couple of these to my satisfaction: Was my great great grandfather a Native American? I’m now almost certain he was not. My great grandfather either believed, or was told, or made up, that his mother had an affair with a Native American and that they both ran off, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother. That’s a nice, romantic way to explain one’s illegitimacy! But it’s also a big fat lie. My research leads quite strongly to the conclusion that great great grandma was a servant in the household of a prosperous shopkeeper and that great granddad was the product of a little intra-household, upstairs-downstairs nookie. GGGram did run off and leave the baby with her mother; that much of the story is true anyway.

Another family mystery I’ve solved is that I was finally, after literally years of research, able to obtain a copy of an archaeological dig report on some family land, confirming (and also disproving) some things my grandfather told me.

But the one that eludes me: Locating a family heirloom (an 18th century ceremonial walking stick with a whale-tooth handle inscribed to Joseph Bartlett), which was allegedly stolen by my great-uncle to spite my grandfather. It may have been given to a museum. I don’t expect to get the thing back; I just want to see it and photograph it. I think I’m just going to have to contact every museum in New York State. Will get right on that!

4. Run a 5K. Notice I said “run.” I could easily walk a 5K, do it quite frequently, as a matter of fact. But I’ve never enjoyed running. And yet, this one nags at me. Therefore, 2013 is the year of the 5K for Suze. Or maybe 2014. Definitely soon, though!

How about you? What’s on your Bucket List? How many things could you do in the next year? I’d love to hear all about it!


4 thoughts on “The Bucket List”

  1. Hi Suze, great post. I accomplished two things on my bucket list this year, meeting both Nora Roberts and Dennis Lehane. Stephen King is #3 on the list and I suspect the hardest to meet without being arrested. Ah well, we gotta have goals, right?

  2. Great bucket list, Suze. We should have rented a limo to take us to the Margaritas. If ever there was an occasion to do it…wouldn’t that be fun? I’d love to see us make an entrance, LOL.

    As far as my bucket list?

    1) I’d like to meet my biological father’s side of the family. To this day, they don’t know I exist. Now there’s a mystery for you to solve:-) Of course, that could be changed with a simple introduction.

    2) I would say jumping out of a plane appeals to me, but at this point in my life, jumping out of bed is enough of a challenge. Perhaps hang gliding, though. I love para-sailing, so I’m thinking I’d be okay with it.

    3) Travel down under. I’d love to spend a month exploring Australia and New Zealand. My dad had fond memories of his time there during WWII. It would be awesome to visit. Not thrilled about 16 hours of flying time. Shall I wait for tele-portation to be an option?

    4) Dine with a celebrity…like someone insanely popular…George Clooney comes to mind.

    Oh yeah, I’ll be in a room full of celebrities at our Margaritas party this weekend. Looking forward to getting glammed up with you!

    I’m sooo excited! I’ll be in a room with a bunch of published, and on-their-way-to-being-published writers.

    1. We should get a limo next year for the MargaRITAs, for sure! For you readers who don’t know what we’re talking about, CTRWA ( has an annual holiday party where we celebrate our writing with awards for things like Most Entertaining Typo, Hottest Muse, Most Flamboyant Character Name, etc. Honestly, it’s worth joining CTRWA just so you will be able to attend the holiday party! And PJ, #1 on your list would take some serious fortitude (which I know you have)–if you ever decide to do it, you can count on me for support.

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