Bucket List

Like listening to the ocean through a seashell. I’ll share a few of my secret ambitions with you. But not the whole ocean.

1.) Meet Michelle Obama.

2.) See Rembrandt’s “Return of the Prodigal Son” in The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia, as inspired by Henri Nouwen’s journey.

3.) Overcome my fear of contact lenses. I cannot even get close to putting one on my eyeball. Barf.

4.) Visit Anne Frank’s house and the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. I promise you these were my ambitions before #TFIOS.

5.) Be neighbors again with my best friend Lauren. This may require relocating to Melbourne, AU. Fair Dinkum.

6.) Live as missionaries. Somewhere totally outside of our comfort zone.

7.) Construct a dream studio/study for all of my mischief making.  I have an office now. It’s my dream come true.

8.) Buy stock. Buy it low. Watch it grow. Sell high.

9.) Go to the Sundance Film Festival.

10.) Earn my doctorate.

11.) Send my mom on a cruise.

12.) Go to Korea with my in-laws. See the Adventist academy where my MIL attended school.

13.) See my children make a decision to be baptized.

14.) Drive Highway 1 in California with my husband.

15.) Reach a point in my life where I can play tennis at least once/week.

16.) Compile a fairly “complete” family tree/genealogical portrait of my family.

17.) Visit Prince Edward Island and do the Anne of Green Gables tour before my daughter is too cool for school.

18.) Send my husband to see the Tour de France.

19.) Attend the Balloon Glo in Telluride with Kate and Sally

20.) Write a screenplay.

21.) Go caving.

22.)  See live in concert: U2, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (RIP, Sharon Jones), Jars of Clay, Brandi Carlile

23.) Read the whole canon of playwright William Inge.

24.) Place an essay or article in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Salon.

  • 19.) Come visit Kate Spina in Telluride to see the Balloon Glo on Main Street

  • kendratheadverb

    Adding it, stat, Kate! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  • Celia CIelinski

    Kendra, you all have a place to stay if you journey out this way for the Sundance Film Festival!

    • kendratheadverb

      I may take you up on that kind offer, Ceielinskis! Thank you in advance!

  • Virginia

    Here’s an idea for # 6: Don’t you know if you’d be interested, but it intrigued me — The Peace Corps offers short-term assignments around the world. I read about it yesterday while having my toes prettied up. https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/ASP/TG/cim_home.asp?partnerid=25332&siteid=5174.

    • kendratheadverb

      I wonder if my Canadian hubby qualifies, V.? Thanks for the link!

      • If not, there’s a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia who has fun projects and counterparts in a very affordable region!

  • Emily Hanson

    There will never be a point when your daughter is too old for #17 …. I’m in my thirties and planning that trip with my mom for the nearer future.

    • kendratheadverb

      I’m so exceedingly jealous, I mean, EXCITED for you, Emily! I hope the trip that materializes is all you hoped for in terms of weather, scenery, literary magic!

  • Sophie

    The Tour de France is stopping by Reims (the city where I live) this year on July 10th. Your family is very welcome here, I have an extra room 😉
    That would be you n°18 !!

    • Sophie, that’s amazing! I am going to insist that you give me a full report of the tour through Reims this year and I will DEFINITELY take you up on that offer sometime in the future, and I hope it is sooner rather than later. A native hostess–how cool would that be!

  • Ashleigh

    When you do the Anne of Green Gables Tour, you MUST invite me and Autumn, too!!!