Day 3: Bucket List

Honestly, it’s easy to come up with a list of your hopes, dreams, wishes, and desires. The hardest part is sharing it for fear of ridicule, laughter, and the like.ย  I mean, really does learning to surf count if I’m from Hawaii? But honestly, I’m excited about this list. There’s definitely challenging items, possibly unrealistic ones, but many are achievable. I don’t think I’ve ever put them down to paper until now. It’s been a meditative process, and reminds me so much ofย  filling out Lululemon’s life plan questionnaire. Except I’m pretty sure I never completed theirs. Kat and Linds, you should be proud.

  1. Ride a horse. My uncles had a ranch in Oregon and I remember as a kid wanting to ride them and being told no. To this day, I have yet to ride a horse. Everytime I see one, I remind Kyle of my wish.
  2. Travel in a hot air balloon. Who doesn’t want to do this?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jubyfc/1017673672/

    Photo Courtesy of @Pixilinthebox. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jubyfc/1017673672/

  3. Summit Mt. Rainier. Does Camp Muir count? Didn’t think so. And I was “this” close.
  4. Join La Tomatina (tomato smashing fesitval in Italy). Do as the Italians do.
  5. Run a marathon. One day I will get there.
  6. Race in a triathlon. Thanks Mark Clark for the inspiration. If you can do it, I can do it. Side note: key word is triathlon, NOT Ironman.
  7. Get a French Bulldog and name it “Stitch.”

    Stitch from Lilo and Stitch

    Stitch from Lilo and Stitch. Photo Courtesy: DeviantArt.com


  8. Get a brown Labrador and name it “Bubbles.” Yeah, you know where I’m going with this.
  9. Get a Weimaraner and name it “Henry.”
  10. Own a house with a garden.
  11. Bikram Hot Yoga 30-Day Challenge. Anything less is unacceptable. kidding.
  12. Live in London. Dream job.
  13. Work in London. Dream home location.
  14. Vacation in Costa Rica at a Treehouse Community. Secretly we’re hippies.
  15. Learn to surf. I’m Hawaiian but that doesn’t mean I’m cool.
  16. Learn how to cook authentic Thai Food. Because Google just can’t get it right.
  17. Backpack through the Scotland Highlands and Isle of Skye. Tim and Rich, double date?

    Isle of Skye Fairy Pools, Scotland

    Isle of Skye Fairy Pools, Scotland. Photo Credit: John and Tina Reid. http://www.flickr.com/photos/catchlightsa/5933316355/

     

  18. Start my own dessert shop. Totally unrealistic but a dream. Kyle’s already working on adult liquor popsicles.
  19. South of France-Spain-Italy-Greek Holiday. Yes.
  20. Morocco- Portugal- Egypt- Turkey Holiday. Yes. Yes.
  21. Australia-New Zealand-Fiji-Tahiti Holiday. Yes. Yes. Yes.
  22. Germany-Switzerland-Prague- Czech Republic Holiday. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
  23. Backpack Patagonia. Priceless.
  24. Rock climb…again. Need I say more?
  25. Hood to Coast relay race. Dream race.ย 
  26. Learn how to sew. Is it bad that Kyle knows how to use the sewing machine and the only thing I can think of is sewing my fingers together?
  27. Learn how to work on Kyle’s 1966 VW Bug. Because at this rate, it will take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to get it done.

    1966 VW Beetle

    1966 VW Beetle. This is what Kyle’s car used to look like. Photo Credit: VantageSportsCars.com

  28. Learn how to make cheesecake. It’s Kyle’s favorite dessert. Perhaps I can try a vegan version?
  29. Get a masters degree. MBA. Digital Media. I’m indifferent.
  30. Learn graphic design. I always wish I double-majored…even to this day.
  31. Learn pottery. The Swedes inspired me on our recent holiday.
  32. Fix our 1964 VW 21-window bus. Secretly I want to paint it hot pink.
  33. Century Ride with Kyle (100 miles on a two wheels). Because any competition with your spouse is bound to be awesome.
  34. Read a book a week for the year. Thanks @TacAnderson for the inspiration.
  35. Be certified to be a mountain rescue volunteer. Let’s be honest. Mother Nature is the worst place to be when you really need help.

Day 1: Something New…. Day 2: Something Two…Tomorrow, Day 4: Pet Peeves.

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International Kindle Book Club

Some great friends and some new ones have decided to start an international book club. Partly spurred on by our blatant addiction to the teen-novel craze, The Hunger Games Trilogy and subsequent movie about the first book, we’ve decided to set aside all preconceived notions, judgements, and let loose our loves, passions, for books.

The invite was serendipitous!ย  At the same time we decided to start a book club, Kyle and I realized we were going to need another electronic device, albeit another iPad or e-reader for our upcoming 3 1/2 week trip throughout Western Europe. Nothing says “I’m going to die” than being stuck on an 8 hour train ride with nothing to do while your spouse hogs the single iPad and entertainment device on the trip. After much research and chatting with friends, we decided on the Kindle Touch.

My new best friend.

Honestly, it took us a few hours…and by few, I mean 10, to finally figure out which version we were going to purchase. Thank goodness for Lindsey and her words of wisdom. Here’s the Top 10 reasons why we went with the Kindle Reader, and even more importantly the Touch.

10. It’s light, compact and easy to travel with.

9. It’s green. Good-bye paperbacks and killing trees.

8. It’s cheap….especially if you’re an avid reader. Our public library is connected to Amazon and Kindle via Overdrive. I basically search Amazon’s massive collection of books, add to my Amazon Wish List, and then borrow for free via Overdrive.

7. Perks and Features: It’s only $99 w/ wi-fi. It’s not worth the extra $50 bucks for 3G. As Lindsey put it, “The only reason why I’d need 3G is if I were to download a book in the desert. And let’s be honest, that’s never going to happen!” Touche.

6. It’s multifunctional. We use the iPad everyday but wanted to make sure we would be able to use our next purchase beyond this single European holiday….We decided a second iPad wouldn’t be used once we returned from holiday. So that $400+ option was eliminated immediately.

5. User Experience. We use various devices that depend on multi-sensory touch….iPad, iPod, iPhone, droid, etc. We decided that for the sake of ease of use and convenience, the touch screen would be easier and less finicky when we really want to save on pressing buttons.ย  That and I could resist the urge to throw it out the window everytime I wanted to look something up via keyboard. Besides it’s only $20 more than the original.

4. Xray. Kindle Touch is the only version that has this feature. It allows the reader to find historical data, background on history, places/locations, characters about the story all at the touch of a button. Great app for background, history, and biographies.

3. Cost. Did I mention it’s only $99?

2. It’s easy on the eyes. We love our iPad but after hours of surfing the internet and playing games our eyes typically in need a break. The Kindle ink is uber cool and I can read for hours!

1. Storage. It holds 2 GB worth of stuff, which equals to 1,400 books! Though I’m not going to read that may books anytime soon, I can now get rid of the massive pile of books on my night stand and am no longer living in fear of being killed in the middle of the night by a toppling of hardcovers.

And in honor of this momentous occasion (or two), I’ve created a page for books and recos. I would love it if you would add your book suggestions, book reviews, and/or us in our reading adventures!