Not a Bucket List

Meme:  any characteristic of a culture, e.g. its language, that can be transmitted from one generation to the next in a way analogous to the transmission of genetic information.  (Encarta, courtesy of MS Word)
I’m a tad bit ashamed that I had to look this up after actually hearing the term used on the news, and realizing I had missed something by not really understanding what it is.  It just goes to show how easy it is to lose your tech/interwebs savvy if you don’t stay on top of the latest pinterest, stumble-upon, foursquare…blah blah blah.  Need I also admit I have never been to these sites?  I can barely handle F-B and that’s just to keep tabs on friends who are out of town, and only when I’m on a self-confidence high.  It’s totally a popularity contest and it drives me bananas.  Ok then, on to the topic at hand.
I like the idea of putting together Not-A-Bucket List™.  I haven't ever had a list, although I have done some stuff that would definitely qualify.  However, since I've pretty much decided scuba diving and jumping out of an airplane are never ever going to be on my list, it's a bit mundane.  It's stuff that I think I can accomplish!
1.        Travel to Ireland.  This is one we almost completed during our long-ass wait for a match, but due to that pesky volcanic eruption, scrapped the plan and chilled out on the Big Island instead.  Not bad for a swap, but it’s still at the top of the travel list!

2.       Go back to France during ski season.  We have friends who live in France just outside of Geneva whom we’ve visited once.  We definitely would love to spend more time with them and introduce Baby X.  He’ll have to be old enough to ski though, because I’m not missing out on skiing in freaking France!

3.       Visit all the National Parks.  I’ve made a pretty good dent so far, but there’s so many more.  We’ll be able to knock out many during family vacations; I’m sure, as I see a whole lot of road-tripping in our future.  (I better get excited about camping again considering lately, I’m all about beach resorts and nice hotels.  *sigh*)

4.       Summit Quandary Peak.  This is one of the “easiest” 14’ers (mountains over 14,000 feet in elevation) in Colorado.  I’ve attempted it two times.  The first time, the guy I was with took the wrong trail and ended up on the difficult trail which was a huge talus field all the way to the top.  The second time, I was out of shape, got altitude-sick and a huge storm rolled in.  Running down the mountain (above treeline) with lightening all around is something I don’t ever care to repeat.  I’ve summited 3 others, so I know I can do it!

5.       Add to our family.  I’m pretty sure we’ll be tackling this in the near future, but I thought I’d list it anyway.  The discussion between living child-free or adoption was relatively cut and dry.  The decision to adopt again is less so.  It’s a huge financial commitment to get through the process, and then there’s getting through the process.  And then there’s the cost of raising two kids.  And then there’s the cost of taking two kids on vacation and skiing, and blah, dee-dee, blah, blah.  Still, I’m pretty sure I know what the decision will be.

6.        Buy a condo in the mountains.  Hahahahaha.  Two engineers who are not also presidents of their respective companies don’t exactly make that kind of cash.  Now, if we had chosen not to have children, this was probably within our reach.  Meh, not anymore.  Not yet anyway.

7.       Put together a bedroom I can be proud of.  I’m not an interior designer-type by any means, but I have a halfway decent eye and follow some design rules.  So, our living room/dining room, remodeled kitchen and Baby X’s room are nicely put together and thought-out.  Our bedroom?  Neglected to say the least.  I was going to work on it during my maternity leave.  I didn’t.