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StephLivingLife's Life List

  1. 1. volunteer in my community
    1 entry
    50 people
  2. 2. Go to a Cordon Bleu school
    2 cheers
    1 person
  3. 3. take a wine appreciation class
    6 people
  4. 4. bake a cake from scratch (with icing!)
    3 cheers
    1 person
  5. 5. Learn kite sports
    1 person
  6. 6. become a certified scuba diver
    1 entry
    58 people
  7. 7. learn to sew
    3 cheers
    4,064 people
  8. 8. Do an unassisted handstand
    2 cheers
    4 people
  9. 9. Fly a plane
    1,131 people
  10. 10. work as a waitress
    1 entry
    25 people
  11. 11. honestly compliment at least 1 person every day for 30 days (hopefully habit forming!)
    2 cheers
    1 person
  12. 12. dive with whale sharks
    18 people
  13. 13. Donate blood
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    2,847 people
  14. 14. Compete in an adventure race
    2 cheers
    30 people
  15. 15. compete in a sprint triathlon
    6 people
  16. 16. Do the EdgeWalk at the CN Tower
    1 person
  17. 17. fly a kite
    1 cheer
    637 people
  18. 18. go hang gliding
    468 people
  19. 19. Shoot a Handgun
    15 people
  20. 20. go to las vegas
    639 people
  21. 21. see the grand canyon
    1,042 people
  22. 22. read all the Time 100 Best Novels in the English Language
    3 entries
    1 person
  23. 23. Volunteer in another country
    1 cheer
    73 people
  24. 24. adopt
    1 cheer
    669 people
  25. 25. Learn a language beyond English/French/Spanish
    1 person
  26. 26. Hike the inca trail to machu picchu
    82 people
  27. 27. Travel through a country on a bike
    1 person
  28. 28. Learn to surf
    8,132 people
  29. 29. go to Carnival in Brazil.
    1 cheer
    34 people
  30. 30. play a musical instrument well
    10 people
  31. 31. See all the Big 5
    1 entry
    1 person
  32. 32. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
    1 cheer
    518 people
  33. 33. Visit silverback gorillas in Uganda/Rwanda
    2 cheers
    1 person
  34. 34. go to oktoberfest in Germany
    30 people
  35. 35. hike to mt. everest base camp
    1 cheer
    3 people
  36. 36. see the taj mahal at sunrise
    6 people
  37. 37. Go to a yoga retreat (multi-day)
    1 cheer
    1 person
  38. 38. learn to sail
    2,281 people
  39. 39. Visit Canada's North
    1 person
  40. 40. See a Narwhal in the wild
    1 cheer
    7 people
  41. 41. swim with great white sharks
    1 entry
    67 people
  42. 42. buy a cottage on a lake
    3 people
  43. 43. visit every continent
    1 entry
    1,935 people
Recent entries
volunteer in my community
Who knew volunteering could be so complicated?

As part of a “new me/new life” approach I decided that volunteering as a English teacher to new Canadians would be the best use of my very limited skill set! Unfortunately it’s a bit of a process, as there are police background checks and mandatory training, both for obvious reasons.
A little off-put by having to jump through hoops to volunteer my time, but I understand :)

read all the Time 100 Best Novels in the English Language (read all 3 entries…)
Just doing some basic math...

Not sure what I was thinking for timelines for this goal, for some reason I thought I could finish within a couple years, but this morning I realized that I have 87 books left on this list… I’m averaging 1.5 books/month… which means I should bank on at least 4.83 years for this goal! Yikes! I guess it’s an even bigger accomplishment than I thought :D

I wonder if Time will have put out a new list by the time I’ve finished…(!)

read all the Time 100 Best Novels in the English Language (read all 3 entries…)
The list...

•Blood Meridian (1986), by Cormac McCarthy

•Animal Farm (1946), by George Orwell (READ – August 2011)
•Atonement (2002), by Ian McEwan (READ – Spring 2011)
•The Blind Assassin (2000), by Margaret Atwood (READ – July 2011)
•The Big Sleep (1939), by Raymond Chandler (READ – September 2011)
•A Clockwork Orange (1963), by Anthony Burgess (READ – August 2011)
•The Corrections (2001), by Jonathan Franzen (READ – 2011 – hated it, don’t think I finished it)
•The Great Gatsby (1925), by F. Scott Fitzgerald (READ – High school)
•The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (1950), by C.S. Lewis (READ – several times)
•Lord of the Flies (1955), by William Golding (READ – High school)
•Never Let Me Go (2005), by Kazuo Ishiguro (READ – August 2011)
•1984 (1948), by George Orwell (READ – High school)
•Things Fall Apart (1959), by Chinua Achebe (READ – July 2011)
•To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), by Harper Lee (READ – High school)

•The Adventures of Augie March (1953), by Saul Bellow
•All the King’s Men (1946), by Robert Penn Warren
•American Pastoral (1997), by Philip Roth
•An American Tragedy (1925), by Theodore Dreiser
•Appointment in Samarra (1934), by John O’Hara
•Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970), by Judy Blume
•The Assistant (1957), by Bernard Malamud
•At Swim-Two-Birds (1938), by Flann O’Brien
•Beloved (1987), by Toni Morrison
•The Berlin Stories (1946), by Christopher Isherwood
•Brideshead Revisited (1946), by Evelyn Waugh
•The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927), by Thornton Wilder
•Call It Sleep (1935), by Henry Roth
•Catch-22 (1961), by Joseph Heller
•The Catcher in the Rye (1951), by J.D. Salinger
•The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), by William Styron
•The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), by Thomas Pynchon
•A Dance to the Music of Time (1951), by Anthony Powell
•The Day of the Locust (1939), by Nathanael West
•Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927), by Willa Cather
•A Death in the Family (1958), by James Agee
•The Death of the Heart (1958), by Elizabeth Bowen
•Deliverance (1970), by James Dickey
•Dog Soldiers (1974), by Robert Stone
•Falconer (1977), by John Cheever
•The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969), by John Fowles
•The Golden Notebook (1962), by Doris Lessing
•Go Tell it on the Mountain (1953), by James Baldwin
•Gone With the Wind (1936), by Margaret Mitchell
•The Grapes of Wrath (1939), by John Steinbeck
•Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), by Thomas Pynchon
•A Handful of Dust (1934), by Evelyn Waugh
•The Heart is A Lonely Hunter (1940), by Carson McCullers
•The Heart of the Matter (1948), by Graham Greene
•Herzog (1964), by Saul Bellow
•Housekeeping (1981), by Marilynne Robinson
•A House for Mr. Biswas (1962), by V.S. Naipaul
•I, Claudius (1934), by Robert Graves
•Infinite Jest (1996), by David Foster Wallace
•Invisible Man (1952), by Ralph Ellison
•Light in August (1932), by William Faulkner
•Lolita (1955), by Vladimir Nabokov
•The Lord of the Rings (1954), by J.R.R. Tolkien
•Loving (1945), by Henry Green
•Lucky Jim (1954), by Kingsley Amis
•The Man Who Loved Children (1940), by Christina Stead
•Midnight’s Children (1981), by Salman Rushdie
•Money (1984), by Martin Amis
•The Moviegoer (1961), by Walker Percy
•Mrs. Dalloway (1925), by Virginia Woolf
•Naked Lunch (1959), by William Burroughs
•Native Son (1940), by Richard Wright
•Neuromancer (1984), by William Gibson
•On the Road (1957), by Jack Kerouac
•One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962), by Ken Kesey
•The Painted Bird (1965), by Jerzy Kosinski
•Pale Fire (1962), by Vladimir Nabokov
•A Passage to India (1924), by E.M. Forster
•Play It As It Lays (1970), by Joan Didion
•Portnoy’s Complaint (1969), by Philip Roth
•Possession (1990), by A.S. Byatt
•The Power and the Glory (1939), by Graham Greene
•The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), by Muriel Spark
•Rabbit, Run (1960), by John Updike
•Ragtime (1975), by E.L. Doctorow
•The Recognitions (1955), by William Gaddis
•Red Harvest (1929), by Dashiell Hammett
•Revolutionary Road (1961), by Richard Yates
•The Sheltering Sky (1949), by Paul Bowles
•Slaughterhouse Five (1969), by Kurt Vonnegut
•Snow Crash (1992), by Neal Stephenson
•The Sot-Weed Factor (1960), by John Barth
•The Sound and the Fury (1929), by William Faulkner
•The Sportswriter (1986), by Richard Ford
•The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1964), by John le Carre
•The Sun Also Rises (1926), by Ernest Hemingway
•Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), by Zora Neale Hurston
•To the Lighthouse (1927), by Virginia Woolf
•Tropic of Cancer (1934), by Henry Miller
•Ubik (1969), by Philip K. Dick
•Under the Net (1954), by Iris Murdoch
•Under the Volcano (1947), by Malcolm Lowry
•Watchmen (1986), by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
•White Noise (1985), by Don DeLillo
•White Teeth (2000), by Zadie Smith
•Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), by Jean Rhys

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