Monday, January 14, 2013

Updating Blog Pages

When I posted our original Bucket List, I falsely claimed that I would put a version of the draft into my Blog Pages and keep it updated. Of course, I never did this. Well part of my additional New Year’s Resolutions will be to keep up with my blog organization, so the first step is adding the following to my pages. 

We’ve added a few items to the list since it's inception including visiting all 4 of the UK countries: Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, and Wales. We’re halfway there already. Below you'll find the complete list as it exists in my Blog Pages.  

United Kingdom:
English Lake District:)
Visit all four countries comprising the UK: Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Walk along Hadrian's Wall
Visit Cotswolds region in England
Visit the Isle of Skye
Visit the English Lake District (Read all about it here)
Visit the Orkney Islands
Ski on the slopes of Scotland
Golf at St. Andrews (Jonathan specific)
Whisky tasting at Glenfiddich and MacAllan distilleries (Read about it here and here)
Hike part of the West Highland Way
Attend a Burns Night Dinner (February 1st, baby!)
Attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Attend the Edinburgh Fringe festival
Visit London
Hike/Climb Ben Nevis
MacAllan Distillery
 Mainland Europe:
Cruise in Croatian waters
Visit Portugal
Wine Taste in Italy(here), France, and Spain
Travel to Istanbul
Visit Monet's gardens
Visit Auschwitz (read here)
Take a French Road trip
Visit Venice (read here)
Visit the Brittany Region of France
Hike Cinque Terre in Italy
See Mont-St-Michel in France
Visit Lake Como in Italy
Go skiing in the Alps (on the calendar for March, baby!)

The World at Large:
New Zealand...all of it
Scuba Dive at Great Barrier Reef (Jonathan Specific)
Scuba Dive at the Blue Hole in Belize (Jonathan Specific)
Visit the Galapagos Islands (where Jonathan will scuba dive) 
See the Japanese Cherry blossoms blooming in Japan
Take an African Safari
Drive the Garden Route in South Africa
Take a Pacific Northwest roadtrip to N. Cali, Oregon and Washington State
Visit Alaska
Visit the Patagonia region of Argentina
Visit Bali
Travel to Jerusalem
Patagonia, SOURCE
This list is constantly growing and it's unlikely that we'll ever scratch every item off the list, but here's to trying! What's high on your bucket list? Is there anywhere you've traveled that simply can't be missed?

I’ve also updated my Reading List blog page since I’d basically abandoned it in September. Highly recommended books that I’ve read in the past 4 months include: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind, and These is My Words by Nancy E. Turner. So good.  
 These Is My Words
Currently I’m bogged down in the epic Game of Thrones series. I’d recommend the read, but at times it is laborious and heavy. In between the series books, I’m trying to break it up with easy and fun reads. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes was a good filler. Easy to read by still thought provoking, plus a British author which was a nice change of perspective.

Recently I’ve taken over the AWA Evening book club and we’ll be picking our Spring and Summer list in a month. Any suggestions for us? What have you been reading recently?


  1. I have tried to write down our bucket list, but it literally is too long for me to put on paper. And that's only talking about Europe specific. Yikes!
    So exciting that we will be able to cross some things off our lists together :-)

  2. Oh and I had Giverny on our Paris day trip list, but man, we just didn't have time for anything else. It just means that we will have to go back to Paris. It wouldn't have been worth it in the winter though, anyway.

  3. OOOOOOOOMYGOSH!!! You are reading These is My Words!!! I feel like we're kindred spirits now. My favorite book ever. Ever. So very good. The ending had me crying so hard I had to call my sister for comfort. Enjoy!!

    1. I got the suggestion for These is My Words from your blog and I absolutely loved it!!! I've been raving about it to everyone I know. Oh so good!

  4. Here are my suggestions...
    The House on First Street (Julia Reed) - great read about Post Katrina New Orleans
    The Birth House (Ami McKay)- historical read about WWI in Nova Scotia and the women at that time
    Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) - just a great suspense novel
    The Midwife's Confession (Diane Chamberlain) - loved it

    Miss you love! So glad I get to feel completely updated on your life 5 days a week :)

    1. Thanks for the recommendations Tracy! I will definitely be adding these to my list. I've heard several great things about Gone Girl. Miss you!!!