I'm sure my bucket list will have several additions in the years to come, but for now I give you the final 10 items of my "30 Things in Thirty Years" that I hope to accomplish:
21. Rome-A trip to Italy has been a dream for many years, and would have to include Venice, Milan, and Tuscany. But most importantly, it will start with a visit to Rome. As a Catholic, I've always wanted to visit Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. As a history nerd, I am eager to see the ancient ruins of the great Roman Empire. A presto, Roma!
22. Germany-My mom's side of the family is German & proud so I'd love to get in touch with those roots. Also, as strange as it may sound, I've always wanted to visit a concentration camp. In the sixth grade, I read and fell in love with the book Number the Stars. Since then, I've been both horrified and intrigued by the Holocaust. I don't think people can learn or talk about this tragedy enough. "Concentration camp museums remind people of the dangers of racism." -Lee Grayson
23. Los Angeles-Clearly, travel is going to be a major part of my future. I want to shake my groove thing in the audience of the Ellen Degeneres Show, play Plinko on The Price Is Right, shop on Rodeo Drive (window shop that is), stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and maybe run into Justin Timberlake!
24. Be a back-up singer-I love to sing but I don't want all the drama that comes with being a famous pop star. My friend Joey and I have visions of ourselves swaying behind one of our musical idols (for him, Tina Turner and for me, I'm sure you have a good guess). That would be the life...
25. Host my own talk show-My Gift for Talking + My Love for Pop Culture = Best Talk Show Ever. Think about it! Honestly, I just want to make people laugh (and meet some celebrities)!
26. Go back to the Caribbean-Last October I went on a cruise of the Eastern Caribbean, visiting The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Grand Turk, and St. Thomas. I fell in love with the island life and I cannot wait to get back! There is nothing more peaceful to me than having my toes in the sand, watching the crystal clear water wash up as I listen to Bob Marley.
Ruthie and me on the Bahaman island of Half Moon Cay
Quite possibly the most beautiful place I've been in the world: Magen's Bay, St. Thomas
27. Be a Big Sister-While I'm already lucky enough to be a real big sister to Micah and Jill, I've always felt called to be a Big Sister in my community. I love this quote from the Big Brothers Big Sisters website: "
28. DJ for a day-When I say that my iTunes playlist is ready for a party, I mean it. I like to think I have a pretty extensive music collection and I would love nothing more than to stand behind a DJ table and "spin" some tunes for people to dance to. And let's face it, I'd be dancing too. So if you're looking for an amateur DJ for your next wedding reception, birthday party, or impromptu get-together, I'm your girl.
29. Be a UofL basketball & football season ticket holder-I've already written about my love for the University of Louisville Cardinals. It brings me pure joy to attend their basketball and football games, but at this point in my life, being a season ticket holder
isn't in the cards (pun intended). However, I have no doubt that one day this will be a reality.
30. Follow the St. Louis Cardinals on the road-The only other team that I love as much as the Louisville Cardinals is the St. Louis Cardinals! Did I mention that my favorite bird is the cardinal? My whole family loves baseball and we can all agree to cheer on STL. To date, I've only seen them play at home in Busch Stadium and at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. I would love to see them play in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Milwaukee (so I could also visit my friend Linsey), Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Colorado. Wish me luck!