Monday, January 24, 2011

Bucket List Update

So, how am I doing with my bucket list?? (see side bar and this post). I put together a list for myself after being inspired by Mia Marlowe's list....hers included taking ballroom dancing lessons and going topless in St. Maarten! Ack! More power to her.

Here's how I am doing.....

Penelope's Bucket List for 2010-2011....

1. Attend the opera with my husband. (Not happening this year. None of the operas look appealing. Maybe next year.)

2. Plant hundreds of daffodil bulbs in my garden to enjoy next spring. (Did it. Can't wait for spring.)

3. Write a quickie botanical paranormal story with a bearded hero. (Decided to work on my full-length botanical mystery/romance. With a bearded hero. Of course.)

4. Heal my heart. I want to hear these words from my cardiologist "Your heart is back to normal!" (Did it! My heart is back to normal...yee haw!)

5. Go for a run. (Did it. It wasn't very long, but it was good enough for me.)

6. Visit the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. (Not yet, but I'm still planning to do this one soon. Can't wait.)

7. Attend the NJRWA conference this October and the NECRWA conference next spring.(Already did the NJRWA meeting. Looking forward to NECRWA and probably the national RWA meeting in NYC, too. Also attending the Empire State Book Festival in April and will be moderating a romance panel...yay!)

8. Go birding at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, Florida. (Oh boy, am I looking forward to this...coming up in April!)

9. Plant a terrarium this winter. (Not yet. Still on my to-do list. My daughter wants to add a turtle or frog into the terrarium. Uh oh.)

10. Lose 50 more pounds (already lost 30) and reverse my diabetes diagnosis. (I have lost 48 pounds, and I no longer have diabetes. I am so stoked about this. I am still working on losing 30 more pounds by summer. I feel so much better.)

11. Go to the Nutcracker ballet with my daughter this Christmas. (Daughter nixed this one. Instead, we are going to the Westminster Dog Show in NYC on Valentine's Day!!!!!! Sooooo out weenie dogs, here we come!)

12. Finish edits for Sweet Magik and look forward to my 2nd book publication next year.(Sweet Magik is all done. Will be released in both digital and print format on Nov. 4, 2011. My first book in print...yay! I am very excited about this!)

13. Spend hours puttering around the fantabulous antique mall in Quechee, Vermont, followed up by a glass of sparkling apple cider at Simon Pearce. (Did it. Had a fabulous weekend with my hubby, as a belated celebration for our 20th anniversary. Had the most incredibly delicious dinner at Simon Pearce...holy cow, after eating such a strict diet for months, that meal was magnificent.)

14. Walk Sachuest Point in Middletown, Rhode Island and see the harlequin ducks. (Not yet...hopefully soon...when the weather is no longer -24!)

15. Become involved in heart health education. (Working on it...I will have some more posts soon, and I'm helping my daughter to raise $$ for the American Heart Association right now.)

Well, working on this bucket list should be keeping me busy for the next several months. This week I'm reading Naked In Death by JD Robb (first time reading her...can't wait to meet Roarke) and an erotica by Amber Skyze called Naughty St. Nick. I thought I was finally finished with my holiday reads, but evidently not.

Happy Monday,


KT Grant said...

You better come to Nationals in NYC and NJRWA because I'll be there :)

Penny Watson said...

I'm going to register for national RWA meeting this week! Woo hoo! I am so psyched...I can't wait to see everyone! KB--have you registered already? I go to the NJ meeting every's an easy ride from Boston.

KT Grant said...

I usually register for RWA Nationals in April. I made sure to get the days off.

Tales of Whimsy said...

You go girl!
What a great list!
And I can't believe you lost 48 lbs!
Any advice on how?

Isabel Roman said...

I am in AWE of your list, not only what's on it but that you're actually DOING it! And have accomplished so much already!

I'll be at both RWA and NJRW this year, we definitely have to meet up!!

Penny Watson said...

Thanks, Juju! I think I'm going to write a post about my new diet and exercise. It's not anything glamorous. Just walking a ton every day, and eating a pretty strict diet. (lots of veggies! good thing I like them!)

Penny Watson said...

Hi Isabel....Yes! We must exchange cell phone numbers before the conferences! Any chance you can attend the NEC meeting in Salem? It's going to be really should try to make it!

Hannah said...

Congrats on making so many of your goals, Penny!
I started listening to the audiobook version of Naked in Death this week also. I'm finding it a little too gritty for my tastes although I love the characters and the world building. I'll give it a few more chapters.

Lori said...

You're doing so great with your health! And living life to the fullest. Now I want to make a bucket list and get started...

Penny Watson said...

Hi Hannah....thanks! Uh oh, I hope it's not too gritty for me. Sometimes I'm a big wuss about that kind of stuff.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Lori...let me know if you make a bucket list, too. I want to see it!

Lindsay said...

It is so wonderful that you set that up AND that you are getting it done! Especially all of the healthy things. It's crazy how much better you can feel when you get rid of a bit of weight. My 30 is no where near your 48 but even that feels wonderful!

I've tried making bucket lists but then I never get any of it finished. I guess that part of my problem is that staring in the eyes of Ramses II and visiting the Louve can't be done when you have no money and no passport! Some day though... Also I don't have any extra time for learning the two new languages that I want to master. Yeah, I need to set the bar a bit lower or at least take baby steps!

So will this year be your first Nationals for RWA?

Penny Watson said... lost 30 lbs? Fantastic! Congrats to you! Yes, I have a "big bucket list in the sky" that included a big trip to Alaska to see glaciers and orcas in the wild, etc etc....but those trips will have to wait until I win the lotto!

I have never gone to nationals...I am really glad the RWA meeting is in NY this year, so it's easy for me to travel by train.

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

I am soooo proud of you! You are the most amazing woman! Wow! Wish I could meet you at national RWA, but too far!
You've accomplished so much. 2011 will be even better! I know it.

Penny Watson said...

Oh Julia....I wish you were coming to nationals this year. I will have to tweet you copious updates and send pictures. I'm going to stalk (I mean meet...hee hee) my favorite authors...hopefully get to meet Jayne Ann Krentz, Julie Garwood, Christine Feehan...I hope some of them will be there!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Promise? And you must explain to me how to tweet. I know how to hit the buttons, but what should I tweet randomly? Like...I cleaned my toilets or I took a shower or I walked my dog? What?

Penny Watson said...

Ha ha links you think are cool, send messages to your friends, let people know if you read a good book, got a good review, whatever! It's just another way to stay connected when you are home all day writing and feeling isolated. I love it!

Anonymous said...

Definitely try to make it to see the Blaschka Glass Models of Flowering Plants at Harvard Museum of Natural History. They are unbelievably realistic --and scientifically accurate -- simply stunning.