I wrote about my bucket list back in March. Made some progress on four items on that list:
- Do game night and movie night with friends at least once a month: Well. Haven’t done game night per se in a while. Does sitting around the kitchen table with friends drinking buckets of masala chai, chomping on munchies of untold calorific value, and discussing issues of national importance (I won’t tell you what those are) count?
- Make a scrapbook for a loved one: Made N a scrapbook for his 39th birthday. He was BLOWN AWAY! I had reached out to his close friends – all the way from kindergarten to grad school, and to his extended family (and some of my family that knew him quite well) and asked them to write a few words to him or about him. And boy, did they come up with some v. entertaining stories – especially his friends from school and college! Thanks again to everyone that wrote (given the relatively short notice) – and wrote very thoughtful pieces at that. I know that N regards that scrapbook as one of the best things he’s received ever. Could not have done better if I had agreed to buy that car he’s had his eye on for a while.
- Stand underneath a waterfall.
- Ride a zipline through a forest.
Ok, I lied. Haven’t done those last two yet. But I am going to be able to do “orrey kallula rendu manga” before the end of the year. You know, a long time back, I translated this verbatim to a Caucasian colleague as “let’s get two mangoes with one stone” when I meant to say “two birds with one stone” (Which in itself is pretty wild, come to think of it. I mean, who talks like that anymore?). Anyway, after the well-deserved weird look that I got for bringing up mangoes totally out of context in mid-winter in a non-tropical place to Caucasian lady, I haven’t used the manga analogy in a while. But this time it really is relevant, I assure you. I am v. close to riding a zipline all the way to a waterfall and standing underneath it, just like I told you I would. Costa Rica trip is coming up soon, woohooo!! 🙂
Actually, not soon enough for me – we still have months to go. But we have bought our tickets and all, so I will just have to remember to be Zen-like and enjoy the oppportunity to exercise delayed gratification. And read delicious travelogues about CR to pass the intervening time.
Hmmm… actually considering adding “Learn Spanish before CR trip” to the bucket list. Will keep me busy and out of trouble, and maybe I will write a whole blog post in Spanish before the end of the year!