Skip to main content

RevGal's Friday 5: The Bucket List

1. River rafting on the Colorado River into the Grand Canyon. There's no other way I'm ever getting to the bottom--no donkeys or hiking steep 2 ft wide paths for me

2. Following the monarch butterflies as they migrate from northern California to their winter homes in Mexico.

3. Whale watching in Alaska.

4. Taking each of my girls to NYC for a mom and daughter weekend for their 16th birthdays

(i suppose that's really 3)

5. Write and publish at least one book that is completely my own

(selling it would be nice too)


She Rev said…
Definitely whale watching. Definitely
Mary Beth said…
Cool! Love the mom and daughter weekends.
MaineCelt said…
Yes! A Book! I've added the following to my list of "if onlys:"

If only there were enough RevGal writers nearby to start our own book-writing circle, where we could carve out the time to relish each other's company and hold each other accountable for the great and personal task of writing that lurking, restless inner book!
altar ego said…
Great list. I've been whale-watching in the Northeast (off Boston and Cape Cod) and it is truly a creation-bonding experience (or at least I thought so!)

Writing! Yes! Forgot to put that on my list. It will be the imagined #6.
karlajean said…
I would read your book!
That river trip in the Grand Canyon sounds amazing--I want to do that too.
Come to Boston and whale watch, yes!!
Sophia said…
Oh, a book writing circle would be awesome!

I am so so glad that you decided to take your name and voice back--go you!

And your pictures of the BE are stunning--I can feel the contemplation that came from the resting, listening and solitude you mentioned.

So glad I got to meet you there.
Jan said…
Good plans, especially with your daughters. I've seen hordes of monarch butterflies passing through here on their migrations. (I'm in south TX)
Jane said…
wonderful list - I particularly like the taking time to have a memorable experience with your daughters
Sue said…
Whale watching!!!! BE 3.0??????
karlajean said…
hope Frost Nixon is inspirational!!
i am back from the Sox game (yes, indeedy we won) and realizing I have a lot of editing to do. but the day was so amazing, I couldn't be inside while there was I pay now, but as you know...spring can be iffy anywhere! peace to you and blessings as you worship with your congregation tomorrow.

Popular posts from this blog

My Third-trimester Abortion

It's something I don't talk about much.

In the past I referred to it as a stillbirth. It was a stillbirth. But it was also an induced labor in my third trimester, hence making it a third-trimester abortion.

When I discovered I was pregnant I was only 16 years old. I'm pretty sure Christopher was conceived on the night my mom walked in on my boyfriend and I having sex on the couch. I thought she was going to be at work but she came home early. He ran out the door and I cried while my mother yelled profanities at me. It was a horrible night for all of us.

I wasn't smart enough to consider pretending I was on my period. After a few months my mom asked me if I was pregnant. She was right but I denied it just the same. Tim and I had talked about giving the baby up for adoption but we were scared out of our minds and decided I'd get an abortion. Another month or so passed, I hadn't gotten an abortion and I couldn't deny my pregnancy to my mom anymore. I told her …

Cancer blues

Most days I feel really positive and good.  Today is not one of those days. Today is one of those days in which I've been thinking about having my lymph nodes removed and the risk of lymphodema in my legs. Dr. Gyn/Onc seemed more worried about this side effect than the actual cancer.  I don't want to go there but sometimes those images of log tree legs, remembering the pain from the swelling in my legs when I was pregnant, and imagining the drains being stuck in my body for a week or more, well it makes my skin crawl.

I know there will be good days and bad days. I try to keep the bad days from my family and friends. I know they are stressed too.

I feel like we are one of those families in which something is always going on and people start to pull away wondering WTF is wrong with them!

I'm used to being the care taker, not the one receiving care.

I have to find a new normal and that won't happen until after the surgery.  So I need an interim normal for the time being.

Cancer and unicorns

I wish I could remember where I found this prayer, it gives me strength and courage. 

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers,
but to be fearless in facing them.

Let me know beg for the stilling of my pain,
but for the heart to conquer it.

Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved,
but hope for the patience to win my freedom.

Grant me that I may not be a coward,
feeling your mercy in my success alone;
but let me find the grasp of your hand in my failure.

Written by Rabindranath Tagore

It turns out I have actual cancer.  In the tiniest of ways I am concerned but overall I am very positive about kicking some cancer ass. I think it has helped going through the precancerous stuff and emotions. I now know that I can get through the surgery. I know what I face and that I am surrounded by people who love and care for me and will help me through this.

A few months ago I had a "unicorn party" for my staff because things had been rough in the office and most folks had persona…