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Hello again fellow Vagabonds. I have with me here today author Terri Bruce. She is here today to talk about her Birthday Bucket List. This should be very interesting. Bruce also has a giveaway set for you guys. So please be sure to enter after you read this awesome guest post.
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Birthday Bucket List
Welcome to my virtual birthday party! This month, I’m celebrating three important dates: my birthday, the six-month anniversary of my “book baby,” Hereafter, and the feast of Parentalia (February 13th-21st), an ancient Roman celebration to commemorate one’s ancestors and placate the spirits of the dead.
Today, I wanted to share with you my “bucket list”—a list of things I’d like to do before I die. I’ve been fortunate in that I decided pretty early on in life to not wait for “someday” to go after what I want—life is short and it’s too easy for someday to become never. So my “bucket list” isn’t all that long and hopefully all of it is obtainable.
So, where to start? Well, at the top of my list is to attend a ball—a real, honest-to-goodness ball.
|I want to go full out Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady|
I’ve never worn a formal gown/dress (outside of my wedding dress) (I didn’t go to my high school prom and I’ve never gone to a wedding I wasn’t part of) and I want to, just once in my life. I want to dress like I’m going to the Oscars and I want to dance—ballroom dance—the night away. My husband and I took ballroom dancing lessons for two years, but we’ve never had the courage to actually try out our moves anywhere.
|This will be hard to do in my ball gown, but I plan on giving it a try|
Somewhat related to the “attend a ball” wish, I want to do the ballroom polka like Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr in The King and I (Shall We Dance).
Oh, how I love that scene and the ballroom polka looks like so much fun! Of course, it’s apparently a lot more fun without a hoop—Deborah Kerr’s legs were bruised filming that scene from her gown’s cage/hoop banging into her legs! Ouch!
I’d like to go to a costume party—maybe I could combine these three together and throw a masquerade ball! Oooh, now that sounds like fun!
I want to go horseback riding in Acadia National Park (my retirement dream is to move to Bar Harbor/Mount Desert Island, buy a horse, and go riding in Acadia every day). I’d also love to take a horseback ride down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and I’d love to go cantering on a beach (of course, this requires me to first learn how to sit the canter properly so that I stop falling off).
|This is how I look when cantering…only with less smiling|
In 2009 I got to visit London and Paris, which were two of the travel-related bucket items on my list. The remaining ones are to visit China (I want see the Terra Cotta warriors), Italy (I would love to see the town of Arpino, which is where my family is from), Dubai, the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Jerusalem (I’d like to see the Tomb of the Patriarchs), the pyramids in Egypt (I really want to see the pyramids!), and Petra in Jordan.
I would love to attend Book Expo America, the Tournament of Roses parade (I actually have done this once, but would like to do it again), and see the Tran-Siberian Orchestra in concert (they tour through my local area every year around the holidays, and somehow, I always manage to miss them!).
Finally, my real pie-in-the-sky bucket list items including winning an award for my writing and meeting several of my favorite authors (including Terry Pratchett and Mary Doria Russell), musicians (including the Zach Caruso Band and Florence and the Machine), and actors (including Robert Carlyle, Alan Rickman, and Kevin Spacey).
And there you have it—my bucket list. What about you—what are some of the things on your bucket list?
About Terri Bruce
Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember and won her first writing award when she was twelve. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces fantasy and adventure stories from a haunted house in New England where she lives with her husband and three cats.
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