A List of Lists

I have a friend who jokingly tells me that I should be a professional list-maker… Well, world, here’s my debut:

Table of Contents (a.k.a. Meta List)

  • Bucket list (General & Local)
  • Recipes (Made & To Make)
  • To Learn
  • Wish List
  • To Read
  • To Watch
  • For Future Kids
  • Lists I Routinely Make
  • Lists I Want to Make

Bucket List


  • Redwood forest
  • Go to Europe
  • Go to Asia
  • Go to Africa
  • Skydiving
  • Go to Alaska
  • See a glacier
  • Get close to a glacier
  • Visit Boston (September 2018)
  • Meet David Carson
  • Publish a book
  • Host a book signing
  • Write a graphic novel
  • Publish a second children’s book
  • Take a cooking class
  • Be the legal guardian of a child (adopted or birthed)
  • Try Aerial Yoga
  • Attend a poetry reading
  • Go to an Indie Film Festival


  • Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Rising Silo Brewery (completed June 2018)
  • Foamo, the new coffee/dessert shop
  • New River Fiber Co.
  • Go to an event at the XYZ gallery
  • See performances at the Moss Arts Center
    • Diavolo | Architecture in Motion
    • Shanghai Quartet and Wu Man
    • Ada/Ava (manual cinema)
    • Kid Koala
    • Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
      • Brooklyn Babylon (#1 favorite)
      • Real Enemies
    • Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
    • STREB | Forces (#3)
    • Kyle Abraham | Abraham.in.motion
    • Circus Oz | Straight Up
    • Urban Bush Women | Hair and Other Stories
    • (Be)longing (#2)
    • Southwest Virginia Ballet | Romeo & Juliet
    • The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain
    • Ben Folds and a Piano (June 2018)
  • Virginia Tech Football Game 
  • Virginia Tech Basketball Game 
  • Go to Floyd (June 2018)
    • (specifically Floyd Country Store)
  • Friday Night Out Concerts (Henderson Lawn)
  • Super Magnolia (downtown) (July 2018)
  • Blacksburg No. 1 (downtown asian noodle restaurant where Frosty Parrot used to be)
  • The Coop (new bar/restaurant downtown where Pita Vera used to be)  (completed on my birthday, July 2018)
  • Spicity (asian restaurant near India garden) (October 2018 with husband)
  • The Blacksburg Tavern (where The Social House used to be)
  • Blacksburg Wine Lab (added Aug 24th 2018)
  • Kayak on the New River (completed July 2018 with my husband) 
  • Pick apples at Doe Creek Farm
  • Pick berries at Three Bird Berry Farm (completed August 2018)



To Make

  • Something with Rhubarb
  • Something with poppyseed
  • Bake an eclair
  • Norman’s Farthing biscuits from GBBS cookbook
  • Cauliflower Crust Pizza
  • Cheesecake
  • Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread
  • …see more here!

To Learn

  • How to successfully follow a knitting pattern
  • CSS (cascading style sheets)
  • How to free motion quilt (June 2018)
  • How to not kill all the plants I own
  • How to follow through on the goals I set
  • How to make a cheesecake
  • About herbs, spices, natural remedies, and plant identification

Wish List

  • Watering Can
  • Taproot Magazine Subscription (birthday present from my sister July 2018.. thanks Nicole!!)
  • Stack Magazine Subscription
  • Free-quilting foot for sewing machine (purchased from Sew Biz in Radford)
  • Metal pie pan (with removable bottom)  (birthday present from mom, July 2018)
  • Drill bits (that work with my drill)
  • Reusable Snack/Sandwich Bags
  • Handmade Ceramic Pitcher (bought a beautiful one from Abby Reczeck
  • Pandemic (the board game) (purchased June 2018)
  • Bamboo toothbrush
  • Settlers of Catan (board game)
  • Books (ALL OF THEM. ALWAYS.)

To Read

To Watch

  • Argo
  • The Shape of Water
  • Spirited Away
  • Fight Club
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Lincoln
  • 13th
  • The Second Season of 3% (Netflix show)
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Spotlight
  • Schindler’s List
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • The Meyerowitz Stories
  • Goodwill Hunting
  • Boyhood
  • Eighth Grade (with Mom, 2018)
  • The Incredibles 2 (watched with Dad, end of June 2018)
  • Riverdale Season 3 (added Sept. 2018)
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Patch Adams (watched with husband Sept. 2018)
  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (watched with sister Sept 2018)
  • The Spectacular Now (watched with sister Sept 2018)

For Future Kids

Lists I Routinely Make

  • Grocery Lists
  • Gift Ideas Lists (mother’s day, father’s day, birthdays, etc.)
  • To Do Lists
  • Daily Food & Calories List
  • Yearly Memory List (with my husband)
  • Packing Lists
  • Things to Save For List (new car, house, etc.)
  • Websites to remember
  • Goals to Accomplish
  • Things I have found (on the ground)
  • Making/Creating ideas
  • Music Playlists (see Spotify)
  • Blog post topic ideas

Lists I Want to Make

  • Things I am proud of / Goals I have accomplished
  • People who have positively and significantly impacted my life
  • Things I am grateful for
  • Best Podcast episodes I have listened to from:
    • Personality Hacker
    • This American Life
    • Serial & S-Town
    • TED Radio Hour
    • Code Switch
    • The Liturgists
    • Invisibilia
    • The Hilarious World of Depression
    • The Moth
  • Lists other people have made that have been helpful (like wedding planning lists!)
  • Helpful Blacksburg Lists
    • Things open 24/7
      • Kroger
      • Walmart
    • Best Local Food
      • Benny’s
      • The Cellar
      • 622 North
      • Café de Bangkok
      • Cabo Fish Taco
      • Souvlaki’s
      • Greene’s
      • Lefty’s
    • Local Businesses
    • Hikes/Parks/Playgrounds
    • Rental Companies

Have you made lists like these before?  Have any items you think I should DEFINITELY add to mine?  Any specific lists you think I should make or elaborate on? Comment below!! :)

A List of Lists

2 thoughts on “A List of Lists

  1. Your lists are very interesting and inspiring. Great to see things noted that you have already achieved.

    I write lists all the time but then lose them! :) I wrote a list of things to do before I die, long before “bucket lists” were a thing. The best thing about it, is that doing something on it, leads to doing dozens of amazing things that I hadn’t even thought of when making my choices. You cannot stop life taking you on its own journey, and sticking to a list can be limiting in itself.

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    1. m says:

      Aww, thanks!!

      And ya, part of why I wanted to do this was because I also write lists all the time and sometimes lose them, but wanted to consolidate them into one place. Let me know if you find any of your own lists that you would want to share!! :D

      YESSS! So true. It’s almost like by setting the goal to try something new, you are really setting the goal to go on a whole journey of experiences. And then when life gets mundane or boring again you have the list to return to for more starting point ideas!

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