Bucket List

As I was sorting through some old paperwork this weekend, filing and tossing, I came across a worn envelope with the following written on it.  The envelope is dated February 8, 2008, and it’s an envelope from the IBC Research Foundation, where I had considered donating the tissue removed from my breast.  (And I would have, if I had known about it in time.)  It seems like a lifetime ago that I wrote out these goals for 2008.  In a way, it kind of was.  When I wrote this, I was recovering from massive surgery, anticipating  7 weeks of difficult radiation, and very ill from the cancer.  Heck, I even still had my drains in.  How different things are today — I am healthy, happy, and running again (well, not this week; I strained my knee), and I spend every day with my children.  I think things are going extremely well — but, hey, let’s take a look at the list.

Bucket List — 2008

Do something to improve odds for women in planetary science.  Well, there’s the blog.  And the women’s breakfast we held last year.  And I have a very cool proposal in to NASA that might do a little something to help students stay in the field….

Review proposals for NASA again.  Check.

Write NASA book.  In progress.  I’ve found out since then that my proposal was funded, and I work on it nearly every day.  It’s coming along quite well, although not nearly written yet!  Guess I need another year.  🙂

One big outreach for IBC.  Check.  I think the Health magazine article and the BlogHer panel, in addition to the post that went viral last year, have raised awareness of IBC.  I’m sure there’s more that I could do, but I’ve learned that I have a difficult time emotionally if I think about the cancer too much.  So that — and the motherswithcancer blog — will have to do.

Be a good friend.  I do my best.

Raise happy, caring, inquisitive and determined children.  Check, check, check, and whatwasIthinking?  The kids are blossoming with the attention of a healthy mommy, a loving daddy, and four involved grandparents.  Now that Mommy is able to walk — and run — again, very little stops us from our days of adventuring.  Whether it’s a day at the space museum (one of four!), fix-it time as we renovate our kitchen and catch up on all the little things that need replacing (faucet aerators?really?), painting their own work of art for the new family room, or just playing trains together, we always try to do and learn something new with every day.  The kids are thriving.  I’m thriving.  I’m not spending so much time on blogs anymore — and for that I apologize — but I am so happy to be living in the moment — and living at all! — with my children.

I haven’t yet thought about goals for 2009, but I have a feeling that there’s a lot in store for us.



9 Responses to Bucket List

  1. Lisa says:

    You ARE a GREAT friend! I think you’ve covered your list extremely thoroughly!! Way to GO!

  2. ohgrammy says:

    Great goals, but — maybe you should have warned us (those four involved grandparents) about the “determined” part. . . .

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  4. imstell says:

    A daunting list, to say the least. And you made quite a dent in it. I’m proud of you.

  5. Heather says:

    I’m itching to read that NASA book. Well, my only other read in that field was Failure is not an option, but I have a feeling things have come a long way since then!

    🙂 2009 is going to rock.

  6. Stimey says:

    You make me feel a little bit like an underachiever. And you’re super cool, which is even more annoying.

    You’re fabulous! Way to go! 🙂

  7. Just stopping by to say hi… It’s good to see that you are doing so well.

  8. *m* says:

    You so RULE. And I know you will continue to rock whatever goals you set for yourself and more in the new year.

  9. clifford says:

    I saw nothing in your list including “eat lots of hotdogs” and “watch lots of baseball in person”. I’ll assume by my knowledge of your good judgement that it was an honest mistake and you did both of those things.

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