#1 on my “bucket list” is arranging a private concert by Diana Krall for me and 30 or so hand-picked friends and family. (Ella is no longer available.) The playlist will be chosen mostly from her “Live in Paris” CD and her “All for You” CD. The finale will be Diana’s version of Joni Mitchell’s “A case of you.” The champagne will be French; Kentucky will, of course, supply the bourbon. Mr. Dave and Ms. Betty will put together the menu.
There must be at least one dream on your bucket list….
#2 on my bucket list is living abroad for a year. At the moment, I am two months into crossing that item off my list. I am definitely not in a hurry to get it crossed off. Toulouse is a great city in which to live and is conveniently located for one who finds Europe a generally pleasant place to spend some time. Being in France on a sabbatical leave is, perhaps, the best of circumstances in which to spend time abroad. I am expected to spend a year focusing on the part of my job for which I was trained; I am meeting new colleagues who share many of my interests but bring different perspectives to our common ground; and I have a great deal of freedom in deciding how to use my time. But the biggest advantages of living abroad are the consequences of the constant mundane challenges to routine.