December is here! How did this happen? I had so many holiday-related posts planned for you: gift guides, advent calendar ideas, Thanksgiving recipes and stories. But then I had a deadline to meet (the document I’ve been working on is acting like a boomerang – I think I’m done and then it magically re-appears in my inbox a day later with another round of changes), the kids got sick (not at the same time, of course), we went on a short Thanksgiving getaway to Florida (oh how I love these Florida beaches!), and boom, December 1st! Ah well. That’s (my) life. So I’m going to change the topic to something completely non-Christmas related. To the List app and a very special list I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks: 99 things I want to do before I move back to Germany!

99 things

To answer the most important question first and very officially:

YES, we are planning to move back to Germany in the summer of 2016!

Which means I have about 7-8 months left to check all the things I always wanted to do off my bucket list. Curious? Here it is:

99 Things I Want to Do Before I Move Back to Germany – A Bucket List

  1. Watch a college football game – Roll Tide!
  2. Have a latte at Brash Coffee in Atlanta.
  3. Go Zip-lining.
  4. Go Rafting on the Ocoee.
  5. Binge watch all seasons of “The Good Wife”
  6. Stock up on craft supplies. Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and Jo Ann’s – here I come!
  7. Visit my friend in San Diego, California. We met when I was an Erasmus student in York, Great Britain many many years ago.
  8. Walk 10.000 steps at least 3 days a week (I read somewhere that this is good for you).
  9. Watch the Oscars 2016.
  10. Throw a Super Bowl party and fine-tune my chocolate-covered strawberry footballs.
  11. Weekly catch-up of Scandal and Nashville. Watch seasons 4 and 5 of Homeland.
  12. Go to ALT Summit in Salt Lake City! I have the ticket and the flight and hotel room are booked. Now I only need proper conference and Utah winter attire…
  13. L.L.Bean boots because my friend says that’s what I need for German winters. They last a life-time but better order them right away to get them delivered before I move back.
  14. Talking about boots: I also need rain boots, for wet German springs, summers, falls, winters.
  15. Attend a wedding. Waiting for the official invitation for Memorial Day Weekend. Perfect way to say good-bye to dear friends who have always been our American family.
  16. Say good-bye to my beloved beaches on Sanibel Island.
  17. Read “To Kill a Mocking Bird”.
  18. Stock up on mason jars in all sizes on the planet.
  19. Have a bouncy house kids’ birthday party in the backyard. Just because…
  20. Watch my hydrangeas grow and bloom.
  21. Meet Local Milk Beth Kirby and Being Boss Emily Thompson – they both live in Chattanooga and I really admire their work.
  22. Find the perfect lipstick. And learn how to apply it.
  23. Find a new owner for my orchids – anyone?
  24. Visit the MLK Memorial in Atlanta.
  25. Visit the Knoxville Zoo.
  26. Swim in the Pacific Ocean.
  27. Use up all my Delta sky miles.
  28. Go to a live (country?) concert.
  29. Find an egg nog recipe that actually tastes good.
  30. Visit the Mayfly Coffee Bar on Signal Mountain.
  31. Find a vintage wooden step-ladder.
  32. Eat at Cafe Roma in Cleveland with my lovely neighbor.
  33. Sing in or with a gospel choir. Or at least go to a gospel church service.
  34. Go to a batting cage.
  35. Watch at least one more Lookouts game – with Friday night fireworks.
  36. Send my daughter to cheerleading camp.
  37. Decide whether the kids need a tablet or not.
  38. Make my husband watch the new Star Wars movie.
  39. Stock up on snow gear for the harsh German winters.
  40. Spend every possible second on my back porch.
  41. Improve my slack lining abilities.
  42. Go to a line dance class.
  43. See the Riverbend fireworks.
  44. Rent a Bike Chattanooga bike and ride across the Walnut Bridge and around downtown.
  45. 99. To be continued here and here

This list is by far from complete. It is an ongoing project that I check off or add items to on a daily basis. Once I complete an activity, I’ll add a photo as a proof that I actually did it. If you are interested, you can follow along either on the List app or on Instagram. Just look for the hashtag #tinas99things. And if you have any ideas that I could / should / must add to my list, please let me know! Update: I’ve added more things to my 99 things list – just click here to read more!

PS: Behind the scenes I’ve also started compiling a second list: 99 things I’m looking forward to when moving back to Germany. Suggestions are also welcome!