One night on the way home from a dinner out with Phil (yep, that is my boyfriends name, I am not going the nickname route this time around), we drove by a BBQ place and I said - 'Oh, we should go to Brasa sometime for BBQ.' - to which he agreed as he also likes this place (which I especially love because almost the entire menu is GF and thus safe fo rme). A minute passed and I said, 'Oh and we should go out for brunch sometime! We have never gone out for brunch!' He paused before responding and said - 'you are making a bucket list, aren't you?'
And I think that is the moment that the fact that I was likely going to be moving away became a bit more real.
So yes, I have started to formulate a bucket list. It feels a bit weird to be making one because while I can't say this with 100% certainty because life is full of surprises, I really know in my heart that I will be back eventually. I truly don't see Charlotte being a long-term home for me. So I don't have this feeling that I MUST DO EVERYTHING. But I do want to make sure I fit in a handful of experiences before I leave. I do not have the most flexible schedule or all that much free time since CFA studying eats up many of my evening and weekend hours and I'll also be busy preparing for this move, so I created a realistic, do-able list. Here is what I've come up with so far!
1. Spend an afternoon with my local nephews. I am hoping to find a free Sunday afternoon in March to take them out to lunch and to a bookstore for the afternoon. I'll really miss seeing my nephews on a regular basis so I definitely want to soak up some time with them.
2. Eat at some of my favorite places with Phil. So far my list includes brunch at Wilde Roast Cafe (I love the atmosphere there), sushi at my favorite place, Fuji-Ya, happy hour at my favorite Mexican place, Masa, which has THE BEST margaritas for $5 and the best tacos for $3, and dinner at Brasa.
3. The "Bunny Run" followed by brunch afterwards at Elsie's. The Bunny Run is one of my favorite long run routes as we run along 3 local lakes and the turnaround point is this bizarre bunny statue in South Minneapolis. The group's favorite brunch spot is Elsie's which is a cheap bowling alley/restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis. I am really, really sad to say good bye to my run club friends, and I am sad that I will have to resign from the Run Club Board, which I JUST became a member of in December. :(
4. Have friends over for dinner. I love having people over for dinner but haven't in over a year! I am planning on having a small group of people over in mid-February for lasagna!
It's a relatively short bucket list, but I think it's do-able. I was able to extend my Charlotte start date to April 8th so I can spend Easter with my family, so that means I have just over 2 months to enjoy Minneapolis and the close proximity of friends and family to the fullest!
If you found out you were moving in 2 months, what experiences would make your bullet list?