My List

This is a list of random things that I want to do before I’m too old to do them.

Write a book.  I’ve already started one actually.  Perhaps I should change this to, “Finish writing a book” :)

Build an igloo.  Like in Alaska or something with some Eskimos.  I don’t know why, just seems like a very cool and crazy unique experience.  How many people do you know that have built an igloo?!

And on that note, stay in an ice hotel. Like this one.

Attend all the tennis Grand Slams (I’ve been to the US Open many times).  And watch the finals of Wimbledon live.

Golf in Scotland and Ireland.

Give my dad the chance to play golf at Augusta National.  I don’t even need to be with him, though of course I’ll try, but this is something I want to be able to do for him.  It would blow his mind.  And so far it appears to be the hardest thing to accomplish on this list.

Try stand-up comedy.  I’m thinking 5 minutes at an open-mic.  And not because I think I’d be successful at it.  Oh no, I have no dreams of being successful at it.  It’s the thought of bombing spectacularly the way that every comedian says you do the first time out is something I want to experience.

Visit Seattle.  Never been and think I’d like that place. Done! In February 2014 I was able to go to Seattle…and THIS happened while I was there :)

Climb one of the big seven mountains, maybe Kilimanjaro.  Every time I read something like this, I can’t help but want to challenge myself like that.

Take each of my kids when they turn 12-ish on a rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Rafting, hiking, tents, cookouts…the whole nine yards. Haven’t figured out the best age yet, but basically as soon as they are physically ready.

  • Kim Martin Bannerman

    I can help you with the stand-up comic part, I know a guy.

    And, Seattle is amazing! My husband is looking at houses for us as I type this :)

  • Anonymous

    I think if you volunteer for a week during the Masters you are invited back a few weeks later to play the course.  So take a week off, blog about it and then come back and play the course.  And then find something new to add to the list.  :)

  • EnochElwell

    Just came across your blog. Like what you are sharing! Had to comment on the igloo thing. I grew up in NJ and every year we had a good snow I would pull together all the neighborhood kids and make huge igloos (we fit 12 people in one once). I miss igloo building and think about that every time it snows. Here’s the deal: I’m in Chattanooga, so if you get more than 6 inches of packing snow in ATL, hit me up and I’ll take a short road trip and we can make this one happen!

  • Jeff Hilimire

    Ha, that’s great, will do! I love Chattanooga, planning a trip with my daughters up there soon actually.

    I’d love to hear more about co.lab btw.

  • EnochElwell

    Would love for you to swing by when you’re in town! Let me know your plans and we could catch up briefly. We’ve got a kid friendly office, could even help them 3d print some things if you want. Email me at enoch at when you’ll be in town.