What’s on Your Bucket List?

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D.C. The White House
The front of the White House at night.

I don’t have a formal bucket list written anywhere, but there are definitely some things I want to do, and with each passing year, I think of more. A few of the items are to attend a masquerade ball, ride the Orient Express, and attend the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square in New York. Last year at this time, I crossed one item off my list: attending the Fourth of July Celebration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

I received my undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, which of course is in Washington, but I was never there during the summer so I wasn’t able to attend the celebration. I’m ashamed to say we also lived in the D.C. area for more than ten years, but didn’t manage to make it downtown on the fourth for one reason or another. So last summer, I finally talked the family into going.

D.C. Fireworks
Fireworks behind the Washington Monument (it looks a bit wonky because it’s covered in scaffolding).


We had a wonderful time exploring the city and watching the fireworks. If you’ve never been there, I highly recommend exploring the National Mall at night. The monuments are amazing.

This spring I was able to cross off another item on my list: becoming a published author. Now all I need to do is make the New York Times bestseller list.

So what’s on your bucket list? Have you crossed anything off yet?

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VICTORIA VANE is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance with works ranging from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her books have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. She lives the beautiful upstate of South Carolina with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.

16 Responses

  1. Sandra Owens

    You’re right, Ally, D.C. is a great place to visit. At the top of my bucket list is a trip to England, Scotland and Ireland. Gonna make it happen one day!

    • allybroadfield

      Great choices, Sandra! I visited Ireland when I was fifteen (and brought back a horse), but I’d love to go again.

  2. ki pha

    You will make it to those dream locations one day Sandra! I thought I’ll never be able to visit England but it’s going to happen this September!!! So, you will never know! And DC is somewhere on my list, like somewhere towards the bottom but I hope to visit one day along with many other places within the states.

    • allybroadfield

      Have a wonderful trip, Ki! I tagged along on my husband’s three-day business trip to London, but it wasn’t nearly enough time.

  3. hollybushbooks

    Sandra! You’ve copied my bucket list! Great post Ally. We like to go to DC but have never done the monuments at night. You may have inspired me!

    • allybroadfield

      There’s something sort of magical about them at night. I highly recommend it! 🙂

  4. ellaquinnauthor

    I interned in DC and we all went to the fireworks at the Capital. We liked it so much we did it two years in a row! My bucket list mostly includes sailing to places, some I’ve seen from land and others I’ve never visited.

    • allybroadfield

      Best of luck with your sailing adventures, Ella! I’m quite jealous (though I don’t think I could live on a sailboat with three kids and five dogs).

  5. Barbara Monajem

    i don’t have a bucket list apart from learning to knit socks.

    • allybroadfield

      Barbara, I’ve given up on ever being good at anything crafty, but good luck with the socks. I can crochet in a straight line, but that’s about it.

  6. Victoria Vane

    I crossed off two of mine last year. I always wanted to see Montana and visit some of the national parks. I did both last year. Spent three weeks in Montana and two days by myself exploring Yellowstone. It was fabulous! I

    • allybroadfield

      Excellent, Victoria! I have several national parks on my list as well. I’ve only been to two so far.

  7. Collette Cameron

    I keep adding things to my bucket list as fast as I cross others off! Visiting Scotland is at the top and I get to do that next summer.

    • allybroadfield

      I think that’s why I don’t keep a formal list, Collette. It would be too daunting to see how long the list really is! Have a fabulous trip to Scotland!