As you’re probably well aware, my Life List is kind of weak. I don’t have any grand travel plans or desires to exercise for five hours in a row or implement some system by which I change the future of the human race for the better. I’m a pragmatist and, as unromantic as this sounds, I work better with straightforward to-do lists than pie-in-the-sky bucket lists. That sort of lofty-goal setting isn’t really my bag. Hey, we can’t all hang glide off the Sphinx’s noggin into a vat of Jell-o.
That said, one thing I’ve always wanted to do is swing from a trapeze, and when I say “always” I mean since the time I saw my first holiday special of Circus of the Stars. Remember that? Every time it would air, I’d be on the edge of my seat in anticipation of the trapeze routine. It was always the most death-defying, as well as the most visually stunning, by which I mean bedazzled spandex catsuits and giant 80s hair. Of course, they only ever let the most glamorous B-listers participate: Jennie Garth and Mario Lopez! Nicole Eggert! Todd Bridges!
I WANTED TO BE TODD BRIDGES.
A while back I was contacted by Cloud 9 Living, who said they wanted to send me on one of their experience trips in exchange for writing about it on this here blog (and helping promote their 9 Days of Living contest, which you should go enter right now because they start giving away prizes on December 16!). My contact told me to find three experiences that appealed to me and then she’d choose one of them to send me on. I went with: (1) a romantic champagne brunch cruise for two around the bay, (2) indoor skydiving (because I can do (almost) anything for two minutes), and (3) a one-hour trapeze lesson, which was terrifying to even type out because I just knew that’s the one they were going to pick. And they did. So now I have to actually, uh, DO IT. Eep.
We haven’t been able to book a session before the end of the year, so I don’t yet have a real review of the experience itself, but what I can say is that I’m as jazzed as I am nervous, and that’s even after Simon told me a lovely story at dinner tonight about how a former colleague once missed six weeks of work because she was trapezeing without a harness and fell into the net and each leg went through a separate hole and she dislocated both her hips, like, POP, balls clean out of sockets, and she showed him the x-ray, which was later written up in a medical journal. He told me this (whyyyyyy?) and yet…I’m excited! Still! TODD BRIDGES!
So go enter the contest, and while you’re there, check out all the fun the packages offered by Cloud 9. I’m a big fan of experience gifts in general (I sang their praises on Style Lush
recently last year), and I especially love them when it comes time to buy gifts for those annoying yet beloved have everything/need nothing/hate “stuff” people. I love these as group gifts for a family or a couple, and I love them as from-a-group gifts, like if a bunch of you want to pitch in to get a girlfriend a deluxe spa day for her birthday, or you and your siblings want to buy your parents a gourmet night on the town or, say, two spots in a three-day bull-riding school. Whatever.
There are a bunch of great options–maybe too many if you’re indecisive–so what if you can’t choose? They have gift certificates. In denominations from $50 to $1,000,000. Yes, ONE MILLION DOLLARS. (I wonder if that’s verified through PayPal…)
And procrastinators rejoice: there’s no expiration dates, and there’s also a generous return and exchange policy. Satisfaction is pretty much guaranteed so long as you always remember to WEAR YOUR TRAPEZE HARNESS. Which I will. In fact, I think I’ll go put one on now, just to be safe.