:: eye of the storm ::

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A 27-year-old PA student who wants to visit all seven continents, write a book, work at a pediatric clinic in Africa, and basically meet as many of the world's challenges as possible.

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(already accomplished)

Become a PA

Visit all 7 continents

Take a SwimTrek trip

Bike through Western Europe

Raft the Grand Canyon

Improve my Spanish proficiency

Go on safari in Africa

Trace my roots at Ellis Island

Vacation in Hawaii

Work on a hospital ship in a Third World country

Celebrate New Year's in Times Square

Visit all 50 states (29 to go: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, RI, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, WI, WY)

See the ruins at Pompeii

Swim in Capri's Blue Grotto

Tour Mt. Vesuvius

Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain

Tour the Colosseum

Visit the D-Day beaches

See the Mona Lisa

Visit the palace at Versailles

See the Acropolis and Parthenon

See the Egyptian pyramids

Hike the Inca Trail

Walk El Camino Santiago

Take an Alaskan cruise

View the Taj Mahal at sunrise

Hike Table Mountain in South Africa

Climb through the Amazon canopy

Walk at least part of the Great Wall of China

Get laser hair removal

Learn to surf, ski, and snowboard

Learn to drive a stick-shift

Learn to play the piano

Go on a tropical cruise

Ride horseback on the beach

Ride in a hot air balloon

Get tickets to the Olympics

Go to adult Space Camp

Witness a shuttle launch from up close

Build a full-sized snowman

Sew a quilt out of my old race T-shirts

Update and continue my Life Scrapbook

Become the oldest person to ever do the River Run

Live to be a happy, healthy 100 years old - at least!

(unlikely dreams)

donderdag 3 juni 2004

I saw Harry Potter last night! It was pretty good; the new Dumbledore (Sir Michael Gambon) looks strikingly like Richard Harris. Those who just watch the movies for fun (Martin) and aren't detail-obsessed freaks (*cough*me*cough*) probably wouldn't even notice a difference. The movie itself was good; there's a new director as well, the guy from Y tu mamá también, but the feared drop in quality isn't really present. Ann-Christin and Pip and I noticed a bit of difference - the first half of the movie felt a bit 'jerky', as if the director had had a laundry list of events that he wanted to include and just went down the list - but the second half flowed better and tied up most of the loose ends.

(And here I go with the stuff that no one but the real fans will get...) I say most of the loose ends, because Pettigrew escaped and we weren't told what happened to him. I can't remember myself, actually, because I haven't read the book in so long, but I'm sure that was wrapped up in some way. JK Rowling doesn't often leave us hanging. Also, the movie failed to mention the alliance between Remus (Moony), Pettigrew (Wormtail), Sirius (Padfoot), and Harry's father (Prongs). They were all Animagi (could turn into animals), and their nicknames come from the animals they became. The map with those nicknames on it is present, but the identities of the makers are never explained, nor is the fact that Harry conjures a Patronus in the shape of a stag. We see it, but we're never told that that was because the Stag was his father's Animagi identity. We're also never told that the reason the tunnel leads to the Shrieking Shack is because they used to lock Remus there when he turned into a werewolf, so he couldn't hurt anyone. Anyway, bottom line: there is SO much information in those books that of course certain things have to be left out... but I think Chris Columbus, the director of the first two movies, did a better job of choosing what he should leave out and what needed to be included.

P.S. Did Hermione punch Malfoy in the book? Because in the movie, she does, and he runs away from her. That is totally NOT in his character.

Anyway, moving on. I have a new necklace :) a present from Martin, and I also bought a new backpack. Mom, stop groaning - listen. I've been seeing all these ads at the train stations for a new anti-theft backpack from Samsonite, so I went to check it out, because remember how that digital camera got stolen in December, right out of my front pocket? I wanted to at least see if this thing was 'worth its salt'. Well, it was - there's one (flat) pocket with the zipper against your back, so no one can open it, and the other one opens like a normal backpack but then turns around the side of the pack and hides under a Velcro flap, so no one can open that either. Plus there are pen slots and a key fob and a CD pocket and a headphone cord hole and stuff, plus a cell phone pocket on the shoulder strap. Samsonite is a good (read: expensive) brand, so I didn't really consider buying it, but it turned out that they only had two left and they were on sale for only 40 euro. So I bought it, in light blue. I'll definitely use it in Paris, among other things.

And Martin checked his schedule, and he IS free for the Marco concert, and even has a late shift the day after - perfect! So he can go, and I get 60 euro :) haha... both good things! ;)

4 - see Marrit, class 15-17u
5 - go to Eindhoven for the day, then go to Emmen
6 - Emmen (barbecue!)
7 - maybe go with M to physiotherapy (his therapist is American), then go to class
8 - last day of classes!
9 - MARCO BORSATO!!! with Linde, Alette, and Martin (poor guy, surrounded by chicks all day)
10 - train to Paris
11 - Paris; pick Faith up in the morning, shopping, then bike tour of the city at night
12 - Paris; maybe going to Monet's garden
13 - leave Paris
14 - Wim's last lesson
15 - go to Emmen
16 - Emmen
17 - Emmen
18 - beach with Linde
19 - Emmen
20 - Emmen
21 - going home!

Oh, and everybody send get-well wishes to Liselotte - she fell down the stairs a couple of days ago and has numerous bruises and aches (even went to the hospital), so click on the link to her site on the right-hand side and leave a message in the guestbook! :)

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