:: 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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Life List

(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 5 augustus 2004

Why are you always hungry after going to the dentist, when you know perfectly well you're not allowed to eat for half an hour after fluoride treatments? Oh well. At least my teeth are clean. I'm going back on Wednesday to get a couple of sealants redone (they keep falling off) and to (finally) get the chip in my front tooth fixed. I don't care all that much about it, but my dentist and orthodontist are both perfectionists, and it will be kind of cool to see what I look like with a normal tooth. I chipped it so long ago (on a windowsill during a sleepover) that I don't really remember not having it.

And I went to the bank, too, and deposited my check for the summer - after taxes, slightly more than a thousand dollars. Sounds okay, until you think about the fact that I'm going to blow two to three hundred this weekend alone ($50 for each park in Orlando, plus hotel, gas, and food) and that I pay $300 each month in car payments. Oh well, I start my job in Gainesville soon. Looking forward to that!

And while we're on the topic of money, I just checked and T-Mobile is finally done taking cell phone payments out of my Dutch account. I am left with a grand total of E63.40, or about $75. Not too bad; about what I'd hoped. I had to gamble on the amount to leave over there, and it looks like I did a good job.

Am I the only one who did not know that the blond girl in Bend It Like Beckham is Keira Knightly? I love her, but I didn't recognize her with short blond hair. My sister's watching the movie, and I can hear the music all the way from my bedroom. That movie's got the best soundtrack.

Speaking of good songs, here are my 'camp songs' from the summer. There are always certain songs that remind me of camp (for instance, the fast version of "Heaven" will always and forever remind me of the 2002 drive home, with three other counselors AND their luggage jam-packed into my Beetle); these are the 2004 ones:

"Don't Leave Home" by Dido
"Seasons of Love" from Rent (popularly called "525,600 minutes")
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler
"Airwave" ('Breathing' remix) by Rank 1

Okay, I suppose I should start compressing digital photos to e-mail out to my campers. Whenever I see a cute shot and try to go for it, I get barraged with, "No, wait, let me get MY camera!" "Ooh, me too!" "Can you get mine for me?" "Can you take one with mine?" and on and on and on. So I finally started saying, "No, just let me take this one with my digital and then I'll mail it to all of you." That settles the swarm of camera-hunting girls, who by that point have ruined the shot anyway, whatever it was.

I like this layout more every time I look at it. Is it egocentrical to open up your own page a few times a day, just to admire it? :)

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