:: 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)

maandag 13 september 2004

Normal day... got up at seven to be at the pool at 8.30, swam - worked on push-offs and freestyle arms - then used the free time before my next class to browse around the Reitz store with all the Gator gear. Didn't buy anything, but saw a couple of shirts I'd like when my money gets here. Then had LIN 3201 (homework was postponed until Wednesday!), then TESL, then anthropology, then came back home. Chatted with Martin via webcam and Skype (new software which works just like a telephone, only free), then went to Old Navy and Publix. Found a sale on the Old Navy long-sleeved stretch shirts I love so much - $11 a pop - and so bought three. Figured that would be a good way to wind up Mom's and my shopping spree this weekend, consisting of three bras, a jacket, seven shirts, and three pairs of pants. (Hey Mom, know which shirt we forgot which will go well with those American Eagle pants? The magenta stretch one!)

Then went to Publix, which finally had milk again, and, along with the usual salad and meringue cookies and SmartOnes dinners, bought a box of strawberries. That's one fruit which I can choke down as long as there's sugar or whipped cream or something alongside it, so I had that for dessert tonight. And then I came upstairs and sat down in front of the computer, and that's my day in a nutshell.

Oh. Or not. Did I mention that I rode my BIKE to Publix - a round-trip distance of about six miles - after having swum 500 yards this morning and 1000 last night with Natasa? Well, I did. That wasn't really the problem, but when you combine BIKING UPHILL with POURING RAIN with TOO MANY BAGS TO FIT IN JESS'S BACKPACK, then I start to get a little cranky. And then when a car comes by and splashes a wave of water all over me, then I really get angry. I hope they didn't hear what I shouted at them. (But I was rather proud of my spur-of-the-moment system of using my bike lock to lock my extra bags to the handle of my backpack. It was impossible to bike with them on the handlebars. Only, a gallon of milk was in that backpack, too. So my shoulders were dying. I need a massage.)

Oh well... at least I got to use my raincoat. :)

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