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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 29 november 2004

I posted this some time ago - while I was still in the Netherlands - and I saw yesterday that my sister has made a similar list. Anyway, so I dug mine out, and here it is - largely the same, but with a few changes.

100 Things About Me

1. I am an Aquarius, and my birthday is the anniversary of the date that Hitler came to power
2. I don’t smoke, never have, and never plan to start
3. I had a bone deformity in my heel when I was 13 that is usually only seen in middle-aged women
4. My major is linguistics, and I especially love studying the syntactical makeup of languages
5. I am a lifeguard and a very good swimmer
6. But my biggest fear in the world is drowning (or dying in any way in which I can’t breathe)
7. Headgear, braces, rubber bands, and retainers gave me the beautiful smile I have today
8. If given the choice, I will always choose to SMS or e-mail rather than call
9. I love everything written by Jean Auel and Dan Brown
10. I have worked with children for ten years, including four years in the newborn nursery at a hospital
11. I spontaneously learned to read when I was three, without anyone teaching me
12. And now I read really fast
13. When I have children one day, I really want twins
14. My thumbs are very oddly-shaped and look rather like toes
15. I have one sister, three years younger than I, but we do not look one bit alike
16. I lived my entire childhood (0-18 years) in the same house in Jacksonville, Florida
17. I am usually the first one to finish tests of any kind
18. I lived in the Netherlands for a year, in Utrecht, in a building that was once a nursing home
19. And so now, of all the languages I could have learned, I speak Dutch
19. I am chronically the last one to see movies
20. I love to re-read young adult novels
21. Especially ones about, as my mother calls it, ‘death and dying’
22. I don't care for fruit, except for strawberries and orange juice
23. I am a very good bag packer and am often asked to pack suitcases, etc. for others
24. I am a National Merit Scholar and thus have a full college scholarship
25. Yet I sometimes have shockingly little common sense
26. I love making lists and would die without my agenda
27. I have my ears pierced twice, and I always wear earrings
28. Old Navy is my absolute favorite clothing store
29. I attended the same summer camp for eight years, as both camper and counselor
30. I am constantly amazed at how talented my friends are
31. I spend way too much time in front of the computer
32. I love backpacks, purses, suitcases, and anything with lots of zippers and pockets
33. I cannot believe that I am getting older
34. I have a gray metallic Volkswagen New Beetle
35. I love roller coasters
36. I finally enjoy my mom's company ;)
37. I took horseback riding lessons for seven years
38. I am afraid that I won’t be able to raise my kids, when I finally have some, as well as my parents raised me
39. No one has ever given me flowers
40. I still love getting letters via snail mail
41. Every serious boyfriend I have ever had has been Dutch
42. I admit that I saw Titanic five times in the theater
43. We had a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy for three years when I was 14
44. It really annoys me when computers do not perform at lightning speed
45. I love photography
46. I take a multivitamin every day
47. Baseball is the one sport that I absolutely cannot play
48. But I am otherwise very coordinated and athletic
49. My favorite musical artist is Marco Borsato
50. I cannot stand clutter and am constantly trying to have as few possessions as possible
51. Shania Twain invited me onstage on 3 dec 1999
52. I really hate the smell of cigarette smoke
53. I am a fan of the Dutch soap opera Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden
54. I cannot roll my tongue
55. I am terrified of bees and wasps
56. When I feel like investing in quality, I love products from The North Face
57. I need lots of hugs
58. I want a profession involving languages, medicine, traveling, and children, but so far I have not found one.
59. My all-time favorite TV show is ER
60. I am an atheist
61. I think French fries with mayonnaise are delicious
62. I have big feet for my height (5'4.5" and size 10)
63. I had LASIK surgery on 11 nov 2004 to correct my -4.50 and -7.50 eyes; I now see perfectly without contacts
64. I almost never wear makeup, except for lip balm, but I love perfume
65. I love soft, form-fitting clothes
66. I have a very poor sense of smell
67. I have never been ‘totally wasted drunk’
68. I am completely spoiled by the Florida sunshine
69. I use Rosemary Mint shampoo
70. I kept a diary faithfully from age six through thirteen.
71. I try to eat healthy, but I still have a weakness for Ben & Jerry's ice cream
72. My hazel eyes look brown, but in the light, you can see that they’re really quite green
73. I really like the movie Armageddon
74. I sometimes feel awkward in social situations
75. When it comes to school, I can be a real perfectionist
76. I adore just having ‘silly’ moments with people, when you laugh and laugh without even knowing why
77. I love seafood, especially shrimp
78. I am not as terrified of death as most people seem to be
79. I always wear TYR competition swimsuits
80. I'd like to go to Africa
81. I did the IB (International Baccalaureate) program at the high school ranked #1 in America
82. I absolutely love macaroni and cheese
83. I value openness and directness above almost all else
84. I have 15 cousins, give or take a few
85. When there's nothing on TV, I will happily watch the Disney Channel
86. I am sick of people discriminating against each other
87. I would kill to go into space one day
88. Writing has always been a way for me to sort out what I’m really feeling
89. I hate anything grape-flavored
90. 6 is my lucky number because I won a spelling bee with it when I was ten
91. I have extremely short hair, which, strangely, old ladies always love
92. I can do some pretty cool dives from a diving board
93. My iPod is constantly plugged into my ears when I walk around campus
94. I hate nightgowns but love pajamas
95. I am a night owl, yet not a big fan of going out and partying
96. I did not learn to do the butterfly stroke correctly until my third year of college, yet it is now my favorite of the four
97. Most of my friends are Dutch and live in the Netherlands
98. I am not judgmental about most things
99. But the thing that I hate most in the world is when people treat me like I’m helpless and naïve
100. I love candlelight

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