:: 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)

vrijdag 7 januari 2005

I am absolutely zonked. I've been getting tired a lot faster than usual the past couple of days - guess it's a combination of jetlag, getting over a cold, and shoving my body back into an exercise rhythm it seems to have forgotten over the break. But pulling (swimming with a buoy between your legs, using only your arms for forward motion) felt really good tonight - I got through the rough point, when your shoulders start to burn, and got my second wind and must have done over 1000m of it. Strange that R has such a developed upper body and yet still prefers to kick rather than pull, whereas my strength is in my legs and yet I prefer to pull. Weird.

Anyway, I love H, our new roommate; we ended up having a long conversation this afternoon after I helped her figure out the washing machines. I also met S, the new Dutch teacher; I was still on campus during 8th period so I dropped by at the end just to say hi. I introduced myself and said I had just been curious to see who was teaching this semester. She thought I was Dutch - couldn't believe it when I said I wasn't. It was nice to hear that, since I've been sort of 'fighting' with my accent lately... that's always the first thing to go if I don't speak for a while. But apparently I've got a handle on it again now. Anyway, she's really sweet (and speaks 'normal' ABN instead of M's weirdly-accented speech from last semester!) and immediately asked for my e-mail address and told me it would be great if I would come to class whenever I could. She's got the usual problem of having several different levels in the class, plus they're all apparently pretty shy and reluctant to speak up, so she's trying to recruit every Dutch speaker she knows to put in an appearance.

Further notes from today:

Language and Dialect, the class I was unsure about, is turning out to be really interesting. I really lucked out with teachers this semester; they're all awesome!

After consultations with 4 different Spanish teachers, I'm trying to audit SPN 2240 instead of 2201, but I'm having trouble getting ahold of the teacher. I may just have to go to the class on Monday and hope for the best.

M, a fellow linguistics major and swimmer, just grabbed a free space in my Aerobic Swimming class! Yay!

Two of my textbooks, including one that I need ASAP, are apparently nowhere to be found in Gainesville. I almost died from all the walking today. Next stop: Amazon.com...

I'm going home tomorrow to do mega-laundry from my trip. See you Sunday night.

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