:: 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 17 januari 2005

So, it being MLK Day and all, there's no school. This is, on one hand, very nice - it meant that when I woke up at 6:00, stumbled downstairs, sleepily drove across down, fed four hyper animals (for the last time!), and came back, that I could go back to bed instead of putting on my swimsuit, shouldering my backpack, and sleepwalking off to school. Yes, those extra three hours in bed were very nice.

Now, however, it's nearly 13:00 and I am bored out of my skull. I even cleaned my room, if you can believe that - the bed is made (with freshly washed sheets, thanks to R and her O'Connell Center laundry room access!), my books - both novels and textbooks - are neatly organized, all those old magazines and coupons are thrown out, last semester's school papers are either tossed or stacked, my backpack, swim bag, and purse are all organized and filled with the appropriate items (they tend to switch around during the course of the week - everything migrates to the backpack), my iPod is charging and playing in its gorgeous speaker dock, all of my clothes are freshly washed, sorted, folded, and hung up - and, the crowning touch, I even burned my pumpkin-scented candle for a while, so the room smells nice.

Yes, I'm doing pretty well. However, the question is: what do I do now? I could go for a run, but (a) my thighs are still a bit sore from Saturday, and (b) swim practice doesn't stop for holidays, so I'll be going there tonight. I don't want to wear myself out before the week even gets started. Last week I swam great on Monday and Tuesday, but it got worse as the week went on, probably because I wasn't eating enough. Swimming burns 600 calories an hour (or so I've read), which means I'm burning about 1200 a day, yet I tend to forget that I therefore have to eat more than usual. (The online calculators say I need about 2500 calories per day, but during the week I usually don't even crack 2000.) Oh, well, I've made up for it this weekend - yesterday, R and I did absolutely nothing but eat (much more than usual, for both of us - probably due to Saturday night) and watch movies. I finally saw Spiderman II, and it was great! (We tried to go see Meet the Fockers, but it was sold out, so we made a Blockbuster run instead.)

Aha! Brainstorm! H just came in and asked if I had an extra quarter for the washing machine. So I checked my wallet and I didn't, but I did find... the $25 ladybug-shaped Target gift card I got as a Christmas present! So I think I'll head over that way and see what they have in the way of racerback tank tops and cheap Friends and/or Sex in the City season DVDs. Ooh, and there's an Old Navy in that strip, too. Hold me back...!

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