:: 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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(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)

zondag 16 januari 2005

Well, I've almost survived the whole house-sitting thing. I didn't sleep there last night because I was here at F's double birthday party (with another guy from the complex), so that was nice, but it meant I had to get up at six (after having gone to bed at 1.30) and go over there to feed the dogs. I feel kind of bad that I'm not exactly 'staying in the house', but it's not like someone's there all day anyway - the husband travels during the week, the baby of course goes to 'my' day care, and the wife has a full-time job too. When I think of it that way, I don't feel so bad. Still, I may try to sleep there again tonight, just to make myself feel like I sort of did something. (Hey, and I could wash my clothes for free!) I'm tired enough; sleep ought to come, regardless of all the unfamiliar noises.

The party was fun, though; it got started around eight, but R and I were lounging around the living room watching a Disney Channel movie (and reveling in the fact that we'd each found someone else who likes that channel. "That's not Brittany Murphy, is it?" "No - it's that girl from Phil of the Future." "Oh yeah, her." "...That's so cool that you know what I'm talking about!") so we didn't get there till ten or so. The vast majority of the people there were German students studying pharmacy, so R and I grabbed an Indian guy and a couple of American girls we met and made a 'non-German non-pharmaceutical' area. It was weird, because when we stood in the kitchen, it felt just like our own apartment (they're all laid out the same), but then when you turned around, all the furniture was in different places. Anyway, R and I pretty much just clung to each other all night (literally and figuratively... walking got somewhat more challenging later!) but we had a lot of fun. Most of the students in this complex are grad or Ph.D students, and so they have pretty flexible, free schedules. But both of us are so busy - R with massage school, coaching, and working out, me with a 19-credit undergrad schedule, a job, and swimming - that we not only don't get the chance to meet that many people from here, but we don't have a lot of time to hang out with each other, either - just when we plop down in the living room at night. So this was fun.

And apparently F had fun too, because she is still sleeping. Anyone want to place a bet on a wake-up time? :)

Anyway, Apollo 13 is on TV, so I'm going downstairs now. Oh, I love beginning-of-the-semester weekends with no homework obligations! :)

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