:: 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)

donderdag 17 februari 2005

Tapering rocks... we only swam 2000 yards today; it was over so fast!...

Well, tomorrow's the big day - we leave for Tulane at six in the evening. I'm swimming two freestyle relays (a leg of the 200 and a leg of the 400), a 50 free, and a 200 free, which I'm kind of worried about. Those of you who've been reading for a while will remember that I swam a 200-yard swim test in 3:06 in January while I wasn't even trying hard, so in theory I should be able to get a (by my standards) decent time... and the Tulane pool is short course (25 yards) like in the O-Dome, so it should be fine. Plus I have my new (GORGEOUS!) competition suit, which fits a lot tighter (the one I had on today was noticeably slowing me down, it was that big) but we haven't been able to practice in the O-Dome all week and so I'm freaking out a little, because, as I've mentioned, times in the Florida Pool suck beyond belief. I'm not sure if it's the temperature, the currents caused by the vents, the wide, wave-ridden lanes, the wind, or what. Anyway, it's not that big a deal - this is actually the team's first official meet, so nobody expects us to charge in there and blow everyone else out of the water (pun intended) or anything, but I just really want to do well. My goals are: under 2:45 for the 200 free and under :34 for the 50 free. I don't really care about the relays. Anyway, we shall see. And if I suck, well, we're going out on Saturday night, so we can erase all the bad memories. ;)

What with all the money I've had to give out for this ($57 for the suit, $25 for registration/van rental/gas, then who knows how much for food and clubbing) plus the registration for Swim Around Key West ($65), I've been getting kind of worried about the state of my bank account... but I remembered today (while on the toilet, of all places) that I haven't been paid for Super Bowl weekend yet! So - no worries! Gotta love that unexpected money you didn't know you had coming...

Hanna and her posse are arranging a barbecue tonight, which is awesome, because I've been craving a cheeseburger all day. I resisted the ones in Little Express (where I get my smoothies, muffins, and gummy worms :)) this morning, but couldn't quite get the thought out of my mind... then came home to a hot-pink sticky note on my door inviting me to a barbecue, so that was great timing. :) I can eat basically anything I want until Saturday (go, carbo-loading!) so I plan to enjoy it!

Not so much other news... just that I have a million things to do... research the GRE, buy new shoes, get a new driver's license (with no annoying 'under 21' bar!), figure out which other swims I'm doing this summer and pay the fees for them, finish a paper that L assigned us at the last minute as a cop-out (she didn't feel like teaching, so gave us a two-page paper), study and write down note pages for my Language and Culture test on Monday, try to translate a few lines of the 'Sower and the Seed' parable from Old English, do my academic advising form for Utrecht... the list goes on.

But first... a cheeseburger. :)

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