:: 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)

zondag 20 februari 2005

Well, we're back! That was a lot of time to spend in a car, but we had a lot of fun - the girls got 3rd place overall (out of 10) and every single team member made finals in at least one event. So we made a pretty good first showing and had a great time to boot. My personal times weren't all that great - 34.9 for the 50 free and 2:54 for the 200 free - but I know that I'm capable of better than that. I wasn't warmed up well before I swam the 200 and so ended up dropping back into a more manageable pace (it was either that or quit in the middle), plus I was pretty nervous. But I did consistently a little bit better with each event (I swam five), so now I know that I'm just one of those people who needs a really long warm-up. And it was great to watch some of the others do so well - one of the boys broke a pool record and one of the girls made finals in six different events! I stand by the fact that I don't like the whole 'time' concept, but it's a really fun atmosphere to be in nonetheless. Last night after the meet wasn't so much fun - we were trying to get Louisiana-style food and ended up getting a late start, getting lost, walking a really, really long way in the freezing cold, and then not being able to find a restaurant which would take 14 people at midnight (when most things closed). So a lot of us ended up griping and sniping at each other. Anyway, we split up - seven of us went to this restaurant on Decatur called Angeli's (the others went to Bourbon Street) and had AWESOME food. I could have lived on that pasta salad! Then three of us (me included) went back to the hotel (and fell asleep within seconds), while the others stayed out until four or so. Then we drove back this morning, and the rest is history.

Now it's time to go take a shower, cram for tomorrow's exam, and SLEEP. For a very long time.

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