:: eye of the storm ::

About Me

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 11 april 2005

I'll post about Friday's hypnotist show when I get a chance - yes, I went to a hypnotist show, and yes, I got to be a volunteer. But for the moment, I'm busy tussling with my printer, trying to get it to spit out 35 copies of a project (it decided 19 was good enough), so these random survey answers will have to do for now. My sister has posted about eight million surveys on her website, which always tempts me, but rather than bore you with all of them, I picked and chose questions. (Largely because I’m sick of questions about music - I like almost all genres and never listen to anything but my iPod's shuffle feature - and that always cuts out about half the content right there.)

General Stats:

-Alias: Jess
-Age: 21
-Birthday/Sign: 30 Jan 1984 (Aquarius)
-Location: My bedroom in my apartment in Gainesville
-Mother and Father's Name: Claudia and Bill
-Siblings Names (if any): Catie (from whom I stole these surveys)
-Height: 5'5"
-Physical Description: Short brown hair, greenish eyes, muscular
-Mental Description: Oh dear... dare I?
-Current Mood: Hungry
-Mood 24 Hours Ago: Busy

Computer Statistics:

-Age of Your Computer: Seems ancient, but it’s only 2 years old.
-Computer Type: Compaq Presario laptop
-Software Type: Windows XP
-Most Used Word Program: Microsoft Word
-Favorite Livejournal Client: Blogger! Blogger! BLOGGER!
-Favorite File Type: .jpg or .mp3
-Internet Browser of Choice: Internet Explorer
-Messaging Program of Choice: MSN Messenger
-E-Mail Program of Choice: Gmail!!!
-Downloading Program of Choice: Kazaa Lite


-How is your self-esteem?: Really high, if I do say so myself. :)
-Bad traits you have: I can be impulsive and overzealous in setting goals for myself. I'm also so used to getting things without working very hard that I sometimes procrastinate or let things slide.
-Good traits you have: I’m friendly, very intelligent, mentally and physically strong, yet pretty easygoing.
-Worst habit(s): checking my e-mail a million times a day
-Addictions: swimming, my iPod, blogging, Discovery Health channel
-What trends annoy you most?: Heavy makeup, hair straightening, going out and getting drunk with a cross around your neck
-What are your pet peeves?: people who (a) have no desire to learn, (b) insist upon being right 100% of the time, or (c) sit around and joke about how unhealthy they are instead of doing something about it.
-Strange things you like: packing suitcases/bags, eating raw bell peppers
-Common things you like: swimming, chocolate, rainstorms

Read the following list of desired characteristics in a mate. Rank each one from 1 (highest) to 18 (lowest). Arrange them or number them in what order you feel is greatest priority.

1) Mutual attraction (love)
2) Pleasing disposition
3) Dependable character (you can rely on him/her)
4) Education and Intelligence
5) Similar political background
6) Similar religious background
7) Emotional stability and maturity
8) Good health
9) Good looks
10) Desire for home and children
11) Ambition and industriousness
12) Refinement, neatness
13) Sociability
14) Similar education (same field)
15) Good financial prospect
16) Good cook and housekeeper
17) Chastity (no prior sexual intercourse)
18) Favorable social status or rating

(Wow, Catie and I were DRASTICALLY different on those.)


3 names you go by: Jessica, Jessie, Jess
3 screen names you've had: Starz0001, Shoelace66, ShaniaTwainFan1
3 things you like about yourself: intelligence, athleticism, confidence
3 things you don't like about yourself: bum heel, big chest, inability to cook
3 parts of your heritage: German, English, Welsh
3 things that scare you: drowning, stinging bugs, growing old
3 of your everyday essentials: earrings, sport watch, bathing suit
3 things you are wearing right now: tank top, short shorts, sneakers
3 new things you want to try in the next 12 months: swimming around Key West, getting a breast reduction, and learning German, Arabic, and Swahili
3 things you want in a relationship (love is a given): best-friendship, spontaneity/fun, total honesty/trust
3 physical things about the opposite sex that appeal to you: tall, broad, good skin
3 things you just can't do: roll my tongue, do a handspring, eat just one piece of chocolate
3 of your favorite hobbies: swimming, reading, playing basketball
3 things you want to do really badly right now: finish my book, eat at Moe's, go to swim practice
3 careers you're considering: language specialist for U.S. Intelligence, author, interpreter
3 places you want to go on vacation: Africa, Australia, Spain
3 kids names: Anna, Lucy, Elizabeth
3 things you want to do before you die: travel Africa, swim the English Channel, have children

Short questions:

Do you pay any attention to the clothes that others wear? Generally no.
What color are your pajamas? A green ARMY shirt and red plaid shorts
Do you like whipped cream on your hot chocolate? Yes! And sprinkles, and marshmallows...
Do you enjoy pie? What kind? Key Lime all the way!
Are you tempted to tell gross stories at the dinner table? I’ve sure had good training from Dad.
If you could make new episodes of any TV show ever, what show would you pick? I Love Lucy! Funniest show ever made.
What's your favorite candle scent? Bath & Body Works Pumpkin (burning right now!)
What snacks do you purchase when you're going to see a movie at the theater? Usually none, but occasionally SnoCaps.
Would you say there is almost ALWAYS a jar of pickles in your fridge? Due to Renate’s pickle (and carrot, and celery...) fetish, yes.
How often do you make your bed? Only when I’m at my Jacksonville house.
How often do you eat fast food? Hardly ever, although I did indulge in Little Hall hash browns yesterday after swimming.
Do you drink milk from the bowl after eating cereal or drink the broth after eating Ramen? Neither. Salty water and funky-flavored milk... ugh.
What do you do when people ask you for change on the street? Tell them I haven’t got any. I turn down those flyer-passer-outers too. The Netherlands desensitized me to all that.
How do you feel about Bush being re-elected? I could write a book… and it would all consist of #^&$*(*%)(%I_#*^@&%#!!!!!!!!!!

Loaded questions:

If an acquaintance were to tell you that something about your personality really bothered them would you care? Why or why not?
No; they don’t know me, and chances are they’re just jealous of the confidence they sense. In my experience, sometimes others can’t handle strong, confident people; they have to ‘level the playing field’ by finding things to pick on.

What if the person were a close friend?
Yes; I can’t say I’d immediately ‘reform’, but I’d sure remember in perfect clarity what had been said. Someone once said we immediately believe and remember all the bad things about ourselves, but have difficulty accepting the good, and it’s true.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
I only consider something an accomplishment if I have to work for it, and as conceited as it sounds, most things I’ve encountered so far in life (academics, sports, jobs, people skills) come pretty easily to me. But my sister’s answer, ‘surviving Stanton IB’, might qualify, and surviving a broken heart alone in a (then) completely unfamiliar country, getting the IB Diploma, writing my 4,000-word Extended Essay in Spanish and getting a perfect score... and, not to sound like a war veteran, but: getting a ‘normal’ walk back after all the medical problems I’ve had with my heel. That took more work and pain and awareness of myself than other people realize. Swimming around Key West in June may be next on the Accomplishment List.

What was the nicest thing someone has ever told you?
I don't know. It depends who said it, whatever it is; compliments generally mean more from certain people than others. When someone I truly like and admire (e.g. Leah, or my Language and Dialect professor, or Aunts P or S, or Abby, or even Renate) tells me something nice, it makes me feel great, whereas others often roll off my back. But aside from superficial ones (“Your hair looks nice,” “I like that swimsuit,” etc.) I haven’t gotten a really memorable compliment in a while.

Do you have any unusual markings (birthmarks, scars, etc.) on your body?
Oh, geez, all kinds of scars – I was a rough-and-tumble kid who grew up to play a lot of sports – you do the math. And I have a very light birthmark on my neck, but most people don’t notice it, or if they do, they just think my neck is dirty.

Do you ever take your anger out on the wrong person?
No. I’ll vent to other people sometimes, but if I’m angry at one specific person (which doesn’t happen often), I usually say it right when it happens, "You know, that really makes me angry, because..." That straightforwardness usually works; I also get a different tone of voice when I’m angry or serious which I don’t use any other time, and people notice!

How comfortable are you with disorder - do you need everything neat and tidy, or do you thrive on clutter?
I try to keep my possessions to a minimum; I don’t like clutter at all. That sounds good in theory, but the problem is, I sometimes pitch things out too soon. When I was in elementary school, Mom caught me trying to throw out a bunch of valuable old coins. She goes through my trash all the time now. :)

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