:: 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)

woensdag 20 juli 2005

The new Harry Potter book is awesome, but sooo sad; I cried. All you fellow HP fans who haven't yet finished reading: you will feel like you've been hit in the face.

Not much to talk about. I'm back at work again, killing time in between phone calls. I just called Travel Center on my boss's recommendation - he has a connection who might possibly be able to help me get a cheaper fare to the Netherlands - but I got an "all agents are busy at the moment" message, so now I'm waiting for my phone to ring.

This weekend was fun; Megan won the 100 fly for her age group (she's 12), and came something like 3rd in the 50 free. She made finals in the 200 IM and 100 free as well, but I didn't stick around for those because I had a 4 AM shift the next morning, so I'm not sure how she finished. Michael (9 y/o) didn't make finals in anything, but he just made his JO cuts a couple of weeks ago, so he was excited just to be there. They've both grown up so much; it's unbelievable.

As for my swimming, my shoulders are much better - I was able to swim without pain for a good 45 minutes yesterday - but then we had a set of 6 x (75 build, 10s rest, 50 sprint, 10s rest, 25 sprint, 30s rest), which totals out to 900 yards, and they started flaring up again around halfway through it. I finished the set, then took it easy for the rest of the time, but it's driving me absolutely bonkers. Why won't this crap clear up???

Grad school plans are on hold temporarily, because aside from retaking the GRE, I can't do anything else until the forms are posted in mid-August. My current projects: filling out and sending in the required UCU forms, finding a senior thesis topic, planning my October UK trip, and picking my next language. Whatever it is, I have to start learning it on my own, because when I get back to UF in the spring, all that will be available are Beginner 2 classes, not 1 (because those are in the fall). One professor has already told me I could do an independent study in Swahili with him, so I'm leaning toward maybe trying to pick up French or German - something I already have a bit of a basis in. I wanted to take one and/or both of those at UCU this fall, but they aren't available at the beginner level, so I guess I'm going to do Spanish again instead.

Guess that's all for now.

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