:: 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 31 augustus 2005

This - counting my mini-vacation to and from Florida for a week when I lived in Utrecht before - is my sixth time in the Netherlands. And every time, I make some lucky guesses and some poor judgments about what I'm going to need.

For example, the Fossil purse I finally decided on has turned out to be the perfect bag. It's the perfect color (black), size (a paperback book), and material (corduroy), and has an extraordinarily useful strap. It's made to function like a belt, with metallic-ringed holes, meaning I can clip my keys through the bottom one and easily flash my electronic key anywhere I need to. (It gets us into the dorms and academic buildings plus acts as 'payment' for meals.)

Other things I've been glad to have: packets of trail mix, Dad's pocket-sized camera, my bike lock (which I crammed in at the last minute), my little notepads, my iPod headphone remote extension, and the black Target boots we bought less than 48 hours before departure.

On the other hand, I inconveniently left my Old English and Its Closest Relatives textbook at home, even knowing I would probably be working on my thesis here. Duuuhh. I also debated for days over whether or not to try to squeeze in Rena's Promise, another pleasure-reading book, about two sisters in Auschwitz. I finally decided not to, and wouldn't you know... the course I've been assigned (if the Creative Writing waiting list doesn't come through) is focused on the Holocaust! Sigh. Also, I only have one American plug, therefore I'm not really using my iPod speakers much, since that involves unplugging the computer, and we all know I never do that. :) Since it's only four months, I could have gotten by without them. The jury's still out on whether or not I needed three sweatshirts, but somehow I think the answer is no, since I'm almost certainly going to end up buying a UCU one before the semester is out.

One last random comment which has nothing to do with any of the above: I have discovered Firefox and plan never, never to go back to Internet Explorer.


Anonymous Cait said...

Yeah you BETTER like that headphone extension from me. :P

1/9/05 09:42  

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