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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 13 november 2005

It's a quarter after six, and I'm waiting for 19:00 and the Jaguars game. I've already got the pregame show on and it seems like one announcer is for us and one's against us. We're 5-3 and playing the Ravens, who are 2-6, so I think we've got a good chance, but then again, the Texans were ranked horribly too and we almost gave that one away last week. So we'll see. Both of the announcers seem to agree that we've got a decent shot at a wild card spot in the playoffs, though, so that's something.

Dia and I watched Chocolat the other night and wow... that's moved up to one of my top ten movies. (Not sure what the others would be... I'll get back to you on that.) It's about a mother and daughter (Vianne and Anouk) who wander from village to village, finally alighting in a little town in France, where everybody knows everybody else's business and the church is the law. So these two non-churchgoing, nonconforming strangers open a chocolaterie there... during Lent, which nobody thinks will survive even a month. The mean, nasty mayor, who's also the head of the church, does everything he can to keep his citizens out of the shop, but it turns out Vianne has a knack for not only guessing everyone's 'favorite' chocolates, but for helping with their problems. So business thrives after all, and Vianne and her shop become a sort of therapy for several of the townspeople. Then the River Rats - like 'boating gypsies' - come to town, and while the mayor again does his best to turn the whole town against them, Vianne breaks yet another taboo and falls in love with one of them. (Let me tell you, I have never seen Johnny Depp look quite that good! *drool* Mmm.) Of course there's a lot of drama along the way - family dramas reconciling, people dying, hearts breaking - but the end is happy. (Even if the animal that was supposed to be a kangaroo was actually a wallaby. But whatever.)

In other news: I'm up to 20 pages, 1.5-line spaced, on the thesis. (I never double-space stuff until I'm completely done, because I find that it makes it harder to read.) I'm getting frustrated because there is SO MUCH STUFF that I'm noticing! I could so easily turn this into a 100-page dissertation, and maybe I will, in a few years. But for the moment, for UC purposes, it needs to be around 20-25 pages, and I have to figure out which things I can leave out without making it obvious that I'm leaving lots of things out. Or I could take the other road and just write the whole 40-page (UF length) thesis now instead of expanding it once I get home... but I don't know if the committee here at UC would like that. Grrr.

But did you know that Shakespeare's Henry IV is incredibly Middle English-like? And that the word 'ago' appears approximately ten times in ALL of Shakespeare's works together, whereas the other two English postpositions ('away' and 'hence') are fairly frequent? Very odd.

Okay, it's 18:45... time to collect my milk, chocolate, and Glamour (for the commercials) and get this show on the road. *chants* "LET's go JAG-uars!"

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