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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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(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 7 november 2005

Okay, um, Jaguars - what was that? You play the Texans, who are 1-6 and widely considered to be the worst team in the league... and you play like high schoolers and let them shut you out through the whole first half - I mean, Leftwich was getting booed as he left the field. And then... who lit fires under you in the locker room??? Three touchdowns in a row, bang bang bang, and Leftwich, to quote jaguars.com, "has never played better than he did in the second half of Sunday's win." Ahem... where was all that game in the FIRST half?

Anyway, we won, but, as per usual with this team, it was a nail-biter to the end. What's nice, though, is that we have a quarterback who seems to visibly thrive on pressure. When time is tight or things are going badly, that's when he consistently turns around and makes things happen. In high school, he broke a leg on the field - his teammates had to pick him up and carry him to the line of scrimmage every time - and yet he kept playing (and yes, they won the game). Ridiculous amounts of determination, that boy.

But anyway, not much is new around here. Swam 5k this morning, had a delicious waffle for lunch (yay for the dining hall's winter menu!), and now I'm back in front of the computer. I spent a lot of yesterday fixing the problems that that Compaq tech guy created (he was having me do things with my registry, and iTunes and Microsoft Word both developed problems as a result). I made a backup before doing anything, of course, so reinstating that fixed iTunes, and then I had to download a couple of files via LimeWire in order to reinstall/fix parts of Word, but it works fine now. I also discovered DC++ yesterday, which, for all those who haven't yet discovered it, is the best file sharing program around. The rule is, you must share a certain amount of files (usually 10 GB) in order to be allowed into certain hubs. So then, once you're in, there's an enormous range of stuff to choose from. It's a bit quirkier than LimeWire when it comes to movies, but it downloads songs in quite literally three seconds, and there's truly NO spyware or adware, since it's not a true P2P program. It rocks. I downloaded A Christmas Story and am waiting for Friday to come so Dia will have time to watch it with me. :)

Oh, but about those Sony TXs: I was doing some 'hard drive math' and I realized that 60 GB is actually more doable than I thought. I'd prefer at least 80, yeah, but see, the only things that are really taking up space are my pictures (1.5 gigs), music (15 gigs), and movies (18 gigs). And once I get home and can copy the rest of those DVDs I wanted, I can delete at least 10 gigs' worth of movies, which will free up a lot of space. Also, once the new laptop materializes, whatever it ends up being, I'm only going to install eight things on it outside of the usual, basic stuff ('basics' being all of Microsoft Office, all of Norton Utilities, WinZip, Flash, Adobe Acrobat, and Windows Media Player). No more of this hmm-that-might-be-useful, install-it-to-see-what-it-does, uninstall-it-ten-minutes-later thing. I want to keep everything as simple as possible to avoid any future computers ending up like this one. So those eight things are iTunes, MSN, Skype, Photoshop, AdAware, Spybot, DC++, and dbPowerAMP (awesome file conversion tool). I'm considering Firefox too, but its quirks are starting to annoy me (i.e. it doesn't like to load my Internet banking site), so I'll decide about that when the time comes. Anyway, all that will free up space under Program Files too.

Okay, sorry, enough computer rambling. Firefox wants to update now, so I'll end this entry and go do something useful, like work on my thesis. I'm quickly losing interest in the whole look-around-for-data thing, so I think today is the day to start the actual writing.

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