:: 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)

dinsdag 13 december 2005

I don't know what to do with myself. I don't need to study for my Spanish final, I can't work on my thesis until Jocelyn e-mails it back to me, and I don't need to study for linguistics yet because Lotte is coming over tomorrow to do that with me. So, while Dia pores over her psychology notes, I'm sitting here watching movies, for lack of any direction. I've downloaded Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Million Dollar Baby, Donnie Brasco, White Oleander, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - that should keep me busy for a while.

In the same vein - has anyone out there seen the Narnia movie yet, and if so, what did you think of it? I'm really looking forward to seeing it, but I want to re-buy and reread the book first. Those Narnia books, I believe, were yet another case of the precocious reader tackling something before she was ready, and, thus, abandoning it. The same thing happened with Rebecca - a book my mother still swears by - as well as countless others. I had the whole set - all seven books, or however many there were - but I sold it back to the Bookmine when I was around middle school age. I really enjoyed The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but never got into any of the others, and I couldn't very well sell a boxed set with one of the books missing, so... off it went. But when I get home I'm going to buy it, as well as Memoirs of a Geisha, which is apparently also out, or coming out, as a movie. The book has been recommended to me by countless people and somehow I never read it. Am looking forward to remedying that situation.

The packing situation is, well, progressing. I don't have to go to class anymore, so I'm in the process of throwing away old papers and notebooks that I no longer need, picking out the few gems (nearly all creative writing) that I want to save. Three outfits, a few miscellaneous clothing articles, a paperback book, and a couple of toiletry items are the only things that still have to go into the big suitcase, so the weight limit won't be exceeded by any substantial amount - maybe 3kg or so.

I need ideas for things to do with Flat Stanley. He's had 'traditional Dutch' hutspot, he's ridden a bike, he's been in a shoe (for Sinterklaas), he's been on a train, and he's bought postcards for his class in Massachusetts, but what else can I do with him? Ideas from the peanut gallery?


Anonymous Anoniem said...

he totally needs to be in a rondvaartboot on a gracht. And he needs to eat an oliebol, since that's where dougnuts come from. And... he needs to climb the Dom. More suggestions needed?
I wouldn't send him to the right light district, though.

14/12/05 14:03  
Anonymous Clautje said...

buy him some cloggs and have him study the 'klompendans'

18/12/05 17:10  

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