:: 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)

zaterdag 24 december 2005

Okay, so after almost 24 straight hours of traveling on Wednesday, I'm home. And I've gotten a lot accomplished in the past few days. I've wrapped all my presents, gotten a haircut, packed for Gainesville, bought new shoes, gotten my return-to-work physical for Runways, swum with Holmes Lumber Jax, mailed my grad school writing samples, and even booked a Channel slot (first tide in August 2007, with pilot Eddie Spelling).

And I'm really glad to be home - I'd say it's the highest happy-to-sad percentage I've had in a while. I miss Linde and Christine and Dia all a lot - why do so many of my REAL friends have to live across the ocean? - and I'm constantly reminded by the political happenings and the barrage of rednecks and idiots in the stores that I miss the Dutch people and their practical, liberal attitudes, too. That nagging 'empty' feeling in my gut is definitely there, as always. But I'm very glad to be done at UCU, glad to eat good food again (GREEN salad! :)), glad to be back in warm(er) weather, glad to be back with my books, glad to drive my car again, glad to see the Christmas tree... I'm keeping busy, and I have Christmas goings-on to distract me, and lots of things to look forward to in Gainesville, so the positives certainly outweigh the negatives this time.

Today: mail Flat Stanley back, run 5k, put flannel sheets on my bed, catch up on my e-mail, watch the rest of the taped Commander-In-Chief episodes, and have dinner with my grandparents.

And tomorrow: Christmas!


Blogger Hedwig said...

Hey! I'm so sorry I didn't get to say goodbye, but I'm glad you're home safe. Merry christmas, and good luck with re-adjusting!


24/12/05 12:46  
Blogger Robin said...

Did Flat Stanley enjoy his visit with you?? Did you take pictures and write in his journal? I wonder if I will get a chance to read about his adventures. I will have to ask Lillianna's teacher.

Lillianna's "Flat Lilly" is in Israel eating potato latkes for Chanukah. I will have to link it on my blog.

thanks again for hosting him.

27/12/05 22:48  

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