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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)

maandag 30 januari 2006

It's been a good birthday weekend - perhaps even the nicest one I've ever had. Saturday morning Monique and I went skydiving (photos will follow in a few days; the ones I've seen so far are amazing! See below for the detailed account), and then that evening I went out to dinner at On The Border with four swim teammates (where I got sung to by the wait staff and presented with a free brownie sundae), after which we crashed at Jenna's house and played board games and sat in the hot tub. Anna and I ended up talking in her car until 1:15, and then the next morning I got up around 11:30 and went to Jacksonville for the family party, which involved lots of relatives and a menu of grilled shrimp and salmon, potatoes, salad, homemade macaroni and cheese, and lots of chocolate cake (from a REAL bakery, courtesy of Dad's chef friend - none of that supermarket stuff). For those who were so inclined, there were also oysters, but I can't bring myself to touch those. Then today I came home from school to find that Monique had bought me a Happy Birthday balloon, a card, some Turtle Chex Mix, two boxes of Kraft Mac & Cheese (a joke about our dismal cooking skills), and a bottle of White Zinfandel. Then I headed to Target to spend the gift card I got yesterday (plus quite a bit more on top of it) on a handful of new DVDs. Now I'm about to run off to a harder-than-normal swim practice, courtesy of Brandon, and then come home and watch a few of the aforementioned movies and split the rest of the leftover cake with Monique. I have a quiz or test in every class tomorrow, but studying is just not happening tonight.

Anyway, all of it was nice, but especially the friend stuff. I mean, Monique getting me presents, and half of Facebook wishing me happy birthday, and my teammates coming to dinner and all of us hanging out together on my behalf - pathetic as it may sound, that sort of stuff hasn't happened very often in my (semi-)adult life so far, so this weekend provoked some 'warm and fuzzies'. So far, age 22 gets two thumbs up.

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