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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)

donderdag 23 februari 2006

Hmm. I feel awfully productive today. I made it home before 1pm (yippee for bikes!), stuffed my face as usual, watched the Cosby Show, made a bank transfer, went to Publix and stocked up on food, bought Monique's birthday presents (wine, different kinds of chocolate, and a funny card) and put them on her bed, made an appointment with Dr. Adler (my old podiatrist) for spring break, talked to my mom, and got a lead on finding a lifeguard recertification course. Usually I just sit around eating, reading blogs, and ignoring my homework until it's time for swim practice.

And, of course, the most important thing: I talked with the camp again and I'm hired! From June 20th to August 6th, I will be lifeguarding on a gorgeous lake in Maine and living in dorms with 10 to 12-year-old girls. And I can't wait! This camp looks to be a big step up from my previous one - I mean, they even have ICE SKATING as a sport and WHALE WATCHING as an out-of-camp trip. Unbelievable. And we live in dorms, not cabins, and the classes are 1.5 hours, not 45 minutes, and there are a salad bar and deli bar in the dining hall, and the counselors have FIVE high-speed Internet computers available instead of one ancient dial-up connection. Rock on! Also, I can still do the Key West swim on June 10th and the Boston Light on August 12th if I want to, since camp falls in between those dates.

To abruptly shift gears here, I have an e-mail dilemma: Should I continue using my Outlook Express account, or switch back to pure web-based Gmail?

Outlook Express pros: the address book is neat and easy, I can access multiple e-mail accounts at once, I can set a default font and color (read: I don't have to set it every time I compose a new message), and the program makes a cute little noise when I have new mail.

Outlook Express cons: the messages are taking up space on my hard drive, I can't look into my Spam folder, I tend to let things pile up in my actual webmail inbox when I have this nice shortcut, and I can't access it from any computer other than my own.

Gmail (web-based) pros: I never have to delete anything, the search function is amazing and fast, I can set filters on incoming messages, I can link directly to Google News (making me more likely to actually be somewhat aware of what's going on in the world), there's a new chat function, and the messages are saved as 'conversations', i.e. a series of replies about the same topic are saved together (which I really like).

Gmail (web-based) cons: the address book is sucky, UF doesn't forward e-mail anymore, I can't set a default font or color, and there's no cute noise when I have mail.

The biggest problem - the only problem, really - is that UF has quit forwarding e-mail, so if I abandon Outlook, I have to check the Gatorlink site every day. Which I don't want to do, because Webmail sucks. I hope wherever I go to grad school has e-mail forwarding. But anyway... what would you all do? What's your current setup, and what are the advantages and drawbacks?

1 Comments:

Anonymous for Joke! said...

Hey wow... I love your blog too :) I'll keep reading. I especially love your goal list.... I have had some goals running around in my head but I am going to write them down like you!

24/2/06 06:59  

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