:: 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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(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 4 mei 2006

For once, I've had a day in which I accomplished every single thing I wrote down to do.

1) Take Latin final. It was actually pretty easy, probably because I for some reason woke up, alarmless, at 7:20 after only five hours of sleep and studied until the test at 10. The only thing I messed up were some of the second-declension singular endings - probably because that stuff was two tests ago and I didn't go over it as much as the new stuff - and one or two vocabulary words. But I was able to spit out all six tenses (in all four conjugations) perfectly, plus I had no trouble with the sentence translations or the 'how is this word being used and why' questions. I even think I got both extra credits right. So, on the whole, a good test to go out on.

2) Pick up honor cords. Apparently I'm graduating with high honors instead of just honors... who knew? However, I don't get a different cord for that; just a replica of the same one. So I now have twin orange-and-blue cords - both of which were $13. Spiffy.

3) Sell back all textbooks. Well, except for tiny little 38 Latin Stories, which I'm keeping. I didn't get much for the others - I'd say just under $50 in total, for all 4 books - but do I ever? If I were willing to take the time to sell them on Amazon or go to the Gator Textbooks out at Creekside Mall, I might be able to scrape up a few more bucks - but, you know, I do have a lazy streak.

4) Get complimentary graduate photo taken. In a cap about six sizes too big for me. Getting that thing to stay on was a balancing act, I can tell you. Hope the real one is the right size. But at least I learned how that troublesome little white collar is supposed to go. Renate and I puzzled over that one for days before her graduation; she eventually just took it along in her purse to see how everybody else did it once she got there.

5) Throw out unnecessary papers. I saved a few random Wolof papers, my Spanish presentation text, my three Latin exams, and several things from French, including my compositions, OPI sheets, and exams - but everything else bit the dust this morning. Can't say I was sad to see it go. I am sorry that I put in a semester of work on Wolof that I'm now going to completely forget in a matter of weeks, simply because I'm never going to use it again - but hey, it was an experience.

6) Buy milk. And salad, and almonds, and Chex Mix, and malted milk balls. Yeah, I was hungry. I thought I could make it through two-and-a-half days without milk and salad, but those are two dietary staples of mine that I find it hard to get along without. But I can drink a half gallon of milk in two days with no problem at all - half of it's gone already, and it's only been in the house five hours or so.

7) Take a nap. Because I only slept five hours last night. I was re-watching The Chronicles of Narnia when my head started to nod, so I happily crawled under the covers - again, blissfully alarmless - and slept for a couple of hours.

8) Go to Southwest Rec. For, um, probably the third time in four years. You wouldn't think it, with someone as active as I am, but I really did not take full advantage of the gym facilities here, and I should have. SW Rec is amazing - huge and clean and with everything you could possibly imagine: ellipticals, treadmills, weights and machines of all shapes and sizes, a rock climbing wall, numerous basketball courts, six sand volleyball courts, soccer and Ultimate Frisbee fields... it made me a little sad that I didn't make more of an effort as a junior, and especially as a freshman. (As a sophomore I was abroad.) But then again, if that's my biggest regret to come out of these four years? Then I'm doing pretty darn well.

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