:: 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)

maandag 22 mei 2006

News in a nutshell:

I got my 12" Powerbook - won it, anyway; it won't be here until Saturday or so. Almost got sucked in by a scammer on the first try, but saw through him in time, luckily. The guy I bought from is definitely for real, though, and I can't wait for my new baby to get here, haha. Gotta love eBay.

I went to the podiatrist again today and got those three annoying little growths taken off the bottoms of my feet - which is nice, but also means I have oozing bloody holes down there now, covered up by Band-Aids. Attractive, huh? But I also got a cortisone shot for the heel, so that pain, at least, has become more manageable.

I saw The Da Vinci Code on opening day and, on the whole, actually liked it. There were way too many inane exclamations ("Good god! Could these really be the Grail documents?" "I have to get to a library, fast!"), which made me cringe for poor Tom Hanks, having to read that crap, and I still think Sam Neill would have made a way better Robert Langdon - but as book adaptations go, it was pretty enjoyable. My only true complaint is that the movie 'bows' to the Christian right a little - in the scene at Teabing's house, where Teabing and Langdon are explaining all the intricacies of the 'true' Jesus story to Sophie. In the book, Teabing and Langdon are in full agreement about all the details, excitedly supplementing one another's comments. In the movie, Langdon makes a point of protesting Leigh's allegations, several times, "Leigh, you know those are just theories - nothing's been proven!" Et cetera. In my opinion, if a movie or book is going to shake someone's faith, then that faith was never really there to begin with - and, thus, the writers should not have made that concession. It made no real difference to the overall controversiality of the storyline, and only served to emphasis the fact that they were trying to make it as obvious as humanly possible that Dan Brown's story line is largely fictitious. I don't know about you all, but when I walk into a movie theater, I generally employ the 'willing suspension of disbelief' we were taught so much about in IB English, and never assume that what I am watching represents reality. Ah, well, what can you do? It was just disappointing.

(Upon coming out of the theater, though, Erin and Melissa - the friends I saw it with - and I all agreed that we would LOVE for Brown's theory to be true, because of our general disdain for organized religion - not to mention a somewhat sadistic desire to see the anarchy that would ensue when the world's religious nuts all got knocked on their ears. LOL.)

Time to go take a bath without getting my feet wet. We'll see how the mechanics of that one play out. Should be interesting.

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