:: 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)

maandag 29 mei 2006

This afternoon, we found a litter of three kittens hiding behind our shed, in the corner of the yard. We've noticed an unfamiliar yellow-eyed black cat prowling around our yard lately, and now we know why. They seem to be about five weeks old - old enough to be calendar-cute, with fuzzy fur and big blue eyes, but not old enough to have quite mastered the skill of walking around. They sort of 'creep', rather than bounding around like you'd expect. Two were hiding just at the corner of the shed, where Dad could grab them easily, but he had to clamber around all sorts of stuff to get to the third one, who was lounging placidly under the side of Dad's makeshift towing trailer. His hand scrabbled around as I peeked underneath and directed him, "A little more to the left. -- No, my left. Yeah, there you go, you've got him!"

He finally captured all three of them - all gray tabbies, one light, one medium, one dark, all with huge blue eyes, and all (apparently) female - and the four of us stood around cuddling them and talking about what to do next. It being Memorial Day and all, no adoption center was open, so we ended up putting them in Gabby's old crate, with a fluffy mattress pad for a bed, and putting the crate back behind the shed. We propped the door open with a stake and set up low barriers to block off both exits from behind the shed; that way, the mother cat can get in, but the kittens can't get out. We figure they'll be making a racket if the mother doesn't come back by tomorrow morning, and either way, we'll probably take them to some adoption center or other tomorrow. It won't be a problem getting rid of them; they're certifiably adorable and exactly what every visitor to those centers is looking for. The four of us aren't cat people (largely because of Catie's allergy), but even we have to admit, they're precious. The problem is that the mother cat needs to be turned in too, otherwise she'll just keep producing litter after litter - but we don't expect we'll be able to catch her. Who knows - she may be outside moving those babies to a new location as we speak. Ah, well, I guess we'll find out in the morning.

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