:: 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)

woensdag 30 augustus 2006

Rain, rain, rain. Swimming was canceled, and I missed the email announcement of that fact by a measly three minutes, so I spent half an hour driving around campus in the blinding rain looking for parking. Not to mention the long, wet walk to and from the pool once I found a spot. Sigh. Oh, well, but as long as I was out and about anyway, I decided to just go to the grocery store tonight, to take at least one thing off my looong to-do list for tomorrow - so I did, and while I was in there, I got the brain wave to recreate the breakfast I had in Key West in June. Tortillas filled with refried beans, cheese, and bacon. Mandi walked in right as I was sitting down and went, "Oh, that smells SO good!", and it actually did turn out yummy. Not quite as nice as when someone else (who actually possesses the Cooking gene) makes it for you :) ...but still good.

I had an appointment at Career Services today, to fix my resume, and we made a lot of progress. It still needs some minor detail work, but I got it pared down to one page, which was a major milestone. Also, apparently there's a career counselor who's taken a mini-course on How to Apply for Jobs in the Federal Government, and she's going to give a workshop on it at the beginning of next semester. I don't know if that means I should wait or not, considering how long the processing times can be for these things, but on the other hand, I don't want to apply too early, either. We'll see.

Classes are still going well. It's really cool how quickly reading and writing from right to left in Persian is becoming instinctual. We took a quiz today, and I didn't realize I was writing down the right side of the paper until we were halfway done. We've only learned a handful of letters so far, but the writing looks so intriguing that it's fun to do. Syntax is okay, too - I've done a lot of syntax in the past, so I remember everything as soon as we cover it, but I still seem to contribute wrong answers and ideas at first, then slap myself in the forehead two minutes later. That's embarrassing. And the readings are So. Incredibly. Dull. I thought the Mayan ones were bad, but they're nothing compared to this. Chomsky takes, like, five pages to make one statement. I mean, Mayan Languages still involves more actual work than any of the others, because we have to invent ten reading questions on every reading assignment (and so far we've had one to do for every class... and ten is a lot...), but at least the subject material is getting more interesting. We saw a video on Monday which was really neat, and the reading for next class is a little shorter and more about the hieroglyphs and the modern cultural stuff, not just the geography and dry, history-textbook-style summaries. I actually already did it, just because tomorrow is going to be so packed and I didn't want to have to worry about it then.

Which class did I forget? Oh, yeah, phonetics. Well, we turned in our first homework assignment today, which most of us wrestled with for ages (me longer than anyone... I still feel like an idiot in that class) because it involved working with a computer program which is not very user-friendly. I eventually got all the answers right, except there's one I'm not sure he'll give me credit for because I basically used a shortcut and got the computer program to tell me the answer instead of my having to actually look for it. But hey, that's the way I'll do it when we're using this program for real, and it's certainly valid... so why not?

Other items of interest: there's a swim meet at UGA on the 30th, and I'm really excited, because I think UF might come, meaning I could see Anna and all my friends again. And the event list is so cool - the meet's called Radical Relays, so about half the list are relays, and then all the individual events are 25s and 50s (except for a 100 IM). Yes, 25s! Nobody, apart from the under-10 division of USA Swimming, swims 25s in competition... but that's exactly why it'll be fun, because the pressure's off. So I'm signed up for the 25 free, 25 fly, 50 free, 50 fly, 100 IM, and whatever relays Monique chooses to put me in.

Oh, and yesterday I went to the UNC health care center about that stupid lump on my arm, the one the Jacksonville doctor said was probably a lipoma, because it suddenly grew a 'little brother' (meaning there are now two lumps instead of one) and got more tender. Of course, by the time I actually sat down at the appointment, it had shrunk enough to make it difficult to feel, and didn't really hurt anymore. I was embarrassed, and expected to be branded a hypochondriac and thrown out of the office, but the doctor just laughed and said, "Before I saw you, I saw a girl with a full-body rash, and by the time I finished examining her, the rash was completely gone. So I have the magic touch!" She believed me when I said it changed in size and tenderness a lot and that it had been there, in some form or another, for at least five months. So now I'm going to get an ultrasound (except the appointment probably won't be for quite a while, mid to late September) and see what's really going on in there.

I guess "th-th-th-that's all, folks!" For tonight, anyway.

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