:: 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)

dinsdag 12 december 2006

Drumroll, please... because tonight, for what very possibly may be the first time in my life, I completely cleaned an entire bathroom. Scrubbed the tub, swept the floor, cleaned the mirror, sink, and all horizontal surfaces - even hung a new shower curtain. The whole room gleams, and especially the sink just sparkles. I didn't realize how bad it all was until I actually started cleaning. After I'd finished, I got into the shower I'd just cleaned, and as I was washing my hair, I started thinking, "I'm glad I did that. I'd hate coming home after break to a dirty bathroom." Upon which I burst out laughing, because... I have become my mother!

In other news, I'm done with everything for phonetics (paper and final) and Mayan (paper), so all that's left is the paper for syntax (due Wednesday) and the written portion of the Persian final (Friday). I am sooo ready to be done.

The Extreme Makeover Home Edition thing was cool - I got there around 5:30am (half an hour late due to MapQuest's idiocy - it told me a particular street was 0.5 miles away from the interstate when in reality it was closer to 5 miles - good thing I'm a tiny bit familiar with Raleigh, thanks to Liz) but was still the first one on site. I was there until 3pm, but it didn't feel as long as it actually was, even though I was freezing for the majority of it. I met some nice people, including a 65-year-old diehard fan of the show, a disabled man from up the street, and the young mothers of two little girls about 5 and 8 years old, so I wasn't lonely. People had really interesting things to say about the design team - Ty apparently has an ego and a half (but that wasn't hard to guess), and Paige (who wasn't there for this particular site) is said to be really stuck-up too. And there were things to watch all the time, too - volunteers, TV personnel, and people in our own crowd. (Some people had a great sign that said, "We skipped school to MOVE THAT BUS!") They rehearsed everything ten thousand times, from the crowd cheering to the limo coming up the street to the "Bus driver, MOVE THAT BUS!" signal; they made them do that three times before the bus actually moved. So when you see all that stuff on TV, it doesn't go anywhere NEAR as quickly as it seems! The best moment was when Ty was rehearsing how he was going to welcome the family home by opening the door of the limo, and the door turned out to be locked. Hilarious! I got autographs from Paul and Ed, plus a picture with Ed (although we both look like total goofs in it) and a high five from Ty. I also got some amazing pictures - I need to upload them to Flickr so you guys can see them. I'll post a link once I've done it. And I was in the very front row, with cameras in my face for a good portion of the time, so with any luck I'll actually be in the episode for half a second, too. It airs on January 21st - let me know if you see me on TV!

We had a really fun girls' night out on Saturday, too - Liz's friends Kelsey (who is awesome) and Rose (whom I don't know that well) joined us for dinner at California Pizza Kitchen, and another friend, Melissa, met up with us all afterwards for the movie. We saw The Holiday, which was actually very cute despite lukewarm reviews. (It was the first time I've ever liked a character played by Cameron Diaz.) I still think Kate Winslet and Jack Black look a little funny as a couple - but Jude Law... is amazing. I was never all that into him, but he is truly gorgeous in this movie. Oh yeah, and Dustin Hoffman has a quick little random cameo too, which is absolutely hilarious. There was this guy in the theater with us, down near the front, who had the loudest and funniest laugh I'd ever heard in my life - something on screen would be kinda funny, and he'd burst out laughing, and then the whole theater would go from chuckles to roaring with laughter, just because he sounded so funny. It was great.

Anyway, it's 2am and I should be in bed... so... off I go. I'll post that link to the photos ASAP, because some of them are really good.

Goodnight, all!

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