:: 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)

donderdag 2 juli 2009

First order of business: my cousin accepted Duke's post-doc fellowship offer, and will be arriving in the Triangle within two months! Congrats, Noah!!!

Second... I'm realizing lately exactly how much I've gotten into the American mindset of always needing something to DO. I was headed to the mailbox this afternoon (to mail the final components of my MUSC application) -- an approximate four-minute round trip -- and as the door closed behind me, I found myself briefly contemplating turning around and grabbing my iPhone. You know, just to fill up those four whole minutes by flipping through my Notes files or checking the weather.


About 0.6 seconds later, I rolled my eyes at myself and continued on my way, but still.

So I've resolved to spend this weekend, and as many of the coming days as possible, being completely and utterly lazy, and enjoying doing NOTHING. Because the apartment is clean, my applications are in, and gosh darn it, it's the Fourth of July weekend and there's a sparkling pool outside. I see a bathing suit and a hamburger in my future.

The golden rule for this kind of thing -- according to Becky, at least -- is that one needs to accomplish just three things in a day, and then you're done. It's kind of a nice guideline. My weekdays usually follow a pattern of (1) work, (2) exercise, and (3) some random job, like organizing my file drawer or folding laundry. But on those weekend days where I feel like I'm working all day long and not really getting anything done (you know you've all been there!), that three-task concept helps me a lot.

I've been pretty good today, though:

1) Faxed my MUSC transcript requests (from work)
2) Worked on camp forms and nurse visits until lunchtime, then got to come home early
3) Finished and mailed the supplemental MUSC application
4) Fixed my bumper stickers (removed the old, added the new)
5) Went to the gym and biked for 40 minutes
6) Cleaned the apartment (laundry, dishes, general straightening)
7) Made dinner (well, OK, I haven't quite done that yet, but I'll start it as soon as L calls to say she's on the way)

Seven whole tasks! Surely that means that tomorrow can consist of (1) coffee, (2) pool, and (3) Kindle? :)

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