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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)

woensdag 12 augustus 2009

So I promised to post about the contest all the nurses at work are doing -- it's our version of The Biggest Loser. A bunch of us are trying to lose weight (some just want to lose 5 pounds, others are trying to lose upwards of 50 pounds), so we decided to turn it into a twelve-week contest to give ourselves some motivation. There's now a huge whiteboard in Jen (our nurse manager)'s office, with all our names down the left side, divided into 12 columns (one for each week). We're each paying a dollar a week to participate, dieting and exercising on our own as we choose to, then weighing ourselves at the end of each week. At the end of the contest, whoever has lost the most weight will win the entire pot of money -- probably at least $120 and maybe a little more, since we also have to pay a dollar for every pound we gain.

Nobody wanted their actual weight recorded on the public chart, so we chose one nurse, whom we all like and trust, to be the Weightkeeper. Each week, she comes into the triage room with us one at a time to do our official weigh-ins (on the fancy-schmancy, fly-to-the-moon digital scale), then does the math and writes down only the difference on the whiteboard, whether it's up or down. I'm hovering around fourth place right now, having lost almost three pounds last week during week 1. I weigh again tomorrow, so we'll see what happens. I know I've gone down a little more, but I'm sure it's not as much as last week. I don't have as much weight to lose as some of the others (I actually weigh the exact same thing now that I did during my senior year of high school), so I'm not holding out too much hope of actually winning, but I at least want to put up a good fight.


Blogger Blasé said...

We need more Nurses!

16/8/09 20:34  

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