Tuesday, August 16, 2011

All I Wanna Do

Found this in a drawer back home. Not exactly the list I was looking for, but still goes with the theme! Amazing how fast time flies...can't believe I wrote this almost 5 years ago. I know I've changed and grown a lot, but it's comforting to realize I haven't changed who I am and what I want out of life. 

Stephanie Lewis
November 20, 2006
AP English
"Needs" Poem


I want to know where to go to college.
I want to attend my perfect college and have the time of my life.
I want to meet a boy who loves me and treats me like a princess.
I want to discover a career I love and am willing to spend my whole life doing.
I want to study abroad for a semester in Greece.
I want to graduate from my perfect college.
I want to marry my Prince Charming.
I want to find the perfect place to live and buy a house.
I want to be successful in my dream job.
I want to become a mother of four.
I want to go parasailing in the Caribbean.
I want to be the best mother and wife I can be.
I want to travel the world and experience new things.
I want to be a grandmother and spoil my grandkids.
I want to get the most out of life.
I want to live happily ever after. 

My teacher's only comment...Wow!...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Live a Little, Love a Lot

My "Life List"...or Bucket List as many call it...has been written on post-it notes, scraps of paper, text messages saved in my "drafts" folder, lost at times, hidden in places I'm sure to remember, just to be forgotten again...so it's time to write it out, all in one place, for easy access.

There are so many places I want to travel...I tried to limit it to the country/region as a whole. Unless there was a very specific place I want to go. There are other things on the list I can't necessarily control, but I still hope they happen in my life.

So here it is...in no particular order. I'm sure it will be updated from time to time as I think of new things. (Or when I find my hand written list....) But as of right now...this is My List.

-Skinny dipping
-Visit Santorini, Greece
-See the Northern Lights
-Own a house
-Go to Hawaii
-Cut my hair short

After we both got into X-Ray

-Visit the Gum Wall in Seattle
-Go in the Space Needle
-Get married
-Have children
-Become a grandmother
-Visit all 50 states
-Drive the entire Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 101)
-Stay in a castle
-Graduate college
May 2011

-Be given a puppy in a box with a bow
-See fireflies
-Go a USC game in the Colliseum
Fall 2009

-Go to a Syracuse basketball game
-Swim with dolphins
-Eat a meal that I've made entirely from scratch and/or grown myself
-Be thrown a surprise party
-Ride an elephant
-Do an archaeological dig
-Tour a concentration camp
-Eat an entire meal with chopsticks
Chin Chin inside NY, NY: Las Vegas

-Stay up all night and watch the sunrise
-Golf 18 holes
-Travel to Europe
-Visit Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England
-Volunteer with habitat for humanity
-Go on another mission trip
-Volunteer in a setting allowing me to use my medical skills
-Fly in a hot air balloon
-Kiss in the rain
-Go whale watching and actually see a whale
-Revist Olympic National Park
-Donate blood Revised to: Donate blood 150 times (count = 5)
inspired by this man: http://www.ktvb.com/home/Idaho-man-reaches-blood-donation-milestone-109257504.html
-Hold a Koala
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl 2011
-Visit Australia and New Zealand
-Volunteer at the Humane Society
-Follow Boise State to a bowl game
-Run a 10K Revised to: Run a half marathon
Idaho Great Potato 10K, 2010

-Spend a vacation on a cottage on the Northeastern Coast
-Read the entire Bible
-See the Pyramids
-Swim in the Medditerranean
-Go ice fishing

To be continued....

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Vegas Skies

 We again went to the ACERT conference in Las Vegas as a part of SART (Student Association of Radiologic Technologists). Sadly the weather was not as nice as last year, but this time we knew what to expect and came prepared with our "Vegas To-Do List."
Some examples:
-See inside the hotels/casinos we missed before (Venetian, Ceaser's Palace, Paris...)
-Shop the Miracle Mile Shops
-...rainnnn stormmmm....
-Play the tables
-Go to Fremont Street and find the penny slot machines
-Karaoke bar for Shea

Number One (at least on my To-Do list) was to see the Bodies exhibit. I wanted to see it in Salt Lake, but my family thought it was gross. I wanted to see it in Vegas last year, but we ran out of time. So this year...I made sure we got to see it. It was definitely worth the money and thinking about the time involved to put it all together was amazing.

We did a lot of playing, but still enjoyed the conference. We represented BSU well, with a group winning the essay competition and one student getting 2nd in the Student Bowl. There were some interesting lectures and we had fun getting to know some of our textbook authors. To the left is Dr. Stewart Bushong, wearing his favorite penguin hat.

Once the conference was over, we moved from The Orleans off the strip to New York, New York...our favorite hotel from last year. We loved the look of the building, the cobblestone streets inside, the rollercoaster, and of course...the dueling piano bar! It was a little bit of a walk to get places, but we loved calling it home.

I'm surprised we weren't more tired of each other by the end of the trip...our fifth roommate is missing from these pictures but we were pretty much together the whole time. We did a nice Chinese dinner one night where I was able to cross "eat an entire meal with chopsticks" off my bucket list, shopped more than we should have, saw Robin Thicke in concert at the Bellagio, went to the strips newest club Marquee (not that cool...don't go), danced the night away, then napped it off the next afternoon.


Vegas would not be the same experience if it wasn't for these girls. Even after spending almost two years in every class together...we still learned new things about each other.  

We weren't able to cross everything off our "Vegas To-Do" List...so it looks like we may just have to go back again.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Finish What You Started

No one ever really keeps their New Years resolutions...but I decided to make a few anyways.

Better Manage Money
I'm 22 years old. I'm graduating in May and still somehow don't know where I spend half of my money. Pretty soon I will no longer be able to blame my lack of funds on being a poor college student and I think it's time to start making budgets and sticking to them.

Be Less Selfish
I know everyone tells me how sweet I am...but in reality I'm pretty selfish. I need to start thinking of others more and not take those around me for granted. I complain all the time when in reality...there is little in my life I should be unhappy about.

Give Back To The Community
While this goes along with being less selfish...I would really like to start being more involved in community service projects. There are so many people who need a little extra help and giving some of your time and money is always rewarding. Someday I'd love to do another mission trip...whether it is with church or maybe even for x-ray.

Run A Half Marathon
I ran a 10k last summer with little training and survived...so I think I need to set my goals a little higher. And at what other time in my life will I be in this kind of shape and have time to train? The "See Jane Run" half marathon is in June and the motto is "We run for wine and chocolate." What could be better than that?!

Exercise More Regularly
Ok...I know I am not fat. And I make it to the gym every once in awhile. But I usually have to force myself. I would really like to make working out more of a routine so hopefully it is something I will make time for the rest of my life.

Attend Church More Often
I rarely go to church in Boise, and I'd really like to change that. There are so many churches and I have so many friends I could go with. It only takes a couple hours out of your weekend and I have no excuse not to go. Hopefully I can find a church and a service that I really enjoy so it makes waking up early seem worthwhile.