The Adventure Continues...

Rants, raves and random observations from an itinerant epidemiologist.

100 in 1000
  1. Spend a week up a mountain learning to ski
  2. Visit Karoline's place in Moravia
  3. Hold a conversation in Czech (only)
  4. Drink 500ml of each of the following beers:
    1. Pilsner
    2. Staroprammen
    3. Budvar
    4. Velke Popovice
    5. U Fleku
    6. Gambrinus
    7. Krusovice
  5. Respond to at least one GOARN request (WHO and MSF are also acceptable)
  6. Travel across the Atlantic
  7. Return to South America
  8. Read a book to, or with, an impressionably aged child
  9. Participate in one NanoWriMo Challenge and come within at least 10,000 words of the goal length
  10. Have my nose pierced
  11. Have my next tattoo drawn
  12. Purchase the perfect jeans (x 2 pairs)
  13. Attend a spin class 3 times a week for 8 consecutive weeks
  14. Bake Viv's cheesecake
  15. Make David's casserole
  16. Make David's Chicken Cashew-nut Stirfry
  17. Invite 4 people who don't know one another too well to dinner
  18. Ride from Vienna to Venice on a motorbike (pillion acceptable, those less desirable)
  19. Attend a book group for at least two books
  20. Go on a choir weekend (learn and perform difficult piece in two/three days)
  21. Visit Madame Tussaud's (in London)
  22. Take an architecture appreciation course
  23. Join an all-girl group and sing a solo
  24. Publish in a scientific journal (top two authors)
  25. Cook a duck or other 'waterfowl'.
  26. Locate the Al-Timimi's from Doha Veterinary Practise
  27. Have a pedicure
  28. Maintain a Brazilian (ouch) for three months.
  29. Find a trustworthy Czech hairdresser
  30. Treat my inner-6-year-old twice a week (at least)
  31. Do the liver-cleansing diet properly (12 weeks)
  32. Don't eat out for one month
  33. Find a flat and flatmate
  34. Purchase one Joseph sweater
  35. Purchase one of the following pairs of designer shoes (they MUST also be COMFORTABLE, and be able to be worn with 4 different outfits and 2 types of occasion): Jimmy Choos, Manolo Blahniks, Christian Louboutin (Ebay or 2nd hand are acceptable)
  36. Send 5 books to the booksphere and track them.
  37. Go hanggliding
  38. Read 10 'classic' books (from 1001 Books to Read before you Die)
    1. Moll Flanders
    2. Everything is illuminated
    3. Madam Bovary
    4. Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance
    5. Catch-22
    6. Odysseus
    7. On the Road
  1. Run (non-stop!) for 5kms outside (preferably in a street race thingy)
  2. Send Christmas Cards on time
  3. Make a collage/mural out of street lights on my wall
  4. Buy a bed, build it, and sleep soundly in it
  5. Go to Africa
  6. Host an 'event' (classified as and when)
  7. Organise a 30th Birthday Party
  8. Wear a costume
  9. Sing on stage
  10. Buy a painting that evokes memories of Prague (cannot involve queues!)
  11. Learn a god-damned card game that stays in my memory (other than fish/snap)
  12. See sunrise. Be sober. Have woken for it. Excludes months Nov-Mar
  13. Take a walk and flip coins at each intersection
  14. Win something
  15. Draft a will
  16. Take a roadtrip
  17. Go to Italy already
  18. Sea Kayak around Abel Tasman Park (NZ)
  19. Get plants
  20. Take a train to another Eastern European Destination (accession countries are acceptable) alone preferably.
  21. Get UK to give me a provisional motorcyclists license and simultaneously get a 'card' license.
  22. Go SCUBA diving again - at least two dives lasting 30mins each.
  23. Go to a dentist. *sigh*
  24. Do a Czech Wine Trail. And live to tell the tale
  25. Make an 'outbreak emergency kit'.
  26. Go to bed prior to 11pm every night (inc weekends) for four consecutive weeks.
  27. Marvel over lack of tiredness
  28. Dine at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant (or Nobu)- preferably for free.
  29. Bet on the nags
  30. Do something for charity (applying and getting a 'red card' will count)
  31. Walk along the Champs Elysee
  32. Do 100 sit ups in a row
  33. Do 50 pressups (arms in tight)
  34. Make branston pickle (or nearest substitute)
  35. Cook something 'new' and 'adventurous' at least once a month
  36. Find a mentor
  37. Be a mentor
  38. Learn what mentoring is all about
  39. Meet an online person in real life
  40. Resist the flirt. Once. Just one night. It's okay if people don't immediately succumb to my natural charm. Really it is.
  41. Spend time at a spa (spa towns in the CR don't count)
  42. Send a care package to someone
  43. Get a Tata Bojs CD
  45. Order new contact lenses.
  46. Make a list of things I take with me when I pack for different occasions
  47. Eat lobster. Prepared by someone else.
  48. Back up the blog
  49. Put everything onto an external hard drive
  50. Find a DDR mat and console and 'dance, I say dance!'�
  51. Go to the beach and lie on the warm sand. For an hour. (with sunscreen on, natch)
  52. Take and complete a course in either: Tango, Salsa or Flamenco
  53. Join the Municipal Library of Prague
  54. Move to another country
  55. Go to a live concert of a band I actually like
  56. Pay off debts (student loan excl.)
  57. Send thank you cards for every gift I receive (other than the gift of happiness, blah blah blah).
  58. Get an agent (literary or theatre)
  59. Go to a sports bar without cringing, by personal choice
  60. Ride a rollercoaster
  61. Hold a snake
  62. Spend a day wandering around a museum (not art gallery!)
Thursday, 22 September 2005
So. I had an audition last night, for an all girl a capella band called Intunition. I was so nervous - as it has been months since I'd sung. After being at work in the morning, dealing with administrative stuff, and writing a presentation, I decided I'd better practice some singing to remind myself how to do it. I started by figuring out how to play the iPod on M's father's stereo. But the speakers are really crap - and I couldn't play the music loud enough to drown out my own voice... I plugged the iPod into my ears instead, and sat on the windowsill (open) and sang out to the sky.
Well. No windows in the building across the street that were open I can't have offended too many people with my squeaky versions of songs. In fact, by the time I got to Les Miserables (on the alphabetical order...I was singing various songs from various albums) I even had tourists on the street below taking photos of a 'traditional prague scene'. Bahahahaha! AND i got applause.
Did it work though? Was all that warmup for nothing - I hear you ask.
I managed to brave my way through the tram system (which is REALLY good here I have to say) to somewhere well out of the city. And I found the apartment building. Met one of hte girls. Then more and more arrived till there were eight of us in total. They asked whether I'd like to sing with them first and THEN sing solo - or do it now and get it over with.
Er, sing first (then hopefully they could hear that I was okay and they'd like me enough that even if I botched the solo...they'd keep me on). So we strolled our way through Hazy Shade of Winter, and then Java Jive, and then they looked at me. Um.
I'd thought it would have been easier to sing in front of them having sung WITH them already...but no. So off I went..."Billy Ray was a preachers boy...." and by the time I got halfway through that verse they were all coming in with the accompanying "ooo-oooh's" which was REALLY great.
So yeah. The leader told me to write my name on the music - take it home and practice it for next time. And she said she'd send me an official e-mail sometime today. I guess I'm in. Then we practiced "in the mood" as well.
Our first performance is at the end of November - to the college of expatriate surgeons here. It's a black tie high society event, and we get to have dinner and drinks afterwards too. Fantastic! I'm so thrilled. The singing sounds great live, but not so good when we tape it. At present, we're still all learning (well, I definitely am) the notes, rather than starting to listen to each other so we blend nicely. But I know we'll get there. No ones voice is phenomenal, but we all love singing - so it's the perfect ensemble I think - we each take turns having solo lines so no one is 'left out' either. No major egos (or at least, all major egos that will accomodate others) so hooray.
Will let you know when we're approached with a recording contract! :)
After rehearsal, we popped down to the nearest local pub, had a few drinks and then I braved (this time it WAS braving) the night tram home. This one's only half the size and has lino floors (to make it easy to sluice, one imagines) and no digital display of "the next stop". But that didn't matter, I still got home (at 11:30pm) and made myself some dinner (note to self: don't mix sardines on toast with vodka and orange juice again - it just makes you have a dream filled sleep).
So today: I'm off to organise travel insurance ($18 for a YEAR? Okay then, sign me up!) for the trip to Menorca. And apparently my company has to organise my social security number there's really nothing more for me to do than have my medical (when I return) and get to work. Things are looking good. I haven't felt this positive about things in, oooh, about 5 years (let me guess, the length of time it took to complete my PhD? What a coincidence!).
I guess this is what happiness feels like. Or at least, contentedness. Or is it that I like change? Whichever...I feel at home in my own skin. Even if it has a few spider bites!
posted by Nomes @ Thursday, September 22, 2005  
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