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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!)
Weird vivid dreams
Thursday, 22 September 2005
I'm not sure whether it's my body finally allowing my brain to have dreams, but whichever...I've been having some real humdingers since I've arrived here.
Yesterday morning, I woke with a horrible jolt at about 5:00am (am I preparing myself for when I get back or what?) with the thought "Where am I?". I'd been dreaming about the difficulties of leaving NZ, saying goodbye to everyone (I think it was 'emotional difficulties' not 'logistical complications' - though I can't rightly remember). I dreamed that I had connection problems with flights, and that everything went all haywire essentially.
Then, I woke up...and couldn't recognise my surroundings for a while. Sheesh. Spider bites? When I finally figured out where I was I thought, 'hmm...that was weird'. And was totally reassured to be in Prague.
This morning I had two dreams.
1. A person at work (at ESR) is pregnant with twins (I don't even know if this is true or not). She's working right up until they're born, essentially. Anyway, she goes into labour in the toilet upstairs (though the layout has changed) and no one knows. She has one baby, and it's alive but needs help. I walk in, with a friend Steph, and we see what's going on (the blue baby on the floor by the edge of a cubicle gave it away!) and we tell the chick (whose name I dont know) that it needs medical attention, will she give it to us. She responds with the sentiment, "no, that one was born wrong so that this one can be born fine". Weird, vivid and quite horrible. The blue baby dies. The other survives.
Given my penchant for premonitory dreams I'm not sure what to make of this one. Do I tell my friend to watch out for someone at work who is pregnant with twins? Or is it symbolic (my old life had to die so that my new life could go ahead)?
2. I'm at a dinner organised by some old karate friends (M&E). It's quite a posh dinner with several courses (M loves to cook) but we're eating outside on plastic furniture (no biggie - just a point). There are table cloths. It's not their house though - it's set somewhere else. And we're also situated 'at the bottom of the garden' instead of on the 'balcony' or close to the kitchen (which is odd). Anyway, there are a few of us at my table. The wind picks up and the tablecloths and napkins are starting to flap a little. The guy next to me (never met before, someone else's partner) reaches over and starts tickling my arm. Crazy huh? And I turn and look at him and directly say, "What the heck are you doing that for?" and he responds, "I'm trying to help you feel the most from the drugs.". I'm a little taken aback by this (and the tickling of my arm is annoying too) so I point out, "But I haven't taken anything, so it's not likely to work is it?" in rather an overly querulous manner. So he stops and looks alittle sheepish. I remind him that "at least I didn't let you continue making a fool of yourself."
And then I woke up.
ARGH!!! So I came out of my room and asked my flatmate (apropos nothing - she can deal with it - she's REALLY cool) when you dream - what phase of sleep it's in. Because I'd also noticed the huge bags under my eyes - maybe I wasn't sleeping properly. She (ex PhD student in neurophysiology with a background in psych) told me that you dream most in REM sleep and always have really vivid dreams around periods of change. Vivid, yes, but premonitory? So we got to talking about our various systems (she feels conversations in her sleep - to the point where she knew a friend of hers grandmothers was going to be put in hospital - having never met the woman before - which would stop her and her friend from meeting up, while I see scenarios played out) and talked for about 4 hours (see? She's really cool!) before she had to dash to go teach.
So yeah - crazy weird Nomes has weird vivid dreams. Nothing much doing, just documenting.
P.S. I think i'm picking up a Canadian accent.
posted by Nomes @ Thursday, September 22, 2005  
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