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!)
Photos are in the reverse order
Monday, 17 October 2005
So my suggestion to you is that you click on one of them, wait for it to load, then click on "menorca" which is the name of the album. THEN they're displayed as thumbnails in the CORRECT order. That way, you can enjoy the riotous tales that go with them, by clicking on the first one (probably the picture of the map of menorca entitled "Here we go...") and then clicking on 'next' until your boss threatens to take away your internet access.
And if youre one of the models featured in the seascape of Menorca, and you don't like the fact I've put your image on my blog, please let me know, I can either delete the photo or pixellate your face. Of course, all my friends/family back home will figure out which of you is the sensitive one, and you may even receive personal e-mail advising you stop being a ninny...but that's for the future perhaps.
Anyway, asides from the practicalities of photo tours, my day went quite well today. I got to work, to find a brand spanking new laptop (YAY!) to play with. It's still in it's box, as it had to be immediately taken to IT for the uploading of the software I'll need. ARGH! So cruel. And yes, it has 60GB, so the iPod/music/photos (oh, and data) will fit...
I'm hoping to brush up (ie. relearn) my french at work as well. I don't speak Czech, Vlad speaks v. good english but reverts on occasion to French, which his wife also understands. All in all, I'm left hunting for babelfish on ebay. What? You mean they haven't been invented yet? Get the B&MGates foundation on it...
Tomorrow I should be well shod again. And coated too (it's bordering on the 'almost more important') side, which should indicate how chilly I feel already. The weather is a lot more clear, but a lot more nippy than that in Menorca. I certainly haven't broken a sweat today, despite walking over half the city to obtain PIN from the post office, then the card from the bank etc.. I also need to collect vital paperwork from the boxes (I hope it's in there, otherwise I'm royally screwed) since my contract depends upon them being sent to Brno to be 'okayed' by the Minister of Education. I'm not expecting my contract to be signed any time soon (in otherwords).
On Wednesday, my modelling talents are required for a chest xray. then a medical 'investigation' (*ahem* I hope youmean, 'examination'?!!!) on Thursday. Friday will see Vlad and I shifting the office around to make it more efficient and nice! I tell ya...cruisy first week (except the blood letting for the investigation, and the vaccinations I'm due).On the other hand, le Boss said that his motto for the next two years is "let's do it" (minds out of the gutter please, only momentarily I assure you) so I have to be careful what I suggest. Today, I asked whether he knew of the existence of a united animal/public health conference. After scanning through the giant book of abstracts from the last ECCID (not sure of the acronymisation there...) and thinking about applying for the next one (April 2006 kids...see you there?) he's suggested I organise a czech (possibly further afield) conference for zoonotic diseases sometime either next year or conjunction with the medical and veterinary school. While I didn't want an organisational job per se, it does sound challenging, fun AND damned useful in the days of emerging zoonoses (see BSE/SARS/AvianFlu for more detail). Hmm...methinks I'd best learn to keep my mouth shut. Or at least REALLY think things through before opening it.
That's my lot for today. Glad to see (actually, more bemused and humbled) that so many of you are reading this babble. You've more stamina than I suspected. And apologies for the irregular responses to e-mails, you can see what life is like. I will get to them...promise! :)
P.S. everyone start generating good luck thoughts to send in Mortens direction...he's defending his PhD on Friday (that's Friday after midnight for those in antipodes).
posted by Nomes @ Monday, October 17, 2005  
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