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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!)
Christmas Eve in England
Sunday, 25 December 2005
So. England. It would appear tha tI can't moblog while I'm roaming. THat pisses me off beyond your wildest imagination. As you can see, I'm a big fan of thisform of technology and when it lets me down then I just get aggravated.
First impressions: far warmer than Prague. And sunny! :) So warm, in fact, that I ended up leaving my black v-neck jumper at Dee's house (which is really annoying, I seldom lose things and so when I do, or leave them somewhere out of the ordinary - the house of my aunt who I haven't seen for 10 years is 'out of the ordinary' - it freaks me out just a little bit) since it wasn't really cold enough to worry too much about it. Certainly not like Prague: I wasn't even wearing gloves or earmuffs! Unheard of!
After a delicious lasagne (must be hereditary - though we all do it totally differently, they're equally as delicious. Maybe it's impossible to screw up a lasagne. Ideas please...) and cheese and orange segments and ice cream (I was quite full) and a good catch up with the cousins (Leigh and Verity, I haven't seen them for about 9 years I think...) and we were back on the road. Met Dee's new husband (well, of a few years now) Rex, who was lovely. Seemed a perfect foil for Joel, who's Cheryl's son (I do hope you're keeping up, I don't know how to draw a genetic diagram on the blog) - doing the 'hidden walkie talkie' thing and then measuring a large stuffed snake (as you do).
Joel wasn't too impressed with the lasagne, and had no bones about announcing it. Sometimes I wish I could behave like that too, it's something htat I don't think we take advantage of. Youth - that is.  It's loud being around children again, I'm not really accustomed to it. ANd he's a very lively rambunctious child. Full of questions though. His question about bird flu certainly beats that of most adults: 'where did it COME from' he asks (at the airport arrivals hall - damnit). I need coloured pencils to describe it, but we'll get there once he's finished with his toys.
Then home to Cheryl's. Saw Alison (I'm so uncertain of the spellings it's disgusting - it might be double L, it might be Y) briefly before she went to her boyfriends house for dinner (she's 19? maybe!) and then took an overnight bag to Lucy at the hotel she works in, since she's staying there the night as public transport is 'off' in the UK tomorrow so she woulnd't be able to get there for her early shift in the am. Home again, dinner, and much collusion between the adults (Richard, Cheryl and self) regarding the sacrosanct secret of 'santa'. I've never seen a child run so fast up to bed to be 'asleep' for when Father Christmas comes...all Cheryl did was rattle the bells on the tree. INsane. I've never had to do the 'keep it a secret' thing as an adult to a child. It's amazing - their capacity to believe so fully. Weird too. I wonder they get into strangers cars, so beautifully innocent. Poor things.

And now, after dinner, Lindt chocolate (not FOR dinner, but after) and 'assissting Father Christmas organise the presents under the tree' (hello...we had to drink his Amaretto too, thankfully the cats drank the water left out for Rudolph!) and then I asked C to boot the computer for me so i coudl update my adoring fans.
Who are undoubtedly all having a fabulous time of their own. Am not sure how often will be able to update, since not my computer and am scheduled to be busy too, but will try.  So sorry for those of you who are just DYING to hear from me...but I have to live a little.
Now, I wonder if the hairdressers has a computer so I can show them the haircut I want...
posted by Nomes @ Sunday, December 25, 2005  
  • At 1:38 pm, December 25, 2005, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,
    Alison your cousin once removed Alyson your step sister. Helps??
    Alison born 16 April 1986, will be 19 in April 2006. So much for family data - to be put into your various ports of family details.
    Just got back from lovely dinner at the Hotel. Shame about them wanting to throw us out at 10pm, but thats the Antipodes, and Gladstone really is the back of beyond. Nonetheless, had a good time - going to open another bottle of Lindauer - not available here, so hen's teeth variety atm.
    Love to all. Will leave computer on so that maybe you can Skype.
    Love you, Mums

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