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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!)
Domaci Ukol.
Friday, 16 December 2005
So, looks like there’s at least two "Hilder" women being embodied by Scrooge this Christmas, neither Mums nor I have really gotten into the mood of Christmas. I’m in the mood of winter though (very much) since the weather in Prague has taken a dip over the last two days. I’m thoroughly blaming Nis for this (sorry gal) because she’s been wanting snow in Prague for her visit. Looks like she might just get it: but it’ll be with harsh high winds and lashings of snow too. Ta VERY much – I don’t think.

Spent till 1am figuring out some homework last night. Wrote about my holiday to be. There are a few mistakes but here you go (for those of you playing at home, I trust your Czech is progressing this fast!):

Moje Dovolena
Na vánoce, poletím do Anglii, navštívím moji sestřenici, jmenuje Cheryl. Můj bratr a jeho přítelkyně navštívi Cheryl taky. Cheryl má dvě dcery a jednoho syna. Půjdu do kadeřnictví pro ostřihání. Budeme jist dobré jedla, pojdeme na dlouhu procházku, budeme pit dobré víno a budeme si povídat. Za čtyři dny, poletím do Skotska, navštívim moje bývalý spolubydlice. Můj Švédský kamarád poletí do Skotsko navštívi mě taky. Znovu, budeme pit příliš mnoho, budeme slavit, budeme si povídat, a obecně budeme se mít dobře. Přiletím do Prahy 4th leden, myslím že budu potřebovat dovolenou!!!

This Christmas, I’ll go (by plane) to England, to visit my cousin who’s name is Cheryl. My brother and his girlfriend will visit Cheryl also. Cheryl has two daughters and one son. I will go to a hairdressers for a haircut (this is me desperate for things to say and new vocabulary to learn – can’t you tell?). We will eat good food (presuming I make it home from the hairdressers of course!), we’ll go for long walks, drink good wine and have good conversation. After four days, I’ll go (by plane) to Scotland, to visit my ex-flatmates. My Swedish friend will come to Scotland to visit me too. Again, we’ll drink too much, go to parties, talk a lot and generally have a good time. I’ll return (by plane) to Prague on the 4th January, and I think I’ll need a holiday.

Yes, hilarity runs rife in OUR class (which basically now consists of two students, Eleshka and myself…).

Moje Babička
Moje babička je moje hrdinka! Narodila v Indii v roce 1926. Utékla od manžela, a bydlela do Anglii. Měla tři dcery, potom jeho manžel zemřel na rakovinu. Poslal dcery do internátní školy, potom přestěhoval do Cameroonu, naučil se Anglicky tady. Navštívil Novy Zéland třikrát dokud bydlela jsem tam. Přijížděl často protože naše rodina žije všude! Doufám, že jednoho dne budu inspirovat moji vnučku stejně jako ona inspirovala mě. Ale nejdříve musím mít děti!!

My Grandmother is my hero. She was born in India in 1926 (apologies for lack of fact finding…). She eloped with her husband, and lived in England. She had three daughters and then her husband died of cancer. She sent her daughters to boarding school, then went off to teach in the Cameroons, to teach English there. She visited New Zealand three times while I lived there. She’s always travelling because our family lives everywhere. I hope that one day, I can inspire my granddaughters as much as she inspires me. But first, I have to have children!

And the greatest thing about that second paragraph (the one about Grandma) is that it was harder to translate back to English, as I’d not done it as a translation FROM English in the first place (unlike the ‘my holiday’ piece). Of course, the second best thing is that I have managed to extract only the really important things: eloping, husband dying, sending her kids to boarding school, travelling the world to dwell upon. I'm just lucky she's lived in 'interesting times' else my writing would be a lot less far-fetched-seeming. (er?)

Last bit of my homework that I’m going to subject you to: the dialogue we wrote in class today. As I mentioned, class now consists of Eleshka and myself, and since she speaks Czech at home, we progress rapidly (much to my lack of comprehension on occasion). So sometimes we get to dwell on the ridiculous. This should amuse Brett if no one else (for sheer theatrical comedy value). Ahhh…that Central European sense of humour (ie. lack thereof).

Doktorka (played, of course, by ME!): Dobry den Paní Komokova, co je vám?
Paní Komokova: Dobry den Paní Doktorka. Bolí mě celé tělo.
Doktorka: To je mi líto. Včera jste říkala že vás bolí zub, a dneska bolí tělo?
Paní Komokova: Už mam trochu teplotu, určitě vím že mě bude bolet v krku!
Doktorka: Otevřít pusa prosím…řika „Aaah“.
Paní Komokova: Aaah (you try writing dialogue with our meagre vocabulary!)
Doktorka: Vy mate strašnou virózu, moje prognóza je že mate tři dny života!
Paní Komokova: Vlastně všechno je v pořádku! Už nemam teplotu, už mě nebolí zub ani celé tělo! Promiňte, ale musím domu.
Doktorka: Na shledanou!!!

And for those of you who weren’t following closely:

D: Good morning Mrs Komokova, how are you?
PK: Good morning Dear Doctor (they’re incredibly respectful here, unlike you lot). My entire body hurts.
D: I’m sorry to hear that. Yesterday you told me that your tooth hurt, and today your whole body?
PK: I also have a bit of a temperature, I’m sure there’s something wrong with my throat.
D: Open your mouth please…say “Aaah”
PK: Aaaah (I KNOW you’re benefiting from the translation here)
D: You have a terrible virus, my prognosis is that you have three days to live.
PK: Is that all I have left???? Already I don’t have a temperature, my tooth doesn’t hurt and neither does my whole body. Sorry, I’ve got to get home.
D: goodbye.

So: moral of that story? A) Eleshka and I have sick minds. B) You can diagnose anything from a peer down the throat. C) I’m not great with ‘bedside manner’ and D) If you’re a hypochondriac, you won’t be getting much sympathy in our class!

That’s all for now folks: gonna head home to snooze before singing in Old Town Square. I do hope the tourists are generous with their money – we’re hoping to raise sufficient for 7 glasses of svarak! J
posted by Nomes @ Friday, December 16, 2005  
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