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!)
Who's watching the watchers?
Monday, 16 January 2006
Little did you know (okay, I may have mentioned it once or twice) but I keep track of who comes and reads this (a girls gotta know her audience right?).

Turns out, I can also see the referring sites. So...I'm guessing that Mx either did a search that had nomesboxall+blog in it, or had nomes+prague in it.

But people have also searched for: englech+card, orloj+clock+diagram and US3,+‘Cantaloupe+(Flip Fantasia) and must have been a little pissed off to have ended up on my site.

Now: what's REALLY interesting is that on each of these searches, I was in position two or four on the google results. SCORE!!! I just have to start mentioning REALLY obscure stuff and that'll pull even MORE people in. I AM the black hole of blogging. (David, no comment is required in response to that, thanks kindly!)
posted by Nomes @ Monday, January 16, 2006  
  • At 9:53 pm, January 16, 2006, Anonymous David said…

    What you should really do if you want more hits on Google is start linking to your blog from other sites/forums/comments in others' blogs... this is because Google ranks sites party on how many other people link to them.

  • At 9:55 pm, January 16, 2006, Anonymous Nomes said…

    David, you're so clever. I take back all the awful things I've said to you. You are a true friend. MWA XOX

  • At 9:26 am, January 17, 2006, Blogger Vince Miami said…

    testes 1,2
    testes 1,2,3

  • At 10:29 am, January 17, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,
    Who is this who reckons he has three orchids?
    As to the lateness of times - if your Pa and I can manage 4am, with just sitting reading and occasionally chatting, I see absolutely no reason why you shouldn't be out till 6am. We have to struggle during the working week to hit the hay around midnight. And we still manage to get up at 6.20. I won't say we're awake, but we are moving.....just!
    It's all about life, so why waste it sleeping for goodness sake?
    Glad I've grown out of the drink this, it's mighty unusual, stage of my life - I'll just stick to champers and cognac - playing it safe, and ever expensive.
    Got to do some real work on here, so I'll love and leave you for now, Mums

  • At 4:35 pm, January 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Nomes! CR is not only the Czech Republic, but also Cedar Rapids, the location of my college here in the States. Oh no... I've broken your heart doubly, haven't I? Take care and kiss Prague for me! -Katie B.

  • At 10:47 am, January 18, 2006, Blogger Vince Miami said…

    I am sorry, 3 Orchids Chap (TOC) is me, Amr from Qatar. Been having all sorts of internet trouble whilst trying to publish a comment - I did not actually expect this last one to make it due to the long string of failures. It was a juvenile amuse-myself version of the classic microphone-testing phrase. As for the "hip" name, it wouldn't let me use my own for some reason so I had to use that of my alter ego, whose biography may be left for another occasion. Hope everyone is well.

  • At 11:51 am, January 18, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi Amr, via GNomes,
    Nice to hear from you. I fully sympathise with your computer malfunctions - both of ours have gone haywire in the last six months. Dastardly annoying these high fallutin' modern machines.
    Now I know who you are I'll attempt not to be so insulting, but I can't promise - you know me!
    Ron sends his regards, along with mine,
    GNomes, hope you don't mind the piggy back, love Mums

  • At 2:21 pm, January 18, 2006, Anonymous Helena said…

    Hi Nomes
    See I DO read your blog! Actually I'm trying to catch up - at the mo I've been reading what you were up to in Nov...I'll get to Jan eventually! Will reply to your email any day now too...but for now my tummy's rumbling and the others are gogin to lunch here at work so I'll go now too!

    Talk to you soon

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