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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!)
How to build a snowman
Saturday, 4 March 2006
1. Rewriting a document that wasn't your responsibility. Use imagination and lots of prepositions.
2. Frown as your phone goes “Goodbye” and dies loudly. Realise misspent lunch of tetris is to blame. Dismiss this – and remember the glory of a new high score.
3. Wave at phone.
4. Use internet sms to arrange to meet mates for movie at 7:30ish.
5. Eat imagination-bolstering chocolate until you’re late home (but the report’s in).
6. Plug phone in.
7. Realise all friends already in movie. Sob quietly to lonely self a little.
8. Get all "fine then!", and clean the flat.
9. 10mins later (small flat), look outside.
10. Go outside...measure snow fall, check water content of snow.
11. Run back inside. Run hand under hot water tap to relieve frostbite.
12. Put gloved hands in plastic bags.
13. Put on jacket. Add high heeled wedged suede boots (I kid you not, these are my winter boots!)
14. Race to an appropriate area, and start as you think snowmen are made.
15. Realise rather quickly that snow does not “roll” like it does in cartoons.
16. Pick a spot for the snowman.
17. Scoop snow. Make pile. Realise that snowman will be snow pyramid without immediate intervention.
18. Start shaping.
19. Decide on maximum width, based on how much back aches from crouching/leaning over growing mound which is now slightly ovoid...
20. Reach maximum width. Continue to shape, by adding handfuls of snow to 'thing'.
21. Realise that snowman now looks like has leprosy. Look for hose. No hose.
22. Sprinkle snow in depressions...and 'smooth' it around.
23. Wonder if neighbours are watching from darkened room...feel slightly stupid.
24. Get over it. Sing to Bohemian Rhapsody (from speakers turned out from room window) and start on next 'sphere'.
25. Stand back and admire: snow-jabba!
26. Realise that this method of piling snow and then shaping it, won't quite work this time.
27. Develop new technique, use entire arm to 'smooth' down the second sphere, adding bit of snow at a time, in a very 'butter icing' technique (as if it's running down the slopey bits of a ring cake!).
28. Feel quite accomplished as second sphere starts to approach 2/3 width of first mound.
29. Add head.
30. Realise that snowman will visit self in nightmares if head remains like 'that'.
31. Attempt to 'smooth' head shape.
32. Give up, grab some 'grass' and add hair instead (my snowman has a combover!)
33. Search for nose/eyes combination.
34. Note: 1st Property of Snow: it covers EVERYTHING.
35. Push snow away from earth. Use fingers to dig.
36. Note: 2nd Property of Snow: it FREEZES stuff.
37. Find three bits of bark/stone...can't be's dark!
38. Add the first eye to the face.
39. Wipe away the smear of dirt on the cheek.
40. Wipe away the smear of dirt now on the chin.
41. Realise that side of snow mans face entirely covered in smear of dirt.
42. Note: 3rd Property of Snow: you can always add more!
43. Balance out other cheek...Sing theme tune to Nip/Tuck.
44. Note: 4th Property of Snow: it can be used to 'wash' the other stones/bark bits.
45. Add these.
46. Use stick to make holes in belly (muttering "now, this won't hurt a bit...")
47. Put ivy leaves in holes, and pack stems in with more powdery snow.
48. Accost tree for suitable ‘hand’ branches.
49. Move hand like branches into Barbie™ position for fear that people will think the snowperson is saying ‘help…. Help…’
50. Look for curved twig for mouth. Hold up several candidates. Realise that manic snowperson will scare small children and dogs. (and me).
51. Find slightly crooked curve, think, ‘ah, the mona lisa’ and melt it into the face of the snowperson.
52. Admire handiwork.
53. Ignore fact snowperson looks slightly drunk and leery – after all, you’re in the Czech Republic, it’s a natural state for everyone.
54. Go inside for camera.
55. Position self to take photo: realise that background looks like landmine field (prior to the grass growing again).
56. Go inside for snow shovel.
57. Laugh maniacally to self, and take ‘dustpan’ from ‘dustpan and brush set’ as snowshovel replacement.
58. Spend next 30mins redistributing snow to cover ‘bombsite’ area around snowperson, thus leaving it looking ‘miracle like’ and ‘fresh’.
59. Wonder if anyone else does such ridiculous things.
60. Take many photos of proof.
61. Hurry inside for tea, replete with the knowledge that your snowperson cherry has been popped.
posted by Nomes @ Saturday, March 04, 2006  
  • At 2:01 am, March 06, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,
    Never having had a desire to make a snowperson, though having been coerced into making many along the route of my life, I have to admit that reading about you making yours was far more enjoyable, nay even giggle making. I would have been the person videoing you for funniest videos - you must have presented quite an amusement to anyone who got to watch the whole episode.
    I've just (as in last week) re-found your chicken testing email, so I'm going to re-type it and send it to you as an attachment - you can then keep it in your file as well. I'm not sure about printing your whole blog - I did try a couple of pages and all I got was the left hand side where the flickr photos are - none of the blog entry itself. So if you know how to print it, I'll do that and will present it to you sometime - though I can't promise the leather bound jobbie, maybe a cutout cover as in your hairbits box from eons ago.
    With Azerbaijan being that much colder than Prague you could always make a whole family of snow people, but it might make you lose any credibilty you may have as team leader (scuse me while I have paroxyms of laughter). At least it would explain the strange collection of "dark" things you are carrying around - should you care to explain yourself (never a wise option, much better to let people think one is a fool rather than prove it - with apologies to whomsoever it was who wrote that originally, Oscar Wilde methinks).
    Ok hilarity obviously taking over in this part of the world - will love and leave you as got to start making 40 cheese scones for tomorrow)
    Love, Mums

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