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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!)
This whole moving to Prague thing...
Wednesday, 17 May 2006
...has been hard. Is hard. Continues to be hard. Shall be hard forever more. However, it HAS seen an increase in mail sent direct from the Antipodes to the Czech Republic.

I just opened a package from a rather special girl in Wellington (one of the infamous altos, in fact) containing a face mask, the most realistic looking artificial rose I've ever seen and a handmade card with a handbag on it(top marks that girl).

How did you know I'd run out of mask?

And: the best part about the mask is the description. It's from glamourflage: the Mia Sublime facemask which says:

"Not the shy and retiring type is our Mia. Her devil-may-care attitude has a strange tendency to get herself into scrapes that her charms (which have nothing to do with perky boobs and everything to do with attitude) are hard-pushed to extricate her from. 'Still', she says 'she who doesn't take risks, never gets to drink champagne'. She stopped believing in Santa Claus when she was six - her mother took her to see him in a department store and he asked her for her autograph. Having matured since then and emerged relatively unscathed from dalliances with several likely suitors, Mia is not about to plunge head first into another - she's busy painting the town all shades of purple - a life fetter-free seems to be beckoning."

I LOVE IT! Thank you SOO much sugar. I hope your car was towed, your CV was polished and the interview went smoothly. If you want the job, I also hope you get it! :)

Love you madly. And miss those (also infamous) hugs.
posted by Nomes @ Wednesday, May 17, 2006  
  • At 1:34 pm, May 18, 2006, Blogger mx said…

    I'm so chuffed you like it [she says shyly]. The description seemed very You, and I wanted to send something small and pampering to let you know I was thinking of you so you wouldn't feel too lonely around birthday time. Take care, dear Nomes - lots of love and infamous hugs (I stole several from rehearsal tonight!), mx xxoo

  • At 3:01 pm, May 18, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,
    Top marks to MX who obviously knows you oh so well. Delighted to hear that the regular mail from the Antipodes has now persuaded the Czech Republic that the Antipodes do exist! Maybe they'll get around to recognising Massey Uni BEFORE you leave Prague!!
    Manwhile back in sunny Gladstone we are actually getting mail from NZ in under a week - is this a record? Mind you I did give our accountant a blasting, only verbally on paper, if you see what I mean, about expecting payment in double quick time when they posted their account 5 days after the stated date on the invoice, which nicely coincided with Easter. I think they forgot with whom they were dealing - I, too, can count. Needless to say they have wound their collective necks back in, and even managed to send the answer to our original question which was posed before their bogus invoice date! Yeeha, one up for the little guy.
    You can see what's been preying on my mind recently. But I'm getting slightly time warped. Australia's tax year ends on 30 June, whereas NZ's is on 31 March, and UK's is on 5 April. If I get it wrong I could cause all sorts of calamities. Thank goodness we're not registered for GST/VAT except in NZ. Trying to deal with three different rates would be too much and my brain could shut down forever. (Hush to those who just inadvertently said that might be a good thing).
    Obviously time I pootled off to bed. Got cleaning to do tomorrow - why was it I invited people over? Oh yes, so that I would clean the house. Amazing how one always does that, or perhaps it's just me - wish I could relieve myself of this particular fetish.
    Love you heaps,

  • At 5:40 pm, May 18, 2006, Anonymous Girl said…


    I wasn't sure if you would come back to my blog. So I decided to leave a reply to your comment here instead. I hope thats ok.

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you for telling me to look at my own face in those photos. It had not even crossed my mind to do that. And when I did, I realized that "Uh, hello? You don't look as happy as you think you were."

    Its really helping me to move on. So thanks!

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