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!)
Do I even need to be here?
Friday, 23 June 2006
D, I'm sure you're still welcome to invite yourself to Mum's dinner table (though, apparently, she'd like a bit more of an advance warning than we of our generation are likely to provide!). Dinner usually costs a bottle of VSOP...

A muddler arrived for me at work today. Barcon were brilliant.

And Jo had the marvellous idea of pre-muddling about 40 lots of mojitos (into stacked plastic glasses) so that things would go down smoothly at Mojito Madness for the first two round (approximately 20 ppl apparently). The weather is cooler today, but still warm enough to elicit the desire for mixed icy fresh drinks (thank goodness) and there's more alcohol in my flat than I have liver enzymes to process (in my LIFE).

It's true. Dad DID kick me out. And when I called their bluff ("you want me to go? Fine. I'm off. NZ all by myself? Why not! When's the ticket for? Tomorrow you say? No problems...I'll just go pack then shall I?") he (finally) appealed to my sense of honour.

Damned first-borne-catholic-legacy-romantic-sense-of-honour *sigh*. Of COURSE it didn't work on little bro. But then, neither did the drug talk, did it Pah!? (inadvertently making my little brother sound like an addict - which I assure you, he ain't!).

Okay folks. It's summer. It's Friday. It's 2.40pm. I'm at work. There's something wrong with that collection of facts. Let's try again: It's summer. It's Friday. It's 2.40pm. I'm at work.

That's better.
posted by Nomes @ Friday, June 23, 2006  
  • At 3:13 am, June 24, 2006, Anonymous David said…

    " Bloody Davy Flint
    Every pirate lives for something different. For some, it's the open sea. For others (the masochists), it's the food. For you, it's definitely the fighting. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr! "

    Pre-muddled mojito's... but the break while I muddle the next drink is the only chance I have to sober up!

  • At 5:19 pm, June 24, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,

    That sounds about right - the part about only having the break to sober up in!! But....and I hesitate to expose my ignorance, but here it is....what is a muddler? Obviously missed out on the generational prerequisite. I take my drinks neat - hence the VSOP (or XP, I might add - I remember it very well - sipped not gulped).

    It's Sautrday night and we've been having fun trying to make the machine that tells you whether you've had to much to drink tell us that we've had too much to drink. And it's not easy!!! Seems when I have a high reading Ron's is low, and vice versa, in spite of us drinking the same in around the same time ie a bottle of fizzy shared between the two of us. But never fear, we will persevere, and eventually we'll come to a compromise - though it will probably be when neither of us can read the damn thing - the readout is tiny!!

    Hey ho, what else would you do on a Saturday night when the only thing on telly is the rugby (between Australia and Ireland - good match until Australia stormed ahead) or the damned world cup. I'm heartily sick of it already and it goes on until 9th July. Roll on the next three years.... I've been persecuted by so many world cups of soccer in my life that I would readily agree to banish them to the nether world. At least the rugby is interesting!

    Enough tirade for tonight. Only bought one pair of shoes today - woohoo, though Ron bought a pair of trainers (I refuse to dignify them by calling them shoes, even if mine are soemthing akin to fancy flipflops!)

    Time to say goodnight Lucy (dear me, you have to be a darn sight older than you are to remember Rowan & Martin's laugh-in, but it's where Goldie Hawn got her break through - and don't you dare say who?)

    Love you heaps, Mums

  • At 6:13 am, June 25, 2006, Anonymous David said…

    Ah yes, the XP. Almost as tasty as that XO we've enjoyed a few times...

  • At 6:15 am, June 25, 2006, Anonymous David said…

    FYI: A mudd1er is a wooden implement used to crush mint and lime to release their flavour.

  • At 3:54 am, June 26, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    O..P what's in a letter??

  • At 9:06 am, June 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Black Morgan Bonney -
    Like anyone confronted with the harshness of robbery on the high seas, you can be pessimistic at times. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!


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