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!)
Instructions for craziness
Monday, 26 June 2006
When organising Mojitos in the Park,
  1. Choose a cocktail wisely. Pick one you don’t ever want to drink/make again. At least not for the entire summer. Now, what will I do with the 2L of leftover Havana Club….?
  2. Buy more ice. Even though this is the Czech Republic, and purchasing ice is a new concept, buy more than you think you’re going to need. We had warm mojitos at the end of the night, and though we didn’t care, it does seem a little less…well…proper.
  3. Establish ‘getting home’ routes well in advance (i.e. while sober!). Thus NOT leaving your visitors stranded from a night tram. Especially when they SHOULD’VE been on the one that goes past your own house!
  4. Take protection. Or at least friends who will swap places when over-amorous strangers start evaluating how close a shave your Venus gives!
  5. Put a jumper in your bag. Not for cold breezes. More for the mid-mojito-madness nap!
  6. Make room in your cupboard. At the end of the evening, everyone leaves their glasses behind. This is how you increase your glass collection. Hoorah!
  7. Change nickname to ‘Mojito Madame’. Enlist a Mojito Macgyver and a Minister of Mojito. Make everyone badges. All participants are thus Mojito Minions. Rule decisively.
  8. Take photos like a paparazzi. Most will have strangers gawping in amazement at the audacity of this crowd of fools mixing cocktails on a 45o slope. And gawping strangers are sometimes hard to crop.
  9. Take food. Sausages are an awful ‘cocktail’ food. Wholly necessary, but awful; at the time, the next day, and in memorandum. Bleargh! The paprika crisps, however, were divine.
  10. Take alternative glasses. Mojitos are NOT to be made in pint glasses. That brings a stream of vindictive behaviour from this Mojito Madame, and she’ll mix you a HORRIBLE tasting (ie. Very VERY strong!) mojito. Of course, if you successfully down that one, and request another, you shall win her favour forevermore, and be further rewarded with strong drinks. This goes for vases too (BEN!!!).
  11. Plan your answer to the question: “will you have another one?” This way, your answer will not vary (entirely correlated (r2 = 0.999) with time and mojito consumption) from “what do you take me for? A mad masochist with a penchant for lugging 20kg of ‘stuff’ uphill for 20mins?” to “yeah, but possibly something even MORE complex to make!”
It was a great evening – I can’t think how it could’ve been any better. Eight hours of slope-sitting-cocktail-sipping-gossip-swapping-tale-telling fun. Complete with sleeping flatmates, friends hooking up (FINALLY), “sorry I’m late - the trams!” dinner avoidance excuse making, a two-voice rendition of Java (and And So It Goes) and a Herna Bar pitstop on the way home. Perfect.
posted by Nomes @ Monday, June 26, 2006  
  • At 1:52 am, June 27, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,

    Glad you had a great weekend. We did too, doing nothing on Sunday, which was a treat.

    Got my UK passport today - at last, so starting to move in to top gear for my travels.

    Let me know when you get your phone in the flat, though if it takes two weeks I shall already be travelling, so will have to phone you from UK!

    Not long now, Love, Mums

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