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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!)
It's meme day in blog world
Wednesday, 28 June 2006
So many of the blogs I read are filled with meme's today. Obviously, in the European heat, there's nothing happening (I can't move, I might melt!) so nothing worth blogging about. Except the all-important (and omnipotent - on my blog) ME!!! So saying:
  1. How old do you wish you were? I'm actually happy with the 29. Even though I keep forgetting that I had a birthday recently (honestly forgetting, not pretend forgetting) and telling people I'm 28. Then five minutes later saying, "Did I say 28? I meant 29!!!". They run away soon after.
  2. Where were you when 9/11 happened? Camden town. My sister-cousin and I were shopping. We went back to the shop where I'd purchased my "may-have-to-live-under-it-it's-so-expensive" full length leather coat, and the shopkeeper said, "Have you heard? There's a plane in the World Trade Centre. A jumbo." We thought he was taking the piss, took our belongings and went to a pub in Convent Garden. The atmosphere was hushed. People were intent on the small screen (not football season) in the corner of the bar - hardly anyone was drinking. When all of a sudden, I noticed that the guy at the bar moved identically to a friend I hadn't seen for 9 years. It WAS him!!! We couldn't even get too excited because the atmosphere was so quiet and appalled.
  3. What do you do when vending machines steal your money? Try to jostle it. Then walk away, Renee. Not like I NEED another chocolate bar.
  4. Do you consider yourself kind? I try to be.
  5. If you had to get a tattoo, where and what would it be? Ooh, a second one? I'm gonna get stuff up my spine. It's all in the works (ie. my head) and I need the contact details of a brilliant artist, who can draw believable reptilian skin (none of that 'faux dragon scale shite thanks!).
  6. If you could be fluent in any other language what would it be? Ha ha ha. Czech. Please. Now! (ie. with no further effort required on my behalf)
  7. Do you know your neighbors? I know the bartenders in the downstairs bar...
  8. What do you consider a vacation? Lying on a beach. Or in a park. Somewhere outside and warm and sunny and bright. Not being bitten by insects (the IMPOSSIBLE vacation then). With MANY MANY books. And freshly squeezed juice. Of many MANY varieties. *wistful sigh*
  9. Do you follow your horoscope? Now that I can't read it, everything's a surprise.
  10. Would you move for the person you loved? Nope. What a bitch. OK, justification is that since I'd move anywhere for any reason, then I imagine if my "Handsome Prince" (for want of a more realistic partner, obviously) were to ask me to move to Hicktown, Idaho, population 56 with him. And my answer would be no. Ipso
  11. Are you touchy feely? Yep. Freaks people out. Then I feel uncomfortable and awkward. And have to do some weird 'socially graceful get out' so they know I don't (automatically) want their children, just want skin to skin contact every once in a while. Pah.
  12. Do you believe that opposites attract? Depends. I don't find myself drawn to a serial murderer, currently incarcerated and pawing through ladies underwear while masturbating over gun manuals. But maybe that's not my opposite....?
  13. Dream job? Epidemiologist for emerging infectios diseases. Somewhere where they actually believe I went to University. And pay me well.
  14. Favorite channels? None of the kiwi ones would be a favourite. I'd kill for some Discovery or History Channel though.
  15. Favorite place to go on a weekend? To the beach.
  16. Showers or Bath? Showers. And when I feel like luxuriating, baths.
  17. Do you paint your nails? Sometimes. Toenails currently vinyl hot pink, fingernails bare.
  18. Do you trust people easily? Still. damnit. Gotta stop doing that.
  19. What are your phobias? I wouldn't say 'phobia', but I'm not enraptured by heights from where I can see the ground clearly (and the pebble that will end up embedded inmy skull).
  20. Do you want kids? Not sure. Get back to me in 10 years.
  21. Do you keep a handwritten journal? Handwriting? What's that?
  22. Where would you rather be right now? On a beach.
  23. What makes you feel warm and safe? BBQ's with friends and family.
  24. Heavy or light sleep? I a) love it that I'm a light sleeper, I can do the instant alert thing and b) love the occasions on which I'm comatose in a heavy sleep, drooling over my pillow. One shouldn't mock the power of drool.
  25. Are you paranoid? I won't have my back to the door for fear of knives/bullets/arrows/salacious gossip (and people reading over my shoulder).
  26. Are you impatieYes.
  27. Who can you relate to? The altos.
  28. How do you feel about interracial couples? How do I feel about intRAracial couples?
  29. Have you been burned by love? Yes. And still singed.
  30. Whats your life motto? Is it REALLY going to make a difference?
  31. What's your main ringtone on your mobile? Depends who calls. Main one would be "Stupid Girl", Adam's is "madness", Intunitions are "My Band". HA! Eat that Katatonikova!
  32. What were you doing at midnight last night? Getting Adam's phone charger from his room. Suffering a mild panic about todays site appraisal.
  33. Who was your last text message from? Marten in A'dam.
  34. Who's bed did you sleep in last night? The futon that is my bed (and is disturbingly comfortable!)
  35. What color shirt are you wearing? Turquoise. Those of you who know me in person will know which one.
  36. Most recent movie you watched? Crash. Disturbing and compelling in equal measure with an unquantifiable causal relationship linking the two emotions.
  37. Name five things you have on you at all times? My anklet, my kanji, my hair, my glasses and my phone. (though if you interrupt me from my light sleep, I may not have the last two on me!).
  38. What color are your bed sheets? Blue.
  39. How much cash do you have on you right now? 702CZK. That's 25 euros, 15 pounds sterling or 42 new zealand dollars. And yes, I can mostly do the convesions in my head.
  40. What is your favorite part of a chicken? Breast. Even though it's not the bit i've seen most frequently...
  41. What's your favorite town/city? This one's pretty cool. Haven't been to them all, can't judge objectively.
  42. I cant wait till... I have a red phone on my desk.
  43. Who got you to join MySpace? Oh god, someone. ages ago. And I wish I hadn't. (It's not updated, don't bother checking)
  44. What did you have for dinner last night? An omelette. Am SOO excited that the supermarket next door sells something called "kuřečí šunka" which is 'chicken ham'.
  45. How tall are you barefoot? Me name, is not Barefoot. 173cm. Damnit.
  46. Have you ever smoked crack? Nope.
  47. Do you own a gun? Nope.
  48. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Bubbles and strawberries. Then I know it's gonna be a good day: and somewhere, there'll be a deep sleep!!
  49. What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex? Um, look at my life. I clearly don't have one!
  50. Do you have A.D.D.? Nope, I'm just your standard overacheiver who's mind flips from subject to subject looking for potential ties and matchups...
  51. What time did you wake up today? 6:50am
  52. Current worry? The usual 'I'm a fraud' worry.
  53. Current hate? Not having enough to do at work.
  54. Favorite place to be? In a house on a hill, with a deck, overlooking a beach, with friends, having a BBQ. Completely fictitious - but it's my favourite place to be. Or: on a swing. With a book.
  55. Where would you like to travel? Wherever I don't make it to in my life. (but first, the Dark Continent!)
  56. Where do you think you'll be in 10 yrs? In an anxious fit to sign up with whichever institution is going to fertilise my eggs for me. (ie. still single, and wanting to be a mother).
  57. Last thing you ate? Breakfast: muesli with half a peach and skim milk.
  58. What songs do you sing in the shower? Disney tunes. Intunition tunes. Show tunes. I dont' shut up.
  59. Last person that made you laugh? A proper belly laugh? Pavel at the pub on Monday night.
  60. Worst injury you've ever had? ACL rupture. Ou-fecking-ch.
  61. Does someone have a crush on you? Apparently not.
posted by Nomes @ Wednesday, June 28, 2006  
  • At 4:11 pm, June 28, 2006, Anonymous Craig said…

    I have to disagree with you on 61. I know at least one person who does.

    Hope that you're having a good day.

  • At 2:35 am, June 29, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,

    How sweet, from Craig. Perhaps you should lighten up Daughter dear, and let life happen TO you, instead of trying to CONTROL it. Nice things DO happen, usually when you are least expecting them to. So go ahead and wallow for a few minutes, and then forget about it.

    Incidentally, if you want a house on the hill overlooking some islands, as opposed to a beach per se, then you could do worse than the McCann's in Brisbane. They're certainly on a hill, as are we, but we only have a bit of bush (after the houses opposite) to look out onto. We can supply the friends and family, though perhaps the McC's now class as family too!

    Fancy being able to get chicken ham. Sometimes I long for turkey ham too, though anything less than "real" ham here in anaethema. Who knew we would long for the deli counter at the Centre?

    Don't fret the small stuff, like children.....I was asked yesterday if I wished to be a surrogate Grandmother, and it took me all of 0.25 secs to answer, "that would be a no". Having already got 8+2 step grandchildren and 1 step gr. grandson, I see no earthly reason to have extras. So please don't feel any imperative on my part. For yourself, well, that's a different matter, but I still shouldn't worry about it. If it comes along then it will be what you wanted - if it doesn't then it doesn't and that too will be what you wanted. We all get that which we need, whether we think it's what we need or not. Perhaps parenthood is not the lesson you need to learn in this life.

    Perhaps it is no 26! Patience is hardly your strong point - I saw you couldn't even finish the question.....ha ha.

    You know you really should revisit your "sampling 60,000 chicken bums" email. It would make you smile again. And I'm sure all your devoted fans would be highly amused. I know I've got it somewhere, so if you need me to find my copy tell me NOW, cos "I'm leaving, on a jet plane" vely vely soon (with apologies to all I've insulted, including Peter, Paul & Mary who sang the song - you never know they may read this blog).

    Did I tell you that my UK passport eventually arrived - only took since 20th April! So, sensible me went and got an OZ drivers licence (otherwise I have no papers to say I live in OZ). Unfortunately in so doing I managed to lose my NZ passport - which I need to get in and out of OZ.

    Happily I got a phone call from the Police to say it had been handed in by Big W (local dept store rather like the Warehouse, though owned by Woolies) and would I like to collect it. Huge relief and worth the bouquet of flowers I took to Big W to say thanks. I'd already checked that it would have cost me probably in the region of $1500 to get a new one in short order (flying down to Sydney for the privilege).

    Unfortunately it means I shall not be able to tease your Pa about losing stuff (on a daily basis) for at least a year, or until he's forgotten this episode, which at current rate of memory loss should be in about 16 minutes....ha ha.

    Oooh, just got a txt from said Pa, asking if it's alright to go out to dinner at Scotties tonight. Seems we've been invited out. Don't know why yet, but no doubt all, or at least the pertinent information, will be revealed shortly. We went to Scotties for my birthday, so I'm not going to refuse a meal there.

    Tomorrow we're off to Rocky for my eye appt. Which means I shan't be able to do anything for the rest of the day. I do hate having the anaesthetic drops in my eyes, but I understand they have to use them. Just buggers up the eyesight for ages is all. There's nowt wrong with my eyes at the mo, but thought I'd better get an Opthamologist in OZ on side. It should be easier to arrange seeing him on an emergency visit, than seeing Heather in New Plymouth. Alway hoping, of course, that I don't HAVE to see either.

    And next week we will be back in Rocky for your Father's heart checkup - far too difficult to arrange for the same day as mine, even though we will be attending the same Mater Hosp. Why would they make life easy??

    So, that's us for the next wee while. On the 4th we've got the rental agent coming for their second inspection of the house (we've been here 10 months, so they obviously feel this is regular)! Naturally we shall be going mad cleaning windows, carpets and everything in between this weekend. If their visit is anything like last time they'll spend approximately 3 minutes checking the walls haven't moved and that will be it. But we will have a clean house!

    Well, DD, that's my lot for now. Have a good weekend, and drive safely. We watched the film Flight 93 last night (the 9/11 plane that the passengers diverted from it's course). They were real heroes, but it's definitely a 2 box film. Just the ticket to be watching before a long flight, eh?

    Love to you, Mums

  • At 9:04 am, June 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OOOH! I also know two other people who 61 you as well! One is a girl, but you get that, its your fault for smelling good, and it means the smarm of the first reply is watered down a tad.

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