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!)
Tears before bedtime
Friday, 16 June 2006
• Lack of sleep,
• Deliciously hot weather,
That time of month,
• Brain tumour (always the last on a list – Just In Case)

I can’t figure out why I’m suddenly tearful.

I tend to have a trap-door spider approach to relationships (I can hear you now thinking “where the hell is she going with this…”). I pride myself on my ability to locate a (usually, quite unawares) victim, then lure them into my trap. Mwahahaha. (the analogy usually stops there, though certain ex’s may have you believe that a prodigous amount of ‘sucking the will to live’ may follow – we ignore them!)

But since I’m here, single, I think it’s finally safe to assume that it’s not the best strategy in the world (at least it’s a bit more palatable than the whole black widow/preying mantis strategy – no?).

Trapdoor spiders live by themselves. Note to self: research different animal models for this experiment.

So yeah, more than a year after my last relationship, I’m starting to have a small desire to feel ‘connected’ again. As though a short term, pheromone charged (sorry Dad) fling WON’T suffice (chance, in Prague, would be a fine thing, I know, but hey, a girl can dream).

Therefore, the simplest thing to do in my case is to develop a crush. Ah, but who to develop one for? And if I alter my strategy, what do I doooooooooooo (especially when surrounded by so many beautiful women here)?

I was explaining all this to a girlfriend of mine, who signs her e-mails off with the disarming “Take care out there, beautiful girl,” and she said:

“Nomes, you are wonderful and beautiful and smart and fabulous (AND you can make Mojitos?!). Girls like Nomes don’t need to make advances – because there just AREN’T a lot of girls of Nomes’ calibre out there. You don’t need to do ANY chasing whatsoever (and don’t let yourself, no matter HOW much you want to march right out there, grab that man by the scruff of the neck and drag him back to your lair bedroom). You just sit back, wiggle into yourself (ie. get comfortable with and accept just how GREAT you are) … and let him come to you. If he doesn’t – then he wasn’t ever going to (Bastard).”

We love her for these words, written in an e-mail with no subject, so URGENT was her need to tell me to DOOOOOOO NOTHING!!!

But then the (self-pitying) realist says, “If I’m so spectacular, how come no one wants to be with me?”

{cue drunken melodramatic sobbing, gnashing of teeth and, if possible, wailing: it’s just that much more attractive}
posted by Nomes @ Friday, June 16, 2006  
  • At 4:33 pm, June 16, 2006, Blogger Mark B said…

    How many posts can you make in one day!?

    Still I might be setting some kind of record by translating the big group email I've been meaning to send for about 9 months to a blog:

    A table-top full of beer is actually a better reason to leap up when yelling OFFSIDE. Particularly if you're sitting behind opposition fans ;-). (As long as they're fewer, smaller, and more timid than you.)

    Did the offside explanation make any sense to you? Did it make the difference between your understanding of it and not?

  • At 1:33 pm, June 17, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,

    I'm surprised you didn't get the offside rule from your Father, especially as it was couched in the vernacular of shoe buying - I certainly got it (both the email and the offside rule). However, being the good kiwi that I am I have now officially forgotten it.

    I liked your spider analogy, even if it did remind me of salsa dancing in Macclesfield - I know I need to broaden my horizons. Just don't become a funnel web spider - not pretty.

    As regards you're last blog entry. Don't despair - you NEVER get over the wanderlust - has your Grandmother? Have I? And pray (though originally I did type prey) why ever is it necessary. You can "settle" down in a dustbin, doesn't matter WHERE it is. So get over it! It's more important to find, not hackneyed soul mate, but the soul dweller, who also thinks the dustbin is fine. And it doesn't matter a monkey's fig what language you speak, so long as you're on the same strand.

    Thus spaketh thy Motherest!!

    Meanwhile, have a good weekend, and don't watch too much football, sorry, soccer - it rots the brain.

    Love you heaps, Mums

  • At 10:51 am, June 19, 2006, Anonymous Lira said…

    I'm going with Intimidated for 500, Alex?
    We have one strong willed, dramatic (don't deny it,you love it, you have the socks to prove it), intelligent, fiery, stunning, independent, glorious woman. And the men can't handle it.

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