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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!)
Friday Meme, 'specially for you Dad!
Friday, 14 July 2006

Here to post your own answers for this meme.

I miss somebody right now. (Too many people, in fact (though if they were all in my office, I'd be somewhat distra...oohh...look...the nature...)) I don't watch much TV these days. (They have moving people in a box???) × I own lots of books. (Sadly, not anymore. Am acquiring. Or enroute to acquiring. Okay, I want more.)
I wear glasses or contact lenses. (Am not blind without them, but there's a possibility my judgement is blurred. Or is that the vodka?) × I love to play video games. (Moving people in a box that I can control?!?!?!) I've tried marijuana. (What? (paranoia...))
I've watched porn movies. (I had to see what all the fuss was about. I've even watched them with my mother, for heaven's sake.) × I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship. (Nah...I'm the love 'em and leave 'em type.) I believe honesty is usually the best policy. (Emphasis on USUALLY.)
I curse sometimes. (Piss, piss and bollocks being the most usual...) × I have changed a lot mentally over the last year. (Doubt it.) × I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me. (Um...)
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× I have broken someone's bones. I have a secret that I am ashamed to reveal. (Don't we all?) × I hate the rain. (I love being inside on a rainy day, hearing the rain outside, snuggled up under my duvet with a book, a big mug of hot chocolate, a cat (perhaps two) and a man. *sigh*)
I'm paranoid at times. (Who's asking?) I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free. I need/want money right now. (More want than need. For holiday. Or plastic surgery!!)
I love sushi. (I just don't eat it here.) I talk really, really fast. (Depending upon who's listening, and whom I'm with.) × I have fresh breath in the morning. (Who the hell does?)
× I have long hair. (Not yet...) I have lost money in Las Vegas. (A quarter. In a slot machine. As a 15 year old...ooooh....) I have at least one sibling. (Rowls is a truhlař in Czech.)
I was born in a country outside of the U.S. I have worn fake hair/fingernails/eyelashes in the past. (All of the above? And I wondered why the man I picked up turned out to be a tranny-shagger. Hmmm.) × I couldn't survive without Caller I.D.
I like the way that I look. (Sometimes.) × I have lied to a good friend in the last 6 months. I am usually pessimistic. (About things that will happen to me. About others, I'm all puppies and kittens optimism.)
I have a lot of mood swings. (Apparently. And see-saws too.) I think prostitution should be legalized. (So that we can keep track of STI spread. It's a health thing people!) I slept with a roommate. (I was living with my boyfriend. It's the same thing right?)
× I have a hidden talent. (I have none, therefore whatever goes for talent that I do have is readily on display. Ergo...) × I'm always hyper no matter how much sugar I have. I have a lot of friends. (I think I do.)
I have pecked someone of the same sex. (Pccked??? Of course! My mother used to give me a kiss when I went to bed! I kiss my friends when I see them (gender-regardless). What sort of silly question is this?) × I enjoy talking on the phone. (I hate it. I'll txt when possible. I can't judge tone of voice on the phone like I used to (as a 13 year old) and am monumentally less likely to be happy sitting on the phone not saying anything (unlike back then).) × I practically live in sweatpants or PJ pants.
I love to shop and/or window shop. (*shame*) I'm obsessed with my Xanga or Livejournal. (I'm gonna include blogger in this. You've no idea how often I check back to see who's written notes. *sigh*) × I'm completely embarrassed to be seen with my mother.
I have a mobile phone. (And I know how to use it....) I have passed out drunk in the past 6 months. (I live in the Czech Republic for goodness sakes.) I've rejected someone before. (It's never nice to have to do, I promise.)
I currently like/love someone. (I try to have an crush on some hapless subject at all times. It's good for the imagination/heartrate/gym resolutions.) × I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life. I want to have children in the future. (Maybe. I dunno. Am not sure. Probably not. *sigh*)
I have changed a diaper before. × I've called the cops on a friend before. × I'm not allergic to anything.
I have a lot to learn. I am shy around the opposite sex. (Yes, yes, yes, "we don't believe you, N". Sod off, you don't know how tongue twisted and shy I am, you just see the benefit of years of facade development.) × I'm online 24/7, even as an away message.
× I have at least 5 away messages saved. I have tried alcohol or drugs before. (Tried and succeeded.) × I have made a move on a friend's significant other or crush in the past. (Ouch! I hope no one thinks that I have.)
× I own the "South Park" movie. × I have avoided assignments at work/school to be on Xanga or Livejournal. × I enjoy some country music.
× I would die for my best friends. (Hmmm....not sure about the circumstances (hostage situation?) nor the logistics (too far apart for hostage to do much...). So no. Sorry hon.) I'm obsessive, and often a perfectionist. (At least the first. Sometimes the second.) × I have used my sexuality to advance my career.
I think Halloween is awesome because you get free candy. (I think I should get free candy just by virtue of being scary all the time!) × I have dated a close friend's ex. I am happy at this moment. (I'm at my computer, I've had a good lunch, I'm off to Jim's. I'm content.)
× I'm obsessed with guys. × Democrat. × Republican.
I don't even know what I am. (Not with regards to American Politics. Stand-offish I think.) × I am punk rockish. × I go for older guys/girls, not younger.
× I study for tests most of the time. × I tie my shoelaces differently from anyone I've ever met. × I can work on a car. (Can. Choose not to.)
I love my job(s). (Sometimes.) I am comfortable with who I am right now. (For the most part.) I have more than just my ears pierced.
× I walk barefoot wherever I can. (I HATE walking barefoot (unless it's that really springy, soft grass with no prickles).) × I have jumped off a bridge. × I love sea turtles. (Talk about random questions!)
I spend ridiculous amounts of money on makeup. (It's true. *shame*) I plan on achieving a major goal/dream. × I am proficient on a musical instrument.
× I hate office jobs. I went to college out of state. I am adopted. (And one day, my real parents are gonna come and collect me *raspberry*. Not really. I love my parents.)
× I am a pyro. I have thrown up from crying too much. I have been intentionally hurt by people that I loved.
I fall for the worst people. I adore bright colours. × I usually like covers better than originals.
× I hate chain theme restaurants like Applebees and TGIFridays. I can pick up things with my toes. × I can't whistle.
I have ridden/owned a horse. × I still have every journal I've ever written in. × I talk in my sleep.
× I've often thought that I was born in the wrong century. I try to forget things by drowning them out with loads of distractions. × I wear a toe ring.
I have a tattoo. × I can't stand at LEAST one person that I work with. × I am a caffeine junkie.
× I am completely tree-huggy spiritual, and I'm not ashamed at all. × If I knew I would get away with it, I would commit at least one murder. × I will collect anything, and the more nonsensical, the better.
I enjoy a nice glass of wine with dinner. (At present, I fancy a glass of Sauvingnon Blanc. Am going to dinner with Mol & Adam, so I might even get one.) × I'm an artist. × I am ambidextrous.
× I sleep with so many stuffed animals, I can hardly fit on my bed. × If it weren't for having to see other people naked, I'd live in a nudist colony. × I have terrible teeth.
× I hate my toes. (I hate feet in general, but think mine are quite pretty.) I did this meme even though I wasn't tagged by the person who took it before me. × I have more friends on the internet than in real life.
I have lived in either three different states or countries. × I am extremely flexible. × I love hugs more than kisses.
× I want to own my own business. × I smoke. × I spend way too much time on the computer than on anything else.
Nobody has ever said I'm normal. (Thank heaven's.) Sad movies, games, and the like can cause a trickle of tears every now and then. (Old men *sob*.) × I am proficient in the use of many types of firearms and combat weapons.
× I like the way women look in stylized men's suits. (What? What a weird question.) I don't like it when people are unpleased or seem unpleased with me. (I hate it, in fact. I go all "what? What did I do...!?" (because, natch, it IS all about me!!)) I have been described as a dreamer or likely to have my head up in the clouds.
I have played strip poker with someone else before. I have had emotional problems for which I have sought professional help. × I believe in ghosts and the paranormal.
× I can't stand being alone. × I have at least one obsession at any given time. × I weigh myself, pee/poo, and then weigh myself again.
× I consistently spend way too much money on obsessions-of-the-moment. × I'm a judgmental asshole. I'm a HUGE drama-queen. (Apparently. Though I don't think so. Not one bit.)
I have travelled on more than one continent. × I sometimes wish my father would just disappear. (Hell no, I worry that one day he will!!!) I need people to tell me I'm good at something in order to feel that I am. (Pathetic, no?)
× I am a Libertarian. I can speak more than one language. (Ha ha ha ha. I'm passable (occasionally) in French. Can utter a few words of Spanish (along the lines of 'er, I don't speak spanish) and can follow a slow Czech. With more vodka, I'll even reply in slow Czech too!) I can fall asleep even if the whole room is as noisy as it can be. (If I'm that tired, I can fall asleep anywhere.)
I would rather read than watch TV. × I like reading fact more than fiction. I have pulled an all-nighter on an assignment I was given a month to do. (Er, what assignment back then DIDN'T receieve an all-nighter?)
× I have no piercings. × I have spent the night in a train station or other public place. × I have been so upset over my physical gender that I cried.
× I once spent Christmas completely alone because there was a miscommunication on which parent was supposed to have me that night. There have been times when I have wondered "Why was I born?" and may/may not have cried over it. (I was 10. It happens.) × I like most animals better than most people.
× I own a collection of retro games consoles. × The thought of physical exercise makes me shiver. I have hit someone with a dead fish. (I haven't. But I SOOO wanted to tick this one!!)
× I am compulsively honest. × I was born with a congenital birth defect that has never been repaired. × I have danced topless in front of dozens of complete strangers.
× I have gone from wishing I was a girl to revelling in being a boy to feeling like a girl again in the span of five minutes, and not cared a whit for my actual sex. × I am unashamedly bisexual, and have different motivations for my desires for different genders. × I sometimes won't sleep a whole night or eat a whole day because I forget to.
× I find it impossible to get to sleep without some kind of music on. × I dislike milk. (Generally. Don't drink it much, but have super-skimmed milk (so called 'white water' on cereal and in coffee/tea).) × I obsessively wash my hands.
I always carry something significant around with me. Sometimes I'd rather wear a wig in day-to-day life than use my own hair. (Gads yes.) I've pushed myself to become more self-aware and thereby more aware of others. (But that slipped into self-obssessed...and I haven't quite gotten out of that yet...)
Even though I live on my own I still cry sometimes because I miss my mother. (Well, my parents!) × I hand wrote all the HTML tags in this document. × I've liked something which a majority of people claimed was either bad or weird.
× I have been clinically dead for a brief period of time. × Instead of feeling sympathy/empathy with people and their problems, I simply become annoyed. I participate/have participated in auto drag races and won. (Does it count if you were the passenger who was navigating for gaps in the traffic?)
× I do not 'get' most comedy acts. I don't think strippers are money-greedy or slutty for dancing. × I don't like to chew gum.
× I am obsessed with history/historical things and can't wait for someone to build a time machine so I can be the first to use it. × I can never remember for the life of me where I parked the car. × I had the TEEN ANGST thing going for at least 2-3 years.
I wish people would be more empathic and honest with each other. × I play Dungeons and Dragons weekly. I love to sing. (Come sing for johohohohohohohohoy....)
× I want to live in my mother's basement when I grow up. I have a custom-built computer. (I have had. I don't now.) × I want to create a certain someone's babies, even though there's a 0% possiblity of ever achieving it.
× I would be in a relationship with one of my pets if they were human. I've gone skinny-dipping. I've performed in three plays.
× I enjoy burritos. × I'm Irish and loving it. × I have a thing for redheads. (Their skin smells different! (no offense to any redheads reading this))
× I am a twin! × Most of the times, I'd rather do something intellectual instead of doing something generically 'fun'. × Once I set out to finish something, I always stay at it until it is completed before I move on to something else.
× I wish there were a way to erase past mistakes. I sleep more than 12 hours a day. (I would. Until Zos returns with iron tablets (hoorah!).) I wish I could be prouder of what I've accomplished, but it's never enough. (*sigh*)
I need more time to myself. × I wish I was more open-minded. × I hope that I go really prematurely grey.
I download songs from the internet. × I've just reenacted chapter 58 of Death Note with my best friend. × I say random things to freak people out.
× I'm still a little mad about the ending of Death Note. I love playing Truth or Dare. (Although a 12 day stint of it got a little exhausting...) × I love listening to slow music, but I hate singing to it.
× Music helps me remember that I am not alone. Playing my favorite sport makes me temporarily forget my problems. (That's the best reason for doing it.) I think this survey is particularly long.
× I prefer my LJ friends to my real-life ones. × I can only hate someone that I love. × I've ordered an extra two shots of espresso to an Americano at Starbucks.

posted by Nomes @ Friday, July 14, 2006  
  • At 3:00 pm, July 15, 2006, Blogger Dad said…

    Well, thanks, Nomes. None of it's a surprise though. You are your parent's daughter after all! I wouldn't do something like this for fear that you would learn too much about me! I don't object to you knowing what I choose to tell you, though, which, I suppose, is quite normal.
    And, finally, thanks for worrying that I might disappear. I'll try not to, but at my age, evry day is a happy bonus, and will become more so from now on.
    That wasn't quite final. What's this about feeling sad about old men. Apart from the creaky bits, they aren't old inside, that I can promise you. You just become more aware of your own mortality, and less certain about what's right or wrong.

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