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!)
Where have I been to, your lovely...
Wednesday, 19 July 2006
Hanging on EBay, reading bloody awful English errors ("you could have it two!!", "there dresses are the best, or so I here!" and "must pair down my wardrobe..." etc.). I have decided not to even bother attempting to find a dress suitable for a friends wedding (in Slovenia - mid August) in the shops here. Why? Because most of them appear to sell slapperwear (tight, white, polyester - ideal for wearing in 36oC heat, especially the pants) in sizes WAY too small for these ample statistics.

Consequently: I've turned (once more) to the internet. Internet, you're my friend! So far, I've found one designer piece, and one high street piece - each for less than £20. Both are currently winging their way to me, in order that I can try them on, curse and swear at the curves (fashionable in the 40's/50's - less than useless now!), howl at my rapidly disappearing self-esteem and then re-sell. No one ever said it wasn't fun being mě!

That, the heat, the ongoing czech lessons, the upcoming visitation of my mother (argh! PANIC!!!!!!!), the wedding/80th party/trip to Amsterdam/friends getting engaged/cooking for the boys/attending spin classes and working so hard my thighs hurt when I sit down....'s all keeping me out of two too much mischief.

You know you've got SOMEthing bad when you've actually started writing poetry. Have no fear; I'll spare you. Suffice it to say this is the first time in my life I've been struck illiterate by poorly constructed half-finished sentances racing around in my head. It's crap even to me, and isn't made any better for the putting to paper. It DOES, however, mean I can return to thinking in full (slightly more) coherent sentences!

On the offchance that anyone feels like sending me something: here’s my amazon wishlist. It’s hectic and a bit of a scrabble of books (technique = “oooh, this looks interesting” combined with “hmm, I should probably read this one too”. However, if you have a spare tenner, and are thinking fondly of me, I'll have you know I’d delight in receiving a book. English language books are hard (and expensive) to come by here.

Okay, there ARE a few shops (for all those Prazdan readers going, “They’re not THAT bad Nomes”) but the books are hideously overpriced, and I’m getting tired of the vacuous-ness of magazines, and I NEED SOMETHING TO READ OVER MY BREAKFAST!

So, to this end, I call to arms all those of you who have read more widely than myself (who is so thinly read, she verges on the anorexic…hoorah!!): send me lists of all books that you found mind-blowing, life-altering, endearingly entertaining etc. Maybe I’ll read them, maybe I won’t. But I’ll love you dearly for spending the time on it.

Tell me, would YOU purchase an air conditioning unit from a company called "" when you see that their showroom has the windows FLUNG as far open as their little aluminium hinges will flap, due to not having AC?

And would you, my dear male readers, still fancy the delightful looking girl (long-limbed, brown, cascades of gently wavy hair, a genuinely beautiful face and smile) if you noticed (as did I) that the back of her white blouse had the outline of a sweat stain (not just 'dampness' but 'discolouration') on it?
posted by Nomes @ Wednesday, July 19, 2006  
  • At 1:31 am, July 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dearest Nomes- In response to your enquiry about gorgeous girls with sweat stains: Having worked (Coast Guard days, Hawaii) in perspiration inducing conditions (as ya do..) in the company of some GORGEOUS young women who, besides having sweat stains on their backs, under arms, etc. also had hair akimbo, dirt and grime on skin, etc... STILL were gorgeous and fun . Hell YES I still fancied them, especially since I knew they were not afraid of hard work. The grime cleans up. I'll take two, thanks. -Brett

  • At 2:46 pm, July 22, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,

    Back from a sweat inducing or should that be glow inducing couple of days in France, closely followed by a trip to Southampton for Leigh's graduation, for which there were not enough tickets for us to attend.

    Actually it's only horses who sweat. Men perspire and women glow. And as for the woman who had a sweat discoulored shirt - just consider what fines wines she must have consumed to make her perspiration coloured!

    And good for you Brett, I liked your answer very much. A few more males like you (other than the one I married) and the world would be a brighter place.

    No need to panic re my imminent visit - I'm bringing the Laurent Perrier and the Martini Extra Dry, so you can always zonk me out if there's anything I shouldn't see!!
    Looking forward to seeing you very much, and if I don't ever have to sit in the back of John's car again, it will be too soon! For a big car it has little space.

    Glad to be back on line, though only for today as we're off on our travels again tomorrow.

    Love you heaps, countdown beginning.....12 days till I arrive


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