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!)
“Oh, THERE’S the ‘heart’ thing!”
Sunday, 27 August 2006
While my mother larks about on ‘holiday’ in the UK, I sit and listen while presentations and posters are picked apart to the commad’th degree AND have discussions over the future of my training program in Estonia, and my brother weilds industrial tools in London, my Dad’s about to be strapped to a table in Australia to undergo a reasonably invasive cardio procedure.

Freaking out much?

It’s okay folks, he’s not had anything serious SEND him to l’hopital but he’s having an angiogram. Note, if you will, the current risk facts on that website (nlm.nih – I’m almost prepared to believe it’s a reputable source). Somewhere between 1:1000 and 1:500. It doesn’t take a genius to start worrying that that’s only JUST less than 0.2%. And the serious complications CAN be a stroke/heart attack (because, really, putting physical objects into your veins is just a silly idea people!).

I swear upon whichever book you hold dear (Lion, Witch & Wardrobe would be fitting) that if anyone harms my Dad, I’ll be back over in Australia within milliseconds (okay – not including the Heathrow security departure wait etc.) to make them hurt.

(the teenage lioness within REFUSE to stay quiet)

So, everyone, you’re under orders of the Nomes to keep your fingers crossed for the entire duration of Tuesday night (CEST)/Wednesday morning (AUS). Gottit? I don’t CARE if it’ll make typing difficult – it’s my DAD. The big D. The super-ego himself. The father of the centre of the universe.

And if that’s not important enough for you to risk a few typos – then PAH! Stop reading now, I don’t want your kind about.

(oh, and if you fancy holding your fingers crossed for Tues afternoon CEST, the future of my Epiet career may also benefit – but the Dad thing is far more important)
posted by Nomes @ Sunday, August 27, 2006  
  • At 12:05 am, August 28, 2006, Blogger Ann-Charlotte said…

    Consider all possible appendages crossed on Tuesday eve!! :)

  • At 5:24 am, August 28, 2006, Anonymous Marisa said…


    My thoughts will be with your Dad.

    I know the feeling as my Dad went through an angiogram as a precursor to a heart valve replacement (which involves the actual opening of the chest - yikes!!).

    But he's better than ever, so good can come from these invasive procedures :)

    Let us know how he's doing after Tues/Wed.
    love, marisa

  • At 6:03 am, August 28, 2006, Anonymous Craig said…

    All relevant bits crossed for your Dad, Nomes.

  • At 9:59 pm, August 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Aussie medical practice is very damned good, and the procedure is successfully practiced across the country daily. He is in good hands. I am sending lots of positive vibes across the ditch, fully confident your dad will be quite ok at the conclusion of this procedure. Best wishes with your own training issues yonder as well!



  • At 1:33 pm, August 29, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,

    Thank you for getting everybody to cross things - though the thought of people going about their daily doings with arms, fingers, legs and toes (and whatever else) crossed is somewhat comical.

    Just an update to your Pa's situation. He went to the admissions department today to be asked and told about the procedure by the nurse, then back out into general population (hospital speak for patients) for an ECG and then an interview with the cardiologist who told him the same as the nurse. Oh and somewhere in that lot he had a video showing the procedure. But it's nice to know the nursing staff and the surgeons are working from the same page - gives one a warm cuddly feeling. YEAH RIGHT.

    At least, having had the same thing done at the Hamad in 1996, we are under no illusions about the whole thing. Ron didn't feel he wanted to run screaming away from the hospital so that's either a good thing, or he's already half comatose.... But he's not allowed any alcohol tonight; actually he's allowed nil by mouth (don't you just love that phrase) from 05.30 until after the job is done. Since they added the rider that they may not get around to "doing" him until 3.00pm it's a little bit of a tall order. There's no way I could hang out that long without at least 3 litres of water, but like you, your Father is part camel. (Please note I did not say which part).

    Anyway, I shall be spending yet another sleepless night on my "holiday" so if you feel like texting please do.

    Love, Mums

  • At 11:31 am, August 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dearest Nomes,I'm crossing fingers and pressing thumbs for you and your Dad. Lots of love and infamous (virtual) hugs of encouragement, Michelle xx

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