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!)
It doesn't ever just rain...
Sunday, 24 September 2006
12 days ago, my father had bypass surgery, while I was situated approximately 7000miles away, incapable of saying a 'just in case' goodbye or even just to ferry my Mum to and from the airport, make sure she eats/sleeps/washes and be the 'good daughter'.

10 days ago, my mobile phone was stolen from my desk at work. I lost numbers. Not many, but enough to be a pain. Not to mention the ability to recieve MMS. So the person that has been sending me an MMS ought to stop (please) as it simply doesn't work.

1 day ago, I managed to lose my bank card while out. Not only that but our home phone stopped working properly. Which we've hopefully fixed today, so that Mum and Dad can call me for the first time (maybe a decent conversation for once!) properly since the operation. Of ocurse, time differences being what they are, this will be at midnight my time, ensuring I don't sleep tonight (flight at 9, requires leaving house at 6, getting up at 5 and I'm unpacked as of yet).

Tomorrow I fly to Geneva for 4 days. WITHOUT ANY ACCESS TO MONEY! (not quite sure how I'm going to pay for my hotel room at present. Am wondering if I could make enough cash turning tricks for one evening in pay for the conversion rate into Euros/Swiss Francs). Probably not.

On Tuesday, I have a conversation about my future training with EPIET.

I'm so stressed I don't know whether to collapse, drink myself into a sleepy oblivion, party hard enough that my aching muscles would take over my pain receptors, cry into my pillow (downside: puffy eyes for days) or sail off into the sunset - disappearing (and taking down the blog*).

In other news, turns out the Minister of Foreign Affairs (in the CR) admitted recently that he hadn't read any of the Accession Treaty prior to signing it (in order to join the EU). This explains an awful lot.

On the other hand, I can now purchase the correct (favoured) brand of tampons here.

This is, indeed, progress.

*mainly because it's not really helping me at the moment: I feel lonely, insecure, unsettled, pissed off, freaked out and all those nasty emotions that come with 'change' or 'potential change'. And since I'm not able to write about all that (because I'm well aware no one wants to read it: least of all myself in the future) there seems little point.
posted by Nomes @ Sunday, September 24, 2006  
  • At 7:43 am, September 25, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi Daughter Dear, aka GNomes,

    Glad you got that off your chest. A good bleat is definitely necessary some times - it does allow you to get on with things afterwards.

    People do read your blog, but you're not very good at telling them you NEED feedback. They see you as almightily(!!) strong and able to conquer your world if not THE world. On the other hand I am able to let people know when I need support, so I'm going to do this on your behalf: come on people - write to Naomi - she does need our support. It gets lonely out there, pushing back the frontiers of science and politics (which, unfortunately, appears to have raised it's ugly head where it was not needed)

    Being in a state of flux is very uncomfortable for anyone, and Naomi is a person who needs to know where the next step is going to fall, so this is particularly hard for her. Knowing she has people out there - even in the ether - who are caring about her, thinking about her and sending her healthy vibes is not only good for her esteem, but also good for the sender - connections in this world are necessary, and they are all two way streets.

    As I said in my last comment, I thank you for all your wishes for Ron and myself, but I would reallly like it if you coould enlarge those wishes and incorporate the Great Communicator, because she doesn't seem to be getting the message across. SO WRITE TO HER PEOPLE!!

    Hope this works GNomes. Love you loads, and it was great to talk to you, even if it was midnight your time - you know you weren't going to sleep anyway!

    Love, Mamma, and a recovering Pa

  • At 9:07 am, September 25, 2006, Blogger Lisanne said…

    Dear Nomes,
    Good luck this week! Just go with the flow. You will know what to do and say at any time, have confidence.
    I'm happy to see you soon!
    Hugs, Lisan

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