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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!)
Introducing Mr. Goose
Tuesday, 24 October 2006

Mr Goose has been taken off the pond for his own good. He needs to stop exercising all that protective fat off his muscles – winter is cold. He’ll be plucked, disembowelled and cleaned. I’ll hopefully go collect him the weekend before Christmas – staying in a B&B for one night in the Moravian (that’s the eastern part of Czech Republic – it’s alphabetical – Bohemia is to the west and contains Prague) wilderness.

Flights have been booked by the Edinburgh crew, and they’re sorting out their accommodation now. As long as there’s an oven (in which to roast Mr Goose), I’ll be happy. We’re already planning a Christmas rendition of “chairs on ice”, which will have to be video’d to be believed. Watch this space.

Intunition did their thang on Sunday night at Tulip café. It was surprisingly well received (by those we’d cajoled and beaten to get there). This was our ‘practice’ run (in front of an audience for the first time in ages) warming us up for the Jazz Café performance on November 5th (remember remember). Am going to try to find sparklers (preskavka) for the girls (and audience).

CP has visited and departed. We had a(n evil) giraffe at our table at Pivovarsky Dum where we ate “traditional Czech food”. Somehow, frozen and subsequently deepfried croquettes are proclaimed “traditional”. But yes, the food was delicious, and helped the pivo go down (sort of the adult version of “A spoonful of sugar…”). AND we managed to pirt (flirting, using beer) with two young czech lads. So young, we could have been their mothers…but hey! Beggars etc…

But, her visit did allow me to discover a PERFECT Prague visitors route. I must write it down so that next time someone arrives, I don’t have to dither while wondering which tram to take to get where. For some reason, the landing of a visitor on my doorstep renders my inner ‘tram map’ absolutely illegible – and I end up making us take a hovercraft to get down the street (by way of at least one metro, and possibly a night bus).

Which means no one else has excuse not to pop over. If you can find a weekend that suits: natch!

posted by Nomes @ Tuesday, October 24, 2006  
  • At 7:54 am, October 27, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,

    I have a suspicion that there is a recipe to cook roasts in a slow cooker - which will save your goose from being transported, and save another type of goose should you be unable to find friends with the required oven capacity. I would imagine the size of your slow cooker would allow a decent bird to fit it! Will look up slow cooker book and recipes and let you know.

    We've done heaps of exercising this week, though we did bomb out on the swimming today, but will go for a bike ride when your Pa wakes. We had a dreadful night last night because your Pa has developed a cough. Only six weeks after his surgery it is not easy for him. Then we found out - from a pharmacist - thank goodness we talk a lot - that the pills Ron has been given INDUCE a cough!!

    So it was back to the doctor today to get some different blood pressure lowering pills. Just as well we are conversant with the internet. But a shame we hadn't got around to checking until now - could have saved ourselves a few sleep deprived nights.

    We'll check with the doctors down in Brisbane when we go on 8th November to ensure that they are ok with the switch in tablets, but blood pressure is hardly going to be reduced if you don't get enough sleep. Not to mention the rattiness - oh no, please don't mention that!!

    But it's our anniversary this Sunday, so we're going to Lake Awoonga, where they fish for Barramundi. I've even tried the fish - but I don't like it, suprise, suprise, but then neither does Ron, so we won't be eating any. We've also bought ourselves a bottle of Moet. If we can't celebrate now, I don't know when we should!

    Anyway, better l & l you. I'm supposed to be ironing.

    Love, Mamma

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