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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!)
There’s a good reason why dentists should not be hot.
Thursday, 2 November 2006
Because when they have their latex-gloved hands inside your gaping maw, it’s very difficult to resist the temptation to lick their fingers.

And that’s just perverse.

So, I finally took myself off to a dentist who speaks English for a consult. I got x-rayed (my face! Argh! It’s melting…) and saw my teeth splayed in that slightly “those are mine?” manner. But the hot-dentist and I pored over the x-ray together. Closely. With much “uh-huh, and this is?” from me – just to keep our heads bent closely over the x-ray for longer.

I have reached new depths (heights) of patheticness (patheticism? patheticosity? pathos? - ha ha!)

But he concluded that if all patients were like me, he’d be very bored. There’s nothing. No cavities now, nor developing. No occlusions. No peculiarities. No bone retraction (which would lead to receding gums etc.). Nothing. I am officially periodontally perfect. Wahoo. Merci beaucoup to the parents.

Some of you more bright sparks will have noticed the change in layout. The list to the right requires a tiny bit of explanation. Some people, for New Years, make the foolish gesture of ‘resolutions’; "I resolve to…". My problem is in the word. I mean, what is resolving? Chemically speaking, that means to separate a mixture into it’s component parts.

Other people find more happiness with lists. Since my timeline was thrown out the window (complete with baby, bathwater AND tub), lists have been my sole source of self-agenda-organising joy. I’m goal orientated.

So this list is a list of reasonably clearly defined tasks that MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN 1000 days. The inspiration was from Triplux’s 101 in 1001 but I forgot the extra 1’s. Three hundred and three days have elapsed since the list was compiled – I’ve got only 697 days left. But yesterday, I knocked number 86 (back up the blog - it's ready for editing into a book. Ha ha.) and 15 (david’s casserole) on the head. Despite this being a 303 day old list, I’m quite impressed that I’ve done a lot of what I wanted to do (despite losing the list in the interim). But I still have 80 tasks to complete. Not doing too well on the predicted timeline then… (sounds familiar).

And in case anyone was wondering what to do on Sunday night:
posted by Nomes @ Thursday, November 02, 2006  
  • At 11:56 am, November 02, 2006, Anonymous Mark B said…

    My eyes are really struggling with the harsh white on black thing. Yay for your dentist and list progress though :).

  • At 9:28 pm, November 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ahhhh, is this the same dentist whose "hotness" has been widely extolled on

    Hmmm, methinks his fingers must be very busy these days....


  • At 1:52 am, November 03, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,

    I know you always liked pinky coloured purple but....

    Incidentally I went through your list - as only a Mother would - and found there are some items you've already done, so I'll denote them. Of course you haven't done them in the last 1001 days, so perhaps they don't count, but here goes: Nos 6, 21, 47, 69, 85, 99, 100 (almost certainly we've dragged you around museums in your youth). As to 60 and 89, they would be better done in Australia at Christmas 2007.

    Hope that makes you feel better about your list. Myself I find it quite amusant, just seeing the things you haven't done, like no 30, I could have sworn you did that daily - miaow!!

    Love you heaps, Mamma

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