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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!)
“I’m too sexy for Milan, too sexy for Milan, Veyrier and Novi Sad…” – then London…
Sunday, 18 February 2007
Okay, so it doesn’t rhyme quite as well, but I hope you’ve got your seatbelts done up. We’re off on another 4 week adventure.

Months ago (October, according to the lovely internet), I figured I’d be single, morose and depressed come the 14th of February* (as opposed to any other day of the year). To put my mind from my misery, I decided I’d book myself a cheap weekend away in Milan (hell, it was the first thing I picked from the list of 0Kc destinations!).

But then the news came that we were having an Epiet module the following week – in the Alps (snow…I thought I’d managed to successfully avoid it this year…but no!) no less. So, lots of travel internet sites later (it takes ages you know, organising all this larking about!) and I was booked on a transAlpine train from Milan to Geneva, and a Geneva flight back to Prague.

BUT, then things went awry, when I was selected (admittedly, I applied first) for a mission to look into a 3 week WHO measles outbreak in Novy Sad, a city in Serbia (where I was a few weeks ago, remember?). I have to leave on Thursday – thus missing my return flight to Prague.

And by the time I’m dong out there, it’ll be a birthday celebration in London that I simply can’t miss…so the WHO dumps me off there, and I’ve a ticket booked back to Prague on the 18th of March.

Oh, and for the WHO mission, they’ve written me in as Team Leader (though there’s a far more suitable person in the team…*panic*). Which means that this time, I can’t bitch and moan about the leadership, as I may have done in the past (even on this not-so-private media). Or rather, if I do bitch and moan about it, it’s because I’m not living up to my excruciatingly exacting standards. *self-pity-in-advance*

So DLR’s, stay with me. There might be speed bumps ahead.

*I wasn’t, by the way.
posted by Nomes @ Sunday, February 18, 2007  
  • At 8:13 am, February 19, 2007, Blogger Mums said…

    Afternoon GNomes,

    Saw this blog entry but decided organising our trip to Doha was more important, so postponed commenting for a mo.

    Obviously not good enough for you though - you had to send me a reminder by email. What's with that, when I'm the most prolific responder on your blogsite anyway? Eh? *grin*

    Have sent off all the details for our impending travel. It may not be quite as complex as all yours - I had to get out the atlas to check where you are. Now have to append info to a calendar, so that I can say, ah it's Serbia it must be Friday.... tee hee.

    Our tickets to Doha are great fun. We have to travel by Qantas to be able to use up our delayed tickets, and then go on to QA. That's fine but our local travel agent wanted to charge twice the QA flight charges, so I've asked them, ever so nicely of course, to THINK AGAIN. WHO DO THEY THINK THEY'RE TOYING WITH? I dare say most people don't do their own flights so they're not used to people having a fair idea (oops sorry about that) of the fare price.

    However, since I was able to write an email last week asking if a particular companies IT department were all on holiday, and tell the person to whom I was writing that even as old as I am I don't take over a year to respond to emails, you can see that I can be in fighting form. My email had the desired effect, and we got our mail from the IT dept that evening!! Tee double Hee.

    Ok, Pa is home now, so I'd better go and minister to his needs.

    Speak later, love you, Mamma

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