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
  44. Take a French/German/Dutch course and SPEAK THE DAMNED LANGUAGE WHEN I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY EVEN THOUGH IT MAKES ME SOUND LIKE AN IDIOT!
  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 not yet...
Thursday, 19 April 2007
...so you've still time to get cards, presents etc. to me.

I'm not quite sure what my mother was thinking when she sent this, though. Since when have I ever needed a stopper. Not strictly true, since when have I ever USED a stopper?

My 30th draws ever nearer. I'm allowed to get excited about it now, because I've found a venue that only requires all of my savings to host the party in, rather than one which also requires my first born child, the fingernails of my grandmother and the sacrifice of a virgin. I'm just entering into negotiations with them re the format of the evening (I want bubbles and canapes, they want to provide a four-course meal - you'll get what you're given!) so it could all go pear-shaped yet, but the hope is there.

And today, I received a parcel from Mamma. Amazingly clever, that woman, she managed to simultaneously send it from Australia, whilst purchasing silk in the souqs of Qatar. I have yet to learn this skill - would that I had, so that I could simultaneously finish this awful report for the WHO about the Serbia mission, and be outside reacquainting myself with my inline skates (or, as is more likely, the pavement).

Instead, I sit in my office, occasionally sending out e-mails to get this up and running (we're quite proud).

But the best part of the gift box (it's a toss up between this and the flashing 'birthday girl' beauty pageant sash which Joseph and I are going to fight over - I can tell blood will spill) is the photo album. My mother cobbled together - out of all of the old family albums - a "This is your life" montage of me. 30 years of me!! Could there be anything more worthwhile devoting 30mins to flicking through? I think not.

Of course, it shoudl really have been labelled "These are the fashion crimes of your life...". The stonewash! The mullet! The print culottes. The agony. Oh, and thanks for the 3/4 profile shot of me in the nude (putting on a singlet at age, maybe, 8?) Mum. Much appreciated. That WAS when my boss walked back into the office, wasn't it. He now knows more about my buttocks than any boss ever before....

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posted by Nomes @ Thursday, April 19, 2007  
3 Comments:
  • At 9:54 pm, April 19, 2007, Blogger Lisanne said…

    If I would live in Prague, I would definitely apply for your singing group! Sounds great!
    (my respect for getting this website up as well!)

     
  • At 7:57 pm, April 20, 2007, Blogger homo_superior said…

    Nice new design! *wink*

     
  • At 1:33 pm, April 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Did someone say 'inline skates'? I would dearly love to go out this weekend but alas it looks like rain which, when I think about it, is perfectly good assignment weather... And yes, those parents with the scary, blackmailable skin shots... Why oh why did I run naked from the bath into broad daylight to play on the swings when I should have known my parents would see it as a chortle with preserving, *sigh*... mx

     
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