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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!)
Coming, ready or not!
Monday, 13 August 2007
Actually, having just typed that heading, I realise what a load of innuendo could be read into it. Alas, my dears, no sexploits on THIS'll have to head over to one of the ones on my blogroll for a more raunchy read (this is a family show!).

What I'M referring to is London. Yes, I can finally announce it (having spent the last goodness knows how long alluding to it). I'm moving there. I got the job that Lisa and I applied for (after she turned it down - oh the wounded pride! (not, I couldn't care less if I was choice #2, I'm going to be working in my native environment at long last)) and the contract was "signed, sealed, delivered", I'm theeeeeiiiirs.

Of course, things are gonna change a little bit round here *gruffly*. For a start, there'll be no more prancing about on jolly japes to Serbia/Azerbaijan/Wherever-else for a while. Instead, my destinations are more likely to be swimming holes in outer Durham. Or perhaps farms somewhere in Somerset.

Can you smell my excitement?

I'll be working for the 'waterborne gastro' group: i.e. Giardia and Cryptosporidium are going to become my new best friends. I know v little about either of these wee beasties (not so wee, they're protozoa, not bacteria/viruses/prions) so there'll be a whole hell of a lot of reading to do betwixt hence and thence (*shakes head in dismay and promises to edit that one out*) but it's roughly the same field as my PhD (albeit, fewer chickens - hoorah!). My boss apparently dashes off to the more exciting (or: vomity) norovirus outbreaks - but mentioned that I'd eventually lead outbreak investigations (national) after spending some time 'assisting' on them at first.

This is a GOOD thing, peeps (I apologise, I watched "the white rap show" last night on MTV. It was horrendous, yet completely compelling - like a H2SO4 spill) - I like the disease outbreaks - I get to wear Tivek (and we all know there's nothing hotter than a hooded tivek suit, whose zippered crotch lingers by your knees, shoved into gumboots three sizes larger than your feet - don't we?), what more could I possibly ask for?

Reasonably priced/sized accommodation in Zone 2, you say? Yeah, right.

So now, as well as spending my hours deleting duplicates from my recently doubled music collection (we loves ya, D), and carrying out multivariate analysis on The Smallest Dataset in History - I'm also swept up in the internet search for flatmates who may want to take on a 3rd/4th (none of this living with one other person, thanks, it's too cozy, too soon - I'm an intimacy-phobe, after all) without having met them through any other means than l'internet...*sigh*

Appeal: if you know someone in London who needs a flatmate, and isn't too fussy over their levels of neuroticism, get them in touch with me. Mwah!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the x has left *sob*. It was wonderful having D in Prague for 3 weeks (though a serious detox is MUCH in order) and hanging with him in London briefly too. We sent him off much in the same way as we saw him in (which was when we went straight from an electronica festival in a field - photos soon, my pretties - outside of Prague to the airport - at 6am Saturday morning): we'd been to the Chemical Brothers concert (photos to come), Cross Club, Mecca, Le Clan AND Studio - getting home at 12:30pm (me), 1:30pm (D), and 2:15pm (J) for a 2:30pm booty call to the airport.

Stunned? We were all Norwegian Blues. Then started to pack. Oh yes, already. With my OCD levels, it takes a while to prepare the lists of 'what went into which box'.

Facebook and I are undergoing a love/hate thing at the moment. I love the fact that so many people from Doha College are on there - and that they remember me sufficiently to 'add me as a friend'. The only cause for concern is when I come across someone I didn't really ever like (for one hitherto forgotten teenaged reason or another) in the past: am I obliged to add them? Will they notice that I haven't? And what do I then do if they decide to add me? Assume that their petty issues that irritated me at 15 have dissipated with their puppy fat? *sigh* The world's SUCH a difficult place.

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posted by Nomes @ Monday, August 13, 2007  
  • At 6:16 pm, August 14, 2007, Blogger homo_superior said…

    congrats, nomes! hope i get to buy you a drink or two before you go.

    prague will be less bright, and certainly less friendly, without you.

    best of luck!

  • At 10:17 pm, August 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That's fantastic news about the job, Nomes (man, I turn my back on the blog for two seconds and it's all on). Good luck with the packing/moving et al, and yeah, H2SO4 spills, know all about them (I was an innocent young lab technician with a leaky pipette, what more can I say?). mx

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