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
  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!)
First Foray, FINALLY!
Thursday, 29 May 2008
I LOVE cosmetics. I can’t get enough. I can’t USE enough. I certainly can’t buy enough on my public health salary.

And I’ve been bandying around with some ideas, toying with the possibility of becoming a makeup artist etc. Not necessarily abandoning the epidemiology but perhaps attributing some time to one, some time to another…sharing my analytical and creative side – getting some head-satisfaction (so to speak).

Well, I’ve not QUITE signed up for the full £450 class that I’m looking at doing (that’ll be some more £’s away yet), but I HAVE signed up for a MasterClass at Giorgio Armani for £45 (redeemable with product, naturally).

Next Wednesday. Fingers crossed I enjoy it, and it goes well, and…well…we’ll see.

*excited little hum to self*


posted by Nomes @ Thursday, May 29, 2008   1 comments
Thursday, 15 May 2008
...because of lots of things.

Things are settling again: the girls have recorded an album (!!!) which thrills me more than words can read!

I've joined a singing group. Sort of. I'm a little scared of them, as they do things like "the Native American Salute to the Spring" to warm up. I'm all for a little stretching out of the knots in your neck, but come on!!! Plus, they're all about a foot shorter and narrower than yours truly. Consequently, I feel like the older, wiser sister. Especially as I'm the one who seems to be most strict in how we rehearse etc. I'm just not sure they're sufficiently my type.

I'm in the middle of (another) move. As are (again) my parents. At this rate of "moving associated with generations", if I have a child, they'd best get a suitcase for their 1st birthday...cos it looks as though they'll be moving house every 2 months or so. Mad.

But the planned place is fab. Fingers crossed for me that everything pulls off hitchless, purlease (if anyone's still reading this).

I really do miss my mates. An AWFUL lot. I've made some inroads here, and I'm getting there - but at the same time, everyone's so busy, and few people like to (or can) catch up after work, with there still being enough time to get home at a decent hour for food etc. It's too expensive to continually eat out (a la Prague) and too far away to meet for any length of time (a la Wellington) which is a little isolating. Or maybe I have bad breath...?

I have a bike. HOORAH!!! Yes, for my birthday, I received a shiny, new bike. I would attach photos, since said bike was 'wrapped' in a giant purple bow, strung with fairy lights, and sat, pride of place, beneath a "Happy Birthday" banner and balloons. Fan-flipping-tastic. I've not had one for ages and ages (since Palmerston North, really) and it's LOVELY to ride again. Even without a helmet (soz 9).

This seems to be the period when a lot of people's Pappas are unwell, and I remember how bad it was when it was me. I also know that there's nothing to be done about it, and just as the two workmates I'm sandwiched between discuss their baby's latest tricks (vomiting on one side, and sitting upright on the other - ooooh!), and my mother was a generation representative in a "5-gen photo", I guess it stands to reason that in the evening I get calls from mates who are at hospitals, or getting drunk because it hurts too bad. Heartache like that sucks, and all I can say is that those around feel pretty powerless too. It's Poo. With a capital 'P'.

That's all for now. This tanned machine has to go out to play netball for the first time in, ooh, 20 years or so. She's scared witless...but reminding herself she enjoys this situation. She also wonders how many fingers will be taped up tomorrow...


posted by Nomes @ Thursday, May 15, 2008   2 comments

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