Sunday, February 28, 2010

Why is the world conspiring against me and my field work

Greetings everyone. So Sunday I had field work all planned to do. Get to my field site at 12 and hopefully leave by 6.30. I wake up and there is a tsunami warning to keep away from all coastal areas. I think "screw that" - I am going. I NEED to do this experiment (this is my second attempt at this particular experiment as the rain last time caused me to lose 75 percent of the labels I had glued to the rocks!!!). So after calming my mum and the friends i had roped in to help me and telling them that "No, the tsunami will not affect us" we headed off.

All seemed to be going well - though cloudier than I would have liked. No tsunami at all. The height of the water seemed the same as usual.

But then...thunder and lighting...literally. After the last area had been painted with paint stripper it started to rain!!!! I nearly cried with frustration. I needed the paint stripper to dry and go away before I could finish the last part of my experiment and with the rain there was no chance of that. So i tried as best I could to remove the remaining paint stripper but I fear (alas) that my experiment will be confounded (as in not work properly).


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Second time in a fortnight!!!

On a good note - I have now written 34 pages (just of text) of my thesis. The limit for my honours thesis is 75 pages (not including figures, tables, graphs, references). So yay!!! Nearly half way there!!!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Pettiskirt Princess - I want this skirt

Through my browing of fan pages on facebook I discovered Pettiskirt Princess. Originally they just sold kids skirts but now they also sell adults/teen sized skirts. And I really would love to have this skirt. Isn't it gorgeous!



Unfortunately can't justify spending $50 on a skirt at the moment as I have no job. Hurry up May!!!

Here is another cute one but currently they don't do this style in adult :(

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My neice and nephew

As I am feeling pretty sick today and was working hard with uni stuff from 8.30 till about an hour ago I am not going to post much today - just some photos me and my boyfriend took in October of Kaia and Bo, my nephew and niece (well technically my boyfriend's...)









Monday, February 22, 2010

Teaser tuesday - 100223

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters



"This cannot hold", said he, and his fishy face fingers grew rigid, as they sometimes did when he became animated. "No, no, do not desire it; for when the romantic refinements of a young mind are obliged to give way, how frequently are they succedded by such opinions as are but too common, and too dangerous! I speak form experience."


pg. 60

I was slightly doubtful of how much I would enjoy this book at first but I have been pleasantly suprised. Once you get into it it isn't too bad at all :)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

After honours

At the moment I am trying to sort out what to do after I finish honours in April. My current plan in terms of further study is to start my phd in 2011. My boyfriend returns to Australia begining of December this year so I don't want to be tied up with anything when he gets back. So that leaves me with around six months. Hypothetically I should get some sort of job - but what... Should I put in some effort and try and get a biology related job?

I really have a craving at the moment to go overseas. Maybe I could be an au pair? I can speak a bit of german - studied it for 4 years in high school. I can't think of any other jobs I could do overseas. I could also au pair in New Zealand which would be pretty cool. OR maybe work someone else in Australia - like up north (since I love it up there). I just feel that I need to get out of Sydney for a bit. Out of my comfort zone.

Has anyone got any suggestions or knowledge in this area???

Friday, February 19, 2010

Things which arrived in the post this week

Two beautiful books arrived in the post for me this week. And as you know I love recieiving post (well...when it is delivered and they don't lose it...see here).

First up miss carly sent me this beautiful notebook to record my exercise, food eating habits and weight loss etc :)



And secondly I won this absolutely gorgeous book held on Mrs P's blog - A study in Contradictions. It is full of photos of hearts in different forms.



Here is my favourite photo (well one of them). Note all the limpets and barnicles in the background!!!



Thanks so much miss carly and Mrs P.!!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Teaser tuesday - 100216

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Eats, shoots and leaves by Lynne Truss.

This book I am reading for uni - and I was pleasantly suprised!!! It is all about punctuation - I learnt a little bit and it was a good brush up. It made me laugh so many times. Hard to choose a good teaser from it. But here goes

" Singular possessive instead of plural possessive (a list of misuse of apostrophes)

Pupil's entrance (on a very selective school, presumably)
Adult learner's week (lucky him)"

" Unintential sense from unmarked possessive:
Dicks in tray (try not to think about it)
New members welcome drink (doubtless true)."

pg 50-51


The above examples of bad punctuation really made me laugh.


Next week I will be reading fiction again so don't give up on me yet!!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

My last few days

Thought I would update everyone with what I have been up to.

Thursday

I spent most of the day doing field work with my limpets :) A friend of mine came with me so that was great. She even managed to asleep on hard, bumpy rocks. I managed to make my watch tan even worse. It has faded a bit now but the photo below should give you the gist of it!



Afternoon was spent drinking tea, having a chinse massage (much needed - crouching over limpets sure makes you back sore) and perusing book stores :)

Friday

Most of friday was me getting frustrated with the post office. When I got home on Thursday evening I had one of those notes to go pick up a parcel at the post office. So I dutifully went up 9 friday morning. But somehow the had lost my parcel!!! So frustrating! I waited there for an hour whilst they searched for it. At ten they told me the guy who might know where it is comes in at 12 so they will call me at one. So home i go...1? no call. So at 2 I call and yes they have found it. It was still in the truck or something!!! :(

I had a farewell thing at uni at 4. Eating and drinking in a lab - such a disregard for OH & S. By 6.30 everyone had left though apart from me, a phd student and my supervisor. By 7 even my supervisor had left. Talk about a lame party :( But Me and the phd student endeed up staying to 9.30 finishing off some of the alcohol and chatting and ranting about biology - so not a completely wasted evening!

By the time I was walking home from the bus stop it was raining so heavily I got soaked completely in 30 seconds. After crossing the road I couldn't get back on to the footpath as the water was so deep. Even in the middle of the road it was up to my ankles!!!

Saturday

Yesterday I opened my valentines/4 year aniversery present from my boyfriend - wasn't sure when would get a chance to talk today. He gave me a pandora charm bracelet :) :) So sweet of him. The charms he gave me were a snake, a turtle and an owl. Suitable for a biologist I reckon.




So anyone been doing anything nice this weekend ???

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Winter Olympics - Vancouver 2010

I am really excited about the upcoming Winter Olympics. I absolutely love watching both the Summer and Winter Olympic games on tv, though unfortuantely Vancouver is quite a difference time wise.

Unfortunately I am in the middle of studying and typing up my thesis. Sigh.

Australia is quite naturally not the best at winter sports. No snow ...but this year we have quite a few medal hopes. These are in the Men's moguls (Gold Medal Favourite Dale Begg-Smith), Women's aerials (Another chance for a gold here with Lydia Lassila) and Women's short track skating (Tatiana BORODULINA). So i will be especially keeping my eyes on these events.

I also love the mascots they have!!! So cute.

Go here and you can check out cute images on the map of Vancouver. Or go to the website for more cute images!!



That one looks like a yeti or something :)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Teaser Tuesday - 100209

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


The Riverbones by Andrew Westoll

The next day, Kevin went with the men across the river and deep into the jungle to the Balingsoela cemetery.

Then I came here and found the coolest, most sweestest place in the world.

pg 85




This is a non-fiction book by a former biologist about his time in Suriname. Suriname is a very small country in South America with the largest area of pristine rainforest left on earth. It is troubled by the conflict and struggle between the environmental and huminatarian concerns and the economic needs of the nation - and the book is about this. So far this book is suprisingly captivating - and makes me feel frustrated at the world and its corruptness. The book is named for the dead rainforest trees sticking out of a dam - formed by the flooding of a very large area of rainforest.

Friday, February 5, 2010

My recent guy obsession

Since seeing an episode of Dr Who recently I have developed a bit of a thing for David Tennant. Seriousoly - he is just so cute as the Doctor. I love it when he puts his glasses on. And the Doctor is such a nerd!



As a result of suddenly finding him ultra cute I have watched every single episode of Doctor Who with him in it. Thats three series and lots of specials :)

And I love both his accent in the show and his real accent.

Sigh - So here are some more pictures of him - who could resist!And yes i know he is 16 years my senior :(






Who is your current off limits hot/cute guy?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

My week of early get ups

This week I have been trying to leave the house earlier then what I have been doing recently (at 8.55). I have been trying to leave by 7.55 - i know...this isn't very early. But so far with my alarm set at 7....i have only managed to do it twice this week. The other times i have used the snozze botton a bit too much or just failed alltogether.

I don't know what is wrong with me :( :( I am just so sleepy these past couple of weeks :(


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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Teaser Tuesday 100202

Jacinta from Live life now started to do this week and I really like the idea - except i forgot to do it last night...but ah well.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The winner stand alone by Paulo Coelho pg 171

It can destroy careers, marriages and Christian values and blind both the wise and the ignorant


The Superclass, everyone's dream, a world without shadows or darkness, where 'Yes' is the only possible answer to any request.

My friend gave this to me for my birthday and I have nearly finished. It is quite enjoyable. My eddition is printed in India which is slightly unusual

Giveaways

So many people are having giveaways at the moment - so I thought I would give everyone an opportunity to compete with me to win them.

Firstly, at Litte Sooti. A giveaway of three dinosaur soft toys. So cute. I so want to win this one! Check it out.

Next at Snobnicky. A kind of mystery giveaway - with clues. I always love a lucky dip!

Lastly at A study in contradictions. A book on love. It looks really pretty





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Good luck everyone