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:) [16 Sep 2010|07:50pm]
My thesis supervisor described my research as "cutting edge" today. :)
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[19 May 2010|11:08am]
So it turns out the person I’m a PA for is a Mormon. I don’t know much about Mormons other than the fact that they’re homophobic, their women are only good for making babies, and the men secretly crave dick, so I thought I’d learn more about the Book of Mormon.

Oh Em Gee! The Book of Mormon is hilarious. Apparently, a bunch of Israelites left Jerusalem in 600BC for America because it was the Promised Land. Whatever happened to them? The Vikings didn’t find them. Colonialists didn’t find them. Archaeologists can’t find them. And genetic evidence has proven no native American groups are related to peoples of the ancient Near East. :(

And then after Jesus was resurrected, he decided to visit America. Seriously, he visited America. I’m sure he had better things to do, like holla at Mary Magdalene or maybe get his hair did. But, no, he was like, “Check you later, I’m going to America, maybe go to Starbucks.”

It also points out that monarchy is the ideal form of government. But, also, kings can be evil, so monarchy is not good. Make up your minds!

Did you know elephants are native to the US? Not migrating woolly mammoths, actual elephants.

Not to mention some unknown angel decides to tell some random guy in America the whole story. Oh, and half the book was lost because this guy lent them to a friend that never gave them back. For real.

It’s only slightly less idiotic than Scientology. I’m beginning to think that the less I know about it, the better.

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[13 Apr 2010|10:01am]
I've submitted my thesis to my advisor over two weeks ago. Not very long, I know, but I'm anxious to hear back. Is it so good she's at a loss for words? Is it so bad it's taking so long to review it?

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I'm FREE! [12 Apr 2010|04:48pm]
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[10 Mar 2010|10:07pm]
I think the worst part about facebook is having friends from high school talking about their kids.

I don't care about your awkward-looking kid's shitty diaper. Or that s/he is up all night.

Why is it once people get married and/or have kids that's all they think they are - a wife/husband and/or mother/father?! Have some self respect. Have a clue about people not giving a shit (lol) about you or your kid's fibre intake.
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[08 Feb 2010|12:32pm]
Had my latest MRI today.

They used dye this time and the technician had a hard time finding my vein twice and tried again on my other arm. That's right, three pricks instead of one. And not the good kinds of pricks, either.

Results in March. I know I should be nervous, but whatever happens happens.
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[01 Feb 2010|10:54am]
My goals for the next few weeks:

1. Lose weight, get fit.
2. Drink less (related to #1).
3. Save money so I'm not living from paycheck to paycheck.
4. Bring leftovers for lunch instead of being left to expensive cafes near work.

5. Reward myself with a gift in a few weeks for successfully implementing the changes.
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[14 Jan 2010|08:49pm]
MRI on 8 Feb, appointment with neuro in March.

Hopefully, it'll be moved to every 3 years. :)
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[03 Dec 2009|10:50am]
Another state prevents gay marriage.

When will we realise this assimilationist bullshit will never work?
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[30 Nov 2009|03:37pm]
To PhD or not to PhD?

It's further complicated by the fact that my dream research project wouldn't get any funding and I couldn't do it without money. My 'backup project' would be cheaper, not not as fulfilling.

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[25 Nov 2009|02:47pm]
I hate my job majorly and I've been offered a new job elsewhere.

* I can get away from my old job
* it'd be a really useful experience if I want to go into education policy

* Substantial pay cut.
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[09 Nov 2009|04:33pm]
II hate my job. And I'm hoping to start a Graduate Diploma in Teaching in January to become an early childhood education teacher. The qualification requires 9 weeks of teaching March-May and again in September-October.

I've been looking for a new job, but it's going slowly and I can't really leave after a few months to do my teaching placement. And there aren't any good temp jobs.

One option I'm considering is leaving my current job at Christmas and I'll get all the annual leave I'm owed to pay off bills. And getting a living costs loan to pay for rent and get a part time job for a few hours a week to pay for food, bills, etc. It'd be tough living after working a full time job, but it may be manageable. :/
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[22 Oct 2009|08:17pm]
Cursing in one's dissertation. Yay or nay?
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[19 Oct 2009|07:26pm]
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Hmph [02 Oct 2009|12:03pm]
I turned 30 the other day and had a bit of a midlife crisis. I should have done so much by now (where's my PhD?), I hate my job, where am I going, yada, yada, yada...

So I've decided to train to become a primary school teacher, which is something I've wanted to do for a while, but couldn't really afford to do. But I've been inspired by a friend who is recently giving up her job and going back to uni for a BFA. My uni has a one-year intensive Graduate Diploma of Teaching for students that already have a degree and want to train and be registered as a teacher.

The only problem is the 7-week teaching placement each semester. I can't afford to be a fulltime student and I'm not elligible for a student allowance for another year (yep, students in New Zealand are PAID TO STUDY by the government!), so I'd have to keep my/a job. The first 2 weeks of each placement I could probably take off as annual leave, but would have to take unpaid leave for the rest, if my work agrees to it.

I guess I could temp. You can do the programme by distance learning, which isn't my first choice, but it's the cheaper option (no travel) and I can do the work at night and on weekends, so I could work.

Bah! Decisions are the worst.
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[16 Jun 2009|09:32am]
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[15 May 2009|02:03pm]
I received a new job offer.

* It's about $1500 more than I make now.
* It's within walking distance.
* It's a block away from my favourite street in Wellington. (Great lunches!)
* No more working with students.

* They've recently restructured and the staff is still pissy about it.
* I really like the team I'm working with now.
* The shared office is a complete mess!
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[08 May 2009|12:31pm]
My poor catten got into a fight with another cat and had to go to the vet to get antibiotics.

And now he has a shaved neck so the vet could see the wound.
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[29 Apr 2009|03:08pm]
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[21 Apr 2009|04:00pm]
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