Science, Craft and Poetry – A Long Overdue Update

I have been a very poor blogger in the last month. Work has been very busy and I’ve been trying to get my PhD in order. I have been trying to increase my productivity and be more positive. It’s working! I am now much more positive and I can start to see it all coming together and becoming more joyous about my work. I have been working on a raft experiment which is all finished and has been sent to the lovely people at Propath to be sectioned and stained. Looking forward to the results coming back…All fingers crossed.

My Babies in an Incubator on Day One
My Babies in an Incubator on Day One
SiHa cells on a collagen plug being fed with E media
SiHa cells on a collagen plug being fed with E media

I have also been doing lots of craft this month. The highlight so far being a Dr Who skirt made from a pillowcase I bought in a charity shop for £3! I have also bought a Buzz Lightyear duvet and a sheep duvet on Ebay which I am going to make into a skirts too. I am tempted to move on to dresses but going to try and get skirts down to an art first.

Homemade Dr Who skirt
Homemade Dr Who skirt

Finally I thought I should end with some poetry. These two were written at a Relaxation and Reflection workshop run by the lovely Christina Thatcher and Charlotte Nock. The aim of the first poem was to talk positively about your body and the second poem is based on something I do to relax.

Sorry for my selfishness

I am abusive to you both

and for that I am sorry

you did nothing to deserve this

and, I have no excuse for my actions

They were selfish

acts often driven by vanity, haste or lust.

You have both stuck by me

even when I forced you out in the cold

broke your bones when I

was too drunk to care

then made you work for eight hours straight

to fuel my drunken binge.

I have never taken to to be pampered

never a whole night off

never really respected you

for what you do for me.

So, my companions

the the who walk with me through life

Right foot

Left foot

I am sorry for what I did

Those shoes were too small

they didn’t stretch to fit

and those socks weren’t clean

so this year I make a vow

to think of you more often

and be kinder to you

(unless I really like those shoes,

available only in a size too small

but then, at least

you will look fabulous!)

Fear

I hold inside me a mild fear

of being pregnant at 16…

I am 24

I alos have a fear

of being the world tallest woman…

I’m 5ft 6″

So I watch documentary after documentary

so I can make a plan

incase I end up in a South American jail

or become a child genius

or decide to join a cult.

I hold inside me a mild fear

of not being prepared.

16 and Pregnant

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Pretty Petty Pity – Poetry

Winning was never important to me

it’s the taking part that’s key,

but when I met you that all changed

playing scrabble makes you deranged.

You begin to sweat

I begin to fret

and when you lose we fall out,

you huff and puff and sometimes shout!

And even when it’s not a game,

you look at me like I’m to blame

when you are not at your best

even when its not a test.

It’s a good thing you are pretty

and I’m not petty

cause I let you win out of pity.

Hayley and I in hats
Hayley and I in hats

 

In The Gay Bar – Poetry

I don't wanna be horrible

But I said and she said

And do you know what I said

And no one said

And nothing was said horribly about

I'm an 8 out of 10 if you ask me

And you know it's not that bad

It's so off colour it's not even real

I'm sorry I did that

And why are you texting me about tonight

Look at your eyes

I….fuck

 

This is a found poem made up of snippets of different conversations I heard in The Kings on Saturday night. I found them quite entrancing. These photos bellow are what was written on the toilet door I was looking at as I listened to the people around me. I thought they opitomised the tone of the conversations.

 

25 by 25

So on Sunday (18th August) I turn the grand old age of 24 and as this song demonstrates it is a terrifying prospect! So I have decided that before I hit my quarter century I should have a year of fun. I have been gathering suggestions from many of my friends and colleagues, and have finally got a list of 25 things I aim to do in the next year. This should ensure my year on the planet will be well spent, exciting and different from the last 24.

So here is the list, and I have from the 18th August 2013 till 17th August 2014 to complete everything on it.

1. Have a media black out month: no facebook, twitter, bbc iPlayer, Netfix, YouTube etc…

2. Lose weight: I would at least like to get into a comfy wee UK size 14.

3. Run a 10K.

4. Go on a proper holiday (with someone who is not a cunt, if this is not available then go on my own).

5. Buy flowers for someone and be bought flowers.

6. Get something published and be paid for it.

7. Write my thesis.

8. Write in my blog for a whole year.

9. Clear overdraft

10. Get a new job and life plan.

11. Visit one new place every month: Could be a new place like a coffee shop, restaurant, village, city, country. Just needs to be something that I have never done before.

12. Become accredited as a Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

13. Busking in town and then get drunk afterwards.

14. Dress up as a drag king for a night.

15. Cycle 30 miles in one go.

16. Read 12 classic novels: From this List

17. Get grade one on an instrument: perhaps my chanter or something totally new.

18. Get a provisional drivers license.

19. Go to a gym class with Leanne and meet Dom Jackie

20. Shave some of my hair off: I’m thinking a wee undercut?

21. Do NaNoWriMo.

22. Put on a one woman show for my friends.

23. Go to bingo.

24. Go fishing.

25. Knit something of substance: e.g jumper, animal etc