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woo hoo!

i have a job for 2 weeks!
as a clearing assistant :s

and... ive got chocolate fridge cake!

I was thinking yesterday about how I was 27 and still living at home and i look around at my peers and im the worst off (by far..light years in fact..) but then I thought hang on a minute, i havent always been this way, ive had my own flat for a year where i was living completely independently, funded totally by myself, everything in it, i bought, all the bills i paid for. I got myself around i cooked all my own meals, washed and dried all my own clothes, made my own entertainment and my own friends. I had to arrange my removal and hire and pay the removers as well as embark on a new course. All the research and paperwork i did myself as I had no one else to ask... actually not everyone is capable of this, and even those that think they can, haven't actually done it. It's actually no mean feat.

I had no one to help me, apart from my boyfriend at the time who helped me to move in. in fact apart from that it was an entirely solitary task. Now, I don't need anyone to help me with anything (and actually I've proved it) so I'm not all poor me... The point I'm making is more should be made of this... kudos to me! I made it all, I did it all and I didn't need anyones help.

and certainly, if I've done it before, I can do it again.
so well done me! if I don't say it, no one else will.

and i will get out of this place...

shoulda woulda coulda...

I hate not having money. having spent part of last month and this month away im really down to the wire, so can't really afford to do anything at the moment especially as im going down to london for my birthday. (well, it IS my birthday..) i hope i get a job soon and manage to move out before im drawing my pension.. mums also driving me up the wall.
this is where i often think how different my life would be if i could drive- for a start i would never have had to quit my job and would still be earning...Or maybe I would already be working away. having my own transport would also have helped me keep in touch with my friends and maintain my independence. However, I know I tried my absolute hardest before I gave up the ghost -  and probably saved myself from spending my entire life savings. It is incredibly annoying when you're waiting for the bus and you see all the vehicles going past with one person in each and consider how my journey will take 3-4 times longer than theirs.

Still, I hope it will all turn around and I manage to find myself a job soon, and the Gods stop conspiring to keep me in Leicester!
I am doing as much as I can to change things so I feel better about myself - I've joined the gym, started a new hobby (baking)* and bought myself a pedometer so I can help keep track of and therefore motivate myself to keep fit. I can't fit into my favourite black trousers which is the last straw frankly, so I have bought myself a slim fast drink and if I like it I might use it in future so I can slim back into my wardrobe.
All I need now is things not to get mucked up and for someone to give me a chance...



*hopefully the latter will not negate the former!

i player

i shouldnt have just watched doctor who-im way too excited to sleep now!

davros is not a scary name tho..it makes me think of bobby davro...

eclectic

i felt very cultured today when i bought a classical music cd alongside "star in the making" santogold.

but sometimes i think im a bit multiple personality disorder..

a wonderful waste of time?

its really rather amazing how much more interested i have gotten in clothes, make up and toiletries since i have started revision.
it's probably quite revealing that if i type in "www.d" ill get debenhams or dorothy perkins instead of .dmu.ac.uk - my university..

i especially like dotty p's new gok minisite since ive not a clue what to wear for my shape-important if you're of the un-tall variety
but topshop's still the best for clothes browsing of the internet variety..

hmm you could probably tell alot about a person from their browsing history-there should be a name for this..

anyway, i am trying to pay attention to things other than how much i like the iris collection and upping my already impressive 76% win rate on freecell-honest!

this is revision. this is revision hell, there seriously are things that i am just understanding now for the first time-as well as things that i still dont really...you'd think things like analytical toxicology would be interesting but there are just too many variables and methods of analysis that weren't really explained fully..i can't really ask anyone for advice because i know they'll be too stressed about their pharmacology exam tomorrow to talk about clinical biochem. each module was supposed to be taught in isolation..but i cant help but wonder that their pharmacology might have given them the background that i am missing...

since my exam is on friday and i have a double module exam on monday, id better get stuck into (looks for pile of recommended reading) "Serum uric acid and risk of cardiovascular mortality: A prospective long-term study of 83683 Austrian men"
hm. i think thats where we came in...

universals

why dont they give you funnels for those stupid little bottles they give you for urine tests?

new years resolution

be more positive.

and hopefully i wont be alone this time next year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

is it necessary...

to party today?

this is just great..

Chicken soup inhibits neutrophil chemotaxis in vitro.

Chicken soup has long been regarded as a remedy for symptomatic upper respiratory tract infections. As it is likely that the clinical similarity of the diverse infectious processes that can result in "colds" is due to a shared inflammatory response, an effect of chicken soup in mitigating inflammation could account for its attested benefits. To evaluate this, a traditional chicken soup was tested for its ability to inhibit neutrophil migration using the standard Boyden blindwell chemotaxis chamber assay with zymosan-activated serum and fMet-Leu-Phe as chemoattractants. Chicken soup significantly inhibited neutrophil migration and did so in a concentration-dependent manner. The activity was present in a nonparticulate component of the chicken soup. All of the vegetables present in the soup and the chicken individually had inhibitory activity, although only the chicken lacked cytotoxic activity. Interestingly, the complete soup also lacked cytotoxic activity. Commercial soups varied greatly in their inhibitory activity. The present study, therefore, suggests that chicken soup may contain a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity. A mild anti-inflammatory effect could be one mechanism by which the soup could result in the mitigation of symptomatic upper respiratory tract infections.

PMID: 11035691 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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