Hello again…

Sorry this blog has been inactive so long. I have been so busy attempting to finish university that I sadly neglected it. It’s 2 days until I get my final results and to say I’m petrified is an understatement. Like my parents have said, “you’ve tried your best and we’d expect nothing more” but I’ve always strived to be an over-achiever. If someone has ever told me I’m only good enough for one thing (say a C), I take great pride and satisfaction in proving them wrong and getting an A. With the right attitude and the willingness to put the work in, there is nothing stopping you from achieving your goals. 

What I’m going to do with my life now that I’m finished uni – no idea! My passion is science and ultimately I want to work in research. Which particular field of research is where I’m struggling to decide. Although recently, I have noticed an increasing love for immunology developing after finishing my final year. I want to go on to do a masters and then ultimately a PhD. That being said, I also want to gain some industrial experience before I go on to yet another academic course. 

From this post, you might be getting a feel for how crazy my head is at the minute. Hopefully Tuesday treats me right and I have succeeded in my goal of claiming a degree in Biomedical Science. Which classification? Who knows, I don’t want to jinx anything. 

deborahjane

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My new year resolution

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Now I’m not one for new year resolutions but this year I’ve decided I need to improve my fitness; trivial I know but I’m so lazy – once I’m finished doing everything I need to do I just think “well I can’t be bothered now” – this has to change. My twin recently ‘interviewed’ me as part of one of her uni assignments for Sport Psychology where we got talking about my lack o motivation to exercise so we’ve set up a plan to tackle this. When I do exercise, it gives me so much energy and I am so much more motivated. Plus, I want to do the Color Run again this year.

First things first though, the gym membership has been cancelled – yep, you read that right, cancelled! I want to do it on my own without paying a heap loads of money. I am getting my sister to help me as my personal trainer (for free) so she is going to be my running buddy, session planner and motivator. Although I must admit I’m not excited to be running in these hypothermic conditions; may freeze halfway through.

So, I’ve started by downloading a free app (RunKeeper) to help plan and track my progress. You can sign up via Facebook or email and it allows you to plan routes and playlists, make note of inspirations/ motivations and goals and also allows you to record distances/ speeds covered, calories burned and duration of workouts (not only for running but practically every exercise activity) by setting up a profile. You can also connect with friends/ other app users to progress together and share your achievements .

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Have you guys got any fitness tips? Or share your new year resolutions with me… I love to hear/ read about them!

Gifts Galore! Feeling lucky this Christmas…

Hello, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are set to have a happy new year!

I had a lovely Christmas, filled with lots of love, family and food. I’ve seen a lot of posts recently of pictures of people’s gifts that they are thankful for and I just wanted to share some pictures of the amazing gifts I received this year – I am so grateful to everyone who got me presents this year, I love you all! I was blown away with how thoughtful every gift was and it just goes to show that my friends and family know me better than I know myself 😊

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My mam also got me a microscope! (not pictured) I’m so happy with it – by far my favourite gift 😊 I’d love to hear what your favourite gifts were?

-deborahjane

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Show a little love this Christmas

For some reason lately all I’ve wanted to do is smile. No idea why, just an urge to smile. I’ve seen things happen around me lately and it’s just made me take a step back to count my blessings. It’s weird, this time last week I was feeling really low but now I’m just thinking about my family and friends and how lucky I am. Some people never get/ or lose the chance to have family that are also your best friends or friends that are practically family, but me – I (for this moment in time) have both and from now on, when I’m feeling down, I’m going to think of this feeling and know that it could be worse. There is always someone there to help. Even if it’s just a “Hi, how was your day?” – it’s amazing how much that can change someone’s outlook on things.
So if there’s someone you know that’s lonely or maybe feeling left out this Christmas, please make an effort just to let them know you care. It’s not all about giving presents… Most of the time, giving love is more appreciated.

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One Lovely Blog Award Nomination :)

OMG! Thank you so much Meghan for the nomination for the One Lovely Blogger Award 🙂 What a lovely surprise! After only blogging for just over 2 months – I was in shock to see that you appreciate my blog. Again, THANK YOU!

I love Meghan’s blog 🙂 I love how it is personal and you get a real feel for the lovely person she is when you read it. Make sure you check it out!!

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The rules are as follows:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog in your post.
2. List the rules and display the award logo.
3. Include 7 facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 10 others and let them know you’ve nominated them.

So, 7 facts about me:
1. I’m a twin.
2. I love everything about science.
3. My favourite TV show is The Vampire Diaries.
4. My aim after I leave uni is to help in the fight against cancer.
5. My favourite film is Armageddon.
6. My favourite book is anything by Nicholas Sparks but especially The Notebook.
7. I love pub quizzing.

Now I’m going to nominate the authors of my 10 favourite blogs (excluding Meghan):
1. Carolin
2. Megan
3. Michelle
4. Jade
5. Mandy
6. Sammy
7. Jessica
8. Rosy
9. Rosie
10. Rachael

Congratulations ladies 🙂

It’s official – I’m going to space!

Well, my name is Deborah Prudham and that’s going to space so yeah… technically… I’M GOING TO SPACE!

It is part of a new project set up by NASA whereby they’re inviting everyday people (like me) to send them their name (and some other info) and they’ll put them on a microchip which will be entering Low-Earth Orbit destinations and in turn you receive a boarding pass into space.

The microchip will be on-board NASAs Orion spacecraft which is set to launch for its Exploration Flight Test-1 on December 4th 2014. On-board Orion, the microchip will orbit Earth twice and then re-enter the Earths atmosphere at a speed of around 20,000mph and 4000°F and splash land in the Pacific Ocean.

Following this Exploration Flight, the microchip will be on-board some of the greatest future explorations to become history like the exploration of Mars!

I like to think of it as getting to be one of the first people to go to Mars since let’s face it… I’m no astronaut!

If you want to take part go to: http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/ and follow Orion’s missions at #JourneyToMars

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The Lion King : Musical

A bit late I know, but just wanted to share my thoughts on The Lion King: Musical I saw last Saturday night at Sunderland Empire Theatre… WHAT A SHOW!

It wasn’t the first time I saw this show; I saw it twice at the Lyceum Theatre in London and the show just keeps going from strength to strength. Anyone who knows me knows that I live for the Lion King and the performances I witnessed just cement why (especially young Simba and Nala!)

Julie Taymor is the marvel behind the show (working as the director, in costume design, mask/puppet co-design and additional lyrics) and won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Show and Best Costumes in 1998. If you ever get the chance, GO!

I cried, laughed and smiled with awe, excitement and wonder and it is impossible to look away for a second. I can’t wait until the next time I see it. It doesn’t matter where you sit, the cast and crew make sure that everyone is included in the wonder of the show. It is spectacular! The vibrancy and passion of the cast and colours draw you in from the very first second.

And if you do ever find yourself there… DON’T FORGET YOUR TISSUES!

http://www.thelionking.co.uk/ Take a look, there may be a show near you 🙂

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My 5 top tips for Freshers!

I know at my university (Sunderland), Freshers are starting next week so I thought I’d include a post on my top 5 tips! I’m entering my third and final year of my Biomedical Science degree later in the month and would have been thankful for some of these tips when I was starting. So, here goes…

 

  1. GET INVOLVED – Don’t be afraid to get involved! I know it will be daunting but you will be offered so many opportunities as a student so use that fear and try something new. Whether it’s joining a club/society, learning a language, volunteering, mentoring etc, if you take part it can mean meeting like-minded people (which may become your lifelong friends in addition to/ away from your course), a great CV enhancer and gives you something to enjoy away from studying… Bringing me onto the second tip…

 

  1. STUDYING/SOCIAL LIFE BALANCE – It is all too easy to fall into the ‘procrastination trap’, believe me – I’ve been there on many an occasion. The best thing I have found to get around this is making myself a timetable. It means I can note down study/social times and know that if I don’t follow it, I have to make the time up somewhere else. It may be that you have a part-time job, you’re volunteering for something, you’re on a sports team, or you have exams coming up… all this should go on the timetable. Try and work out how much time you’ll need to spend on these different tasks and I promise, a timetable will really help you getting stressed out when it comes to managing deadlines etc.

 

  1. BUDGET – Major one here!! Although it’s cheap drinks and student discount, I promise you your student loan won’t last two minutes unless you budget. If you’re in student accommodation, just remember you have rent, food, and depending on distance travel… It soon mounts up and you’ll kick yourself for not leaving enough money. I’m not saying don’t go out and enjoy yourself; this will be the best few years of your life, but just be sensible.

 

  1. ATTEND – This may be shocking to some of you that I would include this as a top tip, but you wouldn’t believe how many people miss lectures or just don’t come in at all. Let’s just say though, I haven’t seen them since. With the right balance, there is no reason to not attend, it is only your future you’re damaging.

 

  1. ENJOY YOURSELF – Obviously the most important one, don’t forget to enjoy yourself! Like I said earlier, these will be the best few years of your life so make the most of them. You’ve worked hard to get here, so although you need to work even harder, play harder 🙂 You won’t regret it. Have fun! I hope you have an amazing time 🙂

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Handmade Gifts #1 – Personalised Beaded Bracelets

Do you ever go gift shopping an just think “I have absolutely no idea what to buy” or “These gifts just aren’t personal enough”, well here is a handy idea that is quick, easy and thoughtful: Personalised Beaded Bracelets!

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What you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Lettered Beads
  • Coloured Beads
  • Waxed Thread
  • Jewellery Clasps

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Easy steps to create your own:

  • To begin, decide what personalised phrase/name you’d like to include.
  • Cut a length of waxed thread about 30cm.

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  • Thread the waxed thread through the clipped end of the jewellery clasp about 5cm and tie a double knot.
  • Cut off the excess thread.

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  • Thread the assorted beads in the order you have decided.
  • Once you have finished threading the beads, thread on the looped clasp end so it touches the last bead.

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  • Tie a double knot and cut off the excess thread.
  • Finally, enjoy your creation!

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Play around with different ideas and most importantly, just have fun with it 🙂

My love for Northern Ireland :)

I had such a good time in Northern Ireland last week when I went over to visit my dad. It isn’t the first time I’ve travelled there but it is the first time I took part in many of the great tourist opportunities the country boasts. Every day was jam-packed full of the many attractions from The Causeway Coastal Route along the Antrim Coast visiting White Park Bay, Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle to Fermanagh to experience the delights Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark and Corralea Activity Centre.

My dad lives in Belfast and since me and my sister had a ridiculously early flight, we started the trip with a few relaxing sightseeing visits. To begin, we walked around Queens University to marvel at the beauty of the building. Since I have a recent newfound love for plants and gardening, we followed this venture with a trip around the Botanic Gardens of Belfast. The colour and design presented inside The Palm House of the gardens is picturesque and to think the council offers this attraction for free is a bonus 🙂 An attraction also possible to visit at the gardens is Ulster Museum. I urge anyone to give both a visit if given the chance. Being a lover of science, I must admit I had a preference for the ‘Elements’ exhibitions. We also managed to fit in a tour of Belfast City Hall; my favourite part being the chance to touch a magnificent cabinet that should have been on the Titanic but unfortunately (or fortunately: however you look at it) was not ready in time.

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The following day, we started with a little shopping trip in Bangor and a nice, quiet walk around the marina before heading to Crawfordsburn Country Park for the day. This is a gorgeous place, boasting magnificent scenic walks and views. Well worth a visit; it is the perfect place for a picnic and family fun.

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Next on the list of places to visits was my favourite attraction in Belfast; the Titanic Quarter. Reliving all that is known of the White Star Line ship before production to after the unforeseen tragedy; all upon the site RMS Titanic was designed and built. I don’t want to spoil the delights of the Quarter but if you are ever heading to Belfast, you’d be crazy not to visit. You won’t be disappointed! Although we visited the SS Nomadic a different day due to electrical problems, I just thought I may as well include a couple of pictures in the same section since it is within the Titanic Quarter. Tender to the Titanic, this is the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world. Restored to its near former glory, we were treated to its fascinating story as a ship of the war, a restaurant in Paris and other tales of its 104 year history. There are brilliant tour guides, holographic characters portraying real workers on the ship, opportunities to dress up and even sign the log book to say you’ve been part of the ships history.

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Belfast Castle was the next stop. It is a beautiful building with a cute little story about the castle cat. Supposedly “good fortune will come to those visiting Belfast Castle as long as the tradition of the castle cat is kept”. Since its founding, there has apparently always been a resident white cat at the castle. The gardens feature 9 allusions to this tale in sculpture, topiary and paving and it was fun to try and find them all; although me and my sister only managed 7.

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The next day we left Belfast to marvel in the beauty of the Causeway Coastal Route along the Antrim Coast. First of all was a stop off at White Park Bay for a picnic and then onto Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Although the weather wasn’t the best, I had so much fun. It was originally created for use by salmon fishermen to gain access to Carrick-A-Rede island. It was then onto the Giant’s Causeway which I have wanted to visit for years. The beauty of the arrangement of the rock really is a natural wonder as a result of the way the magma rose and cooled through the original rock formations millions of years ago during the volcanic paleogene period. I won’t tell you what my wish was but legend has it all wishes made while sitting in ‘The Wishing Chair’ will come true. Our final stop on the route was Dunluce Castle. Although only ruins of what was once a grand structure, it is still an amazing place to visit.

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Back to Belfast where me and my sister went to the cinema and on a night out with our step-sisters.

Then it was a super early rise so we could travel down to Enniskillen and then onto Fermanagh. We had booked to go canoeing on the morning and the waterpark at Corralea Activity Centre on the afternoon. Due to bad weather, the canoeing was cancelled (so there was actually no need for the early morning) but fortunately the weather improved by the afternoon and the waterpark was so much fun. It is a bit like an obstacle course from Total Wipeout, so much fun for practically all ages.

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We stayed the night in Enniskillen and visited Fermanagh’s Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. If you love geography, science, history and natural wonders like me then you must visit this place. It hosts tours of the caves, education of the history and trails for peaceful walks to view the other sights within the Geopark such as ‘The Village’ and the ‘Cascades Waterfall’.

We finished our time there with a Bowlympics game 🙂 I won best girl on my team and I got a strike… That’s an achievement in itself! 🙂

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I know this post was pretty long so thank you for sticking with it while I rambled on.

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