07 Juli, 2009
26 Juni, 2009
I've been thinking about growing chilies for a while so earlier this summer I bought a seed kit and in April planted some chili seeds. now they've grown into quite tall plants and there are some fruits hanging on the branches. I couldn't believe it. now we need to be courageous enough to use them in our cooking as well - and I hope they won't be too hot.
update the blog via email. some how to me that seems much easier than
having to sit down and actually sign into the blogger application on
the web. I am massively behind on updating my blog. I kept meaning to
put pictures up from our holiday in Cornwall in March, but now that
seems much too far away to still be talking about it. We still had a
good time there though. I am still working on my PhD even though it is
slowly driving me mad. all the little things you need to worry about
in the end and now all the big things. The bigger picture of the whole
thing, and the contribution to Psychology as a science. I am not sure
i am making much of a contribution to psychology as a science, but
more to marketing and the consumer research scene... I'll see. One of
the people at the university here keep telling me how keen he is to
give me a mock viva, and I am not even done writing yet. But i guess I
have to be thinking about it. it is one of the scariest things I think
I will do in my life, the viva, not the writing... the writing is the
most painful thing. I really sometimes wonder what got into me to sign
up for this... it can't all be about the letters in front of my name,
although Dr. Ivonne Hoeger does sound quite nice... or maybe Dr.
Ivo... I like that too... Ivonne Hoeger, PhD doesn't have the same
ring to it, but it is still not bad...
anyway, that's all I am doing at the moment, suffering through the
final stages of the PhD, and hoping it will be over soon...
PS: ok so this emailing thing only creates a draft and then I still have to go into blogger and publish it... might need to investigate more about this
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Yesterday we had the new postgrads coming in and that went ok as well. A very small group this year, so I think it will be a good year. I am less involved with them now that I am not the mentor for the economic and consumer psychology group, but I did meet them yesterday and showed them around the department.
Not much else new at the moment, i really need to get more writing done on my PhD. But at least the last meeting with my suoervisor was good, she had lots of nice things to say and even said my pilot study write up can be used in combination with another study I ran last year, so that is another chapter sorted. It is actually starting to get real now. I will at some point actually have a book with my name on. It really is a scary thought, but at the same time it is exciting...
and speaking of all that writing I have to do, now I am getting back to work!
30 September, 2008
This is just as we are sitting at dinner one evening and all the lights from the candle and also the street lamps were reflected. I thought "try something a little bit creative" and I think it has come out OK actually.
At Piazza Navona
We stumbled across this one day as we were walking around probably on that first day still actually, and then thought we must come back here for dinner one evening. This whole piazza was surrounded by restaurants and ice cream places and in the middle all those artists trying to sell their paintings.
The Trevi Fountain at night... at the bottom of the picture you can just about see people's hands as they are throwing coins into the fountain over their shoulders. Apparently you have to throw in 3 coins, the first is so you will come back to Rome, the second so an Italian will fall in love with you and the third is for charity. The clear out the coins at the bottom of the fountain every so often and actually donate the money to a charity. I only threw in one coin so I come back to Rome some day...
Here is another the view we had another evening having dinner right across the piazza from the Pantheon
After dinner we walked around the piazza for a bit, had some really yummy ice cream and then took some more photos of the outside of the Pantheon. I loved the warm light all the street lamps created.
Neil loved the Pantheon so much he needed to hug one of the columns
and then we thought that playing with the camera's shutter speed would be fun...
this would have been a nice photo had my leg not been in the way
And this is it once again for this post. I will put up the rest of the photos in another post, as they are mostly from the last day when we went on a tour on one of those hop on hop off busses. But now I need to get ready to go to uni. We have all the new first year students registering, which will be a lot of people. the new incoming class for just psychology (which includes some other degrees such as animal behaviour, and a few joint courses with Biology and Education and Sport Science) is about 250 students. But this is always a good way to get to know them a little bit on the first day and make sure they are not too scared.
22 September, 2008
These photos were all taken on the first day we were in Rome. That was one of the two days I had free while in Rome. On this day we decided to start with the Vatican. We went to St. Peter's first. Spent a little time walking around the square in front of it and then also went inside. It was just amazing. I was surprised at the Swiss Guard uniforms. I thought of them as heavy military, but their uniforms make them look much less threatening.
Next we went to Castel St Angelo. It is just down the very long road which leads to St. Peters. It was built as a mausoleum for Hadrian and his family I think and then later was used to protect the Vatican. There is some mention in the Dan Brown Book Angels and Demons, I seem to remember it had something to do with the Illuminati, but can't quite remember all the details. I really need to read that book again, but anyway, here are a few pictures from our visit to the Castel
After the visit to the Castel we had a look at our map and thought that it doesn’t look very far to get to the Pantheon which it didn’t so we ended up visiting that as well on the first day. Here are some pictures of that as well, but as Neil already said it is so hard to capture it properly. So my pictures will just be from the outside and of the fountain in the piazza.
this was it from the first day we were in Rome, to finish this post here is a picture of the view we had from our Hotel’s roof top garden
More to come soon
09 September, 2008
Photos to follow once I properly sorted through them.
01 September, 2008
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Before the fireworks started we walked along the hoe for a bit enjoying the view out to the sea and of people gathering to watch the fireworks.
and we also enjoyed the funfair for a while and somehow ended up on this...
31 Juli, 2008
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Besides that not much has been going on. We had workmen in the department today to re-seal the windows so there are no more drafts in the building, so from about 11 am this morning our office was smelling so bad of this sealant that we had to relocate to another office for the day until they came to that room as well and made that just as smelly. By that point I had submitted my paper and also read a few other ones so I thought it was ok for me to go home, where I now am.
Oh an earlier I had a moment of inspiration regarding my PhD. I have found another line of research within which I can situate my work, or I might be able to use it as an answer to a number of questions I still have unanswered or only have vague answers to at the moment. I need to go back to my earlier studies and properly look at the results in very much detail and see if this applies, but it might do. I'll discuss it with my supervisor next time i see her. Wonder what she thinks, probably a rubbish idea, or someone else would have mentioned it along the way, but who knows, might be that just no one has looked into it as much as I have by now...
Also the conference is less than 7 weeks away now, very scary to think about it. The programme has been published on the website and I know when I am presenting. But it is in Rome!
04 Juli, 2008
Now back to normal PhD student life, which at the moment means for me to finish off this paper I have been writing on forever already, so I can submit it for the best student paper competition for a conference paper for the conference i am going to in september.
and now it is my weekend!
28 Juni, 2008
23 Juni, 2008
But yes why am I excited you might wonder... well I just found out on Friday that I got accepted to speak at a conference held in Rome later in the summer. It will be nice to get away for a bit and see such an exciting place, but also I think it will be good for my professional development. Getting closer to the end of my PhD, I really need to start thinking about what comes next. At the moment I am favouring the option of becoming an academic more than anything else. The whole lifestyle that comes with it and the possibilities to be more flexible in my job just sound really good. But we shall see. I am going to apply for some post-doc positions and research jobs though, don't want to just bank on one thing and then not get it... So I wonder what this conference will be like. The last one was a bit strange because I didn't really know that many people there, and I felt a bit awkward for most of the time. Hopefully this one will be better. But it should, from what I can tell at the moment, there will be a number of people from Exeter there as well. Now I just have to see if the department will give me enough money so I can actually afford to go. But they really have to. I have not claimed for an international conference before and more other people get to go to multiple conferences in a year.
So Rome... if anyone has been before and can tell me where to go and what to see or has any other tips that would be good... Better get some breakfast now
13 Juni, 2008
I've also been thinking about what should come next. A post-doc position would be nice, so I can write up a bit more of my thesis for publication once I am finished with the examination. I came across the ESRC Post-doc thing, which is exactly what I want. Get a year employment at a university and write up the PhD thesis with publications and also attend more conferences and learn a bit more before even attempting to get a job somewhere. At the moment my publication record is nowhere near good enough to get a job at a university... so that needs work in any case. The major problem is that I really don't want to move away from Exeter at the moment. I feel quite settled where I am and I haven't really felt settled in a long time, so this is very nice. So at the moment the only plan I have for when the PhD is done is hope for the post-doc in the business school in the marketing department. Yesterday afternoon I downloaded the notes to help you fill in the application form for this job, and it is evil. Well I guess you have to put in some work if you want them to fund you for a whole year for any research trips and other expenses plus a job... but still it is a really nasty application form, and you need so many supporting documents. Nightmare, but I will have to do it...
But the main worry at the moment is who we can ask to be my external examiner once the time comes. I am already terrified about the whole experience, but nothing I can do about it. We all have to go through it sooner or later.