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NotJeans Challenge – Week One


Thursday Not JeansI had Monday and Tuesday off work for easter, so only one outfit this week. I thought I’d start by setting the bar nice and low!

  • Black cardigan, Glassons sz16, six years old
  • Red shortsleeved blouse with velvety black pattern, Ella J from Farmers sz18, 2.5 years old (borrowed this from Spouse)
  • Charcoal grey ‘modern boot’ trousers. Gap sz10, 1 year old
  • Black Diana Ferrari flat soled slip-ons, Hannahs sz9.5, 4 days old (yes, I have new shoes!)

So as you can see I’m not exactly rocking the Dolce and Gabbana or Marc Jacobs. I’m more a Rachel Hunter for The Warehouse type girl. However, I wasn’t wearing jeans, and I was reasonably comfortable all day, which is better than I expected.

Sartorial challenge


I have decided to challenge myself a little in terms of clothing, just to see what I can do with the holey, worn out remnants of my wardrobe. Normally, I wear jeans. Yes, every day. Every day. To the point when, with one of my pairs of jeans in the wash, covered in paint, and the other in need of a severe hemming, I wore a skirt and a pair of boots to work today, and just about bloody everyone I bumped into commented. It was like I had dressed up for halloween or something.

So I’m the jeans girl.

Not sure if I want to be the jeans girl, so I’m challenging myself to NOT wear jeans to work from now until the end of my contract (29th of June). I’m going to have to be very creative which may need to some unusual outfits, but it will be interesting for me. I will take photos of each outfit and post them once a week or so as proof.

Off to rifle through my wardrobe!


The very very very very very end of the phd


Student’s assay now working (thank god!) – check. Downton Seasons 1, 2 and Xmas special watched – check. Hunger Games enjoyed and discussed to within-inch-of-life – check. Gorgeous slate grey paint for the trim on the doll’s house (this doll’s house is going to need a name, I can tell!) scavenged at FBS – check. Decision on whether to try to get Soss in the 3-year-olds swim class for next term made – check (No. She can stay where she is for another 3 months). Discussion with Spouse on just how damn difficult things are right now undertaken – check.

I have 150 words to write until I have officially finished my PhD. These 150 words are a lay blurb for the graduation booklet and they are annoyingly hard to write. I let (well okay, begged) the Spouse, who while being ‘lay’ has read the damn thesis as many times as I have, to write it for me. She has done editing on what I already had, so I am going to get that done NOW!

As I thought – 150 words is simply not enough. Ah well, it’s probably not going to be understood anyway!

Gene expression and genetic association in bipolar disorder.

Bipolar disorder is a serious psychiatric condition affecting 2-3% of the New Zealand population.  The causes of the disorder are not fully understood, but previous research has shown that there is a large genetic component, which may be related to changes in how certain genes are expressed in bipolar individuals.  Twenty genes were assessed for expression changes in neural cells after treatment with the mood-stabilising drugs carbamazepine and valproate.  Four genes were found to have consistent expression changes after treatment, however replication of the experiment in a second model was unable to confirm these changes.

Single base changes in the code of three of the genes were assessed for association with bipolar disorder in a NZ bipolar cohort.  Six of the gene changes in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) were found to be associated with bipolar disorder. This suggests that BDNF may play a role in the development of bipolar disorder.

There. Done.

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