always running

I ran my first 5K on New Years Day 2014. This was real physical running thanks to the cumulative efforts of the coaches and other members at the BT Run Club. I can’t remember the 5K route that was marked out for the day, but in order to get to 5K, during training sessions I walked and ran to the Causeway Bridge and back.

I’m still amazed that I can run, and I certainly recommend the Walk2Run programmes that are offered. I went from walking to running 5K in nine weeks! To keep running is another challenge, but I can say I have been running for over a year now.

This type of running has assisted me greatly this year to provide balance in my life that was tipping the scales literally running around everyone else. The commitment to run with the running club and run myself at other times was great for lowering my stress levels and improve my overall mental and physical fitness.

I’m telling you this, because I started my blog years ago to let my Mam know what I was doing while she was travelling.

My Mam now lives in Naxos, Greece for most of the year so being able to show her my new found fun in a visual way was much more interesting than emailing her a number of how far I had run. However, other readers finding my blog an perusing what I think to tell my Mam is fun too, so I think I have changed a little about what topics I write about, but I often have my Mam, my special reader in mind.



community engagement

The assignment for Blogging 101 today was to follow five new topics in the Reader and five new blogs.

This was a daunting task for me as I am interested in so many things. But it was a great experience and I was glad to take up the assignment. You see, I found other bloggers just like me.

It was difficult to start writing initially, as I read so many how to blog articles that said that you should write about particular themes and find your niche.

Finding other blogs to follow and read that have a different eclectic mix of posts is wonderful.

insatiable curiosity

Sleeping Midnight

My blog name ‘dilettante’ and tagline ‘The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.’ has been here from inception.

Not knowing what I wanted to blog about, I decided to write about what I was learning, interested in, or discovering at the time.

I have an insatiable curiosity and love of learning. Which is why I thought of ‘dilettante’. I wouldn’t say that I dabble, as I take my pursuit of curiosity very seriously, but once I’ve ‘figured something out’, I’m ready to move on to the next step in life-long learning. However, the crossover of art and science I find is the most intriguing.

The tagline was found in an email sig, and I thought that it was attributed to Dorothy Parker. But now I don’t know whether it was Ellen Parr and or Eleanor Roosevelt. Not sure how to find the definitive answer to that one.

I’m still happy to be a dilettante and my curiosity is still somewhat insatiable.

good bug bad bug

I’m 60% through my Master of Infectious Diseases at The University of Western Australia. Today I have applied for Approved Leave for first semester next year which means I will be starting in Semester 2, 2015. During my leave (assuming I get it), I want to revise the units of study that I have completed, ready to get stuck into the two semester 2 units: Diagnostic Medical Microbiology and Antimicrobial Agents. Then the grand finale will be a semester long research project in Semester 1, 2016.

Essentially, not including this month, I have eight months to revise 10 units. That’s the bad bugs; microbial human pathogens.

The MicroBlitz project is where the good bugs come in. MicroBlitz is a project that is mapping the soil microbial diversity of the whole state of Western Australia. I joined this group as a volunteer/intern in the DNA sequencing laboratory, but have also become involved in some of the community outreach, science communication, web, and social media activities.

I plan to use this blog to provide some structure to revising the bad bugs for my infectious diseases course, but at the same time, research the good bugs that are important to soil microbial diversity.