So, I've decided to start a journal on here. I already have my Livejournal one but I'd like another more 'general' journal.
I might look into getting this journal made private but I don't know yet.
I'll write more later, I'm pretty busy right now.
I think I'll keep this entry as an introductory one. The people I may mention in my journal are:
Danielle (Ellie) - Me
Mark - My soon-to-be hubby
Thomas - One of our Angels in Heaven (1st pregnancy, tx)
Mum - My Mum
Dad - My Dad
Gemma - My little Sister
Jackie - Mark's Mum
Big Mark - Mark's Dad
Lisa - Mark's Sister
Paul - Lisa's baby/my Nephew (DOB 15th April 2004)
Big Paul - Lisa's Boyfriend
I think I'll leave this journal public for a while, see how things go.
I can't believe that in the next week or so Mark & I will be booking our wedding! It's flown by. We're going up to Scotland, to Gretna Green, as I'll be 17 so technically not legal to marry without parental consent in England. I can't see my parents being cooperative regarding the parental consent issue, so we'll just have to elope. My parents are expecting us to marry when I'm 18 anyway, so what's 1 year's difference going to make? I have a feeling that this journal is going to be swamped by wedding-related-posts very shortly - there's so much to plan!
I've been working hard on my MSN family site and I've also started an MSN business site for my cards and whatnot. I really hope that the card and craft thing will take off, we could do with the extra cash when we eventually get our own place.
It's looking like September for the flat now. We've been having problems with money so my plans have fallen behind slightly. Ah well, atleast I know it's going to happen this time.
I'm starting to feel very nervous about getting my exam results. I have 12 results to collect on the 26th of August and I'm convinced that I've done badly. They aren't that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, but I'd still like to have done well.
My lens' are really starting to annoy me. I keep thinking that I've put them in backwards or something but I haven't. I still need to pick up my new glasses... argh - so much to do!
I've applied for a private journal aswel as this one. I have thoughts and feelings that I don't want the whole world and his brother knowing and others that I'd like to share, so I feel that having two journals will work out better.
I emailed my Auntie a few days ago to tell her about the abortion. Nobody, apart from mine and Mark's imediate family, know about it. My Auntie is a trained counsellor so I sent her the email in hope of her finding me somebody to talk to about all my mixed feelings surrounding the abortion. She replied back today with a lovely email. I'd post it up on here but it's a bit too personal, I might copy some of it later and post it though.
I brought the budgie up before to my room because she looked really sad and lonely downstairs. I won't be doing that again, it took me about 3 hours to get her back into the cage and take her back downstairs.
I think I'm going to try and get some pictures up later, just for the hell of it.
I've just had to adjust the time settings on my profile. It seriously bugs me when the timing is off. I did have it set to GMT, which is what my supposed time-zone should be, but it was still off by an hour. So now I'm on GMT + 1... grrrr.
We booked the hotel in Blackpool before. Me, Mum, Gemma and my Nan are going for 3 days/2 nights on the 19th-20th-21st of August 2004. I'm actually looking forward to it, it'll probably be the last holiday I take with family. Mum, Dad and Gemma are going to Spain for a week from next Wednesday, so I'll be staying at Mark's for the week - yay! I love being with him of a night. I can't wait till I live with him. He's my everything, he really is.
Hmmm. I swear I had something else to write about...
I've been thinking a lot about my career path lately.
I have a few options:
Start Uni in 2006/2007 - Medicine - Be a Doctor.
Start Uni in 2006 - Zoology - Become a Zoologist and then possibly go back to Uni when I'm about 24/25 and study Vet Med - Become a Vet.
Start Uni in 2006 - Marine Biology - Become a Marine Biologist with the option to live all around the World and have the option to go back to Uni and study Vet Med.
Mark says that I should do whatever I feel will make me happiest. Being a Doctor has it's pluses (hefty salary, being at the forefront of Medical knowledge, etc) but I really don't like being around people. People just annoy me.
Being a Vet is my dream job. I love animals, they make me happy. It seems pretty obvious which one to choose, right?
I was thinking of doing an 'easier' degree first, one that I can work hard at and reap the rewards from, like Marine Biology or Zoology. I know I'd love doing those degrees. I'd then go out, possibly travel with Mark and our kids, show them a bit of the World, and then settle down somewhere and study Vet Med. I'd have heaps of experience and knowledge and once I've gotten that degree I could go and live in the Caribbean and work as a Vet with a research sideline. How great would that be?
I really need to start making decisions though, I need to pick my Alevels this month so I'll be able to get into Uni. I'm pretty much decided on Biology, Ancient History and Psychology for this year and then start Chemistry AS level at college next year. I might even do another AS level, such as Philosophy next September alongside my Chemistry.
I don't want a job that makes me loads of money if it means sacrificing my dreams. I'd be quite happy to earn a crappy wage for the rest of my life aslong as I'd be waking up each morning and feel great going to work. I can make a pretty hefty salary as a Vet, but I'm not doing Vet Med for the money, I'm doing it because my dream is to be around and help animals.
I feel so lucky to have Mark. He was never an academic, like me, so he's limited by what he can do career wise. He's more than happy to get another job next month so it means I can focus on my studies rather than work. He doesn't stop me doing anything I want to do. He's just about the only person who believes in me now. I know that if I got a job abroad, he'd be more than happy to move with me. He'd drop everything, anytime for me. He just wants us to be happy. We don't need to have heaps of cash to be happy, just enough to get by on.
Department Biological Sciences Programme length 3 years Typical offer 280-320 tariff points
As a Marine Biologist, you will learn to apply modern methods to study the ocean's creatures, study every type of marine creature from microscopic plankton to giant whales. You will study their behaviour, physiology,and ecology, and examine how marine food webs can influence global warming and fisheries. Applied aspects of the programme include pollution, conservation and aquaculture. We aim to produce Marine Biologists equipped with the knowledge and techniques needed to make them employable in the 21st century.
Beyond Fieldwork, modern Marine Biology requires a wide variety of interdisciplinary techniques including molecular biology, remote sensing, and image-analysis microscopy. Combining state-of-the-art techniques with modern concepts in the behaviour, ecology, and conservation of marine organisms is our primary goal. In the first two years of study Marine Biologists develop skills in modern approaches to field and laboratory work. In the final year, depending on your individual interests, you will focus on field or laboratory studies, ranging from rocky shore ecology to microbial physiology and from molecular marine biology to fish behaviour. We tailor the final year's study to both your desires and our expert opinion of what will make you marketable.
Combining newly established oceanographic facilities at Liverpool, our century-old record of field working and an interdisciplinary approach to biology ensures we produce high quality marine scientists.
Entrance requirements C160
280-320 UCAS tariff points. Ideally, applicants will offer Biology and a second science (preferably Chemistry) to A level, although applicants who offer Biology as their only science studied to A level will still be considered. The balance of the tariff points may come from either an additional subject at A level or a combination that might include A and AS level subjects and Key Skills. General Studies is accepted. Mature applicants are particularly welcome and will normally be expected to show evidence of recent academic study, such as an Access course.