This week I fell in love… head over heels, completely, utterly in love. My sister gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. My nephew is amazing. I know that everyone always says this but I’ve never been maternal or bothered by babies so it’s weird for me to feel this way; my lil nephew has given me a whole new perspective. I’m feeling a lot of love right now!
This week was full of a lot of teaching; I taught 7 classes in total which is just a few more than my usual 2 permanent weekly classes! Although this was a lot more hours I was relatively sensible in only taking these covers because they fit into my schedule. They were at times I was already out at uni or teaching so I wasn’t travelling just to teach an extra class taking up more time. They were also really great classes. Despite having public transport nightmares on Monday both the classes I taught were so great. The energy was just phenomenal.
Uni was ok, quite a slow week. We had a lab practical which included more pipetting. I think I’ve done enough pipetting now 2 x 4 hour practicals so far and we have another practical to come which is assessed which requires more pipetting. I understand that it’s a useful skill but I’m doubtful as to how much I will be pipetting in my future career!
Lectures were all ok. Nothing that really stood out. I did want to be fully up to date with my uni reading and work this week and I’m so happy to say that I managed to get it all done! Despite having a day off to go and meet me nephew I still managed to get my work done. The only work which is technically outstanding still is a formative assessment which is due in a week’s time, but that’ll easily be done well before the deadline.
Personal learning this week: taking control of my schedule makes me much more productive.
Interesting things I’ve learnt this week:
- ‘Nutritionist’ is not a protected term – this means anyone can claim to be a nutritionist without any qualifications! So it would be down to individuals to make sure the person they seek advice from is qualified. The best way to check is to look for accreditation from specific associations such as the Association for Nutrition (AfN).
- You should brush your teeth BEFORE breakfast – if you brush after you eat you brush all the enzymes, any acidity, into your teeth damaging the enamel.
- Too much protein can be damaging to your bones – a diet which is too high in protein can inhibit calcium absorption in the body, also known as hypercalciuria. As with most things, make sure you’re getting enough but not too much! About 0.75g-1g per kg of your weight is what you should be aiming for.