:: 50th week :: PhD progress ::

Here we are again trying to understand what I have been doing this week. Actually LOADS of things!

There was the Go Green week to be organised and all the confusing and thrilling unexpected things to think about when only few days are left! The website is now working and it looking quite good. We are excited to see how things will go on Monday and we hope lots of people will join the events organised @DMU, but also will make all their best for saving energy during this week. And hopefully holding on with the `green` behaviour for the time on.

(If you want to get involed in the Go Green week check the GoGreen week website, follow @Greenviewdmu on Twitter, or check DMU website for the program)

There was the methodology to be explored! And a week it is surely not enough for that, but the positive thing is that I have started working on it! And it is quite pleasing for me! I have been reading a lot about qualitative methodology, mixed method research, the different types of methods that it is possible to follow and how to use them in the best way. And I am starting to think how to implement the different method in the different stages of my PhD.

Here you can find some recommended readings about qualitative research practice:
Creswell, J. W. (2007). Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications Inc.
Creswell, J. W. and Plano Clark, V. L. (2007). Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications Inc.
Silverman, D. (2006). Interpreting Qualitative Data, 3rd edition. London: Sage Publications.

Then there was many other things like organising an Italian dinner for my flatmates yesterday night (and I can say it was quite successful!) and there is the `Pizza contest` coming on this weekend… that I am quite excited about it! What is the `Pizza contest`? Well… I have been challenged by an English man to see who is capable of making the best pizza with English ingredients. Therefore we have called some friends to come over and we are going to make pizzas for them to taste it. And they will choose who is the best one! (in some way a sustainable Saturday night, because all the food will be homemade!) I was feeling quite confident of winning it till few days ago, when Maria Antonietta (my friend from Puglia…!) said she would like to participate in the contest…. And I sadly know that north-Italy cannot do anything in a food-contest with south-Italy. Anyway I`ll do my best!

I also have some suggestions on `green` activities for the weekend, that it is announced to be raining… (such a surprise!!) … at least near here..!

The first can be a preparation for Christmas presents too.

Making a terrarium in a light bulb (click on the picture for the link). It is a wonderful idea for decorating your house and it gives you the possibility of using worn-out light bulb. They are no more sold in the shops today, but I am sure many of us still have a stock at home. In the tutorial it is said to use new  light bulb.s Please don`t do it! Remember Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, and Repurpose!

The second is how to make shelves from books, literally! (click the picture for the link) It is a gorgeous idea for those book that are only in your house to gather dust.
Whishing you a wonderful week end! And do not forget that next week is Go Green week and the energy consumption is already been monitored! Therefore switch off everything when you go home for the week end this evening! Maybe your desk mate’s computer too!

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