Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Oh what a day...

It's 6pm and i'm actually debating going to bed! It's been a hectic week. I always knew today would be busy (teaching for 2hrs then loading the ship for an upcoming cruise that is collecting samples for me) but yesterday it got MUCH busier. On Monday an email came around that said people were getting together for a meeting today on ocean carbon (think Ocean Acidification) and I emailed and said I would be around, but sporadically as I would be teaching and loading etc. Well yesterday an email went around with a program, and low and behold there was my name, giving a talk. A few emails, and yes, they wanted me to do a talk, on how ocean acidification would affect deep water organisms. So yesterday was hectic, as i'm still trying to get lectures together for next week too. Last night was a late one, getting my lecture ready for tomorrows class and making this new talk.

Up early this morning, into work to do a few things and then at this conference at 8am. Headed to class at 10.30, back at 11.30, back to class at 12.30, back to conference at 1.30pm, and then my talk was scheduled for 2pm. Well, when I got back it soon became obvious we were WAY behind, and I was headed to the ship at 2.30pm. So I didn't end up doing my talk. In a way i'm relieved, as I am not a huge fan of talking, in other ways I am pissed, as i'd put effort into it. Ah well. Life is still busy, I still need to spend tomorrow putting the final touches on fridays lecture, and making my two for next week. I am so behind.

Here are some photos from loading the boat. I am really sad at not going on this cruise, it was supposed to go last year, and then October when I could have gone, but now it's going next week, when I can't go, because i'm teaching....


The Pisces IV submersible.

The Pisces IV submersible. This is the main sub that will be used during the cruise. It's smaller than Alvin, and can collect less, but still very cool. I love using subs....:0)

The Pisces V. This sub is kept onboard for safety, and luckily has never had to be used for those reasons. Unlike working in the East Pacific and Atlantic, there is nowhere close that could help if something happens to the sub on the bottom, so this second sub is kept onboard just in case.

2 comments:

LSULiv said...

A sub trip sounds so cool indeed! Sorry you can't make it, but I imagine it's because you're that good of a speaker (in class and elsewhere) :)

nicola@which name? said...

did you get some sleep? you seem like you are constantly non-stop. hugs.