Earlier this week, I thought that it would be a great idea to nip over to a local field site and get some work done. Wednesday seemed like the perfect day. The mere fact that I am only now getting a chance to write this should indicate that ideas and reality don’t always mesh.
10. Your laptop will get infected by a virus (called XP 2008 Antivirus) on Tuesday afternoon, leaving you sans computer for two days. (You’ll also have to reinstall all your programs and files once you get it back.)
9. Your dean will insist on scheduling a mid-morning meeting on Wednesday – and then fail to show up. This will leave you with only a 1/2 day to get the work done.
8. The forecast of potential hazardous weather a few days in the future will also make you wary to install expensive field equipment, cutting in 1/2 the amount of work you can do anyway.
7. The weather on Wednesday will be the hottest and worst air quality of the entire week.
6. You’ll go into the field anyway and have a perfectly nice time. Arriving home exhausted and sweaty, you will still need to get
a) pick your child up from daycare
b) pick dinner up from the grocery store
c) make it through child’s dinner, bath, and bedtime routine
d) prepare your 90 minute lecture for the next morning (without use of the computer too…)
5. When you arrive on campus the next day, the departmental photocopier will be broken. So the fact that you’ve managed to quickly find 3 images that you would like to use as overheads, (to supplement an entirely chalk-board lecture), you won’t be able to do so until 5 minutes before class time.
4. You will spend all day Thursday meeting with students and frantically prepping your Friday class and ignoring the ever accumulating pile of emails in your inbox. (I swear that people sent more emails on Wednesday than any other day this week – and they all expected replies right away.)
3. You won’t have time to analyze the samples you collected anyways.
2. You’ll just have to go in the field again on Friday afternoon to finish the other half of the field work because the weather forecast is looking better again.
1. In the midst of this, you’ll fall hopelessly behind on all your favorite blogs, your desk will disappear under a mountain of paper, and 3 days of dishes will accumulate in your sink.
But the field area was really quite lovely. I’m looking forward to visiting it again this afternoon – but then not for another couple of weeks. Whew.