Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Day 17: Another totally random job for the ol' resume

Things have gone from somewhat stagnant to suddenly quite active. After an enormously stressful few days waiting to figure out what was happening with the ship (where my lab team was, whether I should be moving on the ship, how to disguise how much luggage I actually have) I eventually just went to the dock, found the ship, and thankfully ran into someone I know. I've since met the people I'll be working for and had at least a glimpse at my room. The people seem excellent - I really am very excited to know that they are really nice and plan to teach me everything. The room is perfectly adequate and a quick survey suggests that between the closet and a set of drawers I should be able to put everything somewhere and keep as much out of the roomate's way as possible. The roomate I have not met yet...we shall see how that goes...

So, like I mentioned previously, this will unfortunately be my last post for quite awhile. I will not have internet on the ship, although I will have an email system that will allow me to access a special address. If you need/want to contact me, please email lfmcf47@gmail.com and follow the instructions in the auto-response. Otherwise, I will write once I get to Iceland on October 22th. Unless I find internet in one of the 18 MILLION airports that I will visit between Kugluktuk and Iceland. I can't remember if I already wrote about this, but I have to spend two days and five flights to get from northern Canada to Iceland - which is just to get me to Greenland. Ah well.

Well, I hope you've all enjoyed the blog so far - time to take care of some last minute things and get my luggage downstairs. Thanks for checking in and please try again in a few months. All the best to you all!

2 comments:

Marilyn McFadden said...

Hi, Laurel, I've emailed you half a dozen times at the ship address but the emails come back. Anyway, I wanted to share info with you as I come across it that relates to polar activities in the science world: http://www.ametsoc.org/atmospolicy/environmentalsssarchives.html

This one from AMS has topics that range from Impact of Climate Change on Arctic Ecosystems:
A Snapshot of Mammals and Forests to Changes in Cold Places: A Look at the Greenland Ice Sheet, Arctic Sea Ice and the Antarctic Ice Sheet
May 3, 2006

I also read that the DART buoys have recently been added/updated in the area where you are traveling--didn't know if that was performed from your ship or not.

Love,
Aunt Marilyn

Marilyn McFadden said...

Hi, Laurel,
I've emailed you but the messages came back from the ship address. I wanted to send you some current info I have come across from AMS pertaining to polar projects:

http://www.ametsoc.org/atmospolicy/
environmentalsssarchives
.html

The topics range from Impact of Climate Change on Arctic Ecosystems:
A Snapshot of Mammals and Forests July 14 , 2006 to
Changes in Cold Places: A Look at the Greenland Ice Sheet, Arctic Sea Ice and the Antarctic Ice Sheet May 3, 2006

Also, I read this morning that the DART buoys have recently been upgraded/added to in the area where you are traveling. Didn't know if this was done from your ship or not.

Love,
Aunt Marilyn