Stress? What Stress?
It's two in the morning. I should be sleeping. I'll be facing 45 middle schoolers in a few hours. I definitely should be sleeping. But my mind is racing. Today marks ten days until I deploy. I go over my to do list in my head. Sometimes my lists help ease my nerves, organize my thoughts, but not tonight. I’m sure most of you can relate. So much to do, and so little time. But I’ll get it done. I have to.
I guess it’s all about balance. That last e-mail notifying me of yet another task I needed to get done before I lost the internet just about did me in. But, I took a deep breath, and made a priority list. One by one I’ve been checking off my list. Hours of online training. Check. Polar TREC requirements. Check. Shopping…done. Media interviews, outreach to schools organized…check, check. Research- reading up on Polar Science…well, still working on that one. Then there are my school responsibilities- finish a grant report, write another grant…yikes! The deadline is tomorrow! And of course, get my substitute plans ready. And yet I still need to keep teaching! All of this tends to overwhelm me. I need to keep my life balanced among this chaos. So, I take time to spend with my family. I’ll be pretty much out of touch for seven weeks. I need that support system. I certainly can’t do this without them. I also take time for myself. I need to eat right and exercise. I TRY to get enough sleep. If I neglect me, I could get sick and cancel everything. Balance.
In my mind, I just can't still completely accept that this is going to happen. After all of the hurdles that have been thrown my way, I keep waiting for the next obstacle to arise. I guess when I get on that plane for that 16 hour flight, it might finally sink in.
I've been given an opportunity that few people in the world get to experience. I am so thankful, and so blessed. I can't wait to get started.
Science Waits For No One
I've been thrilled to see the pictures being posted by my scientists already. The USAP divers are getting amazing shots underwater. This photo by Rob Robbins shows anchor ice, a type of platelet ice, that forms at the bottom of the ocean under extremely cold conditions. It reminds me of stalagmites rising up from a cave floor. It provides perfect protection for juvenile Antarctic fish to hide from predators.
In this picture by Rob Robbins and Steve Rupp, Weddel seals show off their diving skills. These amazing creatures can hold their breath for 45 minutes while they dive to 2000 feet. I can't wait to meet one!!
So, now its your turn to help me out. I would love to know what you are curious to learn about Antarctica. If I don't know....and I probably don't yet...I will have fun finding out. Just post in the comments below any journal entry.
Well, until I can't sleep again...