The Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) has a wireless network of limited range and bandwidth. Particularly because of the limited bandwidth for the CNSC as a whole, I won't be posting many pictures, and those I do upload will of necessity be somewhat small. I promise I am taking lots of (high resolution) pictures, though.
So far, so good. I've been getting up every morning at 7:00 am, because that's when breakfast is. The food here is absolutely fantastic: eggs any way you like every morning (except Sundays), bacon, sausages, pancakes or french toast, orange juice ad libitum; hot lunches with about six different salad possibilities; and robust suppers of unlimited serving size. I've been having an odd problem with my belt of late - on the tightest buckle position, my pants have a tendency towards looseness. I hope the food here will solve this problem. Counteracting the awesome caloric load is the weather and local conditions. I've been out and about, mostly on the intertidal here, about every other day, with much of the rest of my time spent in the lab, a large space that is essentially unheated. Given that local daytime temperatures have been around 8 degrees all this week (except today), with 90-100% humidity, I think I burn a large fraction of my meals' energy value just sitting still. Carrying samples (buckets of sand) around on the 'beach' (large rocks jumbled upon each other) also burns energy at a pretty fast rate.
I've also been drinking rather a lot of coffee. Normally, in Guelph, I'll average perhaps four or five cups of coffee per week - one cup per morning, except some days. Here in Churchill, where the coffee is free and plentiful, and of 'decent' quality, I've been averaging close to that much per day. Perhaps my schedule (early, early, early, little reading or computer work, lots of microscope work, lots of collecting stuff outside) is preventing caffeine poisoning. Or maybe they're secretly serving decaf.
Well, I just wanted to put up an update to let everyone* know that I'm still alive and that I have some intarweb access here. It's rather unlikely I'll be posting any Monday Rants for a while (not that I've been maintaining a schedule of any kind on that lately), and I'll save up my Friday Fish series for a mega-post when I'm back in Guelph. No pictures today, but I'll try to spend some time in the next few days going through what I've got and I'll put up the good ones soon.
* 'Everyone' being about six people, I suppose.