Paleowave

A Day in the Life

 Looking outside the sedimentologists' window. This was on a particularly rocky day!

Looking outside the sedimentologists' window. This was on a particularly rocky day!

 I could really do with some fresh cow's milk...

I could really do with some fresh cow's milk...

  • 09:45 – Alarm rings; Hit snooze.
  • 10:00 – Slowly climb down from bunk bed.
  • 10:10 – Brush/shower/shave. Leave laundry bag outside.
  • 10:30 – Breakfast: All bran cereal and Gossner Whole Milk. Grab a quick cup of Ahmed Tea (‘England’s Finest’)
  • 11:00 – Head to the core lab for a quick update from the night-shift sedimentologists.
  • 11:30 – Catch some sunlight outside.
  • 11:45 – ‘Official’ crossover meeting with the night-shift scientists.
  • 12:00 – Shift begins; Start describing mud.
  • 12:15 – Periodically bug our smear-slide person for lithology estimates.
  • 12:45 – Annoy the biostratigraphers about the latest age estimate.
  • 13:00 – Enter descriptions into database software DESCLogik.
  • 13:05 – DESCLogik woes.
  • 13:10 – DESCLogik works!
  • 13:15 – DESCLogik hangs.
  • 13:20 – Gripe about DESCLogik-induced rollercoaster of emotions.
  • 13:30 – Resume logging mud on tracks and describe sediments.
  • 14:00 – Another cup of tea.
  • 14:10 – More mud!! And interesting sediments!
  • 14:30 – “Oh look, a nodule!”
  • 15:00 – Down to the Galley for a cookie break. And yet another cup of tea.
  • 15:30 – Make a decision about music preferences for the afternoon.
  • 16:00 - Annoy the biostratigraphers. For ages and for amusement.
  • 16:30 – “Core on deck!” More DESCLogik fun.
  • 16:45 – Joke around with paleomagnetism and physical properties’ scientists. Also get updates/data.
  • 17:00 – Lunchtime: Vegetarian meal of the day and Pocari Sweat for refreshment.
  • 17:30 – Back to the mud!
  • 18:00 – More aggressive music to avert drowsiness.
  • 18:30 – Go outside on the bridge deck to catch the sunset.
 A gorgeous sunset in the Mahanadi Basin.

A gorgeous sunset in the Mahanadi Basin.

  • 18:31 – Gawk at the sunset and the ocean and congratulate yourself on choice of profession.
  • 18:45 – Reluctantly go back inside.
  • 18:46 – More cores? Wow.
  • 19:00 – DESCLogik apathy.
  • 20:00 – Try not to look at the clock.
  • 21:00 – Last cup of tea and cookie break.
  • 21:30 – Frantic DESCLogik cleanup prior to crossover.
  • 22:00 – More mud…
  • 22:30 – Gather thoughts and data for crossover meeting.
  • 22:45 – “Oh look an anomaly!”
  • 23:00 – “That’s really interesting!”
  • 23:30 – Head down to Galley to order and store a meal.
  • 23:45 – ‘Official’ crossover meeting with the night-shift scientists. Our turn to present this time.
  • 00:00 – Satisfied with the amount of science for the day.
  • 00:10 – Get off shift! Yay!
  • 00:11 – Run down to the room to throw on some gym clothes.
  • 00:14 – Head to the movie room for “INSANITY” workout session.
  • 00:50 – Regain self-respect and composure after workout.
  • 01:30 – Dinner: Beans, rice, boiled vegetables, and one boiled egg with pepper. More Pocari Sweat.
  • 02:00 – Actual free time! (Catch a movie/show, depending on level of fatigue)
  • 02:45 – Sleep!