2018 Life Logs, Day 39—Loony
Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 41, Low 22 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA
This morning I attended a Newcomers Meeting. The speaker was a Woods Hole Oceanographic scientist, Dr. Ralph Stephen, who spoke about this experience of setting up seismographs in the Antarctic in an attempt to track climate change. Dr, Stephen has spent his like tracking seismic activity, mostly on the ocean floor. But in 2014, he went with a team to the Antarctic in an attempt to measure the impact on Antarctic ice from violent storms in Alaska. Yes, you read that correctly. Storms off the Alaska coast sent waves all the way to the Antarctic that have an impact on the ice flows, and as storms intensify, the impact on Antarctic ice intensifies. It was a good presentation, but as always, I think the best part of these presentations are the questions from the Newcomers at the end. The questions are always so poignant. Great group of people.
When I got home, however, that is when things once again went ‘loony’. Yesterday I called my computer issues weird, but today, at the same time that I was dealing with the same weird issues, I saw some newcomers in the harbor. There was a pair of loons courting and I just had to go down on the dock to try and good a photo of them. I was not particularly successful at the ‘good’ part, but I did get a photo. It was much colder than I thought and my fingers were freezing, so I didn’t stay long. But I loved watching the pair of loons and listening to their haunting calls. So that was the part of my ‘loony’ afternoon. The other part was continuing to deal with my computer issues. I still don’t know what is going on. I either have a virus or I have managed to do some things on my computer that seem almost impossible. I will continue to try and track down the cause of the problem tomorrow and if I am not successful, I will call in a computer ‘doctor’.
Since Jed is out of town, I did take a mid-afternoon break to go pick-up Ollie from school and then go back in an hour to pick up Jonah after his Reader’s Theater after-school club. I worked with Ollie to get his bag of 100 identical items to take to school tomorrow. It is the 100th day of the school year!