Almost one week into my time here and we're almost ready to head into the field. Housing arranged, equipment rented, permissions acquired, staff hired, etc. etc. We've had to "hurry up and wait," for most of it, but at least things move slowly forward. We'll have some time for preliminary work, and then the students arrive later this week; by then we should be ready to dive in.
Partner is home right now, tearing apart our bathroom. I've been working in this part of the world for six years, and he's never gotten to come along. As a graduate student with no say in arrangements, and no cash, that wasn't going to happen. But even as a PI I've yet to make it happen - partly due to logistics, partly due to money, partly due to Partner having a job of his own. One of these years I'm going to drag him here with me, but so far he's been the cat sitter (and this year, bathroom remodeler). Poor guy.
I admit that I will appreciate one more night of bed/shower/internet. But it will be nice to get things rolling.
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