Posted by: unlikelygrad | December 5, 2011

a comparison

Going on a research cruise:

You need certain equipment. On the date that the ship sails, you’d better have everything that you need, or your research will be sunk (figuratively speaking, of course). So you’d better hurry up and get everything you need: make a list, check it twice, order everything well in advance in case there are back orders/shipping delays/you name it. If you by chance happen to forget something–or if it’s back ordered until after you leave–you’ll just have to improvise.

Getting ready for Christmas:

You need certain presents. At midnight on Christmas Eve, you’d darn well better have everything you need or else your kids will be sad/argumentative because their brothers got more than themselves/you name it. So you’d better hurry up and get everything you need: make a list, check it twice, order any mail-order stuff well in advance in case there are back orders/shipping delays/you name it. If you by chance happen to forget something, you’ll just have to improvise.

So, all in all, not so different. I’m trying to do both of these activities at once–the downside of doing a cruise in December. (Dr. HW and I actually get home on Christmas Eve. Ugh.) So far I’ve managed to do all of my Christmas shopping, but I’m still waiting for several presents to show up. Also, I’ve managed to do all of my scientific supply ordering, though I’m still waiting for several orders to show up.

The presents that I bought locally or that have already arrived are wrapped and under the Christmas tree; the cruise supplies that have already arrived or were already on hand are mostly packed in large boxes.

I’m mostly managing to stay sane. Mostly. Bleah.

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