Temperature: -5C (winds 20-25 knots, gusting to 30)
Food: Amazing hamburger lunch … with tater tots, onion rings, spinach and mandarin orange salad, and all the ‘burger fixin’s! Dinner was extra special as it was two folks’ birthday: Lana Cohen and Stian Solbo. We had Alaskan crab legs, garlic shrimp, kripalu shepherds pie, and fresh salad (plus pasta salad). For dessert, we celebrated with chipotle chocolate cake (for Lana) and “kirsebaerkremkake” for Stian. Yummy!
Today was my first day roaming “on my own”. Bob went with the science techs (Elizabeth and Lana) on an ICESat run (recall the GPS station I helped Bob set up at ICESat Center yesterday). Today, I worked on a few projects of my own: finished fabricating a reamer for our Kovacs-drilled boreholes, organized sample bottles for the final snowpit(s), and effectively lost my supervisor’s (Bob) Jensen diagonal cutters.
I won’t get into the weird, “Twilight Zone”-like reality that represents the loss of those cutters (I actually remember putting them back into his toolbox – go figure).
What I will get into is the celebration of Gemini-ness with Lana and Stian’s birthdays! There was cake (Norwegian flag for Stian, and a New Zealand flag for Lana – she is going to Victoria University in Wellington), singing and late-night conversations!
The winds have been brutal all day (especially for snowpit digging) … tomorrow is supposed to bring a lull, but a possible switch to northwinds (not again!). I have a new snowpit/melt site … and I hope to visit it tomorrow (with the help of Elizabeth or Lana) – we’ll see.