current location: United States, Illinois, Highland
current mood: sore
Well, do you know what I am terrible at? After 'keeping in touch', the runner-up is definitely blogging. My serious-person blog and my LJ have been languishing. Work is still seriously draining, and when I get home my thoughts are more on how I'm going to fix my hands than what I did that day.
Because my hands are wrecked. No fooling. Clutching that shovel 6-8 hours a day has given me some kind of premature arthritis that I've been trying to correct with wrist braces, advil, magnetic bracelets and so on. Right now they aren't so bad because we had a lab day, but in the mornings when they're at their stiffest they make a creepy clickety noise when I open and close my hands. Just about everybody else on the crew has similar issues so I'm not too worried, but still: the joints on my pinky fingers look jacked up. This is the longest and hardest I've ever worked on an archaeological project, so I knew there'd be some damage, but I'm starting to worry a little about the long-term ramifications of what I'm doing to myself.
The other reason I've been out of touch is hopefully solved though: there seems to be a sweet spot for stolen internet up on top of the bunkbed (yes, bunkbed- it's not exactly the high life) of the guest room I'm renting. The connection is still 'very low' but it isn't so much of an ordeal to connect to gmail and other websites. Down closer to the ground it takes ages of repairing the connection and refreshing the page to get anywhere. Formerly I'd usually just give up and wait for the weekend then go out on an internet binge at a cafe or library. Progress!