There is always a certain amount of standing around in archaeology, but this company has the worst case of standing around that I have ever seen. Especially at the very end of the day, when we get back to the hotel. I am no longer getting paid for this - why are we just loitering in the parking lot?
I treasure my few personal hours every day. Get up at 6, work 7-5, and then I have five precious hours before sleep. That may sound like a lot, but I have a lot of lying around to do to make up for all of the effort expended during the day. Leland is off on a bike ride right now, and that makes no sense to me. I just spent 10 hours digging holes. More physical exertion is at the bottom of the priority list.
I generally enjoy my job, but motivation is hard to come by in the mornings, especially Monday mornings.
10 Things I Tell Myself To Get Through Monday Mornings:
1) Just six days until my next day off.
2) Just ten hours until I'm back in the air conditioning watching T.V.
3) Just five hours until lunch!
4) At least it's not raining today. (Or, if it is: at least it's not supposed to rain tomorrow. Or, if it is: we might get a rain day tomorrow!)
5) Think of all the overtime!
6) At least I'm not working retail and therefore don't have to kiss anyone's butt today.
7) I still have a 40 minute car ride before any real work begins.
8) I get to live in a hotel, which, let's face it, every kid fantasizes about at some point.
9) I might find something really cool today.
10) I get paid to be an archaeologist! There are only about 3000 professional archaeologists at any one time in the United States, so I'm in a relatively select club.
We had a pretty good day today, actually. We were doing phase 1 shovel testing, which is very boring. 50cm round holes, 15 meters apart, for about 3 miles. But we're done and now we get to do a phase 2, which is much more like an actual excavation and is at a site that's already been found (phase 1 is how we find sites, phase 2 explores them further).
We saw the cutest little orange salamander today, and a spotted one yesterday, but my camera has run out of batteries.
More pictures soon, I promise.