Better late than never, right? Last week was kind of a blur. My days were so full that they seemed to just fly by. I got back from Buffalo last Saturday, then woke up Sunday morning with a terrible cold. I think all of the traveling finally caught up to me--I was almost expecting to get sick with how busy and exhausted I've been. So I was pretty miserable Sunday, and it only got worse on Monday, so I came home from the lab a little early and slept all afternoon. Apparently sleep was exactly what I needed, because I felt much better Tuesday...back to the lab! All week I worked on my project (with the New Mexico data) while everyone else scrambled to organize the massive amount of data we collected in the field. It was kind of cool, because last week, for the first time, I felt not only independent, but capable. While Jonathan and Danny and Rebecca worked on their own projects, I found myself solving my own problems and figuring things out by myself. Coming in, I knew pretty much nothing about programming or analyzing infrasound signals, but last week I realized that I finally know enough to not have to ask for help every time I'm stuck. It's not like I don't get stuck anymore (let's just say it's a bumpy road where if I don't run into a problem I get suspicious), but I have the tools to figure out what's wrong with my code or where I need to tweak my equations. Sure, sometimes it takes me a long time to find that one little bug in my code that's messing everything up, and I'm tempted to go ask Jonathan how to fix it because I know he could find it in minutes, but it feels so satisfying when I find it myself and get things working on my own. Last week I was able to finalize the code that sorts my signals, pulls up only the good ones for me to make arrival time picks, saves those picks to run through my celerity code, and spits out azimuth, inclination, and celerity for each event. That's huge! But, of course, there's much more to do, because now I have to decide how I'm going to use the results and what conclusions I want to draw from them.
Life was pretty busy outside of the lab last week as well. I had to write and turn in my senior thesis prospectus, which is super exciting, but also difficult when I've been thinking about my project here so much. There's also a lot to organize for the big trip to Namibia, so I've been running around taking care of boring last minute details. We found out that we won't be able to get an invitation into Angola, which means we can't get our visas and won't be able to go. Namibia will be fantastic, though, so I'm still just as excited and anxious and nervous as before. Thursday I went out to lunch with Rebecca to watch the sad USA vs. Germany loss. I don't follow soccer at all, but every one of the guys I live with watches religiously, so I've been getting into it. Then Friday night we had a girls night and just hung out, drank champagne in pajamas, and binge-watched Orange is the New Black which is SO ADDICTING, do not start it if you have a big project you need to finish...or start it anyway like me and watch the whole first season in three days... I also cooked an artichoke for the first time in my life. Let's just say it was an interesting experience.
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