This 2012 IECC conference is certainly turning out to be more exhausting than the conference either of the past two years. Like past years, I’m learning and seeing a lot. I’ve now established a daily pattern that feels quite comfortable.
Each morning begins at 7:00 AM with me inserting a tea container into the Keurig coffeemaker, adding water and turning on the machine. While the tea is steeping, I unplug the charging camera battery, the four charging light unit batteries, as well as the charging phone, head lamp and flashlight batteries.
Next, I pour two packets of instant oatmeal into the cup of tea, jump into the shower, and get dressed while eating the tea-oatmeal slurry, grapes and a plum. Batteries go into the appropriate devices, camera and accessories go into the camera bag, and I restock anything needed for the field bag, which contains my raincoat, legs to my zip-off pants, sunscreen, and insect repellant. Gotta keep those chiggers away!
My computer and cell phone go into the safe, my field bag, hat and water bottle are put into the closet, and I run down to the first presentation of the day, which always begins at 8:30.
I stay for the full set of presentations, and then have 45 minutes for e-mail, grapes and another plum before I head off to a workshop followed by going directly to one of the field trips or I go directly into the field. Once sat a site, we talk, eat, collect, and photograph until midnight or so, and then drive back to the hotel.
Time for a quick shower, download of the day’s images, disassembly of camera, light unit, flashlights and headlamp so that batteries can go into the chargers, and then some time to edit images until 2 AM or so.
At 7 AM the cycle begins again.
Having a great time!