Monday, April 28, 2008
Having a hard time concentrating on the things I am supposed to be doing. Annual committee meeting is in one week and I've done almost nothing about it yet apart from creating some rather confusing maps. I'm supposed to write some final exam questions one of these days. I need to prepare for the Evolution meeting and for my field trip. And for some reason, I'm not as stressed out as I should be. I think my prelims broke me last summer. Not good.
On the plus side, I bought a field guide for the trees of the southeastern U.S., I got my train ticket for Evolution, and only have a few field sites left to locate.
Pet peeve of the day: underwhelming land area comparisons to very small states. In a recent seminar, the speaker told us about a horrible ecological disaster in a far-off nation. It sounded very vast and terrible until he tried to drive home his point by telling us that it was an area equivalent to the state of Delaware!!! Hey, Mr. Speaker, have you *seen* Delaware?