It's cold outside this morning—35 degrees and windy, with a feeling of snow in the air. Indian summer is definitely past us.
I'm mentally fatigued today. During the last three days, I spent 20 solid hours doing Internet research for part of the project I'm working on. Contractually, I'm bound to confidentiality, so I can't say much more, except in the broadest terms. I was researching a particular country in depth, trying to figure out how it might be affected if it became more involved in a certain international situation. How's that for vague? LOL
Anyway, imagine spending six to seven hours a day, negotiating your way through national and international statistical sites; databases of newspaper, magazine, and educational journal articles; and political speeches to find very specific chunks of information about a nation you've never visited and probably never will . . . and whose language you don't know at all. When I'm deep into research, often I'll sit and Google for three hours without a break. I know I should get up, stretch, drink some water, etc., but I get too engrossed.
Sometimes the search can be extremely frustrating. The smallest variations in search terms can make a huge difference in results. For example, Wednesday I spent hours doing a search for "(name of country) oil production statistics" and all I could find was information for the latest year, when I needed a historical table. Thursday I decided to try "(adjective that refers to country) oil production statistics" and I found the data in five minutes.
Of course, sometimes the searches are inadvertently funny or embarrassing. Tuesday I was searching for photographs of industry in a different country, and on a stock photo site, I typed in "(name of country) industry." About ten percent of the photographs were of a porn movie shoot in the adult entertainment industry in that country. Sigh.
All of this is to explain that I don't have a lot to say today. Oh, I have a lot I could say about the country I've been researching, but since it's forbidden, you're spared the National Geographic routine.
Michael and I are going to go out today and have lunch to celebrate his book and the Obama victory. We also have a couple of gift cards to spend. Woo hoo.
Have a good Saturday. Stay warm.
EVAN UPDATE: Just to let you all know, his transfusion started at about 1:00 this morning. More details in the side bar.