0730: Wake up and realise that I have overslept. Take a quick shower and run out the door to catch the bus.
0800: Catch the bus and doze off for fifteen minutes.
0820: Get to my office and realise that I forgot the keys at home. The next ten minutes is spent trying to find someone who has a master key.
0830: I finally get into my office. I spend the next half hour looking at the data from last night's big, bright, exciting gamma-ray burst.
0900: The dreaded Mission Operations Control daily teleconference. I waste an hour on the phone when I would much rather be looking at data, or even getting a root canal done.
1015: The weekly Swift/UVOT (UltraViolet/Optical Telescope) science teleconference takes place. Everyone is all atwitter about the big, bright, exciting gamma-ray burst that happened last night (and kept me up until one in the morning). We decide to write a paper on it and I get assigned the task of analysing the way that the optical and ultraviolet light faded.
1130: I spend the next hour and a half analysing the data and having a grand old time. This is the best part of my job.1300: Buy a sandwich at the canteen and take it back to my desk. No lunch hour for the dedicated.
1315: Spend the next three hours or so working on the gamma-ray burst data. It looks good!1600: Yet another teleconference. We prattle on to each other for about an hour and accomplish essentially nothing. I spend far to much of my time talking to people.
1700: Work on the gamma-ray burst data some more.
1740: Get a ride home with the person a couple of offices down.
1750: Arrive home, change my shoes, and go to T`ai Chi class.
1800: Spend two hours doing T`ai Chi. All stress seeps out of me and into the ground, where I never need to worry about it again.
2000: Go shopping for something for supper. I buy an ham steak, a quart of milk, a loaf of bread, some breakfast cereal, and a small box of cookies. Junk food rules.
2030: Arrive home and make supper. I make a rosti (potato pancake) and fry up half of the ham steak. Serve it with a green salad and drink a couple of glasses of water. For dessert I pig out on cookies.
2100: Socialize with my roommate for an hour or so, and learn more than I ever imagined about artificial legs.
2200: Write today's blog entry.
2230: Go to bed and read a chapter or two of Neverwhere (a great book).
2300: Go to sleep.