Great trip so far

Good news for me: the boat I’ve been working on for the last 3 weeks has returned to Seattle to stay until the summer, so until the next boat leaves to resume her work on this run next Thursday, I get a few days in town to relax 🙂

Here are some entries from the beginning of this trip:

Monday, March 29, 2010

Third day of Sea Phase 1
I am very happy with the way things are on this boat. I’m back on the same boat as before, going between Seattle and AK for the next couple of months. I am not homesick yet, but I don’t have quite the same adventurous attitude that I had back in January when everything was strange and new. Time to knuckle down and get some real work done.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I forgot that today we set the clocks back one hour because we will be in Alaska soon. So like the goofball that I am, I woke up at 0230 Alaska time when I technically could have slept until 0430 PST and still woken up on time for my watch. But now that just means that I get an extra hour to do whatever I want – I’m awake so why not. I wanted to read, and also to write.

We are now 5 days into this trip. Last night after my watch ended, I smoked a cigar in the wheelhouse with the captain. I have to admit that it caused me to lose my dinner afterward, but it was worth it. I haven’t done much since we left except cleaned this boat from top to bottom. I thought that I would be splitting sanitary duties with another AB like on the last trip, but no dice. I get the cleaning duties all to myself this time.

I made a hat for the chief engineer. I didn’t specifically make it for him, but I was knitting in the wheelhouse when he came up to bs with the captain, and he got really excited when he saw that I was knitting a hat and asked me how much I would charge him if he was to buy one. It was a green hat and I was not really too excited about it when I got to making it, because though I liked the yarn when I bought it, the color was a little funky – it is along the lines of pea soup or maybe wheatgrass juice. But it is extremely soft and also well-made, and he did end up taking it because even though it is a small hat, he is not a big guy and it fits his head just right. I asked $20 for it and that seemed agreeable. Now I can start making another hat. I need to bring more yarn with me on future trips, because it is a great way to pass the time..

Later

I am sitting in the galley, eating mushroom soup and bacon and knitting the beginning of another hat. This one is going to be beautiful, I can already tell. I am so glad I bought this yarn, as soon as I saw it I had to have it – it is all blues and browns, calm colors.

The chief is fixing the overhead fluorescent lights in my room, and the first mate is sitting at the other end of the galley watching Ultimate Fighting Championship and eating a gigantic bowl of cheerios. I just had to share the image of the mate, who is almost like an animal – short, stocky and muscular, with a bald head, goatee, numerous tattoos and always a wad of chewing tobacco in his lip – eating cheerios and watching UFC, it’s just too much.

2 thoughts on “Great trip so far

  1. Sounds like you're having a very relaxing and yet adventurous time so far! I'm glad you're knitting and reading a lot; it's the best way to pass the time. Have you looked into getting an e-reader thingy? That way you could have a bunch of books all at once without having to lug them around from ship to ship. Shoot Chelsea an email if you're interested…I know she got one for Wesley when he is out at sea.Love you Lizzie, keep writing!!

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  2. I love the knitting part! You're finding a connection with these crewmates that has nothing to do with boats! You'll like this: I was interviewing Mike Pearson for an assignment of mine for Mills, and we got to talking about you kids. I told him what you were doing, and he turned to his computer and pulled up this blog! So, you just might get a comment from him one of these days. I can't wait to see you – love you and miss you, sweetie.

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