I'm a week and a day (or so) into this current rotation at sea. Hypothetically, if I complete all the time allotted to my contract I'll be aboard for 126 days. My plan is to avoid taking a trip off (like I did last time - so that I could move out of my place in Houston) and just get all three West Coast - Asian trips done in one clean swoop.
Doing all three trips isn't necessarily the best option for my mental health but, it's definitely the best option for my bank account and annual timeline. It's definitely a mindset and I'm working on attaining said mindset right off the bat. I think it was one of the reasons I packed so many 'extras' this go around. I mean honestly, I'm looking forward to my daily chocolate out of my advent calendar! Looking forward to small things goes a really long way. Hence the extras.
It's been radio silence around here. I attribute that to a small dose of 'hibernation' (ie I've been taking more naps than required....maybe just a touch of 'joining the ship blues'), limited internet (can we all agree I should be grateful just to have a small amount of internet in the middle of the ocean?!) and, plain old laziness.
Here's what the past week looked like:
First things first - setting up my bed with comfy flannel comforter and bottom sheet. Aaaaah. Cozy. I love cuddling up.
Next on the agenda was getting used to early morning wake ups once more. Of all the watches, 04-08 / 16-20 is my favorite. Most times you get the sunrise and sunset.
Our first morning out of Oakland was foggy yet sunny. I'll take it.
I tried to get back in the groove by documenting my coffee with a sunrise. You know....my signature shot. I got foam blown all over my fingers. I had to laugh out loud.
Dutch Harbor on arrival = Gorgeous. Dutch Harbor on departure = snow blowing sideways and an aborted undocking due to high winds - the ship couldn't breast off the dock.
The exciting thing about December First was being able to dig into my Advent Calendar! Thanks Trader Joes. Those little chocolates are scrumdiliumptious.
This morning was gloomy. So, so gloomy. It was also Thursday instead of Wednesday - after all this time I STILL find the International Date Line confusing! It's official folks, I'm in East Longitude.
There you have it! A week in a post!
I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely and that you're gearing up for the Holidays with style!