receptionist’s log: sailing edition


Tenerife (Photo credit: rwx)

I’ve officially begun my last weekend in reception. And oh goody, I get the shift for the sail from Gran Canaria to Tenerife. I must confess I am a bit afraid because last year, sailing from Gran Canaria to Tenerife was awful. I mean the people who normally don’t get seasick, got seasick, awful. So I took a Dramamine before bed last night to try to thwart my nemesis.

We cast off this morning at about 9:30am. The ship is definitely rocking a lot more than it did on the sail up from Guinea. But, I will remain cautiously optimistic that what I’ve ingested will continue the normal digestive route to it’s final destination. TMI?

And now I give you, in no particular order, 10 things to be thankful for while sailing from Las Palmas to Tenerife on the Africa Mercy:

– seasick medication; it takes the edge off?
– the sail is only 4 hours long
– the nausea isn’t continuous, it comes in waves (pun intended)
– seasick medication helps me sleep
– the reception desk is super cold; it defintiely takes the edge off
– my hair looks super cute for sailing
– the bridge has the fire panel
– no embarkations or disembarkations
– all the dry toast and ginger cookies you could want
– we’re almost there

After having a flashback to the summer of 1994 when I thought it would be fun to take my boys on the ferry from Rehobeth Beach, DE to Cape May, NJ and back, the captain  came by  to say we pick up the pilot in about one hour. W00t!

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20


receptionist’s log: 17 July 13

Satellite image

Satellite image (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve made it to the home stretch of my summertime job in reception! Woohoo! After today, I only have 2 more working days. Things are starting to pick up too. People are returning from their vacations. New crew are embarking to sail to the Congo. The biggest challenge I face is people showing up in crowds. I’m not good at crowd control. But the end is near. 🙂

There’s definitely excitement in the air. This Saturday, we leave Gran Canaria and sail to Tenerife. Pray for smooth seas as the channel between here and there is more shallow and more choppy. Apparently the ship rocks a good bit on these small voyages. Based on the ferry ride I had last year between Gran Canaria and Tenerife, I will need to take seasick meds.

As for all the construction. The jackhammers have stopped. The new floor is installed in the hospital. It’s green and super shiny. The new CT scanner is in and functioning. The coffee maker in Starbucks is clean and refurbished. The galley freezer and floor are repaired. The plumbing is being plumbed or something. The new wall for the new PACU got delayed. It will be finished after the ship arrives in the Congo.

Next Wednesday, 24 July 13, I will fly home to the USA for 3 weeks of family and friend fun! I’m super excited to see everyone! It’s the first time I will be with both of my boys at the same time since May 2012! They don’t know it yet, but I’m going to get a new photo of the 3 of us together. Our last photo is really awesome, but almost 2 years old. Ha! Let the packing begin! 😀

While I’m home, I hope to see as many folks as possible. We’re having a BBQ at my sister’s place on 3 August 13. Then on 9 August 13, I fly to Ft Lauderdale to go to a friend’s wedding on 10 August 13. And on 11 August 13, barring hurricanes, we’ll have another BBQ on the beach. It’s going to be a whirlwind!

Next Saturday, 27 July 13, the ship leaves Tenerife to begin the long voyage to the Congo. I sure will miss taking part in pirate watch, but I can’t say I’ll miss being stir crazy from being cooped up for 2 weeks. That’s right, I said 2 weeks! That’s a long sail!

cgnewzzOn 13 August 13, I make the long journey back to the Congo on the west coast of central Africa. I’m so excited to get back to work and I’m really looking forward to exploring a whole new region of Africa! Plus it will be my first time in the southern hemisphere! I can finally find out first hand if the water in the toilet bowl swirls the opposite way! Woohoo!

On 28 August 13, screening day! The biggest day of the year. Not only will we have one man waiting, but apparently there will be a huge crowd! It’s the first time the ship will be in central Africa. The news is travelling quickly.

But for now, I set my eyes and heart toward America! See you soon!

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20