Of Sunsets, Starbucks, And Survival French

Today turned into a nice low key day. I was assigned to be in charge today, but was quickly relieved when an extra nurse showed up without an assignment. So I got to work on a small project instead. I put together a checklist for the crash cart, nothing too flashy but helpful to us. I also got to print my latest family portraits to plaster on my cave walls.

After dinner, I finally managed to get up top to see a sunset. The weather here is mostly cloudy. All. The. Time. I’m not complaining. The temperature stays a balmy 80 degrees and the clouds provide natural sunscreen. But I was super excited to finally see my old friend as he disappeared over the horizon on his journey across the Atlantic to the USA.

Speaking of the USA, the catastrophe of the last 24 hours was the sudden demise of the Starbucks espresso machine! This is like a really big deal people! I almost bought a plane ticket home. I know. I know. It’s not a legitimate reason to buy a plane ticket home. But. Like. Whatever! Thankfully, the Lord knows the things that really throw me into fits and sent 2 ship electricians to the rescue. (They’re getting a surprise from me to say thank you.) I really think there’s some correlation between the espresso machine breaking and the federal government shutdown. Coincidence? I think not.

After the happy discovery of the repaired espresso machine, I went off to take Survival French. Given the events of the last few weeks out in the city, mainly strange men touching me and me being at a complete loss for words, I figure Survival French is imperative for moi. This class should prove to be very helpful. The teacher is the academy French teacher. French is her first language. The class is divided into 2 week blocks. The first week is spent learning how to do some skill, like order in a restaurant. The second week, we will go out into the city and practice what we learned the first week. I think this is a superb idea. I’ll be killing 2 birds with 1 stone, learning French and getting over my fear of strangers touching me (I hope).

The only other thing to report is recent housing changes are making me crazy. I can’t stop thinking I’m just being a big whiny baby about everything. But each little thing is adding up to a big thing and really is making me want to throw in the towel. I’m clearly not as flexible as I once thought. Please pray for me.

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20

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receptionist’s log: 17 July 13

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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