ADVENTURES OF A
There are few things I love as much as heading to port in Cape Town and seeing Table Mountain materialize on the horizon. But, that was supposed to be 34 days from now, not today!
We blew an engine pump and made a U turn to go back and get a replacement part. It should be here soon, and we will head south again. I know these kinds of things happen at sea, but I can't help feeling like maybe I am bad luck (so far my cruises have included several broken winches, a blown bow thruster, enough bad weather to completely cancel one cruise, a broken drive shaft... and a few more things I'm forgetting).
The upside is that we are close to shore with beautiful weather. I spent all day today sitting on the back deck reading Crime and Punishment. In the past few days, I have napped in a hammock on the bow and joined in with some colleagues playing guitar and drums and singing. I've seen albatross, seals, whales, dolphins, and a penguin. If I had a gin and tonic, it would be an ideal vacation! Attitude is super important at sea: you can either think of this as us being trapped on a ship, away from friends and family, or you can take it as time to disconnect, learn, grow, meet new people.
I injected my T shot a few days ago. I'm not a huge fan of doing IM injections at sea. It's part of why I do injections every 2 weeks, even though it makes your hormone levels spike and dip more dramatically. Sometimes I'll move my shot day too, to avoid injecting in rough seas. This is the first time I haven't had to pass as female at least a few times a week, so I'm not shaving my face. It's weird to see facial hair on myself! I think it's coming in red, which is Not Ideal, but genetics didn't ask me.
In order to not go crazy, I've made up some goals for myself for the next 34 days (yes I am that kind of person):
Finish Crime and Punishment
Learn to run on a treadmill on a rolling ship
Get so I can do 10 pull ups continuously on a rolling ship (note: our "pull up bar" is climbing grips so it's harder than usual!)
Read Rob Stewart's Intro to Physical Oceanography textbook
any more I should add? I imagine I'll get good at ping pong, cards, and singing since I've already done more of those these past 4 days than the rest of my life combined. And of course I will get really good at operating the CTD, once we are able to start working.