31 July 2007

Another Day ~ July 07

(Lighthouse in Maine)
Saturday the 21st was my halfway point for being with American Cruise Lines. Six more weeks left to go. I can't believe I'm going to make it. I'm so excited to be done simple to move on to the next thing in life. I've been talking with Captain Stan and Sharron and am so excited to say that I will be sailing on M/V Hope with Friend Ships for the next trip to the islands of St. Kitts & Nevis, located in the Leeward Islands, the island Roatan and also Honduras .. I really am looking forward to it!

(Starfish in Belfast)
Things here in Maine have been going pretty well. I got a complement the other day from the Mate that I was the best deckhand he had ever seen, I was so happy!
The "#1 Deckhand"/ERA (Engine Room Assistant) is leaving in two weeks and there is talk that I will be the new one. I'm excited and kind of nervous. We don't sail with an engineer so there is just the ERA... Now they want a chick to be starting the engines and all that jazz.. And I say all that jazz because I really don't know much about the engine room. Yikes! How do I get myself into these situations?

(Acadia Park)
Beautiful Maine and the salty sea.

01 July 2007

To be an example ~ July 07

There’s something about getting underway that brings a smile to my face.

So, life on the American Star is not quite as horrific as it had been the first two weeks. We are always working so it actually makes the weeks go by pretty fast. Only 9 more more left to go. 62 days. Not that I am really counting or anything.

I haven’t found my Christian friend yet, so I am having to be the example on my own... It was so easy at Friend Ships because everyone there was a Christian already and I didn’t have to set any examples. Here everyone knows I’m a Christian and it feels as though they are all watching every move and just waiting for me to make mistakes. That seems to be the hardest part now…
God actually gave me my laugh back this past week. It was gone for quite some time, but has finally returned. There are six of us on the deck crew and we all seem to get along pretty well, this makes for a more pleasant day. They don’t understand why I am always laughing, of course neither do I. I’m just happy to not be quite as miserable.