Monday, April 26, 2010

going dark

We're almost done with this last job, so we should get under tow in the next 24-30 hours... that means we should be in St.John's around Friday! yippee!!! :D

That also means, that for the next 3-4 days I might not have internet access... our satellite signal is kinda iffy when the rig is moving or not keeping a straight heading, and let's just say that towing is not the most stable way to travel...

So I'll see ya when I see ya... but no matter what, I'm getting closer to my first return home on the date I'm supposed to! XD

Friday, April 23, 2010

on a lighter note...

.... we're flat out busy and it's FUN!!!! the ROV in the water and me in the shack flying it is how I like it! :)

It should be a short job, but I'm seeing stuff I never have before.. when I see them... This glory hole is dirty as s*** so as soon as we brush something, visibility goes from 10m to 10mm.. might as well pilot with our eyes closed! and it takes 20min to go back to somewhat decent... tricky...

we've just started bubble watch again, only for the last hour of our shift, and it might already be over when I get back on tonight... then there'll be some more pulling big yellow metal stuff up, bringing big yellow metal stuff down, pulling monkeys fists, activating lever... hurray! XD

the rig is on fire...

...not mine luckily... but the Deepwater Horizon down in the Gulf of Mexico is... :S

There's an Oceaneering crew onboard, but last we heard they were safe and sound.. 11 people are missing though and some were seriously injured.

A creepy reminder of what can happen in this scope of work.. when shallow gas meet sparks this is the result :


Monday, April 19, 2010

I'm alive...

...just a bit busy...

we're moving to a new location, which means that for the past week we've been in the water monitoring subsea tools and operations. Very little time for breaks or lunch when it's like that.

We were suppose to go to the shipyard after this job, but now they've fit in another small job, so it'll be another week before we start getting towed towards dry land...

good news is: I'll be outta here on May 6th like I'm supposed to... no choppers delay, boat ride from hell or fogged up situation! The rig itself well, the 3 boats towing it :P will take me to the coast of Newfoundland! and from wherever we "park", a bus will drive me to St.John's.

how nice is that?! :D

but in the meantime, it's anchors galore around here, going up, going down, tweeking them... awesome for sleeping :S

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

my psychic family

It's my mom's birthday tomorrow, but since I'm leaving today and my sister left for NYC yesterday, we celebrated on Monday...

My dad surpassed himself once again, and gave my mom... this :

a freakin' Mercedes convertible!!!!!!!!!!! hers is midnight blue instead of silver...

What's really really really really weird is that 2 weeks ago I had made the decision that for my 35th birthday which, btw, is still years and years away :P I would buy myself exactly that! Figured that at 35 I'd be on my way to Cougar Town so I might as well get there in style! :P

My psychic dad beat me to the punch... meaning I'll get to practice my driving-with-the-top-down-hair-in-the-wind-music-blaring by borrowing my mom's sweet ride, before buying my own...
How cool is that?!?! XD

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sun Time!!!!

With the summer weather we had last week, pubs/bars and clubs had opened their patios terrasse as we say here, so it was a must to abuse it as much as possible before it got cold again.
last Habs' games of the season before the playoffs
Sunday brunch at cabane a sucre sugar shack? it's a Quebec thing it doesn't translate :P where I nearly overdosed on maple syrup and tire sur la neige maple taffy on snow? again, it's a Quebec thing you wouldn't understand :P
a new picture album on the right :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Martha wouldn't be proud...

It's very anti-climactic to start cooking, then find out halfway through that you're missing one key ingredient...

It climbs up to mortifying when you realize that the grocery store closed 20 minutes ago... and you're in your PJs so you wouldn't have gone out anyway

*holds her head in shame*