Folded PJ’s and weather down time…

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30/04/2015

01:30

I’ve just returned to my cabin to find that its been cleaned and my bedding changed!!! Which is a nice surprise… (On the researcher, I had to ask the steward for clean bedding) I must also add that my pyjamas and some other clothing I had left on my bed had been folded… not sure if I find this weird or not… I think I do.. but hey ho, I have a clean cabin!

We’ve spent a majority of today down on weather, this basically means we’re not acquiring anymore data because the quality is being affected by the weather… But no sitting around for me like I could on the Researcher, I had 79 PDFs to annotate and some interpretation to catch up on. There’s nothing really exciting to report, my PPE made another rare appearance when I went out on deck to help an engineer set up some equipment. Ohh… I actually got a vegetarian meal today!!! NO FISH! This made me pretty happy. But I’ve finished my supply of Reeces peanut butter cups… I’ve eaten so much junk on here, there’s just piles of chocolate and crisps and ice-cream! The magnums and the lion bars are my weakness at the moment!

Anyway, I can hear the sound of the pinger ticking away, so we’re obviously running lines again, so I better attempt to get a good nights sleep before tomorrow! It can be pretty noisy on board, there’s a really annoying creak in my cabin and I forgot my earplugs, but I’ve found just wearing my headphones at night helps a tad!

30/04/2015

22:18

So, we’re down on weather again! I’ve spent 10 hours of my shift sorting out data etc etc and its got to the point where I’m pretty much just making stuff up to do…

04/05/2015

00:59

Well my last attempt to write got interrupted by Game of Thrones, we were down on weather and I’d spent my whole shift up to that point at my desk so I decided I was allowed to join everyone else who was using the weather time to watch TV!

I find it quite difficult deciding what to do when we’re down on weather, which we have been all of my shift just passed and the tail end of my last shift. There’s quite a lot to do as the Geo, even when we’re not running lines, especially as the site we’re currently working on seems to be presenting us with hundreds of boulders to pick! Fuuuunn… But yeah, today, my whole shift has been down on weather and, I spent half of it, if not more at my desk, catching up with interpretation and organizing data, but then it just got to the point where, with everyone else watching tv, I felt I should get a chance to too. Seeing as it is Sunday! Well… was, I guess now its Monday morning. The vessels work 24/7, so Monday to Sunday I’ll work a 12 hour shift, so its nice to take a chance to just chill out once in a while.

Tomorrow (today) is bank holiday Monday! Feels so strange, you loose track of things like that at sea, even what day it is. I only remembered it was Sunday when I put the tele on and Sunday Brunch came on! I guess I kind of have to know the date, for our logs etc, but I just read it off the computer. Even what time it is gets a bit distorted. Especially when you have your lunch at 5pm!

The chef has been really nice lately and has started making me vegetarian meals every other day! I’m so grateful to not be eating fish every day, especially as it always seems to be a whole fish fried, and it’s a faf to be trying to pick around the bones! He actually served Lobster yesterday!! Yes lobster! Not freshly caught or anything, frozen, but still… I didn’t have any, it was served at my breakfast time and I didn’t think that would go down too well!

Anyway, I wish I had something more exciting to talk about, but I’m afraid the days are pretty much the same on board. It can get a bit repetitive, especially if your down on weather… So I’m going to leave it hear for now, speak soon!

Oh yeah, and it turns out, those 79 PDF’s I had to annotate…. I only needed to do 5… 47 less than I actually managed to get done… It took me 5 hours…

07/05/2015

01:12

Today has been spent sitting in the TV room with the rest of day shift watching Modern Family… I think we’ve got through about 30 episodes today… No joke! The weathers been pretty bad, we’ve spent the last two days down on weather. Its been around a force 7-8 most of the day, it got to a force 9 at one point and the swells reached over 3m… There’s been a lot of stumbling around and catching things that have fallen off tables!

It gets quite frustrating being down on weather, don’t get me wrong, after two weeks of working its nice to have a couple of days to relax, but theres just so little to do! Its not like you can go anywhere, the majority of entertainment is TV. It gets quite frustrating. Luckily I no longer feel sea sick! I’ve adjusted to being offshore now, but if it were like this for the first few days, I probably wouldn’t have been able to leave my bed, apart from if I maybe fell out because of how much its rolling around!

Time to attempt to sleep whilst being thrown around, I wonder how many bruises I’ll wake up to.

Oh, my cabin was cleaned again today… and my PJ’s folded!!

09/05/2015

02:31

Mini panic, my laptop had restarted itself and I’d forgotten to save all of this, but luckily Autosave did it for me!

I’m back in my little bunk after a long day working on what feels like the most complicated job and a good gym session. I will admit, I don’t go to the gym as much as I’d like to say I do, but after spending a couple of days sat watching TV because we’re down on weather or a day at the desk working, its nice to do exercise! There isn’t much equipment in there, just a bike (with the worlds most uncomfortable seat) a rower, a cross trainer and a weights machine. Well, I gets that is quite a lot considering how small the room is! A group of us have also started the 30 day planking challenge, which we’re shortening to 15 day, missing out every other, including the rest day… it could get painful!

Anyway, we’re finally working again. I feel like I’ve spent the whole day running between the little ‘office’ I work in and the lab where the surveyors and engineers are. Honestly this ship has a rubbish setup in that respect. The Geo should defiantly be in the Lab with everyone else, but on here the lab is just too small. It is literally two containers joined together on the back deck! But hey ho, we make it work. All the crew (survey and ships) are really nice and everyone seems to get on pretty well which makes everything run smoother! Don’t get me wrong, there are a few ‘heated discussions’ but on a whole, it’s a good atmosphere.

We’re on the final stage of the job! Supposedly 3 or 4 days work, but that’s just an outline. It could take weeks, it all depends on the weather, data quality and how much extra lines are needed. I’d have liked to be home for the election so I could vote, my postal vote application didn’t arrive before I left so I didn’t have that option. We could still watch the coverage on the TV, but its not the same.

That’s one of the things with working offshore. You miss out on things. Don’t get me wrong, getting so much time off is great, but due to the nature of the work you can only take holiday in two two week blocks so its really difficult to plan and agree to things. For example, I’m signed up to run the Race for Like in a week, I don’t know if I’ll make it back in time, and it’s Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich the weekend after. Okay, these aren’t massive events, but as the vessels work 365 days a year, you can miss out on being home for Christmas, birthdays, new year etc etc.  Some company’s run 4 weeks on 4 weeks off, or other regular patterns, but most just work when there’s work. This means you may be sat at home for months on end, or the polar opposite, be at sea for 8 weeks, have 2 weeks at home then head back out for 8 weeks again. Its very unpredictable. But its what you sign up for when you take the job!

Anyway… time for bed. Another busy day for us tomorrow! I’ll actually make an effort to upload this!

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Here We Go Again…

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Holaaa guys, so, tomorrow I head off to join the M.V. Vigilant for my next trip offshore and, this time, I plan on actually telling you how it is as I planned to last time! 

Annnyway… So here I am, sat on my bed watching Once Upon a Time (which I highly recommend), finally feeling prepared.  I’ve now known that I’ll be heading offshore for just under a week (a little more notice than last time) and have been trying to sort myself out ever since. Despite having been away before, I had no idea where to start when it came to packing. I couldn’t for the life of me remember what I took before! Clothes obviously.. on that note, I just want to add, that there’s a washing machine on board and I can wash my clothes, so no, I didn’t have to re-wear clothes for 10 weeks on my last trip! (I was a little surprised about how many have asked me this question). I’m not really sure how I’ll do this, I’ll probably write various short posts whilst I’m away and upload them when I have internet! So, if you’re interested, stay tuned! 

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