At the end of the day yesterday, I was very tired. It had been a long shift with lots of samples to process. Everyone was beat when midnight came around. The seas aren't too bad, just enough to make taking a shower not so easy. We are moving in closer to Tortugas Ecological Reserve so hopefully the seas will subside a bit.
Today has been slow with a 3 and a half hour steam to the station. We did have some fun with putting together a post card from the field. We all stood under the A frame on the stern with our sampling gear and the sea behind us and got our group photo taken for submission to a NOAA publication. The CO was taking the photos by standing on one of the deck tables.
Everyone seems to be in good spirits with the idea of getting into Key West. I liked dAAve's comment on port call = bar call. It will have to be a short bar call because the at sea watch bill is standing for the duration of our time in Key West. I want to get a dinner off the ship and maybe walk around for a while to take some photos. Other than that, I have no plans that include any bars. It would be nice to be able to get in a meeting while there but I'm not sure that will happen. I'm going to check to see if there is one within walking distance of where we dock. Thankfully, I feel better today and after getting a good night's sleep have a happy outlook on the day.
Today I'm grateful for:
1. Not getting sea sick and being able to get my work done
2. Taking a hot shower
3. Being able to laugh at the antics of the crew and scientists in good humor
4. Seeing a little bird that lives on the ship flying about
5. Hearing from my blogging friends who have touched my life
6. Knowing that I don't have to spend my life out here, and that to go to sea is a choice for me
7. Being able to tie some of the more complex knots in the dark
Hope that everyone is having a reasonable day and that you find something to make you smile even in the most trying of circumstances.