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Thoughts on Things

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2013 at 7:25 am

Night shift has left me in a very pensive mood these days. I’m very much enjoying the large chunks of time off. As we all know, I function on much less sleep than the average human, so night shift hasn’t really affected my sleep patterns too much (other than the times I sleep, I nap at odd times of day now). However the big difference is that when I’m awake, I don’t need to be in the office, so my time is mine. Normally you always feel tied to the desk, like if you aren’t there something might explode and maybe it’s your fault it exploded because you weren’t there. On nights if I sleep for 3 hours and then wake up at 11am, I have the whole day to do whatever I want!! I’ve been on excursions, haunted my favorite restaurants, watched my favorite movies, and stayed in bed just because I could. There is something deliciously decadent about not getting out of bed in the middle of the day just because you don’t have to. I’m enjoying it. I’ve read 3 books in the last two days and enjoyed them all thoroughly. Being at work when no one else is here also gives me lots of reflecting time. Isn’t that always the way?? Left to ourselves, we tend to turn inward and analyze our lives. I have 10 weeks left here on the Carnival Liberty. Sometimes that sounds like eons, but most of the time it sounds so so short. On ships you tend to tell time via ports. For example, I have 10 Miamis left, or 5 Cozumels. It’s a very different way of telling time and counting down, but when I say I only have 5 Cozumels left it really makes me feel like I’m almost done. I must just say that I’m not counting down because I want to leave, I do very much enjoy this ship and the crew. Mostly I’m counting down because being done means I get to see some very important people. Also, my GSM is finished two weeks before me, except he is retiring so you’d better believe he is REALLY counting down. So every time he gives me his countdown, I can’t help but add two and countdown also. I already know exactly what I’m going to do the first few days that I’m home. I do very much miss home, my family, and my friends, I can’t wait to see them all. It will be a quick visit, however, as I think I’ll be off traveling not long after I get home. That’s the gypsy life! Always on the move.

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