Hang on it’s a weather window. Hmm what shape is it then? Purple and quiet sour, yep that’s how crazy my life is ask a question only to expect something orange with pointy bits.
The weather has come good for today so we are doing some work although probably won’t last for very long as due to pick up again tomorrow midday.
In general a very slow day so spent a bit reading and listening to Planet Rock on the DAB radio, started to pack my stuff already as off home Tuesday afternoon, looks likely we will be heading into port Tuesday morning first thing, but we may get some more work done before then. Looking at my gear I think it is time I started to drop stuff and get my bag(s) down on both weight and size again. Shame but you can’t take everything with you all the time and three bags is mental when you have to hump them around everywhere without the aid of trolleys or porters (not that high up yet, nor will I ever be I guess).
No House news today as Sunday, Angel seems to be suffering a bit now too..
You know you have been using the Kindle too much when you try turning the page on a normal book by swapping your finger across the page and then wonder why it’s still the same one! And yes I actually did this. Chuckle.
The weather has again come up and we are sitting it out as well not a lot else to do really, probably end up going in on Monday or Tuesday anyway.. Tuesday please and early morning as well eh?
Laptop I won on eBay should be sent by Tuesday.. Hmm still have a bad feeling..
Good news on the house front seems our full structural survey has come back good and should be with us soon (yey) might even have some more news on the place soon and our chances of completing before Xmas or New year.. Fingers crossed nothing else goes wrong.
Sometimes I get the odd request from LinkedIn (yes I use it sue me) and from time to time I actually know these people, I do get out from time to time you know. Anyway had a request today from someone I have met once for about 15 seconds.. Strange but hell why not.. They guy has a good reputation from what I can gather which might lead to future work or a lead. [rant] What annoys me though is that many times you will have a random person try and connect to you with the intention of getting a job because you have linked to them. Just because I link to certain people doesn’t mean I’m going to recommend them for a particular role. That would be irresponsible of me for one and out of character for another. So out of ten requests 9 are normally ignored. [/rant]
Also tried to find out about some work with another company from last year, no luck there it seems which is a real shame as I enjoyed it, the people were great and so was the job (although very stressful). Maybe next time
Won a laptop the other day and still waiting for it to be dispatched.. have a bad feeling about this.
So today has all been about the weekend and how it strangely seems very important we again rush headlong into weather for the greater good. On the bright side I doubt we will see 17 meter seas this time.. ..although you can never count it out.
In other news Costa sent me a nice email reminding me I haven’t had one for a while (thanks for that makes it so much better NOT).
And we have a date to go in and sign some paperwork.. hell might even have some dates by then too eh?
Also got another random email from an agency asking me if I’m available to work (probably over Christmas as normal).
Angel was going to buy some more plastic crates from the local DIY place but after the last move where about 40% where broken or damaged I thought something more industrial might be better so she has asked about some I found on eBay that removals companies use, the ones without the tops but the big steel bar that goes through the top so you can stack them. Works out cheaper buying them than the older style that broke up!
Was contacted about a possible OCM job, but alas my experience is nowhere near good enough for that sort of role right now, so I passed it on to someone else, hope they can make the most of it
Ended up with some paperwork to sign and send back to Angel, also heard from someone who had lost their phone (well it was stolen) and they were looking for a recommendation.. Ooo Kay..
Oh and seems that I’m getting password spam from Adobe now too.. Great don’t have anything from them either so another one to ignore.
Alongside with no fireworks but lots of wind & rain, had an interesting call seems the main man is coming down to the vessel, which sounds worrying to say the least. Perhaps I will be given my marching orders, who knows, I wouldn’t be too surprised if I’m brutally honest.
Other than that things are fairly quiet right now with fuel and supplies being loaded, the weather looks terrible for the foreseeable future though, which isn’t too good. Might have some more work scope too as it seems likely that we will be doing concrete matts in the field along with a funky trenching thingy do dar…
Still seeing emails back the other way from the OIM on here which are being sent out by the office regarding operations.. Making me feel rather unloved
So the weather coming down yesterday was only short lived and this morning I wake to find we have headed back in as agreed. As the weather is bad Tuesday morning with high winds predicted it was chosen to come in Monday morning, otherwise we would have had to wait until 11pm, and with the way the forecasts have been I figured it would be better to play it safe. Otherwise we would have had some issues with the crew change that is scheduled for Tuesday/Wednesday.
So alongside and then the hassle started, not only was I not requested to the meeting about something I should know about but I was then not copied into emails regarding it! Perhaps they are thinking of dropping the rep on here after all. Certainly looks like that from my prospective right now!
Oh I got an answer to my email from Saturday at 4pm today.. AFTER we had come in.. Absolute JOKE.
Might go for a coffee tomorrow, but then again wonder if it is worth the hassle I might end up with.
I thought it was a bit rough last night when I kept bashing my knees against the wall, my answer was to shove a couple of pillows on one side.. Anyway seems we had 8 meter seas.. And a couple of freak waves reported one being about 17 meters if you can believe the hype.. (Probably a lot less truth told). Anyway a lot of people have been very Ill, I know it seems daft but a lot of people who work offshore still do get sea sick, hell I do sometimes on certain vessels, doesn’t help when you’re trying to shove a steak down your gob and the table being bashed about by the vessel.. ooerrr..
Anyway no one has answered the phones, no one is on the calls.. we are sitting out in probably one of the worst Gail in ages and.. I’m going to have to make the call about going in as NO ONE is answering their damn phones or email!..
Well managed to get them done and the weather has been picking up all day.. Some people have started to be sea.. And I have been reading and listening to music on here, hell nothing else to do other than look at a computer screen which is not changing at all, as everyone in the office is at home. No way of contacting people to confirm if we could come in so now have to stay out as very bad (taking down trees etc in Wales), looks like *may* have a window Monday.. Not holding out much hope though.
Actually even managed to do something else this morning before being driven from the site by high seas (they are made worse over shallow water (IE sand banks where silly people put wind farms, go figure). Was bidding on an Alienware laptop (smaller size 11”) but it went for a daft amount so watching a few others, frankly not bidding on anything that’s either too expensive or lower spec than the current one. The idea is to reduce the amount of weight I’m lugging about as I have to carry my climbing gear with me each trip and I’m trying to rationalise everything now.
As we are buying a new place and have expended so much energy looking so far I thought it would be a good idea to get a full structural survey of the new place, even if it finds stuff we can then get it done at a later date, but seems a lot of surveyors are trying to push us for the middle of the road one, frankly it makes no difference from what I have read if things go wrong, but it costs only a little more and if the glance finds an issue then we would need a full one anyway.. So why not go for the full one now just in case?
Looks like we may get the Matts* down on this cable after all tonight, who would have guessed.. e interesting to see if they allow us to come back in or just make us sit out in it.. Only small seas.. 6-7 meters expected tomorrow afternoon night.. Oerrr..
*Matts are big mattress’s of concrete blocks with rope through them that are laid on the seabed over pipes/cables to provide protection (stop them moving) and allow the seabed to mold around them (increase marine growth etc).