I can see again!
After going approximately one month without glasses, I now have not one, but two pairs! Thanks to the amazing medical department, and the folks at T&S, located in Christchurch, NZ, I am once again bespectacled.
Despite the fact that I was able to successfully play horseshoes and navigate around town without glasses, I do enjoy being able to see things clearly. Of course, I haven’t seen any auroras since getting my glasses, but I’m sure I’ll have more opportunities this season. Having glasses is also helping me with other things I’ve started taking on here, like giving haircuts. I was asked the other day exactly how I fell into the position of barber, and truth be told, I’m not sure. I volunteered to cut some peoples hair, but I’m not sure why I did it. I have little experience (other than with my own hair and a few very trusting souls). People down here get desperate during the winter. I guess the job that I do with peoples lovely locks is better than nothing. I did give several people haircuts without glasses, and it turned out okay, but it took an insanely long time. And despite telling people that they don’t need to pay me for cutting hair, the barter system has been working greatly in my favor. I was given a bottle of wine and a fruit and cheese platter for my last haircut.
Other than getting my glasses, other things have been happening.
The firehouse is getting a bit of a facelift. One of our firefighters has been working hard at painting accent walls in different rooms around the station. The captain has been replacing the ceiling tiles with the help of our on-duty crews…
And speaking of on-duty crews… I’m sure in my last post I mentioned that we got three additional firefighters. The relief around here has been fantastic. The morale has been boosted. People in town are feeling more at ease about the capability of the department should there be a fire. I know there are probably some people who are curious about the working relationship of Rick and I, and quite plainly – We’re fine. He and I are still good friends and we work well together. I’m happy to have my friend back.
Also, I’m pretty sure I mentioned being excited about the freshie cargo that came in on this last medevac… However, after not having fresh fruits or vegetables for a few months, you don’t know how your body will react until you actually consume said food.
Fact: Your body reacts in ways you can’t imagine if you don’t eat fresh fruits and veggies for several months. However, it is worth it. I won’t go into detail, I’ll let you use your imagination (or not).
The food has been amazing with the influx of freshies. One of the cooks surprised me with a mango (I had told him a few weeks before that I was craving a fresh mango). You don’t realize the difference in taste between fresh and dried herbs until you have fresh ones for the first time in ages.
Okay, I’m drooling, I’ll stop talking about food.
Let’s see… Other things.
We’re starting to get ready for Mid-Winter dinner! The planning/decorating commitee is getting into full swing, and since we work long hours, Marsha and I were volunteered to help make decorations for the soiree. No problem there. But after 20 hours in a 24 hour shift, I don’t know how good the decorations that I make will look…
But at least I’ll be able to see what I’m doing.