We're inside the final stretch of this contract and while somethings are a little up in the air it's looking pretty good that I'll be home for the holidays. As with all of these ship contracts there's a distinct sense of anticipation that comes with the last month. It doesn't really matter if it's a four month or a fourteen month contract - the last month is always filled with equal parts excitement and burn out.
I've made more friends here this time around which is both nice and inevitable when you work and live with them for months at a time. Some will remain friends who I'll keep in touch with and others will have to catch up when we next cross paths on a ship somewhere down the line.
Plans are being made for the holiday period, recipes are being put together, and visits are being penciled into the books. These are the up sides to the home stretch.