The title pretty much sums it up…
I have a new home – we moved December 1st from my amazing house to a new apartment with my roommates. It was a surprisingly easy move, I guess that’s what happens when you move from furnished place to furnished place and all you have to move is your clothes and food. It also helped that we only moved 100 feet up the street! Our new apartment has some adjustments for us (no laundry, unreliable hot water, etc.) but the apartment itself is actually nicer/newer than our old house. It was mostly used as a vacation rental though, so we started out with 4 knives, 4 forks, 4 cups, etc. and we have quite a few things to buy to make it a home. We’re getting there though!
I have a new job – not really “new”, but a job! I started work on December 2ndat the dive shop where I did my divemaster and instructor courses. My first week of work has been a little nerve-racking, but I have been assured by everyone that this happens to all new instructors. I haven’t even taught a course yet, but I’ve been taking out fun divers who are all more experienced than me and I feel really inadequate when I can’t find anything interesting or rare to show them on our dives. I had an extremely disgruntled diver on one of my first dives which threw me off…I was so worried that he would complain to my manager. Some people are just the type to be upset about everything though, so I tried to shrug it off. My other divers seem happy! It does feel good to be working…if you can call this work. Right now I’m very pleased with my career change 🙂
And as I’m sure you can tell since you’re reading this, I got a new laptop charger. Things like that normally aren’t news around here, but for once on Roatan it was incredibly easy. I posted on Facebook about my charger dying and having a hard time getting online, and within minutes people had posted telling me where I could get a universal charger. The next day at work I tried to mentally prepare myself for the adventure…but I found a taxi right away, went straight to the store, found a clerk who spoke English, he got the charger, it worked, I paid, found a taxi back right away and am now back online. If you know anything about my life on Roatan, things that go this easily are creepily rare! So yay!
Off for a beer… (check out my new pink second stage cover!!)
Mark Smith says
Good for you, everything is good in your end. well I was impressed when i read about having your new universal laptop charger, well I got new Idea of buying this because of your blog, it is more easier specially when I'm on travel. anyway, thanks.. keep on posting:)
Audrey | That Backpacker says
That's a fun job! There's always a disgruntled customer somewhere, but it sounds like you're handling it well. p.s. Finding old beer cans on dives is pretty cool. I wouldn't be too disappointed. 😉
It's a really fun job, I'm much happier with this job than the cubicle one 🙂 Any time you work with customers there's always the chance of someone being upset, but what can you do?? I just let it roll off my back, I have lots of awesome divers who make my day!
Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) says
So glad to hear that all is going well for you, even if you've had a grumpy diver here or there. I suppose the one good thing about my lack of diving experience is that no matter who leads us on our dives, they need never be intimidated by us… 11 dives and counting! Woot woot! 😉
Yeah, I have to remember that if the worst part of my week is one grumpy diver then things really aren't so bad! I absolutely love leading inexperienced divers…I show them everything! I'd way rather lead someone with 11 dives who I can show everything to than feel stressed about having to find something super cool.