Hello from rainy season (FINALLY!) on Roatan. After suffering through September and October like…well… a white girl that gets overheated way too easily living in the Caribbean… we have arrived in rainy season with cooler temperatures (that being around 30C/86F rather than 45C/113F) and loads of rain. I promise not to complain for at least a month into it. That’s pretty good for me, all things considered.
Down to business!
Fifteen long months after leaving the corporate grind in Canada and here I am, still chugging along. I received my Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating from PADI (the next step up from the basic Open Water Scuba Instructor) and the official ‘shop supervisor’ title where I work (although I’ve been doing it without the title for the last 8 months…but everyone knows nothing counts without the title and that stands even on a tropical island) and it’s shaping up to be a really busy holiday season for us so I’m excited for that. Lots of great divers lately which makes a huge difference in my job satisfaction! Grumpy people who hate every dive and shitty divers make for very loooonnnnnnngggggggg days.
In blog news, I have recently changed to a 3rd party commenting system, Disqus, which I hope you guys like better (*cough cough Alex cough*). Unfortunately when importing all the old comments it treated every single one as a ‘guest’ post so the links are lost. I suggest leaving me lots of new comments to make up for it 🙂 You can still comment as a guest using this system – you don’t have to log in to Disqus, Facebook or Twitter to comment unless you want to. Feedback is appreciated… what do you guys think? Do you use Disqus on your blog?
Let’s do the roundup guys – MONTH 15!!
1. Gratuitous diving photo:
|‘helping’ my boat captain install a mooring line. mostly just ‘supervising’! (i am running out of photos of myself. need to go for another dive with sarah!)|
2. Posts from the last month:
I’ve tried to be a little more active with blogging lately. I feel like I’m juggling a lot with not a ton of free time, but this space is important to me so I made it more of a priority this month.
- my comedic yet true take on things your dive instructor will never tell you
- a guest post from Mark about the best scuba diving spots around the world
- a big blog overhaul and new design to kick rainy season off with a bang!
- I was excited to announce my writing partnership with ScubaDiveDestinations.com
- had a look at all the creepy-crawlies around my jungle that I live in (caution: don’t click there if photos of spiders, frogs, lizards or snakes scare you!)
- showcased one of my proudest moments as a dive professional – I was interviewed by PADI and had it posted on their blog for all to see!
3. Coolest thing I’ve found on the internet this month:
This one goes out to my boat captain Willy – he’s been singing the hook of this old reggae song for weeks now, and it makes me scream with laughter every time. Maybe don’t play this loud at work or in front of little kids who are apt to repeat it. But seriously, have a good dance party to this badass jam:
RAISE YA HAN AN TELL ME YA PANTY SIZE!! Me no wan, me no wan no big panty gyal! (Island-talk translation: Raise your hand and tell me your panty size. I don’t want any big panty girls.) Hahaha. Classic. He has been singing that every damn day. Last week our divers were Mormons, so that was awesome. They loved it.
So cheers to 15 months – here’s to crazy sunsets on my deck, mixing blue curacao into everything, nightly electricity failure meaning candlelight yoga and hoping for no spiders, wreck dives, finally not being too hot to sleep in and eating way too many fried tortillas after work.