Yup, back to work. RC is finished, I’ve had a nice week off (it was great to be home for a week!), but now once again I am on my way South, ready for whatever adventure awaits.
Home was fun, we had a heavy rain warning (not my fault) out the day before pregnancy testing our cows, the chainsaw died (probably not my fault), and a water pipe cut (okay, that one was my fault I gotta admit). Incredibly, my parents still said they look forward to my next trip home…
The next stage of training won’t be as exciting so don’t expect as many posts. Its just an engineering course related to aircraft. I daresay there’ll be some laughs and I’ll keep my ears open for quotables, but otherwise don’t expect much. Oh, and there’s hopefully something exciting planned for this weekend, but that’s saved for another post.
For now, I shall enjoy the few luxuries offered, such as being allowed to use a laptop (some of you can expect a few more emails lol), having my own car, and slightly more freedom.
So, the car. Oh, Mitsi is such a lucky girl. Saturday morning I left home and drove to Masterton, her longest trip with me yet. Also my longest drive yet, and first time driving by myself outside my home town. Went well, no accidents, nothing noteworthy at all really, other than unpleasant weather. One time the rain got really heavy, I was just starting to think I might pull over and wait for it to pass when it eased a bit which was nice.
It was also my first time using my phone to navigate, that was interesting. It took a few back roads and bypasses that I never knew existed, but which meant I skipped a couple of towns that have intersections and roundabouts and all those horrible things. Haha, no, it was scenic and probably did make things faster, so I’m not complaining. Wellington was a challenge, some intersections were too close to give commands between, I learnt I had to glance at the screen to see where it wanted me. Also when I went through a tunnel it lost GPS connection and missed an intersection while it reconnected. But at least for every mistake I made, it just figured a different route. Gotta love electronic navigators… One good thing was that I knew roughly where I was going, but having a rough idea in your head and knowing exactly what to look for on the ground are two different things. Not to mention, when the navigator takes you on a shortcut, you suddenly don’t know where you are, only it does…
The downside was the speed limit. It generally changed the speed limit quite a way before or after the actual road sign, which meant I wouldn’t slow down when it wanted or I would speed up before it wanted, then it would start setting off alarms saying I was speeding.
(And now I’m back.) Strange, the past 14 weeks, I managed to control myself and not get homesick. I just prevented it, I guess, I knew if I started then it wouldn’t get any easier. However, when I first drove away from home, then the last 20 minutes driving from Picton, and finally unpacking just now, I got the most homesick I’ve ever been. Strange, I enjoy it here, everyone’s great, I like my job, but, yeah, there’s kinda this big unknown of what’s ahead, and for the first time, I felt homesick. Thankfully I’m fine now, not that I don’t want to miss home, its just, when I miss it, I really miss it.
Today (Monday) was good, it was mostly admin, learning what it is that we have to learn, touring round hangars etc. It’s a reasonably hard course, I need a 70% pass rate just to pass the next 3 months, so don’t get your hopes up for too many posts or anything. For now, though, I have no homework, so let’s catch up on some of those emails, I don’t think I have anything left to add here.