Monday, October 25, 2010

Views from Work

If you are friends with me on facebook you probably already saw these pictures.

I love my job. No, it isn't easy. Yes, it is physically exhausting. But I love it and it is just what I needed at this time of my life. My favorite part of the mornings are between 6-7am. The first thing we do in the morning is do our stretches as a group then we head onto our respective boats and do "housekeeping". Basically, cleaning and straightening our materials up while the tags get signed and we wait for the welders and other departments to get there.

Here are some pictures I took from the boat I have been working on the most recently, the Aban Abraham.

I love looking at downtown Mobile in the early morning. It's beautiful!

This is the Aban Abraham. I have climbed around this boat so much in the last month. It's killer on my thigh muscles. ;)

Another boat came in to be decontaminated from the oil spill. It was huge. Unfortunately I can't find any pictures of it. It was a Helix boat. We built several scaffold off the sides of the boat and down in holes in the side. But unlike most boats, this one did not have railings on the ledges of the starboard or port sides.

That line you see on the floor is a rat tail. We hook our harness to it as we walk back and forth with material. The wall on the left is the dry dock, which is a dock that sinks down into the water and raises back up after the boat is steered onto it. So the only thing holding you onto the boat is that cable. Otherwise you have a 60-80 drop onto a steel dry dock. Ouch! I tried to get a good picture of the drop but because of where the sun was this is the only picture that even really turned out.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Our State Fair

When I think of State Fairs, I immediately think of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical versions. I own both and love both. Granted, state fairs are no longer what they used to be in the glory days but I still love them. The rides, the food(or at least smelling the food), the atmosphere. Once again, I realize I was just born in the wrong time period. ;)

Last night, I took my 14 year old brother, Josh, and 2 of his friends to the fair.

I felt so honored that Josh thought I was cool enough to hang out with his friends. Honestly, they were hilarious, awkward, goofy teenage boys. Teenagers have changed so much in the past 10 years. Honestly, it freaks me out to know what other kids are doing and know that my brothers and sisters are growing up in a world where such ungodliness and worldliness is readily accepted. We opted out of a ride because a group of teenagers in front of us would not stop cussing and were having thoroughly inappropriate conversations in mixed company. It was refreshing to see that there are still "good" kids out there and that my brother and his friends chose to walk away from it.

 D'Lynn went to the fair with her friend Megan and her family but Megan got sick. So Dee joined us and saved me from the boys. ;)

I have been horrible about taking pictures. Last night I went with good intentions of taking pictures but I didn't even pull out my camera until the last ride, the Ferris Wheel.

 This picture describes Harrison to a T. Honest.
 Josh proclaimed that the Ferris Wheel was so boring he could fall asleep.
 Josh and his "I am only taking this picture because my big sister is making me" smile.
I decided to poke Josh. At least he had a genuine smile and laugh going on in this picture. Note the Clegg nose wrinkle and his serious need of a haircut. ;)
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Saturday, October 9, 2010


Welcome to the new Spoonfuls of Sugar. I debated long and hard over whether to completely change my blog title or not. But coming out of an abusive marriage I think the title is still appropriate. Healing takes "medicine" and, after all, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. ;) Besides, I still need a touch of Disney in the title. It's a must!
The blog is still a work in progress and so am I. Amy is going to be creating a layout for me, so I can start out with a lovely fresh look. I am beyond excited to get back into blogging and need to catch up on reading and commenting.