Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Planning a 17th Birthday Celebration & A Promotion to Engineer's Mate
Tomorrow I will go out into the garden and begin peaking below the layers of dried leaves in the garden that protect the rich soil. I will begin to look for signs that the crocus will bloom on Ellie's birthday. Nearly every year Ellie's birthday is the first day that a flower shows its shy head in our garden. The weather has been very dramatic this year, so I am not sure if we will get that thrill on Ellie's birthday this year or not.
Things are warming up on the west coast, too. Ethan's ship is in Sausalito, California for about a week, or so. The weather is cold and rainy. The land is beautiful and lush, for spring time. Just the other day the while Ethan was working the ship's engineer saddle up to him and told him that the higher ups on the ships have decided to promote Ethan to engineer's mate (in training). He is very jazzed and excited. It is the very thing he was hoping form
During a recent evening one of the other men was on his day off and out flying a kite. A local person befriended them and took them around town, in a sort of hobo fashion. As evening was beginning some people who were out serving dinner to the local hobos. They approached the people from the ship and offered them dinner. Ethan explained that they are sailors, not hobos. The people replied that sailors are sort of homeless and gave them dinner. Ethan said that it was the best cupcake and minestrone soup that he has had in a long time. Oh, the adventures they are having.
On another evening out Ethan and some of the guys on the ship went to see a movie. They ended up seeing, "The Lego Movie" which was better than he expected. The next day the crew even made one of the songs from the movie into a sea shanty.