‘Tis the season for lists – presents list, shopping list, guest list, to do list and party preparation lists. ‘Tis the season for it indeed! Supposedly there is also some double checking of lists involved at this time of year but I may just leave that one to Santa.
I have noticed a lot of lists over the last couple of weeks (suggestions for presents to get your loved ones being the most common one) so I thought I would put together my own Christmas Wish List, with strong emphasis on the “wish” part of things. My list won’t include the usual. No KitchenAid. No Georg Jensen bling or the latest bestseller – PLEASE no 50 Shades for me under the Christmas tree this year! My Christmas Wish List is more of a site wish list really. Completely fanciful, sprinkled with fairy dust, I am completely dreaming list!
- Process Operator/Process Technician Common Sense and Strength – A lot of people seem to think that being an operator is easy. I am sure that once I get the hang of things then it will be easier but for the moment there are moments when it feels like I am swimming against the current. Most of the things I trip on are the simple things as well – the fact that it takes me two days to hose an area that one of the experienced guys can cover in a couple of hours is frustrating. Also, it would be brilliant if I could undo a hose on my own and be able to lift the hoses from one area to another. Yes, this will all come with experience (and a bit of body building) but it would be nice to have a bit of that operator sensibility and muscle now. With it I would be much more useful!
- Magic Pills – Pills that would kick this fear of heights out of my system would be absolutely awesome. I get better as the swing goes on but on that first day when I have to trek up the top one of the buildings, getting through six sets of stairs with 14 steps each is a bit of a struggle. Especially since the stairs are on the outside and the drop is pretty scary! Also, whilst we are on the topic of magic pills, pills that melt away all the calories consumed with the endless yummy food and beer on hand would also be very much appreciated!
- Elevators or Escalators – There are days when having to climb up the numerous stairs isn’t as easy as other days. I don’t want to use the elevators or escalators daily. Maybe we can have one day per swing where we can have the luxury of these inventions. Since all the exercise I do on site are the stairs and walking, I wouldn’t want to get rid of them straight out. Just the lazy option every now and again would be great!
- Room Service – Still on the lazy track, room service at least once or twice per swing would be brilliant! I have had days where I just don’t want to move when I get to camp. To think that I haven’t even had to do a full 12 hour shift! Again, I wouldn’t want room service to be readily available as the interaction in the mess is pretty good but it would be a good option for some days I say!
- Laundry Service – Supposedly this is a reality in some sites. Unfortunately not in ours. It’s perfectly fine when you manage to get in early but when you have to wait, laundry ends up taking up your whole night which means no sleep and grumpy bum the next morning. Also the dryer really does stuff up the clothes. Yes, I am convinced it’s the dryer shrinking my clothes and nothing else.
- Foot Spa – Nothing fancy, just one of those run of the mill ones you can get from the Chemist will do. At the end of the day, the only thing that could be better than a nice cold beer would be a nice warm foot spa! I don’t think anyone would object to a full spa service on camp but let’s start with the small things here and focus on the foot spa. Then we can incorporate some reflexology, Swedish massage, mocha wrap and exfoliation down the track right?
- Fly Deflecting Helmet – Not sure if this has been invented but anyone working in remote sites would agree that flies are a bugger especially in summer. We do have fly masks but they are not the most comfortable things and the little buggers still manage to get in there. Someone needs to come up with a helmet which has a mechanism that deflects flies and midgies. Life on site would be so much nicer I think!
- The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future – It would be brilliant if these folks could pay a visit to some of the scrooge’s on site and cure them of their bah humbugs to make life for all of us a lot better. How good would that be? Just a few visits and boom, glass half full instead of woe is me.
- A Genie – I know Mr. Genie doesn’t usually feature around Christmas time but I need him on my wish list. A genie should be on standby for all the things we need, not just for three wishes as well but for everything we need. I wouldn’t want him to do my work for me but I just need him to provide tools and equipment as we desire. Like getting a bobcat when we need one rather than waiting a whole swing to get one fixed and not being able to do anything. If we had a genie, we could just summon him and snap, we get what we need. I enjoy the work involved so I don’t want him doing my dirty work, just a little help when needed.
- A bit of pixie dust when needed would be appreciated too!
That’s my wish list for now. You were warned that it would be very fanciful. Hey, dreams are free right? Although I dream of these things, I must say that I couldn’t really ask for too much this Christmas. I am very content in every aspect of my life at this point and enjoying my new career. People telling me how proud they are of me means a whole lot and (on most days) is enough to get me through all the stairs, flies and bah humbugs I have to deal with.
I do my first night shift swing starting on Christmas Eve. I am excited to be hanging with Santa and my crew on the first night and hoping that the excitement will get me through the whole seven night swing. I am taking cookies and cupcakes for a midnight feast on site on Christmas Eve.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I wish myself the best of luck for the next week. Suffice to say I will not be partying hard on New Year’s Eve. See you all in 2013!