Just Manitoba

Hello from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan! If it’s not now it was raining pretty good earlier so that’s why I’m able to write again. If it wasn’t raining I’d be out doing maintenance on our truck. As it is I’m writing this while waiting for my clothes to dry.

We’re in Saskatoon because CN decided to move us. They didn’t even ask our company, they just told us so we had to phone our company and ask what’s up?!?! Makes me wonder who I’m working for sometimes! :)  Anyways after this move there’s just one province I haven’t worked in that my company has a contract with railroads. That province is Manitoba.  Of course there’s no rail in PEI and only one in N&L and another company has that contract. So I won’t get to work in every province but 8 out of 10 isn’t bad.

 

 

 

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OUT WEST

Good morning boys and girls. I’m writing you from Fort St. John, B.C. I’ve been in northern Alberta and Bristish Columbia for the last 4 weeks. It sounds like I could be here quite a while. If that’s the case I have to start putting my foot down and stop going out with the guys so much. I feel like what I lost the first 3 months of the job I’m putting back on the last month. On top of that I’m losing money eating out. Every day I pay more than $27 for food I lose money because that’s what my company pays us for food.

Other than that the job is going pretty good so far. I’ll be 4 months in this coming Monday so I’ve almost learned everything I’ll probably need to know if I just stay a driver. Now that I’ve gotten this far the job seems pretty easy and actually pretty boring some days. The money though is pretty good so I’ll be sticking it out for a year or two anyways. I’ll be debt free next week. After that I’m putting my money away for retirement.

To end I’ll leave you some pics of a rail camp we stayed at this week.Images of my job. The pics are from a rail camp we stayed at one night this week. We’ll be there a couple night next week too.

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Miss It But Usually Tired

Wow it’s a little dusty in here! Sorry I haven’t been around forever but I’ve been working a lot. My old job I’d work 30hrs a week. The new job I work 60-70hrs a week. By the time I’m off each shift I’m usually too tired to blog or read blogs. Hell some nights I don’t even bring my laptop into my hotel room because I may only have an hour before bed. So as like I tell family and friends I had to change jobs and with it my life has changed. Till I change jobs this is the way it’s going to be unfortunately.

I wish I could tell you how my weight loss is going but I don’t know. I haven’t been home or on a scale in 6 weeks at least. Based on how my clothes fit I’d say I’m losing weight slowly. I was hoping I’d get home this weekend but CN in it’s infinite wisdom changed our schedule twice this week which means I won’t be going home. It’d be nice to get there next weekend though since it’ll be Mother’s Day. BUT it’ll depend on where I am and what the planned schedule says….as usual :(

For the two of you that have been following me I was thinking I’d just friend you on Facebook as I don’t think I’ll be on here much in the near future. What do you think?

 

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Still Employed

Well I’m still working. Things are going pretty well. Everyone kept saying it would be exciting hut that’s not the case. We drive down the tracks at 15mph maximum in the dark. So there’s nothing to look at and we’re going slowwwww. Some parts of the track we travel at only 3-5 mph. Then there’s nights where we can sit for an hour or more while waiting for trains to go by. So not very exciting :)

The nice thing that’s happened is we got a raise! It was big to at $5.50 an hour. Makes the whole living on the road thing more bearable knowing i can reach my financial goals quicker. Well thats all for now as its tiring typing this out on my cellphone. Ciao.

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Getting Better

Good morning. I’m 3 shifts in to actual work on the railroad. Last night/this morning seemed to be better. The first night was pretty killer as sitting in a truck for 6 hours trying to hold your speed to 13 or 15 miles an hour is killer on your right leg and feet. I’m actually surprised my ass didn’t hurt too. Last night in 5.5hrs of rail time I only got out of the truck once and my legs and feet didn’t bother me quite as much. I think another week or so and my body will adjust to the new strains.

As for my body and brain and night shift? Well that first shift was hell. Trying to drive us 1 hour back to the hotel was brutal at 5am. Last night although I didn’t work as late I think it would have been much better. Due to rail traffic we went home at 3:30am putting us back in the hotel 2 hours earlier than normal. What I’m trying to do is stay up till noon before going to bed. This mimics my previous routine of going to work 1-2 hours after waking up. 

As for my weight loss: it’s going well I think. I have no scale to go by but my pants seem to be looser so I think that’s a positive. It’s amazing how much less my desire for food is now that I have changed careers. These days I have to make sure I eat regularly. Before I use to have to make sure I didn’t eat all the time! So I do believe the career change will have a big secondary benefit like I thought. :)

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Night Shift Sucks

Well after a week of doing nothing they decided I better start working. Last night I did just that. There was a lot more to the job then they told me but I think I got the hang of most things by the end of the night. The worst thing was trying to stay awake the last few hours. I’ve never worked night shift before and that’s what I’m doing this week. 

That’s all I’m leaving you with today cause I’m not totally with it right now. I was woken earlier than I wanted and am feeling it now sitting here. Back to bed for awhile. Hope all is well with you!

 

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Change of Plans

Originally we were suppose to be testing tracks tomorrow in Halifax. That would mean I should be getting my truck ready for the last leg of our trip. Instead we’re in Moncton, New Brunswick for a few days as they changed the track testing to Thursday. While here we’ll get a few repairs done on our truck.

Last night I went to the New Brunswick casino just down the road from my hotel. The buffet was great and a good price at only $9.99. However my luck at poker continues to be crap :( I’m almost ready to stop playing poker. Here’s a couple photos to end this post.

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