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Seven Things

This is a forward that I’ve seen on several people’s blogs and I’ve decided to steal it. These are just seven interesting pieces of trivia from my life that all happen to relate to my job. Enjoy!

1. I get paid to stay in the nicest hotels, eat the most delicious food, see some of the most amazing places in the world, and meet lots of incredibly interesting people every day.

I love my job. Not many people can honestly say that. I however believe that being a flight attendant is the most glamorous, fun, exciting, adventurous, fabulous job there is and I can’t imagine doing anything else at this stage in my life.

2. I now answer to “Miss” as if it was actually my first name.

I also answer to “Ma’am”, “Lady”, “Hey You” and pretty much whatever else you can think up. I’ve actually turned my head to these various names even when I’m not working.

3. My new current project is mastering crossword puzzles.

Hey, with hours upon hours to kill in the air and on layovers it’s either that or get addicted to tabloids…although if I’m completely honest I have to admit I read my fair share of gossip magazines as well. It’s one of my guilty pleasures.

4. I am now a pro at cat napping.

My sleeping habits are crazy… as in, I don’t really have any. I suppose on a “normal” day at home* in D.C. I will probably sleep until 2 in the afternoon. Of course, I don’t go to bed until 4am so it evens out. It’s quite inconvenient actually since most of the world doesn’t operate on that schedule and it makes it difficult to get things done. However, it’s when I actually have a trip assignment when things get really interesting. I have had times where I’ve gotten a call at 1am (still awake of course), for a 7am check-in, which basically means two or three hours of sleep tops. Somehow it works out though. I’ll grab ten minutes of sleep in a chair here and an hour there until it’s time to go to bed and I have slept for up to fourteen hours solid. Amazingly, I function just about the same either way. I don’t get it but so far it seems to work.

5. *I call everywhere home, and yet I feel like no where really is.

I might have been in a hotel just long enough to throw my bags in there but coming back I’ll say I’m going home. Doesn’t matter. It’s a big adjustment living out of my suitcase, only unpacking long enough to wash the clothes and repack them again and never being in one place for more than a couple days at a time. Plus, my apartment isn’t really home to me. I’m still sleeping on an air mattress in an apartment that has no furniture. So everywhere is home and no where is all at the same time. It’s so worth it though!

6. I understand Dutch.

And I really have no excuse as to why I haven’t gotten Dutch qualified (meaning I take a test so my airline knows I speak it and get paid extra for flying certain trips). I have yet to get a trip to Amsterdam so I can see my wonderful host family that I miss like crazy. Yes, it’s luck of the draw if you’re just a normal reserve but if I would just take the test I could definitely get there fairly often since there are open language positions all the time. *sigh* Gotta get on that!

7. Almost every flight I take I get some comment about my age.

Ok, I look young. On average people say I look about 16. I’m ok with that really, but I have to admit that: “So, how old are you?” and “Are you old enough to work here?” do get a little old sometimes. Oh well, as I usually tell whatever “clever” person who made the comment, when I’m 40 and I finally look 21 I’ll really enjoy it. *grin*

There you have it. Now when Trivial Pursuit – The Life and Times of Abigail is finally released you’ll have an edge on the general public. I’m not tagging anyone specifically for this little forward but if you feel the urge to share some of your personal trivia please feel free to drop me a comment and let me know.

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1 Comment

  1. ineke

    As you are doing nothing then lying in your massive hotel room 🙂 you might as well pick up that dutch grammar book again and get your qualification!

    Good to hear how you are doing on a more regular basis.
    Hi from all of us ofcourse and o ja; i am sending you the ‘you make my day award’ (to be picked up at rotterdamdailyphoto

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