Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Giving Thanks Christmas 2010

I guess I should have written this blog in November, but I wasn't feeling quite so Thankful in Indy on Thanksgiving! So, I am just a little late, but is getting written before the end of this wonderful year.

I am thankful for:
My husband, who is dealing very well with our time apart and helping me to make this job easy, by taking care of so much when I am away. Also, for being there with open arms when I come home.

My family, who I love very much.

My girls, who I am so very proud of, because y'all have developed into fabulous young ladies. I love you both with all my heart!

My sister, my bestest seestor the best ever! Thanks for the laughter and wiping my tears.

My Son, his wife and especially the birth of our first grand baby this year! The girls and I got such a bonus when I married your Dad.

My friends, the old ones who know this is something I have always wanted to do, and have been a huge voice of encouragement! Thanks Kimmie, Olive you!

My friends, the new ones that I have met over this past year and offer that shoulder, laughter, and support in this craziness that we call
Airtran! I love you all! (especially Christy for jokes and laughter, Ron for being one of the greatest, Heather for being the sweetest, Jackie for the understanding and grounding conversations, Nessa for it all!, Diana for teaching us all and continuing to be there for us all, my future buddy bidder and Senior Papa Bob, for my best layover so far, Rachel who is like my daughter even though we talk about things you wouldn't talk to your Mom about, and everyone else in our awesome training class!

Kathy and Neybleth who have picked up the slack for me and kept my businesses running smoothly. I couldn't have done this without them!

I am also thankful for all the maids who stock my home away from home with clean sheets, coffee, and shampoo.

My own bed and pillow, that is made even better because the love of my life is there to snuggle with on those 10 or so nights I get to go home!

My awesome dog that greets me with love, no matter what time I come home!

Facebook, that allows me to keep in touch with everyone and let's me not feel alienated out here on the road!

My alarm, that keeps me on time and to my gate and the van on time!

This is just a small amount of all I am thankful for, I am sure I will be adding on to this list before the end of this year, but this year has been one of the best so far and I am Very Very Thankful!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's Christmas Time... Or is it?

Being a Flight Attendant is a great job most of the time, but the hardest part is not being in control of your time. Well it's Christmas time and this reality is a little difficult right now. I have my Christmas Traditions and they are having to be tweaked a little this year. Starting Christmas Eve, my kids have always returned from The Campbell's to come home to me. That is when they opened their one Christmas Eve present...their Christmas PJ's. Then Christmas morning we would wake up and they would open thieir Santa presents, while our Christmas breakfast casserole was in the oven. The day is then filled with family activites, like going to the Hildreths for lunch and dirty Santa, then the Wills family get together. Well, needless to say, this year things will be different! I'm not off on Christmas so I needed to figure out when we could all get together. Not easy with 12 people, most of them young adults! The only day that would work was the 18th, which happened to be my sisters Birthday, also. She was going to be at the lake, so we decided to have Christmas there. Which this seems like a great idea now, because of several reasons. We will all be able to turn off and spend the time together, which is the most important thing at Christmas time or ANYTIME for a flight attendant who loses out on special times with friends and family so much during the month. The other good thing for doing it down there is I can relax and not feel in control of it all. We will get together and all work together to pull it together.
All of this being said, I know it is going to be hard being alone at Christmas and not being with my family, but I can hope to be flying with a good crew and it will be better than expected. I did stumble upon someone on the trade board that wanted to trade the 24th for 30th. I traded real quick with her and now get to spend Christmas Eve at home.
Time is precious and the key (whether you are a f/a or not) is to make the most of your time with your family and close friends!