Monthly Archives: August 2013
Eight years ago this month, I made the switch from a commercial flight attendant to a corporate one. It was a huge transition in many ways, including in my personal life. I was not only starting a new job, I was embarking on a whole new life path. In addition to work, I was ending a relationship and moving across the country. I was scary and risky but I felt in my heart it was the right thing to do.
A few days before I was leaving, my mom gave me a small angel pendant that she kept for years. She told me to keep it on me for good travel luck and safe flying. And I did. For the last 8 years, this angel followed me around the world. Anytime I changed luggage pieces, I would make sure to transfer the angel so I would never fly a trip without it. The angel represented many things to me including faith and a connection to my family. For those of you that follow my Facebook page, you would have seen that I recently have accepted a position on the ground as a corporate flight attendant instructor- Another big change but one that again, I feel is the right move. Last night, I was going through my luggage and dug out my little angel pendant. I do believe this angel has kept me safe in the skies for all of these years.. And now she will have a new home in a special box on my dresser.. Maybe someday I will pass it on to someone close to me that may need it.
I was wondering, who else out there carries with them something like this? For flying, traveling, or just sentimental value?
I would love to hear your story..
PS,In reference to my new position, don’t worry, I wont stop blogging and will have many more stories to tell and advice to give 🙂
Every time there is a plane crash my mom calls me to make sure it wasn’t me.. I don’t even work on commercial planes.. but she calls none the less.
After hearing about the UPS cargo crash, I waited to see if this would be an exception .. Nope… still had to explain why it couldn’t possibly have involved me.
But I will say – At least I have a mom that is still around and cares enough to call 🙂
Cobblestones and Heels
So I received an email today from another FA asking me “what I am serving my pax”. Well as I mentioned recently, I prefer to cook fresh meals and appetizers when feasible. I look everywhere for simple and tasty recipes.
Today, I was mentally preparing for a trip I have in a couple of days and thinking about new recipes to try out. I ran across a great one on Facebook!
Its a recipe for mini zucchini quiches! Perfect for my pax that loves small tapas style snacks. I tried the recipe out and it was great!
So Mimi– this one is for you 🙂
Mini Zucchini Cheese Bites
◾2 cups grated zucchini ( about 1 medium)
◾1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
◾optional: 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl mix the zucchini, egg, cheese and cilantro. You do not have to add any salt or pepper since the Parmesan is salty enough . Evenly divide the mixture into the mini muffin pan filling to the top, packed down in each cup. Bake for 15- 18 minutes until golden brown around the edges.
Servings: 12* Calories for one: 27* Fat: 2g* Fiber: 0g* Carbs: 1g* Protein: 2g
Recipe From “Health is wealth” facebook page
Cobblestones And Heels
Years ago when I first started flying as a commercial flight attendant, I must have lost 20 cell phone chargers, countless hair brushes, toiletries, and even clothes on the road!
Every time I checked out of a hotel, I forgot or lost something…
It finally dawned on me that I needed a better packing routine and strategy for keeping myself organized so I didn’t continue to “donate” my stuff to every hotel I stayed in!
By the time I began flying corporate, I was much more organized but now I had a MORE things to keep straight. It was no longer just my own belongings I had to keep track of., Now, I had to remember additional items such as; all my catering including the shopping items I stored in my hotel refrigerator, My passports/ visas and any other paperwork I needed to travel all over the world, travel cell phone, and receipts for my all my expenses.
It was definitely a learning experience with lots of trial and error, but I finally got it together by doing the following..
First, I make a list of everything I need for each trip, a day before.
Second, I always keep a bag packed with staple items and just adjust it to the destination accordingly.
No more packing my whole closet! I now pack my work clothes, workout clothes, and a few versatile items depending on the climate I am going to. I DON’T pack a different outfit for each day I will be away ( yes I use to do this).
Third, I have made the following adjustments to my toiletries; I now use hotel body lotion, facial cleaning wipes instead of bringing my face soap, small containers of shampoo and conditioner, and basic make up. I bring a small container of coconut oil because I can use it for so many things like: face and body moisturizer, hair smoother, eye makeup remover! I also cook with it on the plane!!
If my trip becomes a lot longer, I just expense laundry, that simple.
In my small flight bag I keep a folder of travel and trip documents, my receipts, trip sheet,a flashlight,and my small make up bag for touch ups during flight.
Travel documents, receipts, and my expense forms now all have a home in a well-organized folder/ binder. I begin filling out my expense form the first day of my trip and continue to update it each day. . In the beginning of my career I would wait till the end of the trip to fill this thing out, Whoa! What a mistake! After a 2-week trip, I would have a million receipts to find, put them in order, and calculate all the currency exchanges for each date! Not fun ,,,
Additionally: I make copies of my passports, license, and trip sheet, I have 2 credit cards stored in different places, and make sure I have either brought a travel cell phone or called my long distance carrier to make sure my plan is still up to date with international adjustments.
I also suggest calling your credit card company so they don’t block your card due to “ suspected fraud” (which has happened to me like a million times).
Food and catering
If I have shopped on the road for my catering, I usually have a few options for storage. One; the FBO, Two; My hotel Room, or three; my hotels kitchen/concierge. . Each place has its own risks. I do not prefer to keep things jammed in my little hotel fridge where they may be forgotten, or go bad. Depending on the hotel I am staying in, I may or may not want to use their storage based on the risk of things going missing. So, my first choice is the FBO cold storage. Then I know its already at the airport and pretty secure.
When ordering from a restaurant or catering company, I always call a few times to double check they have all the information correct: haven’t forgotten items, and remind them of the time schedule for delivery or pickup. I don’t care if I come across paranoid of OCD, at least I know there will be no mistakes!!
The final sweep
The morning of my departure fro my hotel room, I pack up everything up a couple of hours before I need to leave, ( or the night before), only leaving out the essentials. I go through every inch of my room to make sure I haven’t forgotten everything. I do this a couple of times before I leave, and definitely pre-pack my phone charger!!
I know all of the above sounds like a lot of work, but its also less expensive and troublesome than:
Forgetting things in foreign countries, having your credit card shut off, or not being able to go home because you have lost your passport or been robbed. (ALL of these things have happened to me over the course of 13 years).
If anyone would like to share their favorite organizational habits, please comment!!
Fly safe and travel prepared ☺
Cobblestones and Heels