Monday, August 27, 2007

what a weekend

well after a CBD pub crawl on sat night, which saw us get home at 1am (god am i such a nana now that this seems late ??) we had to be up at 9am on sunday to prepare for moving my stuff out of storage.

finally everything is now in the house !! not that there is any room for all of it but somehow we will make it work.

ended up finishing the move at 2pm.. started chatting to the movers, and ended up going across to AEBC across the road for an afternoon of barefoot bowls and beers. funny, ended up spending 5 hours drinking with my removalists. nice guys. ended up throwing out my old fridge and desk and even gave away my fish tank since there is no point in having it.

TV antenna guy turned up this morning, and aparently now we have perfect reception !! finally! not that i watch much TV but its nice to know its there if i have to.

scott is meeting a collegue today so at least he is occupied and not pining for me. but im at work and still pining for him.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

counting down

The countdown is on.

only 26 more working days left at my current employer. (thats 221 hours)

only 45 days to go until i leave australia (thats 1080 hours)

only 62 days until i start working for Virgin Atlantic. (thats 1488)

already been studying stuff so much, that Scott is calling me Hermoine Granger !

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

what a week that was!!!

it never rains but it pours

last monday mum moves into the new house.
tueday she falls over on the street, and breaks her knee.
has be to rushed to hospital and operated on.
luckily my boss gave me 3 days carers leave, so icould spend all day at the hospital.
then at night i had to alternate between unpacking mums stuff so i could mum-proof the house, and packing my own stuff to move into the house.
luckily scott arrived on friday to help out.

spent all weekend moving and packing and unpacking, just in time to go to melbourne for 3 days for work on monday. meantime, mum comes out of hospital, having to use a zimmer frame, and no one is at home to help her because im in melbourne and my brother is in NZ.

luckily im going back to sydney tonight so i can at least look after her, after only being at home for 36 hours alone. such is the joys of my job, mind you ill soon be on the other side of the world.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Monday, August 13, 2007

Look what I got !!!!

Im so happy and so relieved i could cry. i was so worried that for some reason they would not give me my British passport. Stupid i know since i am entitled to one but you know, worry over nothing. This was the final obstacle, that would prevent me from moving to be with Scott and to start flying for Virgin Atlantic. YAY!!!

No Sign of it - Natalie Grant

It's a long wait at the gate
just to glimpse your fate
just to see whether it all works out
It's a long road, a heavy load
You gotta really want to go
and just let the others walk around
you now

up and down again
but this time it's different
it took some waiting to straighten
out the bend
In and out of luck
yeah at times it was difficult
I got a new life baby, It takes some getting used to but...

No sign of any rain
My skies are clear today
I keep bracing for that hit
But there's not sign of it.
No obstacles in sight
My skies are clear tonight (My skies are full of light)
I keep thinking I might see that cloud arrive
Oh but there's no sign of it
No sign of it

And as I look around, it's all new ground
the leaves on the trees touch down
But I'm above weightless as a dream
It's been a long road, a heavy load
I just simply had to go
Had to get here hard as it's been

In and out of luck
yeah at times it was difficult
I got a new life baby, it takes some getting
used to but...

drunken weekend

Me Getting Sloshed already and this was only the first winery

The Whole Gang

My Beloved Team

Had a team building weekend with the team from work. trip up to the hunter valley.. Partners were invited and luckily scott just happened to be here on a trip so he got to come along.

had a fantastic time..... it was my first trip to the Hunter... ended up buying 9 bottles of wine... mostly dessert wine.. somehow i just seem to have a weakness for it when i taste it, its just like lolly water.

we went to 4 wineries for tasting.. dan was well and truely hammered after the 3rd.
got back to the hotel at 5.30pm, and had to meet in the lobby at 7pm for dinner... well, scott and i fell asleep and slept right through the alarm, imagine our shock when we heard a knock on the door at 7.15pm.. eeek!
was fantastic to have a weekend away with the team and to introduce them all to scott. At least scott got to see a bit more of the beauty of australia, and now i think he is beginning to understand why it is a bit hard and sad for me to be leaving it. but then again, ill have him by my side so i know i can get through anything.

Friday, August 10, 2007

facts and figures

just calculating some figures i thought i would share

18 Hours until i see scott again
48 hours until he leaves again
175 hours until scott arrives for his 2 week holiday

278 working hours left at my current job *(excluding all the extra travel time interstate)
51 days left to go until i leave Flight Centre
54 - 59 days left in Australia

73 days left until i start Cabin Crew training
then after 240 training hours and 43 exams
its only 115 days until i potentially get my wings
117 days until i work my first flight !!!

can you tell im excited. so little time to do so much.

will this be me ?

Me in 15 weeks !

Scott and I if he tells me off onboard!!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

had this song stuck in my head today

Those schoolboy days of telling tales and biting nails are gone
But in my mind I know they will still live on and on
But how do you thank someone who has taken you from crayons to perfume?
It isn't easy, but I'll try

If you wanted the sky
I would write across the sky in letters
That would soar a thousand feet high
`To Sir, With Love'

The time has come for closing books and long last looks must end
And as I leave I know that I am leaving my best friend
A friend who taught me right from wrong and weak from strong
That's a lot to learn, but what can I give you in return?

If you wanted the moon
I would try to make a start
But I would rather you let me give my heart
`To Sir, With Love'

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

no wonder qantas are seen as crap

just did online check in for my flight tomorrow night.

i was the first person to check in.... and what seat had they pre-assigned me. 28 bloody F on a 737.

2nd last row window seat.

keep in mind in a freq flyer... ok only silver..but im on aircraft every bloody week (if i flew business class i would be platinum by now) and im the first to check in and 2nd last row is the best they gave me? and i have an aisle seat request.

no bloody wonder i didnt even attempt to work for qantas..... what a crap airline.

at least on Virgin Atlantic they care about their customers esp their freq flyers.

ok, ive had enough of a rant. swapped my seat for a centre seat in the first row. figured that was better than being right down the back.

no rest for the wicked !

im right back in the thick of things now. feels like i have never left on holidays.
my last 2 months here at work will certainly see me flying around the country.

so far i have my schedule set at

8 - 9 Aug Brisbane
11 - 12 Aug Hunter Valley - scott going to be with me this weekend !! yay !
15 - 17 Aug Melbourne(scott arrives in Australia on 17th for 2 weeks double yay!)
21 Aug Brisbane
28 Aug Adelaide
4 - 6 Sept Brisbane
11 - 13 Sept Melbourne

Finish up at work on 1 Oct and fly out to UK sometime that week. (betting all the VS flights are fully booked !! well naturally, everyone wants to fly the best!)

So much to do in 2 months, so many people to see. Have to move from where im staying into my own house, which has finally completed being renovated...well shower screen still to be installed but minor job. after 4 years of waiting and stressing, its finally done, and im only going to get a month in it before i leave the country. oh well, at least mum will enjoy it. Scott is coming down to help me move. hmm some holiday for him! but he can at least help me decide what to take and what to leave in sydney.

started packing my dvd collection last night... taking out all the dics and putting them in a disc holder.. that holds 96. then taking out the cardboard form the covers and storing them, and giving away my empty dvd cases. man thats a boring task, and i have over 400 dvds. at least scott will never need to go to the video shop again.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Paris, First Class, International

Now that i have discussed with my boss, i can now talk about my news with the world.

Whilst i was in UK, i had an interview, and was successful. I have been accepted as Cabin Crew, for Virgin Atlantic. OH MY GOD!!! I'm going to be a flight attendant!!

sad but true, i have wanted to be a flight attendant since i was 4 years old, and never actually did anything about it.
(how gay can you get, i mean really,thats right up there with hairdresser and florist)

Not only have i managed to score my dream job, but its with (in my humble opinion) one of the best airlines in the world. i couldnt even conceive working for another airline, as i truely believe in the product and the values that Virgin Atlantic stand for.
(no im not crawling, i already have the job, this is what i really believe)

The upshot of it all, is that i am moving to the UK at the beginning of Oct 2007 !!!!!

My head is in such a spin at the moment. This year, not only have i landed my dream job, but also my dream partner, and now im moving to the other side of the world, to live with my ideal boyfriend and get to explore and fly the world at the same time.
i keep pinching myself to see if its all real, as i cant believe i have had all of my lifes dreams and goals fulfilled in the last 5 months.

i just have to pass the training, which is totally gruelling. 6 weeks of hell, with daily exams and with a pass mark of 88%, if you fail 3 of them youre out !
i always knew there was much more to flying than just tea, coffee, e, or me? and i was prepared prior to the interview about how much work there was ahead, but reading the manuals... .man there is so much to know. you have to know 2 aircraft back to front and all the proceedures and policies with each aircraft, plus all your aviation medicine, plus all your saftey stuff. out of the 6 week course, you only get 1 week of actual service training (ie how to searve meals) the rest is equiptment and safety and medicine. after the daily tests, at the end of 6 weeks you get the big test, then you get your wings. plus on top of this you are tested before every flight, and then have to resit a big test ev ery year. whoever says that flight attending is boring mindless robotic work.. sure has no idea what the job is about.

so im off into the wide blue yonder to fulfil my destiny ! Paris, First Class, International !!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

back on home turf

after a gruelling torturous 26 hour journey, i finally made it back home. being cramped into cathay pacific economy class for that long, was cruel and unusual punishment. but realistically it didnt seem as long or bad as i thought it would.

except now that im home, i find myself missing scott more than i thought i would. it feels like a part of my body has been ripped away. not being able to talk to him as often or basically just roll over in bed and feel him next to me, is feeling really weird. my flatmate, who owns the house has issues with me being on the phone, so scott and i are really limited to very short conversations on mobile phones which is costing us a fortune, or having him call me on my work land line as he gets free international land line calls.
on the plus side, he is here in sydney on a trip in a weeks time, and luckily its on a weekend, and my team at work is having a team building weekend at the hunter valley, partners included, so we are going to be spending the weekend getting drunk together. then he flies back to london, and turns aroudn and is coming right back for a 2 week holiday down here.

which is really great timing as he can help me pack and move house, as my new house is finally ready to move into. basically this means by end of august i will be living in it, but probably moving out beforte then so i can have the convenience of having a free phone line to use to speak with scott.

this also means i can have a good friend of mine come over from germany to stay in the new house, as he has been waiting to come see me, and australia.

jet lag is still playing havok.... got up at 4am this morning... even got to the office a whole 40 mins early.... but did manage a 30 min phone call with scott so well worth it.

off to brisbane next week for 2 days and then 3 days in melbourne the following week.
trying desperately not to get any trips away for the 2nd half of sept, so that my friend from germany doesnt have to follow me around the country, since im in brisbane 1st week of sept and melbourne 2nd week of sept. sigh... life of the jetsetter.. will it ever end?