Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Flight Attendant Friday

I LUV our "red belly money makers". That's what we call our Luv jets. I wanted to share a few pictures of our "specialty" planes this week. Southwest only flies Boeing 737's. We have over 500 planes in our fleet. We have 25, 737-500's which seat 122 passengers. The rest of our fleet are 737-300's and 737-700's, which both seat 137 passengers. The Federal Aviation Administration requires one flight attendant for every fifty passengers.

Most of our planes are painted canyon blue, red and orange. You will notice on the wings we have winglets. Winglets are 8 ft. tall and have been installed to help save fuel.

California One
Shamu (We have three Shamu's)

New Mexico One

Nevada One

Lone Star One

Arizona One

Maryland One

Our NBA plane

Illinois One

And our latest - Sports Illustrated "Swimsuit" plane

Only at Southwest Airlines, where we are a little zany would you find an airplane with a display of a Sports Illustrated model wearing a bikini.

I hoped you enjoyed my quick post tonight. It's been a crazy week and I have a three day trip starting in the morning, with a 4:00 a.m. wake up call.

Until next week......stay safe in your travels.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Flight Attendant Friday

You know if you are a flight attendant if:

1. You can eat a 4 course meal standing at the kitchen counter

2. You search for a button to flush the toilet
3. You look for the "crew line" at the grocery store

4. You can pack for a 2 week trip to Europe in 1 roll aboard

5. All of your pens have different hotel names on them

6. You NEVER unpack

7. You can recognize pilots by the back of their heads-but not their faces

8. You can tell from 70 yards away if a piece of luggage will fit in the overhead bin

9. You care about the local news in a city three states away

10. You can tie a neck scarf 36 different ways

11. You know at least 25 uses for air sickness bags-none of which pertain to vomit
12. You understand and actually use the 24-hour clock

13. You own 2 sets of uniforms: fat and thin

14. You don't think in "months"-you think in "bid packs"

15. You always point with two fingers

16. You get a little too excited by certain types of ice

17. You stand at the front door and politely say "Buh, bye, thanks, have a nice day" when someone leaves your home

18. You can make a sentence using all the following phrases: "At this time," "For your safety," "Feel free," and "As a reminder"

19. You know what's on the cover of the current issues of In Touch, Star, and People magazines

20. You stop and inspect every fire extinguisher you pass, just to make sure the "gauge is in the green"

21. Your thighs are covered in bruises from armrests and elbows

22. You wake up and have to look at the hotel stationery to figure out where you are

23. You refer to cities by their airport codes

24. Every time the doorbell rings you look at the ceiling

25. You actually understand every item on this list

And one final thing. Looky who was on my flight a few months ago. He was so nice! Have I told you guys lately how much......I LOVE MY JOB!!!

Becky, George Lopez and Cindy (Lou)

Until next week........stay safe in your travels!

Hi Van!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Another reason I love this guy

After thirty-seven years and seventy-four Valentine Cards

My hero never ceases to amaze me
Here's a few pictures of my Valentine breakfast he cooked for me this morning.

Yummy bacon!

Getting creative with the strawberry jelly

Look at these biscuits (yes, they are homemade)

Is he not adorable!

Happy Valentine's Day! Be sure and hug someone you love today!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Flight Attendant Friday

One of my favorite things about my job is getting to fly with my daughter Casey. Casey and I worked a two-day trip together this week with an overnight in Little Rock. As soon as we landed in Little Rock and got checked into our hotel we headed over to Cortney's where we spent the afternoon visiting with Cortney and the grands.

Another favorite thing about my job is occasionally my hero joins me on my trip. Yesterday not only did my hero join us, but our son-in-law Josh did as well. They took us to eat at the Flying Fish. Josh had asked Casey earlier in the afternoon what we were going to do last night and Casey replied, "eat and sleep". Yeah Josh, some of us have to get up at 4:00 a.m. while others get to sleep in. But that's how we roll at Southwest. Early to bed, early up!

In our professional we have what is known as's and's. As for me, I am a total, which means I only work trips that begin early. Morning time is my favortie time of the day, especially at 37,000 ft. It's so peaceful! I have seen some of the most beautiful sun rises. This is the sunrise this morning after we left Little Rock, heading to St. Louis.

We had the most incredible view of the Arch as we were descending into St. Louis this morning.

I'm sorry my post is so short this week. I just got in from my trip a couple of hours ago and I am pooped. I told my hero a few minutes ago, I had 6 take offs and 6 landings today and that's pretty exhausting to say the least. The cities I flew threw this week were: Dallas to Little Rock yesterday. This morning we left Little Rock flew to St. Louis, Louisville, Chicago, Kansas City, and Dallas. Then I kissed Casey goodbye and hopped on my flight to Little Rock and she hopped on her flight to Tulsa.

Until next week........stay safe in your travels.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Lucky Me

Oh, I beg you please don't hate me.......but Lou and I hit the JACKPOT last Thursday!!! We went to Lucky's and oh boy looky here what I bought.

This clock is HUGE!!!!
Cha- Ching......$10.00

Oh this not the cutest chair ever!!! Here's the front view. And......

Here's the back view

Cha-Ching.....$40 smackaroos

A set of mocha colored 16 piece set of dishes (I've been wanting some of those cute square plates). Well, I want no more.

A mere $8.00

New garden lantern
$3.00 bucks

I know, I know, it's crazy. I only have one question.

Grand total
Drum roll please.........
$61.00 and some change

Now, remember this table I bought at Lucky's a couple of months ag0 for $15.

Well, look how amazing a .99 cent can of spray paint can make it look.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Good eats and a couple of awards

Have you girls every tried stuffed jalapenos? Well, if not you must. My hero fixed us some last night and let me tell you now they were YUMMO!!! They are soooooo quick and easy. Here's the recipe:

1 lb. sausage
1 block cream cheese
1/2 cup to a cup grated parmesan cheese
15 t0 20 jalapenos

(WARNING) make sure you wash your hands after you handle the peppers.

Wash peppers, cut in half, remove seeds and membrane. Brown sausage and drain. Mix sausage, cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Stuff mixture in jalapenos.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes check on may want to cook a little longer. The pepper is suppose to be soft.

Kyla gave me this "Life is Grand" award and I'm suppose to list five reasons my life is "grand".

1. Life is grand because I have been married to the love of my life for 36 years and I can't imagine what my life would have been like without my hero.

2. Life is grand because of my two beautiful daughters that have always made me sooooo proud.

3. Life is grand because someone invented chapstick so my lips wouldn't be chapped after spending the day kissing on those three precious grandsons.

4. Life is grand because I live only five minutes from my mom and we have a wonderful relationship.

5. Life is grand because I have always be fortunate to have many, many friends, not only in real life but in blogland!

Thanks Kyla

Kayla and Jacquie both gave me the above award.......thanks girls.

"These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find friends and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships will be propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly- written text into the body of their award."

I want to pass both these awards along to all my blog friends!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and let's all go out and have a fabulous week!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Flight Attendant Friday

I cannot believe it is already Friday again.....time sure flys when you're having fun!

The above picture is of my "crashpad" in Baltimore. After I graduated from inflight training I was assigned Baltimore (BWI) as my base. Southwest has eight has bases. They are Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Oakland, Chicago, Baltimore, Phoenix and Orlando.

I was based in Baltimore for three and a half years. My daughter Casey, and my neice, Cindy were also based at BWI during the same time as me.

Crashpads are where flight attendants and pilots live when they do not live in the same city as they are based. We had the greatest group of (23) girls in our crashpad. We actually lived in a small town just outside of Baltimore called Linticum. It was about five minutes from the airport. Our landlord which is a Captain for SWA negotiated a cab fare to and from the airport of $4.00 with a local cab company or you could ride the lightrail for about $1.50 and it was only two blocks from our house. Linticum is a quaint little town and there are tons of commuting pilots and flight attendants that live there. It's nothing to look out and see a pilot or flight attendant pulling their rollerbag down main street.

As you can see in the above picture, the house is an older house. It has three floors. Each floor had a bathroom and a kitchen. It had been refurbished inside and really felt like home away from home. Each bedroom had 4 bunkbeds, everyone had their own bed and no one had to share. You're probably thinking how in the world could you keep your sanity living in a house with 23 woman. It's easy. You see, we all worked different schedules, different times and days of the week. A big night at the crashpad usually consisted of a maximum of six girls. And one more thing, the company doesn't pay for our crashpad......our rent was $165.00 each per month. The do however, pay for our hotels when we overnight on the job. Thank goodness!

Casey (my daughter), Cindy Lou (my neice), Maryjane, Ruth and Ashley (First Officier)

Becky, Casey, Ashley, Cindy Lou and Loyette

I loved being based in Baltimore and I miss being there. However, it is sooooo much easier flying out of Dallas. When we were based in Baltimore we would block our days together so we didn't have to commute but twice a month. We would work six days at a time and then we were off ten to eleven days at a time. It is exhausting flying six days in a row and I was sick more often with ear infections than I am now. I've been flying out of Dallas for a little over a year and a half and I only work two to three days a week or less. Now Dallas is not a big commuter base like Baltimore is. Most flight attendants live there. There are no crashpads so what we do now is, we either fly to Dallas the night before our trip if we have an early check-in and spend the night at a hotel or if we have a commutable trip which means we have a late check-in we get to spend an extra night at home and get up early, drive to Little Rock, catch the first flight out to Dallas at 7:15 a.m., check-in when we get to Dallas and immediately start our trip.

I know it sounds like a crazy life to you girls, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I truly feel in my heart that a job like this only comes around but once in a lifetime and I feel sooooooo blessed that it came around in mine when it did.

I hope I've given you a little insight as to how a crashpad works. Remember, if you have any questions please don't hesitate. I'm keeping all your questions and someday I'll have a question/ answer session.

Until next week.........stay safe in your travels.


Aren't these the cutest dishes. My momma bought them last week at Lucky's for my sister for only $3.00.......for the entire set!
I love the painted flowers.......I believe it they may be Forsythia's, but I'm not sure.

And look what momma bought for me.....aren't they adorable? I had been looking at them for a couple of weeks and I finally decided they needed a home. So Lucky let me have them for $3.00 as well. I got 4 cups, 4 saucers and 4 dessert plates.

Just look at this precious design!

Of course I had to take them for a test drive with some delicous Lemon Ginseng Green tea and my momma's banana nut cranberry muffins. Can you say YUMMO!

Momma and I are headed to Lucky's as soon as I can get dressed and out the door. Hopefully we will get Lucky today and I'll get to show you my wonderful finds.

Oh, and one more thing. Let's not forget to continue to pray for Harper, Kelley and Scott. Harper is getting to go home today......PRAISE THE LORD!