Welcome to Avery’s Backyard

 

 

 

An Old Christmas tree, a couple dogs, and blooming flowers can be found in her backyard one April morning.

Music selected by Avery, 4yrs old.

(Her first choice, Sound of Music, wasn’t available . She had to settle for Taylor Swift.)

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15 Hour Airplane Essentials

I used to think I could not sleep on a plane.

Probably half the reason: I really enjoyed flying = excited.

The other half : the sleeping in public bit. I didn’t like it.

That changed pretty quickly when I moved overseas.

My job was based in Dubai. So anytime I would go home on vacation (which was whenever I could) I had to make this quick little 15 hour flight. Twice (don’t forget the return trip).

DXB – SFO : 8,099 miles

That’s halfway around the world!

I got pretty good at sleeping on planes. And knowing what I would need for these airplane rides (my go-to carry on essentials). I thought I would share it with the internet world in case it might help someone.



1. The Clear Bag

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This see-through bag is my favorite accidental discovery! I had been given a toiletry bag (with the little shampoo and conditioner travel bottles) which is how I came to have this magical bag.  Nothing is more annoying than having a tangled mess of ear bud cords wrapped around everything else. Bonus: you can see what is inside!

Items inside:

Ear buds to listen to music, Adapter if you need it, Chapstick it’s the worst when your lips are chapped and you can’t do anything about it at 30,000 ft. Eye DropsEye Mask : life changer when you are trying to sleep. I could sleep anywhere, anytime with this bad boy. Cough Drops, extra Bobby Pins/ Hair Ties : because not having one sucks, Perfume to hide that airplane smell, Breath Mints/ Gum to hide that airplane food, Passport if you need it, Lotion for my face/ hands, Ibuprofen or some type of pain reliever .

 

And then you have all your other standard items; Sweater, Book, Makeup, Hairbrush, Sunglasses, Phone Charger, Food Bars, Tissues, Water, Socks, Pens.



Tips I want to highlight:

Nothing is worse than being cold, hungry, or thirsty.

H20 : I would always buy a water bottle. Or two! Especially longer flights, usually the water they provide with the service is just not enough.

Food Bars: I made sure I brought food bars/snacks with me. I remember one time I had to fly the 15 hours to LAX and then catch an hour flight up to northern California. I had slept through the last food service before landing into LAX and didn’t have time to eat in between the hustle of changing planes. The food bar was a life saver. Also, sometimes airplane food isn’t enough or doesn’t taste very good and its nice to have another option.

Sweater/Jacket: Airplanes are cold.



I hope this list was helpful or at least reminded you of something you might have been forgetting.

Happy travelling !

Snow Weekend (pt1)

Everyone deserves a Snow Weekend away! And last weekend, Lake Tahoe was our goal. Luckily for us, this trip did, in fact, happen.

But not without the nail biting, dead-stop traffic waiting, CalTrans for updates dialing, and 2nd resort planning moments!

The previous two days brought a good amount of snow/ rain for the mountains and that resulted in mudslides and trees falling over on most highways. We stuck it out and fortune was on our side because we made it . A lot of cars did not. After waiting for previous minor mudslides/trees to be cleared from the road (4 hours worth of waiting!)  a major mudslide occurred on our HWY 50 in a spot we had  just passed. It would have been a little heart wrenching to be told to go home after so much time and effort had been invested in our trek!

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Where most of our waiting took place. At least our view wasn’t too bad.

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part of the gang

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I’d say it was definitely worth it.

 

Happy happy 

Loving my time home. Dubai feels like ages ago. 

My two sisters and I are enjoying unemployment . Their excuse : being moms. My excuse : nothing! Ha!
And in other news , here is a video I made of our 16 year old dog Poocha. She had her usual visit to the groomers and came back with bows in her hair. It was too cute.

 

Wrapped it up 

The last couple days in Dubai were so chaotic, so busy, so stressful… so fun ! 

I am so glad my sister and her husband came out , they practically packed all 7 suitcases with my things, as I dealt with getting my passport back ! 

We managed to have some fun while they came to Dubai as well, including a hot air balloon in the desert ! 

I’m glad I have a trip scheduled to go back to Dubai in march… I don’t want to ever say good bye for good to this city. 

The last ones..

Only a few more layovers left ! I had a spooky layover in Milan, loved the misty weather ! And checking out the castle right downtown.


I did not leave this place without delicious pizza , wine, and tirimisu. Skipped the gelato this time, preferred not to freeze hehe.

I just got back from Frankfurt this morning. The country who invented the Christmas market ! It was so festive. Gluwhein and all.

I am definitely taking the uniform home with me once I quit. It’s something I want to hold on to forever ! Will miss wearing it for sure.

Only 2 more flights , say whaaaaa??!!

Blurry pics at 15,000 ft with the business class cabin crew. About to land into Dubai after a 6 hour flight! As they say, it’s not a selfie but a crewfie.


17 days left.

4 Years

This was 4 years ago, almost to the day .

November 15th 2012, when I was starting a new and scary page of moving to DUBAI to start my career as a flight attendant.

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Bleached blonde hair, bangs, and a few tears later I boarded my plane. I told myself if I really hated it I could quit and go home.

I thought, “If I can just make it one year, I will be proud.”

Well… one year turned to two years… turned to three years… and unbelievably turned to FOUR years.

And every year has been a different experience. I have ALWAYS liked the job. But living abroad held different challenges and experiences.

First one was thrilling, fun, new. The friends I made at the beginning were so important for me not to up and run back home!

Second year was a little more lonely , some of those close friends quit, the homesickness pull was stronger , some days I hated being in Dubai. I was at a critical part of my time here, trying to decide if I should quit and move home or stay and get a car.

Third year showed an improvement in my idea of this city, I had stayed and gotten a car and that really was a life changer. I started enjoying this crazy place!

Fourth year was the best year. I was finally in business class, so the job wasn’t as emotionally difficult (passengers in business have much better manners). Exploring Dubai (and other places!) with my car was my favorite. I think this was the year I did the most trips during my days off to other places besides home.

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So here I am, putting in my resignation. A little sudden, a little unsure, but excited about what comes next ! And having a little normalcy return to my day – to – day. Seeing  my family without fighting jet lag. Being home for Christmas. BABIES!

So lets see what 2017 holds.