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longest flight ever.

Yesterday me and my roommate Nikki went to Portland, OR to visit Voodoo Donuts.. as seen on the Amazing Race, Jay Leno, Anthony Bourdain, Man vs. Food, the list continues.

When we got there it was 25 degrees with a windchill of 12. It literally knocked the breath out of us when we walked outside the airport.

We made it there and spent 15 dollars on donuts.. and got a lot of them. They were, of course, fantastic as promised by all the shows. After this, we made our way back to the airport to catch our flight back to Phoenix. We had dinner and waited for our flight to leave.. there were only about 30 passengers on the whole flight. Here's a timeline showing how horribly wrong the night went.

4:45pm - Board flight. Get settled in. Relax.

5:00pm - Flight pushes back from the gate. I fall asleep.

5:10ish - Flight is airborne. Still asleep.

5:20pm - I wake up suddenly due to a strange pop in my ears and whisper "oh shit." and fall back asleep.

5:30pm - I'm woken up by a little bit of turbulence. The captain comes on the PA and tells us that a little while ago our plane lost pressure at 14,000 feet. That's why all of our ears popped however there's a backup pressurization system that's working just fine so there's no need to panic. We have made a 180 turn and are now going back to Portland to fix the problem. Will update us when we're on the ground

5:30pm-6:10pm - I freak out to Nikki the entire time talking about how we almost crashed and died. We are in disbelief the oxygen masks never deployed. Very scary. Pray that we make it back to Portland and nothing else goes wrong.

6:15pm - We land. Taxi to gate. Pilot tells us we're going to go to the gate, deplane and get a new aircraft.

6:20pm - Arrive at gate. Mechanics come on board to discuss the problem with the pilots. Not allowed to deplane yet.

6:30pm - Flight Attendant makes an announcement saying we are going to "MEL" the problem and going to use the same plane to go to Phoenix. Now, while this term may confuse most people, I work for the airline and know that MEL stands for Minimum Equipment List. When you MEL a problem it means that you list it as broken and are allowed to fly with it broken for only a certain amount of time. All MEL's are only listed if it will not in any way effect anyone's safety at all.. it's just a way for the airline to try to get passengers on their way with as little delay as possible. Freak out a little more.

6:35pm - Pilot gets on again assuring us that he will not be doing anything unsafe. He has a wife and 2 small children at home and wouldn't want anything to happen at all. Very calming, actually.

6:40pm - We are told we are going to get a new plane again. They ask us to gather our belongings and leave the aircraft and head to a different gate.

7pm - We are at the other gate. The inbound aircraft finally lands and deplanes. Then it's time for us to start boarding a 2nd time. They make an announcement before we board saying our new arrival time is about 11:30pm. I look at Nikki and say "I think the news said we're supposed to have some crazy hard rain around then.. I hope we don't divert or anything.

7:15pm - board flight. get settled.

7:30pm - flight is airborne.

10:50pm - It's very turbulent. The wind around Phoenix is knocking us all over the place. The pilot says although the wind is bad we need everyone to be seated, including flight attendants, we're put in a holding pattern with 4 other planes to try to wait out the storm.

11:00pm - pilot informs us that the other planes have diverted. we are going to attempt to land.

11:05pm - insanely turbulent. scary.

11:10pm - turbulence dies down. i look out the window and see phoenix and we're going away from it.

11:20pm - Pilot tells us we gave it a try, however the winds are gusting at 70MPH and that's way outside the limits for an aircraft to land. We are diverting to Ontario.

11:40pm - Land in Ontario. Have to wait for a gate to open up. There's not many gates available.. a lot of aircraft have diverted here that were supposed to be in Phoenix.

11:50pm - find out another flight from Seattle diverted here. Pilot says he is trying to get everyone on the other aircraft to get them to phoenix as quickly as possible.

12:00am - The other aircraft has closed their door. We are going to have to wait for this one.

12:10am - They close our door in preparation for us to leave...yay! New arrival time in Phoenix should be about 2am.

12:30am - Still sitting at the gate waiting for a ramp crew to push the plane back

12:40am - I see the other flight push back a few gates away.. finally.

12:55am - Our flight is pushed back.

1:05am - Flight is airborne for a 3rd time.

+1 hour time change

2:45am - Begin our descent into Phoenix. Incredibly turbulent again. However, can see the ground getting a lot closer outside the window.

3:00am - Land in Phoenix.. finally.

3:05am - Pull up to the gate. Deplane.

It ended up being 6 and a half hours later than we were originally supposed to land. It was a crazy night. the sad part was, as a gate agent, I had worked a delay exactly like this before.. sometime within the past year. And I felt bad for my friends/coworkers working the flight (I should mention this aircraft was scheduled to leave phoenix at 9:20pm.. it finally left at 3:47am.. with a lot of happy passengers.)

Given the choice between being on that flight or being at the airport dealing with customers who are 6.5 hours delayed.. I think i'd take being on the flight

Oh what a night.

a first date

oh hai livejournal.. how have you been? i never update this thing anymore.

so let me tell you all about this little first date i had the other night.

i met this guy online and we'd messaged back and forth a couple times. so he asked me if i wanted to meet up about a week and a half ago. i said yes and he said he'd call me to hammer out the details the day before.

well the day before i was at the david cook concert and didnt get his message till 1130pm-ish and didnt want to be rude and possibly wake him up, so i texted him the next day. he said when he didnt hear back from me he made plans with other friends. sad story, i know. a few days later he asked if i was free and i was, so we made plans to go out to dinner.

he showed up at 8pm to pick me up. when we got to his car he totally opened the car door for me and closed it once i was in. for real? it was a really sweet moment that i dont think happens enough with guys anymore.

we went to dinner at my big fat greek restaurant and he refused to let me pay any/all of the bill.. insisting that he "had asked me out." we ended up talking so much we were there after the place had closed and they kept walking around us waiting for us to leave haha.

as we were going back to the car he asked if i was ready to go home or if i wanted to go out for some drinks. of course, i said drinks would be great! he took me to an irish pub closer to where we live (he lives pretty close to where i do) and we had some beers and talked some more. finally, around 12:30 we decided to call a night, and i snuck my credit card to the server to make sure he didnt pay for BOTH places.

then he drove me home, walked me to the door and we totally had a quick little goodnight kiss.

since i live with two girls, when i told them this story they got all mushy and ooohed and aahed over a couple parts.

someone asked me to put this on lj, so here it is. hahaha. it was great. and we have a second date tomorrow.. im taking him to the cardinals/seahawks game. whoohoo!

Nov. 4th, 2009

  • 15:21 @thedavidcook can't wait for tonight's concert!! if david cook by any chance reads this, feel free to let me come backstage!! #

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Sep. 26th, 2009

  • 06:27 Still not a big tweeter. testing something out @jodielynn #
  • 06:27 Can't wait to see @thedavidcook in november. it's going to be off the hook!! now to find out how to get backstage passes #
  • 08:38 working the baggage office today.. for some reason i feel like my white shirt is tinted yellow..? weird? #
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Aug. 30th, 2009

i feel like i dont know who i am anymore

Books.. this is mainly for Al and Mel

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up? Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an 'x' next to those you have read. Tag other book nerds...

[] 1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
[] 2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
[] 3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
[X] 4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
[X] 5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
[X] 6 The Bible
[] 7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
[] 8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
[] 9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
[] 10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
[] 11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
[] 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
[] 13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
[] 14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
[] 15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
[] 16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
[] 17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
[] 18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
[] 19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
[] 20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
[] 21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
[] 22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
[] 23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
[] 24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
[] 25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
[] 27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
[] 28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
[] 29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
[] 30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
[] 31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
[] 32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
[] 33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
[] 34 Emma-Jane Austen
[] 35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
[] 36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
[] 37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
[] 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
[] 39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
[] 40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
[] 41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
[X] 42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
[] 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
[] 44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
[] 45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
[] 46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
[] 47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
[] 48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
[] 49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
[] 50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
[] 51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
[] 52 Dune – Frank Herbert
[] 53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
[] 54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
[] 55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
[] 56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
[] 57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
[X] 58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
[] 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon
[] 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
[X] 61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
[] 62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov-
[] 63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
[] 64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
[] 65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
[] 66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
[] 67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
[X] 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
[] 69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
[] 70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
[] 71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
[] 72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
[] 73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
[] 74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
[] 75 Ulysses – James Joyce
[] 76 The Inferno – Dante
[] 77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
[] 78 Germinal – Emile Zola
[] 79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
[] 80 Possession – AS Byatt
[] 81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
[] 82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
[] 83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
[] 84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
[] 85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
[] 86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
[] 87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
[] 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
[] 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-
[] 90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
[] 91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
[] 92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
[] 93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
[] 94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
[] 95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
[] 96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
[] 97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
[] 98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
[] 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
[] 100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I got 7 out of 100.. a little better than the BBC expects!

Aug. 4th, 2009

i am in the process of losing weight. i have been at this for 1 month now. i am down 17 pounds.

i feel good about this. my two roommates are also dieting/exercising/losing weight too.. we motivate each other to keep going.

i am currently drenched in sweat from working out for only 30 minutes (i am very out of shape, yes) and must get ready for work.

oh, and my new shift at work, starting august 22nd, is 4:15am-11:15am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8am-noon wednesday, and off Friday/Saturday/sunday

I have never had weekends off at this job.

Jun. 27th, 2009

  • 05:14 At the gate in nashville.. About to head home to phoenix. I've never seen this airport so insanely busy! #
  • 05:26 Its 20 minutes before departure andthey haven't even started boarding. I bet they still leave on time.. How does southwest do it? #
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Jun. 26th, 2009

  • 11:17 What up smyrna! #
  • 21:34 Last night in nashville. Back in phx in the morning #
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