Who said it was glamorous???

May 31, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-

Disclaimer: I am groggy as I type this and am not responsible for the contents of this blog post this afternoon.

On Thursday night, I received a call from the Crew Desk, giving me an assignment--the next morning I had a 5:41 a.m. check in for a flight to LAX. Which meant I needed to high-tail it to sleep, so I could wake up in 4.5 hours to go to work the trans-con. And I did. Let me tell you that setting an alarm clock for 3 in the morning is just unnatural--and ugly.

Our flight was light--not a full one, and that was nice. I arrived in LAX 5 hours later around 9:30 a.m., and was the only crew member that was going to the hotel--everyone else was heading home (they were an LAX based crew.)

Once at the hotel, I relaxed and had to again work on going to sleep--because I had to work the redeye coming back that same night. This was the 11:30 p.m. departure that arrives in Washington around 7 o'clock in the morning. So I arrived in Los Angeles in the morning and left that same night.

So, off to sleep I go, this time around 2 p.m in the afternoon. Once again, an unnatural act. Trying to go to sleep in the middle of the afternoon, with the exception of naps, is tough to do. Fortunately, I was tired from the lack of sleep the night before, so it wasn't too difficult.

Left the hotel with enough time to grab something to eat--had the privilege of paying $3.09 for a regular sized bottle of Diet Coke at the airport taco joint. I only realized how much it cost when I looked at the receipt!

The flight back was uneventful, and the crew was very, very nice. Most people tried to get comfortable and slept. I was actually not sleep deprived and enjoyed working the flight because I wasn't so tired.
Once in my car and on my way home, tired hit me like a ton o' bricks. I had to get home and go to sleep--even though it was mid-morning.

I just woke up from my "nap" and hopefully will get back on a normal sleep schedule. My June schedule is ugly. Looks like this: 1 day off, 6 days on, 2 days off, 5 days on, 3 days off, 6 days on, and finally 5 days off, 2 days on.

Hopefully, there will be some Paris or Beijing in my June to make up for the ugliness of my schedule.

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June 1, 2008 at 9:10 AM delete

Yea the Glamorous life of a Stewardess. Remember "You Love people and you love to travel". Being on reserve has got to be the worst part of being "new" again. I feel for you girl!

June 4, 2008 at 12:19 PM delete

Those 6 days on lines just plain suck! I did that back in April and just about died! I'd either get a 4 day trip or turns. Nothing in between. Hopefully you'll get those internatl trips!