On this day, 44 years ago, my parents’ were blessed with their favorite child. Up until this point, they’d had a miscarriage, a stillborn baby called Michelle, and five living disappointments, my siblings.

Fact: My mom tells me that after my brother Matt was born, they’d always felt like they had another child waiting for them. One can conclude, from this information, that I was the only inspired child, and therefore, my siblings are merely part of the baby factory.

I started my day in SeaTac, Washington, in a Doubletree hotel. My 03:00 alarm hurt like a mother. Since today was a workday, I had to drag myself out of bed, shower, and head to the SEA airport. I love walking in the morning, so it was a nice stroll to get to my plane.

Today’s Route: SEA – OAK – SEA – DEN

I just got back to DEN after a great three-day trip. My crew was amazing! I’ve always said that makes all the difference in the world- I was, once again in Omaha the first night and SeaTac the second night, which was my assignment for three out of the four weeks in August.

My coworkers blabbed to the passengers that it was my birthday, and so I have had a day filled with “Happy Birthday” greetings. Even the passenger that I wanted to eject from the plane eventually wished me a great birthday. It made me feel amazing!

I’m at the crashpad tonight and I just had the most amazing ice cream social with roommates! Just like last year, I happened to be here in Colorado today, so Dawn went out and bought a bunch of ice cream for everyone. I was really touched that she would turn this into such a big ordeal! It really makes me feel special!

“I Scream: 9” was a blast- I have already started to receive pictures from friends and family! I can’t wait to put together this year’s slideshow! I plan on posting it here on the first if I have time and can find a decent connection for the upload to YouTube.

When you have to work a reserve block, you never know what you’re going to get.

Route: DEN > LAX > SMF

You can try to self-assign an available trip within our online system, but that all depends on what is available and what you’re legal to work. I checked last night, and there were only two or three trips that I was interested in. I called my scheduling department and asked for one of them, and they said yes! Thank goodness, because most of the other available trips were p.m. shifts and didn’t look very good.

I don’t usually have to work reserve, but one of my coworkers was desperate to get rid of it. I’m not sure what she had going on, but I was even willing to offer a little bit of cash out-of-pocket. I, of course, would never dream of taking money from someone for such a thing. That would be arguably dishonest, as it’s nearly impossible for the government to track or tax such a transaction. *Pardon me while I adjust and polish my halo.

For whatever reason, this reserve assignment was now on my board, and I am so glad to have gotten a decent trip. I’m working with two gals whom I’d never met before arriving at my gate this morning. I lucked out, however, and they’re both just a sweet as they can be.

I hadn’t been to Sacrament in about 6 months, and it’s always nice to get back. Tonight I’m staying at the Holiday Inn, located in a great spot downtown, very close to Old Town, Sacramento. I know I just had a burger the day before yesterday, but I also knew that Burgerlounge was nearby. While I was eating my delicious lunch, I came up with this idea:
From now on, I’m only going to have one burger a week (all that red meat can’t be good for me). So at the beginning of my work week, I’ll look at my scheduled overnight locations and decide where I will get the burger from. Burgerlounge is definitely one of the places worth waiting for. Note to self: Get more Sacramento layovers.

Burgerlounge prides itself on being “the original grass-fed burger,” and they do taste absolutely amazing, but what really sucks is the fact that I have to pay so much for this “experience”. My combo meal cost me over $18! That is for my double burger, side of fries, and soft drink. Am I paying for quality? Probably. $18 worth of quality? Hell to the NO! Will I be back? What kind of question is that? I’ll be back.

I suppose my “Burger of the Week” will start next week. Where will I consume a cow next week? You will have to check back and find out! I know what you’re thinking, and yes, that is totally worthy blog fodder.

Today wasn’t all about that burger. I also went to Macy’s and bought some new socks.

Today was another easy day.

My assignment was OMA – PHX – SEA and now I’m staying at the Crowne Plaza, right next to the SeaTac airport. No turbulence, no stupid drama- that’s my favorite kind of day! When I first arrived, I grabbed some lunch (my weekly burger).

I wanted to get out of the hotel but didn’t want to do a major hike. I decided to walk down the street until I came to Angle Lake Park. A few years ago, I happened to be here on the 4th of July and was able to sit on the grass and watch fireworks. Since the sun is out, so were all the kids, playing in the water and swimming. It was a beautiful day!

Today was two legs from DEN – STL – OMA. This is the second time this month that I have had a layover in Omaha, Nebraska. I am, once again, staying at The Magnolia Hotel. This is one of the nicer places I’ve stayed lately. It’s a boutique, so it has a character all it’s own.

When I was here last week, I had a sweet-tooth attack and so I opened my Yelp app and put in “dessert”. I discovered a nearby ice cream parlor called Mixin. Have you ever had rolled icecream? It’s like Coldstone, but it takes it to the next level. You choose your flavor combination and they make the ice cream right in front of you.

When I was here last week, I had a sweet-tooth attack and so I opened my Yelp app and put in “dessert”. I discovered a nearby ice cream parlor called Mixins. Have you ever had rolled icecream? It’s like Coldstone, but it takes it to the next level. You choose your flavor combination and they make the ice cream right in front of you. I told Ray, my crewmate, about Mixin and after lunch, he decided he’d join me for ice cream. Amazing!

Earlier today, I ended my workday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

I just returned from a visit to Shane Confectionery, having scored some black licorice and a bag of chocolate-drizzled potato chips. As you can see, my diet is right on track. I’m even washing down the salty potato chips with Pepsi.

Shane Confectionery has been around since 1911, but there has been a confectioner on this spot since 1863. That makes this the longest-running confectionery business in the United States. Abraham Lincoln was the president! That boggles my mind! This is 13 years before the invention of the telephone! I don’t retain historical dates as quickly as my dad, but I love historical dates and facts.