Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I've always wanted to do that!

Back when I was a flight attendant, at first I always liked when people would ask me what I do.  This of course being when I was at home or on a layover in plain clothes.  I LOVED telling people I was a flight attendant!  And the answer, when asked by women, was nearly always the same - Oh!  I always wanted to do that!
Later though it got old.  If people asked me what I did, I either said I work for the airlines, or else I would get a kick out of saying I was a stewardess.  Just cuz, you know, I love all things politically incorrect.  Like when people call really big guys "slim" or chihuahuas "brutus."  I also love "Toots"  As in - Hey, Toots!  Love.

Anyway I digress.  I never really understood that, people with that far away longing in their eyes, wishing they had done whatever something.  Why I wonder "had"?  You're not dead, do it now I say!

Then I stopped flying, feeling as though I got all I wanted from it, and it was time to move on to get a "real job."  Don't even get me started on the "real job" I ended up in.  But in between there and here, I worked at the airport doing customer service, another post altogether that one is.  I found myself caught up in a miserable job that didn't pay enough money. 

Then I had a coworker who quit, he was going to backpack Europe.  Immediately in my mind, I was a wayward traveler, with nothing but a backpack and gumption, I saw it all..freedom, excitement, adventure..

And I cannot believe the words that popped out of my mouth.  Yep, you prolly already know it's coming.

I've always wanted to do that!

He laughed, and I knew that he was thinking the exact same thing I always thought when people said that to me..well!  if you always wanted to then just do it!

I spent the rest of the week in a stupor at what had happened to me.  Actually, it's been about 4 years now and I still can't believe I said that.

Today!  My longing for travel and desire to break the boredom has once again reared it's pretty little head.  I have decided that hubs and I need to briefly move to Italy. Like for a year or so. I am not one to say..I always wanted.. even though I stinkin said it.  Living in Europe has always been a dream and I shall say the time has arrived.

Once I convince dear husband o mine.

In my mind, I already live here:

And stop here for delightful Italian fare...
...and hot dogs.  Apparantly the same in every language.

And go for nighttime strolls past here:

And weekend here:

The day shall come.


  1. That's a good rule to live by, you know. "You're not dead yet, so get to it!" Which is why I'm working on a bucket list. So far, the list is just in my mind...but I'm SO going to put it on paper. SOON! I've already accomplished a few things on the bucket list in my mind: sky dive. See Scotland. And Hawaii (haven't gone yet, but bought my ticket last week for November!). -The way I see it, it's kinda nice to be able to say "I've already done a few amazing things" and put a single line through a few of 'em. 'Cause my bucket list (as far as I can see in my mind) is kinda long.

    Good luck convincing the Hubs! :)

  2. Aww good for you - good luck convincing the hubs. I don't really have the desire to live abroad, but I do want to visit as many places as possible. We just bought tickets for South Africa in Feb.

    As much as I think being a flight attendant is cool for the travel perks, as a frequent traveler I see flight attendants take wayyy to much abuse. You should do a post on all the stories I'm sure you have!

  3. reading this post made me smile because i always say that too: "i've always wanted to do that!" ;)

    p.s. check out my giveaway and enter for a chance to win a cute top. and get a coupon code that will give you 15% off online shopping. :D

    <3, Mimi

  4. Hi, I worked for a major airline for 30 yrs & am now retired. I think the flight attendant job used to be a neat position and had a lot of perks ~ 98% business travelers, dressed well, knew what an airplane was & how to maneuver the airport. Alas, those days are gone now so I don't blame you for leaving. I worked in Flight Service Recruitment ~ interviewing and hiring flight attendants for a few years. Amazing the stories we heard! :-)

    Good luck in moving abroad. I honestly think everyone should try it at some point in their lives that allow them to really immerse themselves in the country, enjoy the people, food, drink & attractions.

    Come see me sometime!

  5. I think Brutus is the best name ever for a chihuahua.