Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!!

so I have lots of pictures and stories to share, but the internet is disgustingly slow here, so it might have to wait until I get to work.... but I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, wherever you are and whoever you might be with.

To all my Family: I miss you dearly on the holidays... you are such a huge part of my life. Many hugs and much love!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

See the fam...

So, I'll post pictures as soon as i get them on my computer, but I'm home in MN for a few days visiting the family. It was 87 on Sunday in Puerto Rico, and it was 26 and snowing when i arrived in MSP yesterday... can you say DAMN!!!! Yea, i was freezing. All I have for a jacket is a hoodie and that doesn't do much to cut the winter frigidness.

I have seen my sister, who picked me up. We always have such a good time together and we are the best confidante's... telling each other things that no one else in this world knows... and we don't judge! We have our differences, but the disagreement never lasts more then a few minutes. It was so good to get some alone time with her and really get some stuff out in the open.

Then I saw my brother, Pat(the one that was in Australia), and my mom. Mom and I went up to my grandparents and had some dinner and then to Missy's(sister's old roommate) to see her son Jackson and give him his birthday present!! He is so cute... wait until you see my video!! He's so darn cute!!

Today, I'm gonna have some lunch with my grandparents(again) and see my dad and brothers. Tomorrow is my sister and hopefully some cousins!! I wish i had about 10 days to really visit everyone!! I'll post some pics soon... :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Welcome to da islands, mon!!

Hello everyone! Life in the islands is hot and humid, but it's better then snow and ice. I have been working like a fiend and its hot and sweaty. Yes, it's a bit graphic, but true... 89 and humid... I like 110 and dry(aka... Arizona! ha ha) So hear are some pictures from the first week... don't worry, there will be more!

St Croix of the USVI, where I used to live

This is me with St. Croix in the background, flying mechanics to fix a plane

Christiansted Harbour on the north shore of St. Croix

El Yunque, the rainforest on Puerto Rico

Here is a waterspout forming NE of Puerto Rico They look cool, but can be dangerous to fly into. Luckily, they are easy to see and avoid!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Wow, Madness.

So to sum up and lead into the madness:

July 21st: Terminated from USA Jet with 30 other pilots.

August 24th: Back on the Cape to retrain with Cape Air

October 25th: Back to Detroit to pack

October 26th: Decided to crash pad out my apartment(to friends at USA Jet) so my stuff stayed safe, cheaper then putting it into storage and rent went down with a new lease(not signed yet)

October 30th, 10 am: Crash pad friends all got laid off from USA Jet. Panic sets in. 36 hours to pack and move a 2 bedroom apartment!! YIKES!!

That where madness became insanity. 2 people, packing like crazy, no help cuz they all lost their jobs. find a moving truck, find a storage unit, help!! Was supposed to leave for San Juan on Saturday! Nope! Left on Monday... everything was finished by 5 pm on Saturday, cleaned, garbage thrown away, storage unit packed to the gills and out of Detroit I went! jeez... it was awful. I hurt in places I didn't know I had muscles. My hands and feet are still swollen... pulling my luggage through the airport was like needles in my palm.

But now I am here... I'm in San Juan and it is surreal. I already did this. I already lived in the caribbean and it was miserable. Expensive, humid, I don't speak spanish(yet) and no car... I'm now a bus rat. And that's ok, just gonna take some getting used to. Plus the bus doesn't really run on a schedule... just whenever it happens to come by! argh! But I'm excited about beaches, snorkeling, fruity concoctions to be drank while on the beach, and learning spanish! Plus I love the rampies and people down here that I got to work with this summer up north, so that will be great.

Sorry, that was complete ramble... feel free to ask questions if it doesn't make sense because that is entirely possible!!

Wendy - I'm so sorry i didn't get to come visit. My intention was on Friday or Saturday and well, the last minute move kinda f'ed that up. I will be back in the area and we will have some dinner together! :)