300 Writing Prompts # 9: How Would You Improve Airplane Travel?

Oh I am SOOOO glad this question has come up, because I travel by air frequently and one of my biggest pet peeves in life takes place at airports, and it’s not the size of the pretzel/peanut bags they give us either. Let’s dive into this topic, shall we.

All people in the terminal will be strapped in to their seats once they arrive to their gate. When, and ONLY when their boarding group is called, will the seat belts be unlocked, and passengers will be allowed to stand in a single file line to have their ticket scanned to board the plane.

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I don’t know if it’s the inability for 200 adults to follow simple directions or the traffic jam that is caused when everyone surrounds the boarding line like a football huddle, but I become filled with rage every time I fly. I mean, how hard is it? Look at your ticket, find your boarding group number, sit and relax and until the number on your ticket matches the number the gate agent has called out. They aren’t going to leave you behind if you’re at the right gate, and it’s not like your seat is going anywhere. (Double check first if you are flying United..) We all have tickets for the same flight and each of us has our own seat as well.

Also, I’m sure every major airline has conducted studies and focus groups on the best ways to load its passengers and have trained their flight crew to follow the best practice. Trust the process, they know what they are doing (most of the time).

Annoying traveler: “But Jennifer, I need to make sure I get on the plane before the overhead bin is full I only have carry-on luggage…”

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Well annoying air traveler, I understand your concern, and this is a risk we all take when not checking luggage. If this is a recurring issue for you, try investing in a suitcase that fits underneath the seat in front of you, they make them now for this specific purpose and they are great. Also, worst case scenario, if the bins are full they will courtesy check your bag and it will go to your final destination or will be waiting on you when you get off the plane.

 

There you have it folks, my suggestion to all the airlines. I think they would also agree how frustrating it is when people don’t listen to directions and crowd the boarding area. Someone just needs to take matters into their own hands and “tighten the buckle”

What is something you would change to improve air travel, let me know below!

 

 

 

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Checking In On My Quarter Life Crisis Bucket List

Exactly 2 months have passed since my 31st birthday and my public declaration to accomplish 10 tasks before my 32nd birthday. (Read that declaration here.) Today we are going to see what dent, if any, I have made on this lofty list.

Finish abandoned craft projects…

 I can tell you right now I’ve already slightly failed at this one.  Part of the terms of this task was that all of these would need to be finished before starting a new one. Yet at Christmas I gave out several handmade presents, so that ship has sailed. I will say I’ve got the box of my MLB coasters out and have finished 1 more. Welcome to the club Baltimore Orioles! Now to tackle the last 13, finish my Yellow Submarine cross stitch and start my MLB hexie quilt. sigh.

Learn to bake 3 new things…

 Surprisingly I only have one more of these items to attempt. I made the noodles  at Thanksgiving and while they were far from perfect, they were edible. (Their shapes, however left much to be desired), and the pie was featured on my Christmas eve post (a lovely poem that you can read HERE). That leaves us with bread and I must say, this one is going to have to wait for a while as my husband and I are on a bit of a carb cleanse. Sigh. Bread would be too much of a temptation. Don’t worry, still have 10 months for me to fall back into bad habits 😉

Complete 300 writing prompts

If you have been following my blog at all, you will already know that I have been trying to get these knocked out. I thought 10 months is a lot of “time”  until I realized that there are only 365 days in a year to begin with. I’ve only completed 5 of the 300 prompts and after a quick check with the interwebs have found that there are only 305 days left until my birthday. Yikes, I should have started sooner or relaxed my goal a bit. We will see how this one turns out!

Finish the books I have before buying more…

The section right here is the real reason I haven’t accomplished much else on this bucket list. Again, I technically failed because while I only have 3 of these books left to read on this original list, I have bought and read almost 20 more books since. (Santa must be a librarian ;)) The good news is, it won’t take me long to get these 3 out-of-the-way in 10 months, so I feel less guilty reading other books in between.

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For the sake of time, energy and my dignity, we are going to combine the rest of the bucket list tasks into one big block of idle failure…

  • I’ve learned 4 notes on the piano, (last time I checked not a lot of hits can come from four basic notes played with one hand…)

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  • I have yet to change a tire, although I would rather to tackle this one when the weather is better…
  • y todavía no puedo hablar español con fluidez.
  • I haven’t found a spot to volunteer yet, but I have my eyes set on the local animal shelter (don’t tell my fur babies I’m cheating on them..)
  • I have yet to join a small group at church, and while my anxiety is still partly to blame, timing is also a key culprit. Our churches small groups reset shortly after my birthday and start back up middle of January. Not giving up on this one yet!

As you can see I have a lot of work ahead of me! What something you are looking to complete this year or before your next birthday?

 

 

 

 

 

What I’m Looking Forward to in 2019

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain.

First off I want to state that this is not a list of resolutions. Resolutions require commitment and often end in disappointment, plus I already wrote about resolutions I should make but won’t because they don’t last. Think of this as a list of things I am excited and hopeful for in the next 365 days (this way no one gets hurt mmkay!)

  • I’m excited to be more at peace and happier in 2019. 2018 had a rough start. I was having a hard time juggling working full time and taking care of my mom full time. I wasn’t happy, I was struggling with depression and trying to hide it from family, friends and co-workers was making it a lot worse. With the support of my family and friends I left my job of 8 year’s, so I could focus on my mom full time. The end of 2018, while still not perfect in every way, ended 100 times better than the way it started. I plan to carry this positivity forward!
  • I’m looking forward to reading more in 2019. In October I put down the Roku remote and got back into reading a book series I started the year before but lost interest. I read 24 books from October to the end of December, got back into a normal sleep schedule (binge watching ruins sleep) and exercised my brain that’s been on hiatus since I graduated college. I am on a mission to read all of Debbie Macomber’s books and re-read all of Nicholas Sparks books. Deep literary stuff, you know.
  • I am excited to cross off as many items as I can on my ‘Quarter Life Crisis Bucket List” as noted above, I’ve been working on the book portion of that list as well as the craft project part of the list. I’ve begun to dabble on the musical instrument part and have ideas for my volunteer projects!
  • I am excited to get back home to Indiana in February and start the process of getting my mom’s house packed up and cleaned out. Don’t get me wrong, packing up and selling my childhood home is going to be an emotional rollercoaster, but I know in my heart this is what needs to be done to bring some closure for my mom and will bring her some peace. Plus, spending 2 weeks with my family and my best friend won’t be bad either 😉
  • I’m excited for another year of renewed friendship! Up until this past fall, I had done a terrible job of keeping in touch with friends from home. Moving 1000 miles away doesn’t help, but it’s not impossible to maintain a long distance friendship, and I failed. I’m lazy and let life get in the way, but after a much needed trip home to Indiana I feel like I have a social connection again. Sometimes life is funny, sometimes life is sad and sometimes you witness random people do weird things in public. It’s important to have a friend to share all of that stuff with who won’t judge you (and will ask for pictures ha) #myarmsaresobig #hottfuz #warmlint
  • Looking forward to House shopping. In connection to selling my mom’s house, we have decided in the next year or so to put our own home in Texas up for sale in an effort to find something that fits our current needs better. This is bitter sweet. I LOVE our house, but when we moved my mom in we began to burst at the seams. Also, even though our current house is a new build, it was NOT built for a wheel chair. RIP my door frames and walls. A new house means more room, possibilities for having house guests again and just maybe we won’t all be at each other’s throats (this ties in to bullet point #1 ha)
  • I’m excited to get more involved in church this year. No more walking in quietly, worshiping, than leaving quietly. I know I mentioned this in my quarter life crisis bucket list, but this definitely deserves mentioning again. I have social anxiety, so this task has required baby steps but I’m getting better and I plan on finding a small group to join soon!

And finally…

  • Baseball Season!! I am beyond excited about baseball season, but if you’ve been following me for a while you already knew that!

What things are you looking forward to in 2019?

My Quarter Life Crisis Bucket List

“Ladies & Gentlemen, we are now approaching your “Quarter Life Crisis” where local time is NOW. Please remain in your seat with your seatbelt firmly fastened. Any anxiety, stress and emotional baggage must be securely stowed away either in the overhead bins or under the seat in front of you. On behalf of “Last Resort Airlines” and the entire crew, we’d like to thank you for joining us on this trip and look forward to seeing you on board again, have a nice panic attack trip!”

The quarter life crisis is described as the period of time ranging from a person’s twenties up to their mid-thirties.  Now I’m not going to crystal ball my health or anything, but I am hoping I have a few more years before I get to the “jump out of a plane, climb Mt. Everest” phase of life. But then again, I do tend to party hard with Twinkies and Mt. Dew so I’m not holding my breath.  Anyway, today is my 31st birthday, so I thought what better time than now to sit down and make a year-long to do list. Think of it as clearing the que before the heavy stuff hits.

 Tasks to complete before my quarter life crisis evolves into a full blow “Mid Life Crisis”

Finish all of my started and abandoned crafts before undertaking any new projects.

  • MLB coasters (14 of 30 left)
    • Mets
    • Tigers
    • Diamondbacks
    • Padres
    • Athletics
    • Twins
    • Red Sox
    • Phillies
    • Rangers
    • Mariners
    • Rockies
    • Indians
    • Blue Jays
    • Orioles
  • Yellow Submarine cross stitch
  • MLB hexi quilt
  • Metal file box project

Learn to play at least 1 song that isn’t a nursery rhyme on one of the many lonely un-played musical instruments in our house.

Become a member of the Mario Andretti pit crew and change a tire…in the comfort of my driveway..on purpose…and with help…

Become a bit more fluent in Spanish. Two years in high school was not enough. Si estás leyendo esto, ya hablas español con fluidez y deberías enseñarme o usar el traductor de Google como yo. De cualquier manera, hola!

Finish all my books I have already purchased before buying another one to read. (if you haven’t already guessed, I have a problem with finishing things I have started)

  • 74 Seaside Avenue- Debbie Macomber
  • 8 Sandpiper Way- Debbie Macomber
  • 92 Pacific Boulevard- Debbie Macomber
  • 1022 Evergreen Place- Debbie Macomber
  • 1105 Yakima Street- Debbie Macomber
  • 1225 Christmas Tree Lane-Debbie Macomber
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – Caitlin Doughty
  • Fool Me Once- Harlan Coben
  • Man up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence-Ross Matthews
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer
    • Also, news flash, if you have not read the book Land of The Jonah Fish Fry by Oliva Kessinger you are missing out! It is seriously one of the best books I have read in a while! Get it here on Amazon! 

Become less of an anxious hermit and join a small group at church. I practically lived at my church growing up, and sometime in my late 20’s I developed some time of squirrely anxiety about being around people. MUST OVER COME THIS.

Learn to bake a few items from scratch.

  • Bread
  • Cherry Pie
  • Noodles

Step outside of my comfort zone and get a massage. Now I know this sounds like the easiest and most fun bucket list item to complete, but in all honesty this may be the hardest one to attempt.

Complete all 300 writing prompts in a journal I recently purchased but almost half expected never to fill out. Who knows, maybe I will learn proper grammar by the time its completed. Probably not, but its a fun idea.                                                                                    IMG_0733I want to give back to the community in the form of NON-court ordered volunteer work. Nothing against those who have volunteered on the recommendation of a judge ;), but I’d like to continue my 30’s with a clean record ha. If you have any suggestions of organizations to volunteer with, please let me know below in the comments!

So there you have it, 10 clear bucket list tasks and 365 days in which to complete them. My hope is over the next year I will update you all on my progress and this time next year I will have a whole new set of fun goals to attack.