365

TESTING 1…2…365: Double Vision


TESTING 1…2…365: Turbulence to Lull


Virgin365: day two hundred and six…Mykonos


Virgin365: day nine…Plane Toilet Suction


Operation 365 Poem: day 156…Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus

Made it to JFK
All checked in hooray
After packing drama
Then we had delay

Thunderstorms
And lightning
Very very
Frightening

Not really
It didn’t last long
Then on our way
Things again went wrong

Baby restless
Hot coffee on my knee
We ate food then they served food
As online they said food wasn’t free

In the end we made up time
Waiting for connecting flight
No sleep of course
For a second night

We had to throw away beverages
Twice already on this journey
You’d think I’d know all the fine print
Working for an attorney!

Good thing is
We did somehow get a free bag
Now onto flight two
And some lovely, oh so lovely, jet lag!


365 ONE: day 252…Burgess Reunion!

Day 252: September 16th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Sha Na Na” from Grease Soundtrack

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Chasing POOKIE”

Anything to Note =

Stuart arrived this morning 🙂

It was so nice to see him after almost two months….which is crazy!! I can’t believe it has been so long since I have seen him! It’s funny as I was a little scared about seeing him as I am a whale!!! But also as it means we are getting close to the end with less than a week to go until the official due date, but really it can happen anytime!

But it was so lovely to see him as I had missed him so much regardless of my scary feelings under it all too.

I still don’t believe it’s real, that he is here. I also haven’t had any time to just be me and him yet as today we had the Burgess family over too (sadly I could not arrange for all members to be present for Stuart but managed to get two siblings, their families and his mum), so that was wonderful, and Tony, Stuart’s wonderful friend who I love, and who took our beautiful NYC wedding photos (if anyone needs a fantastic photographer let me know as Tony is your guy!!! Seriously!!)

Thank you to Tony, Alice, Ollie, Neil, Haylie, and their little ones Charlie, Lily, Grace for trekking to London to come see us!

It was so nice to have everyone all together for when Stuart arrived – even though, poor thing, Stuart must have been exhausted as he did not sleep on the plane (both he and I can’t sleep on planes) so he had to stay awake for a super long day. I just allowed him to go to bed now haha! I told him he had to make it to at least 9pm so that he falls into the UK time zone and beats the jet lag.

So I guess we will “see” each other and be with each other tomorrow as today was a whirlwind!

But it’s good to have the little schmonkie’s daddy around!!!! Ahhhhh…so weird to say!!

It’s funny as Paloma, my friend in NYC made a comment on Whatsapp messenger while we were chatting that every sentence she says seems to start with “I can’t believe….” and it’s so true as I feel exactly the same! I can’t believe anything!! And I always want to start with that beginning to every sentence!

Well, there’s no other way to say it but – I can’t believe Stuart is here!

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Side note: am here typing the blog upstairs near the Internet while hopefully Stuart is sleeping downstairs, but what’s funny is that my parents are watching Downton Abbey behind me in the kitchen while I type and my mum is hilarious!! She is literally talking to the TV! To the characters haha! Commenting along with things like “No, don’t tell her!” and making grunts and emotional noises! I wish I had captured that on video…may have to try at some point!


365 ONE: day 246…It’s a Small World After All

Day 246: September 10th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Come Back Darling” by UB40

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Nothing in the Fridge”

Anything to Note =

Yesterday I had one of those moments – the coincidence moment – that weird freaky feeling where the world suddenly seems so small…

We were on the bus and on our way to visit our family friend and this woman sat next to my mum and pulled out a book to read (me of course standing per 365!) Hours and hours later, we got back on the bus to go home, and my mum sat down…and we both looked over and it was the same woman next to her reading the same book!!

It was hilarious and made me laugh out loud! Such a weird freaky moment that they would be on the same bus at the same time and then sit next to each other again! Considering how many hours had passed, that there is a bus every 10 mins, and then be sitting next to each other! Too funny!

But doesn’t it happen a lot though?? And think how big the world is yet you see the same random person again, or try to avoid someone in a city of millions and then you see them….and just think of how many factors have to align to make that happen! Soooo weird!

It happens to me a lot, but the best by far was when I was traveling to Greece years ago from America…

I can’t remember how long ago it was, I want to say when I was at Middlebury, and I flew home to Greece for a short time so I think it was for something like Thanksgiving break or Spring Break…it was for some short time period as I remember I went as it worked out to be super cheap to do so! Ah back in the day when you could find cheap off season prices!

Anyway, I was alone and had homework to do, so I was trying to get some done on the plane over when this guy came up to me and knelt down next to me in the aisle and said hello and introduced himself. He then asked me out “on a date” ON THE PLANE to watch the in-flight movie that was about to be shown and if I would like to join him as he had seats open next to him a few rows down!!!

I was like, ummmmm….no!! I said I had homework to do – which I then had to do the whole flight as he was literally a few rows away AND his family were on my row!! He said he was a wrestler and traveling with his family to Greece to then drive to Croatia to see a wrestling event…all the while his family were of course nearby listening in…but I kept saying “no, thank you” to his date offer…it was all just crazy and too funny!

Anyway, a few days later I was flying back to the USA, sat in my seat, pulled out more homework to finish, and who sits next to me?????? The wrestler guy and his family!!!!!

UNBELIEVABLE!!!

We were on the same flight after that whole weird date thing, AND he was sitting next to me!!! I mean, what are the odds!!!

He could not believe it either so kept saying “it’s a sign so now you have to go out with me” and all I could do was laugh!!

Well I certainly could not get away with homework so had to chat with him for the journey, but I still refused a date for when we were back in America!! But it was a long plane ride home!

I also remember he played a trick on me for hours as of course we were stuck chatting, so me and skiing came up and that I was a ski racer and he said his sister was Picabo Street, a very famous ski racer, and one of my all time favorites! He showed me his passport too and his last name was Street and he had his whole family in on it too showing me their passports. Turns out that it was just that his last name was indeed Street, and he was of no relation to the ski racer! But it was his way to keep my interest, keep the coincidences alive, and perhaps say yes to a date!!

We left it at – if we ever see each other again then I HAD to go on a date with him…and I agreed in fear we might somehow have another coincidental meeting…but thank god, it never happened again!

It’s a small world! Seriously!

Although now that i have brought it up, I hope I haven’t jinxed it and suddenly see him in Chiswick!!!

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365 ONE: day 234…Happy Birthday Daddy!

Day 234: August 29th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Honey Pie” by The Beatles

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Photos of Dad”

Anything to Note =

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful amazing dad!!

It is his birthday and me and my mum are in the UK and he is in Greece….which in the history of my life has never happened before. I have spent every single birthday with my father, and always made an effort to be where ever he is in the world, by his side to celebrate.

But today.

I tried so hard to find him a flight over but I failed.

I searched for days and nothing. Everything was sold out or outrageous in price! And I mean outrageous!!! Like thousands of pounds or euros – I mean even if you had lots of money it’s still not justifiable to spend such an outrageous amount of money to go just within Europe…these prices are equivalent to flying to America from Greece, or even to Australia and beyond!

This must be a combination of fuel prices, cutting back on the number of planes they have out there, that it’s August still, that the Paralympics start tonight, that people booked holidays after the Olympics ended, and pure poop against the less financially able, like us!!

Poop I say, again!!

So it’s just a little sad today as we can’t be together, and I, the travel agent in the family could not make it happen, so I feel guilty 😦

And it’s just sad as it centers around our financial crisis my family is going through and what life used to be about – just jump on a plane and go, anything for family – and now – when every penny needs to be watched or taken into consideration or justified…and I have always hated money and been money conscious but for my parents this downhill has really hurt them. And they are still just so generous and wanting to give us, give me, everything…and since I can’t fly I know my dad wanted to be here for me, with me, to give me that, and…could not.

Ugh.

I need to seriously play the lottery because I owe him the world. I hate money so much but life cannot function without it and I just wish I had it for my parents, not me. I am the eternal bargain hunter 🙂 And they come first in my eyes.

I’m sorry daddy.

Happy Birthday Loon (that is our nickname for each other, between me and my dad, which I know sounds funny and weird haha, but its Loon or Loonie, or Loonaki – Greek variations of that word!!)

I have no idea how and when that came about actually haha!! But it has nothing to do with the literal English translation of a crazy person or a bird haha! Just special nicknames for each other 🙂

Can you tell I am the ultimate daddy’s little girl???!!!!

My dad wants to come over for the birth of the little schmonkie so I will just have to organize a birthday celebration for my dad then…and get him some big presents to make up for him not being here with us today 🙂

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365 ONE: day 201…NYC vs Greece

Day 201: July 27th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Lay Down Sally” by Rod Stewart

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Batty Dating Profile”

Anything to Note =

Stuart left for NYC yesterday. He is now back a million miles away, in our home.

It was weird and sad leaving him to come to Greece when he was in London – that in itself felt far away, but London vs Greece felt better than it does now with NYC vs Greece, being now 7 hours ahead….missing him for hours already and it’s only 8.30am there so can’t message him otherwise I will wake him.

And we have days and days of this ahead to get through.

Odd.

I know Stuart was also sad yesterday as he boarded that plane. And that made it even more sad for me knowing he was also sad….ahhhh good times!!! Ugh.

As he was flying yesterday I was at my little nephew’s birthday party, seeing some family and family friends and of course all they asked about was “Where’s Stuart?” or “Where’s your husband?”…..my what?????

I had a hard time dealing with that….my husband…..that still feels funny!!!!!

And then it’s onto the pregnancy bump and how far long am I and how am I feeling, amid all the babies and five year olds running around!!!

Since the last time I was in Greece, a little under a year ago, a lot has happened! I am now married with a little schmonkey almost here!!!!! CRAZY!!!!

Crazy especially as we were supposed to be having our Greek wedding so some people have not met Stuart yet or for only a brief second, and I kept having to explain that it will now have to be next year with the baptism due to the fact that the exact date of the wedding turned out to be the exact due date of the baby!

It’s all a little hmmmmmm.

They can’t believe I’m old enough and all grown up enough to be sporting a baby bump…..well hello????…..there’re telling me!!!! I can’t believe it!!!!!

Again, all I can say is….ahhhhh good times!!!

Haha!!!

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365 ONE: day 185…Will I Make The Plane??!!

Day 185: July 11th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Packing/Travelling

Dance of the Day was = “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Paul Carrack

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Mr. Giraffe”

Anything to Note =

I am leaving on a jet plane…

It’s LEAVING DAY!!!!  It’s TRAVEL DAY!!!!

CRAZY!!!

I think I’ve mentioned this before in another blog, but it’s funny because Stuart and I are leaving today – Stuart for only two weeks right now – but we’re not flying on the same flight! We leave within 20 minutes of each other from JFK, from different terminals, on different airlines – me on BA and Stuart on Virgin (which is way better!). And we arrive within 20 minutes of each other at Heathrow tomorrow, different terminals.

It worked out cheaper this way as I had to get on a BA flight to be on the same return flight as my mum when I come back to the States, but the cheapest flights were not BA, so Stuart did one of those cheap-not-know-you’re-airline sites and got on Virgin – so that was cool!

So we’ll see each other when we drive to JFK tonight  and then I will see him again when I get picked up tomorrow morning after we arrive! Strange!!

If only we could communicate across the ocean, thousands of miles up in the air!!

If only BBM worked while flying haha!!

I will miss him 🙂

But we get to save money so that’s a bonus!

If I make it to the plane as still haven’t packed and am at the office…..aHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

So this is my last day in America until JANUARY!!!

For just under 6 months!!!

In 2012!!

That’s weird.

Next time I’ll be back in the USA it will be in 2013 with a little schmonkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BIZARRE!!!!