Thursday, March 22, 2007

Book Review: "Diary of a Dysfunctional Flight Attendant: The Queen of Sky Blog"

Last year I interviewed Ellen Simonetti, the flight attendant fired for blogging. Late last year she published the first novel in blog format called Diary of a Dysfunctional Flight Attendant: The Queen of Sky Blog. You can check out my book review by the fired flight attendant here on Suite101.com. Enjoy!

Quirky-Kitsch Girl's Guide to Life Tip:The Lockout

I was looking forward to a trip to the gym this evening. I've been on the road since Sunday with only one opportunity to workout. At 6:30 p.m.ish in non-fashionable workout wear, I grabbed my water bottle, ear buds, towel and drivers license, walked out of my apartment and shut door.

SH*T!!!

I realized my keys were not with me but INSIDE my LOCKED apartment.

"Don't panic. Don't panic."

Visions of sleeping on my balcony flashed in my mind. Sheltering me from the cold with my hand towel. Then walking to work the next morning in my work-out wear, looking like one of the homeless people around here. At least I had a bottle of water to survive on.

I'm a type C personality (if you haven't figured it out). I like consistency (when I was labelled a "C" I responded, "C's suck!") and get off kilter when things don't go according to plan. This was a test. I think the powers that be wanted me to slow my mind down (I've been stressed and overwhelmed lately) and haven't been taking the time to appreciate and experience life.

I decided to attempt a break in. I had noticed a bobby pin in front of my door for months. (Good thing I don't sweep my walkway). Thinking I could "MacGyver" the lock, I shoved the bobby pin in the key hole, slowly turning and trying to feel a release. Nothing!

"Don't panic. Don't panic."

I walked around to the back of my apartment to the sliding glass doors. I tried to jimmy the lock by pressing and trying to lift the glass doors. Back and forth, back and forth. Nothing.

"Don't panic. Don't panic."

Walking back to the front of the apartment, I see a man coming home from work. "Excuse me. Hi. I locked myself out of my apartment. Do you know what we're suppose to do?"

"No, sorry."

"Don't panic. Don't panic."

My downstairs neighbor is a saviour! I rarely talk to anyone around here. I chitchat with a neighbor two doors down when he's walking his pug and I chitchat with her while doing laundry.

"I did something really dumb. I locked myself out."

Fast forward - she let me use her phone and phone book to call a locksmith. After 30 minutes, my knight with shiny tools arrived. He showed me how to pop the cover off the knob and pop the lock. Good to know!

So single gals, what's your plan if you lock yourself out of your apartment? Do you have a key stashed somewhere? Is there a neighbor you can rely on? Can you break into your apartment? My advice, always carry lipstick. You don't know who the locksmith is...

Needless to say, never made it to the gym.

Spring has Sprung but Where are the Tulips? In Amsterdam!

Ah, spring is finally here. Up North it means flowers galore. Daffodils, tulips, lilies of the valley and other dazzling beauties awaken the northerners from their winter hibernation. Here in Florida, we don't have those flowers and I'm kicking myself for not bringing back tulip bulbs during my layover in Amsterdam last March.

Which reminds me of a site my sponsor just introduced me to, easyToBook.com, a resource to book Amsterdam hotels. It also seems to be a resource to booking "cheap and cheery" hotels in Amsterdam. easyToBook.com works like other online travel sites but specializes in Amsterdam hotels.

easyToBook.com's default currency for Amsterdam hotel rates is in Euros but the currency can be easily converted to Dollars (I assume U.S. and not Canadian). There's also no booking fee.

Enter your parameters for an Amsterdam hotel and easyToBook.com lists available hotels in Amsterdam. What's cool is the number of sleeping rooms left in that particular Amsterdam hotel is listed - so you can determine whether you need to quickly book. It's also handy if you need multiple rooms during your Amsterdam visit. You can then read reviews of the Amsterdam hotels in an uncluttered format.

I won't be needing an Amsterdam hotel anytime soon. But for those wanting a taste of wooden shoes, bright tulips and maybe a little herb, easyToBook.com appears to be a decent resource to finding hotels in Amsterdam.