Tuesday, July 10, 2007

An introduction...

I realized while writing my "first post" that since this in a new blog for me, I should spend the time to write a decent introduction.

Well, this is me:
I guess you could say that my most domination trait is: I fly airplanes. I'm 23 years old and I've been flying airplanes since I was 18. I've always been obsessed with space (my first word was "moon" and my first Cabbage Patch kid was an astronaut) and flying is my greatest passion. Pilots are a different breed. You know those bumper stickers that say "my wife told me I had to pick her or fishing...I'll miss my wife?" Well, that's actually true for pilots. Flying is something so ingrained in your soul that it really is an inseparable part of you. I have my commercial multi-engine rating, instrument rating, plus my high performance, complex and high-altitude endorsements. My mom says this means I can fly big airplanes really high into bad weather.

I (for the next 14 1/2 hours) am a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. Tomorrow is my last day of school! On Monday I start my first "big girl" job, as flight security officer at ERAU. I didn't want to leave Daytona yet, so I managed to get this job. I'll be in charge of the security for our flightline. Basically I'll be making sure people who aren't supposed to have access to our planes don't, and issuing/re-issuing security badges to our students and flight instructors. There are a lot of benefits, the largest being free tuition and discounts on flight training. So as soon as possible I'm starting my single-engine add-on for my commercial rating and then start my flight instructor rating.

Speaking of flight instructing, I have a really cute guy right now who's a flight instructor at school. We met two years ago because we were both in Women in Aviation. David's joke was "I like women, I like aviation, so I'm here!" We joke that it finally worked out for him :) He's a cutie, a huge airplane dork like me. Plus he's totally crazy about me, so that's wonderful. I unfortunately just got out of a really long relationship so I've got a really big emotional barrier up against him. I just don't trust myself anymore. On the upside, there are a lot of things that ultimately caused the demise of my last relationship that aren't problems with David. So we'll see what happens there. I'm just enjoying myself day to day.

Let's see, what else. Well, I'm a 2nd generation Florida native, which I hear is pretty weird. And no, I'm still not used to the heat. My joke about Floridians is that we just go in the pool from noon until around 3pm, then there's a thunderstorm, and by 6 that's done and it's not too hot to be outside anymore. My best friend is Spencer, who's my Jimminy Cricket/co-pilot/overall rock. People call us the odd couple, but we get along mostly because we think the same way.

I'm not really an overachiever in the strict sense, because I can be a total slacker if I'm not feeling into it. However, I do call myself a smarty-pants, just because I've always been in gifted classes, went to an International Baccalaureate high school, and if I get an A in this last class I'll be graduating with a 4.0. I work my ass off for what I want. :)

Really the purpose of this journal is to have something that no one I know reads. I had a livejournal for about 6 years, but this is a whole new chapter for me, so I feel like I need to start something over. Plus, having something that my ex, plus all my old friends from high school, won't see is a plus. My purpose is to do something more than ramble about my day.