Working towards another tick on the bucket list

A while back i wrote my bucket list.  I put it up online and slowly but surely have been ticking things off.  One of the things I put on there that was aviation related was to take a photo of every airline that flew to Australia.  Well that task is getting closer and closer.  Now i don’t want to put up that full list with photos yet (since I am 1 off) but I will put up a list of what I have worked out with help from a few others (though open to additions if people know):

  • Qantas
  • Virgin Australia
  • Air New Zealand
  • Jetstar
  • Emirates
  • Etihad
  • Qatar
  • Hawaiian
  • China Airlines
  • Air China
  • China Southern
  • China Eastern
  • Sichuan
  • Scoot
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Australian
  • United
  • JAL
  • Thai
  • Air Asia X
  • Air Asia
  • Royal Brunei
  • Our Airline/Nauru Airlines
  • Norfolk Air
  • Air Vanuatu
  • Air Calin
  • Air Austral
  • Air India
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • LAN
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Air Tahiti Nui
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines Airlines
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Cebu Pacific
  • Air Canada
  • Air Niugini
  • Delta
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Air Mauritius
  • EVA Air
  • Fiji Airways
  • SilkAir

Now that is a pretty big list.  But I am pretty sure I have all but about 2 of those.  Well it was 3 till the other day.  Previously I was missing Scoot, Cebu Pacific & Sichuan.  Now I can strike Scoot off that list as I got it on Sunday afternoon:

<table style=”width:auto;”><tr><td><a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/47cPjzh5yFAD4sjR616uHtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite”><img src=”https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-l0moUY0pSPU/VMXQs0GZ-XI/AAAAAAABs-0/3uxhNCG-Mf8/s640/scoot1.jpg” height=”479″ width=”640″ /></a></td></tr><tr><td style=”font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right”>From <a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/109346098513022744611/SeattleSpotting2015?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite”>Seattle Spotting 2015</a></td></tr></table>

<table style=”width:auto;”><tr><td><a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/9T7mckguB5ot6fiyHgQTAtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite”><img src=”https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-uSxw6Y1tQLo/VMXQvBrXQgI/AAAAAAABs_Q/3EEVwRvsZRI/s640/scoot5.jpg” height=”478″ width=”640″ /></a></td></tr><tr><td style=”font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right”>From <a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/109346098513022744611/SeattleSpotting2015?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite”>Seattle Spotting 2015</a></td></tr></table>

<table style=”width:auto;”><tr><td><a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/bWAXBq6dd9q3fv59LY0JONMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite”><img src=”https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-wXeNIBmN3GU/VMXQwGP8DbI/AAAAAAABs_k/EzkSovXB2Vw/s640/scoot7.jpg” height=”479″ width=”640″ /></a></td></tr><tr><td style=”font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right”>From <a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/109346098513022744611/SeattleSpotting2015?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite”>Seattle Spotting 2015</a></td></tr></table>

<table style=”width:auto;”><tr><td><a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/SlwHlbtc49jeN6Z26bvyzNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite”><img src=”https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-OTvudj3T1j4/VMXQtluZt7I/AAAAAAABs_A/Lf2H1DtubRo/s640/scoot3.jpg” height=”479″ width=”640″ /></a></td></tr><tr><td style=”font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right”>From <a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/109346098513022744611/SeattleSpotting2015?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite”>Seattle Spotting 2015</a></td></tr></table>

I managed to get some shots of their yet to be delivered 787-9 while it spent 4 hours on Sunday working the pattern in Everett.  Even though I didn’t plan on doing any spotting, I still managed to get some good shots :D

Now where can i find Cebu & Sichuan with easy access ;)

Superbowl…

Well, it had to happen.  At some point in my life the Patriots would have to make the Superbowl against the Seahawks.  My beloved team (ok my team, I don’t know if i would say Beloved since I haven’t followed them my entire life etc) beat the Colts last night (in a wet wet thumping) and now play against the Seahawks (who beat the packers in a pretty epic game to be honest) in 2 weeks time.  Now how do you handle a person who has been a Seahawks fan all her life, lives in Seattle, breathes Seattle and is die hard.  Well I just have to.

But this post really has a history stemming back to the start of the season, Heidi & I put down a bet that had to do with our teams.  If either of our teams make the superbowl, then that person could have a new jersey ready for the superbowl if they want.  However there was a 2nd clause.  If either person’s team won the superbowl, then the other party in the marriage had to have a jersey of that team.  This could get very interesting, as now that both of our teams are in the superbowl, 1 of us is getting 2 new jerseys, it is just going to be a matter of who gets an unwanted jersey ;)

To ensure safety and sanity in our household for the next two weeks, Heidi & I have banned all football talk, so this will be the last from me in regards to this game.  Heidi & I both want to make sure we come out of this in one whole piece and intact with sane minds.  But I know we can do it!  I am not going to spend the next two weeks throwing the patriots out there, I will be respectful (since I like my life in one piece) and I will only talk about the game unless someone approaches me about it.  That way I don’t have people saying I am the one starting stuff.

I will end with one thing.

GO PATS!!!!!!

Decisions Decisions

It’s movie night tonight in the Muir Household and it is always a tough decision about what to watch.  We managed to score tickets the other day to a preview screening of The Kingsmen, so probably won’t be going out tonight to the movies (original plan was saturday night movies to see American Sniper).  But now it comes down to what to watch on the couch.  There are plenty of movies we could watch, a romantic comedy to keep the wife happy (ugh, pass) or something classic.  At one point we were going through all the Star Wars movies, but now we are finished.

But now it comes down to should I introduce Heidi to some quintessential Australian movies?  The kind of movies that every Australian knows about.  My two favourite movies from Aus would have to be The Dish or The Castle, both pretty good but very different to each other.  The Castle is clearly the Comedy about the Australia of the 90s, and the “typical” australian.  However the Dish shows a good serious look at Australian life in the country in the 60s.  So many choices!

What should I show to her?  I do think it is something I need to introduce her to, a little bit of Australia at home here in the USA.  I already have her eating Vegemite, the least I can do is slowly slowly convert her ;)

Being Sick is Never Fun

Yep, I am sick.  It sucks :(  They always joke that the worst kind of sickness in the world is Manflu, and I always think that is stupid.  However right now I know that is me, just a little.  I don’t handle being sick that well at all, I never have.  I remember back to being in school and being so sick with the flu one year that I was hallucinating.  I thought that I had lost money in the bathroom cupboards where the sheets were stored.  I was diving through them like crazy.  I thought this was a kind of dream, turns out I was doing it for real.  That did not go down well at all.

I always seem to get sick though, every year I usually deal with tonsillitis at least once.  I can easily deal with that, I have had it so many times in my life now.  A little amoxicillan from the doctor (a type of antibiotic) and my life is all good.  However I don’t often get smacked down with a cold or flu and if I do, I can usually handle it fairly well.  This time though is a little bit different.  I don’t think I have been this sick in quite some time.  It all started last week, on Thursday.  I couldn’t swallow at all, and figured it was a case of tonsillitis coming on.  Since I was working from home I took an hour or so off to head off to the doctors.  We changed health plans at work last year and since I have a new location as well, It meant a new doctor.  The doctor didn’t think I had tonsillitis and ran some tests but didn’t give me anything, I wasn’t happy at all, thinking that I knew better.  He said he would get back to me friday with the results.

Friday came, and it went with no call from the doctor at all.  By that stage I was getting worse and my body was going from Tonsillitis mode into full blown viral infection.  I have no idea what I have but it kicked in badly.  I had to work Saturday as well and the sickness was partially being put at bay with some cold & flu drugs.  But it was like paddling upstream against a waterfall.  It was inevitable that today would happen.  Yesterday I barely kept it together but by the end of the day, I was struggling big time.  I had barely slept since Friday and the night time drugs were just not working at all.  I was battling upstream and loosing.  This morning I let the stream win and over the falls I went.

The doctor called through this morning with my results.  Shock Horror i don’t have tonsillitis but I am coming in anyway to get rechecked out.   Not only was I not sleeping my right eye was being gross (no descriptions trust me) and the whole thing was just disgusting, I was a mess.  Heidi stayed with me for the morning looking after me and taking care of me (which I didn’t expect).  I wanted to do everything I could to not make her sick and get what I have, whatever it is.  The doctor checked me out and told me that I do have some form of Influenza (wooooo mandatory flu shots really work /sarcasm) but the weirdness is that the virus was also affecting my eye.

So he sent me home with a couple of prescriptions and plenty of orders to rest up, no gym and take it easy with the eye today since I would be putting drops in it.  I ended up back on the couch around lunch watching tv and trying not to cough.  I have to drink ginger tea (something the doctor told me on the first visit, and I actually am listening to him this time) and rest and get plenty of fluids.  I feel like I am a four year old, carting around a water bottle everywhere I move, taking an afternoon nap since i have no energy.  I have orders to stay out of the gym as well for at least 4 days, and even then I can’t push myself too hard.  That is going to be the hardest part as I haven’t had that long off the gym in almost 4 years!  Going to be a tough time I guess.

Being sick is still crappy, and I don’t know if I really ever want to deal with it.  But the main thing is you know that in this life we will always be sick.  It is more about dealing with the bad parts of it, while enjoying the things that you can out of it,  Getting time to relax, time to catch up on TV you might not get to see all the time.  Personally, I am looking forward to a treat to make me feel better, because that’s what happens when you are sick right?

What is to come:

2015 will certainly be a different year than 2014.  For first I am married now so I guess this year will see me trying to be a better husband as well as a better husband.  The hardest part of my life this year will be uncertainty.  I want to know what is happening with my life but I am so far away from everything it isn’t funny.  Life is pretty much in a holding pattern so I want to make sure whatever goals I set for myself this year are attainable.

One of the biggest things I try to do every year is set some fitness goals.  Since Heidi is going to have her own goals (and hopefully she will post them here as well), my goals might be fairly similar.  Like for instance I know that Heidi wants to run a 5k this year, something she wants to do to push herself.  So I figure I should at least do one myself right?  I think my fitness goals for 2015 should be:

* 2 x 5k runs
* 1 x 10k run

I also want to continue getting my weight back down.  It is too high in my opinion so will do whatever it takes to get that back down.   I know people will say that I don’t need it etc, but I do and I want to fit back into my Hong Kong Suit and prove Heidi wrong after a comment she made about it before the wedding.

As for Travel Goals, well that is a different thing this year.  Ideally Heidi & I want to go to Australia.  That is all we really care about, that is all we really want to do.  Nothing else matters, everything else is not required, everything else is just icing on the cake (i do like cake and i do like icing).

I want to work towards changing my job this year as well, finding something that will make me happy.  I don’t want to be in this job forever and I don’t want to be stuck in the same job for the rest of my life, so finding something this year will be one of my goals.  Now to just work out what I want to do… any ideas?

So that is enough pondering the future for one night.  I am looking forward to a new 2015, one that brings in some challenges and some surprises.

2014 Travel Look Back

2014 was a light year for me for travel. With a changed life and different priorities, I think I spent more time driving than I did flying. Looking back though at the stats, it was a little bit shocking. I only flew a total of 13,090 miles! That is not much at all! Last year I did at least 4 times that, if not more! Without any trips across the ocean either, it was kept at a real minimum. Let’s look at the stats:

My 2014 Flight Map

My 2014 Flight Map

Total Flights: 14
Total Miles: 13,090
Total Airlines: 4
New Airlines: 0
New Aircraft: 0
Most flown Airline by Segments: Southwest (6)
New Airports: San Diego, Anchorage, Denver, Albuquerque, Dallas Love Field

All of the flights were in Economy, but this year it was a toss up between either award flights, paid flights, non rev tickets and stand by buddy flights. The trip to San Diego was my first experience at Buddy Passes and it was interesting (don’t know if i could handle the whole stand by thing). But my favorite flights of the year where those I was able to spend with Heidi. 3 simple flights and yet they were the most fun. My trip out to Dallas was the most amount of flights in such a short period of time. It was not the most amount I have done in a day (what is it about me and flying to Dallas with 3 segments in each direction?).

Next year doesn’t look as big either unfortunately. We are planning on heading to Australia but other than that, there isn’t much at all. I would like to get on an innagural flight and tick at least one new state off my list, but will see how that works out.

Coming to a close

2014 is coming to a close and this year sure has turned out very different compared to the way it began. Who would have thought that this post at the beginning of 2014:

But what about my goals for 2014? Well that is pretty simple, but I am going to break it down to 3 parts this year Personal, Fitness & Travel.

My Travel goals for 2014 are:

* Return to Japan
* Visit Maho Beach
* Singapore Suites
* Lufthansa First Class

My Fitness Goals for 2014 is just one:

* Half Marathon

My Personal goals for 2014 are where what would normally been mixed into one of the other two categories I want to do this to challenge myself some more I guess. These goals are also something that I think if I put them out there it makes me more accountable. So my personal goals for 2014 are:

* Jump out of a plane
* Go on at least 1 date
* Get my weight back to pre USA levels and keep it there!

Well what I wanted to happen and what did happen are totally different things. Looking at these goals I can tell you right now I completed just two of them. I ran my first ever Half Marathon back in May in Vancouver. It was something I worked so hard to achieve and now looking back I am proud of that effort. The other would have to be that date, because obviously that happened. In fact I went on many dates with Heidi and look at how that turned out :D To be honest a lot of people criticized me over putting “one date” however I did point out the at least part. My original goal was really just to get out there, to stop being such a recluse. Well it worked and I can’t thank a few people more for giving me the push.

As for all the other goals. Well none of the travel ones happened. Originally the returning to japan and singapore suites would have happened, but sadly we had to cancel that. I am hoping to tick off Singapore Suites next year but that’s another story. As for LH first class, nope never happened and same with Maho. As for the other goals, well about that jumping out of a plane business….. yeah not gonna happen. The weight, well I did knock off at least 20lb but I didn’t really put any effort into it for at least 6-8 months, so that is to be expected.

My travel this year would have to be my lowest of the last several years. I didn’t fly that much at all but what I did fly was worth it. A few trips with Heidi, one for AirlineReporter and a couple of spotting trips made it fun.

Some of my favourite momentos of 2015 I might look at later in the week or after New Years Eve. I still love writing for the blog, but spending time with Heidi more and more means that I have less time to write as much drivell as I used to. But don’t worry. I can tell you that in 2015, this site will still live on.

Merry Christmas!!!

Today is Christmas Day (well here in the USA anyway) and to everyone out there in the World, I wish you a very Merry Christmas (whether you celebrate or not, and if you don’t well tough luck you will like it anyway). This Christmas is going to be a special one for me as I get to spend the day with my new Wife and her family. Heidi’s family has accepted me into the fold and I am greatly appreciative to have a new family over here.

Christmas the past two years has been rough. It is the one time of the year when I really do miss my family and sometimes a phone call just isn’t enough. I really do wish that I could spend the time with my parents over here but that isn’t going to happen (there are complications with my family and travelling). But Christmas isn’t just about family, it is also about friends, any kind of loved ones will do (does Booty calls count?). Christmas is a time about spreading cheer and good times, spending that time celebrating the year that has passed, and the year that it set to come ahead. Full of good times, and special foods.

This Christmas is going to be a great time and I can’t wait to get stuck into some good food, this day only comes once a year. O did I mention there are presents? I <3 presents! But First I have to get them away from Bigfoot

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From Me, Heidi & of course Bigfoot. We wish you all

Happy-Merry-Christmas

Christmas Eve Avgeekiness

I was going to title this the second half of the Honeymoon Avgeek photos, but it is Christmas Eve so it is appropriate to celebrate.

From Honeymoon Spotting

A New Livery Southwest 737-700

From Honeymoon Spotting

A Fiji Airways A330 heading to the parking spaces after a long flight from the South Pacific

From Honeymoon Spotting

A MasAir Cargo 767 (never seen this before)

From Honeymoon Spotting

A JAL 777-300ER

From Honeymoon Spotting

A Mesa Airways CRJ, flying for US Airways Express, painted in the American Eagle Livery (confused yet?)

From Honeymoon Spotting

A United 737-800 with Scimitar Winglets

Merry Christmas to you all!!! May you Christmas Day be full of Avgeekiness

Time of Year

It is that time of the year, and that means that it is time to start prepping the Christmas Treats. This time there is more fun to it since I have Heidi’s family to add into the mix. But of course it means plenty of good stuff. Like Rocky Road:

From Life in Seattle 2014
From Life in Seattle 2014
From Life in Seattle 2014

White Christmas

From Life in Seattle 2014
From Life in Seattle 2014

and Rum Balls

From Life in Seattle 2014
From Life in Seattle 2014
From Life in Seattle 2014

The best part is making things like cookies, shortbread or fudge, just for the hell of it. This years treats took a solid 2 half days worth of work and it should make so many people happy. Double batches of Short Bread and Rum Balls means that everyone can enjoy a little bit.

I have loved that this year I can share out my favourite Christmas treats to so many more people, yet I have so much fun just making it and being able to share a little piece of myself to so many other people.