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Fitting it all in

Life has been busy. This time of year always seems to be. Lots going on which is great, but I’m trying not to over do it either. 

I worked my side job last weekend. Which it had been raining on off for like 2 weeks. That’s getting old! Will got back from his work trip & we had a great dinner Sunday night (date #2). It was a really nice way to wrap up the weekend.

Monday I played cornhole, but Tuesday it got rained out. Impromptu dinner with friends which I invited Will also. I figured he’s seen me dressed up nice twice so this was casual jeans stuffing down wings. 🤣 He wasn’t fazed at all which was nice to see. I am enjoying hanging out & slowly getting to know him. He went out of town again for a few days & now his mom is here visiting until next week. I told him if he needs a break he knows how to find me. 😉

I had therapy last week. I do enjoy meeting with her. I know I’ve made a lot of improvements since last summer, but sometimes all I see is that hot mess still. She keeps it in perspective & we talk out things. Between the gym & a bday party I had a FULL week! Definitely going low key this weekend. 

Last night had a concert with the girls which was a blast!! Then we headed next door to the casino for a bit. I don’t play but it’s fun to hang & watch. Today I’ve been running errands which FL summer had kicked in. It’s hot! I really wish I could get some beach time. Perhaps tomorrow? I sent my dad his Father’s Day stuff this week so I’ll give him a call.

I leave next Monday for Canada for 2 weeks so I’ve been getting things organized for that. I’m trying not to leave it til the last minute to get ready, but you know in some way it always ends up that way. Even work I’ve been trying to get ready so it’s not a complete mess this week or when I return.

Tonight is a life celebration for a friend’s family member. But it’s at a bar & then the beach for sunset. Not sure what to expect. Maybe the bar is a good idea?

And boom it’s over

Vacation that is. Amazing how fast & slow time can go. I’m all packed & just enjoying the views before we get picked up for the ride to the airport.

Everything has really been great. The condo was awesome. Loved it, loved what it offered, loved the location. Perfect for us. Jaco has been a lot of fun to explore & see. It’s a good place to base out of. Our excursion to the Poas volcano & La Paz waterfall gardens with the animal refuge was AMAZING!!! I got so many great pictures. That’s exactly the kind of things I hoped to see. We ate at a lot of places in town & I tried things I wouldn’t normally at home. Last night’s dinner was squid & octopus which tasted so good!

If I come here again I really want to try surfing. I pondered it this week but having never done it before I wasn’t sure if my ankle was up to it yet. I went in the Pacific once. Wish I would have done that a little more but the beach sand here is very hot & coarse (yeah the beach at home has me spoiled 😂) so I stayed by the pool. Which was on the beach anyway so it was nice to hear the waves.

I have to admit I’m feeling pretty good in general. I’m not feeling any anxiety or need to get back home. I really do think it’s cause I’m with my friends who I’m used to being around. My FL brother has been great & his gf had her bday yesterday so we celebrated that! They get me & I’m very comfortable around them. The other couple I don’t know as well but had a good time with them. I do miss having my own bathroom though. Haha!!

Looking forward to work tomorrow & this weekend I have a few fun activities already planned so I’m definitely busy. BUT I’m going to be aware of not overbooking myself & getting run down like I did after the cruise. No relapses for this girl!!

Vacation is great!

Having a good time!!! Jaco has been so much fun. Sunday was another be lazy day, got a lot of sun & pool time. But we buckled down & got ourselves organized as far as what we want to do while here.

Monday morning we went zip lining which was awesome! This was the longest & most platforms I’ve done yet so it was really cool. As we zigged down the mountain side you could look out at the ocean! Then we headed to town for food & to book our next excursion. We’ve been trying different places to eat. And I’ve gotten my souvenirs (2 shirts is all I need) so shopping wise I’m all good.

Today we have booked going to a volcano crater & waterfalls. I’m excited for that! Unfortunately I woke up yesterday with a sore throat that then became a runny nose & stuffed head. I’m not sure if I got a cold from the plane (most likely 😤) or the flowers trees blooming is kicking up my allergies. Last night I stayed in while everyone went out just to rest & be in the AC where it seems to be better.

Today we are heading to the volcano for adventures!!

Not too shabby 

The view from our penthouse balcony. lol Can’t really complain about much when I keep having these blessed moments.

Day 1 of vacay yesterday was amazing. We got a lot done it seemed. The flight went well (thank you Spirit!), getting into Costa Rica was fine (thank you authorities!), the ride to the condo was fun (thank you Jose!), meeting the condo managers was like finding more family (thank you Stephanie & John!). We got settled in, had some dinner on the beach, strolled to town & back at the pool. It was an early evening but given the long day & 2 hour time change it didn’t matter. 

Here we stopped at crocodile bridge on the way to Jaco from the airport. Holy crocodile everywhere!! I’m not sure why they gather & forgot to ask but there is a national park right there so it may be aren’t very endangered? But then you see this standing literally 100 yards upstream so you can’t blame the crocs for congregating by the dinner table. Luckily we didn’t witness any National Geographic moments! I mean get Mother Nature & the circle of life, but why be so close to danger?? And then locals throw chicken (dead, I asked first!) over the rail so they get a little rowdy so it’s a touristy spot.

Getting to the condo we met the managers who had “bad news”…the penthouse condo we had rented was having a few maintenance issues still being worked on. The “good news” was the other penthouse condo wasn’t rented out so they moved us next door to the bigger & even better views one (also more pricey) for the WHOLE trip!!! Yay for being blessed again with upgrades!! 🙏

We went to beachy bar place next door & had a great early dinner just chilling. Met some USA transplants & had a few drinks before getting some sand in our toes! Then we walked to town (a few minutes so very easy) to see what there was & grocery shop. That was fun! In another language & currency.  I actually was a dork & had a good time between looking for things I can eat for the gym challenge (I’m not totally blowing that off cause I do feel better without eating all the processed crap foods) & checking my currency converter app to see what things cost. It was interesting! Really I’m not a nerd 🤓

Not sure what we’ll do today. I imagine beach & pool. The others don’t want any intense schedule or planned out events which is a little against my grain (especially for 6 days being here) but I’m willing to try. I don’t care as long as I don’t miss out doing things otherwise I’ll start planning my own shit to do. We do want to find some kind of excursion zip line ATV jungle thing for one day.

Because of the time change I was up at 5am but it gets light here by 6 which is nice change although it gets dark a little earlier than I thought it would (by 6pm). Guess I’ll see if the others are up yet! Day 2 here we go…

Where the wind takes you 

That was sort of the theme of my weekend. I had no real set in stone plans except for a 1st bday party on Sunday afternoon. Of course this is the type of situation that usually makes me nuts cause I feel like I’m just wasting time off having nothing to do & I get bored/lonely & want to be doing something! But I actually was good with an open schedule. Perhaps I’m learning to embrace it? Lol. Yeah right.

Friday after work I went to the gym which isn’t my normal routine. But it was a no kickball no plans Friday night. And since the gym trainers are being so great about modifying the workouts for me I figured it would be smaller classes rather than Saturday morning so easier for them. Which I was right only 5 people in class so it was fun. I was then going to get some take out sushi to go hang at the beach for sunset but I got a text some friends were going to a bar to hang & eat so I joined them instead. It was a good low key evening with friends but the bar was super jam packed & overwhelming if I have to be honest which wasn’t really what I wanted to unwind after the week.

Saturday I started out with nothing. I slept in. Well not really but I didn’t have an alarm set! Went grocery shopping. Made myself a decent healthy breakfast. Yup I’m trying to follow the gym challenge when I can! Of course I also ate a bunch of ice cream too. lol I watched tv, kept my foot propped up & rested. I went to church later where some of the girls invited me to dinner afterwards which was fun. It was so nice to sit around & giggle about dating & guys & so forth! They are a group I don’t really know very well but I liked them & was glad I went with when they asked. 

This morning I started with trying the weekly 5k. I haven’t been in a few weeks but I figured if I took it slow I’d be ok. The others couldn’t join so I went at my own pace. It was so enjoyable to walk along the beach & be out early before the crazy hustle of the day starts. While walking one of the girls from last night invited me to a polo match in the afternoon. Her date couldn’t come last minute so I was like sure why not?! We channeled our inner Pretty Woman (minus the hooker part) & had a blast! I then went to the bday party which was originally the only thing I had planned all weekend.

Isn’t it funny how things work out?? You have nothing planned & if you stay open life throws opportunities at you. I am very blessed. I guess last weekend worked like that too. I’m realizing especially with this sprained ankle that I need to give myself downtime to recharge & rest. Even more so than I had thought a few months ago. And I’m learning to be ok with having nothing planned cause it doesn’t mean I will be stuck doing nothing. 😁

Hello Friday!!!

Woo hoo it’s Friday!! Listened to a dance party mix on the drive to work this morning (love radio shows that mish mesh stuff together like that) & now I am pumped for the day. Plus it’s a pay day Friday so ALWAYS a great thing!! $$$$

After the gym yesterday (which I must of had a good class cause I feel it today!) I went with the group for drinks & food. lol Yeah we are THAT type of gym, but that is why I love it there & the people I have met. You gotta laugh & have fun in life. I then went with a GF to see 50 Shades Darker. I read all the books & just recently saw the 1st movie on tv (it was pretty edited & cut but I got the idea & followed along). I still don’t particularly care for the girl playing Ana (she does nothing for me good or bad), but this time the guy playing Christian grew a smidge on me. I mean we are not talking an Oscar worthy movie or acting, but it does have an interesting look at relationships. They follow the book (that I recall it’s been awhile) pretty accurately & of course it ends so gee they can make a 3rd movie.

Tonight is the kickball playoffs!!! We made it thru last week & now we have to play the good teams tonight so not sure how far we’ll advance. It’s been fun though & I have really enjoyed the season. I don’t think we’ll play for about a month between seasons because of the upcoming trip to Costa Rica & changing leagues so I’ll miss it.

This week has been really busy for me again so I need to catch up on rest this weekend. I plan to hang at the beach Saturday & read & relax. I tried going Monday between my appointments, but it was so windy I only made it a 1/2 hour being pelted by sand. Sunday morning I do a weekly 5K that a local bar offers. Us girls have been doing it together (we just walk) & then we get the kids (if they don’t come walk) & the guys for breakfast. I like it cause it gets my morning started & I can some steps in!

I changed churches the beginning of the year. The other church was ok, but I had only started going there because of Joe when we got back together (round 2) last spring. I hadn’t met anyone & wasn’t involved in it. My friend Zac (who was my cornhole partner last fall too) had invited me to a soccer game with his church group & I met a few people who I stayed in touch with it & done some other things since. They have a fun young adults group that is pretty active plus they have a time on Saturday night to attend. It works well cause I can go out after church still if I want or hang with them if they’re doing something.

Cruising…

So I am currently on a cruise. I was determined that 2017 was going to be amazing & how else to make it that way other than travel?? Booked a week long cruise with my mom (figured it would be good for us & I needed a real vacay) so here we float. Today it’s in Jamaica.


I mean really…this has been my view since last Sunday when we were surprised with an upgraded room upon check in!!  How blessed is that?? I like to believe that what goes around comes around so give good & appreciate. 🙏 The cruise has been wonderful on so many levels. It’s been a good step forward for my mom & I since last year was very challenging to our relationship. We haven’t spent this much time together in a very long time. I have gotten to really just read & relax & disconnect while out at sea. Amazing. I feel quite at peace and recharged. It’s been so nice to really focus on me. I work out, I eat, I sleep. Very basic things but I am getting to actually enjoy it & not just rush thru my schedule.

We now start the trip back very shortly. Great vacation but I am ready to return. I feel motivated. I have goals. I want to lose 10 pounds by the end of March. I have trip #2 then—a group of us rented a condo in Costa Rica for 6 nights. It will be a good time!! Plans are coming together for trip #3–starts out in Chicago so I’ll get to maybe see some friends there before heading to Calgary. That trip is about 3 weeks total so I need to get approval from work when I go back next week. 🤞 Trip #4 is my annual week to WI end of summer. Both those last trips will be my side job related work so while not total vacations I am excited & looking forward to them!!

See ya when I get back home…to the beaches & Gulf & sun.  You know the vacation I live every day as my friends up north like to remind me. Haha!!