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Amazing time in Wisconsinย 

It’s had been a crazy amazing hectic time up here. Weather has been great (or so I’m told cause this FL girl has been freezing at times!), people charitable (it was a big fundraiser) & overall just so nice escape.

The reason I’m here for work has been jam packed & a full schedule, but a lot of money has been raised for the charities (almost $20K!!). Very exciting to see the impact the money raised last year has done & to know even more has been raised this year is inspiring.

Staying at my friend’s farm is always so refreshing. Lots of open space & green grass. The views off the deck just make you step back & relax. It’s a great place for me to come & recharge. Things seem so much more simple. Amazing how people always complicate things. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

I’m ready for my early morning of travel. The airport doesn’t even seem awake yet either. Looking forward to getting back home. I feel recharged after seeing friends for a week & ready go. Unfortunately my Fitbit broke yesterday so I’ll need to order a new one. At least a new one will have a warranty again!

Catching upย 

Wowzers….it’s been a month. Sorry folks I am a bad blogger lately. Which is a shame cause I’ve had so much happen to share. So here’s some quick catch up which I’ll divide into 3 areas: before Canada, in Canada & back from Canada. ๐Ÿ˜Š

So before I left in June for Canada I never did see Will again. I think his mom being here visiting and away from the kids for the 1st Father’s Day really got to him so the free weekend he did have (the one before I left) he went back to STL for kid time. Kind of a bummer cause I had tons of fun things happening he could have joined in on, but I also understood the need. On that note since we don’t have any commitment & have only hung out a few times I did have another guy ask me out so I went. We actually met at a mutual friend’s Memorial Day party & he asked her for my number (she asked me first). Met Mark for dinner on a week night cause I was days away from leaving. He seemed cool and we chatted awhile. I met him again for dinner the night before I left. Still unsure how I feel about him but I’m in no rush so left things with stay in touch the next few weeks.

Hung with friends at the beach and parties before I left. So much fun!! Glad to blow off some steam cause I knew the Canada trip was going to be hard work. Interesting side note…I got a friend request from a guy that turns out (yeah I do some checking before accepting) to be Joe the ex’s new roommate. Wtf??!! ๐Ÿ˜ต Initially I thought hell no deny that shit, but then I wondered what the game was so I waited. I spoke to this guy over 2 months ago once and to randomly send this now??? Like right after moving in with Joe? Hmmmm I did end up accepting the request but with setting restrictions so he can see only my public info. Have to see how this plays out. A few days later he followed me on other social medias that I do have public (I don’t post much personal info on those so enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‚). Again it’s just weird. 

Got my stuff packed and organized for Canada. Got my work organized as best I could for being out of the office over 2 weeks. The trip to Canada turned out to be nothing like the past 3 trips I’ve done previously. 16-18 hour days on your feet & oops oh you didn’t get lunch? I don’t mind hard work, but some appreciation and consideration is nice. I’ve also not been around CRAZY people in quite awhile. I stay away from that. I don’t work for that anymore. I’m not friends with that. And here I was unfortunately stuck in the middle of full on psycho crazy! Obviously next time I’ll be asking a lot more questions before I accept going on a trip like this again. I did get out of town for 2 weeks which in some ways was good. I could tell the drama was getting to me & I needed to break away. I got paid and that pays for the vacation I want to take next year so yay!!! I enjoyed Calgary again & would love to visit when I can do what I want and see the area. It really is an amazing place.

I got home last Monday. It took ALL day & 3 flights but I was back in my bed at 10:30pm. I slept a lot on the flights and on my layover in Dallas which helped. I’m just so body sore & my poor feet are a wreck. I figured it’ll take 2 weeks to recover and it looks like I’m right. I spent Tuesday running errands and catching up before returning to my real job Wednesday. And that actually hasn’t been as messy as one would have thought. Yay!! I did make it to the gym once and sort of muddled thru a workout of what didn’t hurt or was healing.

I had therapy appt last week. Which I felt pretty good! I could have probably used the visit before, but I sort of feel like a lot of my anxiety and stress is gone. Or I’m just so tired I don’t give a shit. ๐Ÿค” I told my therapist she would have loved the group I was with for 2 weeks and they made me feel VERY normal. We laughed a lot.

I spent this weekend low key. Kickball started up again so I had games Friday night and then I went out with my girl Jess. We had fun! Saturday I got some beach time in!!! Today I walked a little & ran some errands. Just being a bum and resting which feels good! I’ll get more on my routine this week which will be nice. 

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. ๐Ÿคฃ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚) 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 ๐Ÿ˜ค) 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 shabbyย 

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!! ๐Ÿ™

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 ๐Ÿค“

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…