Early the next morning, Karen and I grabbed our suitcases and headed down to enjoy a nice breakfast before meeting our tour group. I sampled plátanos or plantains for the first time and I was hooked! I made it my mission to enjoy some at every meal and for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed.
Last year, Karen contacted me twice to plan a trip internationally. The first time, I was still dating the ex and spending most of my vacation days traveling up north to see him, so I didn’t think I could spare an extended trip where I didn’t get to see him. I forgot about her asking me to travel and went about life. A few weeks later when Karen asked me again, I was single, heartbroken, and ready to say yes to getting the hell out of town. When I inquired where she was thinking of traveling to, she said she heard great things about Costa Rica.
Luckily enough, I have travel connections to make it happen.
I have returned home from Costa Rica where Karen and I had the most amazing time. We laughed as we explored the rain forest, made new friends (of both the animal and human variety), and bonded like we never have before. Over eleven days, we journeyed to five different cities, all celebrating Costa Rica’s success in the World Cup.
Sorry this is a day late, Wonderlings. This post was supposed to publish yesterday, but silly me, I scheduled it for July 29 instead of June. That’s what I get for trying to rush a post before a vacation.
I’ve never considered myself very artistic. Sure, my grandmother used to teach me to paint sculptures and watercolors. I learned lots of crafty things from her, but I could never come up with something on my own. Navigate me through a project and I’ll get it; hand me a brush and an empty canvas and I’m completely lost. I struggle with creating something from nothing and it’s hard to get my brain’s right hemisphere to work sometimes.
But I sure do love a challenge.
Greetings from Costa Rica!
I am currently exploring this wonderfully lush Central American country with my darling friend, Karen. This trip has been in the works for over nine months and we are thrilled that we are finally here and ready for any adventure that comes our way. We have only been in the country for two days and already we are filled with giddiness for this tropical place.
When I was younger, I recited the Pledge of Allegiance in school every day. I didn’t really know what it meant or how significant of a promise it was, but I stood with my hand over my heart and uttered those 31 words while looking up at the American flag. As I’ve gotten older, I finally realize what those words mean and how important loyalty is.
Loyalty is a quality to be admired and sought after. We look for mates who promise to be faithful and devoted. We lean on our friends who’ve “got our backs” when we need a little support. We praise pets, particularly dogs, for being by our side through thick and thin. We expect people to be loyal, but what about companies?
For years, I have been known for my love of Monster energy drinks. By no means addicted, I would indulge in one can a day in the morning the way some people enjoy their cups of coffee. On the rare days when I didn’t have one, I suffered from headaches and drowsiness. One night, I even suffered the worst migraine of my life when I hadn’t had any caffeine that day.
That’s when I knew it was time to give them up.
As I sit here falling asleep and realizing that tomorrow is Monday and not Sunday, it’s time for me to drag myself to bed. I will get back to a real post tomorrow, but tonight, my bed is calling.
One minute everything is going perfectly and the next, a bump in the road leads you down a path you’ve already seen before. No one is immune to a setback. I foolishly believed that I could never go back and here I am, about to do something that I never imagined I would have to do.
Remember a few months ago when I was really, really scared about something? Well, I’m ready to tell you what that is, dear Wonderlings. Be warned, there is no ending to this story. Not yet at least.
Life has been a bit of a whirlwind lately. Between work, volunteering, progressing toward goals, and my social life, I have been pulled in so many different directions that I often can’t tell if up is down or right is left. Days fly by in the blink of an eye and I wonder when I might catch a moment to take a deep breath and sit back to enjoy the fruits of my labor. Alas, that time has not come yet and as soon as one project is completed, three more get added to the ever-growing to-do list.