It Took Forever

Yes, it took for-f*cking-ever to get to Costa Rica. I left my house Friday night at 9:00 pm. I didn’t get to the retreat until Sunday at 3:00 pm. Yeah, that sucked. The plane was all messed up in Dallas so I missed my connecting flight to Costa Rica and had to spend the night in Miami. Nightmare. And everyone on my flight missed their connections. Some people missed their cruises or couldn’t get another flight out until Wednesday! No f*cking joke.

Fortunately, the owner of Surf Bikini Retreat is awesome and she made all the arrangements so I could get here as soon as possible. AND there’s only one other surfer here with me so I didn’t miss out on too much. About an hour after I made it to Nosara, we went surfing. I was pretty out of my mind with all the travel, but thought I should get the first lesson out of the way. And I managed to stand up on the board for a bit! That was just about my only goal for this vacation, now I just need a picture of me doing it!

This morning started off super early because we wanted to see baby turtles! I’m sure you’ve heard about the sea turtles and how every year, the females come on shore to lay eggs and then head back into the ocean because they can’t imagine raising kids. And later, the babies hatch and have what seems like a forever trek to the ocean. They have to fight each other, dodge birds, and sense their way to the ocean (they can’t hear or see very well). Poor babies! Naturally, we wanted to see it.

And it was great and amazing. The babies are so cute. But it was also sad. First, the struggle is real and so many of the babies die. We saw a mini-massacre of babies that had their heads eaten off by birds. The birds will eat the head so they die and then leave them for a while before coming back to eat the body. WTF?! How messed up is that?! There are people on the beach to scare off the birds so that’s nice to see, but apparently, you can’t stop them all. Ugh. But it was great to see the babies make it to the ocean!

After turtle watching, we came back to the house to have breakfast and get ready to surf. The food here is great! We have a cook that makes all the food while we’re here and it’s really good. It’s also awesome that we are eating fresh fruit right now.

That was lunch today. I really need a full-time cook at home.

The picture above was from dinner tonight. The cook makes vegan food for me, which includes so many fresh fruits and vegetables, but she also cooks meat/eggs/non-vegan food for the other surfer. Tonight, she made fresh tuna for her. Pretty awesome!

After we had breakfast, we went out for our morning surf lesson. It was beautiful this morning:

I got up on a couple of waves, but I think I was pretty tired from traveling and seeing the baby turtles. It wasn’t the best, but I still loved it. Then we got coconut water on the way back to the house.

It was a perfect after-surfing drink! And yes, I’m basically dressed head to toe for surfing. The sun is too much for me. I’ll get a picture of my surfing outfit so you can see how cool I look, but it’s just a swimsuit/rash guard underneath yoga pants. I didn’t buy swimming pants, but I should have. Instead, I’m wearing yoga pants, which are working just fine! It’s also probably saving me thousands of $$ on sunscreen.

We had another surf session at sunset, then came back home, took showers, had dinner and now I’m resting a bit before going to bed. Tomorrow, we’re surfing in the morning, have afternoon yoga, and then a massage! I really need the massage. Have I mentioned that I’m a horrible surfer and that I basically get pummeled by waves for hours and hours each day? Well yeah, that’s happening.

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The Festival and Halloween!

Well, guess I haven’t posted in about a month. Whoops. I don’t think I was that busy, just a lot of stuff going on. First, the Portland Film Festival was great!

I think that picture is from opening night and this year, I even managed to watched some of the films! Last year, I didn’t watch any. 😦 J and G volunteered and so did one of my best friends, Kirsten. We all had a great time!

After recovering from the Festival, IT WAS HALLOWEEN! Biff and I decided to dress up as Your Psycho Neighbors:

The frightening thing is that Biff and I dress up like this every day for our walks. I do wear a coat so the neighbors don’t see the weight vest…hopefully it makes us a little less scary looking. But yes, Biff now wears a muzzle for our walks. Apparently, he doesn’t like it when people get too close to me…or what he perceives to be too close to me. Ugh. It’s devastating and so sad. I’m trying to work with him, but he makes it hard. Dang dog.

On Halloween, Kai, Kennedy and Kaz all met at my brother’s house to go Trick-Or-Treating. I decided to go over to see them all dressed up before they went out for the night.

Leila (a friend of Kai and Kaz’s) went as Rey from Star Wars, Kaz was Black Panther, Kennedy was Mulan, and Kai was Spiderman.

They were so cute and already on such a sugar high that I could barely get them to stand still long enough to take pictures. Needless to say, I did not go out with them to Trick-Or-Treat and instead went home to enjoy a quiet night with my Hannibal Lecter dog.

Now, I’m getting ready to go to Costa Rica for a surf trip. I’m nervous, excited and so, so looking forward to the week away. It will also be my first solo trip since I went to Guatemala a couple of years ago. It’s about time…

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This is 40!

Well it’s official, today I turned 40. Whoa. I wrote this post yesterday so I was only 39 years and 364 days old and obviously, still so super young. But honestly, I feel pretty damn good! Here’s a pic with G from a couple of days ago:

There was a volunteer fair for the Portland Film Festival and George decided to volunteer this year! J is also volunteering so we were all there in one mess of weirdness. Actually, it’s not that weird and we all get along great. George even convinced J to help him with his dumb new iPhone and I wouldn’t be surprised if they ran off together…if only just to bond over the fact that they think I’m a psycho. Cool, cool.

Anyway, I don’t have any big plans for my birthday weekend. J and I are going to do a little staycation at a hotel near (or in) Portland for a couple of nights and I can’t wait! I really just want to get away from our day-to-day stuff and unplug…well, except for the tv. I would be totally cool watching hours and hours of tv.

In November, I’m continuing to celebrate my birthday by going on a surf retreat in Costa Rica and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s an all-women’s retreat that includes surf lessons, yoga and massage. Pretty f*cking cool.

And I realize I haven’t blogged in a while so just in case you’re wondering, I’m still hanging out with these idiots beautiful beings…a lot.

And I love it! Happy Birthday to me and everyone else celebrating what may be the most common birthday in the United States!

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