Costa Rica 2021

Oh my f*cking god did we have an incredible time in Costa Rica! We made it back last Sunday, and I think I’ve finally recovered.

That’s the entire surf crew, including surfers and surf instructors. We had such a great group of ladies surfing with us and our instructors are incredible. Oh wait, the owner (and instructor) Adilia is missing from this pic. Here’s a pic of us together:

Adilia is amazing and she has a crew full of talented and amazing women working for her. I really love that.

And guess what?!! I made it on a green wave (that’s when you paddle out past the break and catch an unbroken wave on your board) a couple of times and it was caught on camera!!

As you can tell, I was pretty excited. I didn’t really do anything but listen to my instructor, paddle my brains out, and stand up when she starting yelling at me. I still don’t know how this surfing thing works. Thanks Jessie!

Poor Jessie had to spend a lot of time on the water with me and my teammate, Pat.

Pat and I were the most experienced surfers of this group. Pat has surfed a lot in Florida, but not on big waves. I have surfed a little…and not very well. It was pretty much everyone else’s first time surfing – the experience bar was set kind of low…at least for me. Pat is 69 and pretty much everything I want to be when I grow up: super active, totally balls to the wall, hilarious, and apparently not afraid of taking a wave (or 100 waves) in her face. Damn.

The three of us spent a lot of time on the water waiting for the perfect waves. Jessie and I talked about our million marriages and divorces and Pat listened in amazement (or maybe horror, I’m not sure).

Oh and want to see my signature surfing move???

I’m second from the left, lying flat on the board. LOL!!! Impressive, no? I would stay like that forever, just waiting for Jessie to tell me to start paddling. Sometimes, I’d have to turn around and paddle out to avoid being crushed by a wave, but I preferred to stay like that. Also, it kept me from getting stung by jellyfish as much. Yeah, one day there were a ton of those f*ckers out there. And you can’t see them. You just feel their little hair-like tentacles grazing against (and burning) your skin. Super fun!

But overall, it was incredibly beautiful surfing out there every day. It was in the mid to high 80s and the water was about 83 degrees. It really was a dream and such a change from the dreary Portland weather.

Emily had an amazing time too. While I was kind of a slacker surfer (probably the first quitter every session), Emily was out there every minute she could be. It was awesome!

And she did so well! While she didn’t have a chance to get out past the break, she rode so many whitewater waves every day.

She has way better balance than me so she will likely be a better surfer in no time. She’s already talking about going back to Costa Rica again so that’s really cool.

I can’t talk about Costa Rica without talking about all the incredible food we ate. We had the best cooks and they prepared the best fresh food every day. Just look at this sushi platter they made for us one night:

And the after-surf smoothies were so beautiful and tasted like magic!

We went out to dinner one night to La Luna (my favorite restaurant) and I again had the hummus platter.

And I made Pat take more pics with me. Sorry Pat!!

That’s such a short recap of our trip. I have about a million more pictures (some on Instagram @the_marni) and so many awesome memories. If you ever want to take a surf trip, definitely think about going to Surf Bikini Retreat. It is THE BEST!

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Hey hey!! I’m back and it’s time to catch up a bit.

First things, first. I am so happy to report that I’m officially divorced and single for the first time since I was 23. This is a very good thing. Also, it means that I still have to time get married in 2021! Just kidding. Not getting married any time soon.

I’m also celebrating my sister’s 40th birthday!!! For her birthday, I took her to Costa Rica for a surf camp! It’s the same one I did when I turned 40! I can’t figure out how link to a post on here, but you can search on the blog website for those old posts (I’d use “surfing” or “Costa Rica”). Anyway, Em and I were so excited to head out on Friday night.

It took us quite a few flights to get here, but it was worth it. Em decided the best course of action was to drink her way through the layovers!

We made it to Costa Rica on time yesterday and it has already been so much fun. The place where we’re staying is so, so beautiful.

We are part of a surfing retreat called Surf Bikini Retreat where we surf about 3.5 hours a day, do yoga 3 times, get massages, and also have some free time. The food is incredible and it’s also all women, which I just love. The owner recently finished building this house and it’s so perfect. There are seven surfers in this retreat and it seems like such an awesome group. The youngest is 29 and the oldest is 69! Most of us are in our 40s, though, I think.

Here are a bunch of photos from this morning including breakfast, one of the house cats, the beach, and Emily and me after our first surf lessons! We survived!!!

We’re now chilling outside, about to have lunch, and then we rest until we head back to the beach for another round of surfing. This place is absolutely magical.

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Happy 42-sday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Someone pointed out that I would be 42 on a Tuesday (42-sday) and that meant that I should paaaaaaaarrrrrrtaaaaaaaaaay. Well, I don’t really know how to party, so that’s a bit of a hurdle, but I liked the sound of it.

Needless to say, I have no plans today. Just working and I have swim practice tonight so that takes me to about 8:30 pm. Which is right about my bedtime – #partyanimal. I’ve done a pretty good job using birthday discounts in the past week and I’m totally going to get my free Starbucks today. Ooh, I also heard that there’s a donut shop here in Portland that gives you a free dozen donuts during your birthday week! I’m in. #ilovefreeshit

A few pics over the last few weeks:

My nephew, Elijah, is a grown man now. A senior in high school. Un-f*cking-believable. He’s so fun to hang out with and is such a nice damn kid.

And little Ken! I can’t even with her. She is just the cutest. And she has her mom’s exact eyebrows, which just kills me.

Last weekend, I went to the Portland March for Reproductive Rights with a few friends.

It was a beautiful day, but it’s so f*cked up that we have to be out there talking about this sh*t. Also, f*ck Texas. The only access to birth control and healthcare I had in law school was Planned Parenthood and I’m so thankful (and lucky) I had somewhere to go. I can’t imagine living somewhere where I was without access to basic healthcare. Just in case you’re wondering, teaching abstinence doesn’t work and neither does the pull-out method #newsflash. And don’t even get me started about non-consensual sex and the women/girls this impacts. One friend that attended the March walked in the door and yelled, “I’m so full of rage!” Exactly. Me too.

Speaking of rage, I’m dating again. Just kidding, not raging at all. But yeah, I know. Don’t worry, my therapist knows all about it and I’m not being a complete idiot. Just a partial idiot. And yes, it is a total sh*tshow…I kind of love it. And no, I’m not going to post that much about it. BUT, Portland is a small town. I’ve already met up with someone who knocked up a friend of a friend (whoops!) – didn’t find that out until after – and someone else reached out to me who had dated a friend of mine. Uh?! To be fair, he didn’t realize we had a mutual friend, but even after I told him I knew all about him, he was still interested. Whaaaaaaa? Crazy world.

Also crazy? This little monster:

Tot is just the best. I think around 24 pounds and the happiest thing in the world.

Happy 42-sday to me and happy Tuesday to you!

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