Work and Life

 

  1. I picked up another job waitressing at Aruba Beach Cafe! I’m so excited because I’ve wanted to work there since the first time I ate there back in May. It’s a great place to work: been around for 30 years, right on the beach, always busy, and amazing food. And now I’m officially ITB (In The Biz ie the service industry) which is sort of like joining a sorority/fraternity–everyone knows each other, hangs out, and parties at each other’s restaurant/bars. I start training at 8:30am Sunday morning–a little rough because I work at the Kava bar until 2am, but such is life.
  2. Fiji Kava, the kava tea bar that I’ve been bartending at, has been SO slow (summer is the off-season here in Florida.) It’s a chill job because I can read, go on my laptop, etc, but we work mostly for tips and I’m just not making enough money to work here five days a week. So I cut back my shifts to Wednesday daytime (9am – 6pm) and Saturday nights (6pm – 2am). I think this is the best of both worlds because I can keep that connection for if/when business picks up, while still making real money at Aruba. And I’ll have two days to read/write/tumble, which is the perfect amount.
  3. I’m actually at work right now–I switched shifts with my coworker Liz since today was her birthday. The good news is that she brought a ton of her friends in to celebrate so I actually made good money tonight–almost $50! And it was fun working with a big crowd of people here. I also volunteered to cover daytime tomorrow which means I have to be back here at 9am tomorrow–I don’t know what I was thinking. Oh well…
  4. A couple more job-related irons in the fire right now, but I’m keeping them under wraps until I see what pans out. Right now I’m just trying to make money, keep busy, and have fun.
  5. I must get to the gym, I must get to the gym, I must get to the gym. I didn’t go yesterday or today, and I probably won’t tomorrow because I’m meeting my aunt and uncle for dinner after work (they’re on vacation in West Palm Beach), but definitely Friday and Saturday! No excuses!

Backyard :)

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My backyard! I still can’t believe I get to LIVE here.

Costa Rica Recap Pt 5: Tamarindo

 

Wednesday

Wednesday was our last day in Santa Teresa 😦 After breakfast, Billy headed out for one last surfing session while I packed up the car then chilled out in a hammock and read.

While Billy was surfing, he struck up a conversation with a local whose brother was heading home to Tamarindo after a bad breakup with his girlfriend, and offered to give him a ride. This ended up being a great decision, because the guy, Danny, knew the way to Tamarindo and it saved us a lot of time. He sat in the front and navigated, allowing me to sit in back and read/nap/take pictures of the drive:

Highlights included eating mangos right off the trees:

And seeing a monkey!!

The drive took about 6 hours, and we finally arrived in Tamarindo around 9pm after dropping off Danny and making plans to meet up and surf the next day. Two of Billy’s friends own a bar in Tamarindo called Chillerz (http://www.tamarindochillerz.com/) and we swung by there briefly for one drink and plate of tuna and veggies. Then we checked into a hostel and pretty much collapsed into bed.

Thursday

The next morning woke up and moved to Witch’s Rock Surf Camp (http://witchsrocksurfcamp.com/), an awesome surfer-geared hotel right on the beach.

 

For breakfast we had smoothies:

Plus pancakes and bacon for Billy:

Then we drove 10 miles to Playa Grande, where our new friend Danny’s brother owned a taco stand right on the beach:
I laid out and read on the stone “altar” below while Billy surfed.
Then Billy took me surfing for the second time in Costa Rica, third time ever!
We returned to Witch’s Rock just in time for Billy to catch some more waves under a gorgeous sunset:
After a day of surfing we were starving, and planned to eat dinner at Witch’s Rock. But first we wanted to catch Witch’s Rock’s happy hour from 5-7…then Chillerz’ happy hour from 6-8…then another bar to watch the Miami game…and I fell asleep on the bar. So Billy had to take me home, and I was asleep by 10:30 yet again!

Costa Rica Pt 3: Santa Teresa

Monday was just one of those days…amazing. It was our fourth day in Costa Rica, second full day in Santa Teresa, and one of the best days of my life.

5:30 am: I woke up early, walked around town and the beach, discovered the world’s best banana bread at Zwart’s Cafe, and picked real mangoes off a tree!

8:30 am: I returned to the hostel, woke up Billy to show him my mangoes, ate one, and we promptly fell back asleep.

10:30 am: We woke up again right in time for the 11am checkout. Billy wanted to catch the morning waves while tide was still high, so I volunteered to pack up and check out. (Best girlfriend ever, no?)

12 pm: We checked into a hostel right next door called Don Jon’s. (http://donjonsonline.com/) It was AWESOME:

12:30 pm Billy and I split a chicken burrito with guacomole, beans, and rice from Zwart’s Cafe. I don’t normally eat burritos but this was SO good! I also cut up and ate our watermelon.

1 pm: Billy took me out surfing for the first time in Costa Rica, second time ever. Keeping my balance was challenging but I am starting to get the hang of it and even stood up a few times! I surfed for about 45 minutes until we got caught in a rip tide. I hardly even had a chance to register the rip tide before Billy pushed me and the board into shore, but after that I was nervous and decided to stop. This is why I don’t feel comfortable surfing by myself and probably won’t for awhile–I’m not a very strong swimmer, and even though the board would keep me afloat I’d be nervous that I wouldn’t be able to stop the current from pulling it far away from shore.
3 pm: We picked up Billy’s friends Geoff and Bo, Bo’s fiancee Cassie, and two local surfers, and the seven of us headed out to a good surfing spot about 10 miles away for some late-afternoon surfing.
The guys checked out the waves…
…but unfortunately none of them were good. That didn’t stop me from taking pictures:
And drinking the juice of a pepas: a Costa Rican fruit similar to a coconut that one of the locals knocked off a tree for us to try!
4:30 pm: We checked out two more surfing spots, but neither were good, so we settled for the next best activity: drinking! We headed to a bar called Habernos right on the beach for happy hour.
The seven of us split three pitchers of margaritas, plus nachos and guacamole. We sat on the beach drinking until it started to rain, and we moved inside to watch the rain and sunset under the shelter of the patio.
6 pm: Once dark fell, we headed back towards Santa Teresa. We stopped at the grocery local store, the “Super Ronny” to grab some alcohol and it seemed like everyone on the island was congregating there! What started out as a quick errand turned into an hour of drinking in the pouring rain under the overhanging roof of the Super Ronny. I got Bacardi silver rum started making rum-and-diets right in a bottle of diet coke…I’m classy like that 🙂 The impromptu party where everyone knew each other reminded me so much of college!
7:30 pm: We finally left Super Ronny to go home and change before meeting up to go out again later. Billy waited by Don Juan’s bar drinking and watching the Miami Heat game as I dashed through the rain into our hostel, deciding to skip the shower but slipping on a dress and applying makeup for the first time since I’d been in Costa Rica.
8:30 pm: We picked up everyone again and drove to a bar/restaurant called Funky Monkey to continue to the night. We ran into other surfers we knew, and pushed tables up to theirs to create a giant group. I was magnanimously beautiful and stunningly, outrageously happy; I was drinking more but I don’t remember what; my mahi-mahi and vegetables in coconut sauce was delectable; and then the night goes blurry.
11 pm ??? 12 pm ??? Asleep in our hostel surrounded by rain…
One of those days..amazing.

So Here’s What’s Going On in My Life

I post quite a few personal posts to my tumblr but always forget to update here! I’m not sure how many people actually read this compared to tumblr, but for those who do, here’s an update on my life:

  1. Exactly two weeks from today, I will officially be a college graduate! My degree is in finance and economics. So just 2 more weeks of classes, projects, and finals to get through and I am DONE!
  2. For the past month I have been deliberating over whether to accept a job offer in finance for a major Fortune 500 company. I wasn’t sure if that’s what I wanted to do, but I was able to get the start date pushed back, and on Friday I officially accepted! It starts in late January/early February 2013.
  3. In the meantime, I am moving to Ft Lauderdale Beach! I am dating a guy I met down there and will be moving in with him (I met him two months ago on spring break, and just went back to visit last week). I will be visiting for two weeks from May 24-June 7 since I already have those plane tickets, then I’m coming back to Maryland, doing a few trips/family things, then turning around and heading back down to Ft Lauderdale for good sometime in late June. I have wanted to move south/to the beach for my entire life and this is a dream come true.
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This time 2 months ago I had NO idea what I wanted to do with my life or what in the heck I would be doing post graduation. I was SO stressed out and dreading graduation and any questions about my future. Now I have a plan and I couldn’t be happier. I will be living right on the beach, running and surfing every day, and basically living the dream. If things work out financially I may stay there, if not, I still have a job waiting on the other end.

So that’s what’s up with me! And if you’re interested in more personal posts and content, follow me my tumblr: If It Wasn’t Easy.

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