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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Throwback Thursday #TBT

It's throwback Thursday and here is an old pic of me and my sister and a friend. I think this picture was taken at Playas de Coco in Costa Rica. I am the one with her head in her hands.




Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Jaco Laguna Beach Resort, Jaco Beach ~ Costa Rica

Here are some photos of the resort we stayed at. Okay, resort is a generous word but it was a nice place. It was clean, comfortable and affordable. Plus, it was close to San Jose.

We had a great time.



























Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Costa Rica Trip!

I didn't really talk about it when it happened a few weeks ago but my dad was hospitalized and almost died. That is why we deiced to take a week off from our move and unpacking to go to Costa Rica. It was not only to see him but my mom and sister as well. I have said before that my trips to Costa Rica are never vacations. It's all about the family.



I was glad to see that my dad was doing well after being in the hospital for about a week. His doctor gave him the wrong medicine and it affected him. My sister told me that the day she took him to the hospital, he was really bad off. Once he got in, he went into cardiac arrest and they had to revive him with the paddles. When I got the call, he was stabilized but it was touch and go. I have to thank the Costa Rica doctors who saved his life.


He was in pretty good shape except he has bad knees so his walking is getting limited but, overall, he was fine. My mom was doing well too. My sister was hanging in there. I also think she is a saint for taking care of my parents as they get older.

My dad wanted to go to the beach, which is something he never does when we visit. Of course, we agreed and had a great time. We stayed at the Jaco Laguna Beach Resort. It was not fancy but it was right on the beach and a pretty good price. It was clean and had a great pool. and views.


The best part of the trip was the Saturday at the resort. That was the day Costa Rica was playing Uruguay in the World Cup. Of course, my dad and sister were going to watch. Tom and I were going to have lunch and maybe watch a little of the game but we got sucked in. The resort had a Tiki Bar so we staked out our seats and ordered lunch. Little by little, the bar filled up with lots of people.




Most were the resort employees who stopped working and started watching. In the end, we stayed the whole game and it was so much fun. The Ticos (nickname for Costa Ricans) were out of their mind as Costa Rica scored goals! It was great fun.




Aside from that, we really didn't do anything else but hang out with the family. It was a good trip. I am glad to be home though because our new house is still a work in progress. We almost have everything unpacked and set up but there are still a few rooms that need TLC and furniture. Hopefully, we will get it all organized soon!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I'm Back

I am back from Costa Rica and super busy with my other blog. It might be awhile before I update this blog with some pictures! Good news: My dad is recovering and doing so much better. He almost died a few weeks ago because of some meds given to him by some freaking doctor. Luckily, the doctors at the hospital knew what was going on and now he is better.

It was nice to see the family even if for a few days. i am glad we were able to go. Now we are back and still working on the new house. There is so much organizing and cleaning to do, it's crazy. We have put our furniture shopping on hold because of funds. But there are things we have to do like closet shelves and other stuff.

It's a lot of work but worth it!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Move Update

Holy smokes, life has been crazy these past few days. On Monday the movers came to our old house and took a half day packing up our crap. It almost did not fit into the truck. At the very end, they had a mattress they had to jam in. One guy was on top of the truck trying to close the door and two were at the door jamming it in. Luckily, it all fit.

After they left, we started cleaning the house and throwing out anything that was left. I think we left stuff behind in the fridge and garage but the house is still ours so it doesn't matter at this point. We also had a couple come by and look at the house for rental but I think it was out of their price range.

We then headed over to Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Resort where I got a free hotel room for the night. It's never free since we gamble but I was so tired, I barely gambled, which is unbelievable. We had a nice dinner and then a good night's sleep before heading to Wilmington the next day.

The next day, we headed back to the old house and picked up the rest of our bags. We packed the cars and started the 6 hour drive. The drive was great except for some woman cut me off on the highway. I had to brake hard and almost got into a major accident because she didn't bother looking to see if there was a car coming. Luckily, I was in Tom's VW that is new and fancy so the brakes juggled a little but saved my life. Tom missed all this since he was in front of me. I, honestly, lucked out because had I been in my mini car with crappy brakes, I wouldn't be here writing this post.

Once we arrived in Wilmington, our contractor was here finishing up the painting and fixing part of the floor. The paint looks amazing. We now have our red dining room. We love having a red room and have had one in our last few houses. They also were doing other work but, for once, we actually painted the house before we moved. YAY!

We unpacked the cars and went out to eat at our favorite new spot, Indochine. The food there is amazing. It is a mix of Thai and Vietnamese food and we have eaten there on every trip we have taken here. On our last trip, we bought a mattress for our Murphy bed so we actually spent the night in the new house.

The next day, we waited for the movers and they came early and started unpacking. We have a lot of crap. It took them half a day to unpack it all but everything arrived. We had one mishap so far with a pot we bought in Costa Rica. It was already repaired once because Shawnie (our late cat) had broken it when she sat in one day. When she was a kitten she fit perfectly in the bowl but once she got big, she didn't. And boom she cracked it. So it was not a big loss.

Tom who is a little nutty, decided to start unpacking right away. He gets obsessive like that and I suffer for it because that means I have to work. So we have spent the last few days unpacking the house. We actually made a dent. Everything but our clothes is out of boxes. But right now we do not have a full master closet because the sellers actually were using the master closet as a baby room. I found that hilarious but that is why they moved because space was tight.

I finally got my kitchen organized. The Master bedroom is somewhat organized. But we have so much crap that a lot of it will be going into storage. This house lacks the space to display our many knick knacks and junk we collect on our travels. So now we have to pick and choose what stays out and what gets put away never to be found again until the next move.

We also have to organize the house and buy organizational products to maximize the space. I am already spending way too much time on Pinterest finding storage solutions. Luckily, we have a huge attic with access so a lot of our stuff will live there and not in the garage.

We need new furniture because our old furniture does not "fit" into the house. Actually only in the living room. But we will keep the old stuff for now since poor Tom has already spent a fortune. And since I am not working yet, I have to spend frugally as well. We did have to buy a washer/dryer because the sellers took theirs. But now I have a fancy top loader. I had a front loader at the old house and did not like it.

We should be almost unpacked this weekend and almost organized. We have to do as much as possible because next week we head to Costa Rica for a week to see my family. My father has been really sick and in the hospital. We decided it was a good idea to take a week off after the move and before Tom starts work to see him.

It feels like home already. And although I have to get used to traffic again, let me tell you that it is nice to be in a real city again. My local grocery store, Harris Teeter, is huge and has everything. We have a Whole Foods minutes away. We have tons of restaurants. We even found a Puerto Rican restaurant close to the house. The mall is 2 blocks away.

The good thing is our neighborhood is fantastic. It is quiet. The neighbors seem nice and it is a real neighborhood where people walk, bike and run. We have actual sidewalks and bike paths. Once you enter our neighborhood, it is tranquil and pretty.

So that is my update. I would post pictures but the house is such a hot mess that it is not worth it. Once we get more settled, I will definitely be posting more pics!


Monday, June 2, 2014

It's Moving Week

We are moving this week so I will not be posting on this blog. We are too busy. If I get crazy, maybe I will have time to post some pictures.