Post Costa Rica Craziness

Haven’t posted in a over a week because we took a much needed break to visit my brother-in-law in Costa Rica. Absolutely gorgeous country but the vacation definitely took me outside of my comfort zone… which is pretty broad nowadays, so that’s saying a lot.

Car rental and driving were crazy but the beaches were gorgeous, water was warm and the beer was plentiful. It was great to spend Easter with family in another country. There was an unfortunate undertone of stress knowing what was waiting for us upon return, but we did our best to focus on relaxing and enjoying ourselves. 

Then we landed in Boston and it was back to reality. The almost 100 emails and voice messages that were waiting for me were comforting… just kidding. After barreling through those and a major fundraising event in the 3 day work week, we were still able to get everything complete with our realtor and the house should be on the market tomorrow. I know it seems like I keep saying that, but hopefully it’s true this time. Pictures have been taken, statements have been written, many signatures have been exchanged. Hopefully many people will be traipsing through my house on Wednesday at our first Broker’s Open House.

Work has never been crazier, which is adding to the stress. We’re trying to keep it together. Mr. S&P is in Arizona this week to catch up with everyone at the new site and will hopefully be doing some house hunting while he’s there. Unfortunately, there seem to be slim pickings in the house department right now. My large selection has been whittled down to a slim handful of acceptable properties, the rest I suspect were picked off by “investors” who have had their run of the area as of late.

I can’t even wrap my head around the “what ifs” right now. I’m trying to take it one day at a time and focus on only what I can get done today.

Got to watch the Royal Wedding this past Friday. It immediately brought me back to when Mr S&P and I were in London last June. What a wonderful city. I love everything English. (Hopefully that will be our next stop after Phoenix). Such an exciting moment in history and I was enchanted by the pomp and circumstance of the whole production.

Then, today, to wake up and learn that Osama bin Laden had been killed; I knew all along 2011 was going to be a big year, but wow. It brought back so many memories of that day in 2001, fleeing the city of Boston, feeling like I had been dropped onto a set of a movie because those types of disasters didn’t happen in the US. It’s a bittersweet day for sure.

Each time I travel, I feel I learn a little bit more about the world around me and have a great perspective and appreciation for everyone all over the planet. This latest trip to Costa Rica was no different. I feel I can check off one more place and one more adventure. Each experience helps us grow as our horizons broaden. Traveling is one of those things I will never be able to stop doing. I feel most alive and “in the moment” when I’m in some place I’ve never been, experiencing something I never have before. The move to Phoenix will continue broadening those horizons for sure.

We’re planning our next trip to Italy in November with my parents and sister, who have never been out of the country before. While I’ve been there before, I’m excited to show them something entirely new. Especially a place with such amazing history and, of course, food!

Vacations help us escape the day to day minutia, if only for a couple days. I guess the goal for us all is to find a way to make  the day to day into vacation.

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