Friday, January 28, 2011

Play By Play

It’s a wine, Chipotle and movie kind of night. I took a hot bath, cut myself shaving and put on my short robe. That’s when the neighbor decided to come over to talk about his lost hearing aide. Did you know he dropped it somewhere near our backyard? Seems the minute you put on a robe and settle in for the night, there’s a knock at the door.

I’m not one to ignore a neighbor at the door, but I’m also not one not change my appearance for a neighbor at the door. So, I answered in my short robe and with blood dripping down my leg from the shaving incident. Hair in ponytail, glasses on. Hell yeah, it’s Friday night and I’m ready to rock and roll. It takes a very confident woman to post this photo:

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The day? How did my day go?

6:30 a.m.: Put on running clothes, woke up kids. Woke up kids again. Fed dog. Fed guinea pig. Started coffee. Took fish oil, calcium, multi and my newest addition - Move Free. No, it is not a stool softener. It’s a joint helper. Glucosamine and all that.

7:00 a.m.: Waffles with cinnamon sugar and bananas for the kids. Cinnamon raisin bagel with almond butter and coffee for me.

7:30 a.m.: Checked emails. Blogs. Glanced at the Denver Post.

8:00 a.m.: Tried to finish up a report for work and organize a running clinic I’m hosting.

9:00 a.m: Met Joie at a local trail for a run. Did 5 x (walk 4 minutes, run 6). I had some pain, but my form was okay. Total of 4.5 miles with 30 minutes of running. Progress? I think so. I may just beat this damn hip stress fracture.  Love this timer shot that makes us look like giants since the camera was sitting on a low tree stump. Me on the left: today is not my photogenic day. But, really, no day is.

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10:30 a.m.: Starbucks for coffee and girl conversation. Tits, ass, periods.

11:30 a.m.: Contemplated a family trip to Mexico or Costa Rica for a mid-winter sunshine and bikini break. Started researching options and immediately felt better about my life.

Noon: Lunched on spinach salad and zucchini rice casserole. Plus one chocolate chip/butterscotch chip cookie. Bad gas pain after. Wondered if I’m lactose intolerant.

12:30: PT exercises while watching the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion. Thought Camille seemed particularly psycho and I obsessed over Taylor’s lips.

1:00 p.m.: Peppermint tea. More vacay research. More report writing.

3:00 p.m. Picked up kids.

4:00 p.m. Almost ready to book Mexico. But, wondering of Costa Rica would be better.

5:00 p.m. Aforementioned bath and shaving incident. Discussion with neighbor about hearing aide. He will pay my son $100 if he finds it. His dog threw up in our yard. No problem, I’m sure Lucky will eat it for dessert later.

6:00 p.m. Placed Chipotle order online. Chicken burrito with pinto beans, cheese, rice, guac. About 96,000 calories. I don’t care. Poured a glass of wine and sent Ken out for food.

7:00 p.m. Blogging for your entertainment and boredom.

You don’t have to tell me. I know my life is fascinating. Every minute of every day.

Ever been to Mexico and/or Costa Rica? Recommendations?

We’re thinking about the west coast of CR in an area called Manuel Antonio. It’s a national park with all kinds of cool stuff to see and do. Before I die I want to watch monkeys and sloths swinging around while I eat fresh fruit and stare at the ocean.

Off to bite into my Chipotle,

SUAR

58 comments:

  1. I loved the Manuel Antonio area....there are monkeys that run onto the beach!!! And you can do hikes through the park's forest to the beach. You should also visit Arenal'- volcano and natural hot springs :)

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  2. Man...quiet Friday night for everyone...never been to either CR or Mexico...Cuba/Jamaica/Dominican Rep were all fun though...I go to Costa Rico before Mexico...nice day you had there!

    Figured I would add a few more lines of stuff here to give the comment some body...also got go raid the neighbors fridge later so I'd better start here first...cheers!!!!!

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  3. Are you sure you are in the same Colorado that I am in. It was 65* here. I comfortably ran in a tee and shorts. Um, no need for mexico/costa rica for me, unless you want to invite me of course.

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  4. Yeah for 30 minutes of running!!!! Yes progress of course! that is about all I ran this week post first half marathon with legs who refused to run for a couple of days and asked for a divorce the day after the race!!!

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  5. I love Chipotle. Yum. I have never been to either, and would like to go to both!! :)

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  6. I had chipotle today. It was wonderful. I want the zucchini rice casserole recipe!

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  7. You ARE confident, I don't post unflattering pics on my blog that's how I got chosen for miss June

    My boss' son live in CR (and runs a surf camp in case your interested :), lots of my coworkers have viseted, I think its a pretty nice area. I forget the exact place, I will report back.

    Friday night wine is a must for me, even though I'm dying from the flu over here, or just some kind of cold.

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  8. Never been to either. Waiting till my kids are obedient enough to follow the 'don't drink the water' directive (and possibly others). They both sound pretty incredible.

    I am super impressed but not surprised by your 30 minutes ALREADY! I think it took me at least a month to get up to that. You are a fitness machine!

    Could be lactose. Have you ever tried an elimination diet? They're interesting and can be useful but tend to be not fun…that's been my experience anyway.

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  9. i have gone to costa rica. we went to arenal volcano - the rainforest (i forget name of area - will look up) then back to san juan. montevedra was the rainforest - it was amazing. loved it. we drove ourselves and that was scary as all hell, basically no roads, just rocks and dirt. we went somewhere else and did scuba diving but i forget the area - i will look it all up if you want.

    been to mexico but that was typical cozumel and cancun. nothing exciting

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  10. I went to Tamarindo Beach (west coast of CR) in September to run the half marathon there. It's a great place to do lots of adventure stuff. I've been to Puerto Vallerta and Cancun also, but they were spring break type trips.

    In CR, a monkey walked right up to me!

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  11. You are hilarious. We've never been to CR, but we spent an awesome week in Cabo, Mexico. We were at an all-inclusive resort, complete with free drinks. That was pretty spectacular.
    That said, my next trip would be Costa Rica.

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  12. Checked it out, my friend lives in Nosara which is in the Northern West part of CR and about 4 hours from Manuel Antonio.

    I also just remembered, one of my other bosses lives in Puerto Escondido, Mexico all winter (lifeguards like to stay where there are waves : D), so I can get some info on that as well :)

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  13. go for costa rica and zip lining! Your day sounds similar to mine, minus the kids and a little less gas, haha.
    LC

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  14. Ever been to Mexico? Well, if you check out my Blog right now I have a hottie modeling a bikini in Mexico. And how the hell did you check blogs for only a 1/2 hour? You are some speeding reader?

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  15. Never been to Mexico, never eaten at that restaurant either.. I don't get out much LOL!!

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  16. I lived in CR for 8 months! It's BEAUTIFUL! When I was there it was a lot less developed than now (5 years ago...I'm old) but let me know if you want any specific recommendations!! It's a great travel destination because there's so much you can do-jungles, mountains, rainforests, volcanoes, and of course, BEACHES! The most beautiful of beaches! I vote CR.

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  17. Jealous! I would say Costa Rica and zip lining as well. Our friends were near Arenal volcano for their honeymoon and loved it. Other friends went surfing somewhere. I only remember they were 10 miles from the shark infested beaches of Jaco, so avoid that!

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  18. I went to Mexico for my honeymoon 2 1/2 years ago. We loved it! We stayed at the Grand Mayan in Riveria Maya. It was huge, you didnt have to leave if you didnt want. Huge pool, beach, they had it all. Plus it was close to Cancun if you wanted to go into the city. We also went to Chichen Itza.

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  19. Hi there;)
    love the daily recount

    both mexico y costa rica son los mejores!;-)

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  20. My son did research in Costa Rica. I hear the monkeys throw poo. Huh.

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  21. confession: I ate chipotle twice yesterday. i know, i am a sick sick person.
    i had 2 tacos at lunch and a burrito bowl at dinner. talk about addictive personality.

    nice bikini shot by the way, over on chris k.'s blog. :)

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  22. For a sec, I thought you were writing about my life...until I realized you were actually serious about Mexico or Costa Rica - that's just a day dream for me right now.

    Hip Hip Hooray for 30 minutes running!!!

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  23. 1. What does your t-shirt say under your robe? Just curious.
    2. Do they still have the Rocky Mountain News in Denver? My step dad wrote for them so I kind of got a little defensive when you said you read the Denver Post.
    3. So happy for you running again Beth!

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  24. I so badly want to go to Costa Rica someday soon.

    We went to Cabo San Lucas last year, and it was fantastic.

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  25. Oh, wouldn't a midwinter trip be wonderful? I hope you get to take one!

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  26. that is my kind of Friday night!

    I have been to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Mexico and loved it - We have been there 3 times - the last time was 10 years ago.

    We are planning a vacation to Florida the first week of March - Ft. Myers for 3 days to visit my husbands brother and his wife and then we are taking the ferry down to Key West and spending 5 glorious days relaxing. I can't wait!

    I think we gain confidence as we age. Hell - what you see is what you get. I use to totally stress out when someone would stop over unexpected and as usual my house would not be picked up. Years ago I realized that they weren't stopping over to check on your house and I really didn't care if someone was bothered by it!

    Same goes with how I look. Although I try to look as good as I can . . . (LOL) given what I have to work with and given the fact that I am 55 this can be hard at times . . . I am still the same person, with or without make up - hair wet or dry.

    Have a great week end planning your vacation.

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  27. I'm thinking that if you got bad gas from the salad and casserole I can only imagine what the Chipotle did to you! ; )

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  28. I've been in all but (I think) 4 states of Mexico. Spent time in - not just popped in and out. We've been living in QRoo since 2007? Since you were just here (well 15km north of us) I vote for CR.

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  29. I love the warm waters in Cancun. Lovely. Lovely.

    BUT I really want to go to Costa Rica soon as well as a girls surf vacation in Los Olas this next year(that's on your Athleta site :-)

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  30. we did all inclusive at gran melia cancun last summer & LOVED it!! we got as great deal through cheapcaribbean.com. happy vacay planning!

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  31. Amanda - shirt is from the Colfax Denver Marathon. I didn't run it, but they gave me a shirt.

    No more Rocky Mtn News in Denver for the past few years. I have had to resort to the post.

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  32. Costa Rica! A friend of mine just returned from there and it looks AMAZING. If you do chooseI would recommend Cabo over the usual Cancun/Playa del Carmen areas. This is such a great time of year to get away!

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  33. Costa Rica is stunning. I have been twice and enjoyed Manual Antonio both visits. However, I would suggest heading further south--45 km--and checking out Dominical. It's a beach town that is more tranquil/quaint and full of surfers. Manual Antonio felt like Puerto Vallarta on my last visit. I prefer off the beaten track travel to inclusive resorts, though. Good luck! Either country should be enjoyable.

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  34. 30 minutes of running .... awesome! Glad you're continuing to make progress.
    If you can't find any monkeys and sloths, you can come watch my family some time. It's the next best thing.

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  35. Manuel Antonio: That's where I pet a dear and a raccoon tried to steal my passport. And I saw whales! It was also the closest I got to monkeys.

    It's very very pretty. And the immediate area is nice, but expensive. Well, for my standards. When I was in Costa Rica I was living off $15 a day. So, it might be very reasonable for you.

    Quepos, the next town north, is kind of a shithole. Well, it was 7 years ago. Wow, has it been that long?

    I really really loved Santa Lucia. If you're up for hiking in, Corcavado is *stunning*.

    If you're bringing the kids, avoid the other coast. Any place that requires you to drive through Limon isn't worth it.

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  36. Just got back from Guanacaste, Costa Rica on Wednesday. Loved it! Been all over Mexico, Jamaica, etc - CR has been my favorite so far. Zip lined, deep sea fished, and yes saw monkeys and all kinds of cool animals and fish! Stayed at the Riu in the middle of nowhere! Loved it and will go back! Hope this helps.

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  37. My Dad spent two weeks on Playa Grande in Guanacaste, Costa Rica and LOVED it. I have never been, we are totally obsessed with our spot on the Caribbean and somehow always end up there on vacations.

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  38. ha, you are a very confident woman, but you stlil look good! We want to go to Costa Rica soon too. I'd like to say we are sick of snow, but can't be anything compared to what you have. Congrats on your run, that's excellent!!

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  39. I went to the Mexican Mayan Riviera and stayed at Palace reports. No kids allowed. It was awesome!!!

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  40. i one time answered the door braless, in my pjs, with a facial mask on. the girl selling whatever it was just stared at me.

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  41. Been to both and like both. Do Costa Rica right now, though, so that you don't end up running off with some Mexican drug cartel or something.

    Taylor's lips. She's such a pretty lady and then she ruins it all with those ridiculous things!

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  42. You know you have talent for writing when people WANT to read your daily recap! :)

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  43. Had a blast in CR at a surf camp down on the Pacific side. There are surf villages everywhere and they are all petty much the same. CR is really cool with jungles and mountains and some scary ass spiders. I've been all over Mexico and am always drawn to Oaxaca -especially the coast. Really nice little beaches and terrific food. The cities have wonderful food and culture and you can also visit the ruins and even see mummies.

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  44. My one friend went to Costa Rica last year and another friend went to Mexico for their honeymoon. Rave reviews from both...so there you have it I'm no help. Just jealous thinking about your vacation!

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  45. 30 minutes, so happy for you! And a trip to warmer climate, Jealous! I pick CR, this way you can detail the scoop on where to go, what to do and where to NOT go.

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  46. I recognize those trails :) Some of my fav that I used to run to my old apartment! Solid day recap. Especially the burritos. Mmm, Chipotle...

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  47. I'm new to your blog and am loving it! Had to chime in on Costa Rica ... have been 3 times and Manuel Antonio was not my fave. The park and beaches there are awesome and yes, there are lots of monkeys and sloths - but I thought the area in general was kinda sketchy. Not a lot of walking and exploring other than in the park. Last year we stayed in Samara and ventured to Nosara on the Nicoya Peninsula. SO GREAT! Lots of howler monkeys, beautiful beaches, decent restaurants, really nice people - great time. Also loved a town called Montezuma which is on the southern tip of Nicoya - went there our first trip, but it was about 10 years ago so things may have changed. Have fun wherever you end up and be sure to blog about it!

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  48. DUDE. Costa Rica. No contest!!

    I'm going to Italy w/ a friend (since it's my only break from work/grad school until JULY in April . . . ugh two weeks before my first marathon . . .am I stupid, or the most brilliant person on the planet??

    I was surprisingly interested in your minute by minute replay of your day. Living Large!! Love it!

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  49. awesome run! and now i'm craving chipotle. :( thanks :)

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  50. playa del carmen is an amazing amazing place. you wont be sorry.... however, ive heard costa is nice too!

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  51. That's virtually the same as my Friday as far as level of excitement is concerned - apart from an hour of excrutiating torture with my PT who tried to pummel my left leg into submission. I'm now looking for a donor leg for transplant.

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  52. Every single Chipotle calorie is worth it.

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  53. That's what Friday nights are about for us hot chicks!
    Yay for the run!
    I vote Costa Rica all the way--it's a must-see.

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  54. We took a cruise a couple of years ago out of San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, it was a great time. Sammy Haggar (former lead singer of Van Halen) has a Cantina in Cabo named "Cabo Wabo". Good food and GREAT Tequilla. I am 52 years old and started running in 2007 to lose weight. I am currently training for my 4th full marathon and have started my own blog to document my progress.
    http://fitatfifty-art.blogspot.com/

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  55. I love the play by play! Sounds like quite the day.

    I would love to go to CR but have not been to either.

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  56. A warm destination sounds so nice right now!

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  57. Costa Rica - DO IT!!!!!!

    http://eatrunread.blogspot.com/2010/08/costa-rica.html

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  58. Costra Rica! Preferably in August. We'll be honeymooning in Arenal and it'd be nice to have someone keep an eye out in case B tries to push me in the volcano...

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