The line between reason and excuse is very gray

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There’s a lot of things I had planned to do the last couple days. Respond to comments. Get some applications and work done. Clean. Take six month photos of Little Man. None of that happened. I did, however, manage to take the child for his vaccinations, find the new Chinese food place outside of town (and eat Chinese food)… and …

Finding my way

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A former boss of mine has been an absolute champ, connecting me with recruiters and letting me know about job opportunities. So I had a meeting with a recruiter who is looking for possibilities for me, and while he may turn up nothing, it’s nice to have someone helping. Even if they’re getting paid for it. In the meantime, I’ve …

It’s hard to not get overwhelmed

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I’m in the midst of job searching right now, which has been a lot of, “Thanks, but no,” and utter silence. Not unusual for any job search, but it is getting wearing. I’m picking up odd jobs here and there from all the things I’ve done as hobbies and side jobs (web design, cover design, fiction editing, book formatting, etc) …

New Favorite Day

Jonathan volunteering

Welcome to the latest arrival to the Jaguar Rescue Center! This is Chiki Chiki (not sure how she spells her name) and her newborn baby. She is one of the howler monkeys that I have had a chance to work with over the last three months. As part of integrating into the wild, we take her and the other monkeys …

Lexi Came Home to Costa Rica

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I’m one of those people. The annoying ones who have no children, so they talk about their pets. (And someday, when I do have children, I’ll probably be one of┬áthose people who can’t stop talking about their children.) Thankfully, my Lexi gives me plenty to talk about. And for other people to talk about. Just as often as I ask …

Puerto Veijo de Talamanca

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When we first moved to Costa Rica, we based ourselves in San Jose. San Jose is in a great spot half way between the two coasts, half way between Nicaragua and Panama, and nestled in the Central Valley. The temperature doesn’t vary much, hovering between 68-85 F (20-30 C). There are great restaurants, theaters, festivals, museums and cheap public transportation. …

Our full day in Managua

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I hadn’t made an reservations in Managua, because after my one interaction with a hostel in Puerto Viejo, I blithely assumed all hostels would generally have enough room. In a way, I was right. The second night we were there, they were selling couch space, and I’m pretty sure they would have started offering hammock and pool chair space next. …

Our first (real*) border run

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As I often do, I procrastinated planning my first border run. My process went something like: Border run is coming up soon. Derp around. I should figure that out. Derp around until two weeks before Easter. Hey! Semana Santa. We’ll have to do some grocery shopping. I don’t know how much will be open next week. Derp. CURSE WORDS. My …

I’m A Nicer Jekyll/Hyde

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As a kid, I always felt that I was pulled by extremely opposite desires. I wished I lived in the future, I wished I lived in the past. I wanted to be an astronaut, I wanted to be a marine biologist, I wanted to be a hippie. Not much changed as I neared college. I considered pursuing music, art, English, …