Moved.

Hey yall, I have moved over to onelittlebecca.com  — figured it was time to update the look and feel! Visit me there, where you will find my 2012 wrap up (shortly)!

The Extreme Update I have Been Putting off for About 2 Weeks

Here goes nothin.

I went to Costa Rica for ten days with my husband. It was our 1 year anniversary and since we didn’t take a honeymoon, we decided to take a big trip for our 1 year anniversary. We left for the airport at 4am. Starbucks wasn’t even open and the security line didnt open until 4:30am, but we were first in line for that!!!

We flew from DC to Miami and then on to San Jose, Costa Rica. From San Jose, we had arranged transport to our first of 2 stops on our ten day trip. We headed to Monteverde. It was BEAUTIFUL there. Green, 70+ each day and amazing. The roads were not as awesome. Half of the ride to Monteverde was extremely turbulent because the road was not paved. We got to Monteverde and our hotel and realized it was a slight hike from the hotel to town to get any kind of supplies or eat (somewhere other than the hotel).  We spent 4 days in Monteverde where we spent our time hiking, wandering around cloud forests, ziplining, horseback riding and doing many other outdoorsy things. We had a great time but when it came time to head to Arenal, we were ready to move on.

The ride to Arenal was much better than the ride to Monteverde. Getting out was bumpy, but once we got out of Monteverde and Santa Elena, we got on some paved roads and headed on out and over to Arenal. We had to go around their large man made lake that was there. Arenal is one of the last active volcanoes in Costa Rica. This was super neat because 1) I had never seen a volcano and 2) holy crap it’s ACTIVE?!

When we got to Arenal we were informed that there the volcano hasn’t been that active the past two years but that it is still considered active. In Arenal, we had some real treats! Our hotel had some hot springs! How cool is that?! Our first full day in Arenal, we went on a volcano hike and then went to Tabacon where there were more hot springs. I just want to take a moment and describe how AMAZING tabacon was! It put our hotel’s hot springs to shame! This place was so nice. With our evening entrance, we got dinner also, which was EXQUISITE! Anyway, if you ever go to Arenal, you must spend an afternoon at Tabacon!

Aside from the hot springs and hiking, we went on a safari, looking for monkeys and tucans; white water rafting and had a generally good time! Coming home was bitter sweet. Life there is so relaxed and just different. It isnt all money motivated or materialistic like here, but they don’t have internet everywhere like they do here either. hehe. I enjoyed my time, but was happy to be headed home.

My husband’s and my trip home was not as smooth as the rest of our trip. Our flight was late leaving Costa Rica (because it was late arriving from Miami) so we got to Miami late and had to get through customs and immigration and recheck all of our bags in an hour. We were checking our bags as our flight was boarding… no good. So we went on the next flight. Found out at the gate we were flying standby as opposed to the guaranteed seats that were implied… but we got home. My pop picked us up and everything was fine!

Overall, Costa Rica was amazing and I would definitely go back and do it all again! I was happy my husband and  I brought rain coats (as it rained a lot in the cloud forest areas) and that we prepped by getting quick drying clothing so that we could do our own laundry and didn’t have to take as big of bags because more clothes could fit in with the quick drying clothing. For some reason it folds up smaller…?

Anyway, after Costa Rica, we have been trying to chillax and such. I got back into my training. Last week, I ran 4 times and this week I will be hitting 4 runs also. Two of my friends and myself have signed up for the Jingle All the Way 8k on December 9th. I do not expect a PR at all, but I do expect to finish strong! hahah possibly contradicting. who knows.

Other than that, not much to report. I am the featured blogger over at fitblogger today!  I am honored to be the featured blogger on this wonderful Friday as I go into this weekend with a 6 mile run planned for tomorrow. I haven’t run over 5 miles since I started my training two weeks ago, but I don’t expect a lot of problems. Meeting with Michelle tomorrow morning to embark on the journey together! Excited to be running with her again as it has been some time since we have ran together!

Anyway, thanks for the continued support and I hope y’all have a good Friday and a happy weekend!

 

Why I Love my Brother, Part 3

Our most recent gchat conversation is too precious not to share.
 me:  hey
hey you
i had a quesiton but forgot what it was
 Ben:  omg
I just had my first water-cooler conversation
around a water-cooler
 me:  nut uh
you did not
 Ben:  fo sho bro!
like totes!
 me:  uh
now you are mocking me
 Ben:  did I stop?
ever?
my brother is awesome. even when he is mocking me.
happy tuesday y’all.
if you enjoyed this post, feel free to check out my earlier installments of Why I Love my Brother: Part 1 and Part 2

Pretty Awesome News Announcement

WOOOO WOOOOOOOO!!!!! Pretty awesome news announcement for me and this blog!!! I am now repping Road Runner Sports as a blogger for their Falls Church, VA store!

Road Runner Blog Pick

STOKED!!! I will be at the events at the Falls Church store and then coming back here and telling y’all all about it! I think my day could not get any better than it is right now and I have fun engineering class tonight, so that is saying something! This is very big news and more things to come!!! Stay tuned!

Why I Love my Brother, part 2

this post is a continuation of part 1 of why I love my brother.

Below is reason number 5,672,901 about why I love my brother…

this is a recent gmail chat between us!

me: what kind of dog is this? http://fortheloveofsequins.tumblr.com/post/13945802364/i-think-this-is-the-cutest-dog-ever-woo-10-000

 Ben:  terrier of some kind?
 me:  cuterrier
          🙂
 Ben:  I hate you
me:  🙂
another reason why i love my brother:we must think so much alike because we both sent that same bit of convo to the same mutual friend at the same time! BAAHAHAHAHA
he is the only one i got.

he is hilarious.

he is running the ragnar relay with me next year
he has no shame and its awesome.
and that is all.
PS: this totally happened! YAY  us!!!! Good job to all of my compatriots! We (NASA) made the time list of sites loved!

Happy Friday Y’all!

It’s Friday ya’ll! With a three day weekend coming up, I cannot lie to ya, I am pretty excited! I was a little too emotional/vulnerable with the last post, so we will keep this one light and fluffy.  (side note, havent been that open in the past decade, ever)

I am sad because my friend and coworker Todd is leaving us here at NASA and headed on to bigger and better things.

Hey y’all, meet Todd:

Now wave at Todd and say goodbye w a sad face and some tears and remember the neat stuff you did with him….

Todd and I with Alex Trebek!

Anyway, Todd has been awesome. I am sad to see him go but happy he is moving forward.

I dont really have much else on this beautiful Friday! It gets more and more beautiful as we creep closer to the amazing three day weekend….

I can tell ya one thing for sure. I won’t be doing any labor, come Monday.

Fabulous Friday, Runspiration and YOUR FACE!

TODAY IS FRIDAY!!!!

NASA/NERD Style of Friday:

*** This video is a parody of this terrible song here… definite improvement….

I only mention that this is Friday, specifically because this is also the end (technically it ends Sunday night) of my 6 week hell class. YAY! During this class, I had to read approx 200 pages a week , 3 hours of class (1.5 hours tues and 1.5 hours thurs), a quiz every week AND three group projects, plus lots of forum participation and such. HELLACIOUS! 12 weeks crammed into 6 weeks! But we are down to proofreading one final project (due tomorrow) and one final quiz! WOOOOOOOOOOOO! STOKED! so while this may be a little preemptive, this is also amazingly celebratory!

With that being said, I have to take note of my husband who was incredibly patient with me as I went through this class. He cooked dinner and encouraged me and took care of aldy when I needed to work or study. He was great! Also, my friends were very understanding and accommodating. They worked around my schedule and it was awesome! Very appreciated!

Ok, moving on. Runspiration, cause I def need it… I have been feeling the beginning of shin splints (it could be a number of factors…. found this article here and have been looking into possibilities of causes). I am also getting kinda down on myself for failing at making my desired splits, so I have been collecting blogs and pics to inspire me. Here is some of what I found.

Truest of all true statements above….

Anywho, Hope if you need runspiration that these helped you like they helped me.

ANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNND here is the YOUR FACE portion:

 

and here is the terrible song these are parodies of…

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