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Expectations

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Hello! Warning – this is a pictureless “brain dump” post. I have some more posts planned with lots of fun pictures but for now, need to catch myself up here!

Brad and I made it to Nicaragua – er, THREE MONTHS ago!! Totally dropped the ball on the whole “blogging all the time telling everyone about my new life!” I blame myself but I will also share the blame with the fact that I work all day and when I get home the last thing I want to do is be on the computer. Yes, my company has hooked me up with an iPhone with a full plan and internet but lets just say that if I want to check out the latest happenings on Facebook, I might as well log in, go make dinner, eat and THEN check my phone to see if everything is loaded 🙂 Ok I am being dramatic but patience really is a virtue here because things are s-l-o-w.

So lets backtrack a bit. I’ve been posting photos and updates on Facebook but I think this will be a great place to store my thoughts and hey, maybe someone else moving to Nicaragua one day will find this useful…

Brad and I arrived in Nicaragua and immediately started to look for a place to live. I honestly didn’t have many requirements since I knew the pickings would be slim – I just wanted a safe, clean house with lots of air flow and close to where I work. The first place we looked at was really cute from the outside but once inside, you could tell the place hadn’t seen any TLC in awhile – oh and there were no screens on the windows so we would be REALLY living with nature – no thanks.

Enter awesome house on the beach with a big porch and lots of coconut trees. We initially thought it was out of our price range but upon speaking with the caretaker, we could make it work! So we are now the proud renters of a two bedroom, two bath house with a loft and plenty of open space for Finn to lounge around when he’s not running like a nut on the beach — more on him in another post 🙂 The house has been great and is starting to feel like home!

I think one of the reasons I haven’t blogged since we got here was that I was struggling with missing friends and family. Everyone always comments how jealous they are that I live in paradise and that what we are doing is so awesome – and it IS. But it’s also hard! You could live in the most amazingly beautiful setting, but eventually things become familiar, and  routine and you start to remember just how important those people back home are 🙂

I don’t want this to sound like I am complaining or that I want to move home because that isn’t the case at all – I am just struggling with not getting to see my favorite people every day! I will say though, it makes those FaceTime and Skype dates that much sweeter – I’ll be home in a month and can. not. WAIT to see everyone!

Oh and my parents arrive tomorrow so that helps too! Watch out Nicaragua, I don’t know if you’ll be the same once my parents and their best friends are done with ya’ 😉

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Too Big for Words

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Exciting, Awesome, Ballsy, Adventurous, Scary, Interesting, Brave.

All of those words have been said to me over the past several weeks by people who hear I am moving to Nicaragua.

But how can I really put into words what I am feeling when something so big, so life-changing, is about to happen to me?

Usually I smile and laugh a little, telling everyone how excited I am and what an adventure it will be. Which is true. But I will be the first to admit that I don’t think it has really truly sunk in what I am about to do. Sure, many things will be the same — I will be working at a desk (doing something I am so excited for!) talking to friends and family on gmail, facebook, etc. I will still cook, and take Finn out to play and will continue to plan my wedding. But on the flip side, SO many things will be different – I think too many things for me to really wrap my head around.

And different can be good and bad. Example – I will be living in a very simple, no frills home without TV, internet and AC, with power that could go out for hours at a time. Oh and did I mention the large bugs that always find their way into homes down there? Right away most people’s eyes bug out and then they quickly recover, not wanting to say what they really think. Yes, it will probably suck at times (I mean lets be be honest, 90 degrees with no AC?!?) but I know that those luxuries that will be lacking will be replaced with things I could never find here. Early morning walks to work, watching the sun rise from the beach; wearing shorts and tank tops to work, cold beers with new friends after a day of fishing and learning to surf, navigating Nicaragua’s colorful public transit system in order to get groceries – and many more.

Regardless of the good and bad that comes with this move – I know that it will make me a stronger, wiser, happier and more tolerant person. But like I said, what I am feeling is too big for words. You’ll just have to take my word for it now and keep coming back to hear more 🙂

Ch-ch-ch-ch Changes!

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Hello, welcome back, long time no see!!

I’ve recently been thinking more and more about this space where I used to write about everything from food and running to feelings. Thinking about it because a LOT of things have changed for me in 2012 and writing it down seemed like a good place to wrap my head around it all.

So lets start with a short numbers game describing all the things that have happened!

1.25 – age (in years) of the newest member of our family – our Border Collie/Aussie mix: Finndog!

26.2 – the number of miles I ran during my first marathon – May 2012

12 – days spent in Nicaragua with Brad – traveling, relaxing and reconnecting after 6 weeks apart – May 2012

1 – the number of waves I caught during my first surf lesson – July 2012

30 – how many seconds it took Brad to ask me to marry him and me say yes! July 2012

4 – the maximum number of miles I have run since said marathon in May

7 – months I have been living in Philly and loving it

6 – days left living in Philly before moving back to West Chester

and last but not least…

35 – days until Brad and I officially move to Nicaragua!!!

Expect to hear a lot more from me here – I’m planning on using The Bright Side to document my upcoming move and to keep friends and family updated on all my adventures living and working in Central America!

Chicken Anyone?

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Well hello there! Happy Friday kids!

We got some wicked storms last night but it ended up giving us a pretty nice Friday. I’m heading into town soon with Meghan for some drinks and food at a friends house. I hear wine spritzers are on the agenda; definitely not complaining!

Earlier this week I was really missing the bf (only 11 more days!!!! But who’s counting??? 🙂 ) and wanted to do something to make myself feel better. No I didn’t eat a pint of Ben and Jerrys, but I DID cook!

I love hearing about Nicaragua and what’s going on down there. Brad and I have something of a system in order to talk on the phone. I use skype  to call his Nica cell phone but because he doesn’t always get service he has to call me and hang up, which lets me know he is in an area with service. Fun huh? ANYways, one of the things Brad has talked about pretty often is how they eat a LOT of chicken, beans and rice. So I decided to recreate a meal he typically eats; Beer in the Butt Chicken, beans and rice!

OK, I know probably everyone has heard of or made BITB Chicken but this was a first for me. First time ever handling a whole chicken too. I hit up TJ’s for the chicken. Added 1/2 can of beer, some olive oil spray and seasoning and that’s it! While the chicken was on the grill I made up some brown rice, kidney and black beans and sliced tomato all seasoned like the chicken (I think it was Caribbean Seasoning).

Ok so this picture is NOT of chicken but I just had to show off my green thumb. I LOVE porchulacas and planted these about two months ago and boy have they grown! Ok back to chicken.

It. was. AWESOME. So flavorful and delicious. My Dad, I mean my ROOMMATE thought it was delicious as well :).

Looking forward to a relaxing weekend! Yoga tomorrow AM then over to the WC Growers Market! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Home-Coming

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It’s been a busy and fun six weeks or so since I last posted. Brad has been home from Nicaragua and we’ve been getting lots of beach time in, along with several weddings. I’ll be posting more about the summer so far once I’m all moved home. Oh what’s that you ask? Why am I moving home? And where is home?

Well friends, in about two weeks I’ll be moving in with two new roommates: mom and dad. Not exactly where I imagined myself at 27 years old; moving home with the parents-but life doesn’t always work out as we plan, right? I’m moving home in order to buckle down and save some money. Like I mentioned in my last post six or so weeks ago, Brad is in the process of building and opening a surf camp in Nicaragua. Yes, that does mean there is a chance I may move there eventually but my move home is both financially and emotionally motivated. Brad is going to be gone for longer periods at a time and with the exception of my kick-ass roommate Steph and a few other friends, my support system of friends and family are mostly in the town I grew up in. Being close to them is what I want and need in the coming months. I’m actually looking forward to being closer to my family, hanging out with my sister Lindsey (who is in med school and always busy!) and being surrounded by people who love and support me. 🙂

I am going to miss living on my own; I am a fiercely independent gal so this transition will probably be challenging. But in a good way!

Oh and before I go, I have to show you a photo of my sisters and I. My beautiful sister Karleigh got married earlier this month in my parents back yard. It was such a fun and special time; I’ll be missing Karleigh who has just moved to Alabama (her husband is in the army and is stationed there).

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See You Soon!

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A week ago I said the words above to Brad as he hopped on a plane for Nicaragua. Truth be told, three weeks seems like an eternity, not “soon”. Brad’s trip to Nicaragua comes after years of saving money and exploring a variety of countries in order to find the perfect spot to fulfill his dreams of opening a surf camp and restaurant in Central America.

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This isn’t something I just found out about. I’ve know about his ideas and dreams since we started dating three years ago. Some people might call me crazy for even being with someone who would one day up and move to another country but hey, you can’t help who ya’ love, right?

I’m not going to get into every little detail of how we got to this point right now; I would need many, many pages for that. Instead, just know that I am entering into the “dreaded” LDR – long distance relationship. Granted Brad will be back to the states for several weeks at a time from now until the holidays. That being said, there are still a LOT of unanswered questions – will it work? Can I handle missing someone as much as I miss him? Will I move there eventually? Will he want to stay there long-term? Honestly, I can’t give a solid answer to any of those questions, and I’ve been asked them so many times that I feel like I have gone into auto-pilot.

Here’s what I do know – I love Brad; and not to get sappy on ya’ but I feel like there is a big void in my life since he left. The past week I kind of feel like I’ve been wandering around not knowing what to do. This is a process and one that we are both struggling with. I am trying to keep my chin up knowing that this is all happening for a reason and things will eventually work themselves out as they are meant to. I have to say; I have a great support group of amazing girlfriends and family and I’m keeping plenty busy! It can be tough though- not knowing when Brad and I will get to talk (internet/phone can be iffy in a third world country) but we’re doing OK so far.

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This is an exciting time, albeit hard as well. I have a lot to look forward to and right now, that is seeing Brad in two weeks!

I know this is a random post but I wanted to get it out there because it helps to write things down, especially when I’m feeling all over the place. I’m excited to document and write about this whole process-good/bad, ups/downs, all of it. That way I can look back five years from now and truly appreciate the tough times. Catch ya’ soon!

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